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.

UChicagoGRAD Spring Programming Calendar 2021

Please note all dates/times are subject to change. Check GRAD Gargoyle for up-to date information.



Friday, April 1, 10:00-10:30am – Dissertation Research with Fellowships

Friday, April 1, 1:00-1:30pm – Pivoting into Fellowships

Monday April 5, 12:30-1:30pm –GRADTalk: Improving Your Interview Skills (Industry, Non-Profit, and Government Careers)

Thursday April 8, 12:30pm-130pm -International Student & Postdoc Career Series: Introduction to the US Job Search

Thursday, April 8, 10:00-11:00am – All About Fulbright: Information & Strategy Session

Thursday, April 8, 1:00-3:00pm – THRIVE: Navigating Feedback and Criticism

Monday, April 19, 3:00-4:00 pm: Career Conversation, Paul Blyskal

Thursday April 15, 12:30-1:30pm -International Student & Postdoc Career Series: US Job Documents

Thursday, April 15, 2:00-2:30pm – STEM Research Statement Best Pracices for the NSF GRFP and Beyond

Friday, April 16, 12:30-1:30pm –Negotiation 101

Thursday April 22, 12:30-1:30pm -International Student & Postdoc Career Series: Interviewing for International Students

Thursday, April 22, 10:00-10:30 – Finding your Fulbright

Tuesday, April 27, 12:30-1:30pm: Quarterly Resume Workshop

Wednesday, April 28, 12:30-1:30pm: Quarterly Cover Letter Workshop

Wednesday, April 28, 12:30-1:30pm: Conquering Email: Effective Office Communication (HEA Credential Series)

Thursday April 29, 12:30-1:30pm -International Student & Postdoc Career Series: Networking for International Students

Thursday, April 29, 10:00-10:30am – Fulbright Writing Strategies

Thursday April 29, 4:30-6:00pm –Expand Your Perspective: Art Institute Virtual Gallery Talks




Wednesday, May 5, 3:00-4:00pm – Fulbright General Session

Wednesday, May 5, 3:00-5:00pm –Quarterly Postdoc Orientation and Social Hour

Thursday, May 6, 2:00-2:30pm – STEM Opportunities through Fulbright

Wednesday, May 12, 4:00-5:00pm – NSF GRFP Information Session

Thursday, May 13, 10:00-10:30am – Getting Strong Recommendation and Affiliation Letters

Thursday, May 20 – Fulbright Community Engagement

Friday, May 21, 12:00-1:00pm – NSF GRFP Pre-Writing Workshop: Writing About Research

Wednesday, May 26, 12:30-1:30pm – Quarterly Resume Workshop

Thursday, May 27, 12:30-1:30pm – Quarterly Cover Letter Workshop

Friday May 28, 1230pm-130pm- English Career Conversation Hour

Friday, May 28, 12:00-1:00pm – NSF GRFP Pre-Writing Workshop: Writing About Broader Impacts





Friday, June 4, 12:00-1:00pm – NSF GRFP Pre-Writing Workshop: Writing your Introduction



UChicagoGRAD Stands with the University against Anti-Asian Violence

We stand with the University in condemning all acts of anti-Asian racial violence that have been increasing in the country over the last few months. We are saddened by the recent events in Georgia, and our hearts go out to the Asian/Pacific Islander/Desi American (APIDA)  community, and all people who have been and continue to be vulnerable to these acts of racial hatred and violence in the US. We have collated resources from our campus partners to help  promote emotional support resources through this time. We encourage you to engage with all the wonderful support programs that the University of Chicago offers to people of all backgrounds. You can read the university’s full message here.


Get Personalized Career Advice from Alumni at GRADUCon 2021

Register now to attend GRADUCon—UChicagoGRAD’s annual career exploration conference—and chat 1:1 with alumni pursuing a variety of career paths.

Are you contemplating your next steps after finishing your graduate program or postdoc? It can be challenging to decide on a career path and break into a new field, but these challenges are easier when you have allies on your side. At GRADUCon—UChicago’s annual career exploration conference exclusively for graduate students and postdocs—you can meet and receive advice from alumni who have been in your shoes.


The conference, which takes place virtually April 1-3, 2021, features career-themed panels and opportunities to chat 1:1 with 60+ professionals working in a wide range of fields. These mentors can answer your questions about their day-to-day work and provide wisdom for following similar paths.


To sign up for 1:1 virtual chats, you must first register for GRADUCon. Registrants will be invited to sign up for chats on a first come, first served basis starting Monday, March 22. Click here to view the list of panels and participating alumni.


The 1:1 chats can be a powerful tool in your career search—just ask some of this year’s alumni panelists, who themselves participated in GRADUCon chats as students and postdocs.


“I signed up for coffee chats a year before I went on the job market so I could find out how to strengthen my applications.  I asked focused questions during the chats, which helped me identify internships that positioned me perfectly for the job I was offered.”Michele Ferris (PhD Divinity School ‘20), Panelist on the “Careers in Instructional Design” Panel at GRADUCon 2021


“GRADUCon and its coffee talks gave me the opportunity to think about my career possibilities in different industries by speaking with other UChicago alumni.”Josephine Lippincott (MA Middle Eastern Studies ’18), Panelist on the “Qualitative Research Careers” Panel


Don’t enter the job search alone. Seek mentorship from those who’ve been there before at GRADUCon 2021.





Thursday, April 1st

12:00 PM- 1:15 PM: Keynote Address

1:30 PM – 2:45 PM: Panel Discussions, Session I

3:00 PM – 4:15 PM: Panel Discussions, Session II


Friday, April 2nd

9:00  AM – 10:15 AM: Panel Discussions, Session III

10:30 AM – 11:45 PM: Panel Discussions, Session IV

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM: Panel Discussions, Session V

2:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Coffee Chats


Friday, April 2nd

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM: Coffee Chats


2020 Tax Information for Graduate Students

The 2020 Tax Filing Deadline is April 15, 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? Register for an upcoming Graduate Student Tax Q&A Session at the GRAD Gargoyle.

Upcoming Event dates:

Monday, March 15, 3:00-4:00pm CT | RSVP here.

Wednesday, March 17, 9:30-10:30am CT | RSVP here.

Vaccination Information for Graduate Students

Important Information to Prepare for Phase 1c and 2 Vaccine Distribution
The University shared important information for students in advance of Phase 1c and 2 of COVID-19 vaccine distribution, including actions that may be required on your part.

As of now, the University expects most students to be eligible in Phase 2, which the City of Chicago is estimating to begin May 31. Other students may be eligible in Phase 1c, including those with medical conditions that place them at higher risk of serious health outcomes from COVID-19, and students whose employment includes classroom or on-campus duties. Please note that the City’s vaccination schedule remains subject to change. Although most students likely will need to wait until Phase 2 to be vaccinated, the University is providing information now to help with preparations for vaccination whenever you are eligible. The University’s February 24 message included information about how to opt out from the creation of a medical record for vaccination purposes and how to self-identify as an individual with high-risk condition(s), which may affect the timing of your eligibility for vaccination. Please see the full message and these FAQs for further details.

Here are some other resources:


 Black History Month from UChicagoGRAD

UChicagoGRAD recognizes Black History Month by highlighting the first African American graduate students! The stories of Edward Alexander Bouchet and Georgiana Rose Simpson as the first African-Americans to earn PhDs in the United States are inspiring and as we look at these two graduate students.

Edward Bouchet

Edward Alexander Bouchet was the first African-American man to earn his Ph.D. from an American University, Yale College (what is now Yale University) in 1874. Throughout his education and career, he faced many challenges despite his intellect and success. While being highly talented and educated, he lived in a segregated society, in which not only his daily life, but his schooling affected his access to resources. His scientific research and professionalism were hindered by the types of labs he could have access to, resources provided by the school, and even support in the educational curriculum. Even post-graduation, his skills and education were looked down upon and he struggled to be employed in the field he earned his degree in.

Despite this, Edward Bouchet completed milestones in terms of graduate education for African Americans. Bouchet is recognized as one of the first 20 Americans (of any race) to receive a Ph.D. in physics. He stands as the 6th student from Yale to earn a Ph.D. in physics in its history and ranked 6th in his class at Yale out of 124 students. Bouchet was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa, being officially inducted in 1884, after a chapter reorganization. While this caused him to not be the first African American elected to it, the first being George Washington Henderson, he is recognized as one of the early few. His doctoral thesis centered on measuring the refractive indices of various glasses. Despite the academic excellence Bouchet exemplified, his post graduate career was almost unaffected. Unlike anyone else in the U.S. who earned a Ph.D. at that time, including Georgiana Rose Simpson, and for the next 80 years, Bouchet was unable to obtain a college (or university) position, because of his race. He accepted a position working at Philadelphia’s Institute for Colored Youth, where he taught a variety of subjects other than physics. Philadelphia offered Bouchet access to the city’s considerable progress in education, which had been growing before his arrival. After the Civil War, the ICY played an important role in training the thousands of black teachers that were needed throughout the country to provide freedmen with the education they sought. Unfortunately, he continued to face hardship on the base of race, when many schools at that time were beginning to alter their course subjects. The Industrial Education models caused schools to steer towards vocational subjects, causing Bouchet to lose his job in 1902, when the all-white board members fired anyone who wouldn’t teach this model. Bouchet ended up as in itinerant teacher, working in many states, until he moved home due to health concerns. In his honor, Yale established both the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society and the Bouchet Leadership Award, and the American Physical Society has named the original location of Yale’s Sloan Laboratory as a historic site to honor Bouchet.

Georgiana Rose Simpson

While Bouchet is a legacy for Yale, our very own University of Chicago has its own historic student in Georgiana Rose Simpson. She is recognized as the first African-American woman to receive a PhD in the United States, receiving her doctoral degree in German philology from UChicago in 1921. At this same time, there were two other scholars—Sadie Mossell Alexander (Ph.D. in economics) and Eva Dykes (Ph.D. in English philology)—who also earned their Ph.D.’s, becoming a striking trio of African American women earning their doctorates. Georgiana is recognized as the official first due to UChicago’ s early commencement. No doubt all these women faced substantial racism while trying to obtain their degrees, and Georgiana’s story is one that is retold every year as a reminder of the progress of graduate education for all at the University of Chicago. Georgiana arrived at UChicago in 1907 and was invited to live in the dorms on campus. Pervasive racism caused female students in her dorm to demand her removal. While initially this request was denied, the University of Chicago President at the time Harry Pratt Judson insisted that she move off campus, to which she did. Due to the extreme racial prejudice she faced against the predominantly white, southern student body, she finished her studies mainly through summer classes and correspondence courses. Her bachelors arrived in 1911, her master’s in 1920, and her Ph.D. in 1921. Simpson, along with her other black scholars, did not get university positions either, as most universities didn’t hire black women outside of the Home Economics courses.

Bouchet’s, Simpson’s, Mossel’s and Dykes’ race informed their life, but did not affect their scholarships. Bouchet and Simpson persisted in their ability to continue to teach and learn, despite the racism they faced. Bouchet spent his 26 years teaching physics, geography, astronomy, and a variety of subjects. Simpson was able to edit a biography of the Haitian independence hero Toussaint Louverture; African-American studies wasn’t officially accepted as a discipline at this time, and this opportunity was Georgiana’s work towards that field, despite her Ph.D.  in German philology. The University of Chicago strives for equity for all students and continues to make improvements for its graduate students and achieving their academic success through offices like UChicagoGRAD.


Oh, more information? Of course we have it— Here are some resources to learn more about these figures, and  about UChicago Diversity initiatives:

GRAD Fellowships Expands Student Services!

In addition to advising fellowship applicants and providing a fellowships database, UChicagoGRAD’s Fellowships office has recently expanded its student services to include two monthly newsletters, new events, and a new fellowships Canvas site!

Opportunities: The Fellowships Newsletters

Our monthly fellowships newsletters keep you abreast of UChicagoGRAD fellowships events, calls for proposals, and fellowships application deadlines.  To receive opportunities in your inbox once a month, sign up for either the newsletter for students in STEM or the newsletter for students in the Humanities, Divinity, the Social Sciences, and the Professional Schools.

Thirty-Minute Thursdays

Our Thirty-Minute Thursday events offer streamlined information sessions and flash-writing workshops on various topics.  Upcoming events include an Introduction to Fellowship Opportunities in East Asia and Diversity and Inclusion Fellowships.  Stay tuned for more!

GRAD Fellowships Canvas Site

Finally, visit our new fellowships Canvas site, a growing library of resources where UChicago students will be able to find curated lists of awards specific to their discipline.  The site includes something for everyone, including modules for International Students, Master’s Students, and the Professional Schools and tips on preparing successful fellowship applications.

We encourage you to explore our new resources and UChicagoGRAD’s fellowship staff are available to meet with you to discuss your fellowship plans.

GRADHelp is Here with Updates for Student Payments to Student Payments

All student stipends will be paid from the Workday system as of Spring Quarter.

You may already be familiar with Workday if you’re an international student; have held an UChicago job, teaching, or research role; or have received a reimbursement recently. This Spring Quarter marks the final step to move all payments for all students into Workday. Please take 2 minutes to be sure you’re ready for this transition:

  1. Login to Workday
  2. Check your primary home address and make sure it’s where you are currently living
  3. Check or enter your direct deposit information to be sure you receive any payments as quickly as possible


Questions and Answers About Spring Quarter Stipends Transitioning to Workday


What is Workday?

You may be familiar with Workday if you’ve ever had a teaching position or research assistantship, if you have held a UChicago job, or you’re an international student. Whether you’re logging into Workday for the first time or just checking in for general knowledge, it’s important you understand where, how, and when to check for your payments.


What, specifically, is changing? 

Fellowship stipends for US citizens and permanent residents are currently paid through the finances portal of their student account in my.uchicago.edu. As of Spring Quarter, all stipends for all students will be paid through Workday instead of some stipends being paid through my.uchicago.edu.


Why the change?

Consolidating all payments to one system will improve the student experience, reducing confusion on when and where to check on your payments and responding to a key recommendation of the report of the 2019 Committee on Graduate Education to make student payments more predictable and less confusing. As of Spring Quarter 2021, the University will pay all student stipends, wages, awards, prizes, and reimbursements through Workday.


Anything I should do to prepare?

Even if you’ve been using Workday already, we recommend all students login to check their information at least once per quarter. Please take 2 minutes to do this:

  1. Login to Workday online 

Pro tip: Download the new Workday mobile app to do this from your phone

  1. Check your primary home address and make sure it’s where you are currently living.

Pro tip: Select “edit” and “save” to let us know that you checked – that will mean you don’t receive reminders from us!

  1. Check or enter your direct deposit information to get your payments as quickly as possible. If you’re set up for direct deposit, you can plan to have your funds on your payment date.

Will this change the schedule for my payments?

No. If you receive a quarterly fellowship stipend, you can still expect to receive your funding at the start of the quarter as one lump sum. If you receive payments for teaching and research assistantships on the bi-weekly or monthly schedule, you’ll continue to receive these throughout the quarter.


Are there any types of payments that will not be paid in Workday?

Some types of student funding will continue to be paid through the Office of the Bursar, including loan refunds, overpayment refunds, and Emergency Assistance. If you have questions about what type(s) of funding you receive and what system to check, please be in touch to gradhelp@uchicago.edu.


What if you didn’t answer my question?

Join us for a Student Payments Ask Me Anything (AMA) on February 26 or March 5 to review payment questions with Emily Easton, Director of GRAD Administrative. You can also reach out to gradhelp@uchicago.edu.