Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Synthesist: May 20, 2014

How Academia Messes with Your Mind: A free tele-summit on May 21-22, presented by Academic Ladder. Speakers will include Scott Jaschik, founder of Inside Higher Ed; Mary Deane Sorcinelli, nationally-recognized leader in faculty development; and Ken Bain, author of the prize-winning book, What the Best College Teachers Do. More information >

Methodology Workshop – Ideas Survey: Graduate students from the Center for Cognitive Sciences would like to hear your interests for their upcoming methodology workshop. This one day event is open to all students/faculty/staff and will take place next fall (exact date TBD). The methodology that garners the most interest will be chosen for this year's workshop but, we need your vote! Please take a few minutes to provide us with your ideas by completing this brief survey >

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Graduate School Updates

New members elected to the Graduate Education Council: Based on the results of the Spring 2014 ballot, nine faculty members have been elected to serve as new representatives on the Graduate Education Council; these faculty will join the ongoing GEC members in fall 2014.

Graduate & Professional Student Spotlight

Hollie Nyseth Brehm: More than 65 years ago, the Genocide Convention recognized genocide as an international crime. Yet violent mass atrocities – as shown in the recent cases of Bosnia and Rwanda and the current conflict in Darfur – continue to occur. Hollie Nyseth Brehm, a University of Minnesota Ph.D. candidate in sociology, is already making tremendous contributions to research on genocide response and prevention. Read more about Brehm's work >

Trends, Tools, Issues, Reports & Best Practices

Get Organized! Free Workshops and Consultations from U Libraries: Working on research this summer? Writing a grant? The University Libraries staff and librarians are here to help. Set up a consultation to learn about ways the U Libraries can support you. Register today for a free workshop on topics such as Organizing Your PDFs, RefWorks, Zotero, Mendeley, Formatting your Dissertations in Word, and more.

Funding/Employment Opportunities

Non-Academic Careers for PhDs: Nonprofits offer interesting mission-driven careers for PhDs. Humanists and Social Scientists, read about nonprofits here: http://vphd.info/1oex5pr; Scientists, here: http://vphd.info/1mINyD0. Take two steps to see more: 1) Log in to Versatile PhD and 2) Click "PhD Career Finder."

Schwarzman Scholars Partners with Institute of International Education (IIE): IIE is partnering with the Schwarzman Scholars team to develop and implement this elite scholarship program. Each year, 200 students from around the world will be chosen to work towards a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing, attending lectures, traveling, and developing a better understanding of China. Admissions will open in the fall of 2015, with the first class of students in residence by the summer of 2016. More information about the application process will be available soon. Read more about the program >

Spend one year in Germany – The German Chancellor Fellowship: The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's German Chancellor Fellowship Program is for university graduates from the United States, the Russian Federation, the People's Republic of China, the Federal Republic of Brazil and the Republic of India with an interest in international issues and demonstrated leadership potential. The program provides fellows the opportunity to spend one year in Germany, where they will network with other prospective leaders from abroad and explore new solutions to the global issues of our times. Application process >


Tuition Billing & Due Dates Changing: Beginning Fall 2014, tuition billing and due dates will occur two weeks earlier than in years past. The first fall tuition bill will be sent on August 30th and will be due September 13th. Visit the One Stop website for more information about Fall 2014 billing and due dates. 

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