Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Synthesist: September 2, 2014

Graduate and professional students gear up for their first year: New students find resources, support and networking opportunities at the 2014 Graduate & Professional Student Welcome & Orientation.

Minding the Graduate Education Gap: Learn how the Office for Diversity in Graduate Education's Derek Maness is helping to raise awareness about the myriad resources at the U for prospective graduate and professional students who are underrepresented in academia. Read more > 

Graduate School Updates

Welcome back to Dean Schroeder: Henning Schroeder returns to his position as Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Education this week. Learn about his year as Dean-In-Residence and his plans for the Graduate School in 2014-2015 >

Trends, Tools, Issues, Reports & Best Practices 

Council of Graduate Schools State Snapshots on Graduate Education: Fact sheets with state-specific data are now available at the CGS website, with statistics showing the impact of graduate education in each state.

Health & Wellness in Graduate School: Article from the journal Nature describes how graduate students struggling with the stresses of their work and lives can tap into multiple avenues of support.

Offers of Admission to Prospective International Graduate Students Rise 9% in 2014: New data from this CGS report marks the fourth consecutive year of 9% growth in offers of admission to prospective international graduate students.

Funding/Employment Opportunities

Institute of International Education China Fellowship Launch: IIE is now accepting applications for the Confucius China Studies Joint Research Ph.D. Fellowship. The deadline is January 29, 2015 for awards starting in the fall of 2015. For more information on the award package, eligibility, timeline, and the application itself, visit the IEE website.

The Saul Kagan Claims Conference Fellowship for Advanced Shoah Studies: The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) is offering a limited number of fellowships for Ph.D. and Post Doctoral Candidates Conducting Research on the Holocaust. The application deadline is January 5, 2015 for the academic year of 2015-2016. Maximum Award Amount: $20,000 Per Year. Visit fellowships.claimscon.org for more information.


Notice to spouses of service members called to active duty: Students at the University of Minnesota who are the spouse of a service member and have a dependent child are able to withdraw from classes with a full refund of tuition if their spouse is called to active duty. The same terms and conditions apply to these students as to the service members. Students must present the service members' orders to their college and University Veteran Services to begin the process of reimbursement. Learn more >

Advising Corner

Advising resources for graduate & professional students, faculty & staff: The Council of Graduate Schools has identified six primary areas in which graduate and professional students need mentoring. Learn about these areas on the Graduate Student Advising website: Keys to SUCCESS for Faculty Mentors & Graduate/Professional Students.