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October 2013


Whether it was a 100-year-flood or a 500-year-flood or even a 1,000-year flood, one thing is for sure: Boulder and the larger community have been dealing with a lot of water and mud and the resulting damage -- and graduate students have been pitching in to help.  The ECEN Graduate Student Association, for instance, organized a cleanup on September 21 of colleague Nick Krull's basement, which had been filled with 9 feet of water and 3 feet of mud.  The GSA hopes to assist others within the department in the coming weeks as well, and not just those who were the hardest hit, but affected students and faculty who may have relatively minor damage but can't devote the necessary time to cleanup due to various demands of classes and research.

The Volunteer Resource Center has also coordinated nearly 200 students from across campus to volunteer in the broader community and would welcome more volunteers. See the great article in the Huffington Post about their efforts. And visit the
Volunteer Resource Center to volunteer.

Thank you to all students who have already volunteered to help out!

Interested in Campus sustainability? join the cusg legislative commission

This commission seeks to bring the perspectives and ideas of students-at-large into issues of campus environmental sustainability.  The commission will advise CU Student Government about relevant issues, author and sponsor legislation, and recommend courses of action and policy.  We seek to explore topics that can actively make the campus a more progressive leader in environmental sustainability and social justice.  The commission will begin meeting once a week, and can look into every other week as the semester progresses. 

If you're interested, complete 
a short application and send a resume and cover letter to by Friday, October 4th.

Call for appLications: environmental cOmmunication summer internship in africa

The CU-Boulder Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre Internship Program seeks to improve climate change communication and adaptation decision-making in response to climate variability and change within the humanitarian sector. It connects humanitarian practitioners from the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre with science-policy graduate student researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder.

This internship program will place graduate students in Red Cross field offices in Southern and East Africa for approximately three months during the summer of 2014. 
Projects can encompass, but are not limited to, topics such as: the use of scientific information in decision-making, communication of probability and uncertainty, perceptions of risk, and characterizing vulnerability and adaptive capacity.

Applications are due November 1. For more info >>

Culture, language, and social practice graduate certificate

The Graduate Certificate Program in Culture, Language, and Social Practice (CLASP) is an interdisciplinary course of study designed to complement the M.A. or Ph.D. curriculum required by a student’s home department. Although graduate training in CLASP-affiliated departments and schools already incorporate some attention to the relationship between language and society, the Certificate Program allows students to build interdisciplinary expertise in ways that recognize the different topical foci of their home departments. CLASP students are given the opportunity to pursue the study of language and society from an interdisciplinary perspective, acquiring a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches to the sociocultural analysis of language. 

Check out the CLASP website for more information.

Funding Opportunities From the Grad School

- Dean’s Research Grants – deadline October, 12, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. CORRECTION: October 4, 2013.

- Bev Sears Small Research Grants – deadline November 1, 2013 at 12:00 p.m.

- Graduate School Dissertation Completion Fellowship – application will open October 24, 2013 – deadline November 22, 2013 at 12:00 p.m.

- Graduate School Travel Grants –  the application will be open for two days: November 14, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. for first-time applicants only and November 15, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. for everyone.

For more information, see the Grad School website.  >>

BIOSCIENCE seed grants now available 

Modeled on the successful Butcher Program that awards seed grants to fund collaborative and potentially transformative bioscience research, BioFrontiers Science Alliance (BFSA) aims to build on existing institutional resources to encourage scientific creativity by supporting the independent research projects designed and proposed by graduate students and postdocs. 

Note: All seed grant applicants must register by 5pm October 4th, 2013 and present a poster of his/her current research at the Butcher Symposium on November 1, 2013. If you have any additional questions, please email

Provost's LibrarY Fellowships AVAILABLE 

In conjunction with the Graduate Teacher Program, the University Libraries will offer outstanding graduate students a Provost's Fellowship. This fellowship allows graduate students to work with a library faculty mentor during the spring 2014 semester to learn more about academic librarianship as a career option. This is an excellent opportunity for graduate students in any discipline to use their graduate education in a practical setting. 

Fellows will be awarded $2500 for 150 hours of participation in this program. Applications are due on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013.  Click here for more information.

Jacob Dove announced as 2013-2014 geers graduate fellow recipient

Ph.D. student Jacob Dove from the Mechanical Engineering Department is the 2013/2014 Thomas & Brenda Geers Graduate Fellowship recipient. The fellowship was established to honor graduate students conducting thesis work in solid and/or fluid mechanics who exhibit extraordinary capabilities and potential. Jacob’s dissertation research is focused on the synthesis and characterization of new photoacoustic probes for medical sensing and imaging applications.

Congratulations Jacob!

hadley kamminga-peck recieves $8,000 cu-boulder outreach award 

Ph.D student in theater, Hadley Kamminga-Peck is the recipient of a CU-Boulder Outreach Award grant. The grant is for the creation of a 50-minute script based on fairy tales, which will be performed for high-school audiences. Her production of Tick Tock Poe, a mélange of tales by Edgar Allen Poe, toured Colorado schools in the spring of 2013.

Cole Cribari and Stacey Ryan in Tick, Tock Poe. Courtesy photo.


October graduate student feature: Christi turner

Christi Turner, a science journalist and CU-Boulder graduate student, was selected for a journalism fellowship in the Arctic, the first of its kind, reporting with The Barents Observer in Kirkenes, Norway, way up at 76 degrees north. She worked as a reporter for the Observer and wrote a number of stories looking at the issues that interested her personally, such as sea ice melt, fisheries, water pollutants, and oil exploration - all within the setting of climate change.

During her fellowship, Christi had the opportunity to interview leading scientists and managers, travel throughout northern Norway, Sweden and Finland, and meet high-ranking diplomats and politicians as well as countless members of the Arctic communities she visited. She even traveled to the Svalbard archipelago, halfway between her post in Kirkenes, Norway and the North Pole. Christi says she even had the opportunity to meet Santa Claus in Finland!

Christi has applied for funding in hopes of returning to the Arctic this winter, both to attend the Arctic Frontiers conference in Tromso, Norway as well as to return to Svalbard and travel with scientists as they study the impacts of CO2 on sea ice and glacial melting.  

To see some of Christi's breathtaking photography or read some stories from her Arctic visit her website.

"Peace cannot be kept by force, it can only be achieved by understanding"-- Albert Einstein 



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

October 1st: Doctoral Deadline to Apply Online to Graduate

October 1st:
 Candidacy Application and Deadline to Apply Online to Graduate

October 14th: PhD Dissertation Title Deadline

November 1st: Deadline for students to apply to make changes for December graduation

November 1st: Deadline for students to cancel a December application

ODH Grad Student Intensive
Rather than merely "fulfilling" discrimination and harassment training because it's required, come to this 2-hour live intensive to get some real answers that will help you in the classroom, in the lab, and elsewhere. October 25, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. RSVP to


Mondays -Monday Workshops
Tuesdays - Technology Workshops
Thursdays - TIGER Workshops
Fridays - Forums with Faculty
Intercultural Workshops


Learner's Lunch Series

October 9th-  Ethics, Human Subject Research, & the IRB
October 16th - Using Creative Commons Licenses 
October 23rd -10 Easy Steps For Open Scholarship
October 30th - Research Data Management: A Primer

Science Learning Workshops
October 10th- Introduction to Using LaTeX for Scientific Text Processing
October 17th- Finding Geospatial Data for Your Research
October 24th- Get Help! Finding Scientific Literature in the Sciences
October 31st- Getting Organized with Trello


Getting Off to a Smart Start in Graduate School

Group meets weekly for five weeks on Wednesdays from 1:00-3:00 pm, beginning September 25, C4C S440. No registration required. Questions? (303) 492-6079

Dissertation Working Group

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
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. Meets on the second Thursday of each month (October 10 this month) from noon to 1:00 pm. in UMC 353.

Affected by the floods? Or want to volunteer? Check out the resources that CU has to offer to help get students back on their feet.

Check out the graduate student-run Bio Frontiers blog!


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