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NOVEMBER 2013


NEW RECORD SET FOR NSF FELLOWS AT CU-BOULDER

As one of the most recognized research universities in the country, CU-Boulder is excited to announce that 26 new graduate students have received a National Science Foundation fellowship this year. These new additions bring the total number of NSF fellows at the university to an all-time record of 101 individuals. The NSF fellowship is one of the most prestigious awards for student researchers in the country. Awardees are granted a $32,000/year stipend for 3 years as well as a $12,000/year Educational Allowance that covers institutional tuition and fees. 

Some of the new NSF fellows at CU-Boulder include:
Stefanie Gonzalez studying Aerospace Engineering and Bioastronautics
Roman Chapurin studying Atomic Physics
Callie DeMay studying Mechanical Engineering
Jacob Greenberg studying Organic Chemistry
Abigail Jacobs studying Computer Science
Amanda Grennell studying Physical Chemistry

More info>> 

Congratulations grad students. We can't wait to see what you do with your fellowships! 

Interested in applying for an NSF fellowship? 

Applications can be found at the 
NSF website and are  due early November (check your program for an exact date). To apply you must be a US citizen or permanent resident pursuing a research-based MS and PhD degree. Student applicants must also be from one (or a combination of) the following fields: 

Chemistry, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Engineering, Geosciences, Life Sciences, Materials Research, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Psychology, Social Sciences, or STEM Education.

GRADUATE STUDENT FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

- Graduate School Dissertation Completion Fellowship  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.  >> 

CU-BOULDER SCIENTISTS FEATURED IN NSF WILDFIRE PROJECT VIDEOS

CU-Boulder graduate students  Monica Rother and Cameron Naficy, as well as post doc Alan Tepley, are featured in two of Fort Collins-based science media producer Danny Schmidt's short films about wildfires. All three of these featured individuals work in Professor Tom Veblen's Biogeography Lab. Check out their work!:




"A Forest Fire" featuring PhD student Monica Rother.

"A Ring of Fire: Lessons from New Zealand Forests" featuring PhD student Cameron Naficy and post doc, Alan Tepley.

 

PHD STUDENT SARAH HART CONTRIBUTES TO GROUND-BREAKING RESEarCH ON SPRUCE BEETLES


 

Sarah Hart, a PhD student in the Geography Department, is the lead author in in important spruce beetle study. Hart emphasizes that this is an important find for the field because it indicates that drought is in fact a more important indicator of outbreak than temperature.

Co-authors for this study include Professor Thomas Veblen of CU-Boulder’s geography department, as well as former graduate student Karen Eisenhart, Daniel Jarvis, and Dominik Kulakowski.

More info>>

Congratulations on your work, Sarah! 

Master's STUDENT ANDREA WATSON WORKING ON RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT IN CHILE THROUGH FULBRIGHT

Master’s student Andrea Watson has received an eight-month Fulbright grant to explore alternative energy use in Chile. 

According to Andrea's Fulbright proposal, the growing socioeconomic situation of the country combined with the diverse and extreme climates makes Chile both an interesting and important area of the world for renewable energy development. 

In Chile, Watson will draw from her professional experience as a project leader at the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) as well as the skills she is gaining through the Engineering Management Program to explore the market potential of renewable energy development and investment to support the mining industry in Northern Chile. While she is abroad, Andrea will work with Dr. David Watts, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile to explore renewable energy development in Chile and to promote mutual exchange of ideas. 

Congratulations Andrea, and buena suerte!

PHD STUDENT ANDIE ANG RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS GRANT TO STUDY TONKIN SNUB-NOZED MONKEYS



Doctoral student Andie Ang will be heading to Vietnam at the beginning of next year to study the Tonkin snub-nosed monkeys with the help of the prestigious Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation grant. 

Tonkin snub-nosed monkeys are on the list of the 25 most endangered species in the world, making Andie’s research vital. She will be working in Khau Ca forest in HA Giang Providence, where the largest known population of this species lives with around 100 monkeys.

For more information on Andie’s work visit her website.



Congratulations, Andie, on your grant award, and good luck with your research in Vietnam! 

PHD STUDENT CHRIS HAWKEY AND DR. GLENDA RUSSELl PUBLISH IN THE PSYCHOLOGISTS' DESK REFERENCE

Dual PhD student Chris Hawkey, who studies Clinical Psychology and Neuroscience, was recently published in the third edition of Psychologists' Desk Reference. Chris co-authored "Therapy with Victims of Hate Crimes" with Dr. Glenda Russell, psychologist and training co-director at CAPS. 

Congratulations on your publication, Chris and Glenda!

Call for stories about the government shutdown

The National Science Foundation's public affairs office is looking for stories about the impact of the government shutdown on NSF-related research. They are interested in personal stories from researchers, graduate students, and post-docs and will not distribute stories without permission.

If you have a story to share about the impact of the government shutdown on your research, email
tellus@nsf.gov

 



GRADUATE STUDENT FEATURE: TOM YERSAK

Tom Yersak received a Dean’s Research Grant Award last spring to further his research in solid-state batteries. He graduated this summer with his PhD in Mechanical Engineering and now holds a post-doc position in California. 



“Education is not confined to books, and the finest characters often graduate from no college, but make experience their master, and life their book. [Some care] only for the mental culture, and [are] in danger of over-studying, under the delusion . . . that learning must be had at all costs, forgetting that health and real wisdom are better.”  --Louisa May Alcott

 

GRADUATION DEADLINES

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

November 20th- Doctoral defense exam
November 27th- PhD dissertation submission
November 29th- MA final exam/thesis defense


NOVEMBER STEMinar

November 12th- 5pm KOBL S127. A graduate student "STEMinar" of relatively nontechnical and accessible math, science, and engineering presentations. Anyone is welcome to attend. Pizza provided by the Graduate School

STEMinar Facebook page >>

Don’t miss this year’s Diversity and Inclusion Summit, Nov. 13-14 with a broad range of keynotes, plenaries, and workshops such as:

Implicit Attitudes 101
November 13th from 10:45-11:50 am in UMC 247

Identity Construction: Personal Road Maps and Equity on Campus

November 13th from 1-1:50 pm in UMC 382-386

Bystander Training: Building Skills for Classroom Allies
November 13th from 3-3:50 pm in UMC 247

More information on the panels and discussions at this year's Diversity Summit >>:


GTP WORKSHOPS

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

November 1st- Intercultural and Diversity Workshop: Teaching Difficult Social Concepts
November 1st- 
Continuing Education Administration and the Future of Online Learning 
November 5th- 
The Science (and Art) of Giving a STEM Presentation
November 5th- 
Advanced Features of D2L

November 15th- Preparing Your Teaching Portfolio


LIBRARY WORKSHOPS

Learner's Lunch Series

November 6th- 
Data Visualization: Shortcut to Understanding or Highway to Hell?
November 13th- Copyright and your Academic Work

Science Learning Workshops

November 7th
Get Help! Finding Scientific Literature in the Sciences


CAPS WORKSHOPS

Dissertation Working Group

Weekly group, Tuesdays 1:00-3:00 pm, C4C N351A. No registration required. Questions? (303) 492-6079
Glenda.Russell@colorado.edu

Master's Thesis Working Group
Weekly group, Tuesdays 11:00 am to noon, C4C S440. Just show up ready to work and make real progress on your thesis. Questions? (303) 492-6079
Glenda.Russell@colorado.edu

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. 
Julie.Yun@colorado.edu.

   
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR FALL BREAK 

Fall Break is November 25th-29th. Have a relaxing time away from classes!

CU-BOULDER GRADUATE SCHOOL RANKED BEST FOR YOUR SOCIAL LIFE

Business Insider recently ranked CU-Boulder's Graduate School #1 of the top 20 "
Best Graduate Schools For Your Social Life". 

 

NOW ENROLLING 4-YEAR-OLDS

The CU Children's Center has openings in their Pre-K classroom this spring. Part time openings may be available in younger age groups as well. The center is open to children of university affiliates (faculty, staff, students, and alumni). 

For more information, contact Lynn Rodenhizer.

"ENOUGH" AN ENVIRONMENTALLY-ORIENTED DANCE THEATER PRODUCTION

November 15 & 16, 7:30 p.m. and November 17, 2 p.m. - Check out MA student Maren Waldman's capstone dance production “Enough”, in the University Theater Building.

GRADUATE MUSIC RECITALS

November 6th- 
Ekstrand Finals
November 10th- 
Luisa Marie Rodriguez, soprano
November 13th- Abby Yeakle, oboe
November 14th- Ciara Glasheen-Artem, oboe
November 15th- Kajsa Teitelbaum, organ
November 15th- Orava Sting Quartet
November 22nd- Amanda Setlik, piano

GRADUATE STUDENT RESOURCES

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GRADUATE STUDENT FEATURES

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