Published: Jan. 27, 2020

Get up to speed on upcoming professional development workshops and conferences, funding opportunities and approaching academic deadlines for graduate students.

Workshops and conferences

Write-ins on Main and East campuses weekly

Join other graduate students in this coffee-house style setting dedicated to staying focused and accountable on graduate writing goals. Drop-ins welcome. Free coffee served.

Write-in on East Campus
Tuesdays, 8 to 11:30 a.m.
Biotech Building, Room B231
Sign up for a meeting with a writing consultant. 

Write-in on Main Campus
Thursdays, 8 a.m. to noon
UMC 245
Sign up for a meeting with a writing consultant. 

Feel Better Fast, every Thursday

This CAPS workshop is designed specifically for graduate students. It focuses on mindfulness techniques and coping strategies. You will learn how to calm yourself in stressful situations, take a step back from your thoughts and make decisions that feel right for you. All workshops are free, confidential and unlimited for students. Students do not need to be a CAPS client or complete CAPS paperwork to attend.

Things to know

Nominate a Journey Leader by Feb. 3

If you know a graduate student who would make a great Journey Leader for Fall Welcome 2020, complete the student nomination form by Feb. 3. Learn more, and email questions to  

Apply for CU Art Museum Flash Talk by Feb. 13

The CU Art Museum is seeking graduate students across campus departments and schools interested in the cross-pollination between the arts and other disciplines to participate in their Flash Talks series March 10 and 17. Please submit your name, email, phone number and a brief 150-word description of how your research or creative work relates to one of the two categories: ecology or social activism. Contact with questions and submissions.

Three Minute Thesis finals

Jan. 31  3–5 p.m.  UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom
Mark your calendars for the Graduate School’s annual 3MT competition finals, and be ready for vote for your favorite presenter to win the People’s Choice award.

Last year’s first-place winner, Hannah Glick, placed first at the regional competition of Western Association of Graduate Schools last March. Glick recently presented at the annual meeting of the Council of Graduate Schools and will be a featured Forever Buff at this spring’s CU Next events in New York City and Chicago. See her winning video Your Brain on Hearing Aids.

Science Speak-Easy Workshop

 Apply by Jan. 31  Feb 15–16  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Apply to attend the third annual Science Speak-Easy Workshop, open to all CU graduate, postdoc and senior undergraduate researchers who are interested in giving research talks to their research communities. Lunch will be provided both days of the workshop. Applications are due Jan. 31 on a first-come, first-served basis; space is limited. Email questions to

Writing Your Academic Job Application Statements

Feb. 3 Noon to 1:30 p.m. C4C S350
Overwhelmed by all the application materials you need to generate? This 90-minute session will guide you through writing the academic job packet, including the cover letter, research, teaching and diversity statements. Receive general advice about formatting and drafting these documents as well as what you need to know to tailor them to a specific institution or posting. The postdoc application will also be covered.

Funding opportunities

Data Science Fellowship Program from the Data Incubator

Early deadline Jan. 30 | Regular deadline Feb. 11
This full-time, eight-week program is open to anyone who has already obtained or is within one year of graduating with a master’s or PhD degree. Applications from international students are welcome. Currently accepting applications for the spring 2020 program.

Internship with the Center for Environmental Journalism

Application deadline Jan. 31
The Center for Environmental Journalism seeks detail-oriented graduate students to assist our Scripps Fellows in Environmental Journalism with research this semester. Complete the required application form by Friday, Jan. 31. Applicants will be notified either way by Friday, Feb. 7. Please direct questions to the CEJ program coordinator at  

Educational Testing Service internships

Application deadline Feb. 1
Apply for the 2020 Summer Internship Program in Research for Graduate Students by Feb. 1. Interns in this eight-week program participate in research under the guidance of an ETS mentor. Projects may be conducted in one of nine research areas.

Global Essay Competition

Application deadline Feb. 1
Compete in the 50th annual St. Gallen Symposium Global Essay Competition for the chance to win the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award and qualify for participation as a Leader of Tomorrow in the world’s premier opportunity for intergenerational debates. Contact Eduardo Ludwig Bernardo at for more information.

Fellowships in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

Application deadline Feb. 15
Apply to this 10-week program of study and research at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, from June 15 to Aug. 20, 2020. Up to 10 competitive fellowships are available for graduate students. Email questions to Learn more (PDF).

Engaged Arts and Humanities Scholars

Application deadline March 1
This program is for graduate students in the arts and humanities or interdisciplinary programs who would like to develop skills for academic and professional careers through learning about community-engaged research, teaching and creative work. Students receive $1,000 for participation in professional development and up to $1,000 for projects. For more information contact

Academic deadlines

Feb. 1: Apply to graduate (master’s and doctoral students)

Master’s and doctoral students must apply online to graduate through Buff Portal on the “apply for graduation” card in order to have your degree awarded in May. Doctoral students must enter your dissertation title as part of the online graduation application. This title will appear on your transcript. You may update the title through your portal until the deadline to cancel/update. 

Feb. 3: Submit candidacy application (master’s students)

Master’s students must submit to the Graduate School a candidacy application for an advanced degree. Applications must be approved by the academic department before submission.