Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Synthesist: September 8, 2015


Graduate & Professional Education Spotlight

What do fungi and music and sound studies have in common?

Each is the intellectual focus of an Interdisciplinary Graduate Group (IDGG) approved via a University-wide competition hosted by the Graduate School last year. The 15 groups selected in late May include both new and existing graduate groups, with funded groups receiving between $3,600 and $12,000 to support their activities. Learn more about this year's winners.

Ph.D. student recognized as promising nurse leader with prestigious award

Mary Whipple, Ph.D. in Nursing student, recently received the only $100,000 scholarship from the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence for her focus on gerontology research. Whipple's research focuses on the effects of increasing physical activity and decreasing sedentary time, particularly among older adults with Type 2 diabetes. Congratulations, Mary!

Academic & Professional Development

Fall Workshops from U Libraries

Register today for free workshops on topics such as Grant Funding, Formatting your Dissertations in Word, Citation and PDF Tools, Data Sharing, and more. Register at https://www.lib.umn.edu/services/workshops/registration.

Preparing a Successful National Science Foundation Fellowship Application

Are you a graduate student in a research-based master's or doctoral program in a STEM or STEM education field? Are you seeking support for your second year of graduate study and beyond?  If so, the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) may be an option for you. This workshop is intended to help students understand the NSF GRFP application and how to prepare a successful application. Tuesday, September 15, 2015 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | 101 Walter Library. Space is limited to 60 participants - register today! Please Note: This workshop is now full. Students who are not registered and who would like to attend should sign up on the waiting list; if there is enough interest, we will offer a second workshop on Thursday, September 17, 9:30–11:30 a.m. 

Boreas Fall Workshops

Do you want to change the world? Or become a more effective leader? How about connecting with other graduate students from across disciplines interested in leadership and changemaking? Check out the Boreas Leadership Program. Boreas is a co-curricular leadership development program offered through the Institute on the Environment. Boreas offers programming to complement your graduate education in the form of skills workshops, network building and leadership reflection. Check out the fall workshop schedule and sign up. boreas.environment.umn.edu

Learn about more academic and professional development opportunities on the APD website: http://z.umn.edu/apdupdate.


Nature Heals 30x30: A daily dose of nature restores your body, mind and spirit

Nature Heals 30×30 is a month-long event that encourages you to spend 30 minutes in nature each day during the month of October. Starting on October 1, 2015, you’ll get a daily suggested nature activity, video, and links in your inbox (if you sign up) or by visiting http://umnnatureheals30x30.com/. The University of Minnesota’s Nature Heals 30×30 is part of a larger public awareness project with a forum, symposium, research roundtable – all exploring the healing powers of nature. Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies

Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies (IJPS): The first open access online journal hosted by the University of Minnesota

IJPS is an online, open-access peer-reviewed journal disseminating knowledge about the art and science of partnership. The journal – developed through a partnership between the Center for Partnership Studies, the University of Minnesota Libraries, and the University of Minnesota School of Nursing – seeks to become the essential anthology for scholarly writing about cultural transformation through interdisciplinary collaboration. Share, read and contribute at pubs.lib.umn.edu/ijps.

Conferences, Events & Calls for Papers

Discovery Across Disciplines: A Showcase of Interdisciplinary Research Centers and Institutes

Are you a graduate student, postdoc or faculty member interested in finding ways to connect with others outside your department, college or graduate program around your scholarly and research interests? Do you want to learn more about some of the groundbreaking work being done at the University of Minnesota to solve some of the world's most challenging problems? Are you curious about the opportunities offered by the U's interdisciplinary research centers and institutes? You are invited to attend the fall 2015 Discovery Across Disciplines (DAD) showcase, an event designed to highlight University of Minnesota research, discovery and innovation. The DAD showcase will be held on Thursday, October 15, 2015 from 12-2 p.m. in the Great Hall at Coffman Memorial Union. A complete list of exhibiting centers and institutes is available on the Discovery Across Disciplines website.

Are you interested in social, policy, health, and other complex problems related to aging?

Join the new Aging Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Group for its inaugural event on October 1 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The group will provide graduate students and faculty who have an interest in aging with an opportunity to tackle issues that do not come up in classes and to share how different disciplines approach research, evidence, and policy problems. Throughout the year, we will focus on what constitutes evidence and how it applies to our understanding of aging. Visit the Aging Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Group website for more information.

Seminar: The Unique Role of NGOs in Global Health

Join Dr. R. Balasubramaniam (Balu), a development activist and leadership consultant from Mysore, India, who will draw on his experience of working with NGOs over three decades to discuss their unique role in addressing global health issues. He will also explore the role NGOs play in changing the discourse on global health in the context of the geo-politics and economics of global health. Sept 17, 2015 at 3 p.m., Moos Tower, Room 2-520. Learn more at http://globalhealthcenter.umn.edu/seminar-ngos.

Info Session on Global Health Programs

Interested in traveling to India this winter to explore health in the Indian context, including methods of healthcare delivery, public health infrastructure, and the influence of social determinants? Mark your calendar for an info session on September 17, 2015 at 12 p.m. for an overview of the programs and organizations involved. Learn more at http://globalhealthcenter.umn.edu/education/india.

Employment & Funding Opportunities

Luce Scholars Program for Professional Apprenticeships in Asia

The Luce Scholars Program provides young Americans with demonstrated leadership the opportunity to spend a year in Asia as professional apprentices under the guidance of leading Asian professionals. Applicants must be U.S. citizens no more than twenty-nine years of age by July 1 of the year they enter the program and they must have earned at least a Bachelor's degree by that date. They may be currently enrolled students in any college at the University of Minnesota, recent graduates, or junior faculty. Those who have a major in Asian Studies or who have spent more than twelve weeks in Asia are ineligible.  Applicants must apply through the UM Graduate School Fellowship Office. Campus deadline: October 1, 2015. More information: http://www.grad.umn.edu/funding-tuition-fellowships-grants/luce.

Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) Program

The DPDF is an interdisciplinary training program that helps early-stage doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences formulate doctoral research proposals. For more information on eligibility and selection criteria, visit http://www.ssrc.org/programs/dpdf/.

Administrative Fellowship Program

Holy Family Memorial located in Manitowoc, WI offers a unique Fellowship experience in an independent, comprehensive, faith-based community hospital & healthcare network. The Administrative Fellow position is full-time, temporary for one full year, begins in May or June, and reports directly to the President/CEO. Application deadline is October 5, 2015. Visit http://www.hfmhealth.org/administrative-fellowship for more information.

Funding Opportunity for Latin American and Caribbean Students Studying in the U.S.

The Rowe Fund, an educational loan program of the Organization of American States (OAS), helps citizens from Latin America and Caribbean OAS member states to finance their U.S. studies or research at accredited universities by awarding interest-free loans of up to $15,000. Applications are accepted and reviewed year-round. Visit the OAS website for more details.  

Dan David Prize

The Dan David Prize awards scholarships to doctoral and post-doctoral researchers, carrying out research in one of the selected fields for the current year. For 2016, the fields are 1) Social History; 2) Combatting Poverty; and 3) Nanoscience. Registered doctoral and post-doctoral researchers who study at recognized universities throughout the world, and whose research has been approved, are eligible to apply. Learn more at http://www.dandavidprize.org/. Contact Alison Skoberg to request an official certification letter from the University of Minnesota.

Oman Research Fellowship Opportunity

The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center supports and encourages advanced research on Oman across a variety of academic disciplines. The program is offered annually and is open to Ph.D. candidates and university academics. The fellowship awards up to $51,000 for the fellow or team of fellows. Deadline is September 15, 2015. Visit the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center website for details.

Funding for Holocaust Studies Research

The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany is offering a limited number of fellowships for Ph.D. and postdoctoral candidates conducting research on the Holocaust. The application deadline is January 4, 2016 for the academic year of 2016-2017. Maximum award amount: $20,000 per year. For application information, please visit fellowships.claimscon.org or email chavie.brumer@claimscon.org.

Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is pleased to announce that the SCGSR program is now accepting applications for the 2015 Solicitation 2. The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months—with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission. Applications are due on December 15, 2015. Detailed information can be found at: http://science.energy.gov/ wdts/scgsr/.   

American Research Institute in Turkey

The American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) is pleased to announce a number of 2016-2017 fellowship programs for U.S.-based students and scholars. For more information, visit the ARIT website: http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/ARIT/FellowshipPrograms.html.