Submission Guidelines


The Graduate School E-Newsletter is a regular email communication designed to deliver general information about issues, events and opportunities related to graduate, professional and postdoctoral education to current graduate and professional students, postdocs, faculty and staff with graduate education responsibilities.


The Graduate School E-Newsletter, Synthesist, is generally published every other Tuesday, September through May, by the Graduate School. Synthesist is published approximately once each month from June-August. Please see publication dates below.

How to Submit

Anyone with a University of Minnesota affiliation is able to submit content via Google form (users must log in using their U of M Internet ID). Please note that submissions may be edited for length and/or content; the final decision to publish submissions is made by the editor.

Submission Format

Provide a heading, a paragraph or so of text, and web link or email address for additional information. See the archive page for examples of previously published articles.

Publication Dates: 2017-2018

The deadline for submission is one week prior to publication.

  • July 18, 2017
  • Aug 22, 2017
  • Sep 5, 2017
  • Sep 19, 2017
  • Oct 3, 2017
  • Oct 17, 2017
  • Oct 31, 2017
  • Nov 14, 2017
  • Nov 28, 2017
  • Jan 9, 2018
  • Jan 23, 2018
  • Feb 6, 2018
  • Feb 20, 2018
  • Mar 6, 2018
  • Mar 20, 2018
  • Apr 3, 2018
  • Apr 17, 2018
  • May 1, 2018
  • May 15, 2018
  • July 17, 2018
  • Aug 21, 2018
  • Sep 4, 2018

Content Categories

E-newsletter content generally falls into one of the following categories:

Graduate Education Spotlight

  • Graduate students’ (or alumni) accomplishments/awards
  • Faculty accomplishments/awards

Conferences, Events & Calls for Papers

  • Events/activities/opportunities/workshops related to graduate education, both internal and external
  • Priority is given to topics/events that are open to a wide audience
  • For example, information/opportunities/stories related to interdisciplinary initiatives; international scholarship activities; issues of diversity in graduate education; scholarly integrity; etc.

Fellowship & Funding Opportunities

  • Internal or external job openings for graduate students
  • Internal or external fellowship opportunities
  • Internal or external requests for proposals

Issues & Best Practices in Graduate Education

  • For example, how does change in federal student loans affect students? What are current trends re: assistantships?

General Announcements

  • Critical or time-sensitive information; e.g. policy changes; admission deadlines; etc.


If you are submitting information about a student or faculty member, please ensure that you have the person’s permission to publicize his or her achievement or profile. If you are submitting an item for yourself or on behalf of others, all individuals must be identified with: full name; title or status (e.g. “Assistant Professor” or “undergraduate student”); all department and program affiliations

Previously published content

Please feel free to submit links to news articles, columns or blogs that have already been published by you or your department for consideration in the Grad School Newsletter.


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