Autumn Quarter Flu Shots

UChicago Student Wellness and UChicago Human Resources are offering free flu shots to individuals with a University ID. To reduce lines and encourage social distancing, individuals will be required to have an appointment to receive a flu shot. The online scheduling tool allows you to quickly and easily schedule, change, or cancel your appointment. We encourage you to make your appointment online as soon as possible.

For more information, please visit the UChicago Student Wellness 2020 Flu Shot Events website: wellness.uchicago.edu/flushots. There are some important changes to ensure a smooth and safe process and so that individuals can select a time that works for them.

 

Important Changes for 2020:

• To reduce lines and encourage social distancing, individuals will be required to have an appointment to receive a flu shot. The online scheduling tool allows you to quickly and easily schedule, change, or cancel your appointment. We encourage you to make your appointment online as soon as possible.
• The online scheduling tool, available on the UChicago Student Wellness website, will allow you to quickly and easily schedule/change/cancel your appointment at your convenience.
• In order to receive a flu shot, you must:
o Wear a face covering and practice social distancing during your appointment.
o Bring your UChicago ID and two copies of the completed consent form. There will be copies of the consent form available on site if you do not have access to a printer.
o Arrive on time to your appointment. Individuals who arrive late may be asked to reschedule.

 

Last Available Dates: November 6-7, from 9am-6pm, at the Student Wellness Center, 840 E. 59th Street.

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.

UChicagoGRAD Is Here to Help

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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).

Economic Impact (Stimulus) Payments for Graduate Students

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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 gradhelp@uchicago.edu.

Virtual Programming and Resources

UChicagoGRAD is committed to supporting graduate students and postdocs during this challenging time. We are working with campus partners to provide virtual resources and opportunities to help you stay connected and engaged while campus is closed. Please see current offerings below and visit virtualgrad.uchicago.edu for updated information.

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  • Graduate Admissions Learn more here
    • We have made the decision to cancel all in-person admissions programs and interactions out of concern for the health and wellness of everyone in our campus community and all of our guests. While the Office of Graduate Admissions will be closed to the public on campus, our staff will be readily available to help you via email or phone during these challenging times. We also are offering the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one Zoom meeting with a member of the admissions team – click here to schedule an appointment. You do not need a Zoom account to join a meeting.
    • View media resources (webinars, online publications, etc.) here
  • Sounding Board Advising – Sign-up here
    • Emotional distress is common and normal in the context of uncertainty and potentially health-threatening situations. Taking care of your mental health needs during the COVID-19 Pandemic is challenging and particularly when being required to shelter in place, oftentimes, in isolation. Tend to your wellbeing by reaching out to UChicagoGRAD’S Sounding Board advising service which provides remote phone consultations addressing anxiety, fear, relationship concerns, and other destabilizing reactions during these uncertain and upsetting times.
  • GRADHelpLearn more here
    • GRADHelp is your source for help and information about stipends, payments, bills, fees, insurance, and more. If you have questions about any kind of payment or other financial-related issue and aren’t sure where to turn, email gradhelp@uchicago.edu

  • Diversity and Inclusion Advising and Workshops – Sign-up here
    • All students and postdocs can sign up for advising sessions to discuss issues, concerns and experiences related to diversity as it affects their academic and career development as well as personal wellbeing.

    • Structured Writing Accountability Groups (SWAG) – In collaboration with Student Support Services and the Writing Program, we provide space and structure for graduate student and postdoc quarterly writing accountability groups. Applications are due April 26. Learn more here

  • Fellowship Advising and Workshops – Sign-up here
    • Fellowship advisors are available to work with you on application materials for specific fellowships or grants.
    • Small group advising sessions are also available to help applicants compare the different types of grants, understand the application components, learn about strategies for developing competitive applications, and receive resources for further exploration.
  • Graduate Writing ConsultationsSign-up here
    • UChicagoGRAD is offering one-on-one online Graduate Writing Consultations for graduate students interested in working on their academic writing. Consultants work with writers on academic papers, journal articles, dissertation chapters, proposals, and other academic documents.
  • Career Development Advising and Workshops – Sign-up here
    • For Your Job Search
      • Are you currently in the middle of a job search, or are you gearing up to begin one? Are you planning to go on the academic job market this fall? Talk with a career advisor about how you can refine your strategy now that hiring is happening virtually. This includes advice for crafting a strong LinkedIn profile or personal website as digital presence increases in importance. Your advisor can also share strategies for expanding your options in an uncertain job market.
    • For Public Speaking, Interviewing, and Networking Preparation
      • Are you interviewing for jobs? Getting ready for a presentation? Preparing for virtual networking conversations? GRADTalk advising helps you enhance your oral communication skills for a variety of professional applications. You can schedule a meeting with a GRADTalk advisor to practice virtual presentations for your classes, committee, lab, or prospective employers. You can also use GRADTalk as a low-stakes way to practice using Zoom and other remote technologies.
    • For Your Written Application Materials
      • Are you satisfied with your CV or resume? Whether you are currently applying for jobs or not, this is a good time to refine written materials such as your CV, resume, or cover letters. In a virtual meeting, you can work on live edits with your UChicagoGRAD career advisor, sharing screens and discussing the documents line by line.
    • For Your Career Exploration
      • Are you trying to decide what type of career makes sense for you? Whether you are completely undecided or just want to explore contingency options in case your current plans are disrupted, UChicagoGRAD career advisors are experienced at helping you work through a process of self-reflection and personal discovery. We are here to listen first, meet you where you are, and offer guidance in navigating the range of available opportunities.

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Have an idea for a virtual program or resource to promote academic skills or community building? Know of an existing program or resource you would like us to highlight? Share it with us here

Need a Sounding Board?

Emotional distress is common and normal in the context of uncertainty and potentially health-threatening situations. Taking care of your mental health needs during the COVID-19 Pandemic is challenging and particularly when being required to shelter in place, oftentimes, in isolation. Tend to your wellbeing by reaching out to UChicagoGRAD’S Sounding Board advising service which provides remote phone consultations addressing anxiety, fear, relationship concerns, and other destabilizing reactions during these uncertain and upsetting times. Make a Sounding Board remote appointment here.

THRIVE

THRIVE Collective is a collaboration with UChicagoGRAD Diversity & Inclusion, Student Counseling Services and Student Support Services to provide emotional wellness workshops to help students thrive during adverse times and encourage utilization of university resources.

Past workshops have included topics such as impostor syndrome and cultivating unconditional self-worth. Our next workshop, facilitated by Khanh Nghiem, will focus on the importance of self-care. These workshop are just one of the tools available for stress and mental health management. Student Counseling Services has a large number of services available for mental health, wellness, and medical services. Additionally, our other partner, Student Support Services has a hallmark program to support students facing food insecurity. Please join us for our next session (see info below).

Upcoming Workshop Opportunity

THRIVE Workshop: Self-Care to Increase Productivity and Resiliency
Wednesday, February 5th, 12 PM-1:30 PM, 5710 S. Woodlawn
Students in a highly competitive environment, such as UChicago may feel intense pressure to succeed even at the cost of our well-being. We might sacrifice sleep, skip meals, or withdraw socially to work harder and get more done. Underrepresented minority students are especially impacted. When we stop caring for ourselves we often struggle to keep up with our work, engage with our friends and family in the way that we would like, and have a fulfilling life. Join us in this workshop to learn more about ways to care for ourselves in an active, empowering way to increase productivity and resiliency. FREE LUNCH PROVIDED. RSVP required via GRAD Gargoyle

Sounding Board

Optimize your work/life balance with GRAD Sounding Board

Feeling overwhelmed by grad school?

Perhaps you need to address relationship issues in your department, lab or life?

Maybe you want to prepare for a tough conversation with your advisor?

Suppose you are struggling to balance the many demands of your program with your own exceedingly high expectations and want some support?

UChicagoGRAD Sounding Board advising provides a trained counseling professional with whom you can unload some stress, address concerns or conflicts, explore options for solving your problem and will also connect you with appropriate resources.

Make a Sounding Board appointment here

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.

Enjoy your July 4th weekend!

Things to do in Chicago for July 4th weekend!

Check out Chicago’s awesome beaches

July 3rd – 7th: Fireworks, fireworks, and more fireworks!

July 3rd-7th: Chicago SummerDance in Portage Park and Grant Park

July 3rd & 4th: Grant Park Music Festival Independence Day Salute

July 4th: Fourth of July Parade in Irving Park

July 4th: Best places to see July Fourth fireworks in Chicago

July 5th-7th: West Fest street fair in West Town

July 5th-7th: Botanic Garden Art Festival in Glencoe

July 5th: Dark Matter Coffee Block Party in River West / West Town

July 6th & 7th: Live on the Lake! Music Performances at Navy Pier