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April 2013

graduate student appreciation week, april 1-5

April 1-5 is the national Graduate-Professional Student Appreciation Week as coordinated by the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students (NAGPS). It seeks to emphasize the contributions, impact and value of graduate and professional students on campuses throughout the United States, which we at CU-Boulder's Graduate School heartily agree with!

Here at CU-Boulder, the United Government of Graduate Students (UGGS) will host the following events for Graduate Student Appreciation Week. Visit the UGGS website for more information. 
  • Graduate Student Yoga: Tuesday, April 2 from 9-10 am in UMC 382. Refreshments will be provided. 
  • Coffee Hour and Chair Massages: Wednesday, April 3, coffee from 2-4 pm and massages from 3-4 pm in the ATLAS lobby near the Pekoe Sip House. Chair massages are limited, so come early to reserve your spot.
  • Graduate Student VIP Night at Absinthe House: Friday, April 5 from 9 pm-2 am.
And Thank You! for all the hard work, brains, and problem-solving abilities that you bring to this campus. You graduate students are a key part of the research and teaching missions of the university.

New Dean's Graduate Student Research GrantS Awarded

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the first Dean's Graduate Student Research Grant competition has been a tremendous success. Over one hundred applications were received, many of which were considered to be of very high caliber. The school has been able to give four fully-funded awards and six awards partially funded at 75%. (See recipients below.)

Dean John Stevenson created this new award because, as he said, "Our current research grants were not large enough to help many graduate students whose research projects had higher costs than what we have traditionally supported."

Of the bountiful number of applicants, Dean Stevenson said, "I was immensely gratified when I saw the overwhelming response to our call for proposals—117 applications.  And our applicant pool included excellent proposals from every corner of campus.  The faculty committee who made the selections had an extremely difficult time making their decisions.  Clearly, there is a need for this kind of support for our graduate students and I hope to continue the program in the future."

Grad students receive awards

Congratulations to the following graduate students who have received these CU-Boulder awards!

Dean’s Graduate Student Research Grant – Fully Funded

  • Narasimha Boddeti and Xinghui Lui, Mechanical Engineering: Wrinkling in Pressurized Graphene Membranes
  • Taylor Dunne, Art and Art History: Dawn Land 16mm Film
  • Jennifer Gifford, Chemistry and Biochemistry: Nanoparticle Antibiotics
  • Joshua Rodd, Geography: The relationship between health outcomes and political interaction in two refugee-hosting areas of Uganda

Dean’s Graduate Student Research Grant –
75% Funded

  • Douglas Baldwin, Applied Mathematics: Nonlinear shallow ocean-wave soliton interactions on flat beaches
  • Brandi Briggs, Mechanical Engineering: Failure of Placental Membranes: Contributions to Preterm and Term Birth
  • Elizabeth Griffith, Chemistry and Biochemistry: Environmental Simulation of Atmospheric Chemistry Relevant to Climate
  • Kurtis Hessel, English: Elementary Symbols: British Romantic Poetry, Chemistry, and the Disciplinary Divide
  • Rachel Schrag, Music: Recording of French Fables for Voice and Piano
  • Thomas Yersak, Mechanical Engineering: Characterization of an advanced bulk-type all-solid-state electrode for Li-ion batteries
George F. Reynolds Dissertation Fellowship
Kirstyn Leuner, English
Beverly Sears Named Awards:
Ernest A. Bigelow Award
Amber Churchill, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Jenny Kate Collins Award
Alan Zarychta, Political Science

Verona Walker Award
David Cupery, Political Science

Bev Sears Award in honor of Professor Jack Cousins
David Varel, History

Ray Hauser Award
Joseph Mihaljevic, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Friends of the Graduate School Award
Zheng Zhang, Mechanical Engineering

Hope Schultz Jozsa Award
Ryan Ruehlen, Art and Art History

Bill and Valorie Goodall Mooney Award
Rachel Oliver, Theatre and Dance

Beverly Sears Awards:

Michelle Beach, Anthropology
Megan Blanchard, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Kristin Boles, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Chelsea Cook, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Jennifer Felder, Psychology
Katherine Fischer, Anthropology
Melissa Foster, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR)
Domenico Galati, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Nikolas Georgacarakos, History
Sarah Grover, Psychology
Guy Hepp, Anthropology
Joanna Hubbard, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Amanda Hund, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Lewis Kane, Integrative Physiology
Johannes Karreth, Political Science
Jeeeun Kim, Computer Science
Mikaela Kinnear, Psychology
Tracy Kirkland, Sociology
Elizabeth Koebele, Environmental Studies
Sarah Lake, Sociology
Helen McCreery, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Andy McEvoy, Computer Science
Sheena Murray, Economics
Galen Murton, Geography
Cameron Naficy, Geography
Jami Nelson-Nunez, Political Science
Hongcheng Ni, Physics
Elise Pizzi, Political Science
Katherine Powell, Environmental Studies
Amy Quandt, Environmental Studies
Miranda Redmond, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Mary Robertson, Sociology
Ian Rowen, Geography
Griselda San Martin Alonso, Newsgathering
Jason Scott, Anthropology
Jakob Sedig, Anthropology
Kathryn Speer, Theatre and Dance
Stefanie Stickel, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Michael Strinden, Anthropology
Amy Telligman, Environmental Studies
Marnie Thomson, Anthropology
Emily Wigington, Anthropology
Matthew Wilkins, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Amanda Williams, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Kathryn Wright, Geography

physics professor honored with international award 

Dr. Deborah Jin, adjoint professor of physics at CU-Boulder and a fellow of JILA Physics, was featured in the following video created by L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science. Graduate student Ruth Shewmon was also featured in this video. Jin is the only winner in North America of the 2013 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science award. She is the first to have cooled down molecules to such a degree that she could observe chemical reactions in slow motion. This new technique will benefit research in the fields of energy and health.

UGGS office coordinator job

The United Government of Graduate Students (UGGS) is seeking a graduate or professional student to fill the position of UGGS Office Coordinator for the 2013-2014 academic year. This position provides support to the UGGS organization and plans major UGGS events. Visit the UGGS website for a job description and information on how to apply.

New Master's thesis support group

Modeled after the successful Dissertation Support Group, the Master’s Thesis Support Group will serve as a drop-in resource for graduate students from any discipline who are working on any aspect of thesis preparation. The group will be very task-focused and the atmosphere will be very friendly. Drop in and see for yourself. Every other Monday, April 1, 15, 29, 12:30-1:30 pm, C4C 440S
For more information, contact Glenda Russell at 303.492.6079 or

Grad Students In the News

More power leads to more dehumanization, says CU-Boulder study
Jason Gwinn, a doctoral student in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, was the lead author of a study on the relationship between power and dehumanization. Read the graduate student feature about Jason.

Recent CU-Boulder graduate finds problem with biological incubators and patents solution
Lucas Portelli, who earned his doctoral degree in December from CU-Boulder’s Department of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, invented a device to solve a common problem with incubators.

Volcanic aerosols, not pollutants, tamped down recent Earth warming, says CU study
CU-Boulder graduate student Ryan Neely led this study about connections between global climate change and volcanoes.

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


April 12 - Doctoral defense/final exam deadline

April 19 - Masters final exam/thesis defense deadline

April 19 - PhD dissertation submission deadline

April 24 - Doctoral grade change deadline 

April 26Masters thesis submission deadline 

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


Through April 5: Follow UGGS on Facebook and Twitter to be entered into a contest to win a gift card! Check out details on the contest.


Dissertation Support Group
Tuesdays, 1-2:45 pm
C4C S435

Master's Thesis Support Group
Mondays, April 1, 15, 29, 12:30 - 1:30 pm, C4C 440S (See description on left.)

Grad Speak

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


Upcoming events in April include workshops and panels on interviewing, social media, alternative careers, and resumes.  >> More info.

Subscribe to the Graduate Student Career Newsletter.


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

  • April 3 - Creating Attractive and Effective Presentations
  • April 10 - Finding Images and Understanding Fair Use
  • April 17 - Presentation Tools


Learner’s Lunch: ongoing series of free workshops every Tuesday, 12-1, Howard B. Waltz Library Room N285.

  • April 2 - Kaltura
  • April 9- Adobe Connect
  • April 16 - Finding Images


April 10 - "Playing, Building and Sketching with Electronics," Leah Buechley

April 19 - ICTD Master's Students Present their Practicum Projects

April 21 - Italian Film Festival USA

April 23 - World premiere of the feature film, "Sexting: The Musical"

April 26 - "Mystery, Music and Digital Innovation," Nicolas Jaar


April 5 MFA Thesis Exhibition Opening 


April 1 - Sarah Stoneback & Derek McDonald, trumpet
Sam Griffith, trombone

April 2 - Margaret Patterson, piano

April 3 - Leanne Hampton, flute

April 4 - Michael Righi, percussion

April 7John Cockerill, collavorative piano

April 8 - Christina Lalog, collaborative piano

April 9 - Emily Sinclair, soprano

April 11 - Adam Riggs, cello
Adara Towler, soprano

April 12 - Rachel Schrag, collaborative piano
Michael Aiello, baritone

April 13 - Kristen Goguen, bassoon
Halley Pearlstein, mezzo-soprano

April 14 - Ben Christensen, percussion
Judith Olson, bassoon
Daniel Madera, trumpet
Lu Zang, baritone

April 15 - Jennifer Diaz, violin Angela Born, soprano
Christine Palmer, trumpet

April 16
- Marybeth Verchot, mezzo-soprano
Chelsea Lewis, soprano

April 17 - Pamela Sommer Hatton, piano

April 18 - Tigranuhi Arakelyan & Owen Zhou, two piano
Wei Wu, bass

April 19 - Jinsook Lee, soprano

April 21 - Amanda Setlik, piano
Amy Tompkins, viola

April 22 - Emily Lenck, violin

April 23 - Ji Hye Chung, violin

April 24 - Lucy Tan, piano

April 25 - David Rajewski, jazz trumpet
Katy Wherry, flute

April 26 - Kiel Lauer, trombone
Kate Izvanariu, double bass

April 27 - Benjamin de Kock, double bass
Lark Powers, piano
Miriam Bijkerk, double bass
Tyler Honsel, double bass

April 28 - Valerie Estes, flute



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