October 27 – November 2, 2014

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – FALL SCHEDULE

  • Career services: Wednesdays, 2:30-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Counseling by Cook: Thursdays and Fridays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • Financial aid advising: Tuesdays 3:30-5:00, Room A
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursday, Reading Room – year round!
  • Graduate School business hours: M,Tu,Th,F: 8:00am-5:00pm; W: 9:30am-5:00pm
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Tu, Th, F, 10:00-12:00, Room A
  • Writing Center walk-in assistance: Tuesdays 6:00-8:00, Room A (additional hours in the Library)

2. FREE ANXIETY AND OCD SUPPORT GROUP
Tuesday, Oct 28, 7:00pm, GLC Meeting Room D
Are you feeling overwhelmed by anxiety? Do you struggle with OCD? A free monthly support group meets the last Tuesday of every month. Join the group at the Graduate Life Center to learn more about anxiety disorders and OCD, hear success stories from those who have worked to overcome their anxiety and OCD, and receive support in an informal setting. Family members and significant others are also welcome. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the Psychological Services Center at 231-6914, visit http://www.psyc.vt.edu/outreach/psc, or email Kelsey Banes at kbanes@vt.edu.

3. GUACAMOLE WITH THE DEAN
Wednesday, Oct 29, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC student lounge (across from Auditorium)
The Graduate Student Assembly will host “Guacamole with the Dean,” a wonderful opportunity to chat with Grad School Dean Karen DePauw and fellow grad students, ask questions, share concerns, or just enjoy some guacamole. Register by Oct 27 to allow organizers to better plan for food: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1413214072395.  If you have questions, e-mail Jenn Gooding: jgooding@vt.edu.

4. INTL STUDENT PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR PUBLIC HEALTH FOCUS GROUP
Thursday, Oct 30, 1:30-2:30pm, GLC Room A
International graduate students are sought to participate in a 1-hr focus group regarding health issues and services at Virginia Tech. The purpose of the focus group is to identify key health concerns for international students at VT. Students will participate in an informal conversation about such issues, and results will contribute to the creation of a health-based training program to be offered in December. Must be an international graduate student to participate. If interested, please email Laura Koehler, lkkoehle@vt.edu.

5. GLC CAFÉ: FEATURING FRESHLY WHIPPED CREAM BY DR. JEREMY!
Thursday, Oct 30, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Take a break and enjoy coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of your graduate student and Grad School colleagues. Our freshly-minted PhD Jeremy will whip up some heavy cream to go with everyone’s coffee!

6. GLC HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL
Thursday, Oct 30, 5:30-7:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Enjoy a  family-friendly night of music, candy, and games at this Halloween event sponsored by the GLC Fellows. The event will showcase student organizations and clubs from Virginia Tech with classic holiday-themed games as well as a costume contest!  Please fill out the following survey to help organizers in planning for this event: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1412121164046.

7. KIDS’ NIGHT OUT – FREE WEEKLY DROP IN CHILD CARE
Thursdays, 6:00-8:30pm, Women’s Center (206 Washington Street, enter up the stairs in the parking lot)
Need a break? Have to study or attend a lecture? Want to catch up on work? If you are a VT student with children, bring your kids aged 2-12 (must be toilet trained). No need to pre-register. Childcare provided by the volunteers of Chi Delta Alpha sorority. KNO will be held every Thursday throughout the semester with the exception of home football games and when classes are not in session. For more information, contact Jessie Meltsner at jmelts@vt.edu, 231-7806.

8. JOIN THE GRADUATE SCHOOL ON LINKED IN – 1st posting
LinkedIn has created a university page for the Virginia Tech Graduate School
in addition to the page for Virginia Tech. Students who use LinkedIn can connect with the Graduate-School page either by choosing to follow it, or by adding the Graduate School to the schools they list in the education section of their profiles. The Graduate School LinkedIn page is at: http://linkd.in/1oRh5Mw.

9. NEW INTERDISCIPLINARY COURSE FOR SPRING 2015: WATER FOR HEALTH SEMINAR
GRAD 4514 Water for Health Seminar (1 cr; CRN 20121) is offered Spring 2015, as part of the Water INTERface IGEP and is open to any graduate students with interests in health, nutrition, environment, and water. Taught by Susan Duncan (FST) and Water INTERface faculty, the course will explore emerging nterdisciplinary issues related to the chemistry, biology, and engineering of drinking water; nutritional and aesthetic values of water and its role in controlling disease and promoting good health; methods of processing poor quality water to drinking water standards; subsequent changes in chemical, biological, nutritional, and palatability characteristics; implications for food preparation, processing, and safety and other consumer uses of water, and more.

10. GSA RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM – 2nd posting
Do you have an awesome research idea that deserves funding?  Apply to the GSA’s Graduate Research Development Program, which provides monetary support for graduate student research twice a year. The fall cycle applications may be submitted from Oct 27 to Nov 14, with winners announced in early December. Get more information and apply online through the GSA website: https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/graduate-research-development-program/.

11. STUDENT ENGAGEMENT TRAVEL GRANT – 3rd posting
The Student Engagement Travel Grant supports student travel to a professional conference or a professional development opportunity that promotes the culture of Ut Prosim at VT and furthers the scholarship of engagement. Grants are awarded to students who have been accepted to present or attend a conference or professional meeting.  All full- or part-time students who meet these criteria are encouraged to apply.  For more information, please visit: http://www.engage.vt.edu/grants-awards/.

12. WAGE POSITION OPENING IN GLC – 1st posting
GLC Operations Specialists work closely with Building Managers for Student Centers and Activities as well as the Graduate School to provide services to the patrons who use the GLC, Squires and Johnston Student Center. The primary role for this position will be table/chair setup in the GLC Multipurpose and venues in Squires Student Center. In addition, this position will be responsible for light custodial work and other various projects in the GLC. Seeking individuals who are able to provide excellent customer service, are adaptable, possess a strong work ethic and are able to lift and move up to 25 pounds. Hiring for shifts starting immediately at a rate of $8.50/hour. Apply online at: https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/52729. Contact Eric Margiotta at Margiotta@vt.edu with questions.

13. GLOBAL AMBASSADORS SOUGHT BY CRANWELL INTL CTR – 1st posting
The Global Ambassadors program is an exciting and engaging leadership development opportunity designed for current VT students seeking to develop their global leadership skills. Global Ambassadors are charged with welcoming new international students to the Virginia Tech community in 2015-2016 and continuing meaningful interactions with students and the community throughout the academic year. Returning study abroad students, students who have a strong interest in learning about the world, and currently enrolled international students are especially encouraged to apply for this rewarding volunteer opportunity. Learn more about the program at http://www.international.vt.edu/programs_and_activities/global_ambassadors/index.html  or attend an optional interest meeting hosted at Cranwell International Center, Harper Hall 1025 on Tuesday, Nov 4, 12-12:30pm. Apply online by Nov 11, 5:00pm at https://gobblerconnect.vt.edu/account/logonrequired?ReturnUrl=%2Fform%2Fstart%2F32257.

14. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ONLINE SURVEY ABOUT REAL-LIFE TO-DO TASKS – 1st posting
A doctoral student is conducting research to collect data on how people organize and remember their to-do tasks. For example, how do you remember to buy a ticket for an upcoming event? Do you rely on your memory or a to-do list? If you have 5-10 minutes, please complete quick online survey. Participants are asked to provide 3-5 real to-do tasks that they intend to do in the future. These can be any tasks related to work, life or school. The data collected will be used for publication only. To participate, visit: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6XYkZ1n2NVK6KEd. This study has been approved by IRB # 14-963. If you have any questions, contact Yao Wang at yxw5167@vt.edu.

15. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR NEUROIMAGINING STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants are sought for a study designed to better understand how the brain works when trying to determine what emotion another person is showing with their facial expression. Participation involves in-lab appointment sessions, which include a brain-scan (fMRI) and an electroencephalogram (EEG). Participants will be compensated up to $75.00. Eligibility: must be male, 18-28 years of age; able to undergo MRI; have no known genetic, medical, psychiatric, or neurological conditions. For more information and to determine eligibility, contact the Child Study Center at (540)231-8276 or at childstudycenter@gmail.com.

16. GU+MP SEEKING MENTORS FROM ALL FIELDS – 3rd posting
The Graduate–Undergraduate Mentorship Program (GUMP) is seeking mentors from all fields! This program allows graduate students to mentor undergraduate students considering graduate school. Undergraduates and graduates are matched according to their area of study, allowing the undergrad to get a taste for graduate school and to ask questions of current graduate students. Each graduate mentor will be matched with 1–2 mentees, who will shadow them at times convenient for the graduate mentor during the spring semester. Mentoring can help build leadership skills and provide an experience to discuss with future employers. Graduate students will coordinate mentoring activities independently with their undergraduate mentees. GUMP is sponsored by the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA). If you have any questions, contact gump@vt.edu. If interested, fill out the application at: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1412170613150.

Upcoming Events:

SHORT STAT COURSES FOR GRADS BY LISA – FALL 2014 SCHEDULE
LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) is providing a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. See www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for instructions on how to register and to learn more. Remaining Fall 2014 Schedule:

  • Tuesday, Nov 4: Generalized Linear Models and Categorical Data Analysis in R;
  • Tuesday, Nov 11: Graphics in R;
  • Tuesday, Nov 18: A tutorial for shiny in R;
  • Tuesday, Dec 2: Data Analysis in SAS;

GHS PANELIST TRAINING
Thursday, Nov 6, 4:00pm, GLC Room D
The Graduate Honor System is seeking student and faculty volunteers to serve as panelists. GHS panelists hear and decide on cases of academic and research integrity. Interested individuals need to attend a single one-hour training session and are then able to serve on panels as their schedule allows. If you have any questions, please contact graduate student and chief justice of the GHS Nathan Carter at ghs@vt.edu. If you are unable to attend this training, there will be one more offered on Nov 6.

 

SOCIAL FOR OVER-30 GRADUATE STUDENTS

Thursday, Nov 6, 4:00-6:00pm, University Club

Due to popular demand, the Graduate School is hosting a graduate-students-over-30 social. The recent climate survey indicated that this group wanted to connect more frequently, so this is your opportunity to meet others and sign up for future programming for this group. Please complete this short survey if you are interested in attending: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1414182319907. Contact Dannette Gomez Beane with question dannette@vt.edu.

October 27 – November 2, 2014

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – FALL SCHEDULE

  • Career services: Wednesdays, 2:30-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Counseling by Cook: Thursdays and Fridays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • Financial aid advising: Tuesdays 3:30-5:00, Room A
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursday, Reading Room – year round!
  • Graduate School business hours: M,Tu,Th,F: 8:00am-5:00pm; W: 9:30am-5:00pm
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Tu, Th, F, 10:00-12:00, Room A
  • Writing Center walk-in assistance: Tuesdays 6:00-8:00, Room A (additional hours in the Library)

2. FREE ANXIETY AND OCD SUPPORT GROUP
Tuesday, Oct 28, 7:00pm, GLC Meeting Room D
Are you feeling overwhelmed by anxiety? Do you struggle with OCD? A free monthly support group meets the last Tuesday of every month. Join the group at the Graduate Life Center to learn more about anxiety disorders and OCD, hear success stories from those who have worked to overcome their anxiety and OCD, and receive support in an informal setting. Family members and significant others are also welcome. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the Psychological Services Center at 231-6914, visit http://www.psyc.vt.edu/outreach/psc, or email Kelsey Banes at kbanes@vt.edu.

3. GUACAMOLE WITH THE DEAN
Wednesday, Oct 29, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC student lounge (across from Auditorium)
The Graduate Student Assembly will host “Guacamole with the Dean,” a wonderful opportunity to chat with Grad School Dean Karen DePauw and fellow grad students, ask questions, share concerns, or just enjoy some guacamole. Register by Oct 27 to allow organizers to better plan for food: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1413214072395.  If you have questions, e-mail Jenn Gooding: jgooding@vt.edu.

4. INTL STUDENT PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR PUBLIC HEALTH FOCUS GROUP
Thursday, Oct 30, 1:30-2:30pm, GLC Room A
International graduate students are sought to participate in a 1-hr focus group regarding health issues and services at Virginia Tech. The purpose of the focus group is to identify key health concerns for international students at VT. Students will participate in an informal conversation about such issues, and results will contribute to the creation of a health-based training program to be offered in December. Must be an international graduate student to participate. If interested, please email Laura Koehler, lkkoehle@vt.edu.

5. GLC CAFÉ: FEATURING FRESHLY WHIPPED CREAM BY DR. JEREMY!
Thursday, Oct 30, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Take a break and enjoy coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of your graduate student and Grad School colleagues. Our freshly-minted PhD Jeremy will whip up some heavy cream to go with everyone’s coffee!

6. GLC HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL
Thursday, Oct 30, 5:30-7:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Enjoy a  family-friendly night of music, candy, and games at this Halloween event sponsored by the GLC Fellows. The event will showcase student organizations and clubs from Virginia Tech with classic holiday-themed games as well as a costume contest!  Please fill out the following survey to help organizers in planning for this event: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1412121164046.

7. KIDS’ NIGHT OUT – FREE WEEKLY DROP IN CHILD CARE
Thursdays, 6:00-8:30pm, Women’s Center (206 Washington Street, enter up the stairs in the parking lot)
Need a break? Have to study or attend a lecture? Want to catch up on work? If you are a VT student with children, bring your kids aged 2-12 (must be toilet trained). No need to pre-register. Childcare provided by the volunteers of Chi Delta Alpha sorority. KNO will be held every Thursday throughout the semester with the exception of home football games and when classes are not in session. For more information, contact Jessie Meltsner at jmelts@vt.edu, 231-7806.

8. JOIN THE GRADUATE SCHOOL ON LINKED IN – 1st posting
LinkedIn has created a university page for the Virginia Tech Graduate School
in addition to the page for Virginia Tech. Students who use LinkedIn can connect with the Graduate-School page either by choosing to follow it, or by adding the Graduate School to the schools they list in the education section of their profiles. The Graduate School LinkedIn page is at: http://linkd.in/1oRh5Mw.

9. NEW INTERDISCIPLINARY COURSE FOR SPRING 2015: WATER FOR HEALTH SEMINAR
GRAD 4514 Water for Health Seminar (1 cr; CRN 20121) is offered Spring 2015, as part of the Water INTERface IGEP and is open to any graduate students with interests in health, nutrition, environment, and water. Taught by Susan Duncan (FST) and Water INTERface faculty, the course will explore emerging nterdisciplinary issues related to the chemistry, biology, and engineering of drinking water; nutritional and aesthetic values of water and its role in controlling disease and promoting good health; methods of processing poor quality water to drinking water standards; subsequent changes in chemical, biological, nutritional, and palatability characteristics; implications for food preparation, processing, and safety and other consumer uses of water, and more.

10. GSA RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM – 2nd posting
Do you have an awesome research idea that deserves funding?  Apply to the GSA’s Graduate Research Development Program, which provides monetary support for graduate student research twice a year. The fall cycle applications may be submitted from Oct 27 to Nov 14, with winners announced in early December. Get more information and apply online through the GSA website: https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/graduate-research-development-program/.

11. STUDENT ENGAGEMENT TRAVEL GRANT – 3rd posting
The Student Engagement Travel Grant supports student travel to a professional conference or a professional development opportunity that promotes the culture of Ut Prosim at VT and furthers the scholarship of engagement. Grants are awarded to students who have been accepted to present or attend a conference or professional meeting.  All full- or part-time students who meet these criteria are encouraged to apply.  For more information, please visit: http://www.engage.vt.edu/grants-awards/.

12. WAGE POSITION OPENING IN GLC – 1st posting
GLC Operations Specialists work closely with Building Managers for Student Centers and Activities as well as the Graduate School to provide services to the patrons who use the GLC, Squires and Johnston Student Center. The primary role for this position will be table/chair setup in the GLC Multipurpose and venues in Squires Student Center. In addition, this position will be responsible for light custodial work and other various projects in the GLC. Seeking individuals who are able to provide excellent customer service, are adaptable, possess a strong work ethic and are able to lift and move up to 25 pounds. Hiring for shifts starting immediately at a rate of $8.50/hour. Apply online at: https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/52729. Contact Eric Margiotta at Margiotta@vt.edu with questions.

13. GLOBAL AMBASSADORS SOUGHT BY CRANWELL INTL CTR – 1st posting
The Global Ambassadors program is an exciting and engaging leadership development opportunity designed for current VT students seeking to develop their global leadership skills. Global Ambassadors are charged with welcoming new international students to the Virginia Tech community in 2015-2016 and continuing meaningful interactions with students and the community throughout the academic year. Returning study abroad students, students who have a strong interest in learning about the world, and currently enrolled international students are especially encouraged to apply for this rewarding volunteer opportunity. Learn more about the program at http://www.international.vt.edu/programs_and_activities/global_ambassadors/index.html  or attend an optional interest meeting hosted at Cranwell International Center, Harper Hall 1025 on Tuesday, Nov 4, 12-12:30pm. Apply online by Nov 11, 5:00pm at https://gobblerconnect.vt.edu/account/logonrequired?ReturnUrl=%2Fform%2Fstart%2F32257.

14. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ONLINE SURVEY ABOUT REAL-LIFE TO-DO TASKS – 1st posting
A doctoral student is conducting research to collect data on how people organize and remember their to-do tasks. For example, how do you remember to buy a ticket for an upcoming event? Do you rely on your memory or a to-do list? If you have 5-10 minutes, please complete quick online survey. Participants are asked to provide 3-5 real to-do tasks that they intend to do in the future. These can be any tasks related to work, life or school. The data collected will be used for publication only. To participate, visit: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6XYkZ1n2NVK6KEd. This study has been approved by IRB # 14-963. If you have any questions, contact Yao Wang at yxw5167@vt.edu.

15. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR NEUROIMAGINING STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants are sought for a study designed to better understand how the brain works when trying to determine what emotion another person is showing with their facial expression. Participation involves in-lab appointment sessions, which include a brain-scan (fMRI) and an electroencephalogram (EEG). Participants will be compensated up to $75.00. Eligibility: must be male, 18-28 years of age; able to undergo MRI; have no known genetic, medical, psychiatric, or neurological conditions. For more information and to determine eligibility, contact the Child Study Center at (540)231-8276 or at childstudycenter@gmail.com.

16. GU+MP SEEKING MENTORS FROM ALL FIELDS – 3rd posting
The Graduate–Undergraduate Mentorship Program (GUMP) is seeking mentors from all fields! This program allows graduate students to mentor undergraduate students considering graduate school. Undergraduates and graduates are matched according to their area of study, allowing the undergrad to get a taste for graduate school and to ask questions of current graduate students. Each graduate mentor will be matched with 1–2 mentees, who will shadow them at times convenient for the graduate mentor during the spring semester. Mentoring can help build leadership skills and provide an experience to discuss with future employers. Graduate students will coordinate mentoring activities independently with their undergraduate mentees. GUMP is sponsored by the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA). If you have any questions, contact gump@vt.edu. If interested, fill out the application at: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1412170613150.

Upcoming Events:

SHORT STAT COURSES FOR GRADS BY LISA – FALL 2014 SCHEDULE
LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) is providing a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. See www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for instructions on how to register and to learn more. Remaining Fall 2014 Schedule:

  • Tuesday, Nov 4: Generalized Linear Models and Categorical Data Analysis in R;
  • Tuesday, Nov 11: Graphics in R;
  • Tuesday, Nov 18: A tutorial for shiny in R;
  • Tuesday, Dec 2: Data Analysis in SAS;

GHS PANELIST TRAINING
Thursday, Nov 6, 4:00pm, GLC Room D
The Graduate Honor System is seeking student and faculty volunteers to serve as panelists. GHS panelists hear and decide on cases of academic and research integrity. Interested individuals need to attend a single one-hour training session and are then able to serve on panels as their schedule allows. If you have any questions, please contact graduate student and chief justice of the GHS Nathan Carter at ghs@vt.edu. If you are unable to attend this training, there will be one more offered on Nov 6.

 

SOCIAL FOR OVER-30 GRADUATE STUDENTS

Thursday, Nov 6, 4:00-6:00pm, University Club

Due to popular demand, the Graduate School is hosting a graduate-students-over-30 social. The recent climate survey indicated that this group wanted to connect more frequently, so this is your opportunity to meet others and sign up for future programming for this group. Please complete this short survey if you are interested in attending: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1414182319907. Contact Dannette Gomez Beane with question dannette@vt.edu.

October 20-26, 2014

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – FALL SCHEDULE

  • Career services: Wednesdays, 2:30-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Counseling by Cook: Thursdays and Fridays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • Financial aid advising: Tuesdays 3:30-5:00, Room A
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursday, Reading Room – year round!
  • Graduate School business hours: M,Tu,Th,F: 8:00am-5:00pm; W: 9:30am-5:00pm
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Tu, Th, F, 10:00-12:00, Room A
  • Writing Center walk-in assistance: Tuesdays 6:00-8:00, Room A (additional hours in the Library)

2. OPEN ACCESS WEEK KEYNOTE
Monday, Oct 20, 5:30-7:00pm, Pamplin 30
Brian Nosek will speak about improving the openness and reproducibility of research. See more and register at http://www.lib.vt.edu/openaccess/2014-schedule/2014-10-20d.html.

3. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Oct 21, 12:00-2:00pm, Info Booth A in front of ABP in Squires
Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world with about 1.6 billion followers.   Muslims come from almost every country in the world and speak almost every language.  Learn more about Islam from your Muslim colleagues, stop by, ask questions, get your free copy of Quran interpretation in English, view Islamic art from different countries, get your name in Arabic, and enjoy tasting Arabian dates. Sponsored by the Islamic Student Assembly. For more information contact grad student Haitham, at marakeby@vt.edu.

4. SHORT STAT COURSE FOR GRADS: SURVEY DESIGN AND ANALYSIS
Tuesday, Oct 21, 5:30-7:30pm, 1080 Torgersen Hall
Survey methods involve collection of information from people with a view of understanding a particular problem in a society. How and whom you ask and what you ask matter a lot in finding an answer. Taught by Benedicto Kazuzuru, this short course introduces statistical survey methods necessary to acquire and analyze the needed information in an objective way which would minimizes bias and errors in the final conclusion. Covered topics include the key stages for survey designs and methods to analyze survey data. See www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for instructions on how to register and to learn more.

5. FACULTY/GRAD STUDENT PANEL DISCUSSION ON OPEN ACCESS
Tuesday, Oct 21, 5:30-7:00pm, Library Multipurpose Room
Join this lively discussion on open access with panelists, all faculty or students at Virginia Tech, who will share their perspectives and take questions from the audience. See more at http://www.lib.vt.edu/openaccess/2014-schedule/2014-10-21a.html.

6. OFF-CAMPUS HOUSING FAIR
Wednesday, Oct 22, 10:00am-4:00pm, Squires Commonwealth Ballrom
Explore your off-campus housing options in one day! A number of local property management companies in the area will be available at the first housing fair of the year. Make sure you get the best off-campus experience by comparing housing options and getting free legal advice. You may even meet your future roommate at the event. Giveaways and free pizza 11 am – 3 pm!

7. GHS PANELIST TRAINING
Thursday, Oct 23, 9:00am, GLC Room D
The Graduate Honor System is seeking student and faculty volunteers to serve as panelists. GHS panelists hear and decide on cases of academic and research integrity. Interested individuals need to attend a single one-hour training session and are then able to serve on panels as their schedule allows. If you have any questions, please contact graduate student and chief justice of the GHS Nathan Carter at ghs@vt.edu. If you are unable to attend this training, there will be one more offered on Nov 6.

8. WORKSHOP ON REPRODUCIBLE RESEARCH
Thursday, Oct 23, 3:00-5:00pm, Newman Library Multipurpose Room
The first part of this workshop will being with a discussion of the current reproducibility crisis in science, followed by a discussion of techniques, workflows, and tools (like R and Open Science Framework) that researchers can use to increase the reproducibility of their work. The target audience is graduate students, post-docs, and professors involved in quantitative research who are interested in learning more about reproducible practices. This event is available for NLI credit at www.nli.tlos.vt.edu.

9. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Oct 23, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Take a break and enjoy coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of your graduate student and Grad School colleagues.

10. KIDS’ NIGHT OUT – FREE WEEKLY DROP IN CHILD CARE
Thursdays, 6:00-8:30pm, Women’s Center (206 Washington Street, enter up the stairs in the parking lot)
Need a break? Have to study or attend a lecture? Want to catch up on work? If you are a VT student with children, bring your kids aged 2-12 (must be toilet trained). No need to pre-register. Childcare provided by the volunteers of Chi Delta Alpha sorority. KNO will be held every Thursday throughout the semester with the exception of home football games and when classes are not in session. For more information, contact Jessie Meltsner at jmelts@vt.edu, 231-7806.

11. GLC OPEN HOUSE 2014
Friday, Oct 24, 10:00am-3:00pm, Graduate Life Center
Stop by the GLC to view and vote on the latest installment of graduate student art and photography, see a show-and-tell of what graduate students are up to in their research, labs and other pursuits (featuring ice-cream making with liquid nitrogen, plant propagation, live animation demonstration, digital sculpting, communication tips and more), learn about the results of the graduate student climate survey, and enjoy free refreshments. For a full calendar of presentations visit: http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/openhouse2014.html.

12. GSA FALL WINE AND BEER SOCIAL
Friday, Oct 24, 5:00-9:00pm, University Club
The GSA invites you to its Fall wine and beer social for an evening of fun and socializing with fellow students. An assortment of beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Must be 21+ with a valid state ID to consume alcohol. General admission is $10 and delegates will be admitted for $5. Non-drinking guests are welcome for $2. Please contact Samantha Erwin at sherwin@vt.edu with questions.

13. FALL TRIP TO JOE’S TREE FARM WITH GLC FELLOWS
Saturday, Oct 25, 10:00am-1:00pm, leaving from GLC
The GLC Fellows invite you to a trip to Joe’s Trees, a nearby farm with its own corn maze, hayrides, pumpkin picking, and plenty of food and fun. Transportation will be provided, leaving from the GLC at 10am and returning at 1pm; students are welcome to drive themselves if they wish to stay longer, but will have to cover their own parking admission if applicable.  Bring some cash in case you want to purchase some delicious food or pumpkins for fall!  Register by filling out this brief survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1413773845544.

14. DIWALI 2014: THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Sunday, Oct 26, 5:00pm, Buruss Hall Auditorium
VT Indian Student Association invites all to Diwali 2014, the greatest Indian festival celebrated all over the world and one of the largest events on campus. The Festival of lights marks the victory of light over darkness. Celebrate Diwali with cultural performances, fireworks on the Drillfield, followed by Indian Dinner in the Commonwealth Ballroom. For details and to buy dinner tickets, go to: http://www.isa.org.vt.edu/celebrate-the-festival-of-lights-diwali-2014/

15. NEW INTERDISCIPLINARY COURSE FOR SPRING 2015: WATER FOR HEALTH SEMINAR
GRAD 4514 Water for Health Seminar (1 cr; CRN 20121) is offered Spring 2015, as part of the Water INTERface IGEP and is open to any graduate students with interests in health, nutrition, environment, and water. Taught by Susan Duncan (FST) and Water INTERface faculty, the course will explore emerging interdisciplinary issues related to the chemistry, biology, and engineering of drinking water; nutritional and aesthetic values of water and its role in controlling disease and promoting good health; methods of processing poor quality water to drinking water standards; subsequent changes in chemical, biological, nutritional, and palatability characteristics; implications for food preparation, processing, and safety and other consumer uses of water, and more.

16. GSA RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM – 1st posting
Do you have an awesome research idea that deserves funding?  Apply to the GSA’s Graduate Research Development Program, which provides monetary support for graduate student research twice a year. The fall cycle applications may be submitted from Oct 27 to Nov 14, with winners announced in early December. Get more information and apply online through the GSA website: https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/graduate-research-development-program/.

17. (VIDEO) GRADUATION 101 SERIES: Graduation Guidelines
A video is available for those who missed the Graduation Guidelines webinar in October.  The video may be downloaded via YouTube http://youtu.be/BaECKmysg0A  or iTunes U  http://itunes.apple.com/itunes-u/graduate-school/id465646313?mt=10. For more information on degree completion guidelines and deadlines see the Graduate School’s website at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/degree_completion. 

18. STUDENT ENGAGEMENT TRAVEL GRANT – 2nd posting
The Student Engagement Travel Grant supports student travel to a professional conference or a professional development opportunity that promotes the culture of Ut Prosim at VT and furthers the scholarship of engagement. Grants are awarded to students who have been accepted to present or attend a conference or professional meeting.  All full- or part-time students who meet these criteria are encouraged to apply.  For more information, please visit: http://www.engage.vt.edu/grants-awards/.

19. GUMP SEEKING MENTORS FROM ALL FIELDS – 2nd posting
The Graduate–Undergraduate Mentorship Program (GUMP) is seeking mentors from all fields! This program allows graduate students to mentor undergraduate students considering graduate school. Undergraduates and graduates are matched according to their area of study, allowing the undergrad to get a taste for graduate school and to ask questions of current graduate students. Each graduate mentor will be matched with 1–2 mentees, who will shadow them at times convenient for the graduate mentor during the spring semester. Mentoring can help build leadership skills and provide an experience to discuss with future employers. Graduate students will coordinate mentoring activities independently with their undergraduate mentees. GUMP is sponsored by the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA). If you have any questions, contact gump@vt.edu. If interested, fill out the application at: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1412170613150.

20. CALL FOR PARTICIPATION FOR DANCE OF NATIONS NOV 18 – 2nd posting
Organized by Council of International Students Organization in collaboration with the Cranwell International Center, Dance of Nations is a celebration of cultural diversity at Virginia Tech. It promotes traditional, folk and cultural dances of VT’s international community and aims to represent various countries and cultures. Join the Dance of Nations to promote your culture; promote your organization; showcase your talents to a wide audience; meet new people. Fill out the online form at http://goo.gl/forms/cclZJdJViJ for auditions by Oct 20, 2014. For inquires email to farhady@vt.edu. 

21. GSA TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM’S FALL APPLICATION CYCLE – final posting; apply by 10/26!
If you’re planning to travel or have traveled to present your research at a scholarly conference between Jul 1 and Dec 31, 2014, consider applying for the Graduate Student Assembly’s Travel Fund Program (TFP). Last year, the TFP provided partial reimbursement of travel and registration expenses to over 200 graduate students. Masters/doctoral students and domestic/intl travel are all eligible. Applications accepted for the fall cycle from Mon, Oct 6 8:00am to Sun, Oct 26 5:00pm. (Reimbursement for travel Jan-Jun 2015 will take place this coming spring). Visit http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/travel-fund-program/ for details and to apply. Read all the eligibility requirements and the FAQ. Check out the GSA’s other programs and opportunities while you’re there! Contact Kasey Richardson, TFP Chair at tfp2014@vt.edu with questions.

22. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR NEUROIMAGINING STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are sought for a study designed to better understand how the brain works when trying to determine what emotion another person is showing with their facial expression. Participation involves in-lab appointment sessions, which include a brain-scan (fMRI) and an electroencephalogram (EEG). Participants will be compensated up to $75.00. Eligibility: must be male, 18-28 years of age; able to undergo MRI; have no known genetic, medical, psychiatric, or neurological conditions. For more information and to determine eligibility, contact the Child Study Center at (540)231-8276 or at childstudycenter@gmail.com.

23. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ONLINE SURVEY ABOUT ACADEMIC INTEGRITY – 3rd posting
Graduate students are sought to complete an anonymous 20-minute online survey about academic integrity. Must be at least 18 years old to participate. This study examines the current state of graduate-student understanding about academic integrity. Results will be used to better understand how graduate students learn about academic integrity, how it affects them, and what measures are in place to preserve academic integrity at Virginia Tech. Results of this survey may be used for publication. Participation is voluntary and anonymous; results from this study will be used to enhance graduate education. Access the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2tLTjMH2ilQp6El. For more information, please contact Martina Svyantek at svyantek@vt.edu.

Upcoming Events:

SHORT STAT COURSES FOR GRADS BY LISA – FALL 2014 SCHEDULE
LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) is providing a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. See www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for instructions on how to register and to learn more. Remaining Fall 2014 Schedule:

  • Tuesday, Oct 28: Introduction to R;
  • Tuesday, Nov 4: Generalized Linear Models and Categorical Data Analysis in R;
  • Tuesday, Nov 11: Graphics in R;
  • Tuesday, Nov 18: A tutorial for shiny in R;
  • Tuesday, Dec 2: Data Analysis in SAS;

PARENTS’ SUPPORT LUNCH GROUP TO START
Tuesday, Oct 28, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room F
Join the first meeting of the newly forming grad parents’ support group! Lunch will be provided; please sign up if you plan to attend to help organizers plan for the food:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0E49A4AA2EA75-october. Typically this group will meet the 3rd Wednesday of each month in room F from 12:00-1:30, and an RSVP sign-up will be sent prior to each meeting. Children are welcome to attend.

GUACAMOLE WITH THE DEAN
Wednesday, Oct 29, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC student lounge (across from Auditorium)
The Graduate Student Assembly will host “Guacamole with the Dean,” a wonderful opportunity to chat with Grad School Dean Karen DePauw and fellow grad students, ask questions, share concerns, or just enjoy some guacamole. Register by Oct 27 to allow organizers to better plan for food: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1413214072395.  If you have questions, e-mail Jenn Gooding: jgooding@vt.edu.

GLC HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL
Thursday, Oct 30, 5:30-7:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Enjoy a  family-friendly night of music, candy, and games at this Halloween event sponsored by the GLC Fellows. The event will showcase student organizations and clubs from Virginia Tech with classic holiday-themed games as well as a costume contest!  Please fill out the following survey to help organizers in planning for this event: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1412121164046.

October 20-26, 2014

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – FALL SCHEDULE

  • Career services: Wednesdays, 2:30-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Counseling by Cook: Thursdays and Fridays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • Financial aid advising: Tuesdays 3:30-5:00, Room A
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursday, Reading Room – year round!
  • Graduate School business hours: M,Tu,Th,F: 8:00am-5:00pm; W: 9:30am-5:00pm
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Tu, Th, F, 10:00-12:00, Room A
  • Writing Center walk-in assistance: Tuesdays 6:00-8:00, Room A (additional hours in the Library)

2. OPEN ACCESS WEEK KEYNOTE
Monday, Oct 20, 5:30-7:00pm, Pamplin 30
Brian Nosek will speak about improving the openness and reproducibility of research. See more and register at http://www.lib.vt.edu/openaccess/2014-schedule/2014-10-20d.html.

3. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Oct 21, 12:00-2:00pm, Info Booth A in front of ABP in Squires
Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world with about 1.6 billion followers.   Muslims come from almost every country in the world and speak almost every language.  Learn more about Islam from your Muslim colleagues, stop by, ask questions, get your free copy of Quran interpretation in English, view Islamic art from different countries, get your name in Arabic, and enjoy tasting Arabian dates. Sponsored by the Islamic Student Assembly. For more information contact grad student Haitham, at marakeby@vt.edu.

4. SHORT STAT COURSE FOR GRADS: SURVEY DESIGN AND ANALYSIS
Tuesday, Oct 21, 5:30-7:30pm, 1080 Torgersen Hall
Survey methods involve collection of information from people with a view of understanding a particular problem in a society. How and whom you ask and what you ask matter a lot in finding an answer. Taught by Benedicto Kazuzuru, this short course introduces statistical survey methods necessary to acquire and analyze the needed information in an objective way which would minimizes bias and errors in the final conclusion. Covered topics include the key stages for survey designs and methods to analyze survey data. See www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for instructions on how to register and to learn more.

5. FACULTY/GRAD STUDENT PANEL DISCUSSION ON OPEN ACCESS
Tuesday, Oct 21, 5:30-7:00pm, Library Multipurpose Room
Join this lively discussion on open access with panelists, all faculty or students at Virginia Tech, who will share their perspectives and take questions from the audience. See more at http://www.lib.vt.edu/openaccess/2014-schedule/2014-10-21a.html.

6. OFF-CAMPUS HOUSING FAIR
Wednesday, Oct 22, 10:00am-4:00pm, Squires Commonwealth Ballrom
Explore your off-campus housing options in one day! A number of local property management companies in the area will be available at the first housing fair of the year. Make sure you get the best off-campus experience by comparing housing options and getting free legal advice. You may even meet your future roommate at the event. Giveaways and free pizza 11 am – 3 pm!

7. GHS PANELIST TRAINING
Thursday, Oct 23, 9:00am, GLC Room D
The Graduate Honor System is seeking student and faculty volunteers to serve as panelists. GHS panelists hear and decide on cases of academic and research integrity. Interested individuals need to attend a single one-hour training session and are then able to serve on panels as their schedule allows. If you have any questions, please contact graduate student and chief justice of the GHS Nathan Carter at ghs@vt.edu. If you are unable to attend this training, there will be one more offered on Nov 6.

8. WORKSHOP ON REPRODUCIBLE RESEARCH
Thursday, Oct 23, 3:00-5:00pm, Newman Library Multipurpose Room
The first part of this workshop will being with a discussion of the current reproducibility crisis in science, followed by a discussion of techniques, workflows, and tools (like R and Open Science Framework) that researchers can use to increase the reproducibility of their work. The target audience is graduate students, post-docs, and professors involved in quantitative research who are interested in learning more about reproducible practices. This event is available for NLI credit at www.nli.tlos.vt.edu.

9. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Oct 23, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Take a break and enjoy coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of your graduate student and Grad School colleagues.

10. KIDS’ NIGHT OUT – FREE WEEKLY DROP IN CHILD CARE
Thursdays, 6:00-8:30pm, Women’s Center (206 Washington Street, enter up the stairs in the parking lot)
Need a break? Have to study or attend a lecture? Want to catch up on work? If you are a VT student with children, bring your kids aged 2-12 (must be toilet trained). No need to pre-register. Childcare provided by the volunteers of Chi Delta Alpha sorority. KNO will be held every Thursday throughout the semester with the exception of home football games and when classes are not in session. For more information, contact Jessie Meltsner at jmelts@vt.edu, 231-7806.

11. GLC OPEN HOUSE 2014
Friday, Oct 24, 10:00am-3:00pm, Graduate Life Center
Stop by the GLC to view and vote on the latest installment of graduate student art and photography, see a show-and-tell of what graduate students are up to in their research, labs and other pursuits (featuring ice-cream making with liquid nitrogen, plant propagation, live animation demonstration, digital sculpting, communication tips and more), learn about the results of the graduate student climate survey, and enjoy free refreshments. For a full calendar of presentations visit: http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/openhouse2014.html.

12. GSA FALL WINE AND BEER SOCIAL
Friday, Oct 24, 5:00-9:00pm, University Club
The GSA invites you to its Fall wine and beer social for an evening of fun and socializing with fellow students. An assortment of beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Must be 21+ with a valid state ID to consume alcohol. General admission is $10 and delegates will be admitted for $5. Non-drinking guests are welcome for $2. Please contact Samantha Erwin at sherwin@vt.edu with questions.

13. FALL TRIP TO JOE’S TREE FARM WITH GLC FELLOWS
Saturday, Oct 25, 10:00am-1:00pm, leaving from GLC
The GLC Fellows invite you to a trip to Joe’s Trees, a nearby farm with its own corn maze, hayrides, pumpkin picking, and plenty of food and fun. Transportation will be provided, leaving from the GLC at 10am and returning at 1pm; students are welcome to drive themselves if they wish to stay longer, but will have to cover their own parking admission if applicable.  Bring some cash in case you want to purchase some delicious food or pumpkins for fall!  Register by filling out this brief survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1413773845544.

14. DIWALI 2014: THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Sunday, Oct 26, 5:00pm, Buruss Hall Auditorium
VT Indian Student Association invites all to Diwali 2014, the greatest Indian festival celebrated all over the world and one of the largest events on campus. The Festival of lights marks the victory of light over darkness. Celebrate Diwali with cultural performances, fireworks on the Drillfield, followed by Indian Dinner in the Commonwealth Ballroom. For details and to buy dinner tickets, go to: http://www.isa.org.vt.edu/celebrate-the-festival-of-lights-diwali-2014/

15. NEW INTERDISCIPLINARY COURSE FOR SPRING 2015: WATER FOR HEALTH SEMINAR
GRAD 4514 Water for Health Seminar (1 cr; CRN 20121) is offered Spring 2015, as part of the Water INTERface IGEP and is open to any graduate students with interests in health, nutrition, environment, and water. Taught by Susan Duncan (FST) and Water INTERface faculty, the course will explore emerging interdisciplinary issues related to the chemistry, biology, and engineering of drinking water; nutritional and aesthetic values of water and its role in controlling disease and promoting good health; methods of processing poor quality water to drinking water standards; subsequent changes in chemical, biological, nutritional, and palatability characteristics; implications for food preparation, processing, and safety and other consumer uses of water, and more.

16. GSA RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM – 1st posting
Do you have an awesome research idea that deserves funding?  Apply to the GSA’s Graduate Research Development Program, which provides monetary support for graduate student research twice a year. The fall cycle applications may be submitted from Oct 27 to Nov 14, with winners announced in early December. Get more information and apply online through the GSA website: https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/graduate-research-development-program/.

17. (VIDEO) GRADUATION 101 SERIES: Graduation Guidelines
A video is available for those who missed the Graduation Guidelines webinar in October.  The video may be downloaded via YouTube http://youtu.be/BaECKmysg0A  or iTunes U  http://itunes.apple.com/itunes-u/graduate-school/id465646313?mt=10. For more information on degree completion guidelines and deadlines see the Graduate School’s website at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/degree_completion. 

18. STUDENT ENGAGEMENT TRAVEL GRANT – 2nd posting
The Student Engagement Travel Grant supports student travel to a professional conference or a professional development opportunity that promotes the culture of Ut Prosim at VT and furthers the scholarship of engagement. Grants are awarded to students who have been accepted to present or attend a conference or professional meeting.  All full- or part-time students who meet these criteria are encouraged to apply.  For more information, please visit: http://www.engage.vt.edu/grants-awards/.

19. GUMP SEEKING MENTORS FROM ALL FIELDS – 2nd posting
The Graduate–Undergraduate Mentorship Program (GUMP) is seeking mentors from all fields! This program allows graduate students to mentor undergraduate students considering graduate school. Undergraduates and graduates are matched according to their area of study, allowing the undergrad to get a taste for graduate school and to ask questions of current graduate students. Each graduate mentor will be matched with 1–2 mentees, who will shadow them at times convenient for the graduate mentor during the spring semester. Mentoring can help build leadership skills and provide an experience to discuss with future employers. Graduate students will coordinate mentoring activities independently with their undergraduate mentees. GUMP is sponsored by the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA). If you have any questions, contact gump@vt.edu. If interested, fill out the application at: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1412170613150.

20. CALL FOR PARTICIPATION FOR DANCE OF NATIONS NOV 18 – 2nd posting
Organized by Council of International Students Organization in collaboration with the Cranwell International Center, Dance of Nations is a celebration of cultural diversity at Virginia Tech. It promotes traditional, folk and cultural dances of VT’s international community and aims to represent various countries and cultures. Join the Dance of Nations to promote your culture; promote your organization; showcase your talents to a wide audience; meet new people. Fill out the online form at http://goo.gl/forms/cclZJdJViJ for auditions by Oct 20, 2014. For inquires email to farhady@vt.edu. 

21. GSA TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM’S FALL APPLICATION CYCLE – final posting; apply by 10/26!
If you’re planning to travel or have traveled to present your research at a scholarly conference between Jul 1 and Dec 31, 2014, consider applying for the Graduate Student Assembly’s Travel Fund Program (TFP). Last year, the TFP provided partial reimbursement of travel and registration expenses to over 200 graduate students. Masters/doctoral students and domestic/intl travel are all eligible. Applications accepted for the fall cycle from Mon, Oct 6 8:00am to Sun, Oct 26 5:00pm. (Reimbursement for travel Jan-Jun 2015 will take place this coming spring). Visit http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/travel-fund-program/ for details and to apply. Read all the eligibility requirements and the FAQ. Check out the GSA’s other programs and opportunities while you’re there! Contact Kasey Richardson, TFP Chair at tfp2014@vt.edu with questions.

22. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR NEUROIMAGINING STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are sought for a study designed to better understand how the brain works when trying to determine what emotion another person is showing with their facial expression. Participation involves in-lab appointment sessions, which include a brain-scan (fMRI) and an electroencephalogram (EEG). Participants will be compensated up to $75.00. Eligibility: must be male, 18-28 years of age; able to undergo MRI; have no known genetic, medical, psychiatric, or neurological conditions. For more information and to determine eligibility, contact the Child Study Center at (540)231-8276 or at childstudycenter@gmail.com.

23. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ONLINE SURVEY ABOUT ACADEMIC INTEGRITY – 3rd posting
Graduate students are sought to complete an anonymous 20-minute online survey about academic integrity. Must be at least 18 years old to participate. This study examines the current state of graduate-student understanding about academic integrity. Results will be used to better understand how graduate students learn about academic integrity, how it affects them, and what measures are in place to preserve academic integrity at Virginia Tech. Results of this survey may be used for publication. Participation is voluntary and anonymous; results from this study will be used to enhance graduate education. Access the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2tLTjMH2ilQp6El. For more information, please contact Martina Svyantek at svyantek@vt.edu.

Upcoming Events:

SHORT STAT COURSES FOR GRADS BY LISA – FALL 2014 SCHEDULE
LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) is providing a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. See www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for instructions on how to register and to learn more. Remaining Fall 2014 Schedule:

  • Tuesday, Oct 28: Introduction to R;
  • Tuesday, Nov 4: Generalized Linear Models and Categorical Data Analysis in R;
  • Tuesday, Nov 11: Graphics in R;
  • Tuesday, Nov 18: A tutorial for shiny in R;
  • Tuesday, Dec 2: Data Analysis in SAS;

PARENTS’ SUPPORT LUNCH GROUP TO START
Tuesday, Oct 28, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room F
Join the first meeting of the newly forming grad parents’ support group! Lunch will be provided; please sign up if you plan to attend to help organizers plan for the food:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0E49A4AA2EA75-october. Typically this group will meet the 3rd Wednesday of each month in room F from 12:00-1:30, and an RSVP sign-up will be sent prior to each meeting. Children are welcome to attend.

GUACAMOLE WITH THE DEAN
Wednesday, Oct 29, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC student lounge (across from Auditorium)
The Graduate Student Assembly will host “Guacamole with the Dean,” a wonderful opportunity to chat with Grad School Dean Karen DePauw and fellow grad students, ask questions, share concerns, or just enjoy some guacamole. Register by Oct 27 to allow organizers to better plan for food: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1413214072395.  If you have questions, e-mail Jenn Gooding: jgooding@vt.edu.

GLC HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL
Thursday, Oct 30, 5:30-7:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Enjoy a  family-friendly night of music, candy, and games at this Halloween event sponsored by the GLC Fellows. The event will showcase student organizations and clubs from Virginia Tech with classic holiday-themed games as well as a costume contest!  Please fill out the following survey to help organizers in planning for this event: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1412121164046.

October 13-19, 2014

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – FALL SCHEDULE

  • Career services: Wednesdays, 2:30-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Counseling by Cook: Thursdays and Fridays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • Financial aid advising: Tuesdays 3:30-5:00, Room A
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursday, Reading Room – year round!
  • Graduate School business hours: M,Tu,Th,F: 8:00am-5:00pm; W: 9:30am-5:00pm
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Tu, Th, F, 10:00-12:00, Room A
  • Writing Center walk-in assistance: Tuesdays 6:00-8:00, Room A (additional hours in the Library)

2. LGBT CONNECT LUNCHEON
Tuesday, Oct 14, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room F
The Graduate School will host this LGBT connect luncheon; all students are welcome to attend. This event is free and food is provided. Please register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1408724146683.  To learn more, visit https://graduateschool.vt.edu/connect_lunch or contact Dannette Gomez Beane at gomezds@vt.edu.

3. FALL CONNECTION JOB FAIR
Tuesday, Oct 14, 10:00am-4:00pm, Commonwealth Ballroom in Squires Student Center
Meet with employers who want to meet you!  See list of employers attending at http://www.career.vt.edu/connection/employerlist.asp?E=1402 (Be sure to search by your department and by college. Some employers selected the college rather than choosing individual majors.)

4. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Oct 14, 12:00-2:00pm, Information Booth A in front of Au Bon Pain in Squires
Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world with about 1.6 billion followers. Muslims come from almost every country in the world and speak almost every language.  Learn more about Islam from your Muslim colleagues: stop by, ask questions, get your free copy of Quran interpretation in English, view Islamic art from different countries, get your name in Arabic, and enjoy tasting Arabian dates. Contact person: Haitham Elmarakeby, marakeby@vt.edu. Hosted by Islamic Student Assembly (ISA).

5. SHORT STAT COURSE: SAS – VISUAL ANALYTICS
Wednesday, Oct 15, 8:00am-12:00pm, Solitude Room, The Inn at Virginia Tech
Taught by Dr. Tom Bohannon, this short course will demo SAS Visual Analytics to show that you can explore all relevant data quickly and easily. You can look at more options, uncover hidden opportunities, identify key relationships and make more precise decisions faster than ever before. Self-service, ad hoc visual data discovery and exploration put lightning-fast insights within everyone’s reach. Absolutely no coding required. Sophisticated analytics, including decision trees, on-the-fly forecasting and scenario analysis, have been seamlessly integrated with ease-of-use features such as auto charting, "what does it mean" pop-ups, and drag-and-drop capabilities. To enroll visit: http://app.nli.tlos.vt.edu/registration/all_courses/?specificcourse=841 

6. SHORT STAT COURSE: SAS – MIXED MODELS
Wednesday, Oct 15, 8:00am-12:00pm, Torgersen 1100 (Learning Studio)
Taught by Dr. Michael Speed, this intro to mixed models uses SAS Enterprise Guide to analyze linear mixed models using PROC MIXED. Topics include analyzing data with random effects; learning how to determine what is being tested for the fixed effects; fitting random coefficient models; analyzing repeated measures data; and performing residual and influence diagnostic analysis. A case study will be presented to illustrate all of the concepts and procedures presented in the workshop. As part of the Global Academic Program at SAS, Michael Speed teaches classes for faculty and students and conducts research in linear models, generalized linear models, nonlinear mixed models, and data mining. Enroll at http://app.nli.tlos.vt.edu/registration/all_courses/?specificcourse=838.  Contact Anne Driscoll at agryan@vt.edu with any questions.

7. GLC CAFÉ: FEATURING CUBE FARM TIRAMISU
Thursday, Oct 16, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Take a break and enjoy coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of your graduate student and Grad School colleagues. If you are wondering what a Cube Farm Tiramisu might be, stop by to conduct an empirical experiment and you will find out. 

8. PRESIDENTIAL INSTALLATION OF TIMOTHY D. SANDS
Thursday-Saturday, Oct 16-18, various locations
The formal installation of a new president is a momentous occasion in the life of a university. To welcome President Timothy D. Sands into the community of Hokies, graduate students are invited to participate in special events commemorating his installation as the university¹s 16th president. Activities are planned for Hokies of all ages. Visit www.vt.edu/installation for a complete list. All events are free and open to the public, but please register to let organizers know you’ll be attending.

9. KIDS’ NIGHT OUT – FREE WEEKLY DROP IN CHILD CARE
Thursdays, 6:00-8:30pm, Women’s Center (206 Washington Street, enter up the stairs in the parking lot)
Need a break? Have to study or attend a lecture? Want to catch up on work? If you are a VT student with children, bring your kids aged 2-12 (must be toilet trained). No need to pre-register. Childcare provided by the volunteers of Chi Delta Alpha sorority. KNO will be held every Thursday throughout the semester with the exception of home football games and when classes are not in session. For more information, contact Jessie Meltsner at jmelts@vt.edu, 231-7806.

10. GLC MOVIE NIGHT: JURASSIC PARK
Thursday Oct 16, 7:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
The GLC Fellows are hosting another movie night and the winning film is Steven Spielberg’s 90s classic, Jurassic Park. Refreshments will be provided, but space is limited, so get there early.

11. STUDENT ENGAGEMENT TRAVEL GRANT – 1st posting
The Student Engagement Travel Grant supports student travel to a professional conference or a professional development opportunity that promotes the culture of Ut Prosim at VT and furthers the scholarship of engagement. Grants are awarded to students who have been accepted to present or attend a conference or professional meeting.  All full- or part-time students who meet these criteria are encouraged to apply.  For more information, please visit: http://www.engage.vt.edu/grants-awards/.

12. GUMP SEEKING MENTORS FROM ALL FIELDS – 1st posting
The Graduate–Undergraduate Mentorship Program (GUMP) is seeking mentors from all fields! This program allows graduate students to mentor undergraduate students considering graduate school. Undergraduates and graduates are matched according to their area of study, allowing the undergrad to get a taste for graduate school and to ask questions of current graduate students. Each graduate mentor will be matched with 1–2 mentees, who will shadow them at times convenient for the graduate mentor during the spring semester. Mentoring can help build leadership skills and provide an experience to discuss with future employers. Graduate students will coordinate mentoring activities independently with their undergraduate mentees. GUMP is sponsored by the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA). If you have any questions, contact gump@vt.edu. If interested, fill out the application at: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1412170613150.

13. CALL FOR PARTICIPATION FOR DANCE OF NATIONS NOV 18 – 1st posting
Organized by Council of International Students Organization in collaboration with the Cranwell International Center, Dance of Nations is a celebration of cultural diversity at Virginia Tech. It promotes traditional, folk and cultural dances of VT’s international community and aims to represent various countries and cultures. Join the Dance of Nations to promote your culture; promote your organization; showcase your talents to a wide audience; meet new people. Fill out the online form at http://goo.gl/forms/cclZJdJViJ for auditions by Oct 20, 2014. For inquires email to farhady@vt.edu. 

14. PRESIDENTIAL MANAGEMENT FELLOWS PROGRAM – APPLY OCT 1-15
The PMF Program is a flagship leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates. The program attracts and selects the best candidates possible, but is designed with a more narrow focus – developing a cadre of potential government leaders. A unique aspect of the program is the STEM track, which gives applicants in a STEM career the opportunity to apply specifically to this program and be considered only for STEM jobs in agencies across government. Complete information at http://www.pmf.gov/.

15. GSA TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM’S FALL APPLICATION CYCLE OCT 6-26 – 3rd posting
If you’re planning to travel or have traveled to present your research at a scholarly conference between Jul 1 and Dec 31, 2014, consider applying for the Graduate Student Assembly’s Travel Fund Program (TFP). Last year, the TFP provided partial reimbursement of travel and registration expenses to over 200 graduate students. Masters/doctoral students and domestic/intl travel are all eligible. Applications accepted for the fall cycle from Mon, Oct 6 8:00am to Sun, Oct 26 5:00pm. (Reimbursement for travel Jan-Jun 2015 will take place this coming spring). Visit http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/travel-fund-program/ for details and to apply. Read all the eligibility requirements and the FAQ. Check out the GSA’s other programs and opportunities while you’re there! Contact Kasey Richardson, TFP Chair at tfp2014@vt.edu with questions.

16. PEO INTL PEACE SCHOLARSHIP FOR WOMEN – 3rd posting
This scholarship is designed for international women who are working toward a graduate degree. Must have full year of coursework remaining and be enrolled/in residence for entire school year. For information about IPS policies, instructions and eligibility form, visit  http://www.peointernational.org/about-peo-international-peace-scholarship-ips.

17. SUBMISSIONS ARE INVITED FOR GLC ART AND PHOTO CONTEST – deadline 10/19
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work and photography by graduate students for display in the GLC during GLC Open House on Oct 24, 2014 through end of March 2015. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art and/or photography) per graduate student. Photos may be submitted online to be printed by the Graduate School. Submission deadline: Oct 19 for photos, Oct 21 for art. Learn more at http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/contest/.

18. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ONLINE SURVEY ABOUT ACADEMIC INTEGRITY – 2nd posting
Graduate students are sought to complete an anonymous 20-minute online survey about academic integrity. Must be at least 18 years old to participate. This study examines the current state of graduate-student understanding about academic integrity. Results will be used to better understand how graduate students learn about academic integrity, how it affects them, and what measures are in place to preserve academic integrity at Virginia Tech. Results of this survey may be used for publication. Participation is voluntary and anonymous; results from this study will be used to enhance graduate education. Access the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2tLTjMH2ilQp6El. For more information, please contact Martina Svyantek at svyantek@vt.edu.

19. VOLUNTERS SOUGHT TO REVIEW UGRAD ESSAYS ON VT COMMON BOOK -3rd posting
Dr. Megan O’Neill, Assoc. Director of First Year Experiences, is seeking graduate student reviewers to help review common-book short essays written by undergraduates. Information about the common book program can be found at http://www.commonbook.vt.edu/. Time commitment ranges from a few to several hours depending on reading speed, between Oct 15-Nov 1. Delivery will be online, using a rubric to score 1-2-page essays. No commenting needed. There is no monetary compensation; however, Megan will host an event to thank you and feed you some of Blacksburg’s finest cuisine. This also counts as service if you’re looking to build your CV. If you’re interested or have questions,  email Dr. O’Neill directly: oneill@vt.edu.

20. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR GOOGLE GLASS STUDY – 3rd posting
Participants are sought for a study investigating the safety and health issues during order-picking using augmented reality technologies. Must be: 18-40 years old; no current or recent history (1 year) of physical disorder affecting shoulder, knee, lower back and ankle joints; no eyeglasses; exercise on a regular basis (2-3 times per week); must be able to lift up to 40 lbs. Participants will perform order-picking tasks (i.e., retrieving boxes from shelves, loading/unloading boxes onto/from a hand cart and maneuvering a hand cart) using a paper pick-list and a Google glass.  During data collection, participants will be asked to wear a wearable motion capture system. The weight of boxes will range 10-40 lbs. Compensation: 1-1.5 hour session, at $10/hour. If interested, call(text) or email Sunwook Kim: 540-557-7763, sunwook@vt.edu.

Upcoming Events:

SHORT STAT COURSES FOR GRADS BY LISA – FALL 2014 SCHEDULE
LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) is providing a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. See www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for instructions on how to register and to learn more. Remaining Fall 2014 Schedule:

  • Tuesday, Oct 21: Survey Design and Analysis;
  • Tuesday, Oct 28: Introduction to R;
  • Tuesday, Nov 4: Generalized Linear Models and Categorical Data Analysis in R;
  • Tuesday, Nov 11: Graphics in R;
  • Tuesday, Nov 18: A tutorial for shiny in R;
  • Tuesday, Dec 2: Data Analysis in SAS;

AMERICAN INDIAN HISTORY MONTH CONNECT LUNCH
Monday, Oct 20, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room D
The Graduate School invites all students to the American Indian Connect Lunch. Please RSVP here https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1408723245679. For more information visit www.graduateschool.vt.edu/connect_lunches, or contact Dannette Beane at gomezds@vt.edu.

DINING ETIQUETTE SEMINAR/MEAL – register now
Wednesday, Oct 22, 5:30-8:00pm, Owens Banquet Hall
Learn about dining etiquette and practice your skills! Registration is required. For more information visit http://career.vt.edu/DiningEtiquette/Fall-2014-EtiquetteDinner.png.

GHS PANELIST TRAINING
Thursday, Oct 23, 9:00am, GLC Room D
The Graduate Honor System is seeking student and faculty volunteers to serve as panelists. GHS panelists hear and decide on cases of academic and research integrity. Interested individuals need to attend a single one-hour training session and are then able to serve on panels as their schedule allows. If you have any questions, please contact graduate student and chief justice of the GHS Nathan Carter at ghs@vt.edu. If you are unable to attend this training, there will be one more offered on Nov 6.

WORKSHOP ON REPRODUCIBLE RESEARCH
Thursday, Oct 23, 3:00-5:00pm, Newman Library Multipurpose Room
The first part of this workshop will being with a discussion of the current reproducibility crisis in science, followed by a discussion of techniques, workflows, and tools (like R and Open Science Framework) that researchers can use to increase the reproducibility of their work. The target audience is graduate students, post-docs, and professors involved in quantitative research who are interested in learning more about reproducible practices. This event is available for NLI credit at www.nli.tlos.vt.edu.

GLC OPEN HOUSE 2014
Friday, Oct 24, 10:00am-3:00pm, Graduate Life Center
Stop by the GLC to view and vote on the latest installment of graduate student art and photography, see a show-and-tell of what graduate students are up to in their research, labs and other pursuits (featuring ice-cream making with liquid nitrogen, plant propagation, live animation and more), learn about the results of the graduate student climate survey, and enjoy free refreshments. For a full calendar of presentations visit: http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/openhouse2014.html.

GSA FALL WINE AND BEER SOCIAL
Friday, Oct 24, 5:00-9:00pm, University Club
The GSA invites you to its Fall wine and beer social for an evening of fun and socializing with fellow students. An assortment of beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Must be 21+ with a valid state ID to consume alcohol. General admission is $10 and delegates will be admitted for $5. Non-drinking guests are welcome for $2. Please contact Samantha Erwin at sherwin@vt.edu with questions.

GLC HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL
Thursday, Oct 30, 5:30-7:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Enjoy a  family-friendly night of music, candy, and games at this Halloween event sponsored by the GLC Fellows. The event will showcase student organizations and clubs from Virginia Tech with classic holiday-themed games as well as a costume contest!  Please fill out the following survey to help organizers in planning for this event: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1412121164046.

October 13-19, 2014

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – FALL SCHEDULE

  • Career services: Wednesdays, 2:30-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Counseling by Cook: Thursdays and Fridays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • Financial aid advising: Tuesdays 3:30-5:00, Room A
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursday, Reading Room – year round!
  • Graduate School business hours: M,Tu,Th,F: 8:00am-5:00pm; W: 9:30am-5:00pm
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Tu, Th, F, 10:00-12:00, Room A
  • Writing Center walk-in assistance: Tuesdays 6:00-8:00, Room A (additional hours in the Library)

2. LGBT CONNECT LUNCHEON
Tuesday, Oct 14, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room F
The Graduate School will host this LGBT connect luncheon; all students are welcome to attend. This event is free and food is provided. Please register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1408724146683.  To learn more, visit https://graduateschool.vt.edu/connect_lunch or contact Dannette Gomez Beane at gomezds@vt.edu.

3. FALL CONNECTION JOB FAIR
Tuesday, Oct 14, 10:00am-4:00pm, Commonwealth Ballroom in Squires Student Center
Meet with employers who want to meet you!  See list of employers attending at http://www.career.vt.edu/connection/employerlist.asp?E=1402 (Be sure to search by your department and by college. Some employers selected the college rather than choosing individual majors.)

4. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Oct 14, 12:00-2:00pm, Information Booth A in front of Au Bon Pain in Squires
Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world with about 1.6 billion followers. Muslims come from almost every country in the world and speak almost every language.  Learn more about Islam from your Muslim colleagues: stop by, ask questions, get your free copy of Quran interpretation in English, view Islamic art from different countries, get your name in Arabic, and enjoy tasting Arabian dates. Contact person: Haitham Elmarakeby, marakeby@vt.edu. Hosted by Islamic Student Assembly (ISA).

5. SHORT STAT COURSE: SAS – VISUAL ANALYTICS
Wednesday, Oct 15, 8:00am-12:00pm, Solitude Room, The Inn at Virginia Tech
Taught by Dr. Tom Bohannon, this short course will demo SAS Visual Analytics to show that you can explore all relevant data quickly and easily. You can look at more options, uncover hidden opportunities, identify key relationships and make more precise decisions faster than ever before. Self-service, ad hoc visual data discovery and exploration put lightning-fast insights within everyone’s reach. Absolutely no coding required. Sophisticated analytics, including decision trees, on-the-fly forecasting and scenario analysis, have been seamlessly integrated with ease-of-use features such as auto charting, "what does it mean" pop-ups, and drag-and-drop capabilities. To enroll visit: http://app.nli.tlos.vt.edu/registration/all_courses/?specificcourse=841 

6. SHORT STAT COURSE: SAS – MIXED MODELS
Wednesday, Oct 15, 8:00am-12:00pm, Torgersen 1100 (Learning Studio)
Taught by Dr. Michael Speed, this intro to mixed models uses SAS Enterprise Guide to analyze linear mixed models using PROC MIXED. Topics include analyzing data with random effects; learning how to determine what is being tested for the fixed effects; fitting random coefficient models; analyzing repeated measures data; and performing residual and influence diagnostic analysis. A case study will be presented to illustrate all of the concepts and procedures presented in the workshop. As part of the Global Academic Program at SAS, Michael Speed teaches classes for faculty and students and conducts research in linear models, generalized linear models, nonlinear mixed models, and data mining. Enroll at http://app.nli.tlos.vt.edu/registration/all_courses/?specificcourse=838.  Contact Anne Driscoll at agryan@vt.edu with any questions.

7. GLC CAFÉ: FEATURING CUBE FARM TIRAMISU
Thursday, Oct 16, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Take a break and enjoy coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of your graduate student and Grad School colleagues. If you are wondering what a Cube Farm Tiramisu might be, stop by to conduct an empirical experiment and you will find out. 

8. PRESIDENTIAL INSTALLATION OF TIMOTHY D. SANDS
Thursday-Saturday, Oct 16-18, various locations
The formal installation of a new president is a momentous occasion in the life of a university. To welcome President Timothy D. Sands into the community of Hokies, graduate students are invited to participate in special events commemorating his installation as the university¹s 16th president. Activities are planned for Hokies of all ages. Visit www.vt.edu/installation for a complete list. All events are free and open to the public, but please register to let organizers know you’ll be attending.

9. KIDS’ NIGHT OUT – FREE WEEKLY DROP IN CHILD CARE
Thursdays, 6:00-8:30pm, Women’s Center (206 Washington Street, enter up the stairs in the parking lot)
Need a break? Have to study or attend a lecture? Want to catch up on work? If you are a VT student with children, bring your kids aged 2-12 (must be toilet trained). No need to pre-register. Childcare provided by the volunteers of Chi Delta Alpha sorority. KNO will be held every Thursday throughout the semester with the exception of home football games and when classes are not in session. For more information, contact Jessie Meltsner at jmelts@vt.edu, 231-7806.

10. GLC MOVIE NIGHT: JURASSIC PARK
Thursday Oct 16, 7:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
The GLC Fellows are hosting another movie night and the winning film is Steven Spielberg’s 90s classic, Jurassic Park. Refreshments will be provided, but space is limited, so get there early.

11. STUDENT ENGAGEMENT TRAVEL GRANT – 1st posting
The Student Engagement Travel Grant supports student travel to a professional conference or a professional development opportunity that promotes the culture of Ut Prosim at VT and furthers the scholarship of engagement. Grants are awarded to students who have been accepted to present or attend a conference or professional meeting.  All full- or part-time students who meet these criteria are encouraged to apply.  For more information, please visit: http://www.engage.vt.edu/grants-awards/.

12. GUMP SEEKING MENTORS FROM ALL FIELDS – 1st posting
The Graduate–Undergraduate Mentorship Program (GUMP) is seeking mentors from all fields! This program allows graduate students to mentor undergraduate students considering graduate school. Undergraduates and graduates are matched according to their area of study, allowing the undergrad to get a taste for graduate school and to ask questions of current graduate students. Each graduate mentor will be matched with 1–2 mentees, who will shadow them at times convenient for the graduate mentor during the spring semester. Mentoring can help build leadership skills and provide an experience to discuss with future employers. Graduate students will coordinate mentoring activities independently with their undergraduate mentees. GUMP is sponsored by the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA). If you have any questions, contact gump@vt.edu. If interested, fill out the application at: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1412170613150.

13. CALL FOR PARTICIPATION FOR DANCE OF NATIONS NOV 18 – 1st posting
Organized by Council of International Students Organization in collaboration with the Cranwell International Center, Dance of Nations is a celebration of cultural diversity at Virginia Tech. It promotes traditional, folk and cultural dances of VT’s international community and aims to represent various countries and cultures. Join the Dance of Nations to promote your culture; promote your organization; showcase your talents to a wide audience; meet new people. Fill out the online form at http://goo.gl/forms/cclZJdJViJ for auditions by Oct 20, 2014. For inquires email to farhady@vt.edu. 

14. PRESIDENTIAL MANAGEMENT FELLOWS PROGRAM – APPLY OCT 1-15
The PMF Program is a flagship leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates. The program attracts and selects the best candidates possible, but is designed with a more narrow focus – developing a cadre of potential government leaders. A unique aspect of the program is the STEM track, which gives applicants in a STEM career the opportunity to apply specifically to this program and be considered only for STEM jobs in agencies across government. Complete information at http://www.pmf.gov/.

15. GSA TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM’S FALL APPLICATION CYCLE OCT 6-26 – 3rd posting
If you’re planning to travel or have traveled to present your research at a scholarly conference between Jul 1 and Dec 31, 2014, consider applying for the Graduate Student Assembly’s Travel Fund Program (TFP). Last year, the TFP provided partial reimbursement of travel and registration expenses to over 200 graduate students. Masters/doctoral students and domestic/intl travel are all eligible. Applications accepted for the fall cycle from Mon, Oct 6 8:00am to Sun, Oct 26 5:00pm. (Reimbursement for travel Jan-Jun 2015 will take place this coming spring). Visit http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/travel-fund-program/ for details and to apply. Read all the eligibility requirements and the FAQ. Check out the GSA’s other programs and opportunities while you’re there! Contact Kasey Richardson, TFP Chair at tfp2014@vt.edu with questions.

16. PEO INTL PEACE SCHOLARSHIP FOR WOMEN – 3rd posting
This scholarship is designed for international women who are working toward a graduate degree. Must have full year of coursework remaining and be enrolled/in residence for entire school year. For information about IPS policies, instructions and eligibility form, visit  http://www.peointernational.org/about-peo-international-peace-scholarship-ips.

17. SUBMISSIONS ARE INVITED FOR GLC ART AND PHOTO CONTEST – deadline 10/19
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work and photography by graduate students for display in the GLC during GLC Open House on Oct 24, 2014 through end of March 2015. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art and/or photography) per graduate student. Photos may be submitted online to be printed by the Graduate School. Submission deadline: Oct 19 for photos, Oct 21 for art. Learn more at http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/contest/.

18. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ONLINE SURVEY ABOUT ACADEMIC INTEGRITY – 2nd posting
Graduate students are sought to complete an anonymous 20-minute online survey about academic integrity. Must be at least 18 years old to participate. This study examines the current state of graduate-student understanding about academic integrity. Results will be used to better understand how graduate students learn about academic integrity, how it affects them, and what measures are in place to preserve academic integrity at Virginia Tech. Results of this survey may be used for publication. Participation is voluntary and anonymous; results from this study will be used to enhance graduate education. Access the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2tLTjMH2ilQp6El. For more information, please contact Martina Svyantek at svyantek@vt.edu.

19. VOLUNTERS SOUGHT TO REVIEW UGRAD ESSAYS ON VT COMMON BOOK -3rd posting
Dr. Megan O’Neill, Assoc. Director of First Year Experiences, is seeking graduate student reviewers to help review common-book short essays written by undergraduates. Information about the common book program can be found at http://www.commonbook.vt.edu/. Time commitment ranges from a few to several hours depending on reading speed, between Oct 15-Nov 1. Delivery will be online, using a rubric to score 1-2-page essays. No commenting needed. There is no monetary compensation; however, Megan will host an event to thank you and feed you some of Blacksburg’s finest cuisine. This also counts as service if you’re looking to build your CV. If you’re interested or have questions,  email Dr. O’Neill directly: oneill@vt.edu.

20. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR GOOGLE GLASS STUDY – 3rd posting
Participants are sought for a study investigating the safety and health issues during order-picking using augmented reality technologies. Must be: 18-40 years old; no current or recent history (1 year) of physical disorder affecting shoulder, knee, lower back and ankle joints; no eyeglasses; exercise on a regular basis (2-3 times per week); must be able to lift up to 40 lbs. Participants will perform order-picking tasks (i.e., retrieving boxes from shelves, loading/unloading boxes onto/from a hand cart and maneuvering a hand cart) using a paper pick-list and a Google glass.  During data collection, participants will be asked to wear a wearable motion capture system. The weight of boxes will range 10-40 lbs. Compensation: 1-1.5 hour session, at $10/hour. If interested, call(text) or email Sunwook Kim: 540-557-7763, sunwook@vt.edu.

Upcoming Events:

SHORT STAT COURSES FOR GRADS BY LISA – FALL 2014 SCHEDULE
LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) is providing a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. See www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for instructions on how to register and to learn more. Remaining Fall 2014 Schedule:

  • Tuesday, Oct 21: Survey Design and Analysis;
  • Tuesday, Oct 28: Introduction to R;
  • Tuesday, Nov 4: Generalized Linear Models and Categorical Data Analysis in R;
  • Tuesday, Nov 11: Graphics in R;
  • Tuesday, Nov 18: A tutorial for shiny in R;
  • Tuesday, Dec 2: Data Analysis in SAS;

AMERICAN INDIAN HISTORY MONTH CONNECT LUNCH
Monday, Oct 20, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room D
The Graduate School invites all students to the American Indian Connect Lunch. Please RSVP here https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1408723245679. For more information visit www.graduateschool.vt.edu/connect_lunches, or contact Dannette Beane at gomezds@vt.edu.

DINING ETIQUETTE SEMINAR/MEAL – register now
Wednesday, Oct 22, 5:30-8:00pm, Owens Banquet Hall
Learn about dining etiquette and practice your skills! Registration is required. For more information visit http://career.vt.edu/DiningEtiquette/Fall-2014-EtiquetteDinner.png.

GHS PANELIST TRAINING
Thursday, Oct 23, 9:00am, GLC Room D
The Graduate Honor System is seeking student and faculty volunteers to serve as panelists. GHS panelists hear and decide on cases of academic and research integrity. Interested individuals need to attend a single one-hour training session and are then able to serve on panels as their schedule allows. If you have any questions, please contact graduate student and chief justice of the GHS Nathan Carter at ghs@vt.edu. If you are unable to attend this training, there will be one more offered on Nov 6.

WORKSHOP ON REPRODUCIBLE RESEARCH
Thursday, Oct 23, 3:00-5:00pm, Newman Library Multipurpose Room
The first part of this workshop will being with a discussion of the current reproducibility crisis in science, followed by a discussion of techniques, workflows, and tools (like R and Open Science Framework) that researchers can use to increase the reproducibility of their work. The target audience is graduate students, post-docs, and professors involved in quantitative research who are interested in learning more about reproducible practices. This event is available for NLI credit at www.nli.tlos.vt.edu.

GLC OPEN HOUSE 2014
Friday, Oct 24, 10:00am-3:00pm, Graduate Life Center
Stop by the GLC to view and vote on the latest installment of graduate student art and photography, see a show-and-tell of what graduate students are up to in their research, labs and other pursuits (featuring ice-cream making with liquid nitrogen, plant propagation, live animation and more), learn about the results of the graduate student climate survey, and enjoy free refreshments. For a full calendar of presentations visit: http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/openhouse2014.html.

GSA FALL WINE AND BEER SOCIAL
Friday, Oct 24, 5:00-9:00pm, University Club
The GSA invites you to its Fall wine and beer social for an evening of fun and socializing with fellow students. An assortment of beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Must be 21+ with a valid state ID to consume alcohol. General admission is $10 and delegates will be admitted for $5. Non-drinking guests are welcome for $2. Please contact Samantha Erwin at sherwin@vt.edu with questions.

GLC HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL
Thursday, Oct 30, 5:30-7:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Enjoy a  family-friendly night of music, candy, and games at this Halloween event sponsored by the GLC Fellows. The event will showcase student organizations and clubs from Virginia Tech with classic holiday-themed games as well as a costume contest!  Please fill out the following survey to help organizers in planning for this event: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1412121164046.

October 6-12, 2014

1. SHORT STAT COURSE: DESIGN OF EXPERIMENTS
Tuesday, Oct 7, 5:30-7:30pm, GLC Room G
When researchers properly design an experiment, they are able to control important factors associated with the outcome of interest, therefore collecting useful data that may provide strong evidence for causality. In this short course, presenter Ana Maria Ortega Villa will discuss the three basic principles of design of experiments: 1) randomization (to limit bias)  2) replication (to improve estimation of effects), and 3) local control of error (to reduce variability from known sources).  Participants will use two example data sets to illustrate the three principles and their application to two straightforward design scenarios, and enter and analyze the data in JMP, a software that can be acquired in Torgesen Bridge. This course is aimed for students with no design of experiments background and assumes that the audience is familiar with concepts such as hypothesis testing and p-value. See www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for instructions on how to register and to learn more.

2. VT GRADUATION FAIR
Wednesday, Oct 8, 11:30am–7:30pm, Holtzman Alumni Center
Virginia Tech’s official graduation fair is a one-stop shop for all of you graduation needs. Purchase everything from your cap and gown to your diploma frame. Representatives will be available to assist you in ordering your official Virginia Tech announcements and class ring. Music, free food, giveaways, and door prizes. Take a tour of the beautiful Holtzman Alumni Center and learn about all the programs and services the Virginia Tech Alumni Association has to offer. For more information contact Gwen Harrington, gwharrin@vt.edu, or visit http://www.alumni.vt.edu/gradfair/.

3. ARE YOU LINKED-IN?
Wednesday, Oct 8, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
Networking is essential in any job search, and LinkedIn can be a powerful tool in that process. Attend this session to learn how to write a professional profile, basics of networking etiquette on LinkedIn, and tips for making LinkedIn work for you!

4. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Oct 9, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room or GLC side patio (Bookstore side behind shrubs)
Take a break and enjoy coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of your graduate student and Grad School colleagues.

5. KIDS’ NIGHT OUT – FREE WEEKLY DROP IN CHILD CARE
Thursdays, 6:00-8:30pm, Women’s Center (206 Washington Street, enter up the stairs in the parking lot)
Need a break? Have to study or attend a lecture? Want to catch up on work? If you are a VT student with children, bring your kids aged 2-12 (must be toilet trained). No need to pre-register. Childcare provided by the volunteers of Chi Delta Alpha sorority. KNO will be held every Thursday throughout the semester with the exception of home football games and when classes are not in session. For more information, contact Jessie Meltsner at jmelts@vt.edu, 231-7806.

6. PRESIDENTIAL MANAGEMENT FELLOWS PROGRAM – APPLY OCT 1-15
The PMF Program is a flagship leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates. The program attracts and selects the best candidates possible, but is designed with a more narrow focus – developing a cadre of potential government leaders. A unique aspect of the program is the STEM track, which gives applicants in a STEM career the opportunity to apply specifically to this program and be considered only for STEM jobs in agencies across government. Complete information at http://www.pmf.gov/.

7. GSA TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM’S FALL APPLICATION CYCLE OCT 6-26 – 2nd posting
If you’re planning to travel or have traveled to present your research at a scholarly conference between Jul 1 and Dec 31, 2014, consider applying for the Graduate Student Assembly’s Travel Fund Program (TFP). Last year, the TFP provided partial reimbursement of travel and registration expenses to over 200 graduate students. Masters/doctoral students and domestic/intl travel are all eligible. Applications accepted for the fall cycle from Mon, Oct 6 8:00am to Sun, Oct 26 5:00pm. (Reimbursement for travel Jan-Jun 2015 will take place this coming spring). Visit http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/travel-fund-program/ for details and to apply. Read all the eligibility requirements and the FAQ. Check out the GSA’s other programs and opportunities while you’re there! Contact Kasey Richardson, TFP Chair at tfp2014@vt.edu with questions.

8. PEO INTL PEACE SCHOLARSHIP FOR WOMEN – 2nd posting
This scholarship is designed for international women who are working toward a graduate degree. Must have full year of coursework remaining and be enrolled/in residence for entire school year. For information about IPS policies, instructions and eligibility form, visit  http://www.peointernational.org/about-peo-international-peace-scholarship-ips.

9. SNAP CHALLENGE – 2nd posting
Take the 2014 Blacksburg Farmers Market SNAP Challenge! Walk a mile in the shoes of hungry families in our community by pledging to live on a SNAP (Food Stamp) budget for one week, Oct 11-17, 2014. Learn how local families stretch their SNAP food budget with help from The Blacksburg Farmers Market by taking this challenge. Free tote bags for the first 100 people who sign up. Go to the Eat Smart, Move More blog http://goo.gl/6A4edy to take the pledge and learn more about the challenge.

10. SUBMISSIONS ARE INVITED FOR GLC ART AND PHOTO CONTEST – deadline 10/21
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work and photography by graduate students for display in the GLC during GLC Open House on Oct 24, 2014 through end of March 2015. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art and/or photography) per graduate student. Photos may be submitted online to be printed by the Graduate School. Submission deadline: Monday, Oct 21, 5:00pm. Learn more at http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/contest/.

11. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ONLINE SURVEY ABOUT ACADEMIC INTEGRITY – 1st posting
Graduate students are sought to complete an anonymous 20-minute online survey about academic integrity. Must be at least 18 years old to participate. This study examines the current state of graduate-student understanding about academic integrity. Results will be used to better understand how graduate students learn about academic integrity, how it affects them, and what measures are in place to preserve academic integrity at Virginia Tech. Results of this survey may be used for publication. Participation is voluntary and anonymous; results from this study will be used to enhance graduate education. Access the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2tLTjMH2ilQp6El. For more information, please contact Martina Svyantek at svyantek@vt.edu.

12. VOLUNTERS SOUGHT TO REVIEW UGRAD ESSAYS ON VT COMMON BOOK -2nd posting
Dr. Megan O’Neill, Assoc. Director of First Year Experiences, is seeking graduate student reviewers to help review common-book short essays written by undergraduates. Information about the common book program can be found at http://www.commonbook.vt.edu/. Time commitment ranges from a few to several hours depending on reading speed, between Oct 15-Nov 1. Delivery will be online, using a rubric to score 1-2-page essays. No commenting needed. There is no monetary compensation; however, Megan will host an event to thank you and feed you some of Blacksburg’s finest cuisine. This also counts as service if you’re looking to build your CV. If you’re interested or have questions,  email Dr. O’Neill directly: oneill@vt.edu.

13. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR GOOGLE GLASS STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants are sought for a study investigating the safety and health issues during order-picking using augmented reality technologies. Must be: 18-40 years old; no current or recent history (1 year) of physical disorder affecting shoulder, knee, lower back and ankle joints; no eyeglasses; exercise on a regular basis (2-3 times per week); must be able to lift up to 40 lbs. Participants will perform order-picking tasks (i.e., retrieving boxes from shelves, loading/unloading boxes onto/from a hand cart and maneuvering a hand cart) using a paper pick-list and a Google glass.  During data collection, participants will be asked to wear a wearable motion capture system. The weight of boxes will range 10-40 lbs. Compensation: 1-1.5 hour session, at $10/hour. If interested, call(text) or email Sunwook Kim: 540-557-7763, sunwook@vt.edu.

Upcoming Events:

SHORT STAT COURSES FOR GRADS BY LISA – FALL 2014 SCHEDULE
LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) is providing a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. See www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for instructions on how to register and to learn more. Remaining Fall 2014 Schedule:

  • Tuesday, Oct 14: SQL in R;
  • Tuesday, Oct 21: Survey Design and Analysis;
  • Tuesday, Oct 28: Introduction to R;
  • Tuesday, Nov 4: Generalized Linear Models and Categorical Data Analysis in R;
  • Tuesday, Nov 11: Graphics in R;
  • Tuesday, Nov 18: A tutorial for shiny in R;
  • Tuesday, Dec 2: Data Analysis in SAS;

LGBT CONNECT LUNCHEON
Tuesday, Oct 14, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room F
The Graduate School will host this LGBT connect luncheon; all students are welcome to attend. This event is free and food is provided. Please register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1408724146683.  To learn more, visit https://graduateschool.vt.edu/connect_lunch or contact Dannette Gomez Beane at gomezds@vt.edu.

FALL CONNECTION JOB FAIR
Tuesday, Oct 14, 10:00am-4:00pm, Commonwealth Ballroom in Squires Student Center
Meet with employers who want to meet you!  See list of employers attending at http://www.career.vt.edu/connection/employerlist.asp?E=1402 (Be sure to search by your department and by college. Some employers selected the college rather than choosing individual majors.)

SHORT STAT COURSE: SAS – VISUAL ANALYTICS
Wednesday, Oct 15, 8:00am-12:00pm, Solitude Room, The Inn at Virginia Tech
Taught by Dr. Tom Bohannon, this short course will demo SAS Visual Analytics to show that you can explore all relevant data quickly and easily. You can look at more options, uncover hidden opportunities, identify key relationships and make more precise decisions faster than ever before. Self-service, ad hoc visual data discovery and exploration put lightning-fast insights within everyone’s reach. Absolutely no coding required. Sophisticated analytics, including decision trees, on-the-fly forecasting and scenario analysis, have been seamlessly integrated with ease-of-use features such as auto charting, "what does it mean" pop-ups, and drag-and-drop capabilities. To enroll visit: http://app.nli.tlos.vt.edu/registration/all_courses/?specificcourse=841 

SHORT STAT COURSE: SAS – MIXED MODELS
Wednesday, Oct 15, 8:00am-12:00pm, Torgersen 1100 (Learning Studio)
Taught by Dr. Michael Speed, this intro to mixed models uses SAS Enterprise Guide to analyze linear mixed models using PROC MIXED. Topics include analyzing data with random effects; learning how to determine what is being tested for the fixed effects; fitting random coefficient models; analyzing repeated measures data; and performing residual and influence diagnostic analysis. A case study will be presented to illustrate all of the concepts and procedures presented in the workshop. As part of the Global Academic Program at SAS, Michael Speed teaches classes for faculty and students and conducts research in linear models, generalized linear models, nonlinear mixed models, and data mining. Enroll at http://app.nli.tlos.vt.edu/registration/all_courses/?specificcourse=838.  Contact Anne Driscoll at agryan@vt.edu with any questions.

AMERICAN INDIAN HISTORY MONTH CONNECT LUNCH
Monday, Oct 20, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room D
The Graduate School invites all students to the American Indian Connect Lunch. Please RSVP here https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1408723245679. For more information visit www.graduateschool.vt.edu/connect_lunches, or contact Dannette Beane at gomezds@vt.edu.

DINING ETIQUETTE SEMINAR/MEAL – register now
Wednesday, Oct 22, 5:30-8:00pm, Owens Banquet Hall
Learn about dining etiquette and practice your skills! Registration is required. For more information visit http://career.vt.edu/DiningEtiquette/Fall-2014-EtiquetteDinner.png.

GHS PANELIST TRAINING
Thursday, Oct 23, 9:00am, GLC Room D
The Graduate Honor System is seeking student and faculty volunteers to serve as panelists. GHS panelists hear and decide on cases of academic and research integrity. Interested individuals need to attend a single one-hour training session and are then able to serve on panels as their schedule allows. If you have any questions, please contact graduate student and chief justice of the GHS Nathan Carter at ghs@vt.edu. If you are unable to attend this training, there will be one more offered on Nov 6.

WORKSHOP ON REPRODUCIBLE RESEARCH
Thursday, Oct 23, 3:00-5:00pm, Newman Library Multipurpose Room
The first part of this workshop will being with a discussion of the current reproducibility crisis in science, followed by a discussion of techniques, workflows, and tools (like R and Open Science Framework) that researchers can use to increase the reproducibility of their work. The target audience is graduate students, post-docs, and professors involved in quantitative research who are interested in learning more about reproducible practices. This event is available for NLI credit at www.nli.tlos.vt.edu.

GSA FALL WINE AND BEER SOCIAL
Friday, Oct 24, 5:00-9:00pm, University Club
The GSA invites you to its Fall wine and beer social for an evening of fun and socializing with fellow students. An assortment of beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Must be 21+ with a valid state ID to consume alcohol. General admission is $10 and delegates will be admitted for $5. Non-drinking guests are welcome for $2. Please contact Samantha Erwin at sherwin@vt.edu with questions.