UChicago Library can help you prep for job interviews and GRADUCon

Use the University of Chicago Library career resources to help prepare for interviews, learn about industries, explore books on career development, and gain valuable skills through workshops on software like GIS and Zotero.

  • Company and Industry Research: The Library subscribes to many sources of information on companies and industries. These can be very useful tools for researching a company that has invited you to interview or an industry where you are interested in working.
  • The Graduate Career Development Resources Collection is collaboration between UChicagoGRAD and the Library, and is made possible through the generous support of Danette (Dani) Gentile Kauffman and Diane Adams.
    • The collection is located on shelving adjacent to the Ask a Librarian desk on the first floor of the Regenstein Library.
    • For questions about the collection or suggestions for resources to add, contact Emily Treptow (etreptow@uchicago.edu)
  • Skill development that may benefit your professional career

Don’t forget the library can help with any other area of research too! Click for the library’s subject guide: http://guides.lib.uchicago.edu/subjectguides

GRADUCon Coffee Chats registration opens this week!

Sign-ups will open on Friday, March 22nd at 5pm for GRADUCon registrants who want to meet one-on-one with attending panelists

GRADUCon is the University of Chicago’s annual career conference just for graduate students and postdocs. It is a fantastic opportunity to explore careers in academia, industry, nonprofits, and government. Over 400 graduate students and postdocs participate in the day-long program that included panel discussions and the chance to talk one-on-one with over 70 alumni about diverse career trajectories.

Signups for one-on-one Coffee Chats with panelists will open on Friday, March 22nd at 5pm on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS. GRADUCon Registrants will receive an email invitation with Coffee Chat signup instructions. Registrants will be restricted to one appointment each until Tuesday, March 26 at 9am, when all remaining appointment times will be opened for sign-up. Last year, GRADUCon attendees and alumni had over 260 Coffee Chat sessions. Participants have consistently rated the Coffee Chats as their favorite component of the conference.

In order to sign up for Coffee Chats, you must be registered for GRADUCon. Register here

April 1-5 is Grad Appreciation Week!

Graduate & Professional Student Appreciation Week began in 1993, and is a celebration of the important role that graduate and professional students play on campuses throughout the U.S.

UChicagoGRAD hopes you can join us for the following GSAW events: 

Monday, April 1, 11am-1pm: Swag Social (UChicagoGRAD HQ, 970 E. 58th street, 3rd floor)

  • Visit UChicagoGRAD for t-shirts, mugs, notepads, pens, and other UChicagoGRAD gear giveaways
  • Learn about UChicagoGRAD resources
  • Refreshments will be served

Tuesday, April 2, 12-1:30pm: UChicago Common Book Discussion (UChicagoGRAD HQ, 970 E. 58th street, 3rd floor)

  • Join undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students, along with faculty and staff, and explore various themes of The Best We Could Do as it relates to our individual experiences and campus culture. Register here. 
  • For Digital Access to The Best We Could Do: click here.
  • Lunch will be provided

Wednesday, April 3, 3-5pm: Relax, Relate, Release (UChicagoGRAD HQ, 970 E. 58th street, 3rd floor)

  • Join fellow graduate and professional students to destress with 10 minute massages, coloring, puzzles, and other wellness activities
  • Register for massages by contacting Dana Bozeman: dbozeman@uchicago.edu
  • Refreshments will be served

Thursday, April 4, 11am-12pm: Brunch and Learn: Inclusive Pedagogy (UChicagoGRAD HQ, 970 E. 58th street, 3rd floor)

  • Join Cheryl Richardson, Associate Director for Inclusive Teaching, from the Chicago Center for Teaching for a brunch and learn discussion of inclusive pedagogy
  • Brunch will be provided

Friday, April 5, 9am-5pm: GRADUCon (International House, 1414 East 59th Street)

  • Attend the University of Chicago’s annual career conference just for graduate, professional school students and postdocs. Registration is required.
  • GRADUCon is a fantastic opportunity for graduate and professional school students to explore careers in academia, industry, nonprofits, and government. The day-long program includes panel discussions and the chance to talk one-on-one with over 80 employers and alumni about diverse career trajectories, also attendees are offered free professional photos for LinkedIn
  • Lunch and refreshment reception are included 

Student Support Services

Student Support Services utilizes a holistic approach to help graduate students thrive and succeed on campus.


For eligible graduate students Student Support Services offers for Spring break (apply to determine eligibility by March 15th):

  • Pop-up grocery for breakfast and lunch (grab daily or in-bulk)
  • Ready-to-Cook meals from a local company, providing 2-3 serving meals; registered graduate students have choice of 5 different meal options.
  • Cooking Workshops offering tips for cooking and meal prep, 3 classes held over Spring Break

Year-round, Student Support Services provides resources for graduate students (to learn more contact studentsupport@uchicago.edu):

  • Immediate access to food resources, see more here.
  • Monthly information sessions on government benefits, see more here.
  • Support for the purchase of winter clothing

Additionally, Student Support Services provides:

Undocumented student or DACA support services: assistance for grad/professional students who might be interested in renewing or learning more about renewal options for DACA, including application fees and legal referrals. We encourage undocumented (with or without DACA) graduate and professional students to engage with us as the first point of reference for questions or issues related to your status and to learn about other resources for undocumented students.

FLI Network and the FLI Champions Program: convenes campus community members around shared identities and backgrounds.

  • The FLI Network connects students, faculty, administrators, and alumni who identify as first-generation, low-income, or immigrant (regardless of immigration status), and allies with the goal of creating a community of support.  The FLI Network creates opportunities for members to learn from one another. It fosters a sense of belonging, inclusion, and resilience in students in order to help them succeed at the University of Chicago.
  • The FLI Champions Program matches FLI students with FLI Network members for a self-directed, coaching-style mentorship commitment. The goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for students to enhance their academic, professional, and social networks and skills, and provide the campus community with a meaningful opportunity to support and champion FLI students. The Champions are administrators, faculty, alumni, allies, and (as appropriate) grad/professional students who share similar identities, backgrounds, and interests. A champion is someone who understands all UChicago students have proven track records of success, and operates from a strengths-based attitude.