August 2011 Archives

Super Fantastic Week!

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Super Fantastic Week is September 19-23 in Saint Paul. COGS will be involved with face painting and pizza feed at the Gopher Spot Birthday Party on September 23. It's going to be lots of fun, hope to see you there!


Graduate Student Leave of Absence Policy

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The leave of absence policy that COGS spearheaded is now official university policy. Read about it here for more information.

Updated Graduate Student Survival Guide

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COGS has updated its guide to living in the Twin Cities for the 2011-2012 academic year.

This handy volume is a summary of services you may need during graduate school. Do you know where to get your UCard, get forms, and buy books? How do you get to and around campus? Where can you eat, get money? Looking for a place to live and buy affordable furniture? What is there to do for fun in the Twin Cities? This survival guide will help point you in the right direction.

The updated survival guide can be downloaded here: survival guide_2011.pdf

Free workshops from the Libraries

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The University of Minnesota Libraries are offering some workshops from August 22 to September 2. Below is a sample of workshops the Libraries are offering. To see the complete list and register go to:

Please contact Nancy Herther if you have any questions ( or comments. If these times are inconvenient or you can't get to campus, the Libraries also have a number of recorded workshops and tutorials at


7 Keys for Grad Student Success
New to the University? Just beginning your life as a grad student? This workshop is intended to give you a head-start on learning the essential information that every grad student needs to know to succeed here at the University.
Mon, 08/22/2011 - 10:00am - 11:30am, Location: S30B Wilson Library (sub-basement)


*New* Gauging Impact: How to Determine Impact Factors And What They Really Tell You
Learn how to compute an individual's h-index using Web of Science and Google Scholar and how to find a journal's impact factor.
Wed, 08/24/2011 - 11:30am - 12:00pm, Location: 310 Walter Library

*New* Google Scholar and Web of Science: Complementary Tools for Finding Academic Content
Learn how these two databases offer unique ways to retrieve and analyze academic research. Find how to use of their broad subject coverage to do effective interdisciplinary research.
Wed, 08/24/2011 - 10:30am - 11:30am, Location: 310 Walter Library


*New* Mendeley: Get Organized
This hands-on class will cover how to use the free software Mendeley to better organize and access your electronic article library.
Mon, 08/22/2011 - 10:00am - 11:00am, Location: 2nd Floor Computing Area - Bio-Medical Library, Diehl Hall

Introduction to Citation Managers
Learn why you should use a citation manager to organize and create bibliographies and in-text citations. This workshop will look at three common citation managers: RefWorks, EndNote and Zotero.
Tue, 08/23/2011 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm, Location: 310 Walter Library

Formatting Your Dissertation or Thesis in *Word 2007*
Focus on your research instead of your formatting! Learn how to use Microsoft Word features effectively and efficiently to insert images and charts, get page numbers in the right place, generate tables of contents and figures; and more. This workshop covers the basic formatting you'll need to comply with Graduate School guidelines and uses Office 2007.
Fri, 08/26/2011 - 10:00am - 12:00pm, Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)


Grant Funding for Graduate Students

Find out more about funding opportunities available to graduate students. Learn how to use IRIS, SPIN, and Community of Science and the Foundation Directory to search for grant opportunities.
Wed, 08/24/2011 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm, Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)


*New* Leveraging Archival Materials into your Course and Cavern Tour
Get ideas for using primary materials to enrich the classroom experience. View examples from a wide variety of disciplines from humanities to science to engineering. This workshop will help instructors and TA's navigate the logistics of using archival material in your course.
Wed, 08/31/2011 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm, Location: 120 Andersen Library

*New* Moodle: Integrating Library Resources
The Libraries are full of interesting materials that can supplement your course and your Moodle sites such as images, articles, ebooks, videos, music and more. At this hands-on workshop, explore a variety of materials and learn how to add them to your Moodle.
Tue, 08/30/2011 - 1:00PM - 2:00pm, Location: 310 Walter Library


*New* What the World Knows About You: Privacy and Online Reputation Management with Social Media
Ever "Googled" yourself? Ever wondered just how much information about you is out on the web? So do your future employers and professors! Learn how to configure your profile to protect the information you want to keep private and expose the information that will help you market yourself to employers.
Tue, 08/23/2011 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Location: S30C Wilson Library

Budget Control Act

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The new Budget Control Act signed by Congress on August 1st significantly harms graduate students. Starting in 2012, the federal government will no longer pay the interest on subsidized loans for graduate students and eliminates most of the loan repayment incentives.

Read about it on MNDaily and CNN

See page 5 of the Budget Control Act for the impact on graduate students:

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