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Grad Student News

September 2012

Welcome, and Welcome Back!

Dear CU-Boulder Graduate Students: 

Welcome to the Fall 2012 semester! For many of you, this will be a new beginning, while for others it will be a beginning again, but for all of you, this marks the start of a new academic year of learning and discovery. At the Graduate School, we are celebrating by launching this new, monthly newsletter designed just for CU-Boulder graduate students.

Let us know what you think. We want these newsletters to serve your needs as graduate students, and we welcome all suggestions for improvement.

John Stevenson, Dean,
and the Graduate School staff

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Grad Student Feature of the month: Kate Allison

This summer, Kate Allison, a PhD student in Education, went absolutely gaga over Google and became an official Google Campus Ambassador for CU-Boulder. This is particularly fitting since in the spring Kate was instrumental in helping to persuade the Office of Information Technology that Gmail and Google Apps for Education was the best campus solution for graduate students studying and conducting research at CU-Boulder (over another tool that won't be named but begins with the letter "M.") So when you start hearing about the Google implementation on campus, Kate will be the go-to person.

Kate also serves on the United Government of Graduate Students (UGGS) and is the liaison to the National Association for Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS). She and others at UGGS helped bring the 25th Annual NAGPS Conference to CU-Boulder last fall. It brought graduate student leaders from across the country to discuss how to effect organization change and better understand the needs of graduate students.

All this is on top of Kate's doctoral studies in educational policy, quantitative methods and measurement theory.  Go Kate!

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What's your story?  Please answer our feature questionnaire, upload some photos, share your links, and help us all get to know each other.

Summer Fun! Grad Students In the News

Graduate student, Emily Graham, conducts research at Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve (8/8/12) Superior Telegram

Group of graduate students to launch tiny satellite (8/1/12)

CU-Boulder doctoral student Caroline Alden and postdoctoral researcher Ashley Ballantyne involved in research on carbon dioxide emissions. (8/1/12)

Josh Kearns investigates biochar for water treatment in developing countries (7/17/12)

·                  Daily Camera 


Alena Grabowski, a recent CU-Boulder doctoral graduate, was involved in research that helped sprinter Oscar Pistorius qualify for the Olympics. (7/10/12)

Graduate students were involved in Higgs-Boson research (7/5/12)

Graduate Student Houman Farokhzad creates online video site (Daily Camera 7/5/12)

 Engineering graduate students introduce green energy curriculum in Haiti (7/2/12)

Doctoral student Paul Sandberg co-authors study on the diet of a 2 million-year-old African hominid (6/27/12)

Graduate students involved in STEM education work with elementary school students (6/14/12)

Stuart Robbins, a postdoctoral researcher and a PhD graduate of CU-Boulder, helped lead a team of researchers in cataloging the craters on Mars (6/11/12)

Graduate students are among CU-Boulder Fulbright Recipients (6/5/12)

Graduate students help NASA to grow food in space (6/5/12)

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


UGGS Travel Grants and Group Grants
Applications will be accepted August 27 - September 19 on

Dissertation Support Group
September 4 and every Tuesday, 1-2:45 p.m, C4C room S435
More info >>

Rocky Mountain  Interdisciplinary History Conference
September 15, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Visual Arts Complex
More info >>

Libraries Open House for Graduate Students
September 21,10 a.m. - noon
Norlin and each of the branch libraries: Math & Physics, Music, and Business, EarthSciences & Map
More info >>Or email: Alison Hicks

Fall Career & Internship Fair
September 25, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
UMC 2nd floor
More info >>

10 Steps to Dissertation Success
September 25, noon - 1 p.m., C4C S435
More info >>

Women in Technology Networking Event
September 25, 5:30 - 6 p.m.
RSVP required.

UGGS Assembly Meeting
September 26, 5 p.m., ATLAS 229
Email or contact your graduate program assistant if you would like to become your departmental representative.

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

Call for Proposals
CU-Boulder Diversity & Inclusion Summit, to be held Nov. 13-15. Student proposals being accepted now. Updated info to be posted >>


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