Discover UChicago

Discover UChicago is a pre-admissions program organized by the Graduate Enrollment team in collaboration with University divisions and professional schools.

Discover UChicago offers talented individuals from traditionally underrepresented populations an opportunity to explore graduate education at the University of Chicago. Students will visit for two days of workshops, conversations with faculty and graduate students, and informal social events to expose prospective candidates to our vibrant campus community.

We invite current graduate students to meet with DU participants at the DU Graduate Student Mixer on Friday, November 8th from 4:00-6:00PM. Come interact with the prospective students at the Community Lounge in the Center for Identity + Inclusion. Food and beverages are provided. Click here to RSVP.

For general questions, contact Camille Reynolds, Diversity Recruitment Coordinator, at creynolds3@uchicago.edu.

Graduate Student Space

At the recommendation of the Graduate Student Space Working Group, the Provost has designated the fourth floor of the University Bookstore as a dedicated graduate student space.

The Graduate Student Space Working Group, which was formed in response to the report of the Committee on Graduate Education, met over the spring and summer to begin creating a shared vision for the space and will continue to solicit feedback from graduate students this fall, with the goal of opening the space for students in Winter Quarter.

Graduate Council and the Graduate Student Space Working Group invite all graduate students to the Grad Council meeting on Monday, October 28, at 5:00 on the fourth floor of the University Bookstore to discuss plans for the graduate student space currently underway. There will be an opportunity to see initial design and layout plans for the fourth floor space and provide feedback and reactions. Dinner will be provided.

Meet the UChicagoGRAD Diversity Advisory Board (DAB)

The UChicagoGRAD Diversity Advisory Board (DAB) is a group of students from across the university who advise UChicagoGRAD and others in developing programs and resources related to diversity in graduate education and experience. DAB also serves to connect campus-wide graduate student groups with each other and University leadership. Board membership reflects students who have consistently demonstrated a commitment to enhancing diversity, inclusion, access, and equity in higher education.

Already this year, DAB helped with MOSAIC, a diversity-focused orientation program for incoming students, and they launched a new peer mentoring program, Maroon Mates, for PhD students. DAB is currently planning for their Transcending Boundaries Conference, which will be on May 1, 2020. DAB general assembly meetings take place monthly and the next one is November 4th from 6-8pm.

Contact DAB: grad-dab@uchicago.edu

DAB Membership:

  • Executive Board
    • Evelyn Campbell (BSD) – Board Chair
    • Nova Smith (Humanities) – Programming Chair
    • Hilary Tackie (SSD) – Race and Pedagogy Working Group Coordinator
    • Derek Nettingham (SSA) – Communication Chair
    • Terri Smith (SSD) – Executive Board Member-at-Large
  • General Members
    • Selina Baeza-Loya (BSD)
    • Cintia Hinojosa (Booth)
    • Phillippa Paisley (Harris)
    • Angel Boulware (SSD)
    • Nicole LaBell (Law)
    • Syrian Truong (PSD)
    • Cosette Bruhns (Humanities)
    • AllenLinton (SSD)
    • Héctor Varela Rios (Divinity)
    • Sophia Carryl (BSD)
    • Frania Mendoza Lua (SSA)
    • Matthew Vega (Divinity)
    • Rachel Chery (Humanities)
    • Victoria Okunye (BSD/Pritzker)
    • Durrell Washington (SSA)
    • Maria Hernandez (PSD)
    • Jesús Pacheco (Harris)
    • Subria Whitaker (Law)

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 paths@uchicago.edu. For general inquiries, contact Celeste Cruz-Carandang, the PATHS Coordinator, at cacarandang@uchicago.edu.

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: gc.uchicago.edu

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 graduatecouncil@uchicago.edu.

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.