Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Synthesist: October 14, 2014


Conferences, Events & Calls for Papers

Discovery Across Disciplines: This Thursday!

Sponsored by the Graduate School and the Office of the Vice President for Research, this showcase will highlight the exciting and engaging work of more than 50 of the University’s interdisciplinary research centers and institutes. Take time to connect with others across campus who share your research and scholarly interests at this poster-session-style event. Browse the exhibits, interact with researchers, network with colleagues, and learn about opportunities for involvement in interdisciplinary inquiry. Graduate students, postdocs, and new (and relatively new) faculty are especially encouraged to attend. The event will take place on Thursday, October 16 from 2 - 4 pm on the third floor of Coffman Memorial Union.

Open Scholarship & Open Education Fair

To celebrate International Open Access Week the U Libraries are hosting an Open Scholarship & Open Education Fair on Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 2:00-4:00 pm in Walter Library 101. We will have coffee and a chance to talk to experts and learn more about publishing in open journals, the University Digital Conservancy, the new Digital Public Library of America, using open materials in your teaching, making your own research data open, “altmetrics” for measuring impact and more.

NextProf Science 2015 workshop

The University of Michigan is seeking early career scientists to participate in the NextProf Science 2015 workshop, which will take place May 26-29, 2015. NextProf Science is aimed at future faculty—advanced doctoral students or postdoctoral fellows who are interested in an academic career in science at an exceptional academic research institution and who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity. Applicants may nominate themselves or be nominated by a faculty mentor. Additional information about the workshop and application materials are available online >

Graduate School Updates

The Interdisciplinary Commons

The Graduate School is launching a new initiative intended to foster graduate student interactions across disciplines: The Interdisciplinary Commons. Offered on a trial basis this academic year, The Interdisciplinary Commons will provide space in Nolte Center for graduate students with interdisciplinary scholarly, research and creative interests to study; make connections with students in other fields; discuss and develop their ideas; collaborate on projects; present papers and dissertation chapters to peers; and learn from faculty, professional staff and other graduate students about a variety of topics related to interdisciplinary inquiry. See the website for dates and programming, and to register.

Trends, Tools, Issues, Reports & Best Practices 

International Graduate Students Fuel First-time Enrollment Growth

One in five new graduate students in the US was a temporary resident in 2013, according to the Graduate Enrolment and Degrees: 2003 to 2013 report, contributing to an average annual increase of 6.8% among first-time international graduate enrolments over the last five years. Learn more >

Funding/Employment Opportunities

Minnesota Linking Information for Kids (Minn-LInK)

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 for PhD students to access and utilize integrated, child and family-level data not regularly available to researchers. Fellows will have the opportunity to develop and execute their own Capstone research project using Minn-LInK’s integrated data. Capstone projects may be used for program papers, dissertation research, journal publications, and more. For more information, please visit: http://z.umn.edu/minnlinkfellowship or contact Nicole Mickelson, 612-624-3656

Imagine Fund Grant Programs now accepting applications

Three University of Minnesota Imagine Fund grant programs are now accepting applications for projects in the arts, humanities, and design. The Imagine Fund grant programs are open to tenured or tenure-track faculty across the University's campuses. The programs support leading-edge innovative lines of research or creative scholarship that benefit the University and communities beyond and that may not otherwise be possible. Applications are due October 27 for Annual Faculty Awards (a maximum of 150 awards to be given, each up to $5,000); December 1 for Special Events Awards (must include a public outreach or engagement component);  and February 2 for the University of Minnesota Arts and Humanities Chair for 2015-17 (the chair and his/her team receive up to $70,000 for a program of activities). The Imagine Fund website has complete descriptions of the awards, eligibility and review criteria, FAQs, and application instructions.

Science & Engineering Workforce Development Grants

The National Center for Food Protection and Defense (NCFPD) is now accepting applications for its Science and Engineering Workforce Development Grant (WDG). The grant program offers tuition funding, monthly stipend, internship funding, and travel funding for graduate students studying fields related to Homeland Security. As part of a cooperative agreement with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), NCFPD’s WDG provides grant funding for two graduate students (Masters or Doctoral level). Learn more and apply >


Humanities Without Walls Consortium Pre-Doctoral Summer Workshop

The Humanities Without Walls Consortium invites applications for fellowships from pre-doctoral students to participate in a three-week intensive, residential summer workshop for individuals who are working towards but have not yet received a PhD in a humanities discipline, and who are considering careers outside the academy and/or the tenure-track university system. The Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS) will nominate up to four people for this workshop. Applications are due to the IAS on Friday, November 14, 2014. More information and application instructions >

Advising Corner

Toxic Behavior

Toxic behaviors are a sustained pattern of dehumanizing, humiliating, or harassing statements or actions that go beyond providing constructive criticism. Is toxic behavior preventing you from performing to the best of your ability? Visit the graduate & professional student advising website to learn more >