January 11-17, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 1/11/16

  • Career Services advising: on hiatus until spring; walk-in hours starting on Jan 27
  • Cook Counseling: on hiatus this week 
  • Graduate School regular hours: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-5:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm
  • LISA Statistical Consulting: on hiatus this week
  • Writing assistance: on hiatus until spring

2. SHOPPING TRIP FOR NEW INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Thursday, Jan 14, 1:00pm
The Cranwell International Center offers this shopping trip to Christiansburg for new students to help you acquire items for your new home. Free transportation is provided, no registration required. Visit http://www.calendar.vt.edu/main.php?view=event&calendarid=cranwell&eventid=1451920902061 for more information about this event.

 

3. GLC CAFÉ: HOT CHOCOLATE FROM SCRATCH

Thursday, Jan 14, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room

Enjoy the usual free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of your grad student and Grad School colleagues, as well as some hot chocolate made from scratch, because it’s gonna be a cold week! 

 

4. PIZZA AND GAME NIGHT

Friday, Jan 15, 5:00-7:30pm, BreakZONE in the Squires Student Center

Join Cranwell International Center staff, community volunteers and fellow VT students for an evening of pizza and games in the BreakZONE, home of billiards, bowling, table tennis and more on the first floor of the Squires Student Center. Free to all international students during this special reserved time! Registration requested at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c4eadae2ca13-pizza.

 

5. GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEB 1 – 1st posting

The deadline to submit abstracts for the 32nd annual GSA Research Symposium & Expo has been extended to Feb 1. The Graduate Student Assembly looks forward to receiving submissions from graduate and advanced undergraduate students from various disciplines for the theme of “Beyond Boundaries, Across Disciplines.” The symposium will be held Mar 23 in the Graduate Life Center. The top presentations will be awarded cash prizes! Submission guidelines and more information at: https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/graduate-research-symposium/. If you submitted an abstract prior to the original deadline of Jan 1, you will receive an email update from GSA by the end of this week. Please do NOT resubmit your abstract if you have already submitted. Send questions and/or concerns to gsa.symposium16@gmail.com.

 

6. VIRGINIA GOVERNOR’S FELLOWS PROGRAM – 1st posting

For rising seniors, just graduated seniors and graduate students interested in learning more about the administration of state government.  Full information at https://governor.virginia.gov/fellows/  A $2000 stipend is available through Career Services for any selected VT students.  Contact Amy McPherson at amcphers@vt.edu for more information about the stipend.

 

7. CHILDCARE AVAILABLE FOR CHILDREN OF GRAD STUDENTS – 2nd posting

Spaces are available in the Little Hokie Hangout (LHH) parent-cooperative child care center for the Spring semester, open 8:30am-6:30pm this spring. LHH offers child care in an affordable and accessible way. Email to childcare@vt.edu to set up a time to come see the program and ask any questions you might have. Half-day tuition at LHH for the entire Spring semester is only $840.00! That’s a one-time charge for all 78 days that your child attends the program.

 

8. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENT REP TO BOARD OF VISITORS – 3rd posting

Applications for Graduate Student Representative to the VT Board of Visitors are accepted until Feb 12, 2016. All currently enrolled graduate students in good standing are encouraged to consider this great leadership and service opportunity to represent graduate students’ voices, needs and interest on the VT Board of Visitors. Learn more at http://www.dsa.vt.edu/BOV/apply.php.

 

9. NOMINATIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS NOW OPEN – 3rd posting

A number of prestigious awards are granted to graduate students each year, carrying a monetary prize ($200-$1000 each) and award certificate. Discuss the possibility of your nomination with your advisor/department for any of the following awards:

– Outstanding Dissertation in (1) math, sciences and engineering, and (1) in social sciences, business and humanities

– Preston Society Master’s Thesis Award

– Graduate Student Teaching Excellence (1) for GTA instructor of record (1) GTA instructor assistant

– Graduate Student Service Excellence

– Graduate Student of the Year (up to three awards given)

– Outstanding master’s and doctoral student in each college and in interdisciplinary programs.

More information about criteria, forms, and process for nomination are at: http://graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/awards/2015_2016.

 

10. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR BEHAVIORAL AND NEURO-IMAGING STUDY ON SOCIAL ATTITUDES – 3rd posting

VTCRI researchers are recruiting subjects for a behavioral and neuroimaging study on social attitudes.

Participants will:  Answer questionnaires and complete assessments;  Play simple computer games during an MRI scan;  Receive $30-50 for their participation;  Receive a CD of their brain images from the MRI scan. Must be: 18-30 years old; Caucasian (White American) born citizen of the United States; free of metal implants; not claustrophobic. If you meet these requirements and are interested in participating, email participate@vtc.vt.edu or call Lauren at 540-526-2120 or Riley at 540-526-2068.

 

11. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY ON HARDWARE DESIGN – 3rd posting

The VT Configurable Computing Machinery Lab is looking for participants for a research study on a new tool being developed for automatic suggestion of reusable designs. Participants will be asked to design two simple circuits in Verilog to test the effectiveness of such a tool. Email Kevin Zeng at kaiwen@vt.edu to set up a time or if there are any questions.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE: CONTINUING THE FIGHT FOR INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE

Monday, Jan 18, 10:00am – 2:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room, GLC

Participate in an interactive session using case studies to learn, discuss, and craft the next steps in the struggle for graduate student success. Hear a briefing by Vice President and Dean Dr. Karen DePauw about InclusiveVT and responses to last year’s MLK Day forum. Students are highly encouraged to participate in the process and work with university administrators in Creating an Affirming Environment: Eradicating academic bullying in graduate education. Lunch provided. Please register at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eKf6G55UcIIalBH if you are planning to attend.

 

FIELD TRIP TO ROANOKE

Monday, January 18, 9:30am-5:30pm, leaving from Cranwell International Center

Spend the day exploring the nearby city of Roanoke, VA. Museums, shopping and ice-skating awaits! The group will leave Cranwell at 9:30 am, and return to campus at 5:30 pm. Transportation provided. Cost of trip: $8 will be billed to your student account for transportation. Please anticipate spending $25 of your own money as well. Registration is required at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c4eadae2ca13-field.

 

BREAKFAST WITH THE DEAN

Wednesday, Jan 20, 8:30am-10:00am, GLC Room G

Stop by to chat with Karen DePauw – vice president for graduate education and dean of the Graduate School – and fellow graduate students while enjoying a light breakfast from Our Daily Bread! This event is come-and-go and free to all graduate students. Stay on the look-out for future "with the Dean" events throughout the school year. Hosted by the Graduate Student Assembly.

 

DISSECTING THE MOLECULAR MECHANISMS OF VOCAL LEARNING AND SPOKEN LANGUAGE: A PERSONAL JOURNEY FROM A DIVERSITY PERSPECTIVE"

Thursday, Jan 21, 3:30pm, Biocomplexity Institute (formerly VBI) Conference Room

This special Martin Luther King Week seminar is co-sponsored by multiple campus organizations and hosted by the Biological Sciences Diversity Committee, featuring Erich Jarvis, Department of Neurobiology at Duke University, as the speaker. The presentation will address discoveries that required a diverse set of scientific approaches, was benefitted by working with persons from diverse backgrounds, was influenced by the speaker’s upbringing at the height of the civil rights movement, and was fostered by taking both large collaborative and individualistic approaches.

 

January 11-17, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 1/11/16

  • Career Services advising: on hiatus until spring; walk-in hours starting on Jan 27
  • Cook Counseling: on hiatus this week 
  • Graduate School regular hours: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-5:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm
  • LISA Statistical Consulting: on hiatus this week
  • Writing assistance: on hiatus until spring

2. SHOPPING TRIP FOR NEW INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Thursday, Jan 14, 1:00pm
The Cranwell International Center offers this shopping trip to Christiansburg for new students to help you acquire items for your new home. Free transportation is provided, no registration required. Visit http://www.calendar.vt.edu/main.php?view=event&calendarid=cranwell&eventid=1451920902061 for more information about this event.

 

3. GLC CAFÉ: HOT CHOCOLATE FROM SCRATCH

Thursday, Jan 14, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room

Enjoy the usual free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of your grad student and Grad School colleagues, as well as some hot chocolate made from scratch, because it’s gonna be a cold week! 

 

4. PIZZA AND GAME NIGHT

Friday, Jan 15, 5:00-7:30pm, BreakZONE in the Squires Student Center

Join Cranwell International Center staff, community volunteers and fellow VT students for an evening of pizza and games in the BreakZONE, home of billiards, bowling, table tennis and more on the first floor of the Squires Student Center. Free to all international students during this special reserved time! Registration requested at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c4eadae2ca13-pizza.

 

5. GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEB 1 – 1st posting

The deadline to submit abstracts for the 32nd annual GSA Research Symposium & Expo has been extended to Feb 1. The Graduate Student Assembly looks forward to receiving submissions from graduate and advanced undergraduate students from various disciplines for the theme of “Beyond Boundaries, Across Disciplines.” The symposium will be held Mar 23 in the Graduate Life Center. The top presentations will be awarded cash prizes! Submission guidelines and more information at: https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/graduate-research-symposium/. If you submitted an abstract prior to the original deadline of Jan 1, you will receive an email update from GSA by the end of this week. Please do NOT resubmit your abstract if you have already submitted. Send questions and/or concerns to gsa.symposium16@gmail.com.

 

6. VIRGINIA GOVERNOR’S FELLOWS PROGRAM – 1st posting

For rising seniors, just graduated seniors and graduate students interested in learning more about the administration of state government.  Full information at https://governor.virginia.gov/fellows/  A $2000 stipend is available through Career Services for any selected VT students.  Contact Amy McPherson at amcphers@vt.edu for more information about the stipend.

 

7. CHILDCARE AVAILABLE FOR CHILDREN OF GRAD STUDENTS – 2nd posting

Spaces are available in the Little Hokie Hangout (LHH) parent-cooperative child care center for the Spring semester, open 8:30am-6:30pm this spring. LHH offers child care in an affordable and accessible way. Email to childcare@vt.edu to set up a time to come see the program and ask any questions you might have. Half-day tuition at LHH for the entire Spring semester is only $840.00! That’s a one-time charge for all 78 days that your child attends the program.

 

8. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENT REP TO BOARD OF VISITORS – 3rd posting

Applications for Graduate Student Representative to the VT Board of Visitors are accepted until Feb 12, 2016. All currently enrolled graduate students in good standing are encouraged to consider this great leadership and service opportunity to represent graduate students’ voices, needs and interest on the VT Board of Visitors. Learn more at http://www.dsa.vt.edu/BOV/apply.php.

 

9. NOMINATIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS NOW OPEN – 3rd posting

A number of prestigious awards are granted to graduate students each year, carrying a monetary prize ($200-$1000 each) and award certificate. Discuss the possibility of your nomination with your advisor/department for any of the following awards:

– Outstanding Dissertation in (1) math, sciences and engineering, and (1) in social sciences, business and humanities

– Preston Society Master’s Thesis Award

– Graduate Student Teaching Excellence (1) for GTA instructor of record (1) GTA instructor assistant

– Graduate Student Service Excellence

– Graduate Student of the Year (up to three awards given)

– Outstanding master’s and doctoral student in each college and in interdisciplinary programs.

More information about criteria, forms, and process for nomination are at: http://graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/awards/2015_2016.

 

10. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR BEHAVIORAL AND NEURO-IMAGING STUDY ON SOCIAL ATTITUDES – 3rd posting

VTCRI researchers are recruiting subjects for a behavioral and neuroimaging study on social attitudes.

Participants will:  Answer questionnaires and complete assessments;  Play simple computer games during an MRI scan;  Receive $30-50 for their participation;  Receive a CD of their brain images from the MRI scan. Must be: 18-30 years old; Caucasian (White American) born citizen of the United States; free of metal implants; not claustrophobic. If you meet these requirements and are interested in participating, email participate@vtc.vt.edu or call Lauren at 540-526-2120 or Riley at 540-526-2068.

 

11. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY ON HARDWARE DESIGN – 3rd posting

The VT Configurable Computing Machinery Lab is looking for participants for a research study on a new tool being developed for automatic suggestion of reusable designs. Participants will be asked to design two simple circuits in Verilog to test the effectiveness of such a tool. Email Kevin Zeng at kaiwen@vt.edu to set up a time or if there are any questions.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE: CONTINUING THE FIGHT FOR INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE

Monday, Jan 18, 10:00am – 2:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room, GLC

Participate in an interactive session using case studies to learn, discuss, and craft the next steps in the struggle for graduate student success. Hear a briefing by Vice President and Dean Dr. Karen DePauw about InclusiveVT and responses to last year’s MLK Day forum. Students are highly encouraged to participate in the process and work with university administrators in Creating an Affirming Environment: Eradicating academic bullying in graduate education. Lunch provided. Please register at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eKf6G55UcIIalBH if you are planning to attend.

 

FIELD TRIP TO ROANOKE

Monday, January 18, 9:30am-5:30pm, leaving from Cranwell International Center

Spend the day exploring the nearby city of Roanoke, VA. Museums, shopping and ice-skating awaits! The group will leave Cranwell at 9:30 am, and return to campus at 5:30 pm. Transportation provided. Cost of trip: $8 will be billed to your student account for transportation. Please anticipate spending $25 of your own money as well. Registration is required at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c4eadae2ca13-field.

 

BREAKFAST WITH THE DEAN

Wednesday, Jan 20, 8:30am-10:00am, GLC Room G

Stop by to chat with Karen DePauw – vice president for graduate education and dean of the Graduate School – and fellow graduate students while enjoying a light breakfast from Our Daily Bread! This event is come-and-go and free to all graduate students. Stay on the look-out for future "with the Dean" events throughout the school year. Hosted by the Graduate Student Assembly.

 

DISSECTING THE MOLECULAR MECHANISMS OF VOCAL LEARNING AND SPOKEN LANGUAGE: A PERSONAL JOURNEY FROM A DIVERSITY PERSPECTIVE"

Thursday, Jan 21, 3:30pm, Biocomplexity Institute (formerly VBI) Conference Room

This special Martin Luther King Week seminar is co-sponsored by multiple campus organizations and hosted by the Biological Sciences Diversity Committee, featuring Erich Jarvis, Department of Neurobiology at Duke University, as the speaker. The presentation will address discoveries that required a diverse set of scientific approaches, was benefitted by working with persons from diverse backgrounds, was influenced by the speaker’s upbringing at the height of the civil rights movement, and was fostered by taking both large collaborative and individualistic approaches.