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Synthesist: The Graduate School Newsletter
     April 22, 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

Reconsidering Development Reception: Celebrate the re-launch of Reconsidering Development, an interdisciplinary, peer reviewed e-journal housed at the University of Minnesota. 
The Graduate Review and Improvement Process (GRIPwill showcase this year's 11 GRIP programs on May 6 from 1:30 to 3:30 in the President's Room at Coffman Memorial Union. Please RSVP to gensi001@umn.edu.

2014 Spring Commencement Ceremonies for graduate & professional students: 

  • Arts, Sciences & Engineering Graduate Commencement (Participating colleges: CBS, CLA, CSE, CFANS, Med School Basic Sciences Departments): May 2 at 1:00 pm, Mariucci Arena
  • Medical School: May 9 at 2:00 pm, Northrop Auditorium
  • Veterinary Medicine: May 10 at 10:00 am, Ted Mann Concert Hall
  • College of Pharmacy: May 10 at 2:00 pm, Northrop Auditorium
  • College of Education & Human Development: May 15 at 1:00 pm, Mariucci Arena
  • School of Dentistry: May 16 at 10:00 am, Northrop Auditorium
  • School of Nursing: May 16 at 2:00 pm, Northrop Auditorium
  • College of Continuing Education: May 10 at 10:00 am, Northrop Auditorium
  • Law School: May 17 at 10:00 am, Northrop Auditorium
  • College of Design: May 17 at 3:00 pm, Northrop Auditorium
  • Carlson School of Management: May 19 at 9:00 am, Mariucci Arena
  • Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs: May 18 at 4:00 pm, Ted Mann Concert Hall
  • School of Public Health: May 19 at 5:00 pm, Northrop Auditorium
  • University of Minnesota - Duluth #1- CEHSP, SFA, CLA (Grad & Undergrad) |May 17 at 10:00 am, AMSOIL Arena, Duluth Entertainment Convention Center
  • University of Minnesota - Duluth #2 – LSBE, SCSE (Grad & Undergrad), May 17 at 3:00 pm, AMSOIL Arena, Duluth Entertainment Convention Center

View the full U of M Graduate Education calendar 


Graduate School Updates

Graduate Student Outcomes website launches for students, faculty & staff: Find guidelines and other materials to help programs identify their particular educational aspirations for graduate students as well as potential measures of their achievement


Graduate & Professional Student Spotlight

Beyond the Classroom: Ph.D. candidate Anduin Wilhide researches migration and resettlement through the stories and experiences of immigrants. Read Anduin's story >


Trends, Tools, Issues, Reports & Best Practices

Council of Graduate Schools: Survey reports that international applications to grad schools are increasing, but applicants' countries of origin are shifting. Findings from the CGS International Graduate Admissions Survey, Phase I: Applications

Funding/Employment Opportunities

Call for pre-proposals for the NSF Research Traineeship program: The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced a new traineeship program that encourages “the development of bold, new, potentially transformative, and scalable models for STEM graduate training that ensure that graduate students develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers.” 

Each institution is limited to two proposal submissions. Awards are up to five years in duration with a budget of up to $3,000,000. The PI must be a University of Minnesota faculty member.  Pre-proposals are limited to STEM fields of study approved by the NSF. Pre-proposals are due by noon on May 12More info >

 

Previous Synthesist issues...

April 8, 2014

March 25, 2014

March 11, 2014

February 25, 2014

Graduate School

To: Directors of Graduate Studies and Department Heads/Chairs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Fields

From: Sally Gregory Kohlstedt, Acting Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Education

Re: New NSF Funding Opportunity


***PRE-PROPOSAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: NOON ON MONDAY, MAY 12, 2014***

The National Science Foundation has announced a new graduate education initiative, the NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program, designed “to encourage the development of bold, new, potentially transformative, and scalable models for STEM graduate training that ensure that graduate students develop the skills, knowledge and competencies needed to pursue of range of STEM careers.” This may well provide an opportunity to propose projects that complement some of our strategic initiatives, although, of course, our campus panel for pre-proposals will judge each proposal on its originality and quality. You should note that this new NRT is explicitly a replacement for the IGERT program and offers a significant opportunity for supporting our graduate students.  

Each institution may submit just two proposals with a budget of up to $3,000,000 per award.  The local deadline for pre-proposal submission to the Graduate School is NOON on Monday, May 12, 2014. Pre-proposals may be no more than three pages in length; complete submission instructions are available online. You may access the full solicitation on the NSF website.  If you have  specific questions, please contact Belinda Cheung (cheun002@umn.edu) or Vicki Field (field001@umn.edu).

Thank you for your attention to this new funding opportunity.  

cc:  College Deans and Associate Deans, Karen Hanson, Brian Herman

 

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 andri002@umn.edu

 

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 andri002@umn.edu or visit the Academic and Professional Development website at www.grad.umn.edu/professional-development

 

 

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