Spring 2017

The Data Incubator Fellowship

Program: The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship.

Who Should Apply: Anyone who has already obtained a masters or PhD degree or who is within one year of graduating with a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome. Everyone else is encouraged to sign-up for a future session.

Locations: In addition to the below in-person locations, we will have a remote online session:

  • New York City
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Seattle
  • Boston
  • Washington, DC.

Dates: All sections will be from 2017-09-11 to 2017-11-03.

Application Link: https://www.thedataincubator.com/fellowship.html?ch=rec&ref=r0988b23042aa

Data Science in 30 minutes: Learn how to build a data-science project in our upcoming free Data Science in 30-minutes webcast. Signup soon as space is limited.

Learn More: You can learn about our fellows at The New York Times, LinkedIn, Amazon, Capital One, or Palantir. To read about our latest fellow alumni, check out our blog. To learn more about The Data Incubator, check us out on Venture Beat, The Next Web, or Harvard Business Review.

 

Complimentary APS Membership

The Association for Psychological Science (APS) would like your help in extending complimentary APS Membership to your department’s newly-minted PhDs (graduates in winter 2016 or spring 2017).

APS Membership includes a number of valuable benefits, among them:

  • Instant online access to all five field-leading APS journals, (and, submissions are now open for our brand new journal, Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science);
  •  “This Week in Psychological Science (TWiPS),” a time-saving weekly email featuring summaries of the latest research published in APS Journals;
  • Member-only registration discount for the APS Annual Convention, to be held in San Francisco in May 2018;
  • Affiliation with the leading organization dedicated to advancing all areas of psychological science;
  • Free subscription to the monthly Observer magazine;
  • And much more.

We will contact each person individually to offer complimentary membership. There is no obligation implied on the part of your institution, or any of your graduates by filling out the contact form or providing information. I assure you this really is a “no-strings” offer. We’ll even extend a current membership for one year if the new PhD is already an APS Member.

Rorschach Performance Assessment System Training

The University of Hartford will be hosting training on the Rorschach Performance Assessment System.  We believe this will be of great interest to both students and practicing psychologists who wish to learn the most recent approach to the Rorschach. Below is a brief description of the training, and I’m attaching a flyer for your information.   Please share with your collogues and students.
 
The University of Hartford is pleased to announce that we will be offering a workshop on the R-PAS (Rorschach Performance Assessment System) from Aug 7-10, 2017. The workshop will be led by Phil Erdberg and Don Viglione, and it is designed to provide in-depth training for psychologists with no previous Rorschach training or experience, as well as for those with previous experience who want a thorough understanding of the R-PAS. Registration fees are $600 before June 30, and $700 after that date; CEUs will also be offered at an additional charge. Please see the attached flyer for more information, or visit commerce.cashnet.com/rpas to register.

ATTN: Graduate Students 2017 Health Care Benefits Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment is the time of year when continuing Graduate Assistants, Graduate Interns and Graduate Fellows are able to make changes to their existing medical and dental plan elections, including making changes for their eligible dependents, without a qualifying life event. Elections or changes made during Open Enrollment are effective September 1, 2017. As a reminder, any member adding a dependent to their insurance is also required to provide proof of the relationship, such as a marriage certificate for a spouse or a long form birth certificate for a child.

Please note: There will not be an opportunity to make changes to your insurance elections after May 15, 2017, without a verified qualifying life event. Graduate Assistants, Graduate Interns and Graduate Fellows who have not received confirmation of continuation for the 2017-2018 Academic Year and wish to make a change should do so now in the event they are continued.* If you have received confirmation of an appointment continuation from your employing department and you do not wish to make any changes, you are not required to take any action to continue your existing coverage.

Open Enrollment information including FAQ’s, rates, and to request an Open Enrollment Form can be found on the Human Resources website at http://hr.uconn.edu/ct-partnership-health-benefits/.

For questions regarding Open Enrollment, please contact the Benefits and HR Services Unit of the Department of Human Resources at HR@uconn.edu or by telephone at 860-486-3034.

UConn Language Fest

Saturday, April 29 9AM-4PM

First floor of the North Wing of Oak Hall, Storrs Campus

 
Conference Day Schedule:

8:45 – 9:30: Coffee, Registration & Poster Setup
9:30 – 9:40: Opening Remarks
9:40 – 10:40:
Ellen Lau, University of Maryland, Department of Linguistics
New Directions for Neural Measures of Syntactic and Semantic Structure Building
10:40 – 12:00: Poster Session AM
12:00 – 1:00: Lunch
1:00 – 2:30: Poster Session PM; Coffee
2:30 – 3:30:
Casey Lew-Williams, Princeton University, Department of Psychology
Individual Differences in Prediction Dynamics Underlie Young Children’s Language Learning
3:30 – 4:00: Closing Remarks & Awards

Please visit our website to view this year’s full program, and see the attached flyer.

See you at the Fest!

Summer 2017 Graduate Fellowships Writing Institute

June 5-23rd | Monday & Thursday | 9AM-noon | Laurel Hall 308

Students of various disciplines work on their writing individually and in small groups, participate in writing-related workshops, attend presentations on writing-related topics, and receive individual tutoring. This program helps graduate students jump start fellowship applications.

Requirements:

  • Must be a registered student at the University of Connecticut to participate in the summer writing institute
  • Must be working on an active fellowship application for the upcoming school year
  • Must have no other commitments that conflict with your attendance at the institute

Recommendation

  • Bring laptop or tablet because it is expected to be actively working on drafts

Registration Deadline: May 5th 2017 –Space is limited to 25 participants

 

Dissertation Boot Camp

Dissertation Boot Camp
Monday, May 15th to Thursday, May 18th, 9am – 4pm
Storrs Campus, Pharmacy Library

 
Please note that registration is currently only open for those who can commit to all four days and who are working on their dissertations or dissertation proposals. Maintaining momentum on your dissertation can be tough, but making a commitment to structured writing time can help. Writing in the presence of others can also bring a sense of solidarity and productivity that can get you through even the toughest projects. For this reason, the University Writing Center is offering its final boot camp of the academic year during May. Participants will arrive with a draft of the chapters they are working on and their laptops, along with any notes or books. There will not be any tutoring or any lectures. The point is simply to make a commitment to sustained writing time and to generating pages.

Space is limited; to reserve your spot and to create an incentive for you to write for each of the four days, you must register through Eventbrite and submit a promissory note for $50 by Wednesday, May 10th. If you do not attend each day, the Bursar’s Office will charge you and we will use the funds for future retreats.

Register now at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/may-2017-dissertation-boot-camp-tickets-33777375038

Contact Eleanor at gradwritinguconn@gmail.com with any questions.

Twitter Social Media Workshop by Dr. Newman

April 17th, 3.00-5.00PM, Bousfield A101

This workshop will focus on pulling and tracking social media data, specifically on Twitter.
Participants will be introduced to two different programs: NodeXL
(http://www.smrfoundation.org/nodexl) and TAGS (https://tags.hawksey.info/). You will learn
how to pull data from Twitter, as well as different approaches to analyze social media data. You
don’t need any programming background to operate these tools, but you do need a Twitter
account. Also, if you have a PC please make sure to download the free trial of NodeXL
(https://nodexl.codeplex.com/). This software only works on PC, not Mac. If you have any
questions, please feel free to contact Elif Ikizer at elif.ikizer@uconn.edu.
To make sure you have a spot for the workshop, please follow this link to signup.

Graduate Student Career Workshops

March 30, 2017—Melanie Sinche

2:30PM-4PM

Student Union Room 304B

Next GenPhD: Where PhDs Land and How to Get There How can you maximize your time in graduate school and/or during postdoctoral training?  What strategies can you use for landing a satisfying occupation?  This presentation will provide an up-to-date assessment of the current career landscape facing science PhDs. Author Melanie Sinche will share proven strategies based on her research and profiles of science PhDs across a wide range of disciplines. Her research identified transferable skills from PhDs and career paths in a range of options, including education, industry, and non-profits.

April 27, 2017—Cynthia Fhurmann

2:30PM-4:30PM

Student Union Room 304B

The Individual Development Plan:  Strategically navigate your scientific career Navigating toward your future can be daunting.  Regardless of the career path(s) you are pursuing, today’s scientist faces a competitive job market that rewards productivity in the lab, stellar communication skills, a strong professional network, and professional confidence.  Creating an Individual Development Plan (IDP) is one way to help you strategically work toward these goals, advocate for yourself, and take advantage of lucky opportunities that might come along.  This workshop is designed to prepare scientists for creating their IDP, with practical strategies for evaluating career options, setting achievable goals, engaging mentors, and adapting to change as your plan progresses.   Taught by myIDP co-author Cynthia Fuhrmann, this interactive workshop will propel you toward the next step along your career trajectory.

For questions contact Victoria Blodgett (Victoria.blodgett@uconn.edu)

or see detailed information here

 

Attn: Graduate Assistants–Required Online Program due 5/5/17

Beginning this fall all graduate assistants at the University of Connecticut will be required to complete the Graduate Assistant Online Program for Teaching and Instruction. This 2-4 hour online training was designed to ensure that every graduate student who has or will hold a teaching position receives a foundation of educational pedagogy, instructional strategies, and assessment and evaluation guides.

Available on Husky-CT as “ 64 NEW SPRING 2017 GRADUATE STUDENTS,students have until May 5th, 2017 to complete the training. Students will receive reminders until they complete the training.

The training needs only to be completed once in a graduate student’s career, and the training will take between 2-4 hours to complete. Comprised of online videos, readings, and quizzes, the training is mandatory for all students with a graduate assistant contract. The training must be completed by May 5th, 2017. (Please click here for frequently asked questions.)

This training builds upon the information graduate students receive in their face-to-face orientations and supplements their training with critical information regarding support services and resources. Designed in collaboration with The Graduate School, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and the Neag School of Education, the Graduate Assistant Program for Teaching and Instruction develops graduate students’ foundational knowledge and skills useful in their current and future teaching positions. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.