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Event Highlight

the Diversity & Inclusion Summit, November 13-15, UMC

CU-Boulder graduate students are making their presence known by leading the most workshops ever at the Diversity & Inclusion Summit, and we at the Graduate School would like to encourage all graduate students to attend as many sessions as will be possible for you over the course of the three-day Summit.

From November 13-15, over 35 sessions will be offered for professional and personal development over a broad range of topics, from cultivating a sense of inclusion, respect, and full collaboration within your classrooms as budding teachers, to maintaining your calm in the eye of a storm.

Some highlighted offerings from your fellow students:

Tuesday, Nov. 13
12:30-1:45 pm, UMC 247
"Exposing Students to Diversity in the Classroom: Experiences and Insights Teaching Black, Latino and Minority Politics Courses at CU"
JulieMarie A. Shepherd      

12:45-1:45 pm, UMC 382-386
"Flowing Through Conflict or “Ki on Campus”:
Applying Ki Aikido Principles to an Academic Environment"      
Graduate students Maegan Gilmour and John Helsel
Graduate alums Missy Schreiner (PhD) and Jen Trotter (PhD)  

3:30-4:45 pm, UMC 382-386
"Clean Energy Access: The Musical"
Deanna Downes and Lindsay Weitkamp with Prof. Beth Osnes    
View feature on Lindsay Weitkamp
3:30-4:45 pm, UMC 247
"Diversity in the Classroom: Strategies for Teaching and Learning"
Tamara Williams Van Horn

Wednesday, Nov. 14
12:00-1:30 pm, Glenn Miller Ballroom
"Ubuntu: An Exploration Into African Community Life Through Dance, Songs, Stories, Proverbs And Metaphors"
Mecca Madyun with Prof. Nii Armah Sowah           

1:45-3:15 pm, Glenn Miller Ballroom
"Ubuntu" (See above.)

2:30-3:45, UMC 247   
"Teaching and Learning in Diverse School Settings"   
Kristine Johnson                   
View feature 

Thursday, Nov. 15
9:30 - 10:45 am, Dennis Small UMC 457
"Body and Soul: Get Inside! Exploring the Self and Community"
Maren Waldman               
View feature

2:00-3:15 p.m., UMC 325    
"The Student Perspective on Religious Diversity"
Kristin Peterson
View feature

See the full Summit schedule for over 35 sessions on the best practices around matters of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice.

The Summit aims to collectively increase awareness, move towards greater respect and inclusion, and practice diversity, large and small.

Travel grant application opening November 15th

The Graduate School offers partial funding for graduate students to present research findings at meetings or conferences outside Colorado. The grant application for travel occurring 1/1/13-6/31/13 will open on November 15, 2012 at 9:00am. Funding goes very quickly, so be sure to apply early!  >> See full details.

Video Highlight

View this video on "Climate Change: Making Choices that Make a Difference" which features graduate students Charlotte Van Voast and Graham Allen.
See related news story >>

Participate in Paid Research!

A study being run by graduate student Yoni Ashar is seeking right-handed individuals 23-50 years old with no neurological impairment, no current or past major psychiatric disorder, and no metal implants/pacemakers for laboratory and brain imaging (fMRI) studies.

Eligible participants will be paid $200 over the course of 6 weeks, with 2 fMRI scans, plus opportunities for additional compensation. Please visit for more information or email with specific questions.

Grad Students In the News

Quyet Le, an Anthropology PhD student, submitted the above winning “amateur” photograph of the month for the latest National Geographic. Nothing amateur about this compelling portrait of an endangered Tonkin snub-nosed monkey in the rainforest of Vietnam.

Nobel Prize-winner David Wineland praised as mentor to CU-Boulder graduate students

Bad Knees Drive CU Student to Pursue Both MD and PhD

IQ Biology Graduate's Adventure Continues View Grad School feature as well >>

Kathryn Wingate, a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering was named as a recipient of a $5000 ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) scholarship. Kathryn is in the final year of her PhD, working with Dr. Wei Tan in the Vascular Bioengineering Laboratory.

Two Mechanical Engineering alums, Frank Del Rio, PhD 2006 and Adam Eisele, MS, Spring 2009 receive the PECASE (Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers) in July 2012.

Three Boulder ECEE grad students won awards at a recent Colorado Photonics Industry Association conference.

From the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences:

  • Three audiology students presented at the Colorado Academy of Audiolog: In Ki Jin, Naomi Croghan, and Krista Waterman.
  • On October 3, the CU-Boulder chapter of the National Student Speech, Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) hosted their first annual fall fundraiser at Avery Brewing Co. Proceeds benefitted Brain Buddy, a local non-profit organization dedicated to helping those affected by aphasia.
  • People presenting at ASHA include:
Susan M. Moore, Clinical Professor   
Brian Manzanares, Graduate Student
Bella Alongi, Graduate Student
Tyker Buchholtz, Graduate Student 
Cameron Frothingham, Graduate Student 
Eric Schliemann, Graduate Student
Paula Messamer, Gradauate Student

See also News Service's Graduate Education In-Depth Series


Nov. 14Tuition due date 
Nov. 21 - Doctoral defense/final exam deadline 
Nov. 30 - Masters final exam/thesis defense deadline
Nov. 30 - PhD dissertation submission deadline

Also, be sure to look at the Graduation Requirements to make sure you have everything turned in to graduate on time!


Getting Off to a SMART START in Graduate School
November 8, 2-3:30 pm
C4C S435
If you recently started graduate school--or if you started a while ago and haven't quite found your footing--come join a psychologist and a librarian to learn skills that will stand you in good stead throughout your graduate career. We'll learn skills in reviewing and retrieving literature, managing time and stress, taking tests and writing papers, and balancing work and other parts of life.

Dissertation Support Group
Tuesdays, 1-2:45 pm
C4C S435

Grad Speak
A quarterly drop-in discussion group on topical issues related to the graduate student experience.


Nov. 1 - Cooperative Games and Activities for K-12 Audiences to Enhance STEM Presentations
Nov. 2 - Making the Past Exciting for Students as Learners and Researchers 
Nov. 2 - Do You Feel Like You Belong? Dealing with the Imposter Syndrome 
Nov. 9Finding Your Comfort Zone in Teaching & Learning 

Nov. 9 - 10th Annual Colorado Bioneers “From Breakdown to Breakthrough: Reimagining Civilization in the Age of Nature


Learner’s Lunch: ongoing series of free workshops every Wednesday, 12-1, Norlin E113.

  • Nov. 7 - Finding Geospacial Data for Your Research
  • Nov. 14 - Using Online Mapping Technologies for Research and Fun
  • Nov. 28 - Finding Geospacial Data for Your Research
  • Dec. 5 - Mobile Apps for Productivity


Nov. 2Liminality, Luminosity, and the Everyday: Selections from the CU Art Museum's Painting Collection 
Nov. 2 - Primal Seen: Selections from the CU Art Museum's Collection of Photography from the 19th Century to the Present


Nov. 1 - Aboriginal Skies 
Nov. 2 - Secrets of Andian Skies
Nov. 29- Colorado Skies 


Nov. 2 - What's With the Long Necks? Methodology and Mythology Regarding Sauropods 


Nov. 2 - Joseph Howe, cello 
Nov. 2 - Owen Zhou, piano 
Nov. 8 - Allan Armstrong, collaborative piano
Nov. 10 - Joanna Sabater, jazz trombone
Nov. 10 - Rachel Claire Wilkinson, violin 
Nov. 10 - Whitney Kelley, flute
Nov. 10 - Jonathan Kohne, jazz piano
Nov. 10 - Doreen Lee, collaborative piano
Nov. 11 - Kajsa Teitelbaum, organ
Nov. 11 - Jessica Lindsey, clarinet
Nov. 11 - Daniel Jonas, jazz trumpet
Nov. 12 -  Julie Silver, soprano 
Nov. 13 - Yen-Meng Tung, collaborative piano
Nov. 15 - Selena Adams, horn
Nov. 16 - Valerie Estes, flute
Nov. 26 - Christine Palmer, trumpet
Nov. 29 -  Haley Dove Montoya, soprano


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