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Graduate College Events and Workshops

Check this page for information on upcoming events. 
Announcements, including registration information, are usually sent via email.

The following events are sponsored, or co-sponsored, by the Graduate College.

Academic Year 2016-2017

UPCOMING EVENTS

Graduate College 3 Minute Thesis Competition
   Description: The  Graduate College is hosting a Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. The Three Minute Thesis  is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.
The competition supports student's capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. They must condense their research into a brief, engaging presentation, using a single presentation slide.  Students enrolled in either a Master's or Ph.D. program with an original research project may compete.  Submit a 3 minute video and fill out the application. Winners will have the chance to win up to $450 and the first place winner will represent UIC in the 3MT competition held at the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools Conference April 6-7, 2017.
    Date: Submissions Due Thursday March 9, 2017
   Time: Competition 3/16 4:00-6:30 PM
   Location: TBA
   Intended Audience:  Graduate Students
   Registration : https://grad.uic.edu/uic-u-i-system-and-federal-opportunities

Five Love Languages, A Communication Workshop
   Description: This fun and interactive workshop, based off of Gary Chapman’s best-selling book, The Five Love Languages, explores “love languages” which help you learn how to communicate with your partner, family, friends and colleagues.  Love languages are unique to everyone and they are helpful when trying to understand the way people communicate!  You will leave this session with great information and an assessment that allows you to find your own personal love language.  Graduate Student Appreciation Week Event
   Date: Friday, March 10, 2017
   Time: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
   Location: Student Services Building 2790
   Intended Audience:  Graduate Students
   Registration Required:https://fivelovelanguages2017.eventbrite.com

Spring 2017 Meeting of the Director of Graduate Studies
Date: Tuesday, 14 March 2017
Time: 2:00 - 3:30 PM
Location: Student Center West (SCW)-2nd floor, MM-Thompson Room A
Intended Audience: Directors of Graduate Studies and Support Staff
Registration Required: No
Agenda     

COMPLETED EVENTS

Free Massages, Cupcakes and Stress Relief Activities (space is limited)
   Description: Come get a free chair massage and a cupcake compliments of the Graduate College.  Also participate in other stress relief activities. Students who register for this event will have priority and massages will be given on a first come first served basis. Graduate Student Appreciation Week Event
   Date: Friday, March 10, 2017
   Time: 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
   Location: Student Services Building 2790
   Intended Audience:  Graduate Students
   Registration Required:https://massageandcupcakes2017.eventbrite.com

Pitching Your Skills
   Description: You are in an elevator, at a conference, or at a party, meeting someone very important. You only have 2 minutes to describe your experience, research, or groundbreaking proposal. What can you say? Join the workshop, "Pitching Your Skills," where we will focus on crafting clear and concise self-introductions that carry maximum impact. Graduate Student Appreciation Week Event
   Date: Thursday, March 9, 2017
   Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
   Location: Student Services Building 2790
   Intended Audience:  Graduate Students
   Registration Required:https://pitchskills.eventbrite.com

Email Etiquette 101
   Description: This workshop is designed to help students new to U.S. universities improve their email writing. We will discuss the basic formatting of an email, email etiquette, and tips for best practices. Graduate Student Appreciation Week Event
   Date: Thursday, March 9, 2017
   Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
   Location: Student Services Building 2790
   Intended Audience:  International Graduate Students and Graduate Students
   Registration Required:https://emailetiquette2017.eventbrite.com

Interview and Negotiation Workshop
   Description: The Graduate College and Career Services invite you to join us for a workshop that will help you refresh your interview skills and negotiate an employment offer with confidence.  Since most graduate students have been on interviews, a brief review of interview tips will be introduced with a transition to strategies for responding to and negotiating an offer received from a successful interview.  This session is interactive and you are encouraged to share any of your own interview or job offer negotiation experiences that may be helpful to other attendees. Graduate Student Appreciation Week Event
   Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017
   Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
   Location: Student Services Building 2790
   Intended Audience:  Graduate Students
   Registration Required:https://interviewnegotiation2017.eventbrite.com

Ten Minutes to Zen, Learning how to Practice 10 Minute Meditation
   Description: This session will focus on mindfulness and meditation practice.  Instruction will be provided on meditation exercises targeted at mindfulness and relaxation. Graduate Student Appreciation Week Event
   Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017
   Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
   Location: Student Services Building 2790
   Intended Audience:  Graduate Students
   Registration Required:https://tenminmeditation2017.eventbrite.com

West Side Coffee and Donut Party
   Description: Come enjoy free donuts and coffee and mingle with fellow Graduate Students. Free for Graduate Students. Graduate Student Appreciation Week Event
   Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017
   Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
   Location:GEMS Library Room 317, College of Medicine 1853 W. Polk St
   Intended Audience:  Graduate Students
   Registration Required:https://coffeeanddonuts2017.eventbrite.com

Making a Plan for your Professional Development
   Description: This session will help you to think strategically about creating a professional development plan during graduate school that will enhance your graduate school experience and help you work towards your professional career goals. Graduate Student Appreciation Week Event
   Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
   Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
   Location: Student Services Building 2790
   Intended Audience:  Graduate Students
   Registration Required:https://makingaplan2017.eventbrite.com

Grantsmanship for PhDs and Beyond
   Description: This session provides an in-depth overview of the grant preparation and submission process.  You will hear information and suggestions from UIC’s Office of Research Development and the Office of Social Science Research. Graduate Student Appreciation Week Event
   Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
   Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
   Location: Student Services Building 2790
   Intended Audience:  Graduate Students
   Registration Required:https://grantsmanship2017.eventbrite.com

Winning the Money! How to Submit a Successful Fellowship Application
   Description: Are you looking for mechanisms to fund your graduate education outside of assistantships? Come and get practical advice about the fellowship application and award process, from the Graduate College and your peers on campus who have secured support. Graduate Student Appreciation Week Event.
   Date: Monday, March 6, 2017
   Time: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
   Location: Student Services Building 2790
   Intended Audience:  Graduate Students
   Registration Required:https://winningthemoney2017.eventbrite.com

Graduate Student Pizza Party
   Description: Come to our Kick-off Event for Graduate Student Appreciation Week.  Free Pizza and Drinks.  Come hang out with your colleagues for a fun lunch networking hour
   Date: Monday, March 6, 2017
   Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
   Location: 650 University Hall
   Intended Audience:  Graduate Students
   Registration Required:https://pizzaparty2017.eventbrite.com

Taxation of Tuition Waivers
   Description: This workshop will help you​ determine how the taxability of tuition waivers effects your pay, calculate how much of a reduction in your stipend you should expect and identify ways of getting through the months of withholding.
   Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
   Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM and 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
   Location: Student Services Building 2790
   Intended Audience:  Graduate Students

How to Get Out of Here.  Thesis/Dissertation Requirements for Graduation
   Description: This workshop covers all of the requirements, deadlines and specific instructions for
submitting your Thesis/Dissertation.  In the second half of the workshop we will walk you through the electronic submission process from beginning to end.  In this session you will find out how to fill out information online, and uphold your thesis/dissertation to the electronic system.
   Date: Friday, February 17, 2017
   Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
   Location: 309 Burnham Hall
   Intended Audience:  Graduate Students

Email Etiquette for U.S. Academia
   Description: This workshop is designed to help students new to U.S. universities improve their email writing.  We will discuss the basic formatting of an email, email etiquette, and tips for best practices.
   Date: Thursday, October 13 & 20, 2016
   Time: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
   Location: Grant Hal 105 (The Writing Center)
   Intended Audience: International Graduate Students & Graduate Students
   Registration Required:http://emailetiquette4academia.eventbrite.com

Graduate Student Roadmap (*PSP Program)
   Description: What are the things you should be doing during graduate school to ensure success after graduate school?  This workshop provides students with a checklist for academic and professional success.
   Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016
   Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
   Location: Student Services Building, Room 2790
   Intended Audience: Graduate Students
   Registration Required: No

Fall 2016 Meeting of the Director of Graduate Studies
   Description: Fall meeting for Directors of Graduate Studies
   Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016
   Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
   Location: Student Services Building, Conference Rooms B
   Intended Audience: Directors of Graduate Studies, Alternate DGS, and graduate support staff
   Registration Required: No
   Agenda

Image of Research Ceremony and Reception 2016
   Co-Sponsor:  UIC Library
   Description: Awards presentations and reception for the 2016 Image of Research Competition
   Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2016
   Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
   Location: Daley Library, Room 1-470, Morgan St
   Intended Audience: Faculty, Students and Staff
   Registration Required: Yes, https://uofi.uic.edu/sb/sec/2335020

International Teaching Assistant Orientation 2016
   Description: Mandatory orientation for newly appointed international teaching assistants
   Date: Monday, August 15, 2016
   Time: Check-in: 8:30 AM; Event:  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (lunch provided at 12 PM)
   Location: Student Services Building, Conference Rooms A, B, and C
   Intended Audience: All international students who are new TAs
   Registration Required: Yes, [TBA]

Campus-Wide Teaching Assignment Orientation 2016
   Description: Mandatory orientation for all new teaching assistants (including international)
   Date: Monday, August 15, 2016
   Time:  Check-in 12:30 PM, Event: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM,
   Location: Science & Engineering South, Room 250
   Intended Audience: Mandatory for all new TAs
   Registration Required: Yes, [TBA]

Graduate College New-Student Orientation 2016
   Description: General orientation for new Graduate College students
   Date: Wednesday, August 17, 2016
   Time:  Check-in 8:45 AM, Event: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM,
               followed by Resource Fair and barbeque lunch/social
   Location: Thompson Rooms, Student Center West
   Intended Audience: Newly admitted Summer 2015 and Fall 2015 graduate students
   Registration Required: Yes, through UIC Connect on my.UIC.edu
                (Access to register available only after official admission is processed by the Admissions Office)