Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Synthesist: March 25, 2014

The Effects of Stress on Personal and Economic Health – First Annual COGS Graduate Student Symposium: Nine graduate students from across the University of Minnesota will be sharing their work as it pertains to this topic and Dr. Karen Parker, Stanford University, will be giving the keynote address from her work on animal models of early social relationships. April 2 at Mayo Auditorium; 8:45am - 5:00pm. Register >

Natural Resources Graduate Symposium: The Natural Resources Association of Graduate Students will be showcasing the research efforts of graduate students representing multiple departments in the broad field of natural resources. April 22nd, 2014, Cargill Building, 9:00 am-4:00 pm. The first 100 participants to register receive a complimentary lunch. Register >

Council of Graduate Schools Webinar – Making the Most of GradSense: An Online Financial Tool for Students: This webinar will highlight ways to use GradSense.org, a new website developed by CGS staff as part of the Enhancing Student Financial Education initiative, in collaboration with TIAA-CREF. GradSense is a unique online resource that provides graduate and undergraduate students with interactive tools and information relevant to financial issues in higher education. 1:00-2:00pm, April 7, 2014. Register (requires CGS log-in) >

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Graduate & Professional Student Spotlight

Maria Miranda: Chemistry graduate student and green living enthusiast Maria Miranda is focused on finding safe and environmentally efficient alternatives to the petroleum-based materials currently used to make plastics. Read Maria's story > 

Trends, Issues, Reports & Best Practices

College Enrollment Growth to Slow Through 2022: The National Center for Education Statistics projects a significant slowdown in enrollment growth in American colleges and universities over the next decade compared to the last one. Graduate education enrollment, however, is expected to grow more than undergraduate enrollment. Download the full report (PDF) >

Funding Opportunities

L’Oréal USA For Women In Science Program: This national awards program annually recognizes and rewards five U.S.-based women researchers at the beginning of their scientific careers. Recipients receive up to $60,000 each that they must put towards their postdoctoral research. The program's partner, AAAS, manages the peer-review process. Application is open from March 24 to May 19th. Details >

Mondale Research Fellowship: The Center for the Study of Politics and Governance is officially accepting applications for the Mondale Research Fellowship. The Fellowship will encourage research in the archives of the Minnesota Historical Society on elected government officials whose service in office improved Minnesota and the opportunities of its citizens. Applications are welcome from students in high school, college, and graduate school, faculty, and non-academic researchers. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, May 30, 2014. For more information, visit the Fellowship webpage.

German Chancellor Fellowships for Prospective Leaders: The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellowship Programme is targeted at university graduates who have an international outlook and initial leadership experience. The fellowships provide the opportunity to spend a year in Germany networking with other prospective leaders from abroad. Applications are due by September 15. More information > 

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