Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Synthesist: January 20, 2015


January 20, 2015

Graduate & Professional Education Spotlight

GRIP: Getting Students Involved in Program Evaluation

How can student-centered evaluations benefit graduate programs? The Graduate Review & Improvement Process (GRIP) is a unique approach to program evaluation that's providing an insightful look at graduate program quality and effectiveness. Hear what some programs have learned from their participation in the process >

Trends, Tools, Issues, Reports & Best Practices

Report: Understanding Career Pathways

A new report from the Council of Graduate Schools outlines what we know about the career pathways of PhD holders in STEM, social science and humanities fields, and what we must do to learn more. Read more and download the report >


Boreas Leadership Program Spring Workshops and Kick-off

Interested in developing your leadership skills and identity but don't have time to take a class? Boreas offers half-day workshops at no cost to graduate and professional students. Interacting with the media, better presentation skills, effective meetings, and integrative leadership are just some of the skills you can learn at Boreas workshops. Sign up today!

Want to learn more about Boreas? Attend the Spring Kick-Off event on January 29, 2014 from 4:30 - 6:00 pm in the LES building on the Saint Paul Campus.

University Libraries Announces Spring Workshops

The University Libraries offer a number of workshops for graduate and professional students, from managing your research data to creating posters using Powerpoint to formatting your dissertation or thesis. More information >

Conferences, Events & Calls for Papers

Interdisciplinary Commons: Grant Writing and Funding for Your Interdisciplinary Research and Scholarship

Discovering and developing solutions to today’s complex problems often requires incorporating knowledge and methods across disciplinary boundaries. Additionally, more funding agencies and external sponsors are requiring grant proposals to take an interdisciplinary approach. In this panel presentation and discussion, we'll explore tools and resources to help you search for, develop, and stay up-to-date on grant opportunities. More information >

Call for Abstracts: COGS Symposium on Threat

COGS (Council of Graduate Students), in association with the Center for Cognitive Sciences, invites graduate students from all programs to submit proposals to present their work as it pertains to the topic of threat (broadly interpreted) in today’s changing world at an upcoming university-wide symposium on April 3rd, 2015. Deadline for abstract submission: Noon, February 15, 2015. More Info >

Funding/Employment Opportunities

Consortium on Law and Values Funding Opportunity

The Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences has issued a call for proposals addressing the societal implications of problems in health, environment, or the life sciences to graduate and professional students for work during the upcoming summer (2015) and/or academic year (2015/16). A total of $35,000 is available for these grants with a maximum award of $7,000. Proposals for student-initiated programs or colloquia will also be accepted. Deadline: Proposals are due by 4pm February 16, 2015 to boyle032@umn.edu. More info >

Advising Corner

Orientation Planning Guide for Graduate and Professional Programs

A successful orientation program establishes a welcoming and supportive departmental culture for students, and provides them with the information, tools, contacts, and confidence to thrive academically, professionally, and personally. It's not too early to start planning for your program's 2015-2016 orientation. Find helpful tips in this Orientation Planning Guide for Graduate and Professional Programs >

Graduate School Updates

Call for Funding Proposals: Interdisciplinary Graduate Groups

Funding proposals for new or existing interdisciplinary graduate groups are invited by the vice provost and dean of graduate education to seed and support the development of research, educational and training activities in emerging areas of inquiry. Faculty with graduate education responsibilities are eligible to apply. Awards will be made through a competitive process and are expected to range from $3,000 to $12,000 for activities planned after June 30, 2015. Applications are due April 3, 2015. For more information, see call for proposals.