Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Synthesist: November 25, 2014


Conferences, Events & Calls for Papers

Boreas Leadership Program: Career Conversation with Local Environmental Justice Leaders

Join the Boreas Leadership Program on Thursday, December 11, 2014 from 4:30 - 6:00 pm for a conversation with Karen Monahan, Community Organizer for the Minnesota Environmental Justice Program, Sierra Club North Star Chapter & Ned Brooks, Environmental Justice Coordinator, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The two of them will share their perspectives of pursuing environmental justice, the careers paths that got them into the work, and lessons learned along the way. All UMN graduate and professional students and post-docs are invited to attend. More info >

Interprofessional Black Tie Affair

All graduate and professional students and faculty are invited to the 3rd annual veterinary medicine formal, hosted by Alpha Psi: "A Black Tie Affair." Friday, January 30, 2015, 7pm at the Profile Event Center, 2630 University Ave SE in Minneapolis. Cost: $15. For additional information or to reserve tickets, contact alphapsi@umn.edu.

Call for Papers: Immigrant America: New Immigration Histories from 1965 to 2015

An interdisciplinary conference marking the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Immigration Act will take place on Friday, October 23 – Saturday, October 24, 2015. Proposals for full-panel submissions that highlight new research and perspectives, consider the state(s) of various specific fields and topics, and span the broad scope of immigration history and migration studies, including comparative and interdisciplinary approaches, are encouraged. Single paper submissions will also be given full attention. Proposals due: January 9, 2015. More information >

Graduate School Updates

Survey on summer academic & professional development programming

Graduate Students: Want to develop your academic and professional skill set over the summer? If so, please let us know via this brief Google survey what kind of programming would most interest you and when during the summer you would be most likely to participate. Your responses will help gauge interest in a summer program and what the content and scope of a summer program might be. Feedback is invited through December 12. 

Funding/Employment Opportunities

Minn-LInK Doctoral Fellowship Program

The Minnesota Linking Information for Kids (Minn-LInK) project invites applications for the 2015-2016 Minn-LInK Doctoral Fellowship Program. The Fellowship offers a unique opportunity to access and utilize integrated, child and family-level data not regularly available to researchers, including data on K-12 school attendance, graduation and drop-out, school-based service receipt, standardized test scores, school discipline, involvement in juvenile justice and adult corrections, child welfare and children's mental health service receipt, and health care utilization. Capstone research can be used by students in many different ways, including support for dissertations or other academic work. Fellows will receive a stipend of $3000 to support their research. For more information, visit http://z.umn.edu/minnlinkfellowship.


Graduate Student Bill of Rights: Deadline for Comments is Today!

The Council of Graduate Students invites the greater university community to provide feedback on its draft copy of the Graduate Student Bill of Rights document. Please send the council any comments, concerns, or suggestions by 1:00 p.m. today, November 25.

Be a #LibraryZombie

Beginning Wed, Dec. 3, Walter Library and the Bio-Medical Library will be open 24/7 with U Card. Wilson Library will be open 24/7 on Wed, Dec. 10 with U Card. New this semester, students will be required to have U Card to enter the Libraries after hours. More information at https://www.lib.umn.edu/about/finals.

New study and collaboration spaces in Wilson Library

You are invited to celebrate our renovation on the first floor of Wilson Library. Wilson Library now has even more study spaces just in time for Finals! Stop by from 3 to 4:30 on Wednesday, December 3rd to enjoy snacks, games, prizes and more. Explore your new home away from home. 

Weisman Art Museum: Holiday sale kickoff event

Save big on your holiday shopping at the WAM Shop! Enjoy music, light refreshments, and shopping with local artists on Wednesday, December 3. Save 20% in the WAM Shop and 10% with artists. Discount days continue December 4 and 5.

Advising Corner

Advising & Mentoring: Worst Practices

Hostile, intimidating, or offensive behavior on the part of an adviser or mentor can seriously interfere with their students’ ability to be successful. But faculty/student interactions often include situations that are ambiguous, which can make it difficult to know when one's behavior may be considered "hostile, intimidating or offensive." View this guide for some examples of "worst practices" in advising >

Trends, Tools, Issues, Reports & Best Practices

National Science Foundation (NSF) launches Graduate Education Discussion Forum

The NSF Grad Forum is a three-month pilot forum intended to encourage discussion among U.S. graduate-education stakeholders. This forum will provide the NSF Division of Graduate Education (DGE) a direct connection with graduate students, faculty, university administrators, employers, and others who want to contribute to the national dialogue. To get stakeholder input, the DGE will host moderated conversations on this forum in four broad topic areas: Diversity and broadening participation; campus to careers; the graduate education experience; and mentoring. Learn more >

ProQuest ends dissertation sales through Amazon

ProQuest will no longer sell the dissertations in its database through third-party retailers such as Amazon. The company announced that it will remove all dissertations currently for sale on Amazon in response to a growing consensus that individual graduate students should be the ones to decide who can sell their work. Read the full article on Inside Higher Ed >