Author: Virginia White

Graduate Seminar in Academic Writing: Application due by October 5th

Each academic year, the University Writing Center offers three no-cost, five-week seminars in academic writing for UConn graduate students. These seminars feature some direct instruction and one-on-one writing conferences with the instructor, but the seminars also focus substantially on workshopping each participant’s writing. That is to say, the course adopts neither a lecture nor skills-and-drills format. Instead, the seminars function as a collaborative space that brings practical strategies to bear on specific in-process works of scholarship. Learning to write well takes time, commitment, and experience, and no single course can do the job alone; nonetheless, this seminar gives participants guided practice in becoming more skillful writers and communicators.
These seminars do not carry UConn academic credit, nor are they graded. We simply aim to help motivated graduate students improve their writing in ways that will serve them well in their academic and careers. The seminars are made possible through funding from the Graduate School and the University Writing Center.

The next session for the academic year 2016-17 will run on Wednesdays, October 19th through November 16th, from 9 am to 12 pm. Another session will run Thursdays in February and March.

Applications are now open. Please submit your application by October 5th for full consideration.

Important Details about the Seminar:
o Applicants must be degree-seeking UConn graduate students. International grad students are welcome.
o Participants are expected to commit 3 additional hours per week (outside of the meeting time) to complete assignments and to peer-review the drafts of others.
o Course enrollment is limited to 25 students per session. If we receive more applications than there are seats available (which is likely), we will make decisions about enrollment based on seniority, the degree of fit between the course and the applicant’s writing project, the application submission date, and the motivation of the applicant. Applications submitted after the posted deadline will be considered if spaces are available.
o Submission of a working draft (at least 5 double-spaced pages) is required of participants prior to the beginning of the session. Seminar work will be dedicated to improving this draft and using it as a model of how to implement writing strategies.
o Submission of a $100 deposit check is also required of participants. It will be refunded upon satisfactory completion of the seminar, which is based on attendance and participation.

If you have questions about the seminar, please contact us at:


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Eleanor Reeds

Coordinator for Graduate Writing Support

University Writing Center

University of Connecticut, Storrs


Office: Homer Babbidge Library, Room 108

Office Hours: Monday 11am-1pm and Wednesday 2pm-4pm

Psychological Sciences Grad Statistical Consultant

Henry Wolf is our Psychological Sciences Grad Statistical Consultant.  He will be holding office hours in BOUS 190C (the first floor grad computer resource room) from 9 AM – 12:00 PM on Mondays, 10 AM – 1 PM on Fridays; and by appointment ( ).


If you have non-course statistical analysis questions, we encourage you to stop by during Henry’s office hours to discuss them with him.   [Statistical questions pertaining to your stats courses should still be directed to the instructor or the grad TAs for the course.]

2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP) program solicitation has just been released!

Who is eligible: 1st and 2nd year grad students

You can find the solicitation here:



The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education. NSF especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, veterans, and undergraduate seniors to apply.



Eligibility for the NSF GRFP has changed. Please see details here:


Applicants meet criteria under citizenship, degree requirements, and field of study. Please check the eligibility criteria in the program solicitation.


Application Support

The Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships (ONS&F) at UConn provides application support to eligible applicants. Click the “talk to advisor” button for more information:

For more information, contact: Rowena Grainger at


Fredric M. Jablin Doctoral Dissertation Award: Deadline July , 2016

Fredric M. Jablin Doctoral Dissertation Award

A description of the award and the application process can be found at

Established in 1992, the Jepson School of Leadership Studies takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of leadership. Jepson faculty members make significant contributions to their home disciplines as well as to the field of leadership studies. They come from leading doctoral programs in traditional academic disciplines such as religious studies, philosophy, and social psychology.

This interdisciplinary approach to leadership is reflected in our recent selection of recipients for the Jablin Dissertation Award. Past winners earned their doctorates in such areas as history at Stanford, political science at Michigan State, and religion at Princeton University.