GRADUCon2020 is going virtual!

GRADUCon is the University of Chicago’s annual career exploration conference for graduate students and postdocs. Now in its eleventh year, the event is organized by UChicagoGRAD, in partnership with multiple offices across campus. GRADUCon is a fantastic opportunity to explore careers in academia, industry, nonprofits, and government through moderated panel discussion with UChicago alumni.

In light of continued safety recommendations given the situation with COVID-19, we are moving all of our panels online!

These panels include:

  • Careers in Data Science in Healthcare
  • Global Risk and Intelligence
  • Careers in Museum Education
  • Careers in Software Engineering
  • Careers in Grassroots Organizations
  • Cultural Heritage and Public History
  • S. Job Search for International Graduate Students and Postdocs
  • Careers in Consulting
  • Careers in the Quantitative Finance
  • Qualitative Research Careers
  • Industry Research Careers in Biotech
  • Green Jobs
  • Content Creation and Management
  • Careers in Technology Commercialization
  • First Year as Faculty (Humanities/Social Sciences)
  • First Year as Faculty (STEM)

Join us April 3rd, 2020 for this excellent online opportunity! Please register for the event.

We will share details for how to participate virtually with registrants a few days prior to the event.

UChicagoGRAD Statement on Coronavirus

In light of recent communication from the University about COVID-19, UChicagoGRAD is moving to virtual services.

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We are committed to supporting graduate students and postdocs during this challenging time, and we encourage you to continue to take advantage of UChicagoGRAD resources that will be provided remotely. Effective immediately, advising appointments are available only through Skype/Zoom or by phone. Most workshops and events will be similarly moved to virtual platforms; please pay attention to details in event descriptions for further information. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request an accommodation, please contact Deborah Blumenthal at

Please visit the University’s Coronavirus Updates page to stay informed about the public health situation related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Tax Day is April 15th

We are 40 days and counting until April 15, 2020, also known as tax day. If you received any income in the United States last year, you very likely have a filing requirement. If you’re an international student who spent any time in the US in 2019 on a J1 or F1 visa, you likely have a filing requirement. If you’re not sure what you’re required to do, don’t panic – we can help you get started.

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  1. Review Your Income

If you received any stipend, scholarship, or fellowship, from the University of Chicago or an external organization, all or part of your funding may be taxable, even if you did not receive a tax form.

If you are a candidate for a degree, you can generally exclude any funding used for tuition and required fees, as well as any books, supplies, or equipment required for your courses from your income. Any funding used for living expenses (e.g. room and board) must be included in your income total.

To review the amount of funding you received from the University of Chicago, login to your portal, select Finances at the top, and navigate to My Financial Aid or My Account.

  1. Watch Your Dates

Please keep in mind the tax year differs from the academic year. The 2019 tax year includes any funds distributed to you between 1/1/2019 and 12/31/2019. Depending on the disbursement date of your funds, your income may include Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Summer 2019, Autumn 2019 and Winter 2020.

  1. Get Some Help

Slides from this year’s tax workshops are available online and session recordings will be posted next week on the Health Promotion and Wellness YouTube channel.

Not sure if you need to hire an accountant? Check out a great primer from Moneygeek on thinking this through. If you do need to hire someone, we included some tips on hiring the right professional in the workshop slides.

And, when questions come up, let us know at We’re not able to provide individual tax advice, but we can provide general informational guidance to help you manage your tax reporting responsibilities.