Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Synthesist: May 6, 2014

GRE Search Service: The Graduate School will host a lunch and workshop to discuss the GRE search service, a recruitment tool that can be used to reach prospects who have demonstrated graduate-level readiness through their GRE® test performance, on May 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Campus Club. RSVP required.

TA Workshop: The Center for Writing presents a summer workshop, Commenting On & Grading Student Writing: A Workshop for Teaching Assistants, August 25, 2014 at 12:30 p.m., 312 Science Teaching & Student Services. Teaching assistants new to grading and commenting will have opportunities to become familiar with strategies and resources supporting effective and efficient practices.

Resources for buying a home in the University district or elsewhere in Minneapolis for those who might not otherwise be able to afford it will be presented at an information session on May 15, 2014 at 4:30 p.m., 2-228 Carlson School of Management. For registration and more information, see homebuyer assistance through the City of Lakes Community Land Trust. Co-sponsored by the U's Office of Government and Community Relations, and the University District Alliance. More about the City of Lakes Community Land Trust >

The American Association for State and Local History will hold its Annual Meeting and Online Conference in St. Paul, MN on September 17-20, 2014. This year's theme, Greater Than the Sum of Our Parts, examines the personal, communal, and organizational journeys that lead to vibrancy, authenticity, social change and sustainability. Visit http://about.aaslh.org/conference/ for more information; scholarship information also available online.

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Graduate School Updates

Five innovative ideas in interdisciplinary graduate education recognized in the 2013-2014 Call for Innovative Ideas competition. Each of the winners will receive a modest award from the Graduate School to help launch the projects. Read more about the winning ideas >

Fifteen Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships were awarded to outstanding doctoral students doing interdisciplinary research, from a candidate pool of 84 submissions. The original twelve fellowships were supplemented by additional funds from the Graduate School to allow 15 awards to be made. View the 2014-2015 winners >

Graduate & Professional Student Spotlight

With her research on the ape and human fossil record of Kenya's Rusinga Island, Kirsten Jenkins' intriguing discoveries are helping us understand how ancient humans lived and the selection pressures that drove their evolution. Read more >

The Mixed Methods Interdisciplinary Graduate Group (MMIGG) has announced the winners of its 2014-2015 scholarships: Veronica L. Horowitz, Department of Sociology; Brett Johnson, School of Journalism and Mass Communication; and Scott DeMuth, Department of Sociology. Heidi Wagner (College of Design) and Holly Dunn and Ore Koren (Department of Political Science) received Honorable Mention. Congratulations! Learn more about the MMIGG >

Abinadi Meza, MFA '04 and Dove Fellow, has been named a recipient of the 2014-15 Rome Prize. The Rome Prize is awarded to approximately thirty individuals who represent the highest standard of excellence in the arts and humanities. Prize recipients are invited to reside at the Academy’s 11-acre center in Rome and receive room and board, a study or studio, and a stipend.  Read more about this year's recipients >

Trends, Tools, Issues, Reports & Best Practices

International Graduate Applications Rebound in Preliminary Estimates for 2014: The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) reports that the preliminary number of applications from prospective international students to U.S. graduate schools increased 7% in 2014, up from the 2% increase seen in 2013. Read more >

Global Operations: Are you conducting research abroad? Do you employ staff overseas? Are you or do you know someone who is struggling with questions about international tax, legal, or other issues? Global Operations can help! Global Operations is a service available to University faculty and staff undertaking research, projects, or programs abroad to assess issues, provide advice, and reduce internal infrastructure barriers. Check out the Global Operations website for more information.

Funding/Employment Opportunities

Call for pre-proposals for the NSF Research Traineeship program. Critical information about the NSF NRT program is available via a series of NSF webinars.