Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Synthesist: August 23, 2016


Conferences, Events & Calls for Papers

Graduate and Professional Student Welcome & Orientation
August 30, 2016
New graduate & professional students are invited to attend the Graduate and Professional Student Welcome & Orientation on Tuesday, August 30, 2016. With a focus on all-university offices and programs as well as the services offered by the Graduate School, the event is a complement to orientations provided by departments and/or programs.

Sessions for doctoral students will be held in the morning; sessions for master's and professional students will be held in the afternoon. All students are invited to attend the Resource Fair from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. The event will take place in Northrop on the East Bank of the Twin Cities campus.

View Schedule | Resource Fair Participant List | Register

Additional Welcome Week Activities for New Graduate and Professional Students
August 30, 2016
Council of International Students (CIGS) Meet and Greet: CIGS will host a meet-and-greet for new international graduate students Tuesday, August 30, 12-1 p.m., on Northrop Plaza. This is a great opportunity to mingle with your fellow international graduate students from CIGS and Graduate School and ISSS staff. Learn about exciting upcoming events, getting involved with CIGS, and being engaged in the broader University community. Food is on us!

Council of Graduate Students (COGS) Welcome Reception: COGS' President, Nicholas Goldsmith, cordially invites all new incoming graduate students to a Welcome Reception to be held on Tuesday, August 30 from 4-6 p.m. in the Campus Club, Coffman Memorial Union.

Free Workshops in August from U Libraries
August, 2016
The University Libraries have a selection of workshops for you this August on topics such as Introduction to Citation Managers, Mendeley, Finding Grant Funding for Graduate Students, Zotero and EndNote. Register today

Get Involved with the Boreas Leadership Program
Kickoff event: September 22, 2016
Are you interested in developing as a leader and change agent poised to contribute to progress on complex societal challenges? Or maybe you're interested in being part of a community of impact-minded graduate and professional students and post-docs from across disciplines? If yes, check out the Boreas Leadership Program. Boreas builds on the strengths of graduate education to develop students as leaders and change agents capable of catalyzing solutions to big challenges. Join the Boreas Fall Kick-off on September 22 to learn more.  

Check out the Boreas leadership skills workshop schedule and apply today!

Employment, Fellowship & Funding Opportunities

Request for Proposals: The Work of the Humanities in a Changing Climate
Intent to apply deadline: October 1, 2016
The Humanities Without Walls consortium invites applications for funding from cross-institutional teams of faculty and graduate students wishing to collaboratively pursue research topics related to “The Work of the Humanities in a Changing Climate.” Note: UMN faculty project leaders and coordinators should contact IAS Director Jennifer Gunn (gunnx005@umn.edu) no later than October 1, 2016 with an email indicating intent to apply for this challenge, the project title, and all external collaborators and their institutions. Application deadline October 31, 2016. More information 

Luce Scholars Program for Professional Apprenticeships in Asia
Campus deadline: October 3, 2016
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 3, 2016. More information

AAAS 2017-18 Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF)
Deadline: November 1, 2016
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is currently accepting applications for the 2017-18 Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF). AAAS is seeking a diverse range of applicants representing all STEM disciplines, including social and health/medical sciences, and career stages. AAAS also offers the Judicial fellowship (focused on judicial policy) and the Roger Revelle Fellowship in Global Stewardship for those interested in environmental policy. More information

There is a series of live chats for people who are considering applying.

American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowships & Grants Program 2017-18
Deadline: November 1, 2016
Fellowships of up to $23,000 for study or research in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden are intended to support an academic year-long stay. Grants of up to $5,000 are available for shorter research visits. More information

Bridging Funds for Externally Funded Fellowships

The Graduate School provides bridging funds for students who have successfully competed for selective national or international fellowships but which do not provide sufficient funds to cover full tuition or health insurance. After a thorough review, the bridging program has been revised to provide a more streamlined application process. More information

Graduate Education Issues

CGS Best Practices Publication on Financial Education

The latest CGS Best Practices publication, "Financial Education: Developing High Impact Programs for Graduate and Undergraduate Students", is now available. This publication documents the results of a collaborative project, supported by funding from TIAA, between CGS and 34 U.S. universities to develop diverse and innovative model financial education programs for graduate and undergraduate students.

Topics addressed include the national context for graduate school leadership in financial education, model university financial education programs, and online resources available for students and financial education programs. This publication will be of particular interest to graduate deans, financial aid officers, program directors, and faculty. More information


New! COGS Facebook Student Exchange Group

The new COGS Facebook Student Exchange Group is a place for graduate students at the University of Minnesota to exchange information about events, resources, housing, etc. with other graduate students. This group is intended as a space for graduate students across campuses and programs to collaborate, plan events, and just help each other out. To join go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/umn.grad.student.exchange/.

NAMI Comes to Campus
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will have its first University of Minnesota-Twin Cities NAMI on Campus chapter starting this fall. Be part of the formation of this impactful organization as we offer programs and outreach with an emphasis on the specific needs of graduate students. Please contact Monica Akre (akre0006@umn.edu) and/or Kristen Wanta (wanta009@umn.edu) for more details.

New Graduate Minor in Health Equity
A new graduate minor in health equity will be available Fall 2016. The Health Equity Minor allows students to specialize in studying health disparities and inequalities. A firm understanding of the structural factors that cause health inequalities will help prepare students to enter the professional world as an effective advocate. The minor is 7 credits for Master’s students and 12 credits for PhD students.

For more information, visit the Health Equity Work Group website or contact Kathleen Call (callx001@umn.edu) or Rhonda Jones-Webb (jones010@umn.edu).