News and Events Central

July 28, 2014
TGS encourages current and continuing students to register for Fall 2014 as soon as possible, as your registration will enroll you in health insurance and U-Pass coverage, where applicable. Current/continuing students, including Summer 2014 admits, may register through September 12 at 5 PM, when a registration freeze begins. The freeze ends on September 23. The last day to add a class or change a section is September 29.

 New students may register beginning September 19 at 8:30 AM. The last day new students can register is September 29.
July 29, 2014
This five-day proposal writing workshop is for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.  The workshop will focus primarily on those preparing a proposal for the upcoming NSF deadline, though other grant writers are welcome.
The Graduate School offers a series of fellowship proposal writing workshops in alignment with specific deadlines and led by writing experts. The goal is to help students and postdoctoral fellows produce the strongest possible writing for proposals, understand what reviewers are looking for, edit writing to be clear, concise, interesting, and persuasive, and increase the likelihood of securing funding. Participants should be prepared to bring drafts of their grant proposals to each session for peer and instructor review. This is a writing workshop, and you will be expected to work on your material in these workshop sessions.
The workshop will meet on ALL of the following dates from 3:30 – 5:00 PM on the Evanston campus:   August 19, August 26, September 2, September 9 and September 16
Registration is required and space is limited.  Please register at:  and have your advisor send a very brief email of support to no later than August 15, 2014.
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 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.

This position is five-seven hours per week and pays $6,500 for nine months. Interested doctoral students should send a CV (highlighting relevant skills and experiences) and a 1-2 page cover letter describing their interest in the position, how it fits in with their career plans, and their previous experience to Assistant Dean for Planning and Academic Resources Monica Gerlach at by August 7.
July 28, 2014
Chicago Field Studies (CFS) academic internship program seeks doctoral student, PhD. Candidate in 3rd, 4th or 5th year to help CFS continue to deliver high quality courses, internship search and career/mentoring programs to undergraduate students.  We have funding for you for an entire year if you are in the 3rd, 4th, or 5th year.   We need someone with strong organizational and administrative skills as well as attention to detail and interpersonal savvy.  Projects may include: data analysis (assessments, evaluations, and course pedagogical methods), facilitating practice interview program, benchmarking CFS against similar programs, processing CFS Scholarship recipients, leading outreach and information sessions, registration communication and trouble shooting, budgeting and more.  We will shape this opportunity based on our needs to fit your interests and skills. Teaching with CFS in the future is an option.  If you are interested in learning more, please contact Karen Allen at
July 29, 2014
Northwestern Memorial Foundation announces the availability of the 2015 Paul Ruby Foundation for Parkinson’s Research Grants Initiative and the 2015 Northwestern Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Advisory Council Grants Initiative.
At this time, proposals for both awards will be accepted for innovative contributions to the understanding, research and treatment of Parkinson’s Disease. Both initiatives are seeking proposals that impact patient care through translational clinical research studies.  Prospective proposals will be ones which provide support for all work associated with Parkinson’s Disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.  Eligible investigators may apply to both competitions, but the proposals must be for different projects.
The Paul Ruby Foundation for Parkinson’s Research Grants Initiative
For the 2015 initiative, grants between $25,000 and $50,000 will be awarded from an estimated funding pool of $100,000.
The Northwestern Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Advisory Council Grants
For the 2015 initiative, up to two grants of $25,000 will be awarded from an anticipated available funding pool of $50,000.
The deadline to submit applications to is Friday, September 5, 2014 by 5:00 p.m.
For questions, please feel free to contact Trupti Patel at or at 312.503.3320.
July 28, 2014
The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) at the University of Michigan is pleased to announce an Assessment and Evaluation Postdoctoral Research Associate position. The Assessment and Evaluation Postdoctoral Research Associate is a three-year staff appointment, with possibility for extension. The anticipated start date is in September (but a specific start date is negotiable). Required qualifications include a Ph.D. degree (completed), experience in postsecondary assessment, evaluation and/or educational research; demonstrated expertise in both quantitative and qualitative methods; strong oral and written communication skills; ability to work effectively in settings of social and intellectual diversity; ability to take directions, assume increasing independent responsibility, and provide follow up; strong attention to detail; and sensitivity to teaching and learning needs at a major research university, including both curricular and co-curricular learning environments. Desired qualifications include familiarity with the literature on active and experiential learning; as well as experience with large datasets, quasi-experimental design, and a faculty development or teaching center.

To apply:
  • Visit the University of Michigan Job Site (
  • Search the system with the keyword “CRLT” (the position # is 98679)
  • Upload a CV and cover letter as a single document (applicants may only upload one document).
For questions, contact Mary Wright, Director of Assessment (734-936-1135,
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
July 28, 2014
Tuesday, August 12th
Meet at Davis El Stop at 5:30pm

Culture is everywhere. There are cultures of academic departments, soccer moms, redditors, urban gardeners, and Turkish soccer fans, just to name a few.  Join us for dinner and a summer cultural excursion where we will decipher “bro culture” in Chicago’s historic Wrigleyville neighborhood.  We will investigate the habits and customs of bros, sports fans and other inhabitants of Wrigleyville’s streets and bars through an ethnographic scavenger hunt.  As participant observers we will also engage in local customs of feasting and drinking during a reflective dialogue about culture and identity.  Graduate students from all cultures and departments are encouraged to attend (self-identified bros included). We will meet at 5:30pm at the Evanston-Davis stop to travel together to Wrigleyville. We will take the Purple Line to the Addison stop and begin our adventure.  

Dinner is on us, but RSVP is required. Go to to sign up. Email with questions.
July 28, 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
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)
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 for PhDs, postdocs, MDs, and JDs, led by BCG thought leaders from around North America. It is an opportunity for you to learn more about the work at BCG.

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 to participate by visiting
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
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
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.
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.
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 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:
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