Seoul? Nairobi? Paris? Where do you want to go on your Fulbright?

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers opportunities to study at an overseas university, conduct independent research, or work as an English teaching assistant in over 140 countries around the world.  Whether you would like to examine ancient religious scrolls in Kyoto or intern at an international business in Mexico City, Fulbright awards are open to master’s students of all disciplines.  To learn more about the Fulbright and how to apply, join us for “Exploring Fulbright for Master’s Students” on Thursday, July 8, 10-10:30am.  In this last session of its kind this year, you will learn important information about the types of Fulbright awards available to you, their application components, and the application timeline with campus deadlines.  We will also discuss useful strategies for producing strong written statements and provide access to the helpful resources that UChicagoGRAD offers Fulbright applicants to help them produce strong applications.  After the presentation, there will be time for Q & A to get your questions about Fulbright answered.  Master’s students from all fields are welcome. U.S. citizenship is required to apply.  For more details, and to register for the event, click here.

 

Are You Set for Summer?

Happy almost end of Spring Quarter – and that means almost summer! Whatever you’re up to for the next few months, whether it’s more research, a brand-new internship, or life as a recent alum, take five minutes to review the checklist on how to make sure you’re set for summer.

 

  1. If you’re moving, be sure to update your address in your student portal. It’s important to keep your address up to date any time you change location for more than a month.
  2. If you are expecting any stipends or payments as part of your funding, review the payment schedule and contact your Dean of Students or gradhelp@uchicago.edu with any questions on when you should expect your funding.
  3. If you’re looking for an on-campus job, check the GRAD Gargoyle postings for open opportunities. Summer is also a great time to start planning to apply for fellowships – check out what’s available and make a plan to make some progress.
  4. If you’re graduating, congratulations! Be sure to review how to participate in Convocation and any divisional ceremonies as relevant. Update your information with the alumni office and, feel free to reach out to us in GRAD. We hope you’ll stay in touch.

 

Finally, plan to recharge! Find the activities that help you gain energy and momentum after a long year. You have earned it!

Check Out the Family Resource Center Courses Online!

The FRC is a drop-in center for families that offers family-friendly programs, informational materials for families, and a support network. Membership is free for all university-affiliated families. While the FRC space is closed until further notice due to COVID-19, the at-home support does not! FRC membership is free for all university-affiliated families. All families must register with the Family Resource Center and submit the mandatory Consent and Release form found here.

 

While physically closed, the FRC is offering 2 free children’s classes and a parenting discussion group via Zoom.  For further information and to receive the links, contact Director Lizanne Phalen (lizannep@uchicago.edu).

 

Missed a Zoom class? We’ve got you covered! Check out our recorded classes online! We have a variety of themed activities and readings available at any time of day!  We have a collection of our virtual classes from Autumn 2020 and Winter 2021.

 

Need more resources or want to connect with other graduate families? We encourage you to join our Student Parent Listerv, a virtual resource where students can post questions, swap baby gear, and share advice with other student parents.

UChicagoGRAD Graduate Fellowships Intern

The Graduate Fellowships team is seeking interns for the 21-22 academic year. The interns’ will develop skills in fellowship advising, make presentations, create content for the newsletter, website and Canvas site, and other duties as part of a team that helps graduate students find and apply to nationally competitive fellowship. A summer start is possible. Applicants must be PhD students in HUM, DIV or SSD. Click here to apply.

The Graduate Fellowships Intern will develop skills in academic advising through the lens of fellowship writing and academic administration.  The intern will support efforts to prepare graduate students in applying to nationally competitive fellowship and grant opportunities. This role involves remote activities at present and may involve in-person activities in the fall, including advising master’s students, creating and leading presentations, developing the Fellowships monthly newsletter, compiling curated award lists,

developing recruitment and publicity resources, assisting with administration of fellowship processes,

and other projects.

 

Responsibilities

  • Providing support to applicants for fellowships such as Fulbright, NSF GRFP, and Boren
  • Leading efforts to help master’s students explore fellowships in group and one-on-one meetings
  • Spearheading fellowships presentations for your discipline
  • Developing professional writing skills through newsletters, workshops and mentored training
  • Creating the monthly Graduate Fellowship Opportunities newsletter
  • Building content for curated fellowship lists for posting on Canvas site
  • Devising and implementing candidate recruitment strategies
  • Entering meeting information in database
  • Participating in interviews of fellowship candidates
  • Other duties as assigned by Fellowships staff

 

What the position offers to a graduate student

  • Learn how to provide fellowships advising and writing support from a team of seasoned professionals
  • Hone your communication skills through presentations, writing, and group interaction
  • Gain administrative experience in higher education
  • Develop knowledge of national fellowship awards management
  • Understand the funding landscape in your field and others
  • Expand on technical and project management skills
  • Help fellow students secure support for their research/education
  • Flexible hours
  • Collaboration with a small team

 

Qualifications

Effective and professional communication skills; Ability to meet deadlines and manage short turnaround time; Project management; Excellent organizational, writing and editing skills.

Education, Experience, and Certifications

PhD student in good standing
Applicants must be PhD students in Humanities, Divinity, or Social Sciences to be eligible; ABD preferred.

Must be able to handle tasks independently and take initiative in fulfilling responsibilities

 

Location

Chicago, Illinois United States

 

Salary Level

$6,000 stipend

 

Job Function

Higher Education

 

Is this a virtual/remote opportunity?

Yes

 

International Work Sponsorship?

Case by case basis

Do you wish you had an answer at the ready when someone says, “So, tell me about your research”?

Apply by May 17th to participate in UChicagoGRAD’s Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT) and Research Showcase. This year’s 3MT will take place virtually on Thursday, June 10, 3:00-5:00pm CT.

 

In a 3MT competition, participants prepare a three-minute presentation about their research using only one static slide. It’s a great opportunity to showcase your work to a broader audience and practice your public speaking skills. Participants compete in a Master’s or PhD category and a judging panel will award $150 to the overall winner and $100 each to the next highest score in the Master’s and PhD category. To participate please fill out the application form by May 17.

Any student currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at the University of Chicago and writing a Master’s or PhD thesis is eligible to apply. The focus of your presentation should be your original research, pitched in an engaging way to a general audience without losing sight of the significance and impact of your work. The winning presenters will have their presentations featured on the UChicagoGRAD website. To see videos of the 2020 3MT winners, please visit last year’s 3MT page.

 

The application deadline for the Three Minute Thesis Competition is May 17. To complete the application form and for additional information, please click here. For questions please contact Michael O’Toole: mfo@uchicago.edu.

 

UC Juneteenth 2021 is live!

Brought to you by UChicago Grad Council, the Black Grad Coalition, and OMSA. Events start May 27th. To register and for event information, visit our website or subscribe to our UC Juneteenth calendar! This inaugural initiative marks the UC community coming together to commemorate Juneteenth, engage in active allyship and build community. Events are open to all UC students staff, and faculty unless noted otherwise. All graduate attendees will be eligible for a $30 food reimbursement at each session (capped at the first 100 registrants; not applicable to 2021 graduates for events after June 10).

UChicagoGRAD is seeking Graduate Admissions Assistants.

The Graduate Admissions team at UChicagoGRAD is seeking Graduate Admissions Assistants for the upcoming academic year. The Assistants’ main role will be as a project assistant to the graduate admissions staff and responsibilities will include answering emails from prospective graduate students, data entry, providing application support, and assisting with research projects. To be eligible students must be planning to be enrolled for the entire 2021-22 academic year. Learn more and submit an application>>

Expand Your Perspective: Art Institute Virtual Gallery Talks

Join us next Thursday April 29 at 4:30pm (CDT) for the virtual edition of UChicagoGRAD’s annual Art Institute gallery talks! Are you curious to know what molecular engineering can tell us about Picasso’s representation of a glass? Or to learn more about Gustave Caillebotte’s monumental Paris Street; Rainy Day? Join us for this program that will feature UChicago graduate students talking about their research and how it helps us see artworks from a new and different perspective. Register here to receive a Zoom link for the event.

 

The Virtual Gallery Talks event is part of UChicagoGRAD’s Expand Your Perspective series of programs and public events. The goal of Expand Your Perspective is to highlight the research of graduate students and postdocs across the university. It also aims to give grad students and postdocs the chance to present their work to public audiences both on campus and at cultural institutions throughout the city. In addition to live and virtual events, we also feature graduate and postdoctoral research on the Expand Your Perspective podcast.

 

The featured presenters and artworks for this year’s gallery talks are:

 

  • Gabrielle Ching, Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (Art History) Gustave Caillebotte: “Paris Street; Rainy Day” (1877)
  • Charles Liang, PhD Program, Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering Pablo Picasso, “The Glass” (1911/12)
  • Tom Ioppolo, Master of Liberal Arts Program John Philip Simpson, “The Captive Slave” (1827)

 

If you have any questions about the event or are interested in participating in future Expand Your Perspective events, please contact Michael O’Toole at mfo@uchicago.edu.

2020 Graduate Student Tax Information Sessions

The 2020 Federal and Illinois Tax Filing Deadlines have been extended to May 17, 2021 and whether this is your first time or fifteenth time filing taxes, you may have questions. Do you need to file a tax return? Do you have all of the tax documents you may need to do so? How do you know which payments are taxable and which aren’t? Stream one of our 2020 Graduate Student Tax Information Sessions here. Still have questions? Email gradhelp@uchicago.edu

Spring into your Mental Wellbeing with UChicago Wellness

Spring Clean your Mind and Re-Focus on Your Emotional Wellbeing with UChicago Wellness!

 

As the temps rise, Spring is bringing the energy back with the sunshine! Spring is a great time to “take stock” of our mental state. Reflecting and being aware of our thoughts and feelings allows us to be better prepared to handle any life stresses and be more in-tuned with ourselves. So for this spring, have a productive spring clean of both your house and your mind. While UChicagoGRAD is offering amazing programming for students this quarter, our partners at  UChicago Student Wellness are offering a variety of virtual programs during this period of remote learning to help students improve their wellbeing. Check their virtual program page for updates, or visit our events calendar for more information.

 

 

Check out their list of programming for Spring Quarter; events are also listed in the Grad Guide Weekly Newsletter:

  • Living Intentionally to Flourish Everyday (LIFE): LIFE is a four-week program that draws upon strengths using positive psychology principles with the goal of increasing flourishing and wellbeing among students. All incoming first-year College students will participate during weeks 2-5 of the Autumn Quarter. LIFE will then be offered to graduate and professional students during weeks 6-9. If you have any questions, contact Julie Edwards.
  • Mindfulness Meditation 4-week course (Basic and Advanced): There will be three Basic and one Advanced Mindfulness Meditation courses offered per quarter.
  • Weekly Mindfulness Meditation: Thirty-minute, drop-in mindfulness sessionsare open to the entire campus community. To register, please complete the Mindfulness Meditation form in its entirety.
  • Wellness Coaching: Wellness Coaching is an opportunity for students to examine their strengths with a wellness coach to navigate transitions and achieve desired changes they’d like to make in their lives.
  • Workshops: Virtual workshops will be available by request for mindfulness, self-care, or stress management.
  • Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College (and Graduate) Students (BASICS): A program for students who want to examine their substance use behaviors in a non-judgmental environment. Interested students may schedule a virtual appointment with Elizabeth Webb.
  • Refresh Sleep: Refresh Sleep is a 7-week email program that aims to provide students with the skills and strategies needed to achieve more restful nights.
  • Better Together: Better Together is a program designed for graduate and professional students to increase social and emotional wellbeing by connecting with fellow students for dinner, thoughtful discussion, and creative ways to get to know one another online.
  • BustMyStress Listhost: Students may sign up for our weekly BustMyStress email listserv that provides stress-relief tips and highlights ongoing stress-relief programs offered to students.
  • Social Media: We will be offering students ways to engage with one another through social media. Follow us on Facebook and/or Instagram.