Spring 2020

CDC and ergonomic considerations for remote work (attachments)

The CDC has prepared a current list of web links (as of 5-27) on persona protection and on guidance for operations of various entities (“Guide to COVID-19 Information….”)

Guide to COVID-19 Information_Guidelines_27May2020_


Various ergonomic considerations for working remotely (“HFES…” and “ILO think piece….”)

HFES Adult Home Office Ergonomic Guidelines

ILO think piece working remotely world Safety Day 2020

Online Behavior Mini Meeting

Dear Colleagues,

Our mini-conference “Behavioural neuroscience for the next decade: Why behaviour matters to brain science” (11th July 2020) co-organised with EBBS, EBPS, and EMCCS has been moved to a virtual format. Participation is without cost but prior registration is necessary.

You can register for the meeting here: Online Behavior Mini Meeting. The registration deadline is 12th, June 2020.

Program details are included below. Speaker abstracts will soon be made available.

With kind regards,


Program Overview

09:00-09:50 Topic 1 (EBBS): Progress In Complex Behavioural Analysis 
Speaker 1: Stoyo Karamihalev (Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Germany)
Speaker 2: Ewelina Knapska (Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland)
Speaker 3: Alexander Mathis (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)

09:50-10:40 Topic 2 (EMCCS): Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms Of Learning And Memory 
Speaker 1: Angel Barco (Neuroscience Institute UMH-CSIC, Spain)
Speaker 2: Haneen Kayyal (University of Haifa, Israel)
Speaker 3: Isabelle Mansuy (University of Zürich, Switzerland)

10:40-11:30 Topic 3 (IBANGS): Connecting Genes To Behaviour 
Speaker 1: Caroline Brennan (Queen Mary University of London, U.K.)
Speaker 2: Susanna Pietropaolo (CNRS, University of Bordeaux, France)
Speaker 3: Annette Schenck (Radboud University, The Netherlands)

11:30-12:20 Topic 4 (EBPS): How Pharmacology & Neuroscience
                                Help Us To Understand Behaviour 
Speaker 1: Amy Milton (University of Cambridge, U.K.)
Speaker 2: Shelly Flagel (University of Michigan, U.S.A.)
Speaker 3: Marco Venniro (National Institute on Drug Abuse, U.S.A.)

ARL Distinguished Postdoc Fellowship Program Research Funding

The Army Research Laboratory (ARL) invites exceptional young researchers to apply for an ARL Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship (www.nas.edu/arl). This fellowship provides recipients the opportunity to pursue independent research while working alongside some of the nation’s best scientists and engineers. Applicants must display extraordinary ability in scientific research and show clear promise of becoming outstanding leaders. Successful candidates will have already tackled a major scientific or engineering problem or will have provided a new approach or insight, evidenced by a recognized impact in their field.

Eligibility criteria


  • By October 1, 2020, applicants must have completed all the requirements for a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree in the physical sciences, life sciences, computational sciences, behavioral sciences, or engineering. Applicants who intend to defend their dissertation after October 1, 2020, are not eligible.
  • As of the application deadline (May 29, 2020), applicants may not be more than five years beyond the award date of their Ph.D. or Sc.D.
  • There are no citizenship requirements; however, selected fellows must pass a Department of Defense clearance process, requiring a background security investigation. Foreign nationals must get further DoD approval, requiring a background investigation. 
  • Applicants must demonstrate exceptional qualifications with respect to academic and scholarly achievement, as evidenced by research and publication.
  • Candidates are expected to have conducted research on a major scientific or engineering problem during their thesis work or have provided a new approach or insight, evidenced by a recognized impact in their field.



Fellowship terms and benefits

  • Full-time commitment to a one-year in-residence appointment at ARL, renewable for up to three years based on performance
  • Annual stipend of $100,000
  • Health insurance (including dental and vision)
  • Paid relocation and professional travel allowance

Sincerely yours,


H. Ray Gamble

Director, Fellowships Office

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
500 5th Street NW, Keck 531
Washington, DC 20001

UConn’s Graduate Certificate in College Instruction

The Graduate Certificate in College Instruction (GCCI) is a 9-credit program for individuals interested in deepening their theoretical and practical understanding of college teaching. This certificate program is intended to provide graduate students with a significant credential on their transcripts in the area of instructional understanding and competence. Applications are accepted twice a year: on November 15th for spring entrance and April 1 for fall entrance.

The course sequence is as follows:

  • GRAD 6001: Introduction to College Instruction (2 credits)  Required
  • GRAD 6000: Seminars in College Instruction (1 credit) Required (can be taken simultaneously with GRAD 6001)
  • GRAD 6004:  Practicum in College Instruction (1 credit) Required only for those without teaching experience (being a TA counts as experience)
  • The remaining six credits are electives of the students choosing. See the GCCI courses page for more information.

When you have begun the final course for completing the Graduate Certificate in College Instruction, you are required to complete a Plan of Study.pdf, have it signed by the Program Director, Dr. Robin Grenier, and send it to the Graduate School. The student must apply for graduation from the program through their PeopleSoft accounts before the conferral date.

Our certificate programs aims to deepen students’ theoretical and practical knowledge of college instruction. It is especially relevant for those planning on pursuing academic positions after graduation. We have an upcoming application deadline of April 1, 2019Students can see how to apply here.

Prof. Rahamimoff Travel Grants Program for PhD Students

The program supports short trips of PhD students from the U.S. to Israel and from Israel to the U.S., which will advance their research. The program does not support participation/presentation in a conference or workshop.

Previously failed applicants may possibly resubmit, but only after receiving approval from the BSF office, which will evaluate their chances based on criteria such as progress they have made, improved invitation letter, improved visit plan, etc.

Description of the program and submission forms can be found here. In the most recent round the success rate was 29%.

The deadline for submissions is May 7th, 2020.

Diversity, Inclusion and Equality Team Awards

The CLAS Award for Diversity, Inclusion, and Equality recognizes a team of two or more CLAS faculty, staff, and/or students who have worked together on projects within the College that promote a more inclusive campus environment. Teams can be interdisciplinary and may involve faculty, staff, students and/or alumni.


The recipient group will receive $1000 in funds to further their diversity projects. They will also be recognized at the CLAS College Celebration.


To apply, nominators or self-nominators should submit:

A 500-word statement describing the group’s diversity impact on their unit and/or the College

One letter of reference from a faculty member in the College

One additional letter of reference from a faculty member, staff member, student, or alum

The deadline for the submission of materials is Friday, March 13, 2020. Application materials and questions should be sent electronically to clas@uconn.edu.

Note: the “team” could be constituted by just two people working together. Contact Katharine Capshaw, Ph.D. (capshaw@uconn.edu) with any questions.



Steps to a Successful Graduation

Are you graduating this semester?  Did you know you must apply for graduation online via your StudentAdmin account?  Did you know the deadline was by the end of the 4th week of the semester?

If you missed the deadline, please apply ASAP in order to not impact the conferral of your degree.  Additionally, summer candidates are asked to apply no later than March 1st to ensure their information makes the Commencement publication.

Click the following link for more information about Commencement as well as to RSVP for the ceremony here.

Additional Important dates and deadlines can be viewed on the Academic Calendar page.  Friday April 24nd is the last day to defend a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation for conferral of a Spring 2020 degree.

Visit Degree Audit’s website for directions and more information about applying for graduation, submitting required paperwork, and uploading your thesis or dissertation.  Consult your major advisor about what documentation needs to be submitted to The Registrar’s Office as a requirement for your degree.

All students are advised to review their transcript to ensure that it coincides with their plan of study. Any missing grades, documents, or discrepancies between a student’s plan of study and transcript can result in a delay of degree conferral or cancellation of degree candidacy.

UConn Health Graduate students can get information at the following link – UConn Health Commencement

Feel free to contact The Degree Audit office at 860-486-6214 or degreeaudit@uconn.edu if you have additional questions

For more information, contact: Degree Audit Office at degreeaudit@uconn.edu