Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Synthesist: February 25, 2014

We're pleased to introduce the first edition of the Graduate School e-newsletter, Synthesist. This bi-weekly publication is designed for graduate and professional students, faculty and staff with graduate education responsibilities, and anyone interested in issues related to graduate education at the University.

Synthesist will highlight issues and trends in graduate education; events, activities, information and opportunities of interest to the graduate education community; and outstanding graduate and professional students and faculty. We hope that you find this to be a valuable resource, and we invite you to submit your ideas for content.

Conferences, Events & Calls for Papers

2014 Career Networking Event for graduate students, post-doctoral students and alumni will take place on April 4, 2014 at the McNamara Alumni Center. Meet representatives from industry, business, academia, government and non-profits – up to 80 companies and organizations are expected to attend.

Workshop: "Researching and Writing the Literature Review—Content and Process" will take place on Friday, March 7, 10 am – 12 pm at the Carlson School of Management. This workshop will focus on framing the literature review in the context of the thesis or dissertation; narrowing the research scope; searching for and organizing the materials; knowing when you`re done, and resources available. Register >

View the full U of M Graduate Education calendar 

Graduate School Updates

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs has moved from the Office of the Vice President for Research to the Graduate School

Graduate & professional student advising website provides resources for students and faculty 

Statement on Academic Freedom & Responsibility available on Graduate School's website

Graduate & Professional Student Spotlight

Susan Connor, Ph.D.

A love of nursing, an interest in disaster research, and a devotion to her country inspired U.S. Air Force retired lieutenant colonel Susan Connor to pursue her lifelong goal of earning her Ph.D. in nursing at the University of Minnesota. Read Susan's story >

Trends, Issues, Reports & Best Practices

Doctorate Recipients from U.S. Universities: Who earns a U.S. doctorate? Which fields attract students? What influences the path to the doctorate? How do graduates pay for doctoral education? What are the post-graduation trends? Explore the answers to these questions in the NSF's December 2013 report

Council of Graduate Schools report: Upward Trends Continue in Professional Science Master’s Enrollment and Degrees

Funding Opportunities

Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences: Call for Proposals. This funding initiative aims to encourage work on the broad societal implications of problems in health, environment, or the life sciences.

2014 Center for Austrian Studies Summer Research Grants for U of M Graduate Students

The Institute for Advanced Study is soliciting proposals for preliminary projects on The Global Midwest. This initiative will fund cross-institutional teams of faculty and graduate students pursuing collaborative research that rethinks and reveals the Midwest as a key site—both now and in the past—in shaping global economies and cultures.