Remember: The University is closed December 25 and 26 and January 1. Have a great break!
Professor David Johnson and his brother, Roger Johnson (C&I), won the 2007 Brock International Prize in Education. This award recognizes individuals who have made a significant impact on the practice or understanding of education.
The Educational Psychology Department is allocating funds for reimbursement of student travel this year. Award amounts will be based on the number requests received, up to a maximum of $250 per student. In the past these funds have only been distributed at the end of the academic year. This year, awards will be made in the winter and in spring.
To request mid-year funds, you must be an active Educational Psychology graduate student and travel to and present at a national or international conference or professional meeting between July 1 and December 15, 2006. Your faculty must approve the travel. Send your advisor a letter noting the title of the paper presentation, including all authors and presenters, and the name date and location of the conference. Also include proof of attendance, a copy of the conference program showing the presentation, original receipts for all expenses for which you are requesting reimbursement. Your advisor should sign the letter, noting his/her approval.
Submit all of the above and a completed expense reimbursement form to Lori (PsyF), Mary (SpEd and CSPP) or Deb (SchPsy) by January 22, 2007. Requests after that date will be considered with spring awards.
Council of Graduate Students (COGS) has published Staying on Course, an in-depth guide about what you can do to make graduate school a good experience. This booklet will guide a first year student with numerous tasks, such as working with an advisor, filling out forms and just getting accustomed to graduate student life. This booklet also provides advice to continuing graduate students on taking preliminary exams, presenting research, staying motivated, job searching and having fun. Lastly, advice is given to faculty on interacting with students. Moreover, students will find it helpful to see things from a faculty's perspective. Staying on Course is available for download (http://www.cogs.umn.edu/pdfs/StayingonCourse2005.pdf) or from the COGS office.
If you are having trouble communicating with your advisor, you may want to set up an appointment to meet with both your advisor and a third person such as the coordinator of your track or the department chair (John Romano). This third person may help facilitate a discussion, mediate a conflict between you and your advisor, or assist in resolving a conflict.
Each year the Graduate School awards Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships to outstanding final-year PhD candidates. The award provides support so that recipients can devote full-time effort to research and writing of the dissertation. The award includes a stipend of $21,500, academic year tuition for up to 14 thesis credits, and subsidized health insurance through the graduate assistant plan.
This competition requires nomination by the graduate program. The Graduate School informs programs of how many nominations they are allowed for both the new student and doctoral dissertation fellowships. Programs are required to decide how many incoming students they will nominate and how many nominations they will reserve for doctoral dissertation fellowships. The Ed Psych Graduate Advisory Committee will decide how those nominations will be divided at their January meeting
Eligible students must have (1) passed written and oral prelim exams by February 14, 2007; (2) an approved degree program on file in the Graduate School; (3) all program coursework completed by the end of spring semester 2007; (4) no incompletes in official program coursework on transcript by March 9, 2007; and (5) plan to graduate by the end of spring 2008 (or no later than fall 2008). It is also strongly recommended that candidates have a thesis proposal on file at the Graduate School by March 9, 2007. Please note that the award is intended for students who, typically, will be entering their fifth or sixth year of graduate study, having entered the Graduate School in fall 2002 or later with a bachelor’s degree (or 2004 or later with a master’s degree). Students who entered before this date are eligible, but the program will be required to provide an explanation of individual circumstances that led to a lengthier program of study.
If you will meet the above requirements and think you may submit a proposal for the award, please notify Kathleen Walter (firstname.lastname@example.org; 206 Burton Hall) by Friday, January 5. The Graduate Advisory Committee will review the pool of applicants and determine how many nominations will be held for the doctoral dissertation fellowship. You do not need to submit a proposal at this time; February 14 will be the deadline for proposals. Note that written and oral prelims must be completed by February 14. (For more information on proposals and the nomination process, see http://www.grad.umn.edu/fellowships/forms/ddf.pdf.) Details about the internal nomination process will be sent following the January 10 GAC meeting.
NOTE: Only students who indicate their interest in this award by the January 5 deadline will be considered for nomination.