News and Events Central

July 22, 2014
Saturday, August 2, 4-6:30pm
Where: A Just Harvest Kitchen, 7649 N Paulina St, Chicago, IL 60626
4-5pm: Pre-dinner prep work
5-6pm: Dinner service
6-6:30pm: Clean up.

Do you want to help people in need and serve the community kitchen during the summer? Come to join GWAN for a volunteer event to serve in community kitchen. A free GWAN dinner elsewhere will follow after the volunteering event. Please RSVP to participate.

Important information:
Volunteers need to wear long pants, closed toe shoes and shirts with sleeves.
Please contact for questions.
July 9, 2014
University Career Services (UCS) will be holding summer office hours on the Chicago Campus on Fridays, starting July 18.  Individual appointments are 60 minutes in length to discuss career-related concerns.
Schedule an Appointment: You can schedule a Chicago Campus appointment by logging to CareerCat. Once you are logged in, you will see the option to “Request a Counseling Appointment” on the right side of the home screen. If it’s your first time logging in, you will be prompted to create your online profile before you can schedule an appointment. Make sure to select “The Graduate School” as your school of enrollment. Under the header for “Major,” select your graduate program (e.g.,  “Driskill Graduate Program”)  within the programs listed under “The Graduate School.”
After you have filled out your profile you will be able to follow links to schedule an appointment at the Chicago Campus location (1010 Abbott Hall). Career advising appointments will continue to be offered on the Evanston Campus and can also be scheduled through Career Cat.
If you have any questions or difficulties, email Mearah Quinn-Brauner, Assistant Director of Student Career Advising, at
July 7, 2014
Proposals are now being accepted for the 2014-2015 Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program. View the full Request for Proposals for details and to submit your dissertation proposal. All proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. Central Time on Wednesday, September 10, 2014. The Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program (KDFP) is an annual competitive program that awards up to 15 Dissertation Fellowship grants of $15,000 each to Ph.D., D.B.A., or other doctoral students at accredited U.S. universities to support dissertations in the area of entrepreneurship.
July 14, 2014
This series of lectures and one-on-one coaching for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows focuses on the development of presentation skills necessary for success within the professional world. Through 4 short group lectures and 2 one-on-one coaching sessions, each student will receive personalized attention tailored to the realities of professional practice that goes far beyond the basics offered in more general public speaking course offerings.  Participants will leave the workshop with increased skills in:
  • non-verbal body language and the performance of self
  • critical listening and storytelling
  • audience analysis
  • structuring a clear message through visual design
  • awareness of physical and vocal qualities
  • providing constructive feedback
  • avoiding and overcoming nervousness
  • thinking on your feet
When: Workshop meets three times on Monday August 4, Monday August 11, and Wednesday August 13 from 4-5:30 each day (one-on-one coaching to be scheduled with each participant)

Where:  Chicago Campus, Wieboldt Hall (exact room TBA)

How:  Registration is required, as space is limited.  To register, please sign up at
July 14, 2014
The goal of the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission, by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories.  The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories.

The SCGSR program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS), in collaboration with the 6 Office of Science research programs and the DOE national laboratories. Online application and awards administration support is provided by Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE) under Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU).

Graduate students currently pursuing Ph.D. degrees in areas of physics, chemistry, material sciences, biology (non-medical), mathematics, engineering, computer or computational sciences, or specific areas of environmental sciences that are aligned with the mission of the Office of Science are eligible to apply for the supplemental research awards provided by the SCGSR program. Eligible graduate students must apply online.
July 7, 2014
The Graduate School (TGS) is hiring for a new Higher Education Internship Position which gives one doctoral student the opportunity to explore careers in university administration. The intern will work in a paid, nine-month position on significant projects; gain familiarity with administrative governance by participating in a range of leadership meetings; and receive mentoring from experienced higher education professionals that will build skills useful across many careers.
July 7, 2014
Dr. Olzmann’s research integrates systems-levels strategies (proteomics and functional genomics) with traditional cell biology approaches to understand the molecular mechanisms that regulate cellular protein quality control and lipid homeostasis in health and disease. They are particularly interested in understanding the role of ER and lipid droplet ubiquitination networks in controlling cellular metabolic pathways.

They seek highly motivated applicants with the courage and passion to transcend boundaries in order to discover fundamental principles of biology. The ideal candidate will be creative, have a strong background in cell biology and biochemistry, and enjoy working independently as well as collaboratively. Learn more.
July 7, 2014
12-1 PM
Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center, ITW Classroom

Some models of science communication focus on “filling the deficit” of knowledge, while others emphasize “dialogue” among different groups. Data shows that levels of knowledge don’t correlate very well with attitudes towards science. What’s more, neither model deals well with people who actively deny knowledge that scientists see as extremely reliable (such as evolution or the relationship of autism and vaccines). So what are the implications for science communicators as they plan their activities?

Bruce Lewenstein is Professor of Science Communication at Cornell University. He works primarily on the history of public communication of science and has been very active in international activities that contribute to education and research on public communication of science and technology, especially in the developing world.  In general, he tries to document the ways that public communication of science is fundamental to the process of producing reliable knowledge about the natural world.

More information and registration:
June 23, 2014
Deadline for receipt of materials: October 1, 2014

The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education; who demonstrate a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and others; and whose work reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning. The award honors the work of K. Patricia Cross, Professor Emerita of Higher Education at the University of California, Berkeley.

Please go to the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders page for complete information.
July 14, 2014
The Institute or Research on Women and Gender (IRWG) at the University of Michigan invites graduate students to submit up to two works on paper and similar flat canvases for inclusion in Re-imaging Gender, a competitive, juried exhibition.

Selected works will be displayed at the Lane Hall Gallery, a space shared by IRWG and the U-M Department of Women’s Studies, from January 15 - June 26, 2015.

Visit to learn more.

Submission deadline: October 1, 2014
June 30, 2014
On November 18, 2014, the Office of the Provost will host a Learning, Teaching, and Assessment Forum at Norris University Center. This university-wide event is designed to:
  • Provide faculty, doctoral students, and administrators the opportunity to share and/or showcase their assessment initiatives at the class, department/program, school, and/or university levels
  • Share teaching & assessment innovations, strategies, practices, and outcomes
  • Demonstrate the University’s assessment framework in practice
  • Promote dialogue about assessment, its purpose and value for improving learning & teaching
We are seeking graduate student contributions from a range of schools, disciplines, programs and course types to share their teaching and assessment initiatives. Submissions must be received by August 1 using the following link  
June 30, 2014
The Graduate School (TGS) is pleased to announce an increase in the amount of the Conference Travel Grant award.  After careful thought, TGS will increase the award amount to $600 for students in science, engineering, and math and $800 for students in the humanities and social science.  This change applies to all applications submitted on or after September 1, 2014. Students are eligible for a maximum of two Conference Travel Grants over the course of their enrollment in The Graduate School.  For additional information about Conference Travel Grants, please visit our funding section.
June 30, 2014
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is recruiting a full-time, Post-Doctoral Associate to join an established and successful academic unit in the lab of Dr. Teresa Woodruff. Read the full position description.
June 25, 2014
University Career Services (UCS) is pleased to announce that Mearah Quinn-Brauner, Ph.D., joined our career advising team this June as an Assistant Director of Student Career Advising and liaison to The Graduate School (TGS).  In her role, she will provide individual career advising on academic and nonacademic career paths for masters and doctoral students enrolled in TGS academic programs on both the Evanston and Chicago Campuses.  She will also work closely with academic departments, TGS administrators, and graduate student groups to build and develop services and programs tailored to the TGS student population. 

Dr. Quinn-Brauner previously served as Assistant Director for Graduate Student Preparation in The Office of Career Advancement at The University of Chicago and as a Critical Writing Instructor in the Critical Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania.  Her professional experience providing career advising to graduate students from all academic disciplines, creating and facilitating workshops, and as a writing instructor will be an asset in her work as a career advisor to graduate students at Northwestern.  She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in English Literature from Oberlin College.

TGS students can schedule an appointment with Dr. Quinn-Brauner through CareerCat, the UCS job/internship database.  In-person (Evanston), telephone and Skype appointments are available.  Chicago Campus advising appointments will resume this summer—dates will be announced in July.
May 21, 2014

SPG Graduate Student Improv will be holding the following events:

Workshops, held from 5:15-6:45 PM in Seabury Graduate Student Commons (250)
July 24
July 31
August 7
August 14
August 28

Their Third Thursday Show is also in Seabury 250 at 6pm
August 21

June 5, 2014
The Boston Consulting Group invites you to a virtual lecture series for PhDs, Post-docs, MDs, and JDs, led by BCG thought leaders from around North America.  You are welcome to join us for as many of the webinars as you would like.  It is an opportunity for you to learn more about the work at BCG.

July 30, 2014, 7 PM EST
Energy Practice: Driving Organizational Efficiency
Discover the power of an Activity-Based-Optimization (ABO) tool and how it can turn a comprehensive diagnostic into real-world initiatives, process streamlining, and significant cost reduction
Paul Goydan, Partner, Houston and Mike Lyons, Principal, Houston and Bridget Franklin, Consultant, Houston – PhD

August 6, 2014, 7 PM EST
Public Sector: Youth Safety
Learn how BCG used advanced analytics to develop a plan for improving youth safety across Miami-Dade County and within Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Ben Flusberg, Project Leader, Atlanta, PhD; Jonathan Tugman, Consultant, Atlanta

Please register for the session(s) you would like to attend at:
June 23, 2014
The 9th Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science (DHCS) that will be hosted by Northwestern University on October 23-24 and will overlap and share some programming with the annual conference of the Text Encoding Initiative.  The call for papers for the colloquium states that anything that stays within the intersection of Digital Humanities and Computer Science is acceptable for submission. The deadline is August 1, 2014. Send an abstract of ~750 words with a very short bio to

You can find more information about this conference and its history at Michael Furlough, the incoming executive director of the Hathi Trust, has agreed to give a keynote address.
July 14, 2014
We are pleased to inform you of the Northwestern Student Dental Plan that will be available for enrollment as of July 28th, 2014. The program includes two comprehensive dental plans offered through Cigna, an HMO and a PPO available for your choice.  If you select one of the plans, your coverage will begin on September 1st, 2014 and continue through August 31st, 2015.  View the Garnett Powers & Associates website for details on both plans.  Note that enrollment and premium payment is done directly through Garnett Powers, not Northwestern. Call 1-800-319-9557 M-F 8am-5pm Pacific Time, or e-mail for more information.

Open Enrollment
The Open Enrollment period for the Cigna Dental Plans is July 28th  – August 11th. This is the period of time where currently enrolled students may make changes, as to change from one plan to the other or add dependents. It is also the time that new students, or students who may have missed last year’s enrollment window, may enroll in one of the plans.

Enrolling and Paying for your Dental Coverage for the New Academic Plan Year
Please visit the Garnett-Powers & Associates’ hosted website (the broker/administrator for the plan) at where you may view the benefit summaries of the two dental plans, as well as learn how to enroll and pay the annual premium for your selected plan for the new academic year. You will complete a simple enrollment form and pay for your coverage with either a debit/credit card online, or by mailing a check for the premium due. Below are the annual rates for both plans:

New Plan Year Rates DHMO: 
Student: $142.56
Student + Spouse/CU Partner: $240.72
Student + Child(ren): $297.48
Family: $422.76

New Plan Year Rates PPO:
Student: $361.44
Student + Spouse/CU Partner: $711.24
Student + Child(ren): $837.60
Family: $1,323.60