GRADUCon 2019

GRADUCon will take place on Friday, April 5 at International House

GRADUCon is the University of Chicago’s annual career conference just for graduate students and postdocs. Now in its tenth year, the event is organized by UChicagoGRAD. GRADUCon is a fantastic opportunity to explore careers in academia, industry, nonprofits, and government. It includes panels, discussions, and the chance to talk one-on-one with employers and alumni about diverse career trajectories. Coffee, Lunch, and a Reception are all included in the day.

Registration is required:

This year’s event will feature panel discussions on (please note: tentative, and subject to changes):

  • Careers in Data Science
  • Careers in Think Tanks
  • Careers in Museums & Cultural Institutions
  • Business of Science
  • Careers in Intelligence
  • Education and Literacy Nonprofits
  • U.S. Job Search for International Students
  • Careers in the Quantitative Finance
  • Careers in User Experience
  • Industry Research Careers for Scientists
  • Careers in NGOs
  • Careers in Consulting
  • Publishing Careers
  • First Year as Faculty (Humanities/Social Sciences)
  • First Year as Faculty (STEM)
  • Keynote: Career Decision Points

UChicago a Top Producer for Fulbright U.S. Student Program in 2018-2019

19 UChicago graduate students and alumni were awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Fellowship, making UChicago the top graduate institution for Fulbright U.S. Student awards

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Each year the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces the top producing institutions for the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, published in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Overall, the University of Chicago came third on this list, with 30 total awards, including graduate and undergraduate.

UChicago graduate students and alumni received more graduate-level Fulbright awards than any other institution in the country in the 2018-19 Fulbright US Student Program competition. Nineteen graduate students and alumni of graduate programs from the University of Chicago were selected for Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards, with fifteen accepting the fellowship.

  • Joshua Babcock, Anthropology, Singapore
  • MeeSoh Bossard, Social Services Administration, Ghana
  • James Countryman, Anthropology, Croatia
  • Jonathan DePoyster, Political Science, Ghana
  • Ana Ilievska, Comparative Literature, Italy
  • Alexander Jania, History, Japan
  • Lauren Ledin, Anthropology, China
  • Matthew Lowenstein, History, China
  • Alexander Murphy, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Japan
  • Chloé M. Pelletier, Art History, Italy
  • Kyle Peters, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Japan
  • Cara Piraino, Middle Eastern Studies, Jordan – Declined for Harvard University Center for Arabic Study Abroad Fellowship
  • Eleonore Rimbault, Anthropology, India – Declined for American Institute of Indian Studies Junior Fellowship
  • Steven Schwartz, Anthropology, Colombia – Declined for Wenner Gren and SSRC International Dissertation Research Fellowships
  • Spencer Stewart, History, China
  • Benjamin Van Zee, History, Germany – Declined for DAAD Graduate Research Fellowship and Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies Fellowship
  • Michael Williams, History, Germany
  • Tali Winkler, History, Germany
  • Noah Zeldin, Germanic Studies, Germany

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide. The program aims to increase mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchange. These 8-12 month grants are open to graduate students in all stages and programs, and are available to US citizens in over 140 countries. Watch this short video and visit the website to learn more about the Fulbright US Student Program.

The Fulbright competition for graduate students is administered at the University of Chicago through UChicagoGRAD. The 2020-21 competition will open in April 2019 with an internal Deadline for Campus Interviews of August 30, 2019. Interested graduate students should plan to attend the Fulbright Information Session in early April and contact Sara Mehta, Fulbright Program Advisor for graduate students, at to discuss the application process.

Practice self-care this Valentine’s Day

Explore on-campus Health Promotion and Wellness Resources and treat yourself

Wellness Coaching, Mindfulness Meditation Courses, and visits to the WellNest lounge will teach you important self-care techniques that last a lifetime. Health Promotion and Wellness at UChicago offers students access to coordinated and comprehensive services that promote lifelong behaviors and empower individuals to improve their quality of life and reach their highest potential.

Wellness Programming options available to graduate students:

  • Wellness Coaching: Wellness Coaching is a free service that provides support for navigating transitions and overcoming challenges that come your way. Wellness Coaching takes a strengths-based approach to holistic wellness and mental health promotion. Your wellness coach will help you: maximize your personal and professional potential by recognizing your strengths and values, focus on goals that are impactful to you, identify resources that will enable you to succeed in your desired changes, lead to a higher level of health and well-being, and strive to become your best self. Wellness coaches can provide you with tools for time management, social anxiety, stress reduction, and any other challenges that you face. Schedule a coaching session here.
  • Mindfulness Meditation Courses: Register for introductory or advanced mindfulness meditation courses and a silent retreat focused on mindfulness meditation. Each Mindfulness Meditation course is held over four weeks and includes instruction and practice of mindfulness meditation and other mind/body techniques to help reduce stress. Research has shown that incorporating mindfulness meditation practice in your daily life can help: decrease stress and anxiety, improve concentration and attention, promote greater awareness of body sensations, emotions, and thought, build compassion for self and others, foster meaning and purpose, develop connections, regulate emotions, increase capacity for reflection and insight, and boost tolerance of uncertainty and ambiguity. Learn more here.
  • 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.

Health Promotion and Wellness along with Student Health and Counseling Services offer a range of services and support for students that are targeted towards building and maintaining overall well-being. For more information about other wellness programs and services as well as those related to medical and mental health, please visit

Graduate Writing Consultants

Graduate Writing Consultants (GWCs) sessions offer one-on-one support for on-going academic writing projects, assistance analyzing and controlling the rhetorical effects of writing for particular readers, and tools for planning, drafting, and revising more effectively. 

GWCs are trained by the Writing Program in principles of effective academic writing. But because writing at the graduate level is expert writing about a specialized field, in each consultation the GWC will rely upon the writer’s expertise about both their subject matter and their readers.

In these one-on-one sessions, writers work with GWCs not just on problems in particular drafts, but also to develop advanced skills for revision. Writers can meet with a GWC during any stage of the writing process–nearly completed documents, drafts, rough drafts, or really rough drafts. While we ask that all meetings start from some piece of writing, graduate students at the beginning of a project can work with GWCs to begin getting ideas on the page, or to get “unstuck” in the middle of a project.

Writers may also elect to work with GWCs on a rhetorical analysis of published work in their field (a “Field Analysis” session). Field Analysis sessions help writers build practical familiarity with writing conventions specific to their fields. This kind of analysis can be highly useful for writers preparing work for publication or for conference presentations.

What kinds of writing can I work on during a GWC session?

  • Dissertation/Thesis Proposals
  • Thesis drafts
  • Dissertation chapters
  • Abstracts
  • Conference papers
  • Seminar papers or other papers for coursework
  • Journal articles

What can I expect in a typical session?

  • For every session, you will submit some text in advance– either your own work, or an article to analyze. This text will be the focus of the session, but GWCs also require writers to fill out an on-line Cover Sheet form that is equally crucial to the session.
  • At the beginning of each session, the GWC will chat with you briefly to ask follow-up questions based on your cover sheet and to determine an agenda for the meeting.
  • The GWC will ask questions about your text and help you diagnose patterns and issues.
  • The GWC will work with you to make plans for revision and/or begin implementing some revisions.
  • Since you have been working to build expertise in your field, the GWC will ask you questions about your audience and the conventions of writing in your discipline. The GWC is not there to judge content, but to help you judge the rhetorical effects of what you have written and how your audience may respond. With your audience in mind, we will help you figure out ways to revise your text to achieve your desired effect.
  • GWCs are not copy-editors/proofreaders. If you are looking for copy editing, the Writing Program can set you up with a trained, fee-based editor.

Schedule a GWC session via GRAD Gargoyle; plan well in advance of upcoming deadlines and prepare to submit a cover sheet at least 24 hours in advance of your appointment.