GRAD Guide Weekly

Current edition: May 24, 2018

The GRAD Guide Weekly is an indispensable resource for graduate students to find information about campus-wide programs and events. Sign up here! Published every Thursday during the Academic Year and monthly during Summer Quarter, the GGW provides details about social events, campus speakers, workshops, professional development opportunities, careers, announcements, fellowships, and more.

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GRADTalk: Elevator Speeches and Networking Skills

Thursday, May 24, 12:30-1:30pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ

This workshop will help you to improve your communication skills for in-person networking at conferences and on the job market. We will discuss and practice strategies for perfecting your elevator speech, mastering the art of small talk, and making good first impressions. We will also consider best practices for preparing for and getting the most out of informational interviews. Please RSVP via Grad Gargoyle (Events > GRAD Events).


How to Navigate
Thursday, May 24, 2:30-3:30pm in UChicagoGRAD HQ – 3rd floor of the UChicago Bookstore Building (970 E 58th)

Are you interested in a career in the federal government? Even in potentially pursuing an internship opportunity in the federal government? If so, attend this workshop to help you better understand how to use – the federal government job/employment portal. There will be short tutorial on how to use the website, a discussion of best practices, and a Q&A segment at the end. Register by logging in to GRAD Gargoyle as student/alumni, click on Events > GRAD Events > Find and RSVP 


UChicagoGRAD’s Birthday Party

Friday, May 25, 12:30-1:30pm, GRAD HQ (University Bookstore, Third Floor)

UChicagoGRAD is turning three! Join us for cake, lemonade, and gargoyle swag before taking off for the holiday weekend! RSVP here:


Pizza Meet & Greet with student representatives of the Committee on Graduate Education
Wednesday, May 30, 6:30pm-7:30pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ (University Bookstore, Third Floor)

As the graduate student representatives on the Committee on Graduate Education, we invite you to meet with us over pizza to get to know us and learn about  the committee's goals and purpose. Join us to share your insights about the graduate student experience at UChicago, and ask us about our work on the committee. Everyone is welcome, and we'd especially love to hear from those who are graduating this year. Please RSVP here:


Additional GRAD Career Opportunities

  • Summer Internships, Chapin Hall |Deadline: June 1|Apply via GRAD Gargoyle > Jobs > Search requisition no. 635693 and 63694
  • King W. Harris Summer Intern, Metropolitan Planning Council| Apply via GRAD Gargoyle > Jobs > Search requisition no. 63697
  • Analyst, Miller Heiman Group | Apply via GRAD Gargoyle > Jobs > Search requisition no. 63695
  • Social Media & Digital Content Coordinator, Harris School of Public Policy |Deadline: June 9 | Apply via GRAD Gargoyle > Jobs > Search requisition no. 63664 


Connecting with alumni made easy with Wisr!
UChicagoGRAD has officially launched, Wisr, a new platform that makes it easy for graduate students to reach out to UChicago alumni to expand your network and ask career advice. We currently have thousands of UChicago alumni across all divisions, industries and geographies interested in being a resource for you. Wisr lets you search for mentors by location, company, industry and discipline and manages the scheduling for phone calls or text-based chat. If you’ve signed up before, now is a great time to check back in for new updates and features including:

  • Communities: Students and alumni who share a meaningful affinity or interest can start discussions, schedule events, share files, and connect even more easily.
  • How-to-Help: Alumni are now asked to choose how exactly they are willing to help students (e.g., conducting mock interview, advising on industries, internships, resume review) making it easier for you to get the help you are looking for.

Sign up here with a valid LinkedIn account or email and start connecting today! 


Purchase UChicagoGRAD merchandise online

Men’s, Women’s, and Kid’s, t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, and more are now available online! Get your GRAD gargoyle gear today! Visit the online store and receive 10% using the code: gargoyle.


UChicagoGRAD Sounding Board

Don’t let your stress and worries overwhelm you. Take advantage of UChicagoGRAD sounding board to unload your concerns both academic and non. Schedule an appointment today.


National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

The University has an institutional membership to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. The membership provides faculty, postdocs, and graduate students with access to hundreds of resources designed to support their success in their academic careers. Anyone with a university email address is eligible for membership. To register, simply visit the website at the following link and choose “Institutional Sub-Account” as your membership type:

Resources include:

  • Monday Motivators, a weekly e-newsletter that gives positive energy and advice, and provides support on all things related to the grad student, postdoc, and faculty academic and professional experience.
  • Webinars that are 60-90 minute professional development sessions facilitated by trained professionals and guest experts.
  • Multi-Week Courses that are a series of classes that tackle the Academy’s most pressing challenges.
  • Discussion Forum, which is a safe-space where all NCFDD members can connect, share, mentor, problem-solve, and celebrate successes.
  • Library that provides scripts, transcripts, and videos of previous webinars.
  • Career Center that allows members to search job openings, find potential candidates, and subscribe to new posting notifications that are field specific.
  • Resources & Referrals section that has a list of go-to people for services such as coaching, editing, writing, and productivity apps.


Graduate students and postdocs can become NCFDD members by claiming institutional membership online with the University of Chicago via the following link:

Campus-wide events and announcements

CSL Staff Awards

The annual Campus and Student Life Staff Awards program recognizes staff members in Campus and Student Life who have made a valuable and appreciated impact on university life, whether through their interactions with students, faculty, and others, or through the development of new systems, policies, and programs. There are five award categories:

  1. Innovation
  2. Outstanding Newcomer
  3. Outstanding Service to Students
  4. Outstanding Service to the University Community
  5. Stephen P. Klass "STAR" Award (Service, Teamwork, Attitude, Reliability)


Learn more here:


The Cross-Disciplinary Formula for a Successful Venture 
Thursday, May 17, 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Charles M. Harper Center, Room C-03 (5807 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago)
A wide-ranging discussion with three recent New Venture Challenge alums who will discuss their experiences building their companies while at Chicago Booth, the cross-campus and cross-disciplinary support they sought out to bring their ideas to market, and the recent investments they have all received from the UChicago Startup Investment Program. Register Online >>

Financial Wellness Workshop: Insurance and Billing

Thursday, May 17, 12pm-1pm, Booth Room C04

This session will provide an overview of basic health insurance terminology and will cover how the University Student Health Insurance Plan (U-SHIP) works, including how out-of-pocket costs are structured on the plan. Our on-campus United Healthcare StudentResources representatives will also be available for specific U-SHIP questions from attendees. Lunch will be served. You may register to attend via this link.  


The Young Women Leaders Conference

Thursday, May 17, 3:30-7pm, Ida Noyes Hall Library and Lounge

The Young Women Leaders Conference is a half-day event to celebrate the advancement of female representation in various facets of society, and address the current challenges of gender equality in leadership. The event is co-organized by three Harris student organizations: Women in Public Policy, Latin America Matters, and Asia Policy Forum. We have six female leaders from both private and public sectors all over the world, such as Magali Caceres, Ministry of youth of Paraguay, Carla Grados Villamar, Director of Mexico’s city Bike Share Program and Dr. Suzet M. McKinney, CEO/Executive Director of the Illinois Medical District.  The event will consist of opening remarks, two panel discussions and a short cocktail reception. Refreshments will also be provided between panels. 


Biotech CEO Panel – UCBA Event

Thursday May 17th, 5:30-7pm, GCIS W301/303

UCBA's annual "big speaker" event is here! Come learn about how you can take the expertise developed in graduate school to start and grow a new company in the biotech space. Hear from experienced CEOs about how they have been successful in the field, what they look for in new ventures from up-and-coming scientists, and how you can succeed as an entrepreneur. Our panelists will be taking questions from the audience as well as engaging with smaller groups of students in a more intimate dinner setting afterwards. Please make sure to fill out the survey linked at the Eventbrite page in order to register for dinner. Limited dinner spots are available. RSVP on Eventbrite here: Register for dinner with CEOs here:


Announcements from Graduate Council

  • Graduate Council Leadership Interest Form | Open through May 25 | Ever dreamt of planning a big party in the sky? How about evaluating funding requests and helping enable cool conferences and student travel? Want to improve your leadership skills? If you answered yes (or even maybe) to these some of these questions, we're looking for you! We have a variety of positions available with a range of time commitments. Send us your details here:
  • GC Community: Garage Band Night | Thursday, May 31, 8:00 PM Doors; 9:00PM Show, Reggie's Rock Club | This event has been canceled and will be rescheduled – Date TBA
  • Graduate Council Experience Committee Application | Open through June 1 | We’re looking for students from a diverse range of backgrounds, experiences, and divisions to form a data gathering and data sharing committee that will work to better understand and communicate the current needs of UChicago’s graduate population. The committee will require a one-year commitment and will work directly with the Graduate Council to advocate to the university on behalf of the graduate community. Find the application here:
  • Doppelganger at Steppenwolf Theatre | Saturday May 26th, 7:30 PM, Steppenwolf  (1650 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614) | This new American farce is a hilarious, irreverent and timely look at the back-room deals that shape our world and the unlikely cast of characters who make them | Cost: $15 deposit that will be refunded if you attend | RSVP:
  • Six Flags | Thursday May 31st, Six Flags ( 1 Great America Parkway, Gurnee, IL 60031) | Cost: $10 | RSVP:


Forces of Change Assessment

Thursday, May 24, 12:00pm-1:30pm, Booth Room C04

The Forces of Change Assessment is the last assessment to be conducted as part of our Campus Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) process. This assessment will identify forces that may affect the health and quality of life of our campus community as well as opportunities and threats associated with those forces. Students, staff and faculty are invited to join us and may register through this link. Lunch will be provided.


The Peacebuilding Project: Ramadan with Syrian refugees

Thursday, May 24, 7:30pm, Sanctuary Café

The Peacebuilding Project, aimed at raising awareness on peacemaking and humanitarian work, is partnering with the Syrian Community Network to help our Syrian guests integrate into the Hyde Park community and establish relationships between students and refugee families. This is also an opportunity for students to learn about Peacebuilding Project's volunteer program and explore avenues for mentoring and tutoring refugee children in the Chicago community. Limited seats. RSVP here:


Trip to Greektown
Friday, May 25, 7:00PM-8:30PM, Greek Islands Restaurant (200 S. Halsted Street)
Join I-House on a trip to Greektown in the west loop this Friday for an amazing dinner at Greek Islands - one of the best and most popular restaurants in Chicago for authentic Greek food! Flaming cheese, whole lamb legs ... Yummy! We will meet at the Harper Court Starbucks on 53rd Street at 6PM, otherwise you can meet us directly at the restaurant at 7PM. Please RSVP here so that we can make a reservation or contact with any other questions.


Champions League Final Watch Party

Saturday, May 26, 1:30pm, International House Coulter Lounge
Are you ready to see some of the best soccer players compete for one of the most coveted cups in Europe? We are! Watch the Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Liverpool at I-House this weekend. We will have pizza, beer, and other snacks. Be ready to cheer for the best! This event is 21+ only; be prepared to show ID upon entry. For any questions, please contact Laura Bohorquez (


A Wrinkle in Time Book Discussion

Saturday, May 26, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m., Seminary Co-Op Bookstore at 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago

Join researchers from the Physical Sciences and science-fiction enthusiasts for a discussion about the science, themes, and ideas in the science fantasy novel, A Wrinkle in Time. The novel follows a main character who is searching for her father who has disappeared after discovering a new planet and the ability to time travel. Register Via Email.


CSL Faculty Board Student Representative Applications

Applications Due May 29

The Faculty Board for Campus and Student Life is a statutory board that advises and makes recommendations to Campus and Student Life and the Provost’s Office on matters affecting campus and student life at the University.  Student representatives attend and participate fully in the meeting discussions and engage their constituents on those conversations.  The Board generally convenes once per month during the academic year.  This role does not have voting privileges. Further information on the Faculty Board, including a list of members, can be found here.


Science on the Screen: Black Panther 
Saturday, June 2, 6:00 – 9:30 p.m., Ida Noyes Hall, Max Palevsky Cinema at 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago
Hear from a panel of experts on science and diversity as they unpack the themes from the film “Black Panther”. Join us for the panel discussion, and stay for a screening of the film. Science on the Screen presents popular culture films and documentaries depicting themes related to science, technology, math and engineering, followed by short talks and conversations with leading experts from the University of Chicago and special guests. The purpose of the series is to inform and engage people about the science of everyday living, from health and climate change to cosmological breakthroughs that change our understanding of the world around us. Tickets required. More information:


You are invited to participate in the Seventh Annual International Colloquium on Black Males in Education

Proposals due: June 20

Colloquium dates: October 24-26, 2018, in Dublin, Ireland. Pre-Colloquium events take place October 22- 23
The Colloquium provides a forum for top researchers, high-impact practitioners, policy makers, funders, and students throughout the world to share their knowledge and perspectives, as well as to learn from global research strategies that inform education policies and programs. Attendees will be exposed to a broad analysis of problems and share international perspectives that inform local realities for Black males in education. The central purpose of the Colloquium is to provide a forum where individuals can come together and analyze the experiences of Black males throughout the educational pipeline from a global perspective. Researchers, policymakers, practitioners, gender experts, community workers, counsellors, psychologists, students, and other advocates of Black males are invited to submit proposals for manuscripts, roundtables, or posters (students only) that shed light on how education, at all levels of the pipeline, can address current demands of global education, employment, and economic markets for Black males. Proposals are encouraged to pinpoint issues from a myriad of perspectives that can inform local solutions. Learn more and apply here:


Public Speaking Class for UChicago Graduate Students Starts June 27th.  Register Now!
Refine your public speaking, presentation and networking skills with classes at The Revival (1160 E. 55th St.).  We offer a “Public Speaking & Presentation Skills" class specifically tailored to UChicago Graduate Students!  The 90-minute class meets Wednesdays at 5:15p in Hyde Park. The cost is $175 for the entire 8 week session.  Register now for a 10% discount!  For complete details, visit

Ongoing Campus Programming

Weekly Language & Culture Tables

International House Dining Room
Want to learn a new language in a casual setting? Looking for others to speak to in your own native language? Language and culture tables have been part of the International House's long tradition to promote multicultural environment. These are informal weekly one-hour gatherings focused around more than 10 different languages. All levels are welcome! For a the full weekly schedule please visit -


Twenty Minutes Still

Weekdays | 8 am–8:20 am | Bond Chapel

Still the mind and body. Meditation for twenty minutes in the stillness of Bond. 


Coming Out & Beyond- Pre-group interviews are happening now.

Mondays 3:30-5 at SCS Calling all LGBTQ students!  And this includes Q for questioning!  Whether you are out or not, graduate or college student, international or domestic, feel free to join this group as a space where you can find support and inclusivity of your whole self. 

Email for details and to sign up!


Open Space

Tuesdays | 12 pm–12:30 pm | Bond Chapel

All are welcome to come hear from diverse members of the community, to be opened and heartened by music or a reflective silence that points us beyond ourselves, and to wrestle (sometimes ritually) with the tensions we—as people who come from many places and traditions—see in our lives and in our world.


Unfollow Your Inner Critic- Pre-group interviews are happening now.

Tuesdays 1:30-3pm at SCS

This 8 week group for graduate students is aimed at helping participants gain a different perspective on life’s challenges, change the way they relate to painful experiences, and actively engage in a life that is meaningful and rewarding.

Email for details and to sign up!


Nurturing Each Other, Healing Ourselves- Therapy Group for Women of Color -Pre-group interviews are happening now.

Tuesdays 3:30-5 at SCS

This group will provide a safe space for undergraduates & graduate students to connect and process experiences related to being women of color. Self-compassion and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy will be integrated to promote growth and healing.

Email for details and to sign up!


Honesty – a interpersonal process group for graduate students (all genders) - Pre-group interviews are happening now.

Tuesdays 11:40am-1:00pm at SCS

“Honesty” is an interpersonal process group therapy that encourages members to find authentic self. It offers a safe space and opportunities to reflect how you relate to yourself, others, and the world by receiving and providing support and feedback. The group is designed to help you have insights on your relationship pattern and how you can relate to others differently.

Email  for details and to sign up!


Yoga at Rockefeller

Tuesdays, Weeks 2-9 | 6–7 pm | Rockefeller Chapel

Join us for a gentle yoga session in the embrace of Rockefeller's great stones, led by Rachel Carbonara. Bring a yoga mat, if you have one, and wear loose, comfortable clothing.


Jolly Pumpkin Tuesday Trivia Night

Every Tuesday starting January 30th from 8-10 p.m.

5215 S. Harper Avenue, Chicago, IL 60615

Free to play; up to 6 people per team; feel free to come on your own and be added to a team; win Jolly Pumpkin gift cards


Ask Lucy

Wednesdays, 11am-1pm, Reynolds Club Marketplace 

Lucy, or your campus religious advisors, that is! You can tell us a story or ask us anything. Truly anything. Religious Advisors are available with weekly office hours in Spiritual Life too!  


Breathing Room

Thursdays | 3 pm–4:30 pm | Ida Noyes 034

Relax, talk with a friend, draw a mandala, enjoy the quite of the meditation space, or hang out with the Spiritual Life staff—every breath is yours. Light refreshments and a happy light are provided!


My Body and Soul 

Wednesdays 5:30-6:30, Ida Noyes 034

My body and soul is a weekly interfaith gathering for women to discuss the relationship between religion and women's bodies--from body image, to modesty, to the interaction between societal and spiritual understandings of our physical selves. The group is open to female-identifying people of any/no faith, with topics open to discussion. 


Moving Through Trauma: Strategies for self-care and healthy coping - Pre-group interviews are happening now.

Thursday from 1:15 to 2:45 at SCS

This five week group will assist those who are survivors of sexual assault to better manage difficult emotion and develop healthy self-care.  The group will start 5th week of Spring quarter and will run every Thursday for five weeks. Commitment to the full five weeks is a requirement of the group.

Email  or  for more details


Graduate Women’s Counseling Group - Pre-group interviews are happening now.

Fridays from 1:30-3 at SCS

This 8-week group will help female-identified graduate students consider their experiences as women on campus, in their relationships, with themselves and with each other.  Sessions will help students consider how to manage stressors, how their communication benefits or inhibits them, how to trust in each other, and access more support.

Email for details and to sign up!


ELI Conversation Hour

Fridays, Weeks 2-9 | 3:30-4:30p | Cobb 219

Do you want to improve your English speaking skills? Join the weekly ELI Conversation Hour! Build English proficiency and communication skills; learn about North American cultures; discuss different topics each week; network and meet new people. For more information:


ELI Board Game Group

Fridays, Weeks 2-9 | 4:30-6:00p | Cobb 201A-B

Come and join the ELI's Board Game Group, where you will meet new friends, play intriguing board games, and build confidence in using your spontaneous speaking and critical thinking skills. For more information: