PATHS Fall Welcome

Implemented by UChicagoGRAD, PATHS is a Mellon-funded initiative that prepares PhD students in the Humanities Division, Social Sciences Division, and Divinity School to make an impact on the world. With a comprehensive approach that helps you gain skills while learning ways to apply your expertise, PATHS helps you connect your academic training to your professional aspirations.

Join us on Tuesday October 15thfor a reception and resource fair to celebrate the growth of this program and learn more about what PATHS has to offer. Faculty and PhD students from the Humanities Division, Social Sciences Division, and Divinity School are all welcome to attend. Students can RSVP for this, and other PATHS, events on GRAD Gargoyle.

Featured Fall 2019 PATHS Events and Programs 

PATHS Internship Opportunities

PATHS will be offering more on and off-campus internships. We have partnered with organizations such as the Smart Museum, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Chicago Press, Chicago Review, and the Journal of African History to create roles that will afford doctoral students the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to an organization while gaining valuable professional experience. Currently, there are still a number of internships available on campus. Please note that these opportunities are open only to PhD students in the Humanities Division, Social Sciences Division, and the Divinity School.

  • Logan Center Exhibitions Curatorial Research Internship: This academic-year internship is intended to give a graduate student valuable experience in the curatorial field with a focus on research, database management, public programming, and publications. During fall 2019 and spring 2020, the intern will support the curatorial staff of Logan Center Exhibitions in organizing a series of major public events and programs. The internship will focus primarily on The Ties That Bind, a multi-year research project, public program, and online platform that explores the history of Pan-Africanism and its articulation in the arts and culture of the contemporary African diaspora. Those who are interested can send a cover letter, brief writing sample, and resume to Alyssa Brubaker, the exhibitions manager at Logan. The posting can also be viewed on GRAD Gargyole under job ID #66005.
  • Smart Museum of Art Public Practice Internship: Reporting to the Deputy Director and Curator of Public Practice, the Public Practice Intern will provide support to the Museum’s efforts to present compelling and innovative public programs to both the UChicago community and city at large. The graduate intern will propose and design new programs, assist with administrative tasks, as well as facilitate, document, and evaluate existing programs. This position will assist in implementing pre-existing public programs as well as propose and create dynamic original programs related to these exhibitions, Museum collections, and issues of relevance to the Museum and its publics. PhD students who are interested in applying can apply via GRAD Gargoyle under job ID #65712.
  • Cinema and Media Studies & the Smart Museum of Art Curatorial Graduate Intern for Media Programming: The intern will work with curators to produce three media programs during the year to support and augment ongoing Smart Museum exhibitions. Two of these programs will be presented in conjunction with the Film Studies Center; the third will be a site-specific event. This position will create original media programs related to these exhibitions as well as Museum collections. PhD students who are interested in applying can apply via GRAD Gargoyle under job ID #65713.

We also offer PhD students in the Humanities Division, Social Sciences Division, and Divinity School the opportunity to pitch and receive funding for summer or academic-year internships of your own design. This past summer, we awarded fifteen internships to students who created projects based all over the world. This cohort of interns includes graduate students who will be studying policy in Washington, D.C., writing about mental health in Vermont, curating exhibits at the University of Oxford, developing a media strategy for an artist organization in Singapore, and engaging with the field of artificial intelligence in Tel-Aviv. Although deadlines for this year’s round of academic-year funding have passed, graduate students are welcome to apply to the summer iteration of the Pitch program in February 2020.

To stay up-to-date with PATHS events and opportunities, subscribe to our newsletter by emailing For general inquiries, contact Celeste Cruz-Carandang, the PATHS Coordinator, at

Graduate Council Fall 2019 Welcome

Who we are: Graduate Council (GC) is the representative student government for graduate students at UChicago. Each year, grad students contribute money to student activities through the Graduate Student Services Fee, and this year GC is charged with responsibly distributing $510k of those funds. GC is comprised of an executive team that carries out the Council’s initiatives and funding decisions, and 33 representatives from all 12 of UChicago’s graduate schools and divisions that solicit feedback, bring student issues to the Council, and raise awareness about our initiatives. All GC meetings are open to students – the dates of the meetings this year will be available on our website:

What we do: We operate a number of funding bodies, work toward building a strong graduate community through GC initiatives, and bring student issues to the university administration to consider actionable ways to improve graduate student life.

What’s new: Graduate Council will launch a pilot Student Legal Advice Services program in Fall Quarter. At no additional cost to students, GC will provide attorney office hours to eligible, full-time graduate students in the University of Chicago for advice and consultation regarding legal matters and to make referrals for students who seek legal representation. Read more about this program here.

Get Involved: You can join Graduate Council and help us build a university-wide graduate community today! Let us know you are interested in becoming a divisional representative, evaluating funding applications, running our events, or working with administrators to improve graduate life. Join us for our first meeting on Monday, October 14 at 5pm.

Stay Connected: Like us on Facebook, join our Community mailing list, and attend our events. If you have any questions or suggestions, please email

Meet the GC Co-Presidents:

Justin Douglas is a 2nd Year Masters Student  in the dual AM/MPP program at SSA and Harris. His academic interests center around understanding how social policies at the federal, state, and local levels impact identity development in marginalized communities. Justin’s involvement in Grad Council started during his first year when he was appointed to the executive board as Diversity Chair where he initiated a  quarterly “Diversity Roundtable” where student leaders meet with top campus administrators to discuss strategies for improving diversity and inclusion at UChicago. In addition to serving as this year’s Co-President, Justin now works as a graduate assistant for the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at the campus Center for Identity + Inclusion. In his free time, just likes to practice piano and violin, meditate, and spend quality time with friends.


Katrina Maxcy is a 4th year PhD student in the LaBelle Lab in the Biological Sciences Division (BSD), where she studies Regulatory T-cells, specifically designing inhibitors of protein-protein interactions crucial for their function in order to amplify the anti-tumor immune response. During her time on Graduate Council, she has served as Social Chair and Vice President of Community. Outside of lab, Katrina enjoys reading, running marathons and playing the oboe and English Horn.

Start the 2019-2020 Academic Year with a (Re)Orientation to UChicago!

Join us for a new series of (Re)Orientation programs, designed to answer your questions and help new and continuing students take advantage of campus resources and better navigate your academic and professional career here at the University of Chicago. Register for all events in GRAD Gargoyle

  • HOW SHOULD I HELP?: Supporting Students in Crisis (October 3, 12:30-1:30pm; UChicagoGRAD HQ, 970 E. 58thStreet, 3rdfloor)
    • If you’re in a teaching, mentoring or other leadership role, it’s important that you are prepared to support your students by staying informed of your responsibilities and available resources if student emergencies arise. This session aims to provide you the tools and information you need to help your students (and your peers), including Title IX office information and reporting responsibilities, specific resources for students and teachers, and how to access UChicago HELP. UChicago HELP is a robust set of systems and practices, including some resources that are available 24/7.  It is comprised of the Dean-on-Call program, the Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call program, and the Bias Education &Support Team (BEST). RSVP in advance via GRAD Gargoyle (Events > GRAD Events).
  • STUDENT EMPLOYMENT: Looking for the Right On-Campus Opportunity  (October 10, 12:30-1:30pm; UChicagoGRAD HQ, 970 E. 58thStreet, 3rdfloor
    • Interested in an on-campus student employment position? Learn more about how to find and apply for on-campus jobs with Deborah Blumenthal of UChicagoGRAD. We’ll cover the basics of where to look, what to look for, and how to submit your materials, including specific information on using Federal Work-Study funding if you’re eligible (and how to find that out if you’re not sure).  RSVP in advance via GRAD Gargoyle (Events > GRAD Events).
  • STUDENT HEALTH: USHIP, Staying Well, and Navigating Your Health Care as a UChicago Graduate Student (October 17, 12:30-1:30pm; UChicagoGRAD HQ, 970 E. 58thStreet, 3rdfloor
    • Do you know about the DCAM Pharmacy discount? Did you know there is no co-pay to go to Student Health Services? If you’re not yet an expert at managing your medical care, this session will set you up to stay well and take advantage of all the health and wellness resources available to support you. Julie Edwards, Director of Health Promotion and Wellness, will cover the basics of the University Student Health Insurance Plan (USHIP), using the Student Health Clinic & Student Counseling Resources, and how to promote your own health and wellness as a graduate student. RSVP in advance via GRAD Gargoyle (Events > GRAD Events).

Using summer to move or clean out?

Check out this list of ways to properly dispose of or donate your unwanted household items. Be sure to check out the UChicago Recycling Directory for additional resources


  • Encore Resale Storein Hyde Park will accept gently used clothing and what they can’t sell they donate to the Salvation Army
  • In the Woodlawn area, you can donate clothing to Unique Thrift Store
  • Goodwill Donation Centers: 1201 W Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607 and 300 N LaSalle Dr #4925, Chicago, IL 60654 



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Enjoy your July 4th weekend!

Things to do in Chicago for July 4th weekend!

Check out Chicago’s awesome beaches

July 3rd – 7th: Fireworks, fireworks, and more fireworks!

July 3rd-7th: Chicago SummerDance in Portage Park and Grant Park

July 3rd & 4th: Grant Park Music Festival Independence Day Salute

July 4th: Fourth of July Parade in Irving Park

July 4th: Best places to see July Fourth fireworks in Chicago

July 5th-7th: West Fest street fair in West Town

July 5th-7th: Botanic Garden Art Festival in Glencoe

July 5th: Dark Matter Coffee Block Party in River West / West Town

July 6th & 7th: Live on the Lake! Music Performances at Navy Pier

Join Alumni Weekend 2019!

Alumni Weekend, Thursday, June 6 to Sunday, June 9, is an annual tradition that brings Chicago alumni back to campus to celebrate all that we hold most dear about our University. Graduate students are invited to come together with alumni, classmates, scholars, and friends around lively, informative conversation about some of the most interesting content on campus.


Please bring your UChicago ID and stop at the Student Check-In station in the Registration and Hospitality Tent on the Main Quad to register for a free weekend student pass. Daily registration will allow you in-and-out access to general Alumni Weekend events. Please note some individual events will include fees and more information is available on the Alumni Weekend website at or at registration.


Graduate students are welcome to register and attend Alumni Weekend events. View the full schedule of events and session descriptions at


Listed below are events we think will be of particular interest.


Thursday, June 6, 7–9:30 p.m.

Trivia at the Pub

Ida Noyes Hall, The Pub, Lower Level, 1212 E. 59th St.

Team up, grab a beer and some snacks, and test your wits against fellow alumni at the one and only Ida Noyes Pub. Membership fee waived for Alumni Weekend registrants. Self-host, cash bar.


Friday–Saturday, June 7–8, Mornings and afternoons
UnCommon Core Sessions
Joseph Regenstein Library, Room 122A
Join University of Chicago faculty, staff, students, and alumni to learn about exciting initiatives, research, and collaborations with the campus, community, city, and beyond.


Friday, June 7, Noon–3 p.m.

Showcase: 100 Years of the OI

Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St.

The Oriental Institute marks its centennial year in 2019. Over the past century, the OI has become the world’s leading center for the study of ancient Middle Eastern civilizations. Combining innovation in theory, methodology, and significant empirical discovery with the highest standards of rigorous scholarship, the OI has raised generations of scholars who have expanded its legacy to other institutions all around the world. Come explore how it all began in 1919, and learn where the OI stands now.

Friday, June 7, 1–2:30 p.m.

Black Voices: UChicago and the 1964 Civil Rights Experience

Center for Identity and Inclusion, 5710 S. Woodlawn Ave.

Committee on International Relations assistant professors Austin Carson and Paul Poast will debate each other on the following resolution: Donald Trump is revolutionizing American foreign policy for the benefit of the United States and its allies. Audience members will participate and vote for the winner. Moderated by Paul Staniland, AB’04, associate professor in the Department of Political Science and faculty chair of the Committee on International Relations. This event is presented by the Committee on International Relations and is cosponsored by Women in International Affairs. Reception to follow.


Friday, June 7, & Saturday, June 8; 2– 5 p.m.

Alumni Beer Garden

Main Quad, Garden Tent, 58th St. and University Ave.

Enjoy an assortment of brews and light snacks on the Main Quad with friends and the UChicago alumni community. Special thanks to Great Lakes Brewing Company founder and owner Patrick Conway, AM’78, for his generous sponsorship this year. Students are welcome to join from 2 – 5 p.m. This is a 21+ event.


Saturday, June 8, 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Alumni and Friends Family Festival

Main Quad, Festival Tent, 58th St. and University Ave.

Gather on the quad for food, drink, and entertainment for the whole family. This is a great opportunity to reconnect and share your UChicago pride with fellow alumni and friends. Kids will love the bounce house, balloon artist, face painter, and variety of games and activities.

Saturday, June 8, 1:30–2:30 p.m.

The Art of Storytelling: Crafting the Narrative of Self, Others, and Change

Saieh Hall for Economics, Room 203, 5757 S. University Ave.
With a story, what might start as personal can bridge the gap to the universal, build empathy and community, and plant “mind seeds” that result in change. Noted artists/educators/change agents Amanda Delheimer, AB’99, AM’99, and Emily Hooper Lansana will share their insights and demonstrate how telling stories makes a difference. Hosted by the Chicago Women’s Alliance.

Saturday, June 8, 3–4:30 p.m.

International House Around the World Wine Tasting

International House, Rockefeller Lounge, 1414 E. 59th St.

This event requires the purchase of a separate ticket. A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase at the door for $20. Must be 21 or older to attend; government-issued ID required for entry.
Join international alumni, International House staff and graduate students, and the Alumni Club of Chicago at this time-honored reception that will teach us about wines from select regions across the globe. Enjoy a performance by an acclaimed Chicago world music ensemble while you connect with old and new friends, recalling fond international memories of study, travel, work, and friendship. Tours of International House will also be offered.


Saturday, June 8, 7–11 p.m.

UChicaGO Party

Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St.

This event requires the purchase of a separate ticket in the Registration and Hospitality Tent or at the door.
Alumni Weekend’s biggest bash, the seriously swanky UChicaGO Party transforms a familiar space on campus into a veritable wonderland of food, drinks, and dancing with friends old and new. This is one party you won’t want to miss!

Yoga, Let’s Talk, Sounding Board and more…

Check out these stress relieving events, resources, and tips if the end of the quarter has you a bit overwhelmed…

Yoga at I-House                                                     
Tuesday, May 28 & Tuesday, June 4, 2:30PM-3:30PM, International House Coulter Lounge (1414 E 59th Street)

Come along to exercise both the body and the mind! With the stress of finals, this is the perfect break. Yoga mats are available but feel free to bring your own. All levels are welcome

Health Promotion and Wellness

The BustMyStress email listserv is a weekly email sent to students for the purpose of providing stress-relief tips, as well as alerting them to new and ongoing stress-relief events around campus.  Sign up to receieve the BustMyStress weekly emails! Other resources for stress management from Health, Promotion, and Wellness.

WellNest Student Lounge: Provides students with a space where they can relax and take care of themselves during the course of the day. The WellNest is a quiet space where students can study or nap; it offers two massage chairs and wellness stations with coloring, aromatherapy, and other stress reducers. Visit the WellNest at 950 East 61st Street, Room 363.

Late Night Breakfast
Sunday, June 9th, 10pm, Reynolds Club – Hutchinson Commons

Join the Center for Leadership and Involvement and College Programming Office for Late Night Breakfast in the Reynolds Club- Hutchinson Commons the night before finals week. Free food will include fruit, pancakes, french toast, bacon, turkey sausage, eggs, latkes, juice and much more!

Let’s Talk and Sounding Board

Let’s Talk is a Health Promotion and Wellness program that provides easy access to informal and confidential sessions with therapists from SCS. There’s no need for an appointment and no cost to students.

Sounding Board is one-on-one advising for students to discuss optimizing work / life balance and satisfaction. Make an appointment via GRAD Gargoyle.

Other tips and resources:

Take a break this Memorial Day Weekend!

Enjoy these events and activities over the holiday weekend…

Take advantage of the long weekend by exploring Chicago! Check out these free or $5 or less events and activities:

Thinking about moving over the summer?

Although many popular news sources report that moving can be one of the more stressful life events a person can encounter, there are ways to start the process a bit early and make it less of a strain on you! Here are some resources to check out:


  • UChicagoGRAD Housing Fair (May 23rd, 11 AM – 1 PM on the main quadrangle to the east of Levi Hall): 15-20 vendors will be on hand to provide information about rental properties and services, special discounts for UChicago students, and promotional items. Along with representatives from local Hyde Park management companies, we will host vendors from the South Loop, rental brokers, furniture rental companies, tenants’ rights organizations, and other relevant housing vendors. No RSVP required
  • UChicagoGRAD Housing Resources Website: look here for a detailed neighborhood guide, maps to learn where students in your program tend to live, tips for finding a new apartment, , and other advice for what to consider when moving.

Online 33 page Housing Resource Guide: this comprehensive guide provides all the details you need to consider when moving in and around Chicago, such as a list of Better Business Bureau vetted Management Companies, transportation routes to and from UChicago, and a list of renter’s and landlord’s rights and responsibilities

Use summer to get ahead on fellowship applications, interview prep, and job materials

UChicagoGRAD is here to help; register now for events like our Writing Workshops, NSF GRFP and Fulbright Information Sessions, Academic Job Market Summer Camp, and one-on-one fellowship, oral presentation, and career advising…

UChicagoGRAD offers a range of services and resources to enhance the ability of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to navigate their careers at UChicago and beyond. Schedule a one-on-one advising session now and register for our upcoming and summer 2019 events:

Careers: UChicagoGRAD’s advising team is dedicated to guiding graduate students and postdocs toward professional satisfaction in academia, industry, non-profits, and government.  Meet with our GRAD Talk team to build your public speaking or interviewing skills, a UChicagoGRAD career advisor to discuss your options and receive practical next steps to guide you through the career exploration process, and sign up with a fellowship advisor to map out a plan for applying for fellowships.

Academic Job Market Summer Camp

July 15-19, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00/1:30 p.m., UChicagoGRAD HQ

Are you planning to apply for academic jobs this fall?  Put your best foot forward by attending UChicagoGRAD’s Academic Job Market Summer Camp.  You’ll receive advice from UChicagoGRAD and Chicago Center for Teaching advisors as well as faculty from UChicago and other area institutions.  You’ll also have opportunities to hone your documents and interview skills. RSVP for each session in GRAD Gargoyle

  • Monday, July 15: Introduction, Hiring Committee Panel, CV Best Practices, International Academe
  • Tuesday, July 16: Cover Letters, Research Statements (STEM and HUM/SS), Getting a Postdoc
  • Wednesday, July 17: Teaching Statements and Portfolios, Diversity Statements, Navigating Identity
  • Thursday, July 18: Interview Best Practices, Campus Visits, Creating a Scholarly Website
  • Friday, July 19: Job Document Working Groups and Lunch Discussion

Diversity and Inclusion: GRAD Diversity & Inclusion leads efforts within UChicagoGRAD to create, sustain, and coordinate practices throughout the University that support the academic, scholarly, and career development of graduate students and postdocs from historically underrepresented and marginalized groups; and all graduate students and postdocs in incorporating diversity in their scholarly lives.

Faculty Recruitment to Enhance Diversity at Liberal Arts Colleges
Thursday, May 16th, 12:00 pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ
The LADO consortium comprises 28 liberal arts colleges with an interest in actively recruiting talented and diverse faculty members, and C3 consists of four liberal arts colleges and four research universities that seek to advance innovation and transformation in higher education by investing in faculty from underrepresented groups. Faculty and administrators from several liberal arts colleges representing LADO and C3 will visit campus to meet with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows across a wide variety of disciplines. Graduate students and postdocs are encouraged to participate even if they are not currently looking for a faculty position—learn now how to prepare yourself for later. Lunch will be provided. RSVP in GRAD Gargoyle > Events > GRAD Events

Fellowships: UChicagoGRAD offers assistance for students navigating the complex process of applying for competitive fellowships. Meet with a fellowship advisor to identify the right funding opportunities for you or to get assistance with your application.

                Preparing your application for the Fulbright U.S. Student program:

  • Fulbright Statement of Grant Purpose Workshop for Masters students: May 17, 2-3pm, UChicagoGRAD, RSVP in GRAD Gargoyle > Events > GRAD Events
  • Preparing for Fulbright and other Research Abroad Fellowships for PhD students:  May 21, 3:30 – 4:30 pm, UChicagoGRAD, RSVP in GRAD Gargoyle > Events > GRAD Events

Preparing your application for the NSF GRFP: additional events, dates and times will be added soon…

  • Decoding the NSF GRFP Program Solicitation: June 20, 3:30-5pm UChicagoGRAD, RSVP in GRAD Gargoyle > Events > GRAD Events
  • NSF GRFP Personal Statement Writing Workshop: July TBD, UChicagoGRAD, RSVP in GRAD Gargoyle> Events > GRAD Events
  • NSF GRFP Personal Statement Writing Workshop: July TBD, UChicagoGRAD, RSVP in GRAD Gargoyle> Events > GRAD Events