Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Synthesist: January 6, 2015


Graduate School Updates

Innovative Ideas in Interdisciplinary Graduate Education: Humanistic Commons

Learn how the College of Liberal Arts' Humanistic Commons - one of five winners of the Graduate School's 2014 competition for innovative ideas for enhancing interdisciplinary graduate education - is rethinking graduate education in the humanities across time, culture, discipline and space.

Advising Corner

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Model for Graduate/Professional Students and Faculty Mentors

A sucessful graduate advising/mentoring relationship begins with a shared understanding of the expectations, rights, roles and responsibilities of both the advisor and the advisee. Learn more about how both faculty and students can get the most out of the experience: gradvising.umn.edu/success.html

Funding/Employment Opportunities

California State University Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program

The CSU Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program offers loans to full-time students pursuing doctoral degrees who are interested in a teaching career at a CSU campus. The program provides loans of up to $10,000/year, up to a total of $30,000, and loan forgiveness: 20% of the loan is forgiven for each year of full-time teaching at a CSU campus following completion of the doctorate. More information >

Walter H. Judd International Graduate & Professional Fellowships

The GPS Alliance will offer 16 Judd Fellowships of $2,500 each to students enrolled in master's and professional degree programs to study, undertake internships, and conduct research projects abroad. New this year, two additional Judd Fellowships will be available for projects specific to Panama. Awards will be given in two categories: (1) Research and (2) Internship/Study. 

What's your big idea to change the world?

Acara, a program at the Institute on the Environment, is seeking University of Minnesota students who are developing solutions to the world's most pressing problems to participate in the 2015 Acara Challenge, an annual social-environmental venture competition that rewards teams of University students that present viable solutions to impact global challenges. Teams vie for cash awards up to $1,000 per team and an invitation to apply for an Acara Venture Fellowship, which can provide up to $5,000 in additional funding. Open to any degree-seeking UMN student. Applications are due January 23, 2015; learn more at z.umn.edu/acara15.

Institute for Advanced Study Collaboratives: Call for Proposals

The Institute for Advanced Study invites proposals for 2015-16 Research and Creative Collaboratives. Each year, the Institute supports a limited number of research/creative collaboratives. Collaborative activities vary and might include works-in-progress discussions, public workshops, collective work on projects, or public components with community connections. The Institute seeks participation from all colleges, schools, and campuses at the University and encourages graduate student participation in collaboratives. Collaboratives may be convened by University faculty, students, or staff, but should show evidence of faculty participation. Collaboratives may request up to $12,000. Applications are due Friday, January 30, 2015; the online application system will be open in January. Information at http://ias.umn.edu/programs/collaboratives/application-procedures/.

UM Thesis Research Travel Grants - Deadline:  Noon, February 4, 2015

Grants of up to $2,500 for domestic research and up to $5,000 for international research are available to Ph.D. students who have passed the oral preliminary examination by the application deadline.  More information:  http://www.grad.umn.edu/funding-tuition-fellowships-grants/thesis-research-travel-grant.


Free workshops from the U Libraries in January

The University Libraries have a large selection of workshops for you in January on topics such as Formatting your Dissertation/Thesis in Word, Mendeley, Finding Grants, Data Management and more. Register today!

Graduate & Professional Education Spotlight

Can computers protect us from swine flu?

Meggan Craft, assistant professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine and a resident fellow of the Institute on the Environment, uses computer modeling to understand disease transmission in animals. Read about Megan's research >

Energy Transition Lab will be hub of innovation

U of M Law School alumna Ellen Anderson is executive director of the U's new Energy Transition Lab. A strategic initiative of the Institute on the Environment, ETL will bring together leaders in government, business and nonprofit organizations to develop new energy policy pathways and advance needed reform. Learn more about the initiative >