Fall Quarter Preview

UChicagoGRAD Fall Programming Calendar 2020 

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

SEPTEMBER

  • Monday, September 28 – Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Info Session, 1-2pm, Zoom
  • Tuesday, September 29 – PATHS Archival Management Course #1, 4:30-6pm, Zoom
  • Wednesday, September 30 – Resume Workshop, 12:30-1:30pm, Zoom
  • Wednesday, September 30 – Mellon ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship Info Session, 3-4pm, Zoom

OCTOBER

  • Thursday, October 1 – Cover Letter Workshop, 12:30-1:30pm, Zoom
  • Thursday, October 1 – Exploring Fellowships for Master’s Students, 1-2pm, Zoom
  • Friday, October 2 – Soros Fellowship Info Session, Noon-1pm, Zoom
  • Monday, October 5 – Sunrise Futures Virtual Info Session, 12:30-1:30pm, Zoom
  • Tuesday, October 6 – SSRC International Dissertation Fellowship Info Session, 11am-Noon, Zoom
  • Tuesday, October 6 – Prepping for GRADFair, 12:30-1:30pm, Zoom
  • Tuesday, October 6 – PATHS Archival Management Course #2, 4:30-6pm, Zoom
  • Wednesday, October 7 – LinkedIn Foundations, 12:30-1:30pm, Zoom
  • Wednesday, October 7 – NSF GRFP Writing Workshop, 2-4pm, Zoom
  • Thursday, October 8 – Applying to PhD Programs: CVs, 12:30-1:30pm, Zoom
  • Thursday, October 8 – Exploring Fellowships for Master’s Students, 4-5pm, Zoom
  • Friday, October 9 – Applying to PhD Programs: Statement of Purpose, 12:30-1:30pm, Zoom
  • Tuesday, October 13 – Two Sigma: Papers We Love (BS/MS), 12:30-1:30pm, Zoom (provided by employer)
  • Tuesday, October 13 – Two Sigma: Papers We Love (PhD), 4:30-5:30pm, Zoom (provided by employer)
  • Tuesday, October 13– PATHS Archival Management Course #3, 4:30-6pm Zoom
  • Tuesday, October 13 – Two Sigma Quant Talk, 5:30-6:30pm, Zoom (provided by employer)
  • Thursday, October 15 – Mellon ACLS Writing Workshop, 10am-Noon, Zoom
  • Wednesday, October 15 – Exploring Fellowships for Master’s Students, 1-2pm, Zoom
  • Thursday, October 15 – GRADFair, 3:30-7pm, Symplicity’s Virtual Career Fair Platform
  • Monday, October 19, Mayor’s Office Summer Fellowship Info Session, 12:30-1:30pm, Zoom
  • Monday, October 19 —Using LinkedIn to Grow Your Network and Search for Jobs, 12:30-1:30pm, Zoom
  • Tuesday, October 20 – PATHS Archival Management Course #4, 4:30-6pm Zoom
  • Wednesday, October 21 – Academic Job Market: Ask Me Anything Session, 12:30-1:30pm, Zoom
  • Wednesday, October 21 – Technical Interviewing Workshop hosted by CultureFit Technology Staffing, 3-5, Zoom
  • Thursday, October 22 – SSRC International Dissertation Fellowship Writing Workshop 1, 10am-Noon, Zoom
  • Thursday, October 22 – Exploring Fellowships for Master’s Students, 1-2pm, Zoom
  • Tuesday, October 27 – PATHS Archival Management Course #5, 4:30-6pm, Zoom
  • Wednesday, October 28 – Resume Workshop, 12:30-1:30pm, Zoom
  • Wednesday, October 28 – Boren 101: Getting Started with Your Boren Fellowship Application, 2-3pm, Zoom
  • Thursday, October 29 – SSRC International Dissertation Fellowship Writing Workshop 2, 10am-Noon, Zoom
  • Thursday, October 29 – Cover Letter Workshop, 12:30-1:30pm, Zoom
  • Friday, October 30 – Graduate Research Fellowship for STEM Diversity Info Session, Noon-1pm, Zoom
  • Friday, October 30 – National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship Info Session, 1-2pm, Zoom

NOVEMBER

  • Tuesday, November 3 – International Student & Postdoc Career Series: Introduction to the US Job Search, 12:30-1:30pm, Zoom
  • Tuesday, November 3 – PATHS Archival Management Course #6, 4:30-6pm, Zoom
  • Friday, November 6 – Ford Fellowships Info Session, Noon-1pm, Zoom
  • Tuesday, November 10 – International Student & Postdoc Career Series: US Job Documents, 12:30-1:30pm, Zoom
  • Wednesday, November 11 – Academic Job Market Series: Ask Me Anything, 12:30-1:30pm, Zoom
  • Tuesday, November 17 – International Student & Postdoc Career Series: Interviewing for International Students, 12:30-1:30pm, Zoom
  • Wednesday, November 18 – National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship Writing Workshop, 2-4pm, Zoom
  • Wednesday, November 18 – Resume Workshop, 12:30-1:30pm, Zoom
  • Wednesday, November 18 – Quarterly Postdoc Orientation, 3-4pm, Zoom
  • Wednesday, November 18 – Quarterly Postdoc Mixer, 4-5pm, Zoom
  • Thursday, November 19 – Ford Fellowships Personal Statement Writing Workshop, 10am-Noon, Zoom
  • Thursday, November 19 – Cover Letter Workshop, 12:30-1:30pm, Zoom
  • Tuesday, November 24 – International Student & Postdoc Career Series: Networking for International Students, 12:30-1:30pm, Zoom

DECEMBER

  • Thursday, December 3 – Ford Fellowships Personal Statement Writing Workshop, 10am-Noon, Zoom
  • Friday, December 4 – Point Foundation Scholarship Info Session, Noon-1pm, Zoom
  • Friday, December 4 – English Career Conversation Hour, 12:30-1:30pm, Zoom

Register online via GRAD Gargoyle

UChicago Health Pact

As members of the University of Chicago community, it is vital that we work together to help protect our community’s health and safety. This is particularly critical during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are asking every person on campus to commit to the UChicago Health Pact to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

collage

When back on campus, we ask that everyone commit to protecting our community by following the UChicago Health Pact – a brief reminder of our commitment to uphold public health requirements.

The measures outlined in the UChicago Health Pact will help us achieve our goal of providing a safe environment for our entire campus community. Please remember that we are still in a dynamic COVID-19 environment. These required protocols pertain to the early stages of returning to on-campus activities and could change as the public health situation evolves.

View the UChicago Health Pact

Preparing for Autumn Quarter 2020

Autumn Quarter is around the corner.

Don’t forget to:

Autumn Quarter 2020 feels different. You can find up-to-date information on the plans to resume programs and campus operations at UChicago Forward. As a reminder, UChicagoGRAD (along with offices campus-wide) have transitioned to remote services. We are here to meet with you one-on-onethrough Zoom and share our programs online, synchronusly and on-demand. We’re looking forward to working with you in the coming quarter and the coming year.

Overview of Autumn Quarter at UChicago 2020

Returning to Campus and a Culture of Safety

marron letters with a green arrow

To: Members of the University Community
From: Robert J. Zimmer, President, and Ka Yee C. Lee, Provost
Date: August 6, 2020

We are looking forward to welcoming as much of the University community as possible back to campus for the Autumn Quarter that begins on September 29, guided by the University’s academic missions and values and in close collaboration with public health experts and the University of Chicago Medicine.

The video linked below provides an overview of UChicago’s plans and expectations for students and families, faculty, researchers, and staff about the resumption of on-campus activity, including the health practices to promote safety within our community.

If you have questions, we encourage you to visit the UChicago Forward website for more information.

Tax Deadlines and Financial Advising

It’s tax time again – this time in July. Because of the COVID pandemic, both the IRS and State of Illinois extended the 2019 annual tax filing deadline to July 15, 2020.

If you have not already filed, review our 2019 tax workshops for an overview of next steps. In addition, the IRS extended the deadlines for 2020 quarterly estimated tax payments until July 15, 2020. (Illinois did not change the estimated tax deadline.) Confused? Graduate students can find more information about quarterly estimated tax payments here. Or, if you have general questions, please email gradhelp@uchicago.edu.

Students have been asking for financial advising and we are delighted to announce that UChicagoGRAD has partnered with TIAA to provide free one-on-one financial wellness consultations for graduate students and postdocs. These consultations are intended to answer questions related to investing, saving, and budgeting. You may sign up for an appointment here or by calling 800-732-8353. And, keep an eye out for workshops on these topics coming in the Autumn Quarter.

UChicago Convocation 2020

The 533rd Convocation will take place virtually on Saturday, June 13, at 9:15 a.m. This is a University-wide ceremony involving degree candidates from all divisions and schools. During the ceremony, the University President Robert J. Zimmer will confer degrees to all candidates.

Live Streaming

The virtual University-wide ceremony will stream at convocation.uchicago.edu.

Speakers, contact information, and links to the virtual ceremonies can be found on the Virtual Ceremonies Schedule page.

Details for the College, as well as the Schools and Divisions’ individual ceremonies, can be found below. All ceremony times are Central Standard Time (CST).

Schedule

  • FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2020
    • 9:00 AM- The School of Social Service Administration
    • 11:00 AM – The Division of the Social Sciences
    • 12:30 PM – The Divinity School
    • 2:00 PM – Class Day
    • 4:30 PM – The Division of the Humanities
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 13, 2020
    • 9:15 AM – University-wide Ceremony
    • 11:00 AM – The William B. and Catherine V. Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies
    • 11:00 AM – The Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies
    • 11:30 AM – The Law School
    • 12:00 PM – The Division of the Physical Sciences
    • 4:30 PM – The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  • SUNDAY, JUNE 14, 2020
    • The College is proud to recognize the incredible achievements of our graduates during our College Diploma Ceremonies. A UChicago tradition, the College Diploma Ceremonies invite students to return to their residential communities to celebrate graduation with those with whom they began their academic journey. Each ceremony is presided over by a resident dean and features remarks, speeches, and the reading of the names of each graduate. This year’s virtual ceremonies will take place on Sunday, June 14, 2020, throughout the day at the times listed below. Links to each virtual ceremony, as well as speaker and contact information, can be found on the Virtual Ceremonies Schedule page.

Social Media

Share your Class of 2020 memories, photos, and reflections, as we recognize your accomplishments! Use our specially designed Class of 2020 social media tools to celebrate and share your success with friends and family.

FAQ

For more information about Convocation, academic regalia, diplomas, and more, please consult the FAQ page. If you have additional questions, please email convocation@uchicago.edu.

UChicagoGRAD Is Here to Help

hands and hearts

The past few months have highlighted the intense inequities and racism in our country, and the murder of George Floyd and subsequent protests have amplified the injustices that Black people in America face. UChicagoGRAD recognizes that many students and postdocs are feeling hurt, trauma, and increased anxiety. These are challenging issues to grapple with, and we don’t purport to have quick or easy solutions. We encourage you to check in on each other—reach out to your peers. Please email askthegargoyle@uchicago.edu to let UChicagoGRAD know how we can support you in efforts to change the reality in this country so that we have an inclusive and equitable society for everyone.

Dana Bozeman, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, is available for advising and personal support (schedule in GRAD Gargoyle using appointment type ”GRAD Diversity: Topics Related to Diversity & Inclusion” or email Dana at dbozeman@uchicago.edu).

Three Minute Thesis Competition 2020

Do you wish you had an answer at the ready when someone says, “So, tell me about your research?”

Apply by June 3rd to participate in UChicagoGRAD’s Three Minute Thesis Competition and Research Showcase. This year’s 3MT will take place virtually on Thursday, June 11, 4:00-6:00pm CT.

three minute thesis logo

Three Minute Thesis, also known as 3MT, is a public speaking competition originally developed by the University of Queensland.

In a 3MT competition, participants prepare a three-minute presentation about their research using only one static slide. It’s a great opportunity to showcase your work to a broader audience and practice your public speaking skills. By participating in a 3MT, you can gain practical experience in how to condense the broad strokes of your research into a clear, concise, and engaging format.

Any student currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at the University of Chicago and writing a Master’s or PhD thesis is eligible to apply. The focus of your presentation should be your original research, pitched in an engaging way to a general audience without losing sight of the significance and impact of your work.

A panel of judges will evaluate each presentation and choose an overall winner as well as additional winners in separate categories. The winning presenters will have their presentations featured on the UChicagoGRAD website and be featured in an episode of the new GRADTalk podcast.

The application deadline for the Three Minute Thesis Competition is June 3. To complete the application form, please click here. For questions please contact Michael O’Toole: mfo@uchicago.edu.

 

National Science Foundation (NSF), Graduate Research Fellowship Information Sessions

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP) provides 3 years of stipend and tuition support to students in STEM, including most fields in the social sciences.

UChicagoGRAD will host an initial information session about NSF on Friday, May 22. This information session will cover the application materials, advice on creating a strong application, resources for support as you apply, and tips from recent recipients. Separate writing workshops and application guidance sessions will take place throughout May and June. Please register via GRAD Gargoyle to have Zoom links sent to you in advance of the session.

Related events:

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Information Session, Friday, May 22, 3-4 pm
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Personal Statement Guidance Session, Tuesday, May 26, 12-1pm
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Research Statement Guidance Session, Friday, May 29, 12-1 pm

Questions? Please contact UChicagoGRAD’s Director of Fellowships, Beth Powers.

GRAD Guide to Career Planning During COVID-19

Concerned about how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect your career plans?

image of career guide

A new guide from UChicagoGRAD can help you stay on track. With the outbreak of COVID-19, you may have questions about how to proceed with your job search. Social distancing, remote work, and economic uncertainty can make an already stressful process more complicated, but there are steps you can take now to move forward. This guide gives advice for conducting a job search using online resources and tools for virtual engagement. It also provides recommendations about creating flexibility in your search and points to relevant resources.

Your career advisor will be able to talk to you about how to adjust this advice according to your unique situation, and help you answer any questions that arise during your job search. Make an appointment with your career advisor via GRAD Gargoyle.