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APD Update: March 15, 2016


Call for Applications for 2016 Graduate School Fellows Summer Institute
Interdisciplinary Opportunity

What drives you? Sparks your curiosity? Ignites your passion? What impact do you want to make in the world? How can you use your research and scholarship to make a difference-whether locally or globally, whatever your field? How do you begin to tackle a problem that crosses disciplines, public and private sectors, and even national boundaries? Want to learn more? The Graduate School Fellows Summer Institute (August 15 -19, 2016) will help you answer these questions while connecting you with other Ph.D. students and postdocs in an intensive week of learning. For more information and to apply, see the website.

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The University of Minnesota has an institutional license with Wolfram|Alpha. Current students, faculty and staff can access the Pro version of the service.

Students, faculty or staff members currently paying for Wolfram|Alpha Pro should refrain from renewing their subscription and utilize the University's institutional license agreement moving forward. More information

Events & Activities

Discussion of Graduate Student Wellness
March 24 from 12-2 p.m.

The Council of Graduate Students Mental Health Committee invites graduate students at the University of Minnesota to attend a Discussion of Graduate Student Wellness on Thursday, March 24th from 12:00pm - 2:00pm in the President's Room in Coffman Memorial Union.
Come join the discussion about graduate student wellness. This discussion includes presentations from Dr. Angus MacDonald III (a Professor from the Department of Psychology), and Mr. David Golden (the Director of Public Health and Communications at Boynton Health Services), as well as a panel about wellness-related experiences and practices. Panelists include Dr. MacDonald and Mr. Golden and graduate students Snider Desir, Emily Durham, and Christopher Luhmann. During the event, speakers will address several wellness-related topics, including recent research on wellness, data on the status of graduate student wellness, graduate students’ own stories of mental health, and practices of wellness. Attendees will also have the opportunity to join in the discussion in a question and answer session. Register

The Career Networking Event for Graduate Students, Postdoctoral Researchers and Alumni
April 1, 2016 | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

The Career Networking Event is a unique opportunity for talent-seeking companies and experienced, well-educated, potential employees to connect.

Hundreds of graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and alumni representing a wide variety of disciplines and backgrounds will network with representatives from organizations ranging from nonprofits to government agencies to Fortune 500 companies. More information

Workshops, Seminars & Trainings

Careers in Technical Writing for Humanities and Social Sciences Ph.D.s (Online)
March 14 - 18, 2016  

Versatile PhD hosts a free web-based asynchronous panel discussion about careers in technical writing. All panelists are Ph.D.s from humanities and social sciences fields.

You can interact with panelists throughout the week on the site, or follow the discussion via email. All questions welcome, from the most general to the very specific.

UM's subscription to The Versatile PhD is sponsored by The Graduate School. Registration at Versatile PhD is free and can be anonymous; use your UM internet ID upon registration to access subscriber-only content such as the CareerFinder. More information

Teaching with Technology 
March 21, 2016 | 1:30-3 p.m. 

Teaching with Technology participants will practice using several teaching (and learning) with technology tools, and reflect on key pedagogical principles, including accessibility, that guide teachers in making decisions about teaching with technology. More information

COGS Graduate Student Legislative Advocacy Training 
March 21, 2016 | 4 - 5 p.m. 

Many state legislators don't know what grad students are, or why we are important to the U and to the state. Learn effective strategies for talking to legislators and advocating for yourself at the state government level. Dinner will be provided. If you have any questions please contact Erin Jewett or Lauren Mitchell 

From Idea to Action: How to Go from Concept to Company (Startup 101)
March 28, 2016 | 3-4:30 p.m.

“I have an idea for a company; what should I do next?”
“I don’t have an idea, but I’d love to help someone else get going.
“Who should I tell about my idea?”   
“How do I start a company while I’m a (really busy) student/postdoc?”
Converting ideas into a successful startup business 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 (on campus and beyond) you can use to develop a startup (or a new product). For those who are exploring non-academic careers, this is a great session to learn about business basics! Register

Using Delivery, Design and Story Telling to Create Dynamic Presentations
April 11, 2016 | 3 - 5:30 p.m.

Interdisciplinary Opportunity

Are you a graduate student interested in improving your presentations, whether for a class, a professional conference or your college’s “Three Minute Thesis” competition?  Are you—or will you soon be—on the job market, where you will need to communicate your research/scholarly work? If so, this workshop is for you. This multi-part, interactive workshop will bring together professionals from storytelling, graphic design, and theatre to introduce you to skills that will help you communicate your research to others in a clear, compelling and effective presentation. Register

Scholarships, Fellowships, and Internships

White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Internship Program

The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders offers full-time internships year round (spring, summer, and fall). Part-time applicants who can commit to at least 20 hours a week will be considered, although the Initiative prioritizes full-time applicants (32-40 hours a week). The following internship sites are available:

Washington, DC at the Initiative headquarters
Seattle, WA
San Francisco, CA
Remote (for communications/multimedia intern)
More Information

Call for Applications to DOE Office of Science Graduate Research Program (SCGSR)
Deadline: May 11, 2016 | 5 p.m. Eastern Time

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications for supplemental awards for Ph.D. students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory. Applications are due May 11, 2016, at 5 p.m. ET. More information

Call for Proposals: Course Development and Enhancement Grants in GLBT Studies
Deadline: April 15, 2016

The Steven J. Schochet Endowment for GLBT Studies invites proposals for the creation of new courses in queer, gender and sexuality studies, or for significant enhancement of existing courses in these fields. More information

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 the end of the day on Friday, April 1, 2016. More information

Especially for International Students & Postdocs

Developing Effective Presentations
April 19, 2016 | 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Designing and delivering a presentation in your second language can be an intimidating and challenging task. This workshop is designed to help international graduate students and postdocs improve presentation skills for professional and academic contexts. Through examples and interactive activities, participants will learn tips for planning clear and organized content, strategies for enhancing nonverbal communication and engaging the audience, and techniques for designing effective visual aids.
Presenter:  Bethany Peterson, ESL Faculty & Staff Liaison, Teaching Specialist

Interdisciplinary Opportunity

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