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APD Update: October 11, 2016


Workshops, Seminars & Trainings

#UMNCareerChat: Effective Interview Strategies
October 12, 2016 | 12 - 1 p.m.  

You’ve been offered an interview...now what? Join us for a genuine conversation about the challenges and triumphs of interviewing. Topics include: how to prepare and reduce nerves, questions to prepare for and ask, funny interview fails and what we can learn from them, and how to meaningfully follow up. Join us at #UMNCareerChat.

(Unit Lead for this chat: Career & Internship Services - CCE, CDES, CFANS)  


Improving Oral Communication: Listening Strategies & Fluency Building
October 12, 2016 | 3 - 4:30 p.m. | 402 Walter Library   

On a daily basis, graduate students need to demonstrate that they can follow a fast-paced lecture, engage in robust academic discussions, and present information in a clear and concise manner.  These academic opportunities can represent complex and demanding tasks for the second language learner. In this workshop, international graduate students will learn methods for increasing listening comprehension levels and improving spoken fluency rates for use in a variety of academic settings. Register


TA Professional Development Workshops   

Discussions that Work
October 12, 2016 | 12:20-1:10 p.m. | University Office Plaza 444

Are you concerned about discussions that get out of control? Students that talk too much or too little? Discussions that take too much of your class time? Join us for this highly interactive session to expand your repertoire of basic discussion tips, strategies, and tools guaranteed to actively engage students representing diverse background and knowledge levels in your class. In addition to a focus on classroom discussions, we will also treat strategies for designing and moderating successful online discussions. Register

Efficient Grading Strategies
October 13, 2016 | 3:35-4:25 p.m. | University Office Plaza 444

Grading exams and problem sets can quickly consume your life, but it doesn't have to! In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to effectively use rubrics and answer keys to save time and be more consistent in their grading. Register


Preparing for the Campus Visit Interview
October 13, 2016 | 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. | 402 Walter Library

To prepare you for this all-important interview, we’ll discuss everything from the itinerary that you initially receive, to your final meeting with the search committee, and everything in between. While some content from the Interviewing Workshop will be reviewed in this campus visit workshop, we will be focusing on the unique aspects of the campus visit such as the meal with the search committee, the teaching demonstration and the job talk. Register


Versatile PhD Panel: Ph.D.s in Medical Writing, STEM forum
October 17-21, 2016 | virtual asynchronous panel

STEM Ph.D.s, particularly in life sciences, can make a difference as medical writers, crafting documents that convey research results, product uses, and other medical information clearly and effectively. Clarity in the medical industry has never been more important, and Ph.D.s are well-equipped to provide it. Versatile PhD will host a free AMA-style panel discussion on Ph.D. Careers in Medical Writing, Oct. 17-21. All panelists are Ph.D.s or ABD in STEM disciplines and currently working as medical writers in a variety of settings.

To participate, log in with your X500 here: https://apps.grad.umn.edu/secure/Versatile_PhD/. Once you reach the VPhD login page, create a member account if it's your first visit. If you already have an account, sign in as usual. Click on "Forums" and select the STEM Forum.


UMAA Webinar: Making the Most of LinkedIn - Q&A
October 19, 2016 | 12 - 1 p.m. | Webinar   

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network, and over 250,000 U of M alumni and students are on LinkedIn. Would you like to utilize LinkedIn more effectively for your own professional purposes? Join LinkedIn super-user Jon Ruzek to learn best practices during this open hour of questions and answers.

Jon Ruzek is the Senior Director of Alumni Networks for the University of Minnesota Alumni Association. He connects with the expertise of more than 466,000 alumni and friends worldwide to support alumni and student career aspirations, employment opportunities, virtual networking, corporate outreach, and mentoring programs. Register 


Planning Ahead: Mapping the Graduate Student Experience
October 21, 2016 |10 - 11:30 a.m. | 315 Nicholson Hall   

What are my roles as a graduate student? How do I make sure I complete my program? What do I want to do with my degree? Through group discussions, we will explore multiple responsibilities of graduate students, possible pitfalls, and proactive approaches to ensure a positive experience, academically, professionally, and personally. This workshop is for first-year international graduate students. Register 


Graduate School Seminar Series on Collaborative Leadership and Grand Challenges Research
Interdisciplinary Opportunity
The Graduate School Seminar Series on collaborative leadership and grand challenges research is intended to help prepare you to get involved in tackling some of the world's most vexing problems, whatever your discipline or career path.   

Organizing Research on “Grand Challenges:” Transdisciplinary Approaches
October 25, 2016 | 4 - 6 p.m. | 402 Walter Library

Transdisciplinary research (TR) is a promising path to more effective management of complex “grand challenge” problems. We define TR as an integrated process of inquiry and action that addresses complex problems by integrating scholarly and practical knowledge across many societal sectors and levels of organization. In this seminar, we will examine and discuss the TR framework, and consider its application in practice, with a particular emphasis on the role of humanistic disciplines and democratic governance in TR. More information | Registration

Setting Up Teams for Success
November 8, 2016 | 4 - 6 p.m. | 402 Walter Library

Getting people to work together isn’t easy, and unfortunately many leaders skip over the basics of team building in a rush to achieve results. But your actions in the first few weeks—some research suggests minutes—can have a major impact on whether your team ultimately delivers results.  More information | Registration  


Preparing for the SETTA
November 11, 2016 | 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.| 125 Nicholson Hall   

Have you been looking everywhere for a SETTA prep course, like you can find for other English-language-based tests? Look no further! This workshop will give you an overview of SETTA and what the test raters are looking for. You will get a chance to practice a mock SETTA at the end of the workshop. Students who have registered or plan to register for SETTA are welcome to participate. Presenter: Barbara Beers, Center for Educational Innovation. Register


Developing Effective Writing Strategies
November 16, 2016 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 402 Walter Library   

For many students, writing effective papers at the graduate level can be an intensely challenging task. This workshop will equip international graduate students with key strategies to improve writing for academic purposes. Students will learn tips to boost writing fluency, increase grammatical accuracy, organize ideas effectively, and integrate and cite sources correctly. Presented by the Minnesota English Language Program (MELP). Register  


UMAA Webinar: Building a Compelling Resume
November 17, 2016 | 12 - 1 p.m. | Webinar   

Join Stephen Glomb, Senior Associate Director and Career Coach for the Carlson School of Management’s Graduate Business Career Center, as he shares tips on how to build a compelling resume appropriate to your job search. Attendees will leave the session with a strong understanding of how to build a unique resume that will appeal to recruiters and hiring managers while showcasing achievements. Register


Events, Activities

Discovery Across DisciplinesInterdisciplinary Opportunity
October 13, 2016 | 12-2 p.m. Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union

Connect with people and ideas at Discovery Across Disciplines! Discovery Across Disciplines is a destination for students, researchers, faculty and industry leaders who are interested in crossing disciplinary lines to answer tough questions and advance breakthrough research. Sixty of the University of Minnesota's interdisciplinary research centers and institutes will be on hand to network and share their discoveries. Come explore, learn, connect and engage. Bring your U card to swipe for a drawing with giveaways you are sure to enjoy! For questions, contact Vicki Field (field001@umn.edu). More information. Please RSVP by October 12.


Government and Non-Profit Career Fair
October 28, 2016 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union   

Looking to find a job or internship where you can make a difference and expand your career options? You're invite you to register for the upcoming Government & Nonprofit Career Fair! This is a great opportunity to gain in-person access to representatives from 86 government and nonprofit agencies. The fair will also feature breakout sessions Careers in Nonprofits; Professionals in Government: City, County, State and Federal Jobs; and Careers in Global Development: Exploring Humanitarian Aid, Global Health and Sustainability. Register by October 20. More Information | Registration


Grants, Fellowships, and Internships   

COGS Travel and Career Grants
Deadline: October 16, 2016 | 11:59 p.m.

The Council of Graduate Students (COGS) career development and conference travel grant applications will close at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 16, so make sure to submit your complete application by then! These grants can be used for activities that occur between September 1, 2016, and January 16, 2017. More information Contact: Jeanna Wieselmann (jeanna@umn.edu)


COGS Community Grant Applications Now Open!

The Council of Graduate Students is now accepting applications for grants to fund graduate student events and new graduate student groups. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. More information Contact: Jeanna Wieselmann (jeanna@umn.edu)


Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
Deadline: November 1, 2016   

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is a merit-based graduate school fellowship for immigrants and children of immigrants who are 30 or younger as of the application deadline. Every year the program selects 30 fellows, each of whom receives up to $90,000 over one to two years for full-time graduate study in any discipline or profession at a US graduate institution. If born abroad, an applicant must be a naturalized citizen, a green card holder, or a DACA recipient. If born in the United States, an applicant’s parents must have been born abroad as non-US citizens. Applicants must be applying to graduate school or in the first two years of their graduate program as of the application deadline. More information


MnDRIVE Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship program
Deadline: November 11, 2016 | 5 p.m.   

The University of Minnesota Informatics Institute announces its MnDRIVE Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship program for Ph.D. graduate students currently pursuing research at the University of Minnesota at the intersection of informatics and any of the four MnDRIVE areas: Robotics, sensors and advanced manufacturing; global food ventures; advancing industry, conserving our environment; and discoveries and treatments for brain conditions. More information


Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship (IDF)
Program nomination deadline: November 14, 2016 | 12 noonInterdisciplinary Opportunity

Application instructions for the 2017-18 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship (IDF) competition are now available. The IDF provides a unique opportunity for outstanding Ph.D. students whose research is interdisciplinary and who would benefit from interaction with faculty at one of the University's interdisciplinary research centers or institutes during the fellowship year. More information


2017-2018 Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources
Deadline: December 2, 2016 | 5 p.m. (EST)   

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources. The program will be offering about fifteen competitively awarded fellowships in 2017. Each provides a stipend of $2,000 per month for 9–12 months. Each fellow will receive an additional $1,000 upon participating in a symposium on research in original sources and submitting an acceptable report to CLIR on the research experience. Thus the maximum award will be $25,000. More information


Online Resources   

A Strategy Guide for Second-Round Interviews

Congratulations on landing a campus visit.  Now, you'll need to prepare for the second-round interview!  This guidebook from Vitae will help you prepare to put your best foot forward.


   Interdisciplinary Opportunity

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