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Synthesist: The Graduate School Newsletter
     April 8, 2014

In This Issue

Conferences, Events & Calls for Papers

Graduate School Updates

Graduate & Professional Student Spotlight

Trends, Tools, Issues, Reports & Best Practices

Funding/Employment Opportunities

Conferences, Events & Calls for Papers

Join the Revelry, Today! The Graduate School and the Institute for Advanced Study are pleased to present The Graduate Revels, a celebration of graduate education and the reopening of Northrop Auditorium. This event will take place from 12-3pm today (April 8) at Northrop Auditorium; free and open to the public.

Design of Medical Devices Conference:
The world's largest medical device conference will take place on April 7-10 at The Commons Hotel & McNamara Alumni Center, and will consist of four-days of workshops, symposiums, scientific poster sessions and technical/scientific sessions. Visit for more information; on-site registration available.

CGS Webinar: Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections 2012-2022 | 12:00-1:00 pm on April 30, 2014:
Join Kristina Bartsch and James Franklin, Division Chiefs in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections program, as they present the most recent employment projections for 2012-2022. They will also discuss the growth in demand for occupations by typical education and training requirements, particularly as they pertain to graduate education. The presentation will also include information on how graduate deans can access BLS reports and data. More information >

View the full U of M Graduate Education calendar 

Graduate School Updates

Building Digital Capacity in Graduate Education: Resources from the April 2nd Graduate & Professional Education Assembly are now available on the Graduate School website >

Graduate & Professional Student Spotlight

Jessica Nickrand: How has the economic decline and attempted urban renewal of industrial cities like Detroit affected the health of its residents? Jessica Nickrand investigates this question in her research, which she will present at today's Doctoral Research Showcase. Read the full story >

Trends, Tools, Issues, Reports & Best Practices

Growing Concerns about Growth in Graduate Student Debt: Is it worth it? It depends: Chronicle of Higher Education, Wall Street Journal and Inside Higher Ed all address findings of the New American Foundation report.

Looking for Grant Funding? The ULibraries offer online tutorials on searching for grant opportunities in tools like Pivot, SciVal Funding, and the Foundation Directory Online (FDO). Set up e-mail updates and find internal U of M funding sources as well. Learn more at

Funding/Employment Opportunities

Applications Accepted for 2014 Summer Internships: CGS invites applications from current graduate students for internships. These positions are designed to provide professional development, research and communications experience in the area of graduate education:

Consortium Funding Opportunity: The deadline for proposals submitted in response to the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences' RFP for graduate and professional students is fast approaching: Monday, April 21, 2014. Graduate and professional students on all UMN campuses are eligible. This funding initiative aims to encourage work on the broad societal implications of problems in health, environment, or the life sciences. The Request for Proposals (RFPs) may be found at

Previous Synthesis issues...

March 25, 2014

March 11, 2014

February 25, 2014

Upcoming Events

UMD Commencement is scheduled for Saturday, May 17, 2014 at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center, Amsoil Arena.

There will be two separate ceremonies:
10:00 a.m. beings the ceremony for CEHSP, SFA, and CLAstudents
3:00 p.m. begins the ceremony for LSBE and SCSE
Graduate students can only participate in one ceremony. If a student does not participate in the ceremony for which he or she is scheduled, the student will not be allowed to participate in any subsequent ceremony.

Fore more information, check out our commencement page!


Career Networking Event -- for Graduate Students, Post-Doctoral Researchers and Alumni

Friday, April 4, 2014 9-11:30am at the McNamara Alumni Center

Registration is required.

For more information, please contact Noro Andriamanalina at


Academic and Professional Development

Ongoing events including: Workshops and Seminars, Career Week, Career Networking Breakfat, Writer's Nexus, Doctoral Students' Comprehensive Guide to Finishing the Degree, and more.

For more extensive information and recordings of past events, please contact Noro Andriamanalina at or visit the Academic and Professional Development website at



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