News and Events Central

August 11, 2014
The Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching is offering the following workshop open to all graduate students. Space is limited; registration is required.

Introduction to Canvas
Wednesday, October 8, 10:00am-11:30am
Room B234, University Library, 1970 Campus Dr., Evanston
Build your Canvas course with confidence! This workshop provides an overview of the basic features, dynamic tools, and functionality of Canvas to allow you to build and support engaging courses.
August 11, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 9:00am-4:30pm
Conference check-in: 8:30am-9:00am
Technological Institute, 2145 Sheridan Rd., Evanston

Registration is now open for the 2014 New TA Conference (NTAC). NTAC is an all-day training event for new teaching assistants at Northwestern. New TAs work with an NTAC Workshop Leader or Graduate Teaching Fellow from their discipline (or closely related discipline) to learn about effective strategies for teaching in their department. The afternoon sessions focus on cross-disciplinary topics such as leading discussion sections and fostering critical thinking. Participants are encouraged to reflect on effective teaching practices in labs, discussion sections, and lectures.
The event is free but registration is required. Click here to register.
August 11, 2014
More than 100 employers from top companies in various industries will be waiting to meet Northwestern students at University Career Service’s Fall Internship and Job Fair. This year’s fair spans two days: Tuesday, September 30 and Wednesday, October 1 from 12-4 p.m. in Norris, 2nd Floor. Bring your WildCARD, plenty of resumes and dress in business professional attire. The event is open to Northwestern undergraduate students, graduate students and alumni. While most companies will be in the midst of their undergraduate recruiting cycle, many of these same companies also have additional/future opportunities for Master’s and PhD students as well as post-docs. All graduate students are welcome to attend the fair and make connections with company representatives. Log in to the internship and job search system CareerCat (under events) for the complete list of employers.
August 11, 2014
The LGBT Resource Center hosts the Qmmunity Welcome Reception for LGBTQ students at Northwestern University. It will be held on Tuesday, September 30 at 4:30pm in Parkes Hall Room 122. No RSVP is required.
August 7, 2014
Do you want feedback on your journal articles, job application materials, or grant applications you finally finished this summer? Are you just starting graduate school and find your paper assignments overwhelming? The Graduate Writing Place will re-open for the fall quarter in their new Evanston location at 555 Clark St. on Monday, September 22, and now's the time to begin reserving appointments for individual writing consultations. Appointments are available to all Northwestern graduate students, and can also be made on the Chicago campus, or online if you are not in-residence. To schedule a consultation and/or for more information, please visit or email
August 7, 2014
Argonne National Laboratory is accepting applications for the 2015 Named Fellowship.  Candidates must be outstanding doctoral-level scientists and engineers who are at early points in promising careers, display superb ability in scientific or engineering research, and show definite promise of becoming outstanding leaders in their fields. Fellowships are awarded annually, may be renewed up to three years, and carry a highly competitive salary with additional funds for research support and travel. Applicants should identify an Argonne staff member to sponsor the nomination; for full list of luminaries and their biographies, visit the Postdoctoral Program website and  to learn more about the research programs and missions.  Applications must be submitted online through:  Correspondence and supporting letters of recommendation should be submitted to The deadline for submission of application materials is October 7, 2014.  For more information visit the Argonne Postdoc Blog or contact Postdoctoral Program Coordinator, Kristene Henne at
August 7, 2014
Xerox is committed to the academic success of all minority students. They offer a Technical Minority Scholarship that awards between $1,000 and $10,000 to qualified minorities enrolled in a technical degree program at the bachelor level or above. 

To apply for the Technical Minority Scholarship Program, begin by reviewing the following documents:< Begin your online application
August 7, 2014
Organized by the Right to Research Coalition and SPARC, OpenCon 2014 is the student and early career researcher conference on Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data and will be held on November 15-17, 2014 in Washington, DC. The meeting will convene students and early career researchers from around the world and serve as a powerful catalyst for projects led by the next generation of scholars and researchers to advance OpenCon's three focus areas.

Applications to attend OpenCon 2014 in Washington, DC from November 15-17 are officially open and will remain open for until the end of the day on August 25th!  Students and early career researchers can apply now at The application form includes the option to apply for a travel scholarship, which will be awarded to many accepted participants.

OpenCon strongly encourages you to apply early. Acceptance decisions will begin to be made immediately, and if you will need a visa to travel to the United States, an early acceptance decision could give you more time to successfully apply for a US visa.

Conference organizers also excited to announce the first OpenCon 2014 speakers, including Dr. Philip Bourne, the Associate Director for Data Science at the United States National Institutes of Health, and John Wilbanks, the Chief Commons Officer at Sage Bionetworks and 2012 TED Global Presenter. You can find more details on the program at
August 7, 2014
In 2013-14, almost a third of all Norris Mini Courses students were graduate students! The Norris Mini Course program offers a wide variety of non-credit, recreational, classes for adults each quarter, beginning in October, January, April, and July.  The program offers over 30 recreational courses in everything from art and dance to language and digital canvas. Mini Courses offer intense individual attention while operating in a relaxed, informal environment. Registration is open to the Northwestern community and the public. Most classes take place once a week in the evening and span for six to eight weeks, in an attempt to provide an escape from the daily academic or work routine. These classes are a fantastic way to unwind, make new friends, and learn something new, all at the same time.

Fall Mini Courses Dates:
Early Bird Registration (save $8!): August 18 -  September 14
Regular Registration: September 15 – October 5
Late Registration ($5 late fee): October 5 – October 10  

Classes start Monday, October 6, and are primarily located in the Norris Student Center at 1999 Campus Drive in Evanston. To find a complete list of fall courses, visit
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.
There will be a workshop on both the Evanston and Chicago campuses.
Evanston campus workshop:  3:30 – 5:00 on August 19, August 26, September 2, September 9 and September 16.
Chicago campus workshop:  5:00 – 6:30 on August 18, August 28, September 4, September 8, and September 15
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 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 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
August 1, 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 28

Their Third Thursday Show is also in Seabury 250 at 6pm
August 21
August 11, 2014
Who: Graduate students (Priorities are given to GWAN members)
When:  Saturday, September 27, 2014   10:00am - 4:00pm
Where: Tech LR4
Notes: Free Lunch provided 
Sign up: Here

GWAN Career Day is a one-day program with a series of professional development workshops. This one-day program includes four informative workshops on Resume/CV Buildup, Job Searching and Networking Strategies, Interview Techniques, CPT/OPT and one Panel discussion. It helps graduate students at NU build up their portfolios, get prepared for the upcoming career fairs and succeed in the job hunting process.  Graduate Women Across Northwestern (GWAN) collaborates with University Career Service (UCS)McCormick Office of Career Development (MCD) and International office (IO) to provide graduate students professional career advice and help them stand out in the recruiting process.
For more details, please visit the GWAN Career Day website. 
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.