Welcome to the 2013-2014 Academic Year
| April 22, 2014
In This Issue
Conferences, Events & Calls for Papers
Graduate School Updates
Graduate & Professional Student Spotlight
Trends, Tools, Issues, Reports & Best Practices
Reconsidering Development, an interdisciplinary, peer reviewed e-journal housed at the University of Minnesota.
2014 Spring Commencement Ceremonies for graduate & professional students:
View the full U of M Graduate Education calendar
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
Beyond the Classroom: Ph.D. candidate Anduin Wilhide researches migration and resettlement through the stories and experiences of immigrants. Read Anduin's story >
Findings from the CGS International Graduate Admissions Survey, Phase I: Applications
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 12. More info >
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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 (email@example.com) or Vicki Field (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thank you for your attention to this new funding opportunity.
cc: College Deans and Associate Deans, Karen Hanson, Brian Herman
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Academic and Professional Development website at www.grad.umn.edu/professional-development