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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

For questions regarding Open Enrollment, please contact the Benefits and HR Services Unit of the Department of Human Resources at 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.


  • 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


  • 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

Contact Eleanor at 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
( and TAGS ( 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
( This software only works on PC, not Mac. If you have any
questions, please feel free to contact Elif Ikizer at
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


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


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 (

or see detailed information here


Data Incubator Fellowship for M.A. & Ph.D Students

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 2017-06-19 to 2017-08-11.

Application Link:

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.

Outstanding Senior Women Academic Achievement Awards 2017

The Provost’s Office, UConn Alumni, and the Women’s Center annually sponsor the Outstanding Senior Women Academic Achievement Awards Ceremony, which recognizes women undergraduate and graduate students who have excelled academically within each school/college and demonstrated high achievement in research and service to the University community.  A reception will be held in their honor during graduation weekend.

All graduate student nominations for students outside of Social Work, Law, Medicine, and Dental Medicine should be submitted at  Dr. Holsinger will select the recipient from the Graduate School in consultation with a faculty committee.


Eligible students are limited to those graduating in summer 2016, fall 2016, or spring 2017.

The awards ceremony will take place on Friday, May 5, 2017 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at UConn Alumni at 2384 Alumni Drive on the Storrs Campus.

Thank you for your cooperation.  If you have any questions, please call Kathleen Holgerson at 860-486-4738.

Spring Workshops in R

Spring Workshops in R

Hosted by Henry Wolf VII

Wednesdays, March 22 & March 29


Arjona 307


The first workshop will focus on dplyr, a toolbox for cleaning, reorganizing, and summarizing your data.

The second workshop will focus on ggplot2, a toolbox for creating professional, publication-quality visualizations of your cleaned data.


Dealing with Data in dplyr

This tutorial on R will cover the use of the dplyr package for cleaning and manipulating data. We will learn how to extract rows and columns that meet certain criteria, create new columns from existing data, join data frames, and get summary information. We will take messy data and get in into a format that can be used for statistical analysis (or visualization).

Getting Good at ggplot2

This tutorial on R will cover the use of the ggplot2 package for creating visualizations from data. We will learn the graphics of grammar, how to build visualizations (histograms, scatterplots, etc.) by specifying how they should look. We will take clean data and create visualizations that are on par with those in publications and on FiveThirtyEight.

*Important Note: For either of the tutorials: Be sure to have the latest version of R and R Studio installed, and bring some of your own data if you would like to try some of these techniques. If you have never programmed or used R before, please complete the free Introduction to R web tutorial from Data Camp.