Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant

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.


Recipient of the 2017-2018 Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship

Stephany Santos: Ph.D. Candidate, Biomedical Engineering

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.

Summer Graduate Fellowships Writing Institute

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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

Registration Deadline:  MAY 5th, 2017

Register here: https://uconn.2017sgfwi.registration.com
Space is limited to 25 participants.

-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.


Meera Nair: Building Future Faculty Program 2017

NC State University Building Future Faculty Program 2017

How did you hear about the program?meera nair

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.



Why did you apply?

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.

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Graduate Appreciation Week 2017


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

@Rowe 420

4:00 - 6:00pm, Strategies for High Impact Writing, RSVP to gradwriting@uconn.edu 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.


4pm, Negotiation Workshop, Your Career Matters!

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.


@Alumni House, 2384 Alumni Drive, Storrs Campus

3:00 - 4:00pm, Relaxation Hour

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

*Purchase your ticket here.

Friday, April 7

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 and one 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.

Any Questions?

Please don't hesitate to contact Morgan Sutton at The Graduate School.

Email: student4923@ad.uconn.edu

Office: (860) 486-7150

3MT® Three Minute Thesis Competition 2017


Join The 3MT Three Minute Thesis Competition 2017



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.

FAQs for Competitors:

Piqued your interest? View FAQs

Why you should do it?

Do you seek to gain presentation skills?

Any interest in winning funds for your professional development?

Do you love a good competition?

Would you like to make your research known to a broader audience?

Next Steps

Let us know if you’re interested. Submit some information on yourself to stay informed on upcoming 3MT events.

Come to an information session this spring

Wednesday, March 22, 12:00PM – 1:00PM -Homer Babbidge Library Class of 1947 Conference Room

Friday, April 7, 10:00AM – 11:00AM – Homer Babbidge Class of 1947 Conference Room

Wednesday, April 12, 12:00PM – 1:00PM -Homer Babbidge Library Class of 1947 Conference Room

Read the 3MT competitor guide

Watch past winners of the international competition

Consider creating a competition in your department to get extra practice

Attend one of the 3MT prep workshops that will be held in September by faculty members Rory McGloin and Kenneth Noll


UConn Winners –

1st Place – $1,000 cash prize + iPad Mini + Catered lunch for up to 20 in the winner’s home department.

2nd Place – $750 cash prize + continental breakfast for up to 30 in the winner’s home department.

3rd Place -$500 cash prize + ice cream social in winner’s home department.

International Winners – First Prize: $2500 research travel grant

When is the Competition?

September 26, 2017 – VON DER MEHDEN RECITAL HALL, 6:00PM (walk-through between 5:00 – 6:00)

For more information

threeminutethesis.uq.edu.au or contact kay.gruder@uconn.edu

Graduate School Applications and Rankings on the Rise

Applications to graduate programs at the University of Connecticut are on the upswing, while at the same time the programs are registering a rise in rankings.

Throughout the past decade, the number of applicants to UConn’s graduate programs has grown steadily – from 8,400 in 2006 to 12,200 in 2016 – and that trend is expected to continue.

Read more on UConn Today

Grad Student Well-Being at UConn

Have you ever felt over-stressed and under-rested in graduate school?

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Due to the many academic and career stressors in graduate school, many graduate students find it difficult (and nearly impossible) to maintain a sense of mental and emotional well-being. Additionally, sleep, exercise and healthy eating are often compromised to fulfill other requirements of advisors, GA’s, and other academic work. Over time, we find that our vitality is fading, our backs are hurting from sitting all day, our thoughts are out of control and we feel exhausted. We realize that something about that system is not working for us.

Maintaining emotional, physical, AND spiritual well-being is imperative in order to achieve the highest potential in research and life. People who have a greater sense of well-being are more productive, creative, and able to achieve their long term goals.

Therefore  the Graduate Initiative Fellows have developed a 5 week workshop series on the “5 Habits of Healthy and Successful Graduate Students”

Habits of Healthy Grad Students Curriculum:

          ~ Finding Your Purpose

          ~ Relax the mind with mindfulness

          ~ Self Care Fair

          ~ Eating to Sustain the Brain

          ~ Exercising

You are welcome to take part in one OR ALL of the the workshops! Please RSVP for the topics you are interested in below.  Space is limited, so RSVP to reserve your spot today!

See more specific descriptions below.

This is the beginning of a longer term effort to provide wellness support for grad students. And to that end- If you haven't yet taken the UConn Grad Well-being assessment, please (click here) and take the 15 minutes to help us reveal the truth about health and wellbeing among graduate students at UConn!

For more information you can contact melissa depaolo at melissa.depaolo@uconn.edu. Or call 203-314-2588.

Week 1

Reconnecting You to Your "WHY" - Finding Your Purpose

Do you ever find yourself wondering “Why am I here?” “Why am I even in this graduate program?” or “Is it worth it anymore?” YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Often in graduate school, the higher purpose that brought us here can get buried underneath the stresses of to-do lists and tasks. How often do we realize we've worked ourselves to the bone meeting back-to-back deadlines, while forgetting the things that give us drive, energy and enthusiasm?

Research suggests that having a sense of purpose influences one's health and wellness. It has been shown to help people overcome struggles with addiction, depression and anxiety. And more recent findings show that having a purpose in life may even protect against Alzheimer’s disease and contribute to a longer life. For graduate students, a sense of purpose can mean the difference between losing our motivation along the way and successfully completing our degree.

The goal of this workshop is to help you reconnect to your higher purpose. We'll help you articulate this purpose in a mission statement that guides your work toward your graduate degree within the context of your life as a whole.

Date: Friday, February 17th

Times: 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Location: Alumni Center, Board Room

RSVP: This Session is Full

Additional Info: Contact melissa.depaolo@uconn.edu for more information

Week 2

Renewing the Mind with Mindfulness Meditation

Have you ever felt anxious or stuck in a pattern of negative thinking? As grad students we have many responsibilities to manage. Often we reach our stress threshold when we can’t manage any more social, emotional, or academic pressure. Join this mindfulness workshop for a FREE guided meditation. You will walk away with a sense of tranquility, feeling of connection to your fellow peers and practical tools and resources you can incorporate into a daily mindfulness practice.

Date: Thursday March 2nd

Times: 7:00-8:30pm

Location: Student Union (Room TBA)


Additional Info: Contact melissa.depaolo@uconn.edu for more information

Week 3

Self Care

As students, teachers, advisees, employees, mentors, parents, and siblings, we tend to give out to others with little to give to ourselves at the end of the day. Forgetting our own self care can leave us burnt out ! In this workshop we will practice multiple modalities to practice self care and make a self care plan to finish the semester with vitality and self love. Remember, one of the best gifts you can give to others is YOU showing up in your full true and healthy self.

Date: April 6th

Times: 3:00-5:00pm

Location: Grad Student Lounge (Student Union 110)

RSVP: Everyone Welcome (Space and food first come first serve)

Additional Info: Contact melissa.depaolo@uconn.edu for more information

Week 4

Exercise for Energy

Do you ever find yourself feeling fatigued, lonely, or like you can’t get yourself going?? YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Come see how movement can bring LIFE back into your body mind and spirit during this special Energizing for Exercise class for grad students. 

(Students with any level of fitness can participate in this workout, no equipment needed. Please contact Melissa DePaolo with any physical concerns)

Date:  April 17

Times: 10:00am

Location: Hawley Armory Gym


Additional Info: Contact melissa.depaolo@uconn.edu for more information

Week 5

Eating for Energy

The food we eat directly effects our moods, our energy levels, and our brain capacity! We need to be putting LIFE into our body so our brains and bodies have the right fuel to create, produce and THRIVE in our graduate schooling!

Attend our 4th workshop to practice ways to EAT FOR ENERGY! (Hint: it is not always about WHAT you eat).

Healthy Beverages and Refreshments and Socializing!

Date: April 19th

Times: 7:00-8:00pm

Location: SU Room 416


Additional Info: Contact melissa.depaolo@uconn.edu for more information

2017 National HWW PreDoctoral Fellow

Winifred Maloney Awarded Summer 2017 Fellowship from Humanities Without Walls at Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities

Winifred Maloney Portrait

Humanities Without Walls aims to create new avenues for collaborative research, teaching, and the production of scholarship in the humanities, forging and sustaining areas of inquiry that cannot be created or maintained without cross-institutional cooperation.

-Humanities Without Walls


Why did you apply?
I applied to the summer workshop because of its “alt-ac” focus. Coming into graduate school, I wasn’t sure about where I wanted to take my career, but I knew I wasn’t interested in entering the market for a tenure track job. Even if the market was robust, a position within the academy was just not going to be for me. When the history department won a career diversity grant from the American Historical Association, I was glad to see my department helping graduate students consider non-academic careers. Coming from this program that is now growing in its awareness of the need for career diversity in the humanities, I feel like UConn students can be frontrunners in shaping what “alt-ac” will look like for the next decades.

What do you hope will come from your experience?
The workshop will be held over the summer for three weeks in Chicago. I’m really looking forward to learning more about what careers are out there and to make meaningful connections with other fellows and speakers.

How did you hear about the fellowship?
My undergraduate advisor, Julie Mujic, sent me the call for applications post. She was instrumental in my decision to pursue history professionally by applying to Ph.D programs while in college. I have a lot to thank her for.

What can you tell us about Humanities Without Walls’ initiatives?
Humanities Without Walls is a consortium that connects the humanities centers of 15 research universities throughout the Midwest. Summer 2017 will be the third time they’ve run their summer alt-ac workshop, but the first time they’ve opened the search to a national pool. The first two workshops took fellows from the 15 universities that comprise the consortium. The consortium has been funded by a grant awarded to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

How did you first get involved with HWW?
I applied to the summer 2017 workshop in September 2016. I had to clear an internal selection process within UConn, as only one student per university can be nominated to the workshop. Dean Holsinger nominated me, and my application then went to one of the 15 consortium center directors who passed my application into a pool of 60 nominees. From there, the Summer Workshop Steering Committee selected me as one of 30 fellows.

What is the best experience or lesson that you have taken away from HWW?
Something I’ve taken away from the application process was how eager my mentors were to help me with the application. My advisor, Christopher Clark, was excited that I decided to work on the application. I got really helpful feedback from Professors Sylvia Schafer and Mark Healey in my department, as they were successful in securing the Career Diversity grant. Dean Holsinger was great to work with and optimistic about my chances of being awarded this fellowship, so his positivity rubbed off on me as I waited for the results.

What future plans do you have that involve your work with HWW?
The workshop begins in July. Once it concludes, I hope to maintain relationships with the consortium, the fellows, and speakers.

What is some advice you would give to future candidates?
When I was writing my statement for my application, a common critique from the colleagues I asked for help proofreading was that I wasn’t confident enough in my writing. To change that, I began to focus primarily on my desire to be a leader as graduate students in the humanities seek opportunities outside the academy. Changing my tone from passive to active rounded out my application.


To learn more about Humanities Without Walls and other opportunities please Click Here

The Graduate School-Communications Workshop Spring 2017

Negotiations and Professional Communication Skills

 Workshop Series for Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Scholars:

 Sponsored by The Graduate School and The Ombuds Office.

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where conflict arose?  Have you ever had an experience of miscommunication with someone?  Does your current success depend on other people? A faculty member? A colleague? An advisor?


Most graduate students would answer yes to these questions.  Communication surrounding conflict and negotiating outcomes is challenging and can lead to strained relationships, negativity, and missing target objectives.


Graduate students often navigate difficult waters throughout their time here at UConn as they prepare for their post-graduate work.  If you’re looking to strengthen your negotiation, listening, and conflict/opposition management skills and grow in other areas, please join us for a series of workshops focusing on negotiation and professional communication skills.


As a result of attending this workshop series, participants will:

  • Better understand their personal conflict and communication style including ways to apply this knowledge to their work
  • Understand Negotiation theory and strengthen negotiation skills helping to navigate challenging situations to reach positive outcomes
  • Understand the importance of listening, reframing, and paraphrasing in effective communication and grow these skills through practice opportunities
  • Develop an awareness of, and strategy for, the role emotion plays when negotiating your interests



Workshop Information and Session Descriptions:

Here are five important things you need to know about the workshop series:

  1. Please register as soon as possible as we have limited seats.
  2. Register Here

  3. ATTENTION: This workshop series is currently full. If you are interested in being placed on a waitlist, please Click Here. The waitlist will be used if current registrants decide not to participate and for notification of future programming of this kind.
  4. Each person who registers online and attends the workshop will receive a free book by Robert Fischer and William Ury, “Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In (3rd edition).”
  5. We encourage you to attend all five sessions to get the most out of the workshop series, however we understand that may not be possible, so please register for the sessions you can attend (Note: Session Three is only open to participants who attended Session Two)
  6. This workshop series is open to Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Scholars from any University of Connecticut campus (Note: workshop location is on the Storrs campus).
  7. Workshop Location: Storrs Hall, Carolyn Ladd Widmer Wing 01 (WW01)- (Map location)

Session One

Overview of Professional Workplace Setting: How do Organizations and Individuals Respond to Challenging Situations?

Friday, January 27, 2017- 1:30pm-3:00pm

Storrs Hall, Room WW01

Have you ever wondered why things are the way they are in a given situation? In groups, the work place, or even in one-on-one relationships, navigating a challenging situation can be a particular challenge for most! Join us for an opposition management session addressing the typical ways organizations and individuals respond during challenging situations.

Session Two


Friday, February 10, 2017- 1:30pm-3:00pm

Storrs Hall, Room WW01

Negotiations are far more than the conversation one has about their salary. We are negotiating spaces, relationships, and opportunities every day whether or not we concretely recognize it. Please join us for a negotiations workshop and learn more about the art of negotiation. (Note: The two sessions on negotiation are designed as a two part series, in order to attend the follow up in Session Three, you need to have attended this session, Session Two)

Session Three

Negotiations Part II (follow up to Session Two)

Friday, February 24, 2017- 1:30pm-3:00pm

Storrs Hall, Room WW01

The best way to get better at any skill is to practice, right? This session on strengthening negotiation skills is a follow up to Session Two-Negotiations, and only open to those who attended the Session Two workshop. Participants will have the opportunity to further engage their negotiation skills and learn more about optimizing outcomes. (Note: Session Two: Negotiations is a prerequisite for this session)

Session Four

Communicating Through Difficult Situations in Professional Life- Listening, Reframing, Narrative and Metaphor

Friday, March 10, 2017- 1:30pm-3:00pm

Storrs Hall, Room WW01

Looking to add to your tool kit when responding to difficult situations? Here is your chance! Listening, Reframing, Narrative and Metaphor are core components to effective communication in the various dimensions of our lives. Please join us to learn more about your communication style and the impact these core components can have in difficult situations.

Session Five

Navigating Power Dynamics in Professional Work Settings

Friday, March 24, 2017- 1:30pm-3:00pm

Storrs Hall, Room WW01

If all of our relationships were easily defined wouldn’t that make for a better day? The navigation of power dynamics in the work setting is a practical skill of every successful professional. Please join us for a workshop exploring the navigation of power dynamics in professional works settings. The keys are the ability to check your emotions and hold people accountable while managing power relationships.

Session Six

This date is reserved if we need to make up a session due to weather

Friday, April 7, 2017- 1:30pm-3:00pm

Storrs Hall, Room WW01