Summer Arboretum Trip

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COGS is planning a trip to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in August - we hope you can join us!

To RSVP for hte event go to:

Arboretum trip: Sunday August 24, 9:30am - 3pm

Schedule of events:

9:30am: for those who want to carpool meet at MOA service lot (24th Ave & 82nd St). Please email if you would like to offer your car as a carpool car.

To carpool, you can either drive and offer space in your car, or passengers can pay $5 to the driver of the car you are riding in. The arboretum is about a 25 minute drive and maps will be provided to drivers.

10am: everyone meets at arboretum's visitor center. There will be some COGS execs there to meet you.

Admission to the arboretum is free for U of M students and kids 12 & under. Admission for everyone else is $12.

10:30am: Group will start on 3 mile walk around the facility where we will pass by sculpture garden, Japanese garden and other interesting spots. Option to jump on/off a free circulator (runs every 15 minutes or so). Tram rides are available for $3 for those who don't want to or are unable to walk.

12:00: Picnic on the grounds. COGS will provide picnic treats like cold cut sandwiches, hummus, fruit, veggies, chips & cookies.

1pm/1:30pm: free guided walking tour for those interested (guide points out seasonal highlights in bloom) OR 1:30 free concert @ Trex Deck (Maple Grove Jazz Ensemble).

3pm - pack up and go home!

GWIS Annual National Conference

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The following is a message from a local non-profit - Graduate Women in Science (GWIS).

Our group's mission is to foster the careers of women science professionals--in all types of careers: academia, industry, government, regulatory, legal, etc. This is a GREAT networking organization for graduate students to get connected to a diverse range of professional and academic scientists, not only locally but nationwide!

Our chapter is hosting the 93rd Annual National conference Saturday June 28th, hosted here on the U of M campus. The theme of this year's conference is Building Bridges: Practicing Science in the Modern Era. The symposium will cover topics related to how scientists can successfully communicate to "build bridges" between academia, industry, government, and the community. Our keynote presentation will be from Dr. Jorge Cham, creator of PhD Comics.

Our group is not limited to membership and attendance from women. It was founded in 1921 as a fraternity--we welcome men both in attendance and as members to help support the successful careers of women scientists!

Please see the flyer for more information: Conference Flyer3.pdf

Or to go straight to registration go here:

Outstanding Faculty Award Winners!

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Congratulations to the 2014 Winners of the COGS Outstanding Faculty Award!

This award was established in 2010 as a way to recognize contributions of faculty members who go above and beyond in their work with graduate students. It is the only award where faculty members are nominated by and winners are selected by graduate students.

Thanks to both the winners and all the other nominees for all you do for graduate students!

Bruce Braun: Geography, Environment and Society, CLA
Anthony W. D'Amato: Forest Resources, CFANS
Kaye Husbands Fealing: Center for Science, Technology and Public Policy, Humphrey
Carol A. Lange: Medicine and Pharmacology, Med School
Traci Mann: Social Psychology, CLA
Peggy Nelson: Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, CLA
Stephen Ross: Kinesiology, CEHD
Brian Steffenson: Plant Pathology, CFANS
Matthew D. Johnson : Biomedical Engineering, CSE

Travel Award Winners Spring 2014

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Congratulations to the winners of the Spring 2014 COGS Travel Award!

Elias Anoszko
Mahdi Bayat
Kyle Biesecker
Reed Coil
Emily Del Bel
Nicholas Dillon
Danielle Drabeck
Salli Dymond
Jay Frank
Mallory Franklin
Diego Garcia-Huidobro
Eric Scott Hald
Carrie Henning-Smith
Amanda Hodel
Sarah Hoffman
Jennifer Immich
Suhyun Jung
George Kotsakis
Petra Kranzfelder
Joshua Lupinek
Marta Lyons
Shannon McManimon
Laurie Moberg
Thomas Murray
Nichole Neuman
Kathryn (Sami) Nichols
Heather O'Leary
Shade' Osifuye
Cheyenne Oyen
Tracey Pyscher
Nidhi Sharda
Marisol Soto
Jessie Tanner
Eric Thibodeau
Oleksandr Tkachenko
Yi Vue
Elizabeth Williams
Qianyun Xie
Dag Yngvesson

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

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.

GAPSA Presidential Debate
Coffman Memorial Union President's Room

Free Screening of The PhD Movie
Coffman Memorial Union Theater

Workshop on Dignity In Advising
Walter Library 401/402

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

Family & Friends Bowling Night
Goldy's Gameroom

Symposium on the Effects of Stress
Mayo Auditorium
For Free Lunch, register by March 26th at RSVP HERE

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

Grad Student Outing to the Walker Art Center

Free Massage Day
Garden Room of Boynton East Bank Clinic
Come at any time!

Minnesota Roller Girls Roller Derby Bout
ENTER LOTTERY HERE by Tuesday March 25 @ 5PM

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:

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:

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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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:


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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 ( at anytime if you have further questions or suggestions!


COGS Executive board
Graduate Education Council



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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 or

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 to request any further information. Light food and beverages will be served after the Discussion.