Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Synthesist: September 20, 2016


Graduate Education Spotlight

Research in the Space Between

They’re not grad students anymore, but they’re not considered faculty, either. Postdocs, who are typically appointed for three to five years, play a significant role in advancing the research mission of the University. Learn more 

Conferences, Events & Calls for Papers

Graduate School Seminar Series on Collaborative Leadership and Grand Challenges Research

The Graduate School Seminar Series on collaborative leadership and grand challenges research is intended to help prepare you to get involved in tackling some of the world's most vexing problems, whatever your discipline or career path.

The Innovative Mindset/Design Thinking

September 27, 2016 | 4 - 6 p.m. | Walter Library, 402

Innovation involves seeing connections among seemingly disconnected phenomena, using lateral or design thinking. This abductive form of reasoning complements inductive and deductive reasoning and understanding it is essential to forming a good hypothesis and to doing significant research. This seminar will give participants a sense of the rigorous way in which the creative mind works and how those methods can help us arrive at innovative solutions to grand challenges. More information | Registration

Using the Hogan Management Focus Report to Understand Types of Leadership and Consider Best Fit

October 11, 2016 | 4 - 6 p.m. | Walter Library, 402

Hogan’s Management Focus Report helps individuals think about differing ways to be a leader and understand how their personality characteristics may influence their career. Through discussions in the session and a self-guided development report, the Management Focus provides valuable insights into day-to-day characteristics and core value drivers so participants can leverage strengths, manage challenges, and increase their overall effectiveness in both finding the best career fit and developing strong collaborating skills. More information | Registration

Boreas Leadership Program Fall Kick-off

September 22, 2016 | 4:30 - 6 p.m. | Institute on the Environment Commons, Learning and Environmental Sciences Room R350

If you're a graduate or professional student interesting in making an impact in the world, connecting with like-minded students across campus, and developing your leadership capabilities, the Boreas Leadership Program is for you. Learn about Boreas and how to get involved at the Boreas Fall Kick-off. Food and beverage served. More information

The Petri Dish series at Bedlam Theater

Fall 2016 | 6 p.m. | Bedlam Theater 

Isn't life fascinating? It gets even more interesting when you put three University of Minnesota experts with distinct perspectives together in the same room for an unscripted, free-flowing discussion. Join us for these three events that feature live music, science-y fun and curiosity-driven conversations about how biology affects our lives and what it means for our future.

  • October 5 - Where the Wild Things Aren't: The Future of Wilderness and Wildlife From the Serengeti to the Arctic
  • November 2 - It's Complicated: Our Evolving Relationship With the Microbial World In and Around Us
  • December 7 - Our Parasites, Ourselves: Unraveling the Counterintuitive, Complicated Relationship Between People, Environment and Policy 

Doors open at 6 p.m., with live music and an interactive bio-themed game preceding the programs which begin at 7 p.m. Presented by the College of Biological Sciences. More information


Abstracts due: Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at 5 p.m.

The Charles Phelps Taft Research Center, at the University of Cincinnati, is calling for paper and roundtable proposals for its third annual humanitiesNOW Graduate Humanities Conference. This year’s keynote speaker is Tom Conley, the Abbott Lawrence Lowell Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies and a professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University. We are looking for talented graduate students to share their research with others at this two-day conference on February 9 & 10, 2017. More information

Employment, Fellowship & Funding Opportunities

CSW Dissertation Development Fellowships

Application deadline: September 26, 2016

Call for applications: in spring 2017, the Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World will provide funding for five graduate students beginning their dissertation research to participate in the CSPW Dissertation Development Fellowship Program and Workshop. The goal of the weekly workshop is to help doctoral students at the moment where they are initiating a dissertation project to think about their dissertation work in comparative, premodern, global, and interdisciplinary ways. This will not be a credit-bearing course. Fellowship funding is equivalent to a 50% GA appointment. To be eligible, students must have passed their preliminary examinations in fall 2015 or calendar year 2016. For more information, please contact Lydia at premod@umn.edu.

$10K Award for UMN Grad Student -  Sustainability Innovation Award 2016

Information session (lunch provided): Tuesday, Oct 4 | 12 - 1:30 p.m. | Mechanical Engineering | Rm 1130

Dow and the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment are again sponsoring the $10K Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award (SISCA). SISCA recognizes and rewards student innovation and research on sustainable solutions to the world's most pressing social, economic and environmental problems. This competition is only open to UMN graduate and professional students and has a $10K first prize and $2.5K runner up prize. Application deadline is Oct 24, 2016. More Information | Application

COGS Grant Applications Open

Deadline: October 16, 2016 | 11:59 p.m.

The Council of Graduate Students (COGS) is currently accepting applications for career development and conference travel grants for activities that occur between September 1, 2016, and January 16, 2017. These competitive grants of up to $500 for career development and up to $1,200 for conference travel are a great resource, and COGS members are encouraged to apply. For more information about eligibility, application components, and links to the application forms, visit the COGS grants website. Contact Jeanna Wieselmann (jeanna@umn.edu, COGS Director of Grants, with any questions.

The Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship  

Deadline: December 2, 2016

Multiple one year fellowship awards are available for Ph.D. students pursuing innovative research in security, cryptography, machine learning, data mining, and information security. The fellowship provides up to $20,000 USD that may be used to cover one year of the student's tuition fees and to reimburse research expenses incurred by the student. In addition, we plan to award all fellowship recipients a separate salaried internship with Symantec. More information


Inbox by Gmail is now available to the University community

University of Minnesota users now have access to Inbox by Gmail, a Google app focused on improving email productivity and organization. Inbox is available for all users except those users within the Academic Health Center (AHC), as per the University’s Business Associate Agreement (BAA). More information

Get Microsoft Office 365 today!

Have you heard the word? Work anywhere, anytime with Microsoft Office 365. Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus is available for personal use at no charge to current University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff and includes Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and more. Office 365 can be installed on up to fifteen devices. Get it today at z.umn.edu/office365.

Council of Graduate Schools: Great Mentoring in Graduate School: A quick start guide for protégés

CGS is pleased to announce the latest volume in the CGS Occasional Paper series: Great Mentoring in Graduate School: A quick start guide for protégés by Laura Gail Lunsford and Vicki L. Baker. Great Mentoring provides a practical, student-oriented perspective informed by the authors’ experience and research on mentoring. We hope this new publication will help your graduate students identify quality mentors and serve as helpful peer mentors to others. We also hope the guide will inform discussions on your campus about graduate student mentoring. More information

Grad Experience Blog provides resources for prospective and new students

The College of Education and Human Development's Office for Graduate Education recently launched a general resource blog for prospective graduate students on graduate school planning. As the blog grows it will also include information on navigating obstacles, advising, common issues grad students face, and how they can finish strong. More information

Spotlight on Safe Computing: Use Secure WiFi

Did you know that the University’s WiFi network is about 10 times faster than the average home network? It is also one of the largest campus WiFi networks in the country. And it is secure. Learn why secure WiFi matters and discover how to surf safely when you’re on campus. More information