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April 2014

In Appreciation of Graduate StudentS

As Dean of the Graduate School, I have a chance every day to see what an essential role graduate students play on our campus.  Active in research, teaching, and learning, you constitute a crucial element in the fabric of this great University.   I want to take the opportunity provided by this month's Graduate Student Appreciation Week (April 7-11) to recognize and celebrate all of you, the intellectual leaders of tomorrow whom we are fortunate to have in our midst right now.

John Stevenson
Dean, the Graduate School

UGGS Honors Graduate & Professional Student Appreciation Week, April 7-11

Throughout Graduate & Professional Student Appreciation Week, UGGS will be running a $25 gift card giveaway through their Facebook page. 

They are also hosting the following events
- Graduate Student Coffee Hour, Monday, April 7, 1-3 p.m. Pekoe's in ATLAS. Free voucher for $3 purchase.
- VIP Night, Absinthe House, Friday, April 11, time TBD.

UGGS will be giving away mugs, water bottles, and stickers at both events.

Like the UGGS Facebook page to get updates on this and future events. >>

MFA Thesis Exhibition Opens April 4th

The CU Art Museum and the Department of Art & Art History present the MFA Spring 2014 Thesis Exhibition, held in the Projects Gallery of the CU Art Museum. It features the art of Mark Banzhoff, Taylor Dunne, Paul  Echeverria, Amber Farnell, Jason Garcia, Nick Hay, and Andrew Williams-Dremeaux.

Their work encompasses a wide range of artistic media and engages processes of transformation, articulations of memory and desire, and notions of place and physical distance.

Opening Reception, Friday, April 4, 5-7pm
Exhibit open through April 17, 10am - 4 pm

ATLAS Graduate Student Practicum Presentations, april 2nd

On Wednesday, April 2nd, at 4 pm in ATLAS 100, graduate students Hawra Rabaan, Aaron Vimont, and Alexis Wagnon will discuss their practicum semester devoted to using Information & Communication Technology to serve underserved communities.  All are welcome.

For more info >>

wild summit, april 4th

The 2014 WILD Summit, partnered with Leeds School of Business, will bring together diverse professional women from across the Front Range to promote and enable women’s leadership. The Summit will be comprised of 500 women at all stages of their careers, including undergraduate and graduate students preparing to enter business. A special discount will be offered to students with valid identification cards, making the cost only $20. Register here>>.

The WILD Summit will take place in the Westin Hotel of Westminister, CO on Friday April 4th 7:30 am - 2:00 pm. Following will be a networking event.

More information>>
WILD Facebook page>>

american association of university women grant

Applications for the 2014 American Association of University Women (AAUW) Boulder Branch grant are now open. This grant offers $1,000 awards to women pursuing a graduate degree at CU-Boulder. The grant is available for the 2014-2015 school year, and applicants should not have completed their graduate work before May 2015.

See the grant application>>

More information about AAUW>>  

Applications are due April 4th. Email to

Communicating Complex Ideas, april 15

Graduate students develop their research using complex language and models, which may be incomprehensible to those outside their disciplines. This year the Graduate Teacher Program has piloted a "Communicating Complex Ideas" training project to help future academic leaders translate and present the content of their work for a lay audience. Join us for the capstone presentations and awards, Tuesday, April 14, 3-5 pm in the Abrams Lounge, third floor C4C.

Keynote Address: "Taking Your Show on the Road: The Art of Being a Public Intellectual" to be given by Melinda Barlow, Associate Professor of Film Studies at CU-Boulder.

Reception to follow.  For more info>>

Financial Education Events

Right along with taxes, due on April 15, there are a number of financial education events on campus this month. Here are a few that have been developed specifically for graduate students:

Monday, April 14:
Understanding Student Loan Repayment, 11-12, UMC 382

Tuesday, April 22, Retirement Savings Options, 10:30-11:30, UMC Aspen Rooms

For more info, see or email Katherine Sauer.

Money Smart Week, April 21-24 includes the following  workshops for graduate students, sponsored by CU Money Sense.

Retirement Realities for Your Generation
Tuesday, April 22, 4-4:50 pm, UMC Aspen Rooms

You Are Approved—How to Qualify for a Mortgage
Tuesday, April 22, 5-6:30 pm, UMC Aspen Rooms

Buying Your First Car
Thursday, April 24, 3-3:50 pm, UMC 245 
Money Smart Week Closing CereMONEY
A fun and free evening of food, prize drawings, vendor tables, and a panel discussion.
Thursday, April 24, 5-6:30 pm, UMC 235


Student Loan Management,
Tuesday April 22, 4-5:30 pm,  VAC1B23 Come to this hands-on workshop and find out how to manage your loans while in school and after graduation. Students are welcome on a walk-in basis to sit down at a computer and learn how to view their student loans online and estimate future monthly payments. Counselors from the Office of Financial Aid will be available to answer your questions about student loan debt and repayment options. Students will need to bring their FAFSA PIN and Social Security Numbers to view their loan accounts. 
For more info, email Nick Burrell.

Superior Ecotech Launch at upslope brewery, april 3
PhD student in Chemistry, Daniel Higgs, is using his research to tackle real-world concerns. He has founded
a company called Superior Ecotech and has partnered with Upslope Brewery to convert wasted CO2 gas into sustainably produced algae-derived oils. They will be building an algae greenhouse on the rooftop of Upslope to capture the CO2 released during fermentation.

There will be an open launch party and kick-off of a $10,000 Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign
on April 3 at 5:30 pm at Upslope Brewery’s Flatiron Park Tap House in east Boulder. The event will include the release of a special batch of beer, a glimpse into the production and canning facility, a raffle for Upslope sponsored prizes, and more.

Click here for more information and free tickets to the event>>

Graduate School dissertation fellowship recipients

The Graduate School Dissertation Completion Fellowship is awarded to outstanding PhD candidates to assist in the completion of doctoral dissertations. The award insures full support for one academic semester, including a monthly stipend, in order to allow students the resources necessary to devote their full attention to dissertation writing.

Congratulations to this year’s winners and honorable mentions!

Jamie Forde, Anthropology
Daniel Preston, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Cameron Naficy, Geography
Edward Kosack, Economics
Lindsay Skog, Geography
Masoud Arshadi, Civil Engineering
Maura Chhun, History
Greg Salvesen, Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences
Ashwini Vaidya, Linguistics
David Varel, History
Richard Sandoval, Linguistics  

Honorable Mentions
Rianne Subijanto, Mass Communication Research
Sarah Lake, Sociology
John Knowles, Geography
Keith Senholzi, Psychology
Nicholas Underwood, History
Elizabth K. Eger, Communication
Elizabeth Lawrence, Sociology
Jessica Podoll, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Reina Callier, Classics
Tracy Kirkland, Sociology
Naghme Naseri,  Sociology
Sarah Wu, Psychology
Kate Clark, Environmental Studies
Raphael Nawrotzki, Sociology
Lindsey Richardson, Political Science
Ted Rogers, History

Additional dissertation fellowship recipients

Congratulations to the following graduate students on their dissertation fellowships:

CHA (Center for Humanities and the Arts) Dissertation Fellowship
Mitch Pentzer, Classics

 Devaney Dissertation Fellowship (offered by Center for Humanities and the Arts)
Reina Callier, Classics
Nik Georgacarakos, History
Kelly Weirich, Philosophy

Reynolds Dissertation Fellowship (offered by the Graduate School)
Alexander Corey, English
Alaina Bupp, English

Emerson Dissertation Fellowship (offered by College of Arts and Sciences)
Rianne Subijanto, Journalism and Mass Communications

Lowe Dissertation Fellowship (offered by College of Arts and Sciences)
Chris Ingraham, Communications 

Dean's REsearch Grant Recipients

The Graduate School Dean's Research Grants support the research, scholarship and creative work of doctoral students who have advanced to candidacy, or graduate students in other terminal degree programs (e.g., MFA). Grants range up to $10,000 per proposal. 

Congratulations to this year's recipients and finalists:

Chelsea Cook, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Barbara Grossman-Thompson, Sociology
Joanna Hubbard,
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Andrew McHill, Integrative Physiology

Benjamin, Montoya, History

Patrick Barbour, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Traci Bekelman, Anthropology
Daniel DuBois, History
Melissa Foster, INSTAAR
Ari Gagne, Music
Anthony Harness, Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences
Cristin Jensen Lasser, Education
William Lempert, Anthropology
William Chase Peeler, Music
Ted Rogers, History

UGGS OPEN meetings

Interested in being more involved? Come to the United Government of Graduate Students assembly meetings in April.
- Wednesday, April 2nd: 5 - 6 pm in Ramaley N240
- Wednesday, April 16th: 5 - 6 pm in ATLAS 229
- Wednesday, April 30th: 5 - 6 pm in ATLAS 22
The primary duty of UGGS is to advocate for graduate students on campus, and it's a great way to get your voice heard. We strive to have representation from all graduate departments and programs, and all graduate students are welcome (and there's food)!

Beyond Academia: Dr. Kevin Cloninger

Dr. Kevin Cloninger, President and COO of the Anthropedia Foundation, came to campus on March 18th as a guest lecturer. Dr. Cloninger’s talk, “Applied Humanism: Using the Liberal Arts to Help People Live Well,” was a part of the Beyond Academia lecture series.

Beyond Academia is a series of workshops and talks sponsored by the Graduate School as an opportunity for students to learn about possibilities beyond the traditional faculty and research positions. 

andie ang finalist in rolex awards for enterprise competition

Andie Ang, PhD student in Anthropology, is a finalist in the 2014 Rolex Awards for Enterprise competition. Ang was selected out of the more than 1,800 applications from 129 countries. Five of the 22 chosen finalists will be announced as Young Laureates for Rolex winners in June of this year. Winners will receive 50,000 Swiss Francs to advance projects in science, environment, exploration, and cultural heritage. 

Andie’s proposed project is to reconnect populations of endangered Indochinese silvered langurs in Vietnam using aerial bridges.

For more information >> 

Congratulations, Andie, and good luck in the final round!


"You can cut all of the flowers but you cannot keep the spring from coming"--Pablo Neruda



Of special note: See also the GTP's April 15th Communicating Complex Ideas special event in left column.

All GTP workshops count toward requirements for the certificates offered through the program. For more information 
visit the GTP website or email

Monday GTP Workshops
Mondays 2-3
Monday workshops focus on concrete strategies, techniques, and methods to help you teach better in the classroom.
More information>> 

Technology Workshops
Tuesdays 11-12
Introductory workshops explore technologies that might work in your field.
More information>> 

Friday Forums with Faculty
Fridays 11-12
Faculty talk about their personal lives, experiences, teaching, research, and service. 
More information>>

Thursdays 12-1
Join the Science Learner’s Lunches at the Gemmill Library on visual design, online mapping, data management and more.  
More information>>


Tuesday, April 1: Chelsea Cook (Evolutionary and Ecological Biology) 

Thursday, April 17: Sarah Grover (Psychology)

Tuesday, April 29: Christine Fanchiang (Aerospace Engineering)

For more information, email Trubee Davison or visit the group's Facebook.


Implicit Attitudes Workshop

Thursday April 3rd 12-1
More information>>

MA Thesis Working Group
Wednesday 2-3 
More information>>

PhD Dissertation Working Group
Tuesdays 1-3
More information>>

Bounce Back
Mondays 3:30-5 and 5-6:30
Tuesdays 3:30-5 and 2:30-4
This group is for students on academic probation (AP), who are close to being on AP, or who are working towards reinstatement. 
More information>>

Tai Chi
Mondays 12-1
More information>>

Keep Your Calm
Tuesdays 3:30-4:30
In this workshop, you will learn different ways to manage your anxiety and/or depression through cognitive-behavioral strategies and mindfulness.
More information>>

Fridays 3-4
Oasis is an inclusive community for connection, encouragement, and support in sobriety. 
More information>>

Feel Good Fridays
Fridays 12:10-12:40
This drop-in group is an opportunity to be led through a powerful guided meditation to undo your stress, sooth your nervous system, and feel good. 
More information>>


The 24th Annual International Festival, is on Saturday, April 12, 4-10 pm, in the UMC Ballroom. There will be over 30 cultural booths with food samples and dance/music performances. The event is free and open to the public. 

This year's planning committee was comprised of several graduate students, including:

Kerstin Bruns (German)
Debashish Dash (Telecom)
Alaauddin Shieha (Telecom)
Mahir Haque (Law)

 More information>>


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