Returning to Campus and a Culture of Safety
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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).
- 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.
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.
For more information about Convocation, academic regalia, diplomas, and more, please consult the FAQ page. If you have additional questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
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, 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: email@example.com.
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.
- 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.
Concerned about how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect your career plans?
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.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) has authorized payments to qualifying US taxpayers who meet criteria detailed here. In general, you qualify for a payment if you 1) are a US Citizen, Permanent Resident, or Qualifying Resident Alien (with a Social Security number), 2) cannot be claimed as a dependent by another taxpayer, and 3) have an Adjusted Gross Income below the relevant threshold for your filing status. You can use the IRS EIP chart to review the stimulus amounts. If you believe you are entitled to payment and have not yet received it, you may use this IRS tool to check the status of the payment and determine if further action is required to claim the payment. We are not able to provide individual tax advice, but if you have general questions about this, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.