Upcoming Events

  • NSF - Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP) Workshop

    Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
    University Capitol Centre UCC-2520-D
    GRFP Workshop Flier

    Click to download the event poster

    Attend this informational workshop to learn about the NSF's Graduate Research Fellowship Program, which supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees.

    The University of Iowa had a record number of GRFP winners last year, and the Office of Careers and Fellowships is eager to help you improve on that success this year.

    NSF Graduate Research Fellowships provide:

    • Three years of support
    • $34,000 annual stipend
    • Full tuition and fees to attend U Iowa
    • International research and professional development opportunities
    • XSEDE Supercomputer access.
    More information about the fellowship can be found at www.nsfgrfp.org (external link)

    This workshop includes:

    • Tips from former GRFP reviewer/advisor Dr. John Logsdon
    • Discussion and advice to improve your GRFP essay writing skills
    • Q & A session with current recipients and UI faculty who have served as GRFP reviewers and advisers
    • Sample essays, checklists, and inside info from former reviewers

    To apply for the GRFP, you must be

    • A US citizen, US national, or permanent resident alien
    • Enrolled in a research-focused Master's or Ph.D. program in an eligible field (see program solicitation for list)
    • A graduate student in your first or second year OR
    • A Junior/Senior undergraduate interested in graduate school

    See more detailed eligibility information on the GRFP website.

    Please note "first or second year" applies to your entire post-baccalaureate career. If for instance you have completed less than 2 years of your Ph.D. but have previously completed also completed Master's degree (without significant time off in between), you are considered to have more than twelve months of graduate study.

    Register for the workshop:

    More information on the GRFP from the NSF:

    • Click here to see the official program solicitation (new, recently updated 2016 version).
    • See solicitation pages 5 - 6 for eligibility requirements and Appendix pages 13 - 15 for a list of eligible fields.

    Questions?

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  • Inside the Graduate School Mess: A Conversation about Problems and Solutions

    Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 4:30pm
    English-Philosophy Building - Gerber Lounge

    Leonard Cassuto, professor of English at Fordham University, is the author of The Graduate School Mess: What Caused It and How We Can Fix It (Harvard University Press, 2015).

    Cassuto's talk is sponsored by the Graduate College, the Obermann Center, and the UI Department of English.

    The Graduate School Mess: What Caused It and How We Can Fix It is available for purchase at Prairie Lights.

  • Graduate Student Fall Reading and Learning Community

    Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
    Main Library, Rooms 1103/1105

    This interdisciplinary group will meet monthly for three sessions to read and discuss literature provided by the Center for Teaching that focuses on key current issues in teaching and learning. Before each session participants will read chapters or articles related to a specific topic.Discussions will be led by group members. This is a learning community so participants must commit to attend all three sessions.

    Register here: https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0Os1KjTNvRExiwR

  • GRFP Stepping Stones: Brainstorming

    Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
    4th Floor Gilmore Hall

    GRFP Stepping Stones

    An informal, drop-in workshop series for preparing GRFP applications:

    The University of Iowa did very well in the GRFP competition last year, and we are hoping to improve on our record this year. The Stepping Stones workshops will let us address the key elements of successful applications and help you start early and get support throughout the application process.

    • Informal, no appointments required - just come to 4th floor of Gilmore Hall
    • All students at any stage of application writing are encouraged to come for all or part of the session
    • Receive feedback from Graduate Success staff, and discuss topics with other applicants

    Tips, hints, strategies for success:

    • Each week we will begin with some tips and discussion on a specific topic relevant to your application
    • Topics will cover the traditional stumbling blocks of the GRFP application and strategies for avoiding common problems

    Bring your materials, bring your questions!

    • The majority of each session will be dedicated to answering your questions and giving you individualized feedback on your application
    • Bring your drafts - zero draft, first draft, n+1 draft, whatever you have - for comments and feedback

    Open to all applicants:

    • Not everyone writes in the same way or the same order. If the weekly topic isn't of interest to you, join us anyway and we'll help with what you need
    • Applicants unable to attend Stepping Stones are welcome to schedule an individual appointment by clicking here.

    Session One: Brainstorming

    • Develop a list of topics and themes for your research statement and personal and previous research statement
    • Think about your broader impacts and how to incorporate them in your essays
    • Get help getting started! Talk through your introductory paragraphs
    • Consider the organization for your application as a whole - work on outlines, concept webs, or other organization tools
    • Get answers to your questions about any part of the process!

    Stepping Stones Calendar:


    September 9: Brainstorming
    September 16: Research Statement
    September 23: Personal and Previous Research Statement
    September 30: Mid-Draft Crisis: Keeping what works, revising what doesn't
    October 7: Revising for Audience

    Individual Appointments until application deadlines (typically late October and early November)

    Questions? More information?

  • Micro-Teaching

    Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
    Van Allen Hall, Room 474

    Participants will prepare and teach a ten-minute lesson. They will receive immediate oral and written feedback from the other participants and experienced TAs and they will also attend a one-on-one follow-up feedback session with the Associate Director of the Center for Teaching. This is a great way to try out a new activity or to prepare for a new TA assignment early in the semester and it is also a god opportunity for students on the job market to practice and get feedback on job talks.

    Register here: https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9KTyU3L02gnRYl7

  • Lessons from the #Charlestonsyllabus: Strategies for Effective Public Engagement

    Friday, September 11, 2015 - 11:30am to 1:30pm
    UCC, Room 1117

    Lessons from the #Charlestonsyllabus is a workshop in which graduate students and postdocs will:

    • Learn strategies for effective public engagement as a scholar
    • Engage with the #Charlestonsyllabus project, with co-creator Keisha Blain
    • Bring public engagement to your classroom, with tips from Lisa Kelly


    Blain is an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Iowa. A historian of the 20th century United States, Blain’s work focuses on African American History, the modern African Diaspora, and Women’s and Gender Studies. She is a co-developer of #Charlestonsyllabus, a Twitter movement and crowd-sourced list of reading recommendations created in response to the racially motivated shooting in Charleston, South Carolina in June 2015.

    Kelly is associate director of the UI's Office of Teaching, Learning, and Technology.

    Graduate students and postdoc should register for this workshop at http://tiny.cc/charleston-syllabus.

  • CV Essentials

    Monday, September 14, 2015 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
    UCC, Room 1117

    In this Professional Development Series event, participants will learn about the nuances of writing a professional curriculum vitae, including ways to highlight special skills, talents and accomplishments to stand out, how best to communicate your teaching and research agenda, and how search committees read CVs during the academic job search.

    This session will focus on CVs for the academic job market, and will also include tips for those seeking employment outside of academe.

    Professional development events are open to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars on a first come, first served basis. Register early. Seating is limited. Register online at http://tiny.cc/cv-essentials.

  • Demystifying Thesis and Dissertation Requirements

    Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
    166 IMU (Iowa Theater)

    Looking for guidance as you complete your thesis or dissertation? Attend this free workshop.

    At this workshop, you will learn:

    • Key policies and deadlines
    • How to write an effective public abstract
    • Formatting Requirements
    • Timesaving tips for using Microsoft Word for formatting (PC and Mac)
    • Common errors to avoid

    Graduate College presenters will include Erin Kaufman, thesis examiner; Cindy Fetters, deposit manager, and Heidi Arbisi-Kelm, assistant dean for academic affairs.

    Graduate students should register online at http://tiny.cc/thesis-dissertation.

  • GRFP Stepping Stones: Research Statement

    Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
    4th Floor Gilmore Hall

    GRFP Stepping Stones

    An informal, drop-in workshop series for preparing GRFP applications:

    The University of Iowa did very well in the GRFP competition last year, and we are hoping to improve on our record this year. The Stepping Stones workshops will let us address the key elements of successful applications and help you start early and get support throughout the application process.

    • Informal, no appointments required - just come to 4th floor of Gilmore Hall
    • All students at any stage of application writing are encouraged to come for all or part of the session
    • Receive feedback from Graduate Success staff, and discuss topics with other applicants

    Tips, hints, strategies for success:

    • Each week we will begin with some tips and discussion on a specific topic relevant to your application
    • Topics will cover the traditional stumbling blocks of the GRFP application and strategies for avoiding common problems

    Bring your materials, bring your questions!

    • The majority of each session will be dedicated to answering your questions and giving you individualized feedback on your application
    • Bring your drafts - zero draft, first draft, n+1 draft, whatever you have - for comments and feedback

    Open to all applicants:

    • Not everyone writes in the same way or the same order. If the weekly topic isn't of interest to you, join us anyway and we'll help with what you need
    • Applicants unable to attend Stepping Stones are welcome to schedule an individual appointment by clicking here.

    Session Two: Research Statement

    • Get started early so you can get timely feedback from your advisor and mentors
    • Develop timelines, discuss expected results, and alternative scenarios
    • Explore the level of detail, background information, and XXX appropriate for your project
    • begin to articulate the significance of your project and impact of expected results

    Stepping Stones Calendar:

    September 9: Brainstorming
    September 16: Research Statement
    September 23: Personal and Previous Research Statement
    September 30: Mid-Draft Crisis: Keeping what works, revising what doesn't
    October 7: Revising for Audience

    Individual Appointments until application deadlines (typically late October and early November)

    Questions? More information?

  • Creating Effective Rubrics

    Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
    Van Allen Hall, Room 469

    Co-facilitated with Reuben Vyn, Graduate Student, Department of Teaching and Learning Foreign Language and ESL Education

    In this workshop, participants will discuss best practices for using rubrics for grading and to help students succeed in assignments. We will analyze rubrics from a variety of disciplines and participants will design a rubric for an assignment in a course they will teach.

    Register here: https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cvzpS7WTsPgu04J

  • How to Engage Audiences Visually and Vocally

    Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
    283 EMRB (Seebohm Conference Room)

    In this workshop, postdoctoral scholars will learn how to develop and deliver more engaging and professional looking presentations for classes, conferences, and more. You will be able to:

    • Utilize best practices in slide design to engage your audience and keep their attention
    • Use animations and image manipulation in PowerPoint to enhance your spoken words
    • Practice vocal projection, breathing, and movement techniques to enhance your presentation style
    • Identify ways to vocally and visually cue your audience about transitions and shifts in focus

    The workshop will be presented by Lisa Kelly, Associate Director, Center for Teaching; and Darren Hoffman, Lecturer in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology in the Carver College of Medicine.

    Postdocs should register for this event at http://tiny.cc/presentation-pointers.

    The workshop is sponsored by the Graduate College's Office of Postdoctoral Scholars, the Carver College of Medicine, and the UI Postdoctoral Association (UIPDA).

  • UI Postdoc Appreciation Pizza Party

    Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    EMRB Atrium

    Step away from your lab benches or offices. Put the journals down. Drop the data analyses for an hour or so. Tear yourself away from the computer screens.

    Plan to take a break and meet some of your postdoc colleagues from across campus. We invite ALL postdocs from across the UI campus to join us.

    So that we order enough food and refreshments, please RSVP at http://tiny.cc/postdoc-appreciation2015 before September 21 at 4:00 p.m.

    The pizza party is sponsored by the Graduate College's Office of Postdoctoral Scholars, the Carver College of Medicine, and the UI Postdoctoral Association (UIPDA).

  • GRFP Stepping Stones: Personal & Previous Research Statement

    Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
    4th Floor Gilmore Hall

    GRFP Stepping Stones

    An informal, drop-in workshop series for preparing GRFP applications:

    The University of Iowa did very well in the GRFP competition last year, and we are hoping to improve on our record this year. The Stepping Stones workshops will let us address the key elements of successful applications and help you start early and get support throughout the application process.

    • Informal, no appointments required - just come to 4th floor of Gilmore Hall
    • All students at any stage of application writing are encouraged to come for all or part of the session
    • Receive feedback from Graduate Success staff, and discuss topics with other applicants

    Tips, hints, strategies for success:

    • Each week we will begin with some tips and discussion on a specific topic relevant to your application
    • Topics will cover the traditional stumbling blocks of the GRFP application and strategies for avoiding common problems

    Bring your materials, bring your questions!

    • The majority of each session will be dedicated to answering your questions and giving you individualized feedback on your application
    • Bring your drafts - zero draft, first draft, n+1 draft, whatever you have - for comments and feedback

    Open to all applicants:

    • Not everyone writes in the same way or the same order. If the weekly topic isn't of interest to you, join us anyway and we'll help with what you need
    • Applicants unable to attend Stepping Stones are welcome to schedule an individual appointment by clicking here.

    Session Three: Personal and Previous Research Statements

    • Practice talking about yourself in an engaging and professional manner
    • Strategies for developing the beginning, body, and, conclusion of your essay
    • Help structuring your essay, finding and developing a theme, and playing to your strengths as a person and scientist
    • Incorporating your personal experiences and scientific research to interest your audience

    Stepping Stones Calendar:

    September 9: Brainstorming
    September 16: Research Statement
    September 23: Personal and Previous Research Statement
    September 30: Mid-Draft Crisis: Keeping what works, revising what doesn't
    October 7: Revising for Audience

    Individual Appointments until application deadlines (typically late October and early November)

    Questions? More information?

  • Time Management

    Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
    CBRB, Room 1289

    Looking for tools to manage your workload? Attend this free Professional Development Series workshop to learn to:

    • Minimize distraction
    • Analyze your workload
    • Implement expert time management strategies
    • Maximize your productivity

    Professional development events are open to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars on a first come, first served basis. Register early. Seating is limited. Register online at http://tiny.cc/time-management-fall2015

  • GRFP Stepping Stones: Mid-Draft Crisis

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
    4th Floor Gilmore Hall

    GRFP Stepping Stones

    An informal, drop-in workshop series for preparing GRFP applications:

    The University of Iowa did very well in the GRFP competition last year, and we are hoping to improve on our record this year. The Stepping Stones workshops will let us address the key elements of successful applications and help you start early and get support throughout the application process.

    • Informal, no appointments required - just come to 4th floor of Gilmore Hall
    • All students at any stage of application writing are encouraged to come for all or part of the session
    • Receive feedback from Graduate Success staff, and discuss topics with other applicants

    Tips, hints, strategies for success:

    • Each week we will begin with some tips and discussion on a specific topic relevant to your application
    • Topics will cover the traditional stumbling blocks of the GRFP application and strategies for avoiding common problems

    Bring your materials, bring your questions!

    • The majority of each session will be dedicated to answering your questions and giving you individualized feedback on your application
    • Bring your drafts - zero draft, first draft, n+1 draft, whatever you have - for comments and feedback

    Open to all applicants:

    • Not everyone writes in the same way or the same order. If the weekly topic isn't of interest to you, join us anyway and we'll help with what you need
    • Applicants unable to attend Stepping Stones are welcome to schedule an individual appointment by clicking here.

    Session Four: Mid-Draft Crisis

    Frequently we see drafts (and applicants) start off strong then hit a few stumbling blocks: there is too much information, the project is too big, there are too many personal details but not enough scientific impact.... The goal of this session is to overhaul applications to make them as strong as possible before the final tweaks and proofreading.

    • Get honest feedback on what works (and what doesn't) in the application
    • Anticipating weak areas from the perspective of a reviewers
    • Continued work on the broader impacts
    • Consideration of both statements at once and how they complement each other: how to reduce overlap and increase coverage

    Stepping Stones Calendar:

    September 9: Brainstorming
    September 16: Research Statement
    September 23: Personal and Previous Research Statement
    September 30: Mid-Draft Crisis: Keeping what works, revising what doesn't
    October 7: Revising for Audience

    Individual Appointments until application deadlines (typically late October and early November)

    Questions? More information?

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