Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Synthesist: August 12, 2014


Graduate & Professional Student Week of Welcome: The Council of Graduate Students presents the first annual Graduate and Professional Student Week of Welcome, August 24 - August 30, for all incoming and returning graduate and professional students at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Activities will include a free concert at Northrop featuring Haley Bonar and John Mark Nelson, complimentary tickets and tailgate for incoming students at the first Gophers football game of the year, a Northeast Minneapolis Brewery Crawl, tour of the U of M Arboretum, and a family and friends kickball tournament. To RSVP and learn more, like us on Facebook or visit us at www.cogs.umn.edu/.

Art Competition for graduate students from the Big Ten: The University of Michigan's Institute for Research on Women and Gender is sponsoring an art exhibition that will be of special interest to all Minnesota graduate students, but most especially those with an artistic bent and an interest in women and gender issues. "Re-imaging Gender," scheduled to open January 15, 2015, is a major juried art competition, open to all graduate students at CIC universities (Big Ten, plus Chicago) as well as graduate students in the State of Michigan. Find out more >

View the full U of M Graduate Education calendar 

Graduate & Professional Student Spotlight

Disparate fertility figures: Aine Seitz McCarthy, a Ph.D. candidate in Applied Economics, is researching why the total fertility rate in a rural, north central Tanzanian district is significantly higher than the fertility rate of Tanzania as a whole. Learn more about her research >

"Playing with technology to positively influence education": Alfonso Sintjago, a fifth-year Ph.D. student studying Comparative and International Development Education, is having fun as he explores the effects of mobile learning and online education on the advancement of developing countries. Learn about his research >

Two University of Minnesota doctoral students receive prestigious awards from the Ford Foundation: Anthony Michael Jimenez, Ph.D. student in Sociology and 2012 DOVE fellow, was one of 60 individuals chosen
from a national pool of applicants to receive a three year Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship. Jameson Robert Sweet, Ph.D. candidate in History and 2010 DOVE fellow, was one of 39 individuals chosen from a national pool of applicants to receive a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship for the 2014-2015 academic year. Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Congratulations, Anthony and Jameson!

Trends, Tools, Issues, Reports & Best Practices

Digital Storytelling for Instructors: Interested in using digital storytelling in your University course? The Immigration History Research Center (IHRC) can provide you with the materials to participate in Immigrant Stories and to train students in digital storytelling. Immigrant Stories (1) assists immigrants, refugees, and their families in making digital stories about their lives and (2) preserves these stories in the IHRC Archive. IHRC will hold an open house on August 26 at 1PM in 308 Andersen Library. Contact IHRC Program Associate Elizabeth Venditto, Ph.D for more information.

Resources on graduate student debt: To help the graduate education community advance the discussion of student debt issues, the Council of Graduate Schools Office of Public Policy and Government Affairs has developed fact sheets and policy briefs available online. Read more >

Funding/Employment Opportunities

Banting Fellowship available for postdocs: The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to the country's economic, social and research-based growth. The Banting Fellowship is a two-year, non-renewable fellowship that carries a stipend of $70,000 (taxable) per year. Approximately 70 fellowships are awarded annually. Learn more at https://www.grad.umn.edu/funding-tuition-post-docs/banting.

Luce Scholars Program for Professional Apprenticeships in Asia: The Luce Scholars Program provides young Americans with demonstrated leadership the opportunity to spend a year in Asia as professional apprentices under the guidance of leading Asian professionals. Applicants must be U.S. citizens no more than twenty-nine years of age by July 1 of the year they enter the program and they must have earned at least a Bachelor's degree by that date. They may be currently enrolled students in any college at the University of Minnesota, recent graduates, or junior faculty. Those who have a major in Asian Studies or who have spent more than twelve weeks in Asia are ineligible. Applicants must apply through the UM Graduate School Fellowship Office. Campus deadline: October 1, 2014. More information >

International Research Experiences for Students: The International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program supports development of globally-engaged U.S. science and engineering students capable of performing in an international research environment at the forefront of science and engineering. The IRES program supports active research participation by students enrolled as undergraduates or graduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. IRES projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the IRES program. Learn more >

Columbia University Society of Fellows in the Humanities: This is a two or three-year, Mellon-grant funded fellowship that allows recent PhD graduates to do research and teach at Columbia. It is one of the oldest fellowship programs in the United States. The current competition is for the 2015-2016 academic year; applications are being accepted from students who received their PhD between 1 January 2013 and 1 July 2015. View application >

Office of Science Graduate Student Research program: The Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is now accepting applications for the 2014 solicitation. Applications are due 5:00pm ET on Wednesday September 24, 2014. Detailed information about the program, including eligibility requirements and access to the online application system, can be found at: http://science.energy.gov/wdts/scgsr/.

Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship Program: This is an interdisciplinary training program that helps early-stage doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences formulate doctoral dissertation research proposals. For more details about the program and how to apply, visit www.ssrc.org/programs/dpdf/.

American Council of Learned Societies: The 2014-15 ACLS fellowship competitions are now open. ACLS offers fellowship programs that promote the full spectrum of humanities and humanistic social sciences research and support scholars at the advanced graduate student level through all stages of the academic career. Comprehensive information and eligibility criteria for all programs can be found at www.acls.org/programs/comps.

ASML Technology Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to individuals who have completed the Bachelor of Science program from a recognized US college or university in the Northeast, and who are further motivated to pursue a 2-year, full-time Master of Science degree in the technical and scientific disciplines at a recognized university (anywhere in the US). Learn more >


Student veterans non-resident tuition waiver changes: Effective August 1, 2014, all veterans in graduate and professional programs are entitled to receive in-state tuition rates. To receive the waiver, you must provide proof of service to University Veterans Services. For more information or to receive in-state resident rates, please submit a copy of your DD-214 to University Veterans Services. 

Free workshops from the Libraries in August: The University Libraries have a large selection of workshops for you including our *new* Introductory Crash Course for Graduate Students (offered in-person or online), Mendeley, Copyright, Managing Your Academic Identity, and more. Register today!