News and Events Central

April 17, 2014
On April 16, Provost Daniel Linzer and Dean Dwight A. McBride inducted 16 students into the Ryan Fellowship in a reception in Scott Hall. The Ryan Fellowship was created following a donation from Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan, and supports graduate students, providing them with education and experience necessary to assume leadership roles in the realm of nanotechnology.
April 17, 2014
4-6 p.m.
Harris 108

The History Graduate Student Organization and Religious Studies Graduate Student Organization present a panel discussion, which will engage NU faculty and postdocs to discuss how to find and apply for temporary positions, what to expect while visiting a university, and how to position yourself for this segment of the job market.
April 17, 2014

5:30 PM - 8:30 PM  
TECH 345

NU Cross-Cultural invites you to join us for a dinner and presentation by Dr. Gina Samuels on "Colorblindness and Other Distortions of Power and Privilege in Transracial Adoption." The most publicly debated and emotionally contentious issues in adoption policy and practice are those related to race. Yet, policy approaches to addressing race disparities in child welfare engage a “colorblind” rather than color conscious approach. This presentation will address several “realities and myths” of transracial adoption to argue that the philosophy of colorblindness in particular, whether guiding policy or parenting, is a distortion rather than a remediation of such disparities.

Space and food are limited!
To RSVP for the event, please go to

April 14, 2014
The Center for Leadership at Northwestern University is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for next year’s Fellowship in Leadership. This Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for high potential staff and Ph.D. candidates to develop their abilities as leaders and leadership coaches.
 Past Fellows praise the program as being transformational and a highlight of their Northwestern experience.  On completion of the program, participants are designated as a Northwestern University Leadership Fellow.

Interested applicants can learn more about the Fellowship by visiting their website or attending an information session at 1813 Hinman Ave., 1st Floor (Evanston Campus) on either

Monday, April 21 from 1:00pm-2:00pm
Thursday, April 24 from 5:30pm-6:30pm
April 10, 2014
Any student concerned about paying tuition or fees in lump sums can take advantage of Northwestern’s 9Pay plan,  a nine-month installment plan offered through Student Financial Services. There are no finance or interest charges associated with 9PAY, but there is a one-time $50 application fee to participate in the program. Students participating in 9PAY must apply by June 1 for a July 1 start date each year.

The Graduate School recommends that students who register for TGS 512 in fall quarter and are also on the Northwestern student health plan take advantage of 9PAY to divide the total amount owed into monthly installments.
April 10, 2014
Want to support graduating colleagues and participate in this year's PhD and MFA Hooding Ceremony? Current PhD or MFA students not being hooded this year are invited to volunteer at the Hooding Ceremony on June 19 at Cahn Auditorium. Volunteers attend one planning meeting and assist with the ceremony from 2:00 -5:00 PM. Volunteers may attend the hooding ceremony without a ticket as well as the reception that follows. Interested volunteers should contact Angela Amore.
April 10, 2014
Want to make summer 2014 your most productive yet? Apply to participate in a 2-week dissertation boot camp (session 1: June 16-27; session 2: August 4-16). More information and instructions on how to apply can be found here. Applications are due Wednesday, May 7.
April 8, 2014
NUIIDEAS (Northwestern University Interdisciplinary Innovations in Developmental Education And Science) is a cross-campus scientific network focused on the developmental origins of lifespan learning, health and wellbeing, bringing together a broad range of scientists from basic developmental research and biomedical science, as well as policy relevant research focused on the first years of life (prenatal period-age 6) and its implications for development across the lifespan. They are currently forming a NUIIDEAS student committee for graduate and postdoctoral students, residents and fellows interested in this scientific area. Interested students should email NUIIDEAS coordinator, Beth Skendrovic at
April 14, 2014
CFG and QPGSA invites you to a healthy discussion about religion and the LGBT community. The event will be an open discussion focusing on lessening the stigmas and misconceptions that exist between these communities by sharing individual experiences and understanding. There will be multiple speakers sharing their own personal ideas and stories. Also delicious food and refreshments will be provided.
April 10, 2014
Northwestern University is a part of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) Network.

CIRTL Brownbag Coffee Hour: Diverse Students' Views on Leveraging Diversity in STEM
Thursday, April 24, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Searle Center Library, Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, 627 Dartmouth Pl., Evanston

CIRTLCast Series: Teaching in the Large Undergraduate STEM Classroom
Formative Assessment in Larger Enrollment Classes
Wednesday, April 23, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: Online

CIRTLCast Series: Inclusive Design for Learning
Implementation of Inclusive Design for Learning
Wednesday, April 23, 1:00 PM
Location: Online
March 25, 2014
The L’Oréal USA For Women In Science fellowship program will award five post‐doctoral women scientists in the United States this year with grants of up to $60,000 each. Applicants are welcome from a variety of fields, including the life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering, and mathematics. Applications are available now at and are due on Monday, May 19, 2014.
April 10, 2014
Dan Roam, the acclaimed author and visual communications expert will be speaking on campus Wednesday May 7 at 5 pm in the ITW classroom of Ford. In this fast-paced interactive presentation, Dan Roam, the visual communications expert and acclaimed author of The Back of the Napkin, will show how we can make extraordinary presentations easily. Details and registration:
April 10, 2014
Allison Bond, a NUIN graduate student in Dr. Jack Kessler's lab, was the winner of this year's Graduate Student Symposium at the Chicago Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience’s annual meeting.  At the meeting, Allison presented work from her thesis project showing the novel role of BMP signaling as a temporal regulator of adult hippocampal progenitor maturation.
April 10, 2014
When: 12:00-1:00 PM, Monday, April 28th, 2014
Where: Ford ITW Classroom
RSVP: Here

ADCA is pleased to welcome NU alumna Sandy Nguyen back to campus to host an information session for L.E.K. Consulting. At this event, you will have a chance to learn about L.E.K. and find out about opportunities for advanced degree candidates at the firm. The event will also cover FAQs about building your candidacy, cracking the case, and preparing for consulting interviews. Lunch will be provided.
April 2, 2014
The Crown Family Center for Jewish Studies is pleased to announce competition for the 2014-2015 Crown Fellowship, an award given annually to a Northwestern graduate student or group of students whose works bears on some aspect of Jewish history, culture, or religion.  The award includes a tuition scholarship and monthly stipend of $1,916.
March 20, 2014
Research opportunity: The MAPS and VEX Studies are two interlocking studies on early childhood pathways to mental health problems funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health.  They represent a collaborative program of research led by Lauren Wakschlag at Northwestern (MAPS) and Margaret Briggs-Gowan at University of Connecticut (VEX). They are currently recruiting interview coders for the VEX study which is investigating the effects of family violence and stress on developmental pathways of disruptive behavior, anxiety, depression, and trauma-related symptoms in preschool-age children.
April 14, 2014
Queer Pride Graduate Student Association is proud to present its seventh annual graduate student academic festival, Queertopia! which includes their evening showcase, Queergasm! A Cabaret. View the schedule. Register to attend.
March 26, 2014
Graduate Writing Fellows are advanced PhD Candidates who want to augment their own (already strong) writing, leadership, and teaching skills at the same time as they improve the writing skills of other graduate students at Northwestern. Fellows work one-on-one with students on a broad range of writing strategies and skills. Additionally, Fellows will draw on their own disciplinary expertise to help develop workshops, events, and resources that cater to both broad and specific graduate student audiences. All Fellows will receive a $3000 award. More information about the benefits and responsibilities of Graduate Writing Fellows as well as a link to the application form can be found here. An information session will also be held on April 22. The deadline for applications is May 2.
March 25, 2014
April 23 and 30, 5-7 pm, Evanston
This course meets twice for two hours each evening.
This 4-hour workshop is designed for graduate students and post-docs who have submitted an abstract for a conference presentation. Attendees should come with laptops, resources, and a specific conference that they have either applied to or had a poster accepted at. The workshop will teach the basics of poster design, introduce some of the tools available, and the best methods to reach your audience. You will learn the basic elements of design, planning methods, PowerPoint tips, and characteristics of award-winning posters. In the second session, participants will get feedback on their first draft designs.
April 2, 2014
Help welcome “Intercultural Explorers”- new international graduate students- to Northwestern next fall by becoming an American Guide! Guides will plan weekly social outings for a core group of 10 international students during Fall Quarter 2014. Guides also serve as peer mentors, answering basic questions about culture and language on an as-needed basis. Guides receive a stipend, event budget, and leadership experience as they make new friends and serve as a mentor to students new to the American way of life.
March 26, 2014
Northwestern University FIRST will be hosting the second annual Spring Symposium on May 10 from 9am - 5pm in Tech.  A STEM outreach organization, NUFIRST actively works with local FIRST teams in the CPS community.  The event will consist of hands-on workshops in areas such as programming, professional writing, mentorship, design, material selection, team dynamics, presenting, drive trains, motors, Labview, Autodesk, lab tours, and a poster session.