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Grad Student News

January 2013



Happy New Year!

To all CU-Boulder Graduate Students:  Best of luck to you for the new year and the new semester!

A great way to prepare for the new semester could be attending any of the wonderful workshops in the Graduate Program Teacher Spring Intensive. See the listing on the right.

John Stevenson, Dean,
and the Graduate School staff

First-Year Grad Students, we Want Your Input!

Win a 16GB iPod Nano or $150 cash for participating in the survey at to help the Graduate School better help you and your fellow graduate students.  Sorry, only first-year graduate students may participate this time.

Grad Student Feature of the Month:  Jackie Fortier

Jackie Fortier's voice may sound familiar. She has been a reporter for KUNC 91.5, a National Public Radio affiliate in Greeley, Colorado for the last year while pursuing her master's degree in Journalism at CU-Boulder. Among many other tasks, she also has answered your calls at the Graduate School's front desk while serving as a communications assistant.

In her journalism work, Jackie has covered summer wildfires, the 2012 election, President Obama's visits to CU-Boulder as well as a wide range of news topics that affect Northern Coloradoans. Her work has been heard by hundreds of thousands of KUNC listeners.

Jackie recently became the new Weekend Host at KUNC, where she will be behind the mic, delivering local news breaks and using her multimedia skills to keep KUNC's news website updated. She says she is excited to be fulfilling her dream of working for National Public Radio.

Bravo for Jackie!

More features >>

Part-Time Job Opportunity

Part-time Communications Assistant wanted by the Graduate School

The Graduate School is seeking to replace our wonderful graduate student communications assistant, Jackie Fortier - featured above - since she has landed a great career job. See for details.

Funding Opp!

UGGS Travel Grants and Group Grants

Applications will be accepted January 9- February 6 at

Graduate Dean's Cabinet Looking for New Members

The Dean's Cabinet for the Graduate School is a group of up to 12 Graduate Students providing feedback to the Graduate School dean and staff on a variety of topics including:

-Improving the graduate student experience

Meetings take place on a monthly basis over the lunch hour (lunch is included).

If you are interested in participating in the Cabinet, please email with your name, year in school and department/graduate program, and he will fill you in on the details. 

New Graduate Student Group Forming

The BioFrontiers Student Group is launching a new lunchtime series.

Interdisciplinary Science Shorts will feature graduate student speakers giving five-minute presentations on their research to a student audience who work in a wide range of disciplines. After the presentations, students will have the opportunity to network and continue the discussion. Light snacks will be provided.

The next session will be held on Tuesday, January 15, from noon - 1 p.m. in room B115 of JSCBB. Questions? Contact Andrea Stith

Grad Student news

Lisa Martin (pictured above), a doctoral candidate in music education, served as the graduate student coordinator for the Sustaining a Community of Practice program. This program invites middle school band and orchestra students from the area to after-school music rehearsals taught by CU-Boulder music education students. Read the full story. >>

Sarah Teets, who earned her MA in Classics last spring, wrote a Master's thesis titled "Historian Historicized: The Representation of Nicolaus of Damascus in Josephus' Judaean Antiquities." She has won the 2012-2013 Western Association of Graduate Schools (WAGS)/UMI (University Microforms International) Distinguished Master's Thesis Award. She and her advisor Prof. Jackie Elliott will be honored at the Association's annual meeting at the University of Arizona next year.

In Political Science: Each year the Political Science department hosts the First-Year Graduate Student Poster Session. It allows first-year Ph.D students to showcase their research interests by displaying theoretical arguments, research designs and empirical evidence through a visual poster presentation of their work. We would like to recognize and congratulate the following winners of this year's poster session.  

Jason Clark
 "Gay Marriage and Straight Divorce"

Felicia Fognani
"The Token Woman and Substantive Representation of Women in the Illinois General Assembly"

Casey Padginton
"Working Together: Small State Co-Sponsorship in the U.S. House of Representatives"

Nichole Torpey-Saboe
"Democracy, School Fees, and Access to Primary Education" 

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


Feb. 1 - Apply Online to Graduate
If you're planning on graduating in the spring, you must apply online. Logon to On the Student tab, select the Apply for Graduation link under Academic Resources. This must be done whether or not you plan to attend the ceremony.

Feb. 1 - Candidacy Application for an Advanced Degree
Submit the application to the Graduate School. Applications received after February 1 may not be processed in time for commencement. Applications must have student and departmental approval when submitted. 

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


Jan. 10-11-Spring Intensive Conference, Hale Building, 9:00 a.m. -4:15 p.m.

Jan. 10- A Problem-Oriented Framework for College Classes, 9:15-10:30 a.m.

Jan. 10- Applying a Problem-Oriented Framework to College Classes, 10:45 a.m.-12 p.m.

Jan. 10- Teaching Your Students to Use a Problem- Oriented Approach in Writing Assignments, 10:45 a.m.-12 p.m.

Jan. 10- Exploring Alternative Career Paths, 1:15-2:45 p.m.

Jan. 10-Solving Problems in Student Learning Using the Poles on the Kolb Learning Styles Model, 1:15 - 2:45 p.m.

Jan. 10- Assessing Student Learning, 3 - 4:15 p.m.

Jan. 10- Preparing Your CV and Other Materials for the Academic Job Search, 3 - 4:15 p.m.

Jan. 11- Teaching Through Controversy, 9 - 10:30 a.m.

Jan. 11- Applying Teaching Through Controversy to Your Course, 10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Jan. 11- Dealing with Problem Students, 10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Jan. 11- Experience Applying a Problem-Oriented Framework to an ENVS Classroom, 1:15 - 2:45 p.m.

Jan. 11- Goal Setting for Academic Success, 1:15 - 2:45 p.m.

Jan. 11- Evernote: Your Every-Where System for Personal Productivity, 3 - 4:15 p.m.

Jan. 11- Is Diversity a Problem?, 3 - 4:15 p.m.


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.


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

Jan. 30 – Getting Started with Mendeley 


Primal Seen: Selections from the CU Art Museum's Collection of Photography from the 19th Century to the Present


Beetles: Exploring the diversity, beauty & behavior of beetles


Jan. 23- Alejandro Gómez Guillén, conductor

Jan. 26- Reinet Behncke, soprano

Jan. 28- Christina Lalog, collaborative piano


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