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Grad Student News

December 2012

Good Luck and Happy Holidays!

Dear CU-Boulder Graduate Students: 

Where's the snow?  The image above from the archives is proof that CU-Boulder does typically get snow this time of year. In fact, the campus can be stunningly beautiful when covered in a cloak of snow with the Colorado blue skies above it.  We're hoping that we'll all be able to see this sometime this winter -- as well as get some moisture on the ground.

Good luck with the end of the semester trials and best wishes for the holiday season!

John Stevenson, Dean,
and the Graduate School staff

Grad Student Feature of the Month- Josh Kearns

Josh Kearns has a passion for water, people and bringing them together.  Josh is the founder and director of science for Aqueous Solutions, an international non-profit organization that develops and implements inexpensive and appropriate technologies in water resources for developing communities. 

His work in the Environmental Engineering program at CU-Boulder has advanced his understanding of simple water purification systems using low-cost, local materials like charcoals. 

Josh's approach uses both local people's knowledge of their area and Josh's science savvy to create natural,  ecologically sustainable ways to provide safe drinking water and ecological sanitation systems in places like Thailand. 
More features >>


Funding Opp!

Applications are now being accepted for the Beverly Sears Graduate Student Grants. These grants support the research, scholarship and creative work of graduate students from all departments, and they range from $100 to a maximum of $1,000 per proposal. Visit the grant website for guidelines and tips for applying. The deadline is Friday, December 21, 2012 at 12:00 pm.

Your Opinion Wanted...

Attention music lovers and concert goers:
The Program Council at CU-Boulder would like your input on what type of concerts you would like to see on campus. Fill out this quick survey to give your feedback and for the chance to win a $50 Ticketmaster gift card.

Please encourage Undergrads

Encourage the undergraduate students that you work with or teach to submit paper proposals for CU-Boulder's 4th Annual Undergraduate Conference on Diversity to be held on February 21, 2013. The conference will be focused on ways to promote an inclusive dynamic, and proposals are welcome from any genre or discipline. The proposal deadline is December 15, and more information can be found on the conference website.

Religious Resources

InterVarsity's Graduate Christian Fellowship (GCF) at CU is an interdenominational Christian ministry that is committed specifically to helping CU grad students thrive. If you're looking for lively and respectful conversation about the Bible or the interplay between faith and science, or simply wanting to hang out with a diverse community of grad students, contact

For more information on other religious campus organizations at CU-Boulder, visit


Ecology & Evolutionary Biology graduate student Courtney Naff was profiled by CU-Boulder's University Communications in this video about her research in high-altitude environments. This video is an extended version of the story first broadcast on the Pac-12 Television Network.

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


Dec. 5- Doctoral Grade Change Deadline

Dec. 7Masters Thesis Submission Deadline

Dec. 12- Masters Grade Change Deadline

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


Dec. 21- Deadline for Beverly Sears Grant Application


Dissertation Support Group
Tuesdays, 1-3 pm
C4C S435
The group will meet over Winter Break.

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


Coming January 10-11, 2013: Graduate Teacher Program Spring Intensive


Learner’s Lunch: ongoing series of free workshops every Wednesday, 12-1, Norlin E113.

Dec. 5Mobile Apps for Productivity


Dec. 1- Wonderous Winter Sky Stories
Dec. 1Laser: Nutcracker


Dec. 1-22 - Liminality, Luminosity, and the Everyday: Selections from the CU Art Museum's Painting Collection 
Dec. 1 - Primal Seen: Selections from the CU Art Museum's Collection of Photography from the 19th Century to the Present


Dec. 1- Rachel Schrag, Collaborative Piano 
Dec. 1Laura Brumbaugh, Collaborative Piano 
Dec. 2
Ciara Glasheen, Oboe
Dec. 3- Benjamin Ellard, Trumpet
Dec. 6- Tigranuhi Arakelyan, Piano
Dec. 7- Yoon Joo Hwang, Bassoon


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