Upcoming Events

  • Plain Talk for Engineering and Physical Sciences

    Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 11:30am to 1:30pm
    2520D UCC

    Learn to explain your work to the general public!

    This workshop is designed to help students:

    • Clarify the important messages of your work
    • Prepare a Three Minute Thesis presentation
    • Practice explaining your work to non-specialists

    In this workshop you will learn to:

    • Summarize your research for a general audience
    • Provide your audience with a context for your work without overwhelming them
    • Avoid jargon while retaining necessary content
    • Explain the significance of your work to non-specialists
    • Present your work as interesting, engaging, and beneficial

    Presenting your research in clear, concise terms has numerous advantages:

    • Employers look for people with good communication skills
    • Academics are increasingly called upon to explain their work to the public
    • Conferences and poster presentations require succinct explanations of your work
    • Job interviews require communication with “outsider” members of search committees

    The workshop will begin with a presentation of strategies and techniques for effectively presenting complex research, followed by individual or small group work to help revise and present the major concepts and their implications for the audiences.

    Please bring a bullet point list of the key ideas in your work to use as a starting point in the workshop.

    Note: this workshop is intended for audiences from Engineering and the Physical Sciences. There are separate workshops designed for students in Biological & Life Sciences and Applied Health Sciences, and students in Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education. Attending the workshop for your field will be of the most benefit to you.

    To register, follow this link: http://bit.ly/1zbo5TJ

    This workshop is presented by The Department of Rhetoric and UI Grad Success.

    UI Grad Success logoRhetoric Rocks!

  • State of Graduate Education—Campus Address

    Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 5:30pm
    Art Building West Auditorium (Room 240)

    Graduate Education at Iowa: Successful Students, Distinctive Programs

    John Keller, Associate Provost for Graduate Education and Graduate College Dean
    The State of Graduate Education Address is hosted by the Graduate College and sponsored by Graduate Student Senate, the Graduate and Professional Student Government, Faculty Senate, and the Graduate Council.

    Event details

    University of Iowa faculty, staff, and students are invited to join John Keller, Associate Provost for Graduate Education and Graduate College Dean, for the State of Graduate Education address on March 3, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. in the Auditorium of Art Building West. A reception will follow.

    Associate Provost Keller will speak about factors impacting graduate student success and programs of distinction, including:

    • The changing landscape of graduate & professional education & research
    • Interdisciplinary collaborations
    • Fiscal realities
    • Campus climate
    • Drivers of change

    Registration

    Seating is limited. Please register to attend.

    Parking

    Parking is available in the lot west of Art Building West and across the street in the Hancher Commuter Lot.

  • Plain Talk for Biological and Applied Health Sciences

    Monday, March 9, 2015 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
    1289 CBRB

    Learn to explain your work to the general public!

    This workshop is designed to help students:

    • Clarify the important messages of your work
    • Prepare a Three Minute Thesis presentation
    • Practice explaining your work to non-specialists

    In this workshop you will learn to:

    • Summarize your research for a general audience
    • Provide your audience with a context for your work without overwhelming them
    • Avoid jargon while retaining necessary content
    • Explain the significance of your work to non-specialists
    • Present your work as interesting, engaging, and beneficial

    Presenting your research in clear, concise terms has numerous advantages:

    • Employers look for people with good communication skills
    • Academics are increasingly called upon to explain their work to the public
    • Conferences and poster presentations require succinct explanations of your work
    • Job interviews require communication with “outsider” members of search committees

    The workshop will begin with a presentation of strategies and techniques for effectively presenting complex research, followed by individual or small group work to help revise and present the major concepts and their implications for the audiences.

    Please bring a bullet point list of the key ideas in your work to use as a starting point in the workshop.

    Note: this workshop is intended for audiences from Biological & Life Sciences and Applied Health Sciences. There are separate workshops designed for students in Engineering and the Physical Sciences, and students in Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education. Attending the workshop for your field will be of the most benefit to you.

    To register, follow this link: http://bit.ly/1EhNdeA

    This workshop is presented by The Department of Rhetoric and UI Grad Success.

    UI Grad Success logoRhetoric Rocks!

  • Plain Talk for Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education

    Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 11:30am to 1:30pm
    2520D UCC

    Learn to explain your work to the general public!

    This workshop is designed to help students:

    • Clarify the important messages of your work
    • Prepare a Three Minute Thesis presentation
    • Practice explaining your work to non-specialists

    In this workshop you will learn to:

    • Summarize your research for a general audience
    • Provide your audience with a context for your work without overwhelming them
    • Avoid jargon while retaining necessary content
    • Explain the significance of your work to non-specialists
    • Present your work as interesting, engaging, and beneficial

    Presenting your research in clear, concise terms has numerous advantages:

    • Employers look for people with good communication skills
    • Academics are increasingly called upon to explain their work to the public
    • Conferences and poster presentations require succinct explanations of your work
    • Job interviews require communication with “outsider” members of search committees

    The workshop will begin with a presentation of strategies and techniques for effectively presenting complex research, followed by individual or small group work to help revise and present the major concepts and their implications for the audiences.

    Please bring a bullet point list of the key ideas in your work to use as a starting point in the workshop.

    Note: this workshop is intended for audiences from Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education. There are separate workshops designed for students in Biological & Life Sciences and Applied Health Sciences, and students in Engineering and the Physical Sciences. Attending the workshop for your field will be of the most benefit to you.

    To register, follow this link: http://bit.ly/1At7cZ3

    This workshop is presented by The Department of Rhetoric and UI Grad Success.

    UI Grad Success logoRhetoric Rocks!

  • UIPDA Job Search Prep Series

    Friday, March 13, 2015 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
    5 Gilmore Hall

    The UI Postdoc Association invites you to join fellow postdocs at the Job Search Prep Series. This series is intended to offer an informal practice space for postdocs from across campus to share their job materials & job talks, receive constructive feedback, and learn from peer experiences.

    • Bring your job search materials if you have them (CV/Resume, Research Statement/Strategy, Teaching Philosophy, Portfolios, Letter of Intent, etc.)
    • Come prepared to share constructive feedback
    • Sign up to present your own job talk (optional).


    Each session will include workshop time for job talks and materials review. You do not have to stay for the whole session, attend as your schedule allows. Share your experiences and learn from the experiences of your colleagues. Join us!

    Registration is requested so we can be sure to reserve appropriate space.
    Register early – job talk presentation slots are available on a first come first, served basis.

    Register: http://tiny.cc/job-search-jan2015

  • Careers outside the academy

    Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 8:30am to 12:30pm
    Iowa Memorial Union
    Careers Outside the Academy

    Please join University of Iowa students and community panelists for a mini-conference on careers outside the academy.

    Hear from two keynote speakers Susan Wood (STEM) and Andrew Epstein (humanities and social sciences), who have parlayed their graduate educations into impactful careers outside the academy.

    Three sessions on career exploration will feature guest panelists who will describe their journeys from graduate school to careers outside the academy. The sessions' Q&A format will allow panelists to share practical advice and innovative thinking about how to prepare for and pursue careers outside the academy. Panelists include:

    Lisa Kelly, PhD in Theatre and Drama, Associate Director at the Center for Teaching

    Lynne Nugent, PhD in English, Managing Editor for the Iowa Review

    Matt Drabek, PhD Philosophy, Content Specialist at ACT

    Pratricia Gilbaugh, PhD Social Work, Founder, & Executive Director of Grace C. May Advocate Center

    Blake Rupe, M.A. in International Relations and Affairs, Founder and President, Re-APP, Inc.

    Deirdre Egan, PhD Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, Associate Director of the UI Writing Center

    Kelly Richardson, PhD Sociology, Data Analyst

    Mark Darrah, PhD Biomedical Engineering, CEO/President at Athena GTX

    Keynote Addresses: 8:40 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

    Career Exploration Session One: 9:45-10:25

    Career Exploration Session Two: 10:30-11:10

    Career Exploration Session Three: 11:15-11:55

    Career Skills: 12:00-12:30

    STEM Keynote Susan Wood, PhD Susan Wood photo
    CEO at VIDA Diagnostics

    Susan Wood has 15 years experience championing innovative clinical solutions to the marketplace, from concept to revenue. Dr. Wood received her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, School of Hygiene and Public Health, and spent time working at the University of Pennsylvania learning the use of advanced imaging technologies to study the lung. As part of her Ph.D. work, she pioneered the use of high speed volumetric x-ray computed tomographic imaging to evaluate airway structure and function, using 3-dimensional image analysis methods to quantify the lumen and airway wall of the pulmonary bronchial tree. She is considered an international thought leader in the area of computer-aided detection and diagnosis.

    Humanities and Social Sciences Keynote Andrew Epstein, PhD Andrew Epstein photo
    Indepedent research consultant

    Andrew Epstein specializes in the research, monitoring, and evaluation of policies and projects serving children and youth in humanitarian emergencies and conflict-affected communities. Dr. Epstein earned his PhD in 2012 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in International and Comparative Education and Cultural Anthropology. Prior to that, he worked for 15 years as an alternative high school principal and English and Social Studies teacher in Seattle and Iowa. Dr. Epstein’s recent clients include UNICEF, Save the Children, Education Development Center, CARE International, and USAID, and has worked in Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, and Pakistan.

  • 17th Annual Jakobsen Graduate Conference

    Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 12:00pm
    Iowa Memorial Union

    The James F. Jakobsen Graduate Conference was established in 1998 (known at that time as the Jakobsen Forum) and is an event unique to the University of Iowa. Through the generous contributions from the Jakobsen family, the Graduate College, and local businesses, the Graduate Student Senate is proud to bring you a local venue in which to present and view research and graduate work.

    The Jakobsen Graduate Conference is an annual conference for University of Iowa graduate students, organized by fellow graduate students. Held each spring semester, the Jakobsen Conference provides a well-attended, public forum for oral and poster presentations.

    Each year, the Jakobsen Conference has seen increases in participation and attendance, and we anticipate the same trend for the future.is organized annually by the University of Iowa Graduate Student Senate.

    Students, staff, faculty, and members of the public are invited to attend this event.

  • Writing Productivity

    Monday, March 30, 2015 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
    2520D University Capitol Centre (UCC)

    Looking for tips to become a more productive writer?

    Attend this free workshop to learn to:
    • Design a writing plan
    • Overcome writer’s block
    • Minimize distraction
    • Monitor your progress
    • Maximize your writing productivity

    Presented by: Susan Johnson, MD/MS

    Register by Friday, March 27, 2015 – http://tiny.cc/writingproductivity2015

  • Grant Writing for the Humanities and Social Sciences

    Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
    2520D University Capitol Centre

    The ability to write successful grant applications is a valuable skill for graduate students to develop and hone throughout their careers. These workshops are designed to offer a brief, but informative introduction for students who are unfamiliar with grant writing and the application process. This presentation will include the basics of thinking about and writing a grant proposal.

    Topics will include: understanding a funder's guidelines, researching a funder's mission and agenda, and more!

    Presented by: Jennifer Teitle, PhD and Alex Schott, PhD.

    Register by Wednesday, April 1 - http://tiny.cc/grantWriting-H-SS-2015

  • 3MT Competition Qualifying Round—Biological and Life Sciences & Applied Health Sciences

    Monday, April 13, 2015 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
    College of Public Health, CPHB N120
    3MT

    In collaboration with the OVPRED, UI Speaking Center, and Graduate Student Senate, the Graduate College presents The University of Iowa’s inaugural Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition April 13-18, 2015.

    Qualifying round competitions are divided by discipline. Click here to see which discipline your department is in.

    Qualifying rounds will be held for:

    • Biological and Life Sciences & Applied Health Sciences (April 13)
    • Humanities (April 14)
    • Social Sciences (April 15)
    • Education (April 16)
    • Physical Sciences & Engineering (April 17)

    The final competition will be held on April 18 at 5:00 p.m. in the Auditorium of Art Building West (ABW 240).

    3MT Overview

    The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic competition developed by The University of Queensland, Australia. In this competition students share their dissertation research to a general audience in an oral presentation lasting at most… three minutes. Begun in 2008, the competition has grown to include more than 125 universities worldwide, including 45 in the United States.

    Click here to visit the U Iowa 3MT main information page.

    How to enter the competition

    Students: To compete, you must apply within your department. Talk to your faculty advisor or director of graduate studies for more information. Only one student per department/prgram is allowed to compete in the qualifying round.

    Departments: Once you have selected the student who will represent your department, please submit the information here.

    Preparing for the competition

    Students:

    • To download the student 3MT handbook, including information on the competition, rules, preparation tips, resources, and links to 3MT winners at other institutions, click here.
    • The University of Iowa Department of Rhetoric is conducting workshops to help you prepare a 3MT presentation. Click here for information on the workshop for Biological & Life Sciences and Applied Health Sciences.
    Departments:
    • Clikck here to download a packet with best practice suggestions plus rules, regulations, and rubrics

    Why 3MT?

    The 3MT competition at Iowa is part of the Graduate College’s career and professional development effort. The ability to clearly and concisely articulate complex research to non-specialist audiences is a vital skill for both academic and non-academic careers. Graduate students who choose to participate in the 3MT competition will develop communication skills and have the chance to compete for prizes.

  • 3MT Competition Qualifying Round—Humanities

    Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
    Art Building West Auditorium, ABW 240
    3MT

    In collaboration with the OVPRED, UI Speaking Center, and Graduate Student Senate, the Graduate College presents The University of Iowa’s inaugural Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition April 13-18, 2015.

    Qualifying round competitions are divided by discipline. Click here to see which discipline your department is in.

    Qualifying rounds will be held for:

    • Biological and Life Sciences & Applied Health Sciences (April 13)
    • Humanities (April 14)
    • Social Sciences (April 15)
    • Education (April 16)
    • Physical Sciences & Engineering (April 17)

    The final competition will be held on April 18 at 5:00 p.m. in the Auditorium of Art Building West (ABW 240).

    3MT Overview

    The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic competition developed by The University of Queensland, Australia. In this competition students share their dissertation research to a general audience in an oral presentation lasting at most… three minutes. Begun in 2008, the competition has grown to include more than 125 universities worldwide, including 45 in the United States.

    Click here to visit the U Iowa 3MT main information page.

    How to enter the competition

    Students: To compete, you must apply within your department. Talk to your faculty advisor or director of graduate studies for more information. Only one student per department/prgram is allowed to compete in the qualifying round.

    Departments: Once you have selected the student who will represent your department, please submit the information here.

    Preparing for the competition

    Students:

    • To download the student 3MT handbook, including information on the competition, rules, preparation tips, resources, and links to 3MT winners at other institutions, click here.
    • The University of Iowa Department of Rhetoric is conducting workshops to help students prepare their 3MT presentations. Click here for information on the workshop for the Humanities.
    Departments:
    • Clikck here to download a packet with best practice suggestions plus rules, regulations, and rubrics

    Why 3MT?

    The 3MT competition at Iowa is part of the Graduate College’s career and professional development effort. The ability to clearly and concisely articulate complex research to non-specialist audiences is a vital skill for both academic and non-academic careers. Graduate students who choose to participate in the 3MT competition will develop communication skills and have the chance to compete for prizes.

  • 3MT Competition Qualifying Round—Social Sciences

    Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
    Art Building West Auditorium, ABW 240
    3MT

    In collaboration with the OVPRED, UI Speaking Center, and Graduate Student Senate, the Graduate College presents The University of Iowa’s inaugural Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition April 13-18, 2015.

    Qualifying round competitions are divided by discipline. Click here to see which discipline your department is in.

    Qualifying rounds will be held for:

    • Biological and Life Sciences & Applied Health Sciences (April 13)
    • Humanities (April 14)
    • Social Sciences (April 15)
    • Education (April 16)
    • Physical Sciences & Engineering (April 17)

    The final competition will be held on April 18 at 5:00 p.m. in the Auditorium of Art Building West (ABW 240).

    3MT Overview

    The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic competition developed by The University of Queensland, Australia. In this competition students share their dissertation research to a general audience in an oral presentation lasting at most… three minutes. Begun in 2008, the competition has grown to include more than 125 universities worldwide, including 45 in the United States.

    Click here to visit the U Iowa 3MT main information page.

    How to enter the competition

    Students: To compete, you must apply within your department. Talk to your faculty advisor or director of graduate studies for more information. Only one student per department/prgram is allowed to compete in the qualifying round.

    Departments: Once you have selected the student who will represent your department, please submit the information here.

    Preparing for the competition

    Students:

    • To download the student 3MT handbook, including information on the competition, rules, preparation tips, resources, and links to 3MT winners at other institutions, click here.
    • The University of Iowa Department of Rhetoric is conducting workshops to help students prepare their 3MT presentations. Click here for information on the workshop for the Social Sciences.
    Departments:
    • Clikck here to download a packet with best practice suggestions plus rules, regulations, and rubrics

    Why 3MT?

    The 3MT competition at Iowa is part of the Graduate College’s career and professional development effort. The ability to clearly and concisely articulate complex research to non-specialist audiences is a vital skill for both academic and non-academic careers. Graduate students who choose to participate in the 3MT competition will develop communication skills and have the chance to compete for prizes.

  • 3MT Competition Qualifying Round—Education

    Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
    Art Building West Auditorium, ABW 240
    3MT

    In collaboration with the OVPRED, UI Speaking Center, and Graduate Student Senate, the Graduate College presents The University of Iowa’s inaugural Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition April 13-18, 2015.

    Qualifying round competitions are divided by discipline. Click here to see which discipline your department is in.

    Qualifying rounds will be held for:

    • Biological and Life Sciences & Applied Health Sciences (April 13)
    • Humanities (April 14)
    • Social Sciences (April 15)
    • Education (April 16)
    • Physical Sciences & Engineering (April 17)

    The final competition will be held on April 18 at 5:00 p.m. in the Auditorium of Art Building West (ABW 240).

    3MT Overview

    The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic competition developed by The University of Queensland, Australia. In this competition students share their dissertation research to a general audience in an oral presentation lasting at most… three minutes. Begun in 2008, the competition has grown to include more than 125 universities worldwide, including 45 in the United States.

    Click here to visit the U Iowa 3MT main information page.

    How to enter the competition

    Students: To compete, you must apply within your department. Talk to your faculty advisor or director of graduate studies for more information. Only one student per department/prgram is allowed to compete in the qualifying round.

    Departments: Once you have selected the student who will represent your department, please submit the information here.

    Preparing for the competition

    Students:

    • To download the student 3MT handbook, including information on the competition, rules, preparation tips, resources, and links to 3MT winners at other institutions, click here.
    • The University of Iowa Department of Rhetoric is conducting workshops to help students prepare their 3MT presentations. Click here for information on the workshop for Education.
    Departments:
    • Clikck here to download a packet with best practice suggestions plus rules, regulations, and rubrics

    Why 3MT?

    The 3MT competition at Iowa is part of the Graduate College’s career and professional development effort. The ability to clearly and concisely articulate complex research to non-specialist audiences is a vital skill for both academic and non-academic careers. Graduate students who choose to participate in the 3MT competition will develop communication skills and have the chance to compete for prizes.

  • 3MT Competition Qualifying Round—Physical Sciences and Engineering

    Friday, April 17, 2015 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
    College of Public Health, CPHB N120
    3MT

    In collaboration with the OVPRED, UI Speaking Center, and Graduate Student Senate, the Graduate College presents The University of Iowa’s inaugural Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition April 13-18, 2015.

    Qualifying round competitions are divided by discipline. Click here to see which discipline your department is in.

    Qualifying rounds will be held for:

    • Biological and Life Sciences & Applied Health Sciences (April 13)
    • Humanities (April 14)
    • Social Sciences (April 15)
    • Education (April 16)
    • Physical Sciences & Engineering (April 17)

    The final competition will be held on April 18 at 5:00 p.m. in the Auditorium of Art Building West (ABW 240).

    3MT Overview

    The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic competition developed by The University of Queensland, Australia. In this competition students share their dissertation research to a general audience in an oral presentation lasting at most… three minutes. Begun in 2008, the competition has grown to include more than 125 universities worldwide, including 45 in the United States.

    Click here to visit the U Iowa 3MT main information page.

    How to enter the competition

    Students: To compete, you must apply within your department. Talk to your faculty advisor or director of graduate studies for more information. Only one student per department/prgram is allowed to compete in the qualifying round.

    Departments: Once you have selected the student who will represent your department, please submit the information here.

    Preparing for the competition

    Students:

    • To download the student 3MT handbook, including information on the competition, rules, preparation tips, resources, and links to 3MT winners at other institutions, click here.
    • The University of Iowa Department of Rhetoric is conducting workshops to help you prepare a 3MT presentation. Click here for information on the workshop for Engineering and Physical Sciences..
    Departments:
    • Clikck here to download a packet with best practice suggestions plus rules, regulations, and rubrics

    Why 3MT?

    The 3MT competition at Iowa is part of the Graduate College’s career and professional development effort. The ability to clearly and concisely articulate complex research to non-specialist audiences is a vital skill for both academic and non-academic careers. Graduate students who choose to participate in the 3MT competition will develop communication skills and have the chance to compete for prizes.

  • 3MT Competition Final Round

    Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
    Art Building West Auditorium, ABW 240
    3MT

    In collaboration with the OVPRED, UI Speaking Center, and Graduate Student Senate, the Graduate College presents The University of Iowa’s inaugural Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

    Qualifying Rounds: April 13-17, 2015.

    Final Round: April 18, 2015.

    What is 3MT?

    The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic competition developed by The University of Queensland, Australia. In this competition students share their dissertation research to a general audience in an oral presentation lasting at most… three minutes. Begun in 2008, the competition has grown to include more than 125 universities worldwide, including 45 in the United States.

    In the Final Round, 12 top place winners from the week of Qualifying Rounds will compete to become University of Iowa champion.

    Why Attend?

    • Hear some of the best Iowa students discussing their work, its significance to their field and its relevance to us
    • Cast your vote for the prestigeous People's Choice award
    • Support your students, classmates, and friends in this exciting competition
    • Finalists come from all discimplinary areas so you'll hear presentations from many fields in the sciences and humanties
    • Learn about the breadth of exceptional research in all disciplines that takes place at U Iowa

    Interested in learning more or competing in 3MT?

    Visit our Iowa 3MT homepage here for more information.

    Check the Graduate College calendar here for dates and other information on the qualifying rounds.

    Why 3MT?

    The 3MT competition at Iowa is part of the Graduate College’s career and professional development effort. The ability to clearly and concisely articulate complex research to non-specialist audiences is a vital skill for both academic and non-academic careers. Graduate students who choose to participate in the 3MT competition will develop communication skills and have the chance to compete for prizes.

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