Anne Kohler awarded NSF Cultural Anthropology Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant
Anne Kohler, PhD Candidate in the UConn department of anthropology, has been awarded a highly competitive National Science Foundation Dissertation Research Grant. Kohler’s doctoral research study, which is anchored in the Down Syndrome Program of a major hospital in the Northeastern U.S., explores the moral lives of people with Down Syndrome, with an emphasis on their experiences of health, clinical encounters, and care. In addition to her own NSF-funded ethnographic research, Kohler will also collaborate with researchers at Harvard Medical School and Simpson College to design and implement a national survey of Down Syndrome, health inequities, and healthcare access. Upon completion of her doctoral program, Anne plans to continue research that aims to address and remediate the health and social inequities faced by those with intellectual disabilities, with a focus on foregrounding their own ideas and experiences as a way to build inclusive health and social policy.
Stephany Santos: Ph.D. Candidate, Biomedical Engineering, Recipient of the 2017-2018 Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship
Stephany Santos, currently a Ph.D. candidate in Biomedical Engineering, is a recent recipient of the 2017 Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Ms. Santos’ research focuses on experimental characterization of cartilage tissues while working in the Interdisciplinary Mechanics Lab under the supervision of Prof. David M. Pierce, and while serving as an advisor for UConn’s Engineering Ambassadors program.
Her work in cartilage biomechanics will provide insight on the initiation and propagation of microscale damage that may lead to pre-clinical osteoarthritis. The Ford Fellowship recognizes both her research in cartilage biomechanics and her work in engineering education, communication, and mentorship. Her work in engineering education includes quantifying the impact of interaction with female undergraduate research assistants on K-12 students during educational outreach activities designed to engage and educate them on multiscale biomechanics. She has also developed curricula on public speaking and technical communication for the Engineering Ambassadors to aid the holistic development of students as thoughtful, productive members of our diverse societal fabric.
After earning her Ph.D., Ms. Santos plans to continue combining biomedical engineering and education in ways often overlooked by researchers and academia. As an educator, she hopes to incorporate diversity in the classroom and inspire students to understand how they learn, to contextualize their engineering knowledge, and ultimately to thrive regardless of their background. She plans to develop biomedical engineering coursework that better connects individual learning styles and tendencies to support, enlighten, and empower undergraduate students.
Students of various disciplines work on their writing individually and in small groups, participate in writing-related workshops, attend presentations on writing-related topics, and receive individual tutoring. This program helps graduate students jump start fellowship applications.
Dates: June 5th-June 22nd
Times: Mondays and Thursdays (9am-noon)
Location: Laurel Hall 308
-You must be a registered student at the University of Connecticut to participate in the Summer Writing Institute
-You must be working on an active fellowship application for the upcoming school year
-You must have no other commitments that conflict with your attendance at the Institute
During workshop sessions, you are expected to be actively working on drafts, so it is strongly recommended that you bring a laptop or tablet with you on those days.
NC State University Building Future Faculty Program 2017
How did you hear about the program?
My PI (Dr. Venkitanarayanan, Professor, Dept of Animal Science) forwarded me the call for the applications to attend the program since he knows my interest in pursuing an academic career.
What can you tell us about Building Future Faculty Program’s initiatives?
Briefly, the program is targeted to graduate students and post-doctoral scholars who are considering faculty careers in near future. It provides a unique opportunity to the future faculty members an enriching, preparatory experience. The program also aims to increase the faculty diversity to create a workforce that reflects the diversified student populations.
I have always envisioned myself in an academic research and teaching career at a research institution. Seeing the announcement I thought this would be an ideal platform to prepare myself to achieve my career goal.
What did you hope would come from your experience when first applying?
When first applying, my idea was to get a better understanding of the inside and outside of a faculty career. I wanted to know whether this is what I want to do with my career. I was also eagerly searching for the information on what makes me a competent candidate in the profession I want to pursue or in other words what are my strengths and weakness in this regard.
What is the best experience or lesson that you have taken away from BFF?
The contacts I acquired and enormous information I embraced during the program are invaluable. I learned a lot about the expectations from a junior faculty at the department, college and university level and several don’t do’s as a candidate in the faculty job market were interesting take home tips.
What future plans do you have that involve your experience with BFF?
I will use the ideas and the knowledge I gained during the program to set the framework for preparing and placing myself as a competent candidate in the faculty jobs. It certainly helped me to identify my strengths and weakness. As I am seeking for a postdoc position to start from this fall, I am working on my visions and strategies based on the experience with the program to achieve my career goals.
What is some advice you would give to future candidates?
I would recommend this program to anyone who seriously considering a career in academia. The connections you make and the experience you share with the fellow participants are unique and exceptional. Therefore, I strongly believe this program will definitely leave a positive impact throughout my research and teaching career.
What is Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week?
In 1993, three students, Tony Rosati (Georgetown University), Gina Pearson (American University) & Anne Holt (Florida State University), all activists within NAGPS, wanted to find a way to physically manifest support and appreciation of the contributions, impact and value of graduate students. Their effort led to a cooperative initiative called National Graduate & Professional Student Appreciation Week.
Graduate-Professional Student Appreciation Week is celebrated the first week of April each year and will be observed April 3-9, 2017. (Adopted from National Association of Graduate and Professional Students)
Why does UConn participate in this week?
Because we truly do appreciate you! The Graduate School at UConn recognizes the hard work, dedication, long days, and trying times that come along with being a graduate student. We hope to give you an opportunity during this week to step away from your lab, stand up from your desk, or tune out your difficulties and stressors to take time for yourself and allow us to appreciate you through your enjoyment of and participation in the following events.
Sunday, April 2
All day, 25% off ice cream @ UConn Dairy Bar!
Bring your UConn Student ID to 3636 Horsebarn Hill Rd Ext, Storrs, CT.
1:00 - 3:00pm, Build-A-Husky*
FUN Enterprises is coming to UConn to teach your kids how to make a small stuffed husky! This event is similar to a Build-A-Bear Workshop. A graduate student must accompany a child builder.
*While supplies last @ Graduate Student Lounge, Student Union Building, Room 110.
Monday, April 3
8:30 - 10:00am, Grad School Gift Giveaway!
The Graduate School staff members are giving away small lunch totes. *While supplies last @ Graduate Student Lounge: Student Union 110
10:00am - 12:00pm, How to Develop the Scientific Brand
Dr. Folta has been involved with various aspects of science communication, with a particular emphasis on biotechnology. You can follow Dr. Folta's communication outreach by listening to his podcast series, Talking Biotech, reading his blog or following him on Twitter.
@ Dodd Konover Auditorium
1:00 - 3:00pm Communicating Contentious Issues with a Concerned Public - Focus on Biotechnology
A concerned public is bombarded with curious information. The internet creates instant experts, and it is hard to know what to believe. Sadly, the real experts remain silent, with no desire to engage. The long learning curve, paired to the threats of harassment and intimidation, are all factors keeping scientists on the sidelines around hot-button public issues.
The science topics of vaccination, climate, fluoridation, biotechnology and evolution are all emotional discussions in the public space, where a scientific consensus stands aboard a firm platform.
Why is there such discussion? It is because of misinformation, fear, and often activist agenda. But how do we communicate on these topics effectively?
This program is poised to do just that, centering on the topic of biotechnology. The workshops are sponsored, so they are of low/no cost to academic researchers wishing to learn more about the processes of science communication.
@Dodd Konover Auditorium
1:00 - 4:00pm, Grad School Gift Giveaway!
The Graduate School staff members are giving away small lunch totes. *While supplies last @ The Graduate School, 2nd Floor Whetten Graduate Center, 438 Whitney Road Extension
7:00pm, Dave & Buster's Outing!
The University of Connecticut Student Affairs Association "UCSAA" will be hosting an event at Dave and Buster's. The first 20 people to arrive will be given bonus tokens! Dave and Buster's Manchester - The Shoppes at Buckland Hills, 100 Buckland Hills Dr.
Tuesday, April 4
4:00 - 5:00pm, Elevator Pitch Workshop! Your Career Matters!
One of the keys to success while on the job market and while networking in general is to have a well developed idea of what you would say if you have an accidental meeting with someone of influence in the elevator (or similar random meeting location) . If the conversation in those few seconds is interesting and value adding, it’s possible that the conversation will either continue afterwards or maybe end in exchange of business cards or a scheduled meeting or interview. This workshop is offered especially to you this week by UConn Center for Career Development
@ ISSS Lounge
4:30 - 5:30pm Fulbright Event
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program opens on April 3, 2017. Juniors, graduating seniors and graduate students who are U.S. citizens at the time of application may apply for Fulbright grants as English teaching assistants or for research and post-graduate study abroad during the 2018-19 academic year. LuAnn Saunders-Kanabay, UConn’s Fulbright Program Advisor, will hold information sessions for all interested students to:
- Explain the purpose of the Fulbright program • Review eligibility requirements and the application process • Describe the various grants available to students • Discuss how to select a country and develop a project statement
4:00 - 6:00pm, Strategies for High Impact Writing, RSVP to email@example.com by March 27th.
A Workshop with Dr. Dimitar Angelov, Coventry University (UK) This workshop will look at the style of scholarly writing, identifying textual features that make research articles sound authoritative, analytical, and robust. Dr. Dimitar Angelov is a Senior Lecturer in Academic Writing and the Coordinator of Academic Writing Tutors in the Center for Academic Writing at Coventry University in the UK. All are welcome but graduate students are especially invited to attend: this is a wonderful opportunity to develop writing skills for publication. Sponsored by the UConn Writing Center, Refreshments will be provided so please RSVP
@ Class of 1947 Room, Homer Babbidge Library, Storrs campus
5:00 - 7:00pm, Graduate Student Games: Night of free games and fun!
The Doug Bernstien Game Roomis one of the best places on campus to relax with your friends. Located in the Student Union, off Union Street, we feature 2 lanes of mini bowling, a pool table, DDR, Daytona Racing, Pin Ball, Arcade Legends Machine and many others. We also offer exciting games on Xbox 360, Wii, PS4 and PS3 consoles. Snacks will be provided concurrently in the Graduate Student Lounge located across the hall in room 110 Storrs Campus
Wednesday, April 5
9:00 - 10:00am, Free Coffee Hour!
There is nothing better than a hot cup of Joe in the morning – especially if it is free! Visit the Off-Campus Student Services office located in the Student Union (Room 315) Storrs Campus from 9am-10:00am for a free cup of coffee and get more information about University resources and events! Sponsored by Off-Campus Student Services, Storrs Campus
10:00 am - 12:00pm, Free LinkedIn Photos! Your Career Matters!
As the folks at LinkedIn say – “Your profile picture can be one of the most important elements of your LinkedIn presence. Our research shows that just having a picture makes your profile 14 times more likely to be viewed by others. As a recruiter, this means that this little, square image is your first chance to make a good impression on candidates and is a key element of your recruiter brand.”
@ UConn Center for Career Development, Wilbur Cross Building, 233 Glenbrook Road. Storrs Campus
12:30 - 1:30pm, New Library Grad Student Commons, share your input!
Not sure how we want to share this room location? It can wait until Monday or Tuesday to be updated though!
The event will be on Level 3. There is no official name to the room yet, but it is currently being used by our Greenhouse Studios.
The Library is hosting a feedback forum and meet and greet reception especially for to get your input into the design of the new grad student commons space. Take a few minutes to join us and get your ideas onto the design board.
I can negotiate a job offer? Yes! Can I negotiate salary? benefits? vacation? work location? schedule? Spousal support? moving expenses? start date? If you don't tell your next boss what you think your talents are worth, what you need and want then they are going to offer you want they want to give you. But negotiation is an art…come learn how!
@ Laurel Hall room 107
7pm, Graduate Student Senate Meeting w/free pizza
The GSS serves four important functions. It is the chief conduit for information about and advocacy to the wider UConn community through the University Senate system. The senate also provides the resources for graduate Tier II organizations, as well as a common place for these organizations to gather and discuss the goals of the graduate community. Through our emergency loan fund, the GSS provides financial resources to individual graduate students. Lastly, our organization provides a social focal point for grads through events such as the Graduate Assistant Information Fair, the GSS BBQ, grad Thanksgiving Dinner, and Grad Prom.
Join the meeting, enjoy the free pizza, and learn more! @ Rowe Hall Room 122, Storrs Campus
Thursday, April 6
7:30-9am, Free Morning Coffee!
We’ll meet you where you park with hot coffee to start your day! @W lot, Storrs Campus
11:45am - 2:15pm, Do you sometimes feel like an imposter?
Grad school can make everyone question themselves…it isn’t new, and you are not alone! Join us for this very special event planned just for you!
Dr. Valerie Young is an internationally-known expert on the impostor syndrome and author of award-winning book The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It with Crown Business, a division of Random House, now available in five languages.
Her career-related tips have been cited in these and dozens of other business and popular publications around the world and she’s been interviewed on countless programs including the BBC, Minnesota Public Radio, and Yahoo Finance
Registration includes lunch and is required – and limited to Graduate Students/Postdocs only.
According to Huff Post “Coloring, especially with complex, geometric patterns, can be its own meditative practice because it involves repetitive motion and enough structure to let you detach from stressful thoughts. In one small study published in the journal Art Therapy, the subjects who colored mandalas or plaid patterns experienced greater anxiety reduction than those who did free-form coloring.” Yummy snacks provided by Graduate Student Senate!
@Graduate Student Lounge, Student Union Building Room 110 – Storrs Campus
8:00 - 11:00pm, Starwars Hits UConn!
Come grab your free popcorn from The Graduate School at 8:00pm (make sure to bring your graduate student ID) before Rogue One which will start at 9:00pm*. From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
@Student Union Theatre, Student Union Building – first floor, Storrs Campus
10am, 3 Minute Thesis Information Session, Class of 1947 HBL
Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) features research conducted by PhD students around the world. It is an international competition created by The University of Queensland with the goal of helping students to cultivate presentation and research communication skills. You have three minutes andone PowerPoint slide to explain your research to a non-specialist audience. Sound like fun? We award cash prizes for the winners and special events for their department or lab!
4:00 - 6:00pm, PhD Movie 1, Konover Auditorium
7:00 - 9:00pm, PhD Movie 2, Konover Auditorium
“Piled Higher and Deeper” (movie #1) follows the lives of two graduate students as they learn to cope with life in grad school. “Piled Higher and Deeper: Still in Grad School" is the sequel film of the popular comic strip "Piled Higher and Deeper" by Jorge Cham (phdcomics.com - phdmovie.com). The film takes a smart and humorous look at the world of Academia through the eyes of four grad students, and features real academics (including a Nobel Prize winner!) in many of the roles. It was funded in large part by Kickstarter backers (including COINS and Papers) and filmed at the California Institute of Technology. The film was produced as part of a continued collaboration between PHD Comics and the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter at Caltech.
*6:00pm intermission with food provided: Lobby of Konover Auditorium
Saturday, April 8
9:00 - 10:30am, Kid Friendly Campus Hike! Meet @ parking lot near Chicken Barn
Come join us for a hike in the UConn Forest and Horsebarn Hill with a nature scavenger hunt for kids and a quick lesson from renowned PhD Candidate, Mike Limberg, on the changing landscape and history of CT farms!
*Water and granola bars will be provided on a first come, fist serve basis.
Please don't hesitate to contact Morgan Sutton at The Graduate School.
AN 80,000 WORD THESIS WOULD TAKE 9 HOURS TO PRESENT. YOUR TIME LIMIT…3 MINUTES.
Meet Islam Mosa, UConn Graduate Student, Department of Chemistry.
The People’s Choice Award winner in the Universitas 21 (U21) 3MT International Competition.
What is the 3MT Three Minute Thesis?
Three Minute Thesis (3MT*) celebrates the exciting research conducted by PhD students around the world. Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), the competition cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. Presenting in a 3MT competition increases their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Competitors are allowed one PowerPoint slide, but no other resources or props.
* Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.