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APD Update: March 1, 2016

Events & Activities

Ph.D. & Master's Virtual Career Fair: Full-time, Post-Doctoral, & Internship Opportunities

March 2, 2016

Graduate students, postdocs, and alumni invited to attend this virtual career fair, sponsored by the Graduate Career Consortium. Meet recruiters live online. It's easy & efficient! Full-time, post-doctoral and internship opportunities available. More information

Graduate & Professional Student Parent Support Group

March 8, 2016

All graduate and professional student parents with children are encouraged to attend and share resources and ideas. Lunch will be provided. Counseling staff will be available to meet with student parents to assess needs, make referrals, listen, and assist with needed resources when possible.  Meetings are held in Appleby Hall 251, with drop-in hours 12-2 p.m. every other Tuesday. The next meeting will be March 8. Contact Lauren Mitchell or Nicole Cardarella for details.

Leveraging Social Media for Your Job Search

March 23, 2016 | 12 - 1 p.m.

The use of LinkedIn, Twitter, and other social media platforms for job searches is a trend that continues to grow. Whether you are a student preparing for your career launch or an alumnus brushing up on your personal branding skills, this interactive chat (sponsored by the U of MN Alumni Association) is built for you. Learn tips and join in on the Twitter conversation about how to strategically position yourself on social media to be successful in your job search and networking. Open to students, alumni, staff, faculty and any interested participants on Twitter!   
Where: Twitter (using #UMNcareerchat)

Ugh, Networking?! Think of it as Relationship-Building

April 27, 2016 | 12 - 1 p.m.

Do you have a fear of networking? You're not alone! Join us for an interactive Twitter chat about networking, its benefits, and strategies to overcome those common fears that often hold us back from building career-focused relationships. (Sponsored by the U of MN Alumni Association.) Open to students, alumni, staff, faculty and any interested participants on Twitter!
Where: Twitter (using #UMNcareerchat)

Workshops, Seminars & Trainings

Re-imagining the Resume

March 2, 2016

Your resume is a key tool in helping you market yourself to a potential employer.  But that employer will likely spend just seconds looking at your resume before deciding if you're a viable candidate or not. You can increase the likelihood that your resume will get the attention you'd like by thinking about such things as your audience and the content that's most relevant for them.  What should you include? How do you tailor your resume depending on the specific organization or position? Register

Win Your Next Job Interview

March 3, 2016

Your CV/resume and cover letter may be fantastic, but effective interviewing skills are as – if not more – important. Interviews can be scary—especially when they include questions like the dreaded, “Tell me about yourself.” Grad students and postdocs at all stages of their programs are invited to this two-hour workshop, where we’ll address general interview preparation for non-academic job searches, and questions such as:

  • How to approach the job interview generally?
  • What questions are expected in non-academic job interviews?
  • How do I answer tough interview questions – including illegal questions?
  • What questions should I ask the interviewers?
  • How and when should I follow up with the interviewers?


Introductory Webinar: Health Policy Research Scholar

March 3, 2016 | 11 a.m.

Become a Change Leader, Build a Culture of Health
Health Policy Research Scholars is a new national change leadership development opportunity for full-time doctoral students from underrepresented populations or historically disadvantaged backgrounds, entering the first or second year of their doctoral program (by September 1, 2016), from any academic discipline who are training to be researchers and are interested in health policy research. There will be an introductory webinar on March 3rd at 12 noon (EST); email changeleaders@rwjf.org to sign up for updates. More information

The Monster Called Networking

March 4, 2016

Does the word "networking" make you nervous? What can you do to increase your confidence and your ability to make the connections you want? How can you prepare in advance to make the best use of the limited time you'll have with the employers at a networking event and make sure you stand out? How do you talk about your academic training and skills to employers outside of academia? If you plan to attend the Career Networking Event or just need guidance on improving your networking and job search skills, this event is for you! Register

Research Statements: Developing Effective Written & Spoken Statements

March 10, 2016

Interdisciplinary Opportunity As scholars we need to be able to write and talk about our research in clear and compelling ways so that audiences - hiring committees, colleagues and students - understand our work. In this workshop session, participants will focus on the development of short spoken and longer written research statements, and on tailoring the statements to particular audiences. Presenter: Ilene D. Alexander, Education Specialist, Center for Educational Innovation
Location: 402 Walter Library Register

Discouraging Plagiarism and Encouraging Effective Citation: An Interactive Workshop

March 10, 2016 | 1-3 p.m.

Attendees will work on designing assignment processes that discourage plagiarism, creating classroom activities and exercises that promote effective citation, and offering feedback to promote the effective use of evidence and documentation. Register (ULearn sign-in required)

Resume Marathon: Individual CV/Resumè Consultations

March 21, 2016

Just in time for the 2016 Career Networking Event on April 1! Sign up for an individual consultation and critique of your CV/resumè. U of  MN consultants will be available to meet with you for a 15-minute consultation to help you refine these important job search tools to make you more competitive in the job market. These sessions are FREE, but you must register in advance. Space is limited.

Startup 101

March 28, 2016

Interested in translating your ideas or IP into a successful business? Converting ideas into customer solutions that generate financial and/or social value may be an art, but there's also plenty of proven science in the process. This session will give you a set of tools and resources you can use to develop a startup (or a new product), and also give you command of the latest entrepreneurial lingo. "Pivot" anyone? Register>

The Role of "Lecture" in Courses with Writing: A Discussion with Readings

April 1, 2016 | 9 - 10:15 a.m.

Instructors are reconsidering the role and value of traditional lecture as a classroom activity, suggesting that it disadvantages students from underrepresented populations and that content can be delivered more effectively by flipping the classroom. What does this mean for the teaching of writing in disciplines and for practices of direct instruction in writing? Readings: Are college lectures unfair? and A defense of the lecture. Register (ULearn sign-in required)

Veolia Summer School

June 26, 2016 - July 4, 2016

Are you a graduate student studying the environment, engineering or business? Would you like to participate in a 10-day immersion in environmental solutions in Paris? Veolia, the world's largest environmental services company and steam plant operator for the U of M Twin Cities, offers a Summer School that brings together students from around the world. The summer school runs from June 26th, 2016- July 4th 2016. Travel, lodging accommodations, and meals will be covered. Find out more about your eligibility and application materials here!

Scholarships and Fellowships

Mellon University Press Diversity Fellowship Program

Deadline: March 15, 2016

The University Press Diversity Fellowship Program seeks to increase diversity in scholarly publishing by providing year-long fellowships in the acquisitions departments of four university presses - the University of Washington Press, Duke University Press, MIT Press, and the University of Georgia Press - with the support of the Association of American University Presses and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Through this year-long, full time entry-level position, fellows will be immersed in the acquisitions department of a leading scholarly press, working closely with senior acquisitions editors, authors, and projects through the entire acquisitions process. More information

Mixed Methods Interdisciplinary Graduate Group Dissertation Proposal Scholarship

Interdisciplinary Opportunity

Deadline: April 8, 2016

The Mixed Methods Interdisciplinary Graduate Group (MMIGG) is pleased to announce the availability of funds to support University of Minnesota doctoral students interested in proposing or performing mixed methods research. The MMIGG Dissertation Proposal Scholarship includes a $1,000 award to support a doctoral dissertation proposal. The Mixed Methods Research Scholarship includes a $1,000 award to facilitate the completion of a mixed methods research study. MMIGG scholarships are open to any student currently enrolled in a PhD, MD, EdD, JD, PharmD, or similar doctoral level program at the University of Minnesota. Questions about these awards or submission topics may be directed to Dr. Joe Gaugler, Director, MMIGG, 612-626-2485 or gaug0015@umn.edu. More info>

Star of the North Fellowship Program

Deadline: April 1, 2016

The State of Minnesota is currently accepting applications for 18 fellowship opportunities across 8 agencies! All fellowship opportunities through this program are paid positions that begin on July 1, 2016 and continue for 12 consecutive months. The fellowship program is open to applicants who have or will soon attain advanced degrees, and who demonstrate an interest in a career in public service. Applications are due by 11:59pm on Friday, April 1, 2016. More information>

Especially for International Students & Postdocs

International Alumni Career Panel

March 8, 2016

As an international graduate student or postdoc, securing a job in US could be challenging due to work authorization and other cultural factors. At this panel discussion, five distinguished alumni will discuss their current positions (postdoc, tenured faculty, higher ed administrator, industrial scientist & marketing vice president), describe their experiences in the career planning and job search processes, and share their advice on how best to utilize your time at the U as prepare for your career. ALL students will benefit from their insights, regardless of your preferred career or stage in your education. Register>

Effective Workplace Communication

March 9, 2016

International graduate students and postdocs face multiple challenges when hired at a U.S. workplace, including using their language skills for effective work performance, navigating U.S. cultural values with success, and adapting their communication styles to fit a variety of professional contexts. This workshop is designed to help international graduate students and postdocs improve their professional communication skills for their job search and future job performance. Participants will learn an overview of the skills needed to be successful in the U.S. context for the purposes of networking, interviewing, and teamwork.  Register>

Interdisciplinary Opportunity

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