Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Synthesist: March 17, 2015


Academic & Professional Development Resources

How Can Interdisciplinary Graduate Students Maximize Mentoring Relationships?

How Can Interdisciplinary Graduate Students Maximize Mentoring Relationships?Interdisciplinary collaboration and research are critical in order to address the world's most pressing challenges - yet working across disciplines can be challenging in and of itself. At a recent Interdisciplinary Commons workshop, attendees with interdisciplinary research and scholarly interests learned about tools and resources to help them realize their goals and create a strategic plan for the future, based on thoughtful planning and strong mentoring relationships. Find out more about strategic mentoring for interdisciplinary grad students >

Consult with YOUR Librarian, Today!

We have a librarian for every department on campus. We can help with literature reviews and searching article databases efficiently to using tools to organize PDFs and create bibliographies. We offer guidance on copyright, data management, publishing and take requests for new materials. Set up an appointment today!

Apply Now: Acara Global Venture DesignStudents from the Acara Global Venture Design course have the opportunity to travel to India to participate in the annual Acara Summer Institute, to meet passionate social entrepreneurs and impact investors, and to pilot their impact venture solutions.

Acara Global Venture Design is an interdisciplinary, global, entrepreneurial, experiential, project-based and team-oriented course offered Fridays 9am–noon in Fall 2015. In this course you will:

  • Identify a wicked grand challenge
  • Design a social venture solution
  • Collaborate on an interdisciplinary, global project team
  • Be mentored by business professionals
  • Pitch your venture for seed funding to travel to India

Open to grad students and upper level undergrads from all colleges and majors. More info >

Graduate & Professional Education Spotlight

2015-16 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship Recipients Announced

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the recipients of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship (IDF) for next year. These fifteen Ph.D. students are engaged in some of the most innovative interdisciplinary research taking place at the University.

Conferences, Events & Calls for Papers

COGS Graduate Student Research Symposium

COGS is proud to announce its 2nd annual graduate student research symposium set for 8:45-4:30 on April 3 in Walter 402. This year's theme is "Addressing Change: Perceptions of Threat in Today's World." Nine exceptional talks will be given by graduate students alongside our keynote speaker, Dr. Steven Schlozman of Harvard. Register at z.umn.edu/GSRS2015 and receive a free lunch at the event! Visit the registration website for a full list of associated events and for a schedule of the day's talks.

Funding/Employment Opportunities

Star of the North Fellowship Program

The State of Minnesota is offering year-long fellowship opportunities in the Twin Cities area beginning July 1, 2015. The fellowship program is open to applicants who have or will soon attain advanced degrees, and who demonstrate an interest in a career in public service. Several state agencies-Administration, Commerce, Human Services, Transportation, and Revenue-are participating at this time. More information >

Responding to Harassment of Graduate/Professional Students: A Quick Reference Guide for FacultyAdvising Corner

Responding to Harassment of Graduate/Professional Students: A Quick Reference Guide for Faculty

Harassment can include offensive, intimidating, or hostile behavior that interferes with your students’ abilities to work or study, such as threatening or demeaning language. This brief guide provides tips and suggestions for faculty who have concerns about harassment of a student.