Fall 2017

Connect With Us: Join the Department’s LinkedIn Pages!

For current psychological sciences graduate students: Join BOTH the Department’s LinkedIn page “UConn Psychological Sciences Department” and the LinkedIn page for Graduate Students “UConn Psychology Current Graduate Students” to be entered into a raffle for a gift card to Lizzie’s Curbside Food Truck!  One $25 gift card will be awarded to an existing member of both LinkedIn pages and another $25 gift card will be awarded to a member who joined both pages this semester! Deadline to join both pages for lottery eligibility is December 4th by midnight. Winners will be announced at the departmental pot luck on December 6th.

Call for Nominations – UConn KIDS Steering Committee

UConn KIDS (Kids in Developmental Science) is accepting nominations for PhD graduate student representatives to serve on the KIDS Steering Committee.  We are seeking nominations for the selection of 1-2 candidates and welcome nominations from the departments of Psychological Sciences, SLHS, Cognitive Science, Linguistics, Human Development and Family Studies, the Neag School of Education, and the School of Nursing. The selected graduate student(s) will serve as a voice and liaison for fellow graduate students across the UCONN KIDS consortium, representing their needs and wishes at UConn KIDS Steering Committee meetings.  This is a unique position that will offer both a chance to gain professional experience as a member of a steering committee, and an opportunity to contribute to the growth and direction of the UConn KIDS program. Graduate student representatives will be appointed for a period of one year; the departmental representation across the consortium will be rotated in subsequent years.

Please share your nomination with Lauren Powers, the UConn KIDS Child Research Recruitment Coordinator, by Monday November 27th, 2017. Self-nominations from graduate students are welcomed in additional to nominations from faculty members. Nominees will be required to submit a letter of intent at a later date.

Upon review by the Steering Committee on Wednesday December 6, 2017, nominees will be notified of their status.

Three Minute Thesis Competition Training

  • WHEN & WHERE: Friday, Nov. 3, 2:30-4:00, Room 110/ Wilbur Cross Building (near North Reading Room)

    BROUGHT TO YOU BY: Dr. Rory McGloin, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, UConn

    This session is for individuals seeking to participate in UConn’s 3MT® competition. (Join the fun & win prizes)

    (Competitors must be active PhD and Professional Doctorate (Research) candidates who have successfully passed their confirmation milestone (including candidates whose thesis is under submission) by the date of the competition in April.

    Seating is limited – Please Register: here

    WHAT YOU’LL GAIN: In this workshop you will gain a comprehensive overview of public speaking best practices, tips for captivating a diverse audience, and strategies for effective organization. Attendees should have a good sense of the key research that they will share as a 3MT® (Three Minute Thesis) competitor to make the most out of the session. Access competitor guidelines and watch UConn’s 2016 3MT® winner and the international People’s Choice winner

    UConn’s live competition will occur Thursday, April 5, 5:00PM – 7:00PM.  The winning presentation will be submitted to the 2018 Universitas 21 Competition.


    For more information, contact: Kay Kimball Gruder at Kay.gruder@UConn.edu

Expand Your Career Options

Graduate Students & Post Doctoral Scholars

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Careers in Scientific Writing

  • Explore a career field for graduate students from different disciplines
  • Learn about job strategies from a UConn PhD alumna
  • Gain insights and tips on working in industry

About The Speaker: Amanda Smith, PhD, is a medical writer at Alkermes, Inc., a pharmaceutical company. Prior to beginning a career in pharmaceuticals, she conducted her doctoral research at the University of Connecticut in the Department of Psychological Sciences.

Date: October 24th, 2017

Time: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Location: Homer Babbidge Library, Class of 1947 Conference Room

View The Flyer Here: Careers in Scientific Writing Flyer



The Graduate School presents session on financial literacy

10/12 How to be a Savvy Consumer

The Graduate School presents our second session in a series on financial literacy this semester:


Thursday, October 12, 2017


HBL 1947

Please click here to RSVP

This session will focus on:

  • How to find the best value on items you buy?
  • What to buy used and what to buy new?
  • What level of product makes the most sense, name brand, no name, high end?
  • At what point do you get a diminishing return for buying high end?
  • Are name brands worth it or are there better values?
  • Are name brands making the no name version of the same product and selling it as the exact same thing under a different name?
  • Using someone else’s experience to avoid financial costs.


For more information, contact: Morgan Sutton at morgan.sutton@uconn.edu

Imagine PhD Career exploration and planning tool for humanities and social sciences

The Graduate Career Consortium is launching ImaginePhD—a free, online career exploration and planning tool for Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences — on October 23rd.

ImaginePhD users are able to:

  • assess their career-related skills, interests, and values
  • explore careers paths appropriate to their disciplines
  • map out steps for degree completion alongside career and professional development

Developed by experts from over 50 universities, ImaginePhD offers a unique platform that teaches PhDs about popular job sectors, search strategies, and how to transfer skills across settings. ImaginePhD has the potential to transform PhD career planning.

You can create accounts at http://www.imaginephd.com when the site launches on October 23.

Information Sessions on Graduate Certificate in College Instruction

There will be an info session for the Graduate Certificate in College Instruction this Thursday, October 5th, from 11am-12pm in Gentry 142, as well as virtual session, Monday, October 9th from 6:45pm-7:30pm. Participants do not need to sign up for the in-person session but should email kristi.kaeppel@uconn.edu to sign up for the virtual session.

See attached flyer for more details: GCCIFlyerFall2017

New GA Healthcare Enrollment – Deadline Approaching

Connecticut Partnership Plan Healthcare Enrollment Period

New Hires – Fall 2017 Semester


Critical Information about medical and dental benefits for all newly appointed Graduate Assistants, Graduate Interns or Graduate Fellows with appointment dates starting August 23, 2017 (or after):


*PLEASE NOTE: If you have submitted an Online GA Benefits Election/Waiver Form, you may disregard this notice*


Graduate students who are newly appointed as Graduate Assistants, Graduate Interns or Graduate Fellows beginning August 23, 2017, have 31 days from their appointment start date to enroll in or waive coverage. For those enrolling in coverage, the coverage will be effective September 1, 2017.  Please note, any enrollment for you plus one dependent or you plus your family requires proof of the relationship, such as a marriage certificate for a spouse or a long form birth certificate for a child.


Late Enrollees:


Eligible participants who do not make an election within 31 days of their appointment start date are considered late enrollees. Late enrollees may enroll in coverage during the Open Enrollment Period held annually from April 15 through May 15 for a September 1st effective date of the following plan year.


Continuing Appointments:


Graduate Assistants, Graduate Interns and Graduate Fellows who are continuing their appointment* for the 2017-2018 Academic Year and are currently enrolled in the Connecticut Partnership plan do not need to re-enroll. Coverage will continue with current elections. Please note, plan changes for continuing appointments may be made during the Open Enrollment Period, which is held annually from April 15 through May 15.


*Continuation does NOT qualify as a status change to make elections/changes to your coverage.


Enroll Here

For more information including a listing of frequently asked questions, please visit: http://hr.uconn.edu/ct-partnership-health-benefits/

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