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Wednesday, December 7

STEM Grad Program Survey

Dear STEM Graduate Student,
My name is Kristine J. Olson, PhD and I am an Industrial-Organizational Psychologist at Dixie State University in Utah. I am conducting research on why male and female graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics related fields (STEM) choose to enter specific jobs post-doctorate graduation.
As such, I am asking that you complete the confidential survey that is can be accessed through this link:
By completing this survey, you will be entered into a random drawing to win an Amazon.com gift certificate (1 $20 card for each 20 completed surveys).
Survey topics include:
  • Mentoring by your PhD adviser
  • Satisfaction with your graduate program
  • Job benefits and geographical characteristics you would expect of your future employer
  • Your opportunities to engage in publishable research as a graduate students
  • How you have or plan to manage work and family responsibilities
The data gathered from this survey will serve a few purposes:
  • Publication at national conferences
  • Publication in academic journals
  • Pilot data that can be used to generate grant opportunities
  • Inform the general scientific community about how to retain men and women graduate students in STEM careers
I appreciate your willingness to participate in this research that is specifically aimed at your experience in STEM graduate school and your future careers. The research has been reviewed by the Dixie State University Institutional Review Board (IRB).
Kristine J. Olson, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dixie State University
225 South University Avenue
Saint George, Utah 84770

Tuesday, December 6

Save the Date: Statement of Purpose Workshop/II Fellowship Information

Join us for tips on writing your statement of purpose and information on International Institute Fellowships.  
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We ask that you pre-register at ii.umich.edu
Advice on 
  • Formulating your research question
  • Appealing to the selection committee
  •  Justifying your need for funding
  • Defining goals for overseas travel/research

International Institute Staff will be available to answer questions about International Funding Opportunities, including:
Copyright © 2016 International Institute, University of Michigan. All rights reserved.

To contact us:
e: ii-gradadvising@umich.edu
p: 734.763.4528

Friday, December 2

New Sci-Comm Grad Course: Professional Research Presentation (PIBS 721), Winter 2017

Dear PhD students and mentors:

Please forgive this second announcement, but we've gotten a lot of questions about PIBS 721 (Professional Research Presentation), so we thought we’d clarify some details about this brand-new course.

Frequently asked questions about PIBS 721

Q: How will PIBS 721 be graded?
A: S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory). Students who show up and who try to improve will get an S.

Q: Which PhD students can enroll?
A: PhD candidates in scientific disciplines can enroll. We’re not accepting pre-candidates because we don’t want to interfere with other coursework or preparation for qualifying exams. Elyse and Scott are life scientists, but candidates in other scientific and engineering disciplines are very welcome.

Q: What if I’m a doctoral pre-candidate now, but will be a candidate in the Winter term?
A: No problem, just send me your UMID # and we’ll give you special permission to enroll. 

Q: What about postdocs, MS students, undergrads, faculty, and other folks?
A. For this first year, we’re limiting the course to PhD candidates, but let us know if you want us to expand the course to other trainee groups in future years. The survival and expansion of this course will depend on people expressing interest.

Q: What will be covered in the course?
A: Some highlights are covered in the original announcement (see below), but here is a list of class topics and sci-comm projects:

Class Topics, Winter 2017
Intro to audience; Structure of research communication
Your central message
Telling a scientific story: narrative, framing, & audience connection
Giving and receiving feedback; Language basics
Figure design
Adobe Illustrator tutorial: Making your own schematics
Voice and non-verbal communication
Orally presenting posters
Structure of a research talk
Designing a slide deck
Starting and finishing; flow; Q&A
Speaker-audience relationship; connecting with diverse audiences
Communicating in other professional contexts
Communicating with public audiences

Assignments (with class feedback), Winter 2017
Elevator Pitch
Visual abstract
"Data-blitz" short talk
Research poster
15 min research talk

Q: How can I help you spread the word about the course?
A: Aww, thanks for asking! A PDF flyer is attached to this message: please print, post, and share.

For other details, see the flyer or the original announcement (below). Let us know if you have any other questions. We hope to see you in January!

-Scott & Elyse

The NHA Past Presidents' Legacy Scholar

2016 The NHA Past Presidents’ Legacy Scholarship is available for the U.S. citizens who are enrolled as a current college sophomores or juniors and also offered for the graduate students who have achieved at least 3.0-grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Scholarship Name: The NHA Past Presidents’ Legacy Scholarship

Eligibility: College Sophomores (Junior or Senior), graduates and undergraduates.

Application DeadlineFebruary 15, 2017.

Award: $2,500

Thursday, December 1

Info - Rackham International Research Awards

Awards of up to $10,000 for students participating in internships or conducting research abroad.
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International Institute Student Fellowships


The International Institute and its affiliated centers offer a number of awards for U-M students wishing to participate in internships or conduct research outside the U.S.

Maximum funding amounts range from $2,500-$10,000, depending on the award.

Available awards

Learn more about available awards, eligibility criteria, and maximum award amounts:
There is ONE online application for all of the II-administered awards listed above (subject to eligibility).

Project Categories
  • internships
  • research projects
  • preliminary dissertation research

Application Information

  • Online application opens December 1.
  • Deadline: February 15, 2017 at 11:59 pm.

Fellowship Advisors are available to meet with applicants by appointment.
(Appointments may be in-person, by phone, or Google Chat)

Schedule a fellowships advising appointment

Questions? Contact our staff:
e: iifellowships-iiif@umich.edu
p: (734) 763.9200
Copyright © 2016 International Institute, University of Michigan. All rights reserved.

To contact us:
e: iifellowships-iiif@umich.edu
p: 734.763.9200

Wednesday, November 30

UMSI Global Information Engagement Program - South Africa 2017

The Global Information Engagement Program (GIEP) application will be available on January 4, 2017 via MCompass.  The application will close on January 11, 2017.

GIEP is an innovative approach to learning, partnering non-profit organizations in an international setting with carefully selected graduate student teams from the University of Michigan.  The objective of GIEP is to develop and apply information management and technology skills to deal with a contemporary social concern.  
UM graduate students, in teams of three to four, will work on real-world problems that have been proposed by partner organizations in Cape Town, South Africa. Students will be matched to projects and organization partners based on their past experiences, interests and skill set as demonstrated in the application and interview. 

Interested students should plan to attend an information session on the following dates to learn more about the program, projects to be offered, and to hear from past students.

Thursday, December 8, 2016, 12:00 - 1:00pm, UMSI Engagement Center (777 N. University, Above Panera)
Wednesday, January 4, 2017,12:00 - 1:00pm, UMSI Engagement Center  (777 N. University, Above Panera)

This program is open to graduate students at UM from any program; all skill sets are valuable to this multi-faceted program.   If interested in receiving updates or more information, please indicate so here: http://goo.gl/forms/I91ZPwEpdd

Kelly A. Kowatch, Associate Director of Engaged Learning
University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI)
Career Development Office777 North University, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1611

WRITING 630 Application due December 5th - Winter 2017

WRITING 630: Advanced Writing for Graduate Students – Winter 2017

Writing 630 is designed for graduate students who have made significant progress in their degree programs and are thinking about larger, ongoing writing projects: a prospectus, a conference paper, or an article for publication. Writing 630 targets projects that are as essential to a graduate student’s success, but are not part of the dissertation. 
The first five weeks will be spent in a traditional discussion forum, reviewing the basics of clear academic writing and of the demands of writing in graduate school. Topics will include argumentation, drafting, revision, grammar, audience, tone, and incorporating sources. During the next four to five weeks you will share portions of your work, in class, for peer review and discussion. These meetings will focus on the materials you have been working on during the semester. The course will then progress to individual conferences with the instructor to discuss the results of the peer reviews and their application to your work. 
To apply, please complete a hard copy of the application form and return it along with 5 pages of academic writing (excerpts from longer works are welcome) to  Laura Schuyler, Sweetland Center for Writing, 1310 North Quad, 1285.  Electronic applications will not be accepted
The deadline for submissions is Monday, December 5, 2016Decisions will be made and students notified by December 12, 2016.  Please send all questions to Laura Schuyler.
The Writing 630 application is also available on our website.

1-year visiting position for a Comparative Animal Physiologist

We are seeking a Comparative Animal Physiologist for a one-year visiting position at the College of Wooster.

Monday, November 28

Nine vacancies (Plant Pathologist, Ag Economist and Entomologist) on usajobs.gov

Dear All,

I wanted to give you a heads up that USDA APHIS just posted 9 Risk Analyst positions.  Please encourage your graduate students/postdocs to apply; distribute as you see fit.


Wendy Jin, Ph. D
Plant Epidemiology and Risk Analysis Laboratory
Science and Technology, Plant Protection and Quarantine
1730 Varsity Dr., Suite 300
Raleigh, NC   27606

Tuesday, November 22

New Sci-Comm Course for PhD Candidates: Professional Research Presentation (PIBS 721), Winter 2017

New Course Announcement for PhD Candidates, Winter 2017

PIBS 721 • Professional Research Presentation 

Winter 2017  •  Mondays & Wednesdays, 3-5 pm  •  3 credits

Course Directors: Elyse Aurbach, PhD;

Ask any recently graduated PhD, or any employer of science PhDs in research, industry, teaching, business, law/policy, writing, consulting, etc.:
Science Communication is a top-ranked skill by employers of science PhDs in all fields. Professional communication skills are more important than ever, both inside and outside of academia. The ability to communicate the central ideas behind your science—and the excitement of your latest findings—makes you a more desirable job candidate.
PIBS 721, Professional Research Presentation, is a brand-new course designed for PhD candidates in the life sciences.  

The course builds skills in written, visual, and oral communication, focusing mainly on professional presentations of scientific research. 

Students will create and present the following products, based on their own research:
  • an “elevator pitch” for networking
  • an abstract (and a visual abstract)
  • a poster
  • a “data blast” mini-talk
  • a 15-minute research talk
Students will build the following skills:
  • adapting your presentation to the audience
  • crafting a key take-away idea
  • building a narrative for your talk
  • verbal and non-verbal communication
  • using Adobe Illustrator to create your own schematics
  • giving and receiving feedback

About the course co-directors: 
Elyse Aurbach, a recent graduate of the U-M Neuroscience Graduate Program, is the co-founder and co-director of the RELATE program, which teaches lay-audience science communication and engagement. She won the “Three-Minute Thesis” competition in 2014.  
Scott Barolo, an Associate Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology and the Director of PIBS, has given talks on presenting research to many trainee groups since 2009. He won an EBS Teaching Award in 2013.
The fine print: 
If you're curious about PIBS 721, feel free to contact Scott. The course is designed for PhD candidates, but we may make exceptions for other trainees. Course enrollment is capped at 25 so that all students will have the chance to present their research in multiple formats, so if you’re interested, register soon! We can’t accept auditors, due to the interactive, hands-on format of the course.