News and Notes August 2013

Announcements

2013-2014 UNL Graduate Studies Bulletin

The 2013-2014 UNL Graduate Bulletin will be available online at the end of August. If you need help navigating the bulletin, please contact Jane Schneider.

Registration and Financial Aid

If you are using financial aid, there may be implications for not being registered appropriately. If you need to withdraw from any courses, that change may cause you to repay financial aid earlier than anticipated. Please be aware of drop and add deadlines. All enrollment instructions and drop/add deadlines with the refund schedule are found at University Registrar.

To view more information about financial aid, visit the Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid.

The UNL Healthy Option Student Insurance Plan

UNL’s Graduate Student insurance plan provides students with excellent coverage at an affordable price. For complete information, including enrollment, premiums and coverage benefits, see our health insurance FAQ page.

If you are a graduate assistant or an international graduate student (F-1 or J-1 visa holder), you will be automatically enrolled for basic coverage and your student account will be charged unless you have alternate coverage and you complete a Waiver Request Form. Complete an online Waiver Request Form by the fourteenth day of classes each semester (September 6, 2013 for Fall AND January 24, 2014 for Spring/Summer).

For questions about graduate assistant eligibility, contact Jane Schneider.

New Video Tutorials

We've produced several short screencasts to assist you in your graduate degree. Titles so far include 1) Preparing Your Memorandum of Coursesfor Master's degree students—and 2) Creating a Program of Studies for doctoral degree students. The screencasts run less than five minutes and are acclaimed by many international and domestic graduate students.

Call for Award Nominations

The Office of Graduate Studies requests nominations for two annual award programs: 1) the Graduate Recognition Awards and 2) the Folsom Awards.

The Graduate Recognition Awards program is constituted of three separate awards:
  1. The Dean’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Education Award honors faculty members whose dedication to graduate students and commitment to excellence in graduate mentoring have made a significant contribution to graduate education at UNL.
  2. The Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Award recognizes excellence in graduate student research at UNL.
  3. The Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award recognizes graduate teaching assistants who have demonstrated special effectiveness in teaching undergraduates at UNL.

Graduate Recognition Award nomination forms are due by 1:00 PM on Wednesday, October 2, 2013, and supporting materials from nominees and peer faculty must be submitted before 1:00 PM on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.

The Folsom Distinguished Master’s Thesis and Doctoral Dissertation Awards recognize the outstanding research and creative accomplishments of UNL graduate students. These awards are made possible through a generous gift from the family of Lowe R. and Mavis M. Folsom to the University of Nebraska Foundation. We are grateful to the Folsom family and the University of Nebraska Foundation for providing this opportunity to showcase the important scholarly contributions made by our graduate students.

Folsom Award nomination forms are due by 1:00 PM, Wednesday, October 23, 2013.

    Award recipients will be honored at a reception in the Spring semester. See a list of previous recipients.

    Events

    Campuswide Workshops for Graduate Teaching Assistants
    The 23rd Annual Campuswide Workshops event is scheduled for Tuesday, August 20, in the Nebraska Union. The program features Dr. Therese Huston, author of Teaching What You Don't Know, and also includes various teaching skills sessions, a lunch buffet, and a set of disciplinary breakout sessions. The workshops provide an exciting and energizing start to the fall semester for both new and experienced teaching assistants, complement department-specific instructional training, and offer you an opportunity to meet and interact with other teaching assistants across campus. Pre-register now!

    Fall Welcome Events — Friday, August 23, 2013

    Learn about the culture of graduate education, meet fellow graduate students, and collect information about campus and community services and resources.

    International Graduate Student Orientation, 9:00–10:45 AM

    New and transfer international students should check-in for this event at the Nebraska Union from 8:30–9:00 AM, followed by various presentations and orientation activities.

    New Graduate Student Welcome, 11:00 AM–12:00 PM

    ALL new graduate students, international and domestic, are invited to this session. Meet fellow students and learn more about the resources available at UNL and in the community to help ease your transition into graduate school.

    The remainder of the day's events also include lunch and some small-group information sessions, an optional campus tour, and a Meet-and-Greet Social at Old Chicago restaurant at 7 PM. See the Graduate Studies website for full details.

    Doctoral Graduation Information Sessions

    If you're planning to graduate in December 2013 or May 2014, be sure to attend one of the upcoming information sessions. You’ll learn about the necessary forms, where to find them and when to submit them in order to graduate on time. We’ll “walk” you backwards from your graduation date, explaining the process and identifying the tasks you’ll need to complete to graduate.

    You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions regarding the process for applying to graduation, the graduation ceremony, and other graduation-related topics. 

    Pre-register online for one of the following sessions:

      • Monday, September 9, 5:30 PM, Nebraska Union, City Campus
      • Wednesday, September 11, 12:00 PM, East Campus Union
      • Thursday, September 12, 5:30 PM, Nebraska Union, City Campus

    If you need to attend, but are unable to make any of these sessions, contact Eva Bachman for more information on a video presentation.

    Academic Integrity Week

    This event promotes conducting research, writing, and teaching with integrity and honesty. Panel discussions and brown bag sessions are held throughout the week on topics such as what to do when academic dishonesty is suspected, the ethics of conducting research on humans, and avoiding plagiarism in writing. Co-sponsors include the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, the Office of Graduate Studies, the Office of Research & Economic Development, and the Center for the Teaching & Study of Applied Ethics.

    Check the Academic Integrity Week webpage for updates in the coming weeks.

    Dissertation Writing Groups

    Are you writing a dissertation and want support from a writing group? The Office of Graduate Studies will be hosting sessions about dissertation writing, including dealing with writer's block and how to work effectively with a small writing group. A kick-off event will be held on Wednesday, September 25th, from 10:00–11:00 AM in the Nebraska Union. During the session, we'll introduce you to the goals of a dissertation writing group, create small working groups and provide information for making your group successful. There will be an opportunity to network with your groups during the meeting. Cookies and beverages will be provided.

    Topics we plan to discuss include:

      • Getting organized
      • Developing a plan
      • Working more effectively
      • Dealing with obstacles
      • Giving and receiving peer support
      • Identifying campus resources

    All doctoral candidates are welcome to participate, but must preregister by Thursday, September 12, 2013. Contact Eva Bachman for more information.

    Graduate Student Writing Workshop

    All graduate students are welcome to attend a workshop on Outlining and Writing, from 10:00 – 11:30 AM on Thursday, November 14. Dr. Rick Lombardo from the Office of Graduate Studies will present on how to communicate clearly and effectively in your writing. Register for this workshop by Monday, November 11.

    NUgrant Training Sessions

    The Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) is offering training sessions for faculty, students, and researchers: 1) the basics of filing IRB protocols through NUgrant, and 2) the newly released Interest and Outside Activity Reporting Form. For more information and to register, visit the NURAMP page.

    Graduate Student Accomplishments

    UNL Graduate Fellowship Recipients

    Kudos to the six graduate students selected for 2013-14 Presidential and Fling Fellowships!

    The Presidential fellows will receive a $24,000 stipend, health insurance, and tuition and fee benefits:

    • Anna Bellatorre, Ph.D. student in Sociology
    • Thomas Moody, Ph.D. student in English
    • Pradhumna Shrestha, Ph.D. student in Computer and Electronics Engineering

    The Fling fellows will receive a $20,000 stipend, health insurance, and tuition and fee benefits

    • Theodore Bartholomew, Ph.D. student in psychological studies in education
    • Marie Chelini, Ph.D. student in biological sciences
    • Charles Davidson, Ph.D. student in psychology

    The application for funding for the 2014-2015 academic year begins the first week of December 2013 and closes the first week of February 2014. If you want to apply, you can start getting materials ready by viewing last year’s application.

    2013 SIG Outstanding Mixed Methods Dissertation Award

    Michelle C. Howell Smith's dissertation, "Factors that Facilitate or Inhibit Interest of Domestic Students in the Engineering PhD: A Mixed Methods Study," received the f2013 SIG Outstanding Mixed Methods Dissertation Award. Her dissertation committee chair was Dr. Ellen Weissinger.

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