2014 Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week Events

Organized & Sponsored by COGS
(The Council of Graduate Students)

See the APPRECIATIONWEEK-2.pdf for more details!
See below for RSVP and ticketing details!
Send all questions to cogs@umn.edu

For theater tickets, roller derby tickets, and basketball tickets, availability is limited and we will have a lottery to give the tickets away. ENTER LOTTERY HERE by Tuesday March 25 @ 5PM

Some event times in attached flier may differ from times noted below. Times below are all correct.

MONDAY MARCH 24 @ 6:30 PM
GAPSA Presidential Debate
Coffman Memorial Union President's Room

WEDNESDAY MARCH 26 @ 7 PM
Free Screening of The PhD Movie
Coffman Memorial Union Theater
RSVP HERE

THURSDAY MARCH 27 @ 9 AM
Workshop on Dignity In Advising
Walter Library 401/402
RSVP HERE

FRIDAY MARCH 28 @ 8 PM
Free Tickets to Sarah Ruhl's Dead Man's Cell Phone
Theater in the Round on the West Bank
ENTER LOTTERY HERE by Tuesday March 25 @ 5PM

TUESDAY APRIL 1 @ 7 PM
Family & Friends Bowling Night
Goldy's Gameroom
RSVP HERE

WEDNESDAY APRIL 2 8:45AM - 5 PM
Symposium on the Effects of Stress
Mayo Auditorium
For Free Lunch, register by March 26th at RSVP HERE

WEDNESDAY APRIL 2 @ 7PM
Memphis Grizzlies @ Minnesota Timberwolves
Basketball Game
Target Center
ENTER LOTTERY HERE by Tuesday March 25 @ 5PM

THURSDAY APRIL 5 @ 5PM
Grad Student Outing to the Walker Art Center
RSVP HERE

FRIDAY APRIL 4 12PM - 4 PM
Free Massage Day
Garden Room of Boynton East Bank Clinic
Come at any time!

SATURDAY APRIL 5 @ 7:30PM
Minnesota Roller Girls Roller Derby Bout
ENTER LOTTERY HERE by Tuesday March 25 @ 5PM


TUESDAY APRIL 8 12PM -4PM
The Graduate Revels at Northrop (Sponsored by the Graduate School and Institute for Advanced Study)

Register now for the COGS Stress Symposium!

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Register HERE by MARCH 26TH: http://z.umn.edu/stresssymposium

Dear members of the university community,

You are invited to the first annual COGS graduate student symposium. This years theme is "The effects of stress on personal and economic health". Nine graduate students from across the university will be sharing their work as it pertains to this topic and Dr. Karen Parker, Stanford University, will be giving the keynote address. This one day symposium will be held on Wednesday April 2nd from 8:45AM - 5PM in Mayo auditorium. The day will begin with coffee and pastries and lunch will be served to those who register for the event.

Please join us to learn about the work that is being performed right here on campus. Some talks will address how stress may be affecting you and what you can do to alter those affects. Stick around for lunch and you may get a chance to meet members of PAWS (pet away worry & stress)!

This event is a great opportunity to learn more about the effects of stress as well as connect with others on campus who are also interested in this topic. The event is open to everyone and all are encouraged to attend.

Please remember to register if you want to have lunch.

To sign up for the event, please visit: http://z.umn.edu/stresssymposium
REMEMBER TO REGISTER BY MARCH 26TH!

The schedule for the day is as follows:

8:45 - Introduction and Welcome

9:00 - Amy Hauck: Epigenomics: Bridging Nutrition and Metabolic Memory
9:30 - Sooyeon Sung: Harshness, Unpredictability and Age of Menarche
10:00 - Craig Marquardt: Processing of monetary gains and losses with troops deployed to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

10:30 - Coffee Break

10:45 - Jenna Doom: Perception of Maternal Care During Adolescence Predicts Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Adulthood
11:15 - Xiaoyenan Xu: The effect of stressful life events on cell phone dependence: the role of resilience

12:15 - Lunch, and then animal guests from PAWS (Pet away worry and stress)

1:30 - Guest Speaker - Dr. Karen J. Parker

2:30 - Coffee Break

2:45 - Allison Farrell: Buffering Avoidantly Attached Romantic Partners in Strain Test Situations
3:15 - Gilbert Gonzales: Economic Distress and Children's Mental Health
3:45 - James Cosper: Controlling Artificial Color To Stimulate or Relax
4:15 Katie Osdoba: Using food to reduce stress: Effects of choosing meal components and preparing a meal

4:45 CLOSING REMARKS & Meditation/ritual

Graduate Student Fees Petition

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GRADUATE STUDENT FEES:

Sign the Online Petition

We the undersigned members of the graduate student community at the University of Minnesota draw attention to the need for reform regarding the collection of graduate student fees. The current graduate student fee collection policies create unexpected and unnecessary financial burdens on the graduate student community at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. The following reforms will assist in alleviating these burdens:

(1) The inclusion of a waiver for the payment plan fee and late fees as part of a standard package for all graduate assistants at the University of Minnesota, so that all graduate assistants may pay out their fees over the course of the semester without incurring additional fees;

(2) A reexamination and revision of the timeline for the payment plan when applied to amounts under $2000 for the semester, including the availability to pay fees by the end of the semester without additional fees or to pay out on a weekly basis;

(3) Consider the rolling of all fees into tuition or into graduate assistant packages, which would mean significant tax savings and increased income for students;

Sign the Petition here:

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/gradstudentfees/

STRESS SYMPOSIUM

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CALL FOR PAPERS-4.pdf

I would like to inform you an upcoming opportunity for graduate students to present their work at a university-wide symposium that being held on April 2, 2014. This symposium is fully funded through COGS (Council of Graduate Students) and will address how stress affects personal and economic health. I'm attaching a promotional flyer to this message for you to share with as many students as you can: the more students who submit a proposal then the better the symposium will be! See flyer for more details.

The goal of this symposium is to have University of Minnesota graduate students from a broad range of programs (e.g. Child Psychology, Economics, Business, Neuroscience, etc) present their work as it pertains to the effects of stress on personal and economic health. For instance, the US is one of the richest countries in the world, yet we are stressed and unhealthy. Many Americans fight depression or obesity, costing our country billions of dollars annually. These afflictions affect the poor and the wealthy alike as they suffer from chronic stress and the current structure of our fragmented society is partly to blame. This symposium will be structured in order to present both the bodily causes and consequences of stress and how society fits in to shape our physical and mental health and overall wellbeing.

Student presenters will be invited to attend a dinner with the keynote speaker which will be paid for by COGS. The dinner will be a time to share ideas and get some one-on-one time with the keynote, Dr. Karen J. Parker from Standford University.

Abstracts are due February 14, 2014 and students will be informed of accepted proposals by March 1.

Feel free to contact me (COGSNicole@gmail.com) at anytime if you have further questions or suggestions!

Cheers,
Nicole

COGS Executive board
Graduate Education Council

CALL FOR PAPERS-4.pdf

TRAVEL AWARDS FOR GRADUATE STUDENT WOMEN IN SCIENCE

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CALL FOR SUBMISSION FOR 2013-2014
PRESENTED BY XI CHAPTER of GRADUATE WOMEN IN SCIENCE

Graduate Women in Science Travel Awards: Applications due February 7, 2014

Graduate Women in Science of Minneapolis (Xi chapter of Sigma Delta Epsilon) has established several travel awards to defray some of the costs that female graduate students incur while traveling to national or other major scientific meetings where they are presenting the results of their research. Any female graduate student in Minnesota engaged in scientific research is eligible to apply but, other factors being equal; preference will be given to active members of Xi Chapter. The applicant should have limited other support for attending scientific meetings. The funds may be used for travel expenses and registration fees, not for room and board. The usual award is in the range of $200 to $300.

Applications are now being accepted for the Mary Haga Award and are due February 7th, 2014.

Please see the attached announcement flier for details about applying.

SDE announcement flyer 2013-14 .doc

If any further questions, email RuthAnn R Duda at awards.xi@gwis.org or rrduda@mmm.com

Educational Debate about Judicial Selection

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The University Student Legal Service will be hosting an educational debate titled Judicial Selection Panel: Debating the Future of Minnesota's Judicial Elections. It will be held on Thursday, November 21st from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM in Room 25 at the University of Minnesota Law School.

We are excited to feature one of Minnesota's most recognized legal scholars and political commentators, Dr. David Schultz (U of M and Hamline Law Schools), as the moderator for the event, and a distinguished group of panelists including:

G. Barry Anderson, Current Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court

Eric J. Magnuson, Former Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court

Liz V. Cutter, Current Hennepin County Court Judge

Thomas A. Tinkham, past President of the MSBA and former Chair of the Commercial Litigation practice group, Dorsey and Whitney


Please email usls@umn.edu to request any further information. Light food and beverages will be served after the Discussion.

For those interested in publishing there are two exciting workshops coming up!

Book Publishing: The Fearless Monograph--Part 1

Thursday, October 24, 4:30 - 6 pm, 130 Murphy Hall
Presenter: Jason Weideman, Senior Acquisitions Editor, University of Minnesota Press

Though constantly reminded to "publish or perish," scholars often begin their academic careers mystified by the scholarly publishing process. This two-part workshop will provide advice and tips for graduate students at any stage who are interested in preparing now for future scholarly publication. What can graduate students do to develop a sense of their publishing options early on? How do dissertation embargoes or open access publishing affect options after graduate school? What sets a university press apart from commercial publishers? What options are available for transforming a dissertation into a publishable book manuscript?

Register


Book Publishing: The Fearless Monograph - Part 2
Thursday, October 24, 6 - 7:30 pm, 130 Murphy Hall
Presenter: Jason Weideman, Senior Acquisitions Editor, University of Minnesota Press

The second half of this workshop is directed at graduate students currently writing their dissertations or in the process of defending. What should authors consider when transforming the dissertation into a book? How do you interest a press in your manuscript? What should authors anticipate during the publishing process? Expect concrete advice on crafting a cover letter and book proposal.

Register

These workshops are co-sponsored by COGS, GAPSA and The Graduate School.

Conference Travel Grants

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We are now accepting applications for travel grants for travel to conferences this Fall (travel must be between September 1st 2013 and January 20th 2014).

Please download the COGS Conference Travel Award application here.

travel grant app FALL 2013.docx


The rules and guidelines are below. Please email cogs@umn.edu with any questions.

travel award instructions conference FALL 2013.docx

The Council of Graduate Students (COGS) gives awards to Masters and Ph.D. students for travel to conferences. This award aims to help students with limited funding to further develop professional skills and contacts.


Please note that the travel grant program for COGS has changed. As of the 2013-2014 school year, the program funds travel to conferences. The program no longer funds travel for research. For a new opportunity for funding for thesis research travel from the Graduate School, visit http://www.grad.umn.edu/fellowships/trg/index.html.

Conference travel: For travel to present work at a conference with a poster, oral presentation, or other acceptable formats.

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Due Date: Applications are due Friday November 1st, at 5:00 p.m. for travel that has occurred or will occur between September 1st 2013 and January 20th. Application and associated materials must be submitted electronically to cogs@umn.edu. No paper applications will be accepted.

Award winners will be announced by Friday November 15th 2013.

Eligibility:
•Applicant must be a degree-seeking student in a Ph.D. or Master's degree program enrolled in one of COGS constituent units, must in good standing with their department at the time of their application, and must be registered for at least one credit. For a list of constituent units, see the COGS website.
•Student must travel a minimal of 1.5 hours and/or stay a minimum of one night at their destination.
•Travel must occur between September 1st 2013 and January 20th 2014, to be eligible during the Fall 2013 award cycle.
•Previous COGS travel award winners may apply, but preference will be given to those who have not received a travel award in recent years.

Application Instructions:
•Fill out the COGS Travel Grant Application. The application consists of 5 pages, including:

· Applicant information

· Proposed Budget

· University or private company support may include GAPSA assistance, Latino, African American, or any other culture supported travel funds, grants, fellowship, departmental support, or private company supporting research project and educational funds for students.

· The maximum amount that can be requested is $1200.

· One-page summary of the activities you expect to participate in, how this relates to your studies, and explanation of why the travel award is needed.

· Abstract you submitted to the conference.

· Letter from your advisor or DGS confirming your need for travel, participation at the location and amount of University or private company support you will obtain. Letters from your advisor or DGS can be emailed from them directly to cogs@umn.edu, or you can include a scanned copy of the original letter with your application.
•You may add additional supporting material as needed.
•Refer to the application checklist on page 1 of the application form. Make sure you have included everything. If your application is incomplete, it will not be considered. Once your application is complete (if your advisor letter is not included, please note this in the "advisor letter' section of the application) email the application in one document to cogs@umn.edu. Please include "Travel Award" in the subject line of your email. REMEMBER: Applications are due by 5pm on Friday November 1st, 2013.

COGS (the Council of Graduate Students) is a student organization at the University of Minnesota COGS will provide these grants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Reimbursement Instructions:
•KEEP ALL YOUR RECEIPTS.
•After you travel you will submit a travel expense report and copies of all pertinent receipts. COGS will reimburse you up to your awarded amount upon receipt.
•If your travel has already occurred and you are applying for a reimbursement, please use the "Proposed Budget" area of the application to show your actual expenses.

COGS Travel Awards Procedures

1. COGS shall accumulate a pool of money from the graduate school, the colleges and from their discretionary funds to support travel for conferences and research.

a. Funding should be awarded for professional conference (non-research) travel.

b. These awards should be distributed in two periods: September-January and February-August. Since summer is attached to the spring award, the money should be divided approximately 33%/67%.

c. Any money donated from external sources should be allowed to be earmarked as the donor prefers. If the donor has no preference, it should be distributed as above.

d. These numbers should be made clear to the people from whom we request funds

e. Research and conference pools should be kept separate, with any remaining funds being rolled back into the respective pools.

f. Research and conference applications should be judged separately. The judging committee(s) should have an odd number and be chaired by the Executive Vice President of COGS. The Vice Presidents of Communications and Finance, if possible, should also be on this committee.

2. Eligibility

a. Students who pay the GAPSA fee are eligible for this award if they are in a COGS-represented program. Inquiries can be made at cogs@umn.edu if one is uncertain.

b. As above (1c), one can only apply for travel awards for travel that begins within the above period.

c. Applicants must be registered for at least one credit.

d. The award may only be received after the travel has occurred. Receipts must be provided to the COGS Administrator. A form will be provided to award winners.

e. Applicants must fill out the entire travel grant application and ensure that their advisor/DGS submits their letters.

3. Award balancing

a. The judging committee should come to some agreement in advance of the final decision as to the quantity and size of the awards to grant from their pool of money.

b. Awards should be capped at a total of $1200. The committee shall have the discretion to award an amount lower than the requested amount.

c. Some attempt should be made to ensure that one department or college does not monopolize the awards.

d. Applications must demonstrate that the applicants have applied for other available funding sources, including (a) the GAPSA Travel Grant, (b) Departmental sources of funding, (c) Funding made available from the conferences and professional groups themselves, (d) Funding available from other student groups and external grants.

e. Awards may be only part of the requested sum.

4. Award judging.

a. No one may judge the application of an acquaintance or provide additional information about the applicant.

b. Applicants should be judged principally on uniqueness, accomplishment, and benefit, and to a lesser extent, on need.

i. The more unique the event, the more likely it is to be funded

ii. The level of accomplishment represented by the conference should be noted. Applicants should ask their advisors/DGSs to comment on the prestige value of the requested travel. COGS should be more interested in supporting travel to the top conference of the field, but it is the responsibility of the applicant to communicate the relative

iii. The benefit to the student, department and university should be considered.

iv. The award principally exists to enable students to attend things they would not otherwise be able to attend, not simply to save graduate students money. Relative need is hard to adjudicate, but should be taken into account when possible.

v. Applications should be initially judged without taking the requested amount into consideration

c. All applications should be reviewed by two members of the committee

i. All members of the committee should use the same (or extremely similar) ranking system

ii. The reviewers should both use a yes/no/maybe system and a relative ranking system.

iii. Any applications to which neither reviewer provides a 'yes' response will not be reviewed by the committee as a whole.

5. Privacy

a. Under no circumstances shall the proceedings of the committee or any of the applications' information, either intentionally or unintentionally, be shared with anyone except the review committee members, the COGS administrator, and the individual applicant, unless the applicants explicitly agree to releasing the material for the purposes of education about the writing of a successful travel grant. The names of the winners, the name of their project, and the amount awarded will be publicly available information.

GRADUATE STUDENT APPRECIATION WEEK 2013

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2013 Graduate Student Appreciation Week Event Details

Get ready for graduate student appreciation week April 1 - 7, 2013. It's no April fool's joke we have some great events planned to recognize all of the hard work performed by graduate students in the lab, library, classroom, and field. Graduate students are a huge part of what makes the University of Minnesota an excellent research and teaching university. This year COGS and GAPSA have teamed up to provide free tickets for graduate student social events around the city. So steal away from your reclusive library cubicle or lab bench and have an evening of relaxation and fun socializing with your peers while taking advantage of all that the Twin Cities has to offer.

This year we have a variety of events planned. For events where tickets are required, please request them starting noon Tuesday March 26th, by emailing cogs@umn.edu with Guthrie, Rollerderby, or Jungle, in the subject.

You may request up to 2 tickets per graduate student, please provide your name, UMN x.500, and campus mailbox. Tickets will be given out first-come first-serve so e-mail without delay!

2013 DETAILS .pdf

2013 DETAILS word version.docx

Graduate Women in Science Travel Awards

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Graduate Women in Science Travel Awards: Applications due February 8, 2013

Graduate Women in Science of Minneapolis (Xi chapter of Sigma Delta Epsilon) has established several travel awards to defray some of the costs that female graduate students incur while traveling to national or other major scientific meetings where they are presenting the results of their research. Any female graduate student in Minnesota engaged in scientific research is eligible to apply but, other factors being equal, preference will be given to active members of Xi Chapter.

The applicant should have limited other support for attending scientific meetings. The funds may be used for travel expenses and registration fees, not for room and board. The usual award is in the range of $200 to $300. Applications are now being accepted for the Mary Haga Award and are due Feb 8th, 2013. Please see attached announcement flier for details about applying.

SDE announcement flyer 2012-13 .pdf

If any further questions, email RuthAnn R Duda at awards.xi@gwis.org or rrduda@mmm.com