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APD Update: September 27, 2016


Workshops, Seminars & Trainings

Series on the Academic Job Search
The Center for Educational Innovation Series on the Academic Job Search continues with the following workshops:

21st Century Academic Careers: Creating Opportunities and Planning for Luck
September 28, 2016 | 3 - 4:30 p.m. | 402 Walter Library

Academic jobs are not what they used to be! We have all heard how difficult it is to secure an academic position, and how few graduate students are pursuing an academic career path. But there are ways to work to create opportunities. This workshop will explore the context of 21st Century academic jobs and what you can do to increase your chance of getting one. Register


Effective Interviewing for Academic Jobs
September 29, 2016 | 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. | 402 Walter Library

This workshop is for graduate students and postdocs who will be interviewing for faculty positions. The presentation will cover pre-interview preparation, making a great first impression, effective responses to typical interview questions, questions to ask of the interviewer, and memorable closure. Participants will also have the opportunity to practice their interviewing skills.
This workshop will focus on the early round interviews. Register


Writing the Teaching Philosophy for the Academic Job Market
October 5, 2016 | 3 - 4:30 p.m. | 402 Walter Library 

The teaching philosophy is an essay that every future faculty member should have. It is commonly requested during the academic job search and is a key document in the dossier for promotion and tenure. It’s also difficult to write, and many graduate students/postdocs don’t know where to begin. This interactive workshop introduces participants to the elements of effective teaching philosophies as well as an approach for drafting the essay. 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


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


Events, Activities

University of Minnesota Student & Alumni Virtual Networking Event
October 5, 2016 | 12 - 1:30 p.m.

This is speed networking, only online, allowing students to connect with University of Minnesota alumni who are working in a variety of industries. Log-in from anywhere via computer, smartphone, or tablet. Students will move through the session in a series of brief chats with alumni that are timed up to 9 minutes. You'll end the event with some new career insights and additional professional connections. It’s free, it’s easy, and it’s fun. Register today!

University of Minnesota Alumni Association webinars and online networking sessions are free and open to all students and alumni. Information on student UMAA memberships and services 


#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)


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

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.


Scholarships, Fellowships, and Internships

COGS Grant Applications Open!
Application deadline: 11:59 p.m. | Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Council of Graduate Students (COGS) is currently accepting applications for career development and conference travel grants for activities that occur between September 1, 2016 and January 16, 2017. These competitive grants of up to $500 for career development and up to $1,200 for conference travel are a great resource, and COGS members are encouraged to apply.  

For more information about eligibility, application components, and links to the application forms, visit the COGS grants website. Contact Jeanna Wieselmann (jeanna@umn.edu), COGS Director of Grants, with questions.


Postdoctoral Fellowships for Academic Diversity at the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Application deadline: November 15, 2016

The Postdoctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity Program is a competitive program whose goal is to increase the diversity of the community of scholars devoted to academic research at both the University of Pennsylvania and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Both organizations seek to attract promising researchers and educators from different backgrounds, races, ethnic groups, and other diverse populations whose life experience, research experience and employment background will contribute significantly to their academic missions. Fellowships are available for postdoctoral training in all areas of study at either Penn or CHOP. Successful candidates will receive mentored scholarly and research training as well as courses and workshops to enhance their research success skills and prepare them for a faculty position in a major university. More information


DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program
Application deadline: November 21, 2016 | 5 p.m. ET

The Department of Energy’s Office of Science has announced that the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is accepting applications for the 2016 Solicitation 2. The SCGSR program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate thesis research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE Office of Science. More information For questions contact the SCGSR Program Manager, Dr. Ping Ge, at sc.scgsr@science.doe.gov.


Call for Proposals

3rd Annual humanitiesNOW Graduate Humanities Conference
Interdisciplinary Opportunity
Abstracts due: Wednesday, November 9 | 5 p.m.

The Charles Phelps Taft Research Center at the University of Cincinnati is calling for paper and round-table proposals for its third annual humanitiesNOW Graduate Humanities Conference. This conference provides advanced graduate students the opportunity to present discipline-specific research, as well as multi-, inter-, or transdisciplinary research, and to interact with others both inside and outside their discipline, on topics of mutual interest. Presentation topics may include any current research in or on the humanities. The two-day conference will take place Feb. 9 - 10, 2017. More information


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