Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Synthesist: June 30, 2015


Graduate & Professional Education Spotlight

Artur Stefansk: How will Minnesota tree species respond to a warming climate?Artur Stefanski: How will Minnesota tree species respond to a warming climate?

Forests provide extremely valuable resources and ecosystem services, such as clean water, carbon storage, and wildlife habitat – but how will rising global temperatures affect trees? Learn more about Stefanski's research >  

Graduate Summer Research Internship

As part of the University’s effort to broaden career options and research experiences for graduate students, the Graduate School recently awarded 23 students with stipends of up to $4,000 each for internships during summer 2015. Learn about the winners, their research, and the organizations that are hosting them

Take Cover! Improving sustainable agriculture in Minnesota through increasing green cover

What better place to study sustainable agriculture than a state with 26 million acres of farmland? Take Cover! is a group of ten University of Minnesota graduate researchers -- including geneticists, plant breeders, and agronomists -- collaborating to increase the amount of living, green cover on Minnesota's landscape. Learn more about this initiative >  

Conferences, Events & Calls for Papers

2015 OrientationOrientation and Welcome for New Graduate and Professional Students

The Graduate School, in collaboration with the Council of Graduate Students, will hold a Welcome & Orientation event on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. in Northrop Auditorium, with breakout sessions in Nicholson Hall. Sessions for doctoral students will be held from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; sessions for master’s and professional students will be held from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. We will also host a resource fair at Northrop Auditorium from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. for all students. This event is designed to introduce new graduate and professional students to the University, the graduate community and the broad range of resources and services available to support their success. More information >

Academic & Professional Development Opportunities

Free Workshop: Formatting Your Dissertation or Thesis in *Microsoft Word*

Focus on your research instead of your formatting! Learn how to use Microsoft Word features effectively and efficiently to insert images and charts, get page numbers in the right place, generate tables of contents and figures; and more. This workshop covers the basic formatting you'll need to comply with Graduate School guidelines and uses Office 2007. July 17, 2015, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. | 310 Walter Library | Register >

Focus on Food Production ProgramFocus on Food Production Program

Expand your knowledge of how food is produced, manufactured/processed, regulated, traded, protected and sustained through this week-long program. Commodity organizations, food companies and government agencies want employees whose disciplinary expertise is matched by broad understanding of food systems. This program can be taken for graduate credit or professional development, and is for students from a range of disciplines who want to work in some way with food. This program can be taken as a stand alone program or as part of the Food Systems Certificate (three programs over the course of the academic year). August 17 - 21, 2015. More information >

Commenting and Grading on Student Writing: New TA Workshop

Are you new to grading student writing? Wondering how to respond effectively, efficiently, and fairly? This half-day orientation is intended for new or returning Teaching Assistants and Graduate Instructors who will be responding to and grading student writing for the first time in Fall 2015. You’ll have the opportunity to practice with writing samples from students in various disciplines, and to work with writing specialists to develop specific grading and commenting strategies for your course. You’ll also have the chance to talk with a panel of veteran TAs about their experiences working with student writing. September 2, 2015 | Register 

Data Management Short Course

The Libraries are offering a Data Management Short Course this summer. It is a hands-on, intensive training for grad students who want to integrate data management best practices into their current or future research. Free to U of M graduate students. Space is limited, and an application is required. August 17 - 21, 2015. Apply here!

How Can Research on Learning Inform your Teaching?

Join the Center for Educational Innovation for this half day learning sciences workshop on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. We'll summarize the most relevant and robust research findings and focus on concrete implications for teaching. Lunch will be provided and remote attendance is available. More information and registration >

Employment & Funding Opportunities

Prize for Innovation in Global Security

The Geneva Centre for Security Policy has established a Prize for Innovation in Global Security, which is meant to stimulate forward-thinking and creative solutions to current issues in international security. The prize consists of a cash award of approximately $10,750, a ceremonial awards dinner in Geneva, and all travel expenses for the winner. More information >