Author: Brook Perrigo

UConn’s Graduate Certificate in College Instruction

The Graduate Certificate in College Instruction (GCCI) is a 9-credit program for individuals interested in deepening their theoretical and practical understanding of college teaching. This certificate program is intended to provide graduate students with a significant credential on their transcripts in the area of instructional understanding and competence. Applications are accepted twice a year: on November 15th for spring entrance and April 1 for fall entrance.

The course sequence is as follows:

  • GRAD 6001: Introduction to College Instruction (2 credits)  Required
  • GRAD 6000: Seminars in College Instruction (1 credit) Required (can be taken simultaneously with GRAD 6001)
  • GRAD 6004:  Practicum in College Instruction (1 credit) Required only for those without teaching experience (being a TA counts as experience)
  • The remaining six credits are electives of the students choosing. See the GCCI courses page for more information.

When you have begun the final course for completing the Graduate Certificate in College Instruction, you are required to complete a Plan of Study.pdf, have it signed by the Program Director, Dr. Robin Grenier, and send it to the Graduate School. The student must apply for graduation from the program through their PeopleSoft accounts before the conferral date.

Our certificate programs aims to deepen students’ theoretical and practical knowledge of college instruction. It is especially relevant for those planning on pursuing academic positions after graduation. We have an upcoming application deadline of April 1, 2019Students can see how to apply here.

Prof. Rahamimoff Travel Grants Program for PhD Students

The program supports short trips of PhD students from the U.S. to Israel and from Israel to the U.S., which will advance their research. The program does not support participation/presentation in a conference or workshop.

Previously failed applicants may possibly resubmit, but only after receiving approval from the BSF office, which will evaluate their chances based on criteria such as progress they have made, improved invitation letter, improved visit plan, etc.

Description of the program and submission forms can be found here. In the most recent round the success rate was 29%.

The deadline for submissions is May 7th, 2020.

Graduate Writing Retreat 02/29 – Writing Center


Saturday, February 29th, from 10am to 5pm

Augustus Storrs Hall, Carolyn Ladd Widmer Wing Auditorium (STRRS WW016) – 231 Glenbrook Road, Storrs CT 06269

Carving out time to do academic writing during the semester can be tough.  But finding a place to do it — and a support network of fellow grad students — doesn’t have to be!  Modeled after Stanford University’s dissertation boot camp and the UConn faculty writing retreats, the Writing Center & the Graduate Student Senate are sponsoring a day for graduate students to write. Simply writing in the presence of others can bring a surprising sense of solidarity and productivity. Arrive with the project you are working on, your laptop, and any notes or books you may need. Bring your own lunch, or plan to buy on campus.

Coffee, tea, and a few light snacks will be provided.


Write. Drink coffee. Write more. Feel good about all of the writing you got done.

If you have any questions, contact Gali at:

Funding for these events is generously provided by the UConn Graduate Student Senate.

For more information, contact: Gali – Writing Center at

Pharmaceutical Sciences 2020 Toxicology Scholars Colloquium Dates

April 6

Matthew Campen, Ph.D.

Regents’ Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, University of New Mexico

April 27

Myrtle Davis, D.V.M., Ph.D., ATS

Bristol-Myers Squibb

President-Elect, Society of Toxicology 


May 11

Dale P. Sandler, Ph.D.

Chief, Epidemiology Branch

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences


Time: 10:00 – 11:00

Location: Pharmacy Biology Building (PBB) 338


Coordinator:  José E. Manautou


The Isabelle Y. Liberman Award (2020)

The Isabelle Y. Liberman Award  (2020)

Isabelle Liberman, the late Professor of Educational Psychology at UConn, was a central figure in the cognitive science of reading.  Her discoveries on the key role of phonology in reading and dyslexia influenced a generation of researchers and changed the way that reading is taught to children, from an emphasis on visual recognition of print to an emphasis on the relation between letters and their sounds.

The Isabelle Liberman Award is intended to recognize and encourage young researchers who are investigating topics relating to Isabelle Liberman’s interests.  We anticipate making awards of $2500 to the two students who submit the best research papers on topics related (in broad terms) to Isabelle Liberman’s work. Graduate students from any academic department at the University of Connecticut are eligible.

Selection of the recipients will be made by a committee of faculty representing the Departments of Linguistics, Psychological Sciences, and Educational Psychology. In addition to the submitted paper, the committee will take into account the applicant’s past academic achievement and demonstrated potential for future professional accomplishments.

Applicants should submit a research paper and a CV and should arrange for a letter of recommendation to be sent to the committee; additional materials supporting the application are welcome, but not necessary.  The final date for submissions is April 15, 2020. Inquiries and submissions should be sent to Jay Rueckl (

Research and Training Opportunities

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Data Analysis

R Package

Open source software package for  analyzing water maze data with a wide range of functions including advanced search strategy analysis. Easy to use for non-programmers, but fast and powerful and allows archiving of experiments for data sharing. Step-by-step tutorials are provided. Please visit the project website: for more details. 


Research & Training

Summer School


Summer school on “Systems Genetics of Neural Ageing” 21st – 28th August 2020. Aimed at PhD students and postdocs in the fields of neuroscience and medicine. Join leaders in the field for an intense week exploring how to incorporate genetics ‘big data’ into your research. All costs are covered, but places are limited. For more information and to apply, visit the summer school website:


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Join us for the 22nd Annual Genes, Brain and Behavior Meeting
Marine Biological Laboratory
Woods Hole, MA, USA. May 12th-17th, 2020

Doctoral Student Scholarship

The New Hampshire Psychological Association Educational Foundation is pleased to invite applications for our Student Achievement Award recognizing graduate students who have made significant contributions to the field of psychology, through work on research, teaching, mentorship, clinical work, civic engagement and/or other areas of community engagement. Award is $1,000.00.

More information available on the website  and on the attached PDF.

Graduate Seminar in Academic Writing (5 Weeks, starts February 10)


Seminar #1 (Mondays, 6pm-8pm): February 10 – March 9

Seminar #2 (Thursdays, 6pm-8pm): April 2 – April 30


Each academic year, the UConn Writing Center offers 3 no-cost, five-week seminars in academic writing for UConn graduate students. These seminars do not carry UConn academic credit, nor are they graded. We simply aim to assist motivated graduate students in developing strategies for writing that will serve them well in their academic and professional careers.The goal is to help graduate writers develop a toolbox of composing, revising, and peer-review skills. 

The seminar aligns with our tutoring philosophy at the Writing Center: we begin by focusing on developing and clarifying main ideas, then work towards sentence-level writing concerns. Expect an interactive, collaborative space where writers to apply practical strategies at each phase of the revision process. Participants work mostly with peers but also get one-on-one feedback from the seminar leader. This is a writing workshop, not a traditional lecture or skills-and-drills grammar course. 

Participants must bring to the seminar a draft of a writing project (at least 5 double-spaced pages). Most seminar sessions involve working on this draft, and most of our time is dedicated to developing skills for revising and on cultivating productive writing habits.

Participants should expect to commit 5 hours per week: 2 in class and 3 outside of class to complete readings and assignments.

If you have questions about the seminar or are interested in seeing a syllabus, please contact the Coordinator for Graduate Writing Support at The seminars are made possible through funding from the Graduate School and the University Writing Center.