Graduate Student Life
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Productive Writer - Do you have writing goals for your thesis or dissertation in the new year? Have you resolved to be a more productive writer in 2013? If so, join our community of writers by subscribing to the Productive Writer listserv to receive emails twice a month with advice and strategies for becoming a more productive writer. Sponsored by the Cornell Graduate School, the Productive Writer is free and open to all, especially graduate students writing papers, proposals, theses, and dissertations. It’s easy to join; just click on this link.
Later this month you will begin receiving messages, every other week, about managing your time for greater writing productivity, reducing distractions, staying motivated, revising and editing, binge writing, communicating with your advisor, dealing with writer’s block , and managing procrastination and perfectionistic tendencies.
We hope you will join us to become a more productive writer in 2013.
with the Graduate School directors and officers of the Graduate Student Association
April 5th, 2013; 2pm-4pm
500 Forest Building, UNCG Main Campus
The Graduate School directors and the Graduate Student Association invite enrolled UNCG graduate students to mix and mingle with your fellow graduate students, the officers of the GSA, and the leadership of The Graduate School. Come with any questions or bright ideas you have for the Graduate School directors and the GSA
STEM Graduate Students Challenged to Submit Innovative Ideas to Improve Graduate Education - Entries due April 15th.
See http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=127188&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click for more information.
for UNCG Graduate Students
Graduate School Workshops
Registration information for most workshops (unless otherwise specified below) can be found by visiting:
To view descriptions of previously offered professional development workshops for graduate students, click here.
To Borrow or Not To Borrow? Student Loans and You
Panel discussion with:
Dora Gicheva (Economics, UNC Greensboro) – firstname.lastname@example.org
William Harden (Accounting and Finance, UNC Greensboro) – email@example.com
John Lucas (Financial Aid Office, UNC Greensboro) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ken Snowden (Economics, UNC Greensboro) – email@example.com
Earlier this year total student loan debt grew to more than $1 trillion in the U.S. and is now larger than the nation’s total credit card debt! With tuition rising and family finances strained, the volume of debt is likely to continue growing. This panel discussion will cover several basic themes graduate students should consider when using student loans, including:
- How does student loan debt affect future income, employment and marriage prospects? (for an example of this, read NPR’s July 16th story here)
- How should a student assess the “true cost” of a student loan?
- How are student loans different from other types of debt?
- Is it possible to take out “too little” as well as “too much” student loan debt?
The panel is composed of faculty and staff who teach, do research, and lecture on topics related to debt in general and student loan debt in particular. The session is not designed to provide individual counseling, but to inform all students about the questions and issues you need to confront before taking out a student loan with a counselor or on your own.
The recorded session may be downloaded here. Please note that you will need to download the Oracle program in order to open this recorded session to hear audio and view the presentation. The session will open in Blackboard Collaborate.
Research Using Human Subjects
Wednesday, March 27; 9-11am
Tuesday, April 9; 5-7 pm
Presenters: Carl Lashley and Melissa Beck. Attendees earn Human Subjects Certificates to meet the FWA assurance. For more information, see the Spring 2013 Research Using Human Subjects poster.
To register to attend, please visit
Writers’ Retreat/Boot Camp for Thesis and Dissertation Writers
Planning for our next Writers’ Retreat/Boot Camp for UNCG Thesis and Dissertation Writers will begin shortly. This MAY take place in Summer 2013. Please keep an eye on this site, as more information will be posted once available.
If you are a participant in the Preparing Future Leaders program and would like more information on workshops that may pertain to the PFL program, please visit http://grs.uncg.edu/pfl/workshops/
Career Services for Graduate Students
Marketable, Practiced, Networked
We help all UNCG students, including graduate students, make critical decisions about their academic and life path and prepare students to translate their UNCG success to post-graduation success. We do this by providing services and resources that will help them create a strong career brand and develop a plan of action to reach those career goals. These services and resources help develop job search skills that can be used throughout one’s lifetime. In addition, the office maintains a robust series of events and connections to employers from a variety of industries, as well as graduate programs, for our students to build strong professional networks.
Career Team Access: we have a group of 14 Career Team members who are available Mondays – Fridays, 9am – 4pm, to assist you with career readiness topics such as resume development, industry information, cover letters, interview skills, job and internship search planning, and more. STARTING IN JANUARY - No appointment needed – just walk in! We also have an electronic resume drop box. You can now send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow 5-7 days for revision and feedback. The resume drop box is for basic resume review only, not CVs or other lengthy documents.
Individual Career Advising: as a UNCG student you are entitled to 1:1 career advising sessions to provide more personalized assistance in defining your personal brand and developing the appropriate marketing materials to support it. Our professionally trained career staff members have specific educational background in career development processes and strategies, have over 40+ years of combined experience in the field, and are in constant contact with employers. Feel free to call the front desk (334-5454) to set up an appointment with a career counselor. Just for YOU – ONLY for students who are NOT available to meet on campus during the day due to their work and class schedules, we are now available Tuesdays and Wednesday evening appointments !
Career Branding: we work with you on this concept to guide you in defining and managing your career goals by assisting you to articulate your personal brand, and then translate your brand into all facets of professional life, including job search strategies.
Special Programming: Throughout the semester, our office sponsors a number of special workshops and events that are for all students including:
- Career Fairs: targeting employers with internships and jobs
- Theme Weeks: providing students with more concentrated exposure to select topics and industries.
- Webinars: seminars conducted online throughout the year to provide more career assistance for those with busy calendars
- Please visit our newly revised website for events and other helpful information: www.uncg.edu/csc/
Opportunities for Graduate Students
Public Scholarship Graduate Network
Please join the Public Scholarship Graduate Network for an informal coffee hour on Thursday, February 21st at 10:00am in the 3rd floor lounge of the MHRA Building.
Want to meet graduate students from across campus who are interested in community-university engagement, research, teaching, learning, and/or service? Join us each month for an informal conversation hour, launched by research/scholarship, teaching, and learning topics with invited guests!
Community Engagement 101: How is community engagement done? What does it take to be a partner?
February 21, 2013 :: 10:00am-11:00am :: 3rd Floor Lounge, MHRA Building
What is community engagement and engaged scholarship? How should I engage with community partners? How can I incorporate my community-based work into my graduate studies? Where can I connect to other graduate students scholars and faculty who will support my engagement efforts? Join us for an informal dialogue sharing strategies to develop and sustain mutually beneficial community-university partnerships.
We will be joined by two invited guests, Drs. Emily Janke (Institute for Community & Economic Engagement) and Kristin Moretto (Office of Leadership & Service-Learning).
Coffee is on us, conversation is on you!!
What is the PSGN?
The PSGN is an informal, interdisciplinary group of graduate students interested in public scholarship as it relates to our current work as students scholars and our future professional roles.
PSGN offers graduate students:
- Professional development for public scholarship and community engagement
- An interdisciplinary support network of graduate students with similar interests
- Funding for projects involving the community
- Updates on opportunities with local, national, and international organizations/associations
- Opportunities to engage with speakers and scholars committed to promoting and developing this work
The PSGN is a great opportunity for students from EVERY discipline to find a space to discuss engaged scholarship across the university, find FUNDING for their research projects, and get professional development. It can be especially helpful to new grad students looking for resources and friends!
What is Community Engagement?
As an institution, UNCG is using the term Community Engagement. Community engagement (sometimes referred to as civic engagement) is the “collaboration (among) institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.” this definition can be found at http://communityengagement.
Feel free to contact Kristin Medlin (email@example.com) or Kathleen Edwards (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.