Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Synthesist: September 22, 2015


Academic & Professional Development

An Introduction to Team-Based Idea Generation

This workshop is a condensed version of a design process. It includes framing a problem, team-based warm-up games, team-based idea generation, idea sorting and selection, and pitching ideas. The participants work in small teams and the activities have supplementary animated slides. The workshop stresses the importance of rapid iteration, quantity of ideas, and collaboration. Presented by Barry Kudrowitz, Ph.D., Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel (College of Design); Friday, October 23, 10 – 11:30 a.m. | Location: 101 Walter Library. Register

Conferences, Events & Calls for Papers


Acara Showcase and Open House

Join us for this lively, interactive event in which student entrepreneurs show off their ideas and progress on sustainably-focused business ventures. September 21, 2015 | 5 - 7:30 p.m. More information



Big Boreas Booya

Join the Boreas Leadership Program at its second annual Big Boreas Booya. A booya is an upper-Midwest tradition of community stews, and Boreas brings this tradition to campus. You’ll find an engaging panel of environmental innovators, graduate students from across disciplines, interesting conversation, and music. Plus, you’ll get to try some delicious booya. Thursday, October 1. Panel at 4 p.m., booya at 5:15 p.m. Find us behind the LES Building, 1954 Buford Ave.

Employment & Funding Opportunities


2016-2017 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship

The Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship (IDF) provides a unique opportunity for outstanding doctoral students whose research is interdisciplinary and who would benefit from interaction with faculty at one of the University’s interdisciplinary research centers or institutes. The award includes a stipend of $23,000, tuition, and subsidized health insurance. Find out how to apply


Win $10K for your research

Graduate students: Are you up for a challenge? The Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award competition is now open! SISCA, a program of Institute on the Environment and the Dow Chemical Company, recognizes and rewards students and universities for innovation and research that encourages and promotes sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing social, economic and environmental problems. Submit your research for a chance at the $10,000 prize by October 23. Details on the IonE website.


Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship

Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in Ph.D. programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on non-US topics. Eighty fellowships are awarded annually. Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $20,000. The fellowship includes participation in an SSRC-funded interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research. Deadline is November 3, 2015. Learn more

Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is pleased to offer fellowships generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for dissertation research in the humanities or related social sciences in original sources. The program offers about fifteen competitively awarded fellowships a year in amounts up to $25,000. Additional information


New Leaders Council 2016 Fellow

New Leaders Council (NLC) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that engages a diverse, collaborative national network of progressive entrepreneurs through the NLC Institute, a rigorous six-month training program. NLC is recruiting Fellows from outside traditional power structures and equiping them with the skills necessary to be civic leaders in their communities and workplaces. Fellows commit to one weekend per month for six months, during which each Fellow, along with 15-20 of his or her peers, participates in trainings on topics such as entrepreneurship, advocacy, team-building, and other change-making skills. Applications are due on November 1, 2015. More information available at http://www.newleaderscouncil.org/nlc_institutes

Funding from COGS for Graduate Student Travel and Events

The Council of Graduate Students Grants Program offers financial support to graduate students (and student groups) for community events, professional development and conference travel. Conference travel grants of up to $1,200 are available for students presenting work, such as a paper or a poster, at a conference. Requests for retrospective support – for conferences that the grad student has already attended by the application deadline – will be considered equally with other applications. The fall deadline for conference travel and for professional development grants is October 16.The deadline for community building grants is November 6. Application forms and additional information are available at the COGS website.


Mixed Methods Interdisciplinary Graduate Group (MMIGG)

All interested faculty 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. Upcoming meetings this Fall semester will be held ​on 9/30/15, 10/28/15, and 11/25/15 from 3:30 - 5 p.m. in 6-194 Weaver-Densford Hall. Free pizza is provided! RSVP to Joe Gaugler, Ph.D., Professor, School of Nursing

Global Health Student Advisory Board – Now Accepting Applications

The Global Health Student Advisory Board is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 academic year. GHSAB is a committee of student representatives from across the Academic Health Center (AHC). This student board works collaboratively to define the global health related priorities of students across the AHC, and advises CGHSR on various topics that are brought to the board for review. Additionally, this group promotes student initiatives and opportunities for learning within global health systems. Learn more and apply at http://globalhealthcenter.umn.edu/GHSAB