Fall 2018

CARMA 2018-2019 Consortium Webcast Program

Methods Resources:  UConn is an institutional premium member of CARMA (Consortium for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis), which offers a variety of webcast lectures FREE OF CHARGE to CARMA members.  Anyone with an @uconn.edu e-mail address can register on the CARMA website and access the CARMA library of webcasts (back to 2004), all available On Demand.  Information about the 2018-2019 schedule of speakers/topics can be found here:  CARMAmembership–info2018-2019.

Contact Janet Barnes-Farrell (janet.barnes-farrell@uconn.edu) if you have questions.


Alexion Pharmaceuticals/Graduate Award

Alexion Pharmaceuticals

UConn Graduate Student Dissertation Improvement Award

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. Two awards of $5000 each are 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.


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to Stuart Duncan of the Graduate School.

Email:   stuart.duncan@uconn.edu

Winter Data Science Fellowship Opportunity – R1

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
  • Boston
  • Washington, DC.

Dates: All sections will be from 2019-01-07 to 2019-03-01.

Application Link: https://www.thedataincubator.com/fellowship.html?ch=rec&ref=r0988b23042aa

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.

APS Spence Award Nominations Deadline Sept. 15

Janet Taylor Spence Award Nominations

About Award | Recipients

Deadline: September 15, 2018

Nominees must be members of the Association for Psychological Science and must have completed their PhD within eight years of the date of the annual meeting at which the award would be conferred. Extensions will be considered for nominees who have taken time away from research for reasons such as medical, disability, family care, natural disasters, and active duty military service. Nomination materials should include information supporting the need for an extension. The award committee will consider extension requests on a case-by-case basis as the nominations are evaluated. Prior approval for an extension is not necessary.

Research contributions can be transformative in various ways, such as the establishment of new approaches or paradigms within a field of psychology, or the development or advancement of research that cuts across fields of psychological science. The common thread is that Award winners should reflect the best of the many new and cutting edge ideas coming out of our most creative and promising investigators who, together, embody the future of psychological science.

Letters of nomination and support should specifically address the nominee’s work with respect to the following selection criteria: (1) is the research novel and creative? (2) does the research have the potential to change how we think about psychological science? (3) is the research characterized by rigorous and innovative scientific methods? (4) does the research build upon existing psychological science in scholarly ways? (5) is the research influencing multiple fields of psychological science?

To nominate a candidate for the Janet Taylor Spence Award, please fill out this online form, including following materials:

  • Electronic Letter of Nomination specifically addressing the selection criteria listed above
  • The nominee’s current curriculum vitae
  • PDF’s of the nominee’s work indicating the most important contributions to psychological science (not more than 10 papers) emailed as attachments to awards@psychologicalscience.org
  • Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which is from an APS Fellow.

Please submit all nomination materials electronically to the APS Janet Taylor Spence Award Committee via the online nomination form or by email at awards@psychologicalscience.org

NAEd/Spencer Fellowships in Education Research

National Academy of Education (NAEd)/Spencer Fellowships in Education Research

The Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These $27,500 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere around the world. Fellows will also attend professional development retreats and receive mentorship from NAEd members and other senior scholars in their field. This highly competitive program aims to identify the most talented emerging researchers conducting dissertation research related to education. The NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship program will fund 35 promising young scholars for the 2019-2020 academic year.  Click here to learn about the current fellows.
Deadline to apply: October 4, 2018
NAEd will host a webinar for interested applicants on Wednesday, September 5th at 2:00pm ET.  Sign up for the webinar and find the application form on the NAEd website: https://naeducation.org/naedspencer-dissertation-fellowship-program/

The Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports early-career scholars working in critical areas of educational scholarship. Fellows will receive $70,000 for one academic year of research, or $35,000 for each of two contiguous years, working half time. Fellows will also attend professional development retreats and receive mentorship from NAEd members and other senior scholars in their field. For the current application cycle, applicants must have had their PhD, EdD, or equivalent research degree conferred between January 1, 2013, and December 31, 2017.  This fellowship is non-residential, and applications from all disciplines are encouraged. The NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship program will fund 30 early-career researchers for the 2019-2020 academic year.  Click here to learn about the current fellows.
Deadline to apply: November 1, 2018
NAEd will host a webinar for interested applicants on Wednesday, September 26th at 2:00pm ET.  Sign up for the webinar and find the application form on the NAEd website: https://naeducation.org/naedspencer-postdoctoral-fellowship-program/

The National Academy of Education greatly appreciates support and funding from the Spencer Foundation to provide and administer these fellowship programs.

For more information, please contact Maria Gahan, Program Officer.

NSF GRFP General Information Session

  • Thursday, September 6, 2018
    3:00pm – 4:00pm

    Storrs Campus
    Class of 1947 (HBL)

    The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship is an excellent opportunity for students in or going to graduate school! Join us for an overview of the application process and some application tips.

    Please review this website, particularly the eligibility, before attending: http://nsfgrfp.org/

    Register here: https://nexus.uconn.edu/secure_per/events/event_registration.php?ser=477&rc=0914386222

    If you are unable to attend the session but would like support with your application, please make an appointment for a one on one advising appointment via Nexus.

    For more information, contact: Rowena Grainger at rowena.grainger@uconn.edu

Graduate Writing Retreat

Saturday, September 8th – Graduate Writing Retreat 

Carving out time to do serious 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 on Stanford University’s dissertation boot camp and UConn faculty writing retreats, the Writing Center and the Graduate Student Senate sponsor days to write–complete with coffee in the mornings and afternoons, with an optional hour break for lunch. (Feel free to bring your own lunch and snacks.) The goal of this initiative is to provide a distraction-free environment where participants can write. You should come prepared, bringing your notes, books, and laptops, so that you can spend the time getting words on the page. These sessions are not workshops, and no writing instruction will be provided.

We encourage you to stay all day, but half-day tickets are available, too.

Event Details:
Where: Augustus Storrs Hall, Carolyn Ladd Widmer Wing, Room 01 (STRS WW01) – 231 Glenbrook Road, Storrs CT 06269.

When: Saturday, September 8th 2018 – 10am to 5pm.

Register here

Psychological Sciences Colloquium Schedule 2018-2019

All talks will take place in BOUS A106 at 3:30pm on Wednesday’s unless otherwise noted.


September 19, 2018

Dr. Chantal Stern, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Boston University

Jointly sponsored by the Department of Psychological Sciences and the UConn Brain Imaging Research Center

Title: Functional MRI Studies of Memory and Navigation


October 3, 2018

Dr. Marie Coppola, Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Connecticut

Tenure Talk

Title: TBA


October 24, 2018

Dr. Tara Behrend, Department of Organizational Sciences and Communication, George Washington University

Title: TBA


November 7, 2018

John Dovidio, Department of Psychology, Yale University

Title: Racism among the Well-Intentioned: Subtle Discrimination, Implicit Bias, and Implications for Racial Disparities in Healthcare and Health


November 14, 2018

Dr. Nairán Ramírez-Esparza, Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Connecticut

Tenure Talk

Title: TBA


April 3, 2019

Jana Iverson, Department of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh

Title: TBA

Opportunity for Graduate Students to Develop Presentation Skills

The Graduate School runs an annual competition where PostDocs present their research in a 3MT style. In addition, Prof. Kenneth Noll, our guest speaker, will share his insights on making an impact with your data in his presentation: “Make your data tell a story anywhere, anytime.” We think this will be an ideal space in which our graduate students can benefit from seeing a variety of presentations from those taking the next step of their academic journey. We have limited space, but would love to offer up to 30 spots for graduate students which will include a buffet lunch in addition to the presentations.

The event will be held on Thursday, September 20th, 11:30am to 2pm at Alumni House.

More information at: https://grad.uconn.edu/postdocs/postdoc-appreciation-week/

Please feel free to pass onto your graduate students that would benefit from this, and please stress that if they sign up they are expected to attend: REGISTER HERE


Universitas 21’s PwC Innovation Challenge

U21 is holding a competition sponsored by Price Waterhouse Cooper that asks students to put together a 3 minute video, responding to an identified problem.

Please feel free to reach out to (stuart.duncan@uconn.edu) with any questions.

More details: https://press.pwc.com/News-releases/universitas-21-and-pwc-announce-new-innovation-challenge-competition/s/5cdf55ee-8ff2-40a3-86c5-4bb971e137da