Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Synthesist: January 26, 2016


Conferences, Events & Calls for Papers

Career Networking Event: Registration now open

Graduate students, postdocs & alumni: Join us for the 2016 Career Networking Event on Friday, April 1 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at McNamara Alumni Center.

Meet representatives from industry, business, government and non-profits – up to 80 companies and organizations are expected to attend. Companies may or may not have current job openings, but all are excited to meet and talk with potential future employees. They are also looking for ways to connect with students around internship and research collaboration opportunities. There is NO COST to attend the Career Networking Event, but space is limited and registration is required. More information about the event

Boreas Leadership Spring Workshops & Kickoff Event

Do you want to change the world? Or become a more effective leader? How about connecting with other graduate students from across disciplines interested in leadership and changemaking? Check out the Boreas Leadership Program; applications are due February 1. Learn more at the spring semester kick-off on January 28 and check out the spring workshop schedule.

2016 Power & Privilege speakers' series

The Office for Student Engagement announces the 2016 Power & Privilege speakers' series:

  • Taking Action for Education Justice: An Equity Literacy Approach, featuring Dr. Paul Gorski. This two hour hands-on workshop will help you to design real action steps. Free and open to all, this event is on February 3 from 12-2 p.m. in Coffman Union Room 324. Join Dr. Gorski again from 4:30-6 p.m. in the same place for a keynote on “How to Be a Threat to Injustice: Reflections on Activism, Privilege, and Vulnerability.” Register now, space is limited.
  • Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity, featuring Dr. Shakti Butler: Dr. Butler will present her film “Cracking the Codes,” which asks America to talk about the causes and consequences of systemic inequality. Designed for dialogue, the film works to disentangle internal beliefs, attitudes, and pre-judgments within, and it builds skills to address the structural drivers of social and economic inequities. Following the show, Dr. Butler will conduct a discussion and Q&A. The presentation is on February 17 from 6-8 p.m. in Coffman Union Theater. Stay tuned for registration information.
  • Power and Privilege in Today’s America, featuring Dr. Mar Lamont Hill: Dr. Hill, one of the leading intellectual voices in the country, will lead this keynote presentation. The event on April 6 at 6 p.m. in Mayo Memorial Auditorium is free and open to the public. Light reception to follow.

WatIF: Water Initiative for the Future 2016 International Conference

The Water Initiative for the Future (WatIF) 2016, hosted at Queen’s University, is a novel international conference organized by a multidisciplinary group of graduate students for graduate students. 200+ of the brightest graduate students from any water related disciplines or research topics across the globe and leading experts in the water industry will convene from July 27-29, 2016 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Call for abstracts opens February 11, 2016. See conference flyer for details or visit http://www.waterinitiativeforthefuture.org/.

Graduate Education Spotlight

Finding a home away from home: Graduate student ambassador program helps students get settled in Minnesota

The UMN Graduate Ambassadors Program is an initiative that aims to make graduate and professional students aware of the opportunities available at the U, and to help them make a smooth transition to the land of lakes, mosquitos, midwestern winters, and the culture of “Minnesota Nice.” Learn more at https://www.grad.umn.edu/news/ambassadors


Graduate & Professional Student Parent Support Group

All graduate and professional student parents with children are encourage to attend and share resources and ideas. Lunch will be provided. Meetings are held in Appleby Hall 251, with drop-in hours 12-2 p.m. every other Tuesday. The first meetings of Spring semester will be January 26 and February 9. Contact Lauren Mitchell or Nicole Cardarella for details.

Employment, Fellowship & Funding Opportunities

2016-17 FLAS Fellowships: Applications due February 8

The Institute for Global Studies and its partner centers, the African Studies Initiative and the Consortium for the Study of the Asias, offer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships. The fellowships promote language study - particularly less commonly taught languages - paired with international or area studies. Graduate students can receive a stipend of $15,000 and up to $18,000 towards tuition and fees for an academic year fellowship, and a stipend of $2,500 and up to $5,000 towards tuition and fees for summer fellowships.

Walter H. Judd International Graduate & Professional Fellowships

Up to $2,500 may be requested to support travel, living, and allied academic or professional expenses abroad. The fellowship also provides international medical insurance for all recipients for the duration of their project abroad. Awards may be used from May 2016 through April 2017. It is anticipated that about 15 fellowships will be awarded this year, including two awards for projects specific to Panama. Deadline: Noon, February 10, 2016. Visit http://global.umn.edu/funding/judd/index.html for more information or contact Meaka Pitschka at 612-626-9123 or meaka@umn.edu.