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APD Update: March 29, 2016


Call for Applications for 2016 Graduate School Fellows Summer Institute
Application deadline: Midnight, Wednesday, March 30, 2016

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.

COGS Elections
April 11 | 6-8 p.m. | 101 Walter Library

The Council of Graduate Students will hold elections for leadership positions at the April 11 meeting, 6-8 p.m. in Walter Library 101. Job descriptions for available positions can be found here. If you would like to nominate yourself or another graduate student, or if you have questions, please email cogs@umn.edu.

Events & Activities

Career Networking Event
Friday, April 1 | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. | McNamara Alumni Center

Last minute chance to sign up! The Career Networking Event is a unique opportunity for talent-seeking companies and experienced, well-educated, potential employees to connect. We currently have about 60 employers from industry, government and non-profits signed up, with opportunities for full-time employment, internships, research collaboration and volunteering. Register

COGS Graduate Student Appreciation Week
Week of April 4, 2016

Join fellow graduate students the week of April 4 for the following events:

April 4: Bryant Lake Bowl Improv Theater Outing
Monday, April 4, 2016 from 6-9 p.m.

April 5: Coffee Mixer Event
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 from 7-9:30 p.m.

April 6: Trivia at the Crooked Pint
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 from 8-11 p.m.

April 7:
Food Truck in St. Paul - in front of the St. Paul Student Center from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Ice Cream Social for all St. Paul graduate students -120 Coffey Hall from 2-3:30 p.m.
Dead Man Winter Concert - Thursday, April 7, 2016 from 7:30-10:30 p.m.

April 8: Outing to the Como Zoo
Friday, April 8, 2016 from 4:30-6 p.m.

Doctoral Research Showcase
Wednesday, April 6 | 12 - 2 p.m. | Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union

Our doctoral fellows represent the University’s most creative thinkers. Join us as they share the discoveries they’ve made at the 2016 Doctoral Research Showcase. This event is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Alison Skoberg at skobe001@umn.edu.

Innovation Olympics
Register by April 10, 2016

Innovation Olympics is an 8 week consulting engagement with real clients (Fortune 500 companies or Local Giants). Students have to apply as a team, and will be competing with top schools from all over the world to come up with the best solution. The benefits for the students are:

  • Work with senior executives
  • Learn a world-class Innovation methodology to develop a new business
  • Receive a certificate from the Global Innovation Management Institute and be included in the globally distributed resume book
  • Gain valuable consulting work experience and build your resume
  • Win $4,000 for first place or $2,000 for second

The competition takes place four times a year, with the next one starting on April 15. The application deadline is April 10. More information

Workshops, Seminars & Trainings

Career Development and NIH: Where do you go from here and how do you get there?
March 30, 2016 | 12-1 p.m. | 2-101 Nils Hasselmo 

Steven Korn, the NINDS Director of the office of training and career development will visit the U and give a colloquium titled: "Career Development and NIH: Where do you go from here and how do you get there?" Graduate students and postdocs can ask him questions about career development, and transitioning into faculty roles. RSVP to Wilson Yu at wjyu@umn.edu.

Successful NIH Grant Writing
March 30, 2016 | (1:30-2:40 p.m., or 2:50-4 p.m.)  | 120 Amundson Hall 

Steven Korn, the NINDS Director of the office of training and career development will visit the U on March 30th. He has agreed to meet with graduate students to answer questions about NRSA and K99 writing and funding through the NIH at 120 Amundson Hall.  There will be two separate meetings, one for early-stage graduate students who are more concerned with NRSAs (1:30 -2:40 pm) and one for later-stage graduate students who aspire to be post-docs and want to know more about K99s (2:50- 4:00 pm). Light Refreshments will be provided. RSVP here.

Startup Seminar: Working With An Entrepreneur
Wednesday, April 6 | 5-7:30 p.m.| Cargill Building - Room 105 (St. Paul Campus)

For faculty, postdocs and grad students thinking of starting a company, a natural partnership is to match up their technical expertise with the business-savvy of experienced entrepreneurs, which can generate questions on how to work together. Come join us to get information on how researchers and entrepreneurs can work together to turn startup ideas into reality. This event will feature a panel of faculty members and entrepreneurs who are well versed in the process of commercialization of technologies developed within the University. More info and registration

Webinar: How to Negotiate Your Starting Salary

Thursday, April 7 | 12-1 p.m. 

If you merely accept a job offer without negotiating your pay, you may be leaving money on the table. In fact, many employers expect candidates to negotiate and are surprised when people don’t even ask. Steve Helland brings 18 years of experience as a corporate lawyer negotiating on behalf of companies and will discuss in practical terms:

  • Why you should negotiate
  • How-to and guidelines for successful salary negotiations
  • Common mistakes and a few horror stories
  • What the employer is thinking
  • Common myths and why they are false

This webinar is open to everyone but is aimed at job seekers who are less experienced with salary negotiations or are uncomfortable with these negotiations. Additional information/registration

So, You Want To Be An Independent Consultant? Here’s How To Be Successful
Thursday, April 7 | 5:30-7 p.m. 

In this session, Brendon will share his journey and the key decisions he made before leaving his fortune 100 job to become an independent consultant, and ultimately scaling a new business model designed for people looking to do independent work. Learn specifics about the current landscape of work in the new economy, and hear detailed steps you can take to build a successful independent consulting practice. The world of work is changing rapidly. Are you ready?

About the Speaker: Brendon Schrader is the Founder/CEO of Antenna, a Minneapolis based company that is changing the way marketing organizations engage resources. His insights on the independent consulting and changing nature of work, as well as Antenna’s unique business model have been highlighted in Inc. Magazine, Fast Company and Huffington Post. Contact Jon Ruzek at ruzek010@umn.edu for more information or visit the event website.

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

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 theater 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

Mixed Methods Research Scholarship
Deadline: April 8, 2016

Interdisciplinary Opportunity

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, or visit http://bit.ly/1QnsZF2.

Request for Graduate and Professional Student Proposals
Deadline: April 15, 2016

Interdisciplinary Opportunity

The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute is requesting applications for small research grants to fund student research and/or other activities related to broadening interdisciplinary learning in the areas of food, agriculture, and human health. Funds will be distributed through a competitive review process. The grants to be funded through this program must utilize novel and innovative approaches to answer potentially high impact research questions. The request should seek to establish cross-disciplinary learning and engagement. For this grant cycle, HFHL plans to award a total of up to $20,000. Applicants may seek grant funds ranging from $2,000-$10,000. More Information

Oregon Health And Science University - Family Medicine Postdoctoral Fellowship
Deadline: April 30, 2016

OHSU Family Medicine is a nationally-recognized department, encompassing a large clinical system, teaching program, and a robust research section. Research spans the fields of health policy research, educational transformation, health information technology, evidence based medicine, social determinants of health, and primary care practice transformation. The two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Family Medicine Research at OHSU is a unique opportunity to work side-by-side with faculty who on are the cutting edge of primary care and health policy research. We are seeking Ph.D. and M.D. applicants who are passionate about advancing the field of family medicine. More Information

Especially for International Students & Postdocs

Developing Effective Presentations
Tuesday, April 19 | 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. Register
Presenter:  Bethany Peterson, ESL Faculty & Staff Liaison, Teaching Specialist

Interdisciplinary Opportunity

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