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

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

It’s not too early to start planning your fall application! NSF provides 3-year fellowships to individuals early in their graduate career. https://www.nsfgrfp.org/Key facts:

  • It’s not just for scientists and engineers! All fields of social science are eligible.
  • Fellows receive 3-years of funding with tuition support spread and which can be combined with other awards
  • 2,000 fellowship are awarded every year
  • UChicago graduate students have a strong record of winning NSF GRFPs!
  • UChicagoGRAD Fellowship staff are available to discuss applying and provide support to your application. Make an appointment with UChicagoGRAD’s Director of Fellowships, Beth Powers here: https://grad-uchicago-csm.symplicity.com/
  • Sign up for NSF GRFP information sessions in May:  https://grad-uchicago-csm.symplicity.com/

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.

Virtual Career Advising

UChicagoGRAD career advisors are available for virtual Zoom meetings during Spring Quarter. We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has added complications and uncertainty to your career planning. We are still here for you!

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Here are a few ways in which a virtual advising appointment might be helpful:

  • 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 currently teaching virtually? Interviewing for jobs? 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. Fellowship advisors are also available to work with you on application materials for specific fellowships or grants.
  • 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.

We know this is a challenging time for everyone. Above all, we want you to know that you are not in this alone! As career development professionals, we may not know all the answers, but we are here to discuss challenges and brainstorm strategies for moving forward. To schedule an appointment, log into GRAD Gargoyle and select “Advising Appointments.”

Extended Tax Deadline

The IRS and State of Illinois have extended the deadline to file your 2019 tax return and make any payments through July 15, 2020.

This means 91 extra days to assemble your documents, review your income, prepare and submit your tax documents. It’s also more time to binge watch the workshops we hosted earlier in the year for help filing your return as a F1/J1 student or a US Citizen/Permanent Resident or check out the workshop slides. When questions come up, be in touch to gradhelp@uchicago.edu for general guidance and help connecting with the right resources.

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 deborahb@uchicago.edu.

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 my.uchicago.edu 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 gradhelp@uchicago.edu. We’re not able to provide individual tax advice, but we can provide general informational guidance to help you manage your tax reporting responsibilities.

Transcending Boundaries

Life of the Mind . . . Body and Soul

3rd Annual Transcending Boundaries Research Symposium

May 1, 2020 at the University of Chicago

“Life of the Mind” is one of the University of Chicago’s most beloved unofficial mottos, meant to convey a deep commitment to intellectual and philosophical inquiry that eschews the supposedly lesser carnal pursuits of life that may distract students at other venerable institutions. This focus on the mind above all else has its roots in the Enlightenment ideals of Rene Descartes, which place a mind-body hierarchy as the foundation of humanistic thought, the scientific method, and Western thought overall. However, while “Life of the Mind” at UChicago prioritizes Cartesian Enlightened intellectualism, this mantra is problematic on two fronts: its negates to acknowledge humanism’s prerequisite of non-European exclusion and ignores the potential epistemological contributions of the body and soul. So, what happens when we begin to explore the minds and ideas of people of color? How can we include the body and the soul into this conversation? Further, how does this elevation of Western thinking shut the door to other epistemologies that aren’t based in a mind-body divide, but instead focus on holistic integration of mental, physical, and spiritual inquiry?

DAB’s 3rd annual Transcending Boundaries Research Symposium, Life of the Mind… Body and Soul, now invites UChicago’s graduate student population to present their scholarship, which may reflect work not fully encompassed or embraced by the exclusionary Life of the Mind ethos. It is especially our hope to highlight the work of self-identified underrepresented populations. This may include research on non-Western traditions, practical rather than merely theoretical applications, marginalized communities, religious beliefs, and more.

DAB conceives this theme quite broadly and invite proposals from all divisions and fields.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted here https://forms.gle/PTw2P2t6yk3PTMLeA by Friday, March 13, 2019 at 11:59pm.  If you have any questions, please email grad-dab@uchicago.edu.

UChicago a Top Producer for Fulbright Scholars in 2019-2020

13 UChicago graduate students and alumni were awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Fellowship, making UChicago a top graduate institution for Fulbright U.S. Student awards

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Each year the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces the top producing institutions for the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, published in The Chronicle of Higher Education. This year, the University of Chicago tied for sixth place on the list, with a total of 27 Fulbright awards (including both graduate and undergraduate students).

Thirteen graduate students and alumni of graduate programs from the University of Chicago were selected for Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards. The following lists include all awardees (though not all may have taken up the award):

Fulbright US Student Program:

  • Andrew Halladay, South Asian Languages and Civilization, India
  • Angela M. Romea, Anthropology, Philippines
  • Carl Kubler, History, China
  • Clariza Saint George, Psychology, United Kingdom
  • Demmy Villalpando, History, Mexico
  • Erol Koymen, Ethnomusicology, Turkey
  • Hanna Pickwell, Anthropology, China
  • Jerel Ezell, Sociology, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Joseph Haydt, Germanic Studies, Germany
  • Matthew Johnson, Germanic Studies, Austria
  • Susan Su, East Asian Languages and Civilization, China
  • Tristan Sharp, History, Germany

Fulbright US Student Program – English Teaching Assistantship:

  • John Al-Haddad, English Teaching Assistantship, Turkey

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. educational exchange program, offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually to U.S. students in all fields of study and operates in more than 160 countries. Fulbright grants provide for 8-12 months of international experience and are open to graduate students in all stages and programs. Watch this short video and visit the website to learn more about the Fulbright US Student Program.

The Fulbright competition for graduate students is administered at the University of Chicago through UChicagoGRAD. Please be sure to check the UChicagoGRAD Event Calendar for the dates of upcoming information sessions and internal campus deadlines for next year’s Fulbright application process. Interested graduate students should plan to attend a Fulbright Information Session in early April and contact Beth Powers, Director of Fellowships and Writing, to discuss the application process.