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Grad Student News

August 2013

welcome back!

GTP Fall intensive

The Graduate Teacher Program will host the annual Fall Intensive workshop series from Wednesday, August 21 to Friday, August 23 in the Fleming Building (note the change in location from past years). Sessions will cover a wide range of topics for both brand-new teaching assistants and experienced teachers. Workshops will also address professional development and non-academic job opportunities. All new TAs must attend one of the two Discrimination and Harassment Policy Trainings held on Friday. For a complete schedule, visit the GTP website. >>


UGGS (United Government of Graduate Students) will be hosting its annual welcome back picnic on Monday, August 26 from 4:00-6:30 pm on Franklin Field. Half Fast sandwiches and Boulder Beer will be provided. You must present your student ID and a government issued ID to enter (must be 21 to enter). See the UGGS website. >>

Welcomefest concert 2013

The CU-Boulder Program Council will host a free concert for all students on Saturday, August 24 at 5:30 pm on Farrand Field. Krewella will headline, and other special guests will perform. You must have your BuffOne Card for entry, or you can get a wristband the afternoon before for a quicker entrance to the concert. See the Program Council website. >>

UGGS Student travel grants

Are you traveling to a conference or workshop and need funding? Then apply for an UGGS Student Travel Grant! Max award $300. All graduate students are eligible to apply for funding, but you can only receive UGGS travel funding ONCE during your tenure at CU. UGGS also offers two types of student group grants for events taking place during the spring and summer (both with a max award of $750):
  1. Group Event Grants: for graduate student groups putting on an event that is open to students such as conferences, workshops, seminars, etc.
  2. Outreach Event Grants: for graduate student groups putting on an event or seeking funding for a program that will benefit the community and highlight how higher education can benefit the community outside of the university.
Applications for Fall 2013 UGGS Travel and Group Grants will open online on Monday, August 26 at All applications must be submitted online by 5 pm on Wednesday, September 18. Please email UGGS at with any questions.

extension for fee payment

Is this your first semester with an appointment as an RA, TA, or GPTI? If so, the Bursar’s Office allows for an extension of the due date to pay your student fees. As a first-time graduate student on appointment, you will receive an extension and can pay your student fees by the second due date, October 9, 2013. This allows time for your first paycheck to arrive before you have to pay your fees. All other semesters you will need to pay by the first due date. Contact the Bursar’s Office with any questions. >>

Increased support for health insurance
Thanks to the efforts of the United Government of Graduate Students (UGGS), the university will contribute more money to support graduate student health insurance. Graduate students that receive a contribution from the university towards the CU Gold Health Insurance will now receive $2700 to cover the $3030 premium (89%).


We've noticed with great pleasure that there's growing interest in interdisciplinary gatherings among graduate students to discuss research across fields. Here are a few of the efforts we are aware of:
  • Graduate Research STEMinars, ongoing monthly seminars to start this fall, complete with pizza and happy hours afterwards. Organizational meeting Monday, August 19, 4 pm, Math 203. Contact (Mathematics).
  • Graduate Women in STEM Research Symposium, to be held in April 2014. Assistance welcome! Contact (Aerospace Engineering).
  • BioFrontiers Science Alliance - Contact
  • Campus-wide gatherings? If you're interested in helping to make this happen, please contact (English).
  • If you have ideas for others that you'd like to coordinate, please contact (Graduate School Communications Coordinator). Pizza money could be available.
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Fulbright workshop prep sessions for applicants

Interested in applying for a Fulbright Grant for the 2014-15 year? The Office of International Education will offer two informational workshops on August 28 and 29 from noon to 1:00 pm in C4C S350. The application deadline is September 9. For this year, a record number of 13 CU-Boulder graduate students received Fulbright Grants! Find more information on the Office of International Education website. >>

work for the Graduate School

We are looking for one or two great Communications Assistants to help produce things like this newsletter, plus publications, websites, videos, social media, etc. See

Have skills? need skills?

Check out, a website created by graduate student Daniel Higgs. The website allows you to search all CU campuses for people, groups, and equipment based on a skill. You can also offer your own skills to other members of the CU community.

InterNational women entrepreneur event to be held at CU in September

Startup Phenomenon will host a day-long conference on female entrepreneurs at CU-Boulder on September 3. Students will be able to purchase discounted tickets for $25. During this event, attendees will join a phenomenal lineup of entrepreneurs, investors, and other catalysts to celebrate incredible women who are impacting entrepreneurial ecosystems. The conference will explore finance, mentorship, funding, social entrepreneurship, negotiation, and many other topics. To register or to view a list of speakers, visit the Startup Phenomenon website. >>

Local emerging women's organization seeks grad student interns

Emerging Women, Inc., a for-profit business dedicated to the rise of feminine leadership and entrepreneurship, is looking for interns to help us grow our membership and events divisions. Our main event, Emerging Women Live (October 10-13th, Boulder, CO) will feature speakers such as Elizabeth Gilbert, Brene Brown, Eve Ensler, Alanis Morissette, Ani DiFranco, and many more.
Duties include but may not be limited to:
  • Social Media content creation and delivery
  • Grant research and applications
  • Managing and creating marketing partnerships
  • Public relations
  • Podcast support
  • Assisting with video production
  • Various other administrative duties like scheduling, communication with speakers/authors, answering questions from potential participants.
Join our team and be part of a growing movement to change the world through a more integrated approach to leadership, entrepreneurship, and success!
For more information, visit  To apply, send your cover letter and resume to Karna Nau:

Intervarsity christian fellowship for grad students

InterVarsity, a national Christian organization, hosts regular meetings with graduate students at CU-Boulder. If interested in getting involved, visit or call (303) 746-2231. For information about additional religious groups on campus, visit

Grad Student Feature of the month: sarah lake

Sarah Lake, a PhD student in sociology, recently received a prestigious Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The grant will provide a year of full funding for her dissertation research on the Colorado cattle industry. As part of her research, Sarah will continue her interviews of workers at ranches, feedlots and slaughterhouses in order to better understand the information exchange between segments of the Colorado beef supply chain, and how extended drought in Colorado has changed the relationships between these segments. 

Read more about Sarah's research in her graduate student feature. >>

Grad Students In the News

Four CU-Boulder graduate students have been selected as NASA Space Technology Research Fellows. Congratulations to the following students: Anthony Harness, Jason Leonard, Christopher Moore, and Samantha Rieger. Read more. >>

Graduate students are involved in a project to bring gardens and fresh produce to a Denver neighborhood. Read more. >>

Eric Wolf, a doctoral student in CU-Boulder’s atmospheric and oceanic sciences department, was the lead author of a study on how the early Earth stayed warm enough to support life. Read more. >>

Doctoral students were involved in a study that examined how humans' circadian clocks will sync up with the schedule of the sun when not exposed to electrical lighting. Read more. >>
Listen to a story on Colorado Public Radio. >>

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

As CU-Boulder establishes itself as a flagship university that is redefining research and discovery within a global context as presented in the Flagship 2030 Strategic Plan, this will be the second of a series of tips on how to best navigate the global crossroads.

"If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships - the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace."

--Franklin D. Roosevelt (32nd President of the United States; 1882-1945) 



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


August 19 -
UGGS New Graduate Student Orientation

August 22 -
Best Should Teach Lecture & Awards

August 24 - Welcomefest Concert featuring Krewella

August 26 - Classes start 

August 26 -
UGGS Welcome Back Picnic

August 28 - FOSEP lecture, "Talking About Climate Change to the General Public"

Sept. 2 - Labor Day, no classes

Sept. 4 - Tuition due

Sept. 12 - Grad Speak brown-bag discussion


Dissertation Working Group
The group meets weekly on Tuesdays from 1:00-3:00 pm, C4C S435. No registration required. Questions? (303) 492-6079

Master's Thesis Working Group
The group meets weekly on Tuesdays from 11:00 am to noon, C4C S440. Just show up ready to work and make real progress on your thesis. Questions? (303) 492-6079

Grad Speak
A monthly, drop-in brown bag for graduate students to discuss issues relevant to them. The first meeting will be on September 12 from noon to 1:00 pm.


August 21-23 - GTP Fall Intensive


August 28
- Fulbright Grant Preparation Session

August 29 - Fulbright Grant Preparation Session

Sept. 4 - Fulbright Grant Writing Seminar for English Teaching Assistant Applicants

Sept. 6Fulbright Grant Writing Seminar for Study/Research Applicants



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