Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Synthesist: September 16, 2014


Conferences, Events & Calls for Papers

Discovery Across Disciplines: 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. Details about the event >

Boreas Leadership Program – Leadership Skills and Network Development: Are you interested in changing the world? Boreas can help. Boreas offers co-curricular leadership development opportunities for graduate and professional students through the Institute on the Environment at no cost to students. Whether you're looking to hone your communications and leadership skills or wanting to find interesting students from across campus who are interested in environmental solutions, Boreas is the place for you. The Boreas Fall Kick-off is September 18, and fall workshop applications are due September 22. Learn more at http://boreas.environment.umn.edu/.

Graduate & Professional Student Spotlight

Innovative Ideas in Graduate Education: Graduate students from the University's Center for Cognitive Science noticed that many students lacked access to the specialized technologies that they were learning about. The Graduate School's Innovative Ideas competition provided an opportunity for them to meet the student need for an Emerging Technologies Workshop. Learn more about the award and the upcoming workshop >

Trends, Tools, Issues, Reports & Best Practices 

Solid Employment Rates for Science Ph.D.s: The 2013 unemployment rate for those with research doctoral degrees in science, engineering and health fields was 2.1 percent, one-third of the rate for the general population aged 25 or older, according to an analysis released by the National Science Foundation on Friday. Read the full article from Inside Higher Ed >

Funding/Employment Opportunities

Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship: The Graduate School is pleased to announce the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship competition for 2015-16 awards. The IDF provides a unique opportunity for outstanding Ph.D. students whose research is interdisciplinary and who would benefit from interaction with faculty at one of the University’s interdisciplinary research centers or institutes during the fellowship year. The program nomination deadline is 12:00 noon, Thursday, November 13, 2014. Potential applicants must submit all materials to the designated center or institute by October 24, 2014, to be considered for a letter of endorsement. Complete application instructions—including information for prospective applicants, graduate programs, center and institute directors, and letter writers—are available on the IDF website.

2015 Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research: The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is now accepting applications for the 2015 Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources. The program will be offering about fifteen fellowships for 2015; each provides a stipend of $2,000 per month for 9–12 months. Applicants do not have to be U.S. citizens, but must be enrolled in a
doctoral program in a graduate school in the United States. For further information on eligibility, requirements, and deadlines, please visit CLIR’s website at http://www.clir.org/fellowships/mellon/mellon.html.

Call for Proposals – 2015 Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship: The Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship is a transatlantic educational program from Humanity in Action. The Fellowship offers 24 American and European graduate students the chance to explore the changing international dynamics of diplomacy and diversity. Fellows travel to Washington, DC, Paris and Berlin to study how American and European governments and societies are responding to a wide range of international issues. Applications are due October 30, 2014. Learn more >


The Mixed Methods Interdisciplinary Graduate Group: All interested faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate in the Mixed Methods Interdisciplinary Graduate Group (MMIGG), an interdisciplinary group dedicated to exploring the integration of qualitative and quantitative methods. Activities include review of key concepts and issues in mixed methods, review and critique of a journal article with a mixed methods design/orientation, and discussion of individual projects and interests. Free pizza is provided! Upcoming meetings this Fall semester will be held the last Wednesday of each month from 3:30-5:00 PM in 6-194 Weaver-Densford Hall. RSVP to Joe Gaugler, 612-626-2485. More information >

Advising Corner

Tips for Dealing with Difficult Behavior: If you're the target of or witness behavior that is offensive, hostile or interferes with your ability to learn or work, these strategies may be helpful to you >