Author: Sarah Redlich

Health Promotion Graduate Assistantship Available

Student Health and Wellness has a new graduate assistantship available with the Health Promotion Team.  We are seeking someone passionate about student wellness, whose primary responsibilities will be facilitating educational interventions in individual and group settings.  This position will focus on addressing substance use, but also provide support for campus-wide health promotion strategies.  The full position description includes information about how to apply: Health Promotion GA Job Description

Invitation to summer workshop on computational reproducibility

Interested in learning more about computational reproducibility but aren’t sure where to start? Register for our upcoming workshop, designed for anyone who has at least some experience in any programming language!

Biostatistician and data scientist Nelle Varoquaux (University of California, Berkeley; will be leading a hands-on lunchtime workshop series at UConn focusing on computational reproducibility. Essentially, computational reproducibility is ensuring that another person can run the same analyses that you did on your data and come to the same result.

This series will be held at 12-1pm on May 27-31. Topics will include: basic code and data management; best-practices on documentation, testing, and packaging; using git and GitHub; and automating your code.

We can only accommodate around 20 people, so we encourage you to register soon:

Again, this is specifically designed for beginners, so if you’re interested, don’t talk yourself out of applying!

The Wood/Raith Living Trust 2019 Call for Proposals

The Wood/Raith Living Trust

2019 Call for Proposals

The Wood/Raith Living Trust is named for Audrey Wood (UCONN class of ‘47) and Edeltraut Raith. Both Wood and Raith earned their Masters in Library Science from the University of Southern California and spent their careers as librarians with the San Francisco Public Library system. They generously gifted the University of Connecticut funds for the study of gender identity under the Wood/Raith Living Trust.

Various initiatives will be planned to support gender-related activities at UCONN, given these funds.  For a second year, we invite graduate students to apply for summer 2019 fellowships.  Graduate students across all fields of study at UCONN whose research has a primary focus on gender identity are eligible.  Priority will be given to students who have not yet received funding.  For 2019, the Wood/Raith Living Trust will award 12 graduate stipends at a maximum of $4,000 each.

Students interested in receiving Wood/Raith fellowship support must provide the following:

1)      Updated CV

2)      250-word summary of specific gender identity research goals outlined for the period (summer 2019).

3)      50-word summary of the importance of the stipend support in being able to accomplish the goals.

4)      Indication of commitment to the study of gender identity.

All application materials must be appended into one document and submitted via the Form tab at the Wood/Raith Gender Identity Living Trust website.

The deadline for full consideration is May 29.

Please save the date – October 1, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. we will have our first Wood/Raith tea to celebrate fellowship recipients and build community through research on gender identity.


2019 Wood/Raith Living Trust Co-chairs:

Vicki Magley, Psychology

Micki McElya, History

Kim Price-Glynn, Sociology

Fall ’19 / Spring ’20 BIRC Speaker Series announced

Fall 2019

First Tuesday of each month @ 1:30-3:00p in Arjona 307 unless noted*


Vistors from UCHC are encouraged to use the UCHC-Storrs shuttle service. Please contact us if you are interested in meeting with a speaker.

Date Speaker Title
*Date Change*


Tor Wager, PhD

Dartmouth College (beginning July 2019)

TBA (MRI statistical analyses methods, pain processing)
*Date Change*


Uri Hasson, PhD

Princeton University

Face to Face, Brain to Brain: Exploring the Mechanisms of Dyadic Social
11/05 Stephanie Jones, PhD

Brown University

TBA (integrating human brain imaging and computational neuroscience methods to study brain dynamics using MEG/EEG and tDCS/DBS/TMS)
12/03 Kimberly Noble, MD, PhD

Columbia University

TBA (socioeconomic disparities in children’s cognitive and brain development)

Spring 2020

First Tuesday of each month @ 3:30-5pm (location TBA)

Date Speaker Title
02/04 Katarzyna Chawarska, PhD

Yale University

TBA (social and affective dimensions of autism in young children)
03/03 David Badre, PhD

Brown University

TBA (cognitive neuroscience of memory and cognitive control)
04/07 Alex Martin PhD


TBA (neural mechanisms of object recognition)
05/05 Michael Crowley, PhD

Yale University

TBA (brain basis of childhood anxiety disorders including avoidance, threat detection, and worry)

Funding Opportunity: Laura Bassi Scholarship 2019

The Laura Bassi Scholarship, which will award a total of $8,000 thrice per annum, was established by Editing Press in 2018 with the aim of providing editorial assistance to postgraduates and junior academics whose research focuses on neglected topics of study, broadly construed. The scholarships are open to every discipline and the next round of funding will be awarded in July:

Summer 2019

Application deadline: 25 July 2019

Results: 15 August 2019

All currently enrolled master’s and doctoral candidates are eligible to apply, as are academics in the first five years of their employment.

Applicants are required to submit a completed application form along with their CV through the application portal by the relevant deadline. Further details and application portal:

Requesting Input on Summer Workshop on Computational Reproducibility

Biostatistician and data scientist Nelle Varoquaux (University of California, Berkeley; will be giving a series of hands-on lunchtime workshops focusing on computational reproducibility during the month of May. Essentially, computational reproducibility is ensuring that another person can run the same analyses that you did on your data and come to the same result.

This week-long course is designed for relative beginners. You should have some experience with the basics of programming in any language (e.g., R, Python, MATLAB), but you do not need experience with the languages described here. These are meant to be approachable introductions to these topics—specifically designed to invite new people to learn these often-daunting skills!

In preparation for this workshop, we are asking interested graduate students to complete a brief survey by Friday, May 10. We will be sending out registration forms shortly thereafter. Space will be limited, but we want to get as wide a view on what people would like to learn as possible.

If you have questions, please contact Alex Paxton <>.

Alexion Pharmaceuticals/UConn Grad Student Dissertation Award

Two Graduate Student Awards to consider: Alexion Pharmaceuticals Dissertation Award (June 3rd) & ProQuest/CGS Dissertation Award (June 21st)


Alexion Pharmaceuticals/ UConn Graduate Student Dissertation Improvement Award

DEADLINE: MONDAY 3rd June 2019

Faculty nominators can apply here:

Through a partnership with Alexion Pharmaceuticals, the Alexion/UConn Graduate Student Dissertation Improvement Award (GSDIA) is a program that supports graduate students at UConn/UConn Health whose research in basic biological processes or health applications contributes to discovery, innovation, or the development of products for diagnosis or treatment of rare diseases. Alexion is a global leader in the development and delivery of breakthrough therapies for patients with severe and life-threatening rare diseases.

The GSDIA can be used for the investigation (including, but not limited to, equipment, consumables, services, conference attendance) of basic biological processes whose understanding could lead to the development of rare disease diagnostic or therapeutic products or for the development of prototypes, pre-clinical data, human clinical data, drug delivery platform/systems, large animal studies, or other advanced research in health applications for rare diseases. One awards of $5000 is available.

The Alexion Dissertation Improvement Award is open to all doctoral students who achieved candidacy during this or previous academic years and are expected to complete, defend their dissertation, and graduate on or before August 2020.


* Must be a fulltime graduate student at UConn or UConn Health

* Must be pursuing a graduate degree in a life sciences or biomedical related field

* Must be in good standing with the university with regards to all educational expectations of their respective department and/ or school

* Must be pursuing a graduate research project related to an area of research having to do with understanding the basic biology of, the diagnosis of, or the treatment of a rare human disease

* Must be nominated by a faculty member associated with their research project or thesis advisory team Must not be a graduate student associated with any ongoing clinical trial of an Alexion related therapy

* Must not be a graduate student currently doing an internship or employed by Alexion part time or full time

* Must not be a graduate student already receiving corporate support, involved with a clinical trial for, or doing an internship with, or employed by a direct competitor of Alexion.


Council of Graduate Schools / ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards


Faculty members can nominate here:

UConn will run an internal process to select two nominees to forward to the U.S. competition. Each UConn department from the eligible pool of departments (see below) is invited to submit one nomination.

Two CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards, each consisting of an award of $2,000 and a certificate of recognition, will be presented at the CGS Annual Meeting Awards Luncheon on December 5, 2019, in Nashville, TN. Reasonable travel expenses of award recipients will be covered. Only the winners and the nominating deans will be notified of the outcomes of the competition prior to the Awards Luncheon.

Selection Process: The Council of Graduate Schools will name an Award Committee whose members have established records in the disciplinary areas under consideration. Additional consultation may be sought at the discretion of the committee members. The nominated dissertations should represent original work making an unusually significant contribution to the disciplines. Both methodological and substantive quality will be judged.

Doctoral dissertations awarded between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2019 are eligible from the following fields:

Biological Sciences: biology; botany; zoology; ecology; embryology; entomology; genetics; nutrition; plant pathology; plant physiology; anatomy; biochemistry; biophysics; microbiology; pathology; pharmacology; physiology; and related fields. Also included are agriculture, forestry, and related fields.

Humanities and Fine Arts: history; philosophy; language; linguistics; literature; archaeology; jurisprudence; the history, theory and criticism of the arts; ethics; comparative religion; and those aspects of the social sciences that employ historical or philosophical approaches.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions,



Dr. Stuart Paul Duncan (pronouns: he / him / his)

Director of Fellowships, Outreach, and Programming

The Graduate School, University of Connecticut

(860) 486-0681

2019 Graduate Healthcare Open Enrollment Notice


Graduate Assistants, ELIGIBLE Graduate Interns, AND ELIGIBLE Graduate Fellows who are currently enrolled in the Connecticut Partnership Plan

Open Enrollment (April 15- May 15) allows continuing Graduate Assistants, eligible Graduate Interns, and eligible Graduate Fellows to make changes to their existing medical and dental plan elections, including making changes for their eligible dependents, without providing proof of a qualifying life event. Elections or changes made during Open Enrollment are effective September 1, 2019. Any member adding a dependent to their insurance is 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: After May 15, 2019, there will not be an opportunity to make changes to your insurance elections without a verified qualifying life event.

Graduate Assistants, Graduate Interns, and Graduate Fellows who have not received confirmation of continuation for the 2019-2020 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 do not wish to make any changes, you are not required to take any action to continue your existing coverage.

Open Enrollment information, including FAQs and rates, is available on the Human Resources website.

Participate in Open Enrollment
Options Dates Available
Open Enrollment Form April 15-May 15
eBenefits Self-Service April 22-May 1


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.


*Continuation of employment does NOT qualify for a status change to make elections/changes to your coverage. Examples of qualified status changes include birth/adoption of a child, marriage, divorce, and loss of coverage. If you have questions, contact Human Resources to verify if your life event would qualify to make changes to your coverage.

Show a video of your research on the Psych Sciences Dept website

Dear Graduate Students,

The Department of Psychological Sciences is pleased to offer you the opportunity to submit a short video describing and promoting your research. The video will be displayed on the monitors located around the Bousfield building as well as on the Graduate Psychological Sciences webpage. Note last year we had over 20,000 hits to our site!

Check out Martin Flament Fultot grad student in Ecological Psychology’s video:

Interested in showcasing your research? See the “Departmental Promotional Video Information and Consent Form” found on our website: Official Promo Video Info & Consent Form

Questions? Martin is available to assist you. Feel free to email ( with any questions.


Graduate Program Office