Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Synthesist: February 3, 2015


February 3, 2015

Graduate & Professional Education Spotlight

Sarah Saunders: Tackling Complex Conservation Questions

Sarah Saunders, a PhD candidate in Conservation Biology and 2014-2015 Doctoral Dissertation Fellow, is helping to conserve the Great Lakes piping plover, one of the most endangered shorebirds of North America. By studying the genetics, behavior, breeding experience and demography of each bird, Saunders aims to understand the factors driving their survival and reproductive success. Learn more about how her application of data to conserving piping plovers could inform future efforts to recover marked populations >

Conferences, Events & Calls for Papers

Beyond the Academy: Broadening Career Options for Graduate Students

April 8, 2015 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Coffman Memorial Union. Join faculty, graduate students, postdocs, employers, and academic and professional development staff at this year’s Graduate and Professional Education Assembly for a University-wide conversation about career pathways for graduate students. More information/registration: http://z.umn.edu/gpea2015

Save the Date: 2015 Doctoral Research Showcase

Spend some time with the University's best and brightest graduate students at the 2015 Doctoral Research Showcase on April 7, 2015 from 12 - 2 p.m. in the Great Hall at Coffman Memorial Union. More information >

Centennial Contest: Call for Essays on Academic Freedom

The AAUP Foundation’s Centennial Committee is holding a student contest to raise awareness about academic freedom and the AAUP. The centennial contest is open to all students enrolled at accredited institutions of higher education in the United States. There will be separate competitions for essays and art, and separate awards will be given to undergraduates and graduate students. The winners in each category will receive prizes of $1,000. Deadline: March 1, 2015. More information >

Mind, Body, & Consciousness in Premodern & Modern Contexts

This forum is inspired by the proposition that current thinking about mind, body and consciousness is hindered by its encapsulation within “modernist” intellectual paradigms. Panelists will bring perspectives of recent science together with those of the arts and the humanities to address fundamental questions related to consciousness -- i.e. what is the self, the mind, the body, the conscious subject, etc.? This is part of the IAS “Thursdays @ 4” series. For more info visit: http://ias.umn.edu/2015/02/26/consciousness/

Mark Ritchie, Former Secretary of State of Minnesota at Boreas Leadership Program

The Boreas Leadership Program welcomes Mark Ritchie, the former Secretary of State of Minnesota and advocate for the Minnesota to host Expo 2023, a World's Fair. Mark’s visionary leadership on the Minnesota World’s Fair is built upon his career as a leader in sustainability and government. So many potential topics for discussion about international connections, policy, food, and environment that we don’t have enough room to list them! Thursday, February 5, 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Institute on the Environment Commons. Visit Boreas Booya – Mark Ritchie for more information.

How do Individual Cities Make a Global Impact on Climate Change?

Tackling climate change is a global effort, requiring action on the local level. Communities around the world are taking charge by implementing grassroots sustainability measures. For example, light rail and other public transportation modes are expanding in the Twin Cities. Bristol, England, which was recently named a "European Green Capitol," is piloting a hybrid bus program. In this Frontiers talk, Simon Sharpe, Martin Bigg and Gayle Prest will present local and global perspectives on addressing our warming planet. Our British guests are in town as part of the Pop-up British Consulate in Minneapolis. Frontiers in the Environment Seminar Series, Wednesday, Feb. 11, Noon - 1pm. More info at http://environment.umn.edu/events/frontiers-in-the-environment/

Boreas Leadership Program - Booyah Kickoff

We’re kicking off a semester of booyas woven together with the theme of international environmental leadership rooted right here in Minnesota. This year’s student advisory team brings a wealth of international connections and experiences, and the theme emerged from the team’s discussions. As usual, this kick-off booya will have refreshments and information about Boreas opportunities through the semester. You can also expect great conversation and connections, stewed in the international perspectives of Boreas participants. Join us! Booya Schedule >

Academic & Professional Development Resources

Lunch with Your Librarian – Don't have one? Get one here!

Register for working consultations with subject-specific experts from the University Libraries. Get advice on interdisciplinary information sources; U Libraries search tools; data sources and data management; tools for organizing your PDFs and your bibliography; finding grants; places to get published; managing your copyright; and more. (Consultations can also be arranged for a later date by request). Lunch is provided. Friday, February 20, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Location: 140 Nolte Center. Register for this session >

Perspectives on Interdisciplinary Research and Scholarship: From Framing to Fruition

In what venues should you publish your interdisciplinary research?  Do you need to write differently for different audiences?  How will reviewers evaluate your work?  How will potential employers view it?  How might your career aspirations affect your choice of publication venue?  This panel presentation and discussion will give participants an opportunity to probe these and other aspects of the publication process. This session is intended for graduate students who are in the early, mid or late stages of their degree programs and who plan careers in academic or non-academic settings. Friday, February 20, 1:30 – 3 p.m. | Location: 125 Nolte Center. Register for this session >

IAS Collaboratives at the Interdisciplinary Graduate Commons

On February 13, the IAS will sponsor a showcase of collaborative work at the Interdisciplinary Commons. The showcase will both demonstrate the range of interdisciplinary work being done at the U and also offer interested graduate students a chance to learn about and possibly get involved in IAS collaboratives. 1:30 - 3 p.m., 140 Nolte Center. No registration is required to attend.

The Data Incubator: Training and Placing Data Scientists

The Data Incubator is an intensive six-week data science fellowship that prepares top science and engineering graduates to work as data scientists and quants in the private sector. We then help you find jobs at some of the world's top companies. The program is free for fellows; employers pay fees if they hire from the program. Anyone within one year of graduating from a masters or PhD program or who has already obtained a masters or PhD is welcome to apply at www.thedataincubator.com.

R Toolbox Tutorials: Tell Your Story with Powerful Graphics in R

Join us for our spring semester R Toolbox tutorials exploring some of the easiest and most powerful tools and functions for producing graphical data representations in the R statistical software. Students and faculty from all departments are welcome. The tutorials will take place in EdSciB Room 325 every other Monday from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., starting on Feb. 2. Free pizza at every meeting! Sponsored by the Educational Measurement Club and funded by a COGS Community Building Grant. See more details at http://z.umn.edu/epcc

Advising Corner

Difficult Conversations: FAQ for Graduate Students
  • What can you do if your advisor is not responding to repeated requests for assistance?
  • What do you do if a faculty member is repeatedly making negative or hostile comments about you in front of others?
  • What do you do if a faculty member is making unwanted advances, e.g., inviting you on dates?
  • If you seek assistance at SCRC, UCCS, ISSS, or Aurora Center, does that mean you're automatically filing a grievance?
  • Your advisor makes you work more hours than other graduate assistants. What can you do?
  • Someone is taking credit for you work. What should you do?

This guide to having a difficult conversation can help you navigate a potentially awkward discussion >

Funding/Employment Opportunities

COGS Spring Grants Announcement

The guidelines and applications for the Council of Graduate Students grants programs are now available. We offer grants to support conference travel, career development, and community building events. Please visit http://www.cogs.umn.edu/Grants1.html for more information. Email cogs@umn.edu with questions.

Minn-LInK is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Minn-LInK Doctoral Fellowship

The Fellowship offers a unique opportunity to access and utilize integrated, child and family-level data not regularly available to researchers. Fellows will have the opportunity to develop and execute their own Capstone research project using Minn-LInK’s integrated data. Research may focus on cross-systems issues including K-12 education (including STEM research), physical and mental health, child welfare, and/or juvenile justice. Capstone projects may be used for program papers, dissertation research, journal publications, and more. Applications must be submitted by March 11, 2015. To apply or for more information, visit http://z.umn.edu/minnlinkfellowship.

Spring 2015 Paid Student Consulting Opportunities

Management & Technical Assistance Program (MTAP) for Nonprofits and the Community Health Initiative (CHI): Develop your consulting skills, earn money and assist a Twin Cities community-based nonprofit organization! Open to ALL University of Minnesota graduate and professional students from all schools and colleges. Online applications available at https://diversity.umn.edu/bced/.

IPID International Travel Grant is now accepting applications

IPID International Travel Grants are awarded to University of Minnesota students who are participating in research, internship, or work experience related to international development. Up to five students will be awarded up to $1,250 each to support travel, research, and/or living expenses abroad. The award may be used from May – December 2015. The project should range in length from three weeks to four months. Applications are due March 13th. Please visit the Grant Program Page on IPID's Website for more information and application documents.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

FLAS fellowships are intended to support graduate students who want to study a less-commonly-taught language (LCTL) in combination with area studies courses.  We are able to offer FLAS fellowships in three distinct areas: African Studies, Asian Studies and International Studies. Application deadline: Monday, February 9, 2015. Detailed information, a description of the application process and the application form is posted on the IGS web site: http://igs.cla.umn.edu/grad/fundflas.html.

Center for Austrian Studies 2015 Summer research Grants in Austrian and Central European Studies

The Center for Austrian Studies is able to offer up to four Summer 2015 Research Grants of $2,000. The grants are intended to provide financial support to currently enrolled University of Minnesota graduate students in order to further their progress towards their degree.  Applications are welcome from all disciplines with a connection to Austrian and/or Central European Studies. Application deadline: February 27, 2015. For more information: http://cas.umn.edu/awards/STUDENTS.HTML

Center for German and European Studies: Hella Mears Graduate Fellowships for German and European Studies

The Hella Mears Graduate Fellowship for German and European Studies fosters graduate student research on a wide variety of German and European topics. This fellowship provides summer support in the amount of $5,000 to full-time graduate students in the dissertation or immediate pre-dissertation phase in the College of Liberal Arts. Summer dissertation support in the amount of $5,000. The funds may be used for research travel. Up to 8 awards will be offered. Application deadline: March 16, 2015. For more information: http://cges.umn.edu/fellowships/HellaMearsGraduateFellowship.html.

Clinical and Translational Science Institute

The Translational Research Development Program (TRDP) provides for early stage investigators to gain significant experience with clinical and translational research. The program is available to predoctoral trainees, postdoctoral trainees and medical fellows and provides research funds up to $16,000 available over two year. The program is accepting mandatory Letters of Intent until noon on Thursday, February 12, 2015.  Learn more and apply >

L'Oreal USA For Women In Science Fellowship

The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program annually recognizes and rewards five U.S.-based women researchers for their outstanding contributions in science, technology, engineering and math fields. Recipients receive up to $60,000 each for their postdoctoral research. The 2015 L'Oréal USA for Women in Science application period will open on February 2, 2015 and will close on March 20, 2015. More information >