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January 2012
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Dates to Remember
FEBRUARY 16 | Graduate Council meeting in the Graduate School Conference Room at 3:30 p.m.
MARCH 9 | Last day to apply for Spring 2012 graduation
MARCH 22 | Graduate Council meeting in the Graduate School Conference Room at 3:30 p.m.
APRIL 13 | Last day to defend your dissertation/thesis for Spring 2012
APRIL 17 | SPEAK Test for international graduate teaching assistants in Allen Hall, room 102
APRIL 19 | Graduate Council meeting in the Graduate School Conference Room at 3:30 p.m.
APRIL 23 | Deadline to submit draft of dissertation/thesis
MAY 9 | Deadline to complete dissertation/thesis
Invitations to register for the following Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) events will be sent via e-mail to all graduate students. Look for us in your inbox! Seating may be limited.
Teaching with Writing
TAs in all disciplines should attend this workshop for a fresh perspective on how to effectively use writing as a learning tool.
  3 - 4:30 P.M. (BOTH DATES)
Faculty Life at Different Institutions
Learn what you can do during your graduate studies to make yourself an attractive faculty candidate at different post-secondary institutions.
  TUES., FEB. 28, 2 - 3:30 P.M.
Making the Web Work for Your Job Search (Web Presentation)
The Toppel Career Center is not just for undergraduates! Join us to find out what job search resources Toppel has to offer master’s and doctoral students in search of jobs, fellowships, and postdoctoral and academic positions. We’ll cover how you could use these tools to your advantage and share tips on how you can use alternative methods such as online networking to facilitate your search.
"Language and the Global Institution"
Yale University's Dr. Nelleke Van Deusen-Scholl will discuss the implications of language/culture education in the context of the global mission of a university. Event registration is required by January 27.
  FRI., FEB. 3
  12 P.M. - 5 P.M.
Events will be held in February, March, and April. Visit the CoE website to learn more about upcoming events and to download presentations from past lectures in the series.
In Other Words...
Boren Fellowships
Open to graduate students interested in area studies, language study, or increased language proficiency. Fellows receive up to $30,000 to study and research. LEARN MORE
Deadline: January 31, 2012
Force and Motion Academic Scholarship
AMTI will award two $10,000 scholarships to promising graduate students in fields related to multi-axis force measurement and testing. There's still time for you to apply to be considered for the 2011-2012 academic year. LEARN MORE
Deadline: February 1, 2012
Jack Kent Cooke Dissertation Fellowships in Education

Four, one-time fellowships of up to $25,000 are available to support doctoral student work after the successful defense of dissertation proposals in disciplines, including, but not limited to education, sociology, economics, psychology, statistics, and psychometrics. LEARN MORE
Deadline: February 3, 2012

Study Abroad in France

Qualified graduate students with demonstrated proficiency in French can apply for the Institut d'études Françaises d'Avignon's 2012 summer session, which begins June 14 and ends July 29. LEARN MORE
Deadline: March 1, 2012

SoE Eddy Ameen Stands Up, Stands Out
School of Education Ph.D. student Eddy Ameen.

Eddy Ameen began his doctoral program in Counseling Psychology in 2007, primarily developing interventions for detained immigrant youth. As a student, he co-authored a chapter on immigrant families and an article on the need for career interventions for youth in the justice system. For two years, he concurrently served as executive director of StandUp For Kids - Miami, a homeless youth service and advocacy program. In 2011, his tenure with the program was profiled in The Huffington Post. While at UM, he also launched a monthly breakfast series on social justice.

Eddy moved to Washington, D.C. in 2010 to begin an internship in juvenile justice to shape training and policy standards at the national level. He now serves as Assistant Director of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS), addressing the internship match crisis and advocating for the needs of minority students and the future of the profession.

While completing his dissertation on how individuals become activists, Eddy is blogging for SparkAction.org.

Psychology Student Wins NSF Fellowship

Eric Pedersen recently won a graduate fellowship from the NSF.

Eric J. Pedersen—a Ph.D. student and researcher in the Department of Psychology’s Evolution and Behavior emphasis—won a highly competitive Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation in 2011.

Eric's grant proposal focuses on third-party punishment, which occurs when an unaffected third party intervenes by punishing a transgressor, at a personal cost, on behalf of a victim of unfairness. He hypothesizes that humans do not possess a behavioral propensity to intervene on behalf of mistreated strangers. When people themselves are victims, however, it is well documented that they are likely to retaliate. His research plan contains a series of studies in which he aims to investigate what underlying factors produce the difference in the willingness of victims and witnesses to punish transgressors, and how the difference may be lessened such that unaffected third parties are more willing to intervene on behalf of victims.

According to the NSF, Eric Pedersen’s selection for the NSF Fellowship was based on his outstanding abilities and accomplishments, as well as his potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality of the U.S. science and engineering enterprise. The stipend for the 2011-2012 Fellowship Year is $30,000.

Toppel Events: EPIC and Career Expo

Brush up on your job interview skills and polish your resume at Toppel Career Center's EPIC (Employer Practice Interview & Critiques) event on January 31. Come back on February 1 for the Spring Career Expo.

To RSVP for EPIC, go to HireACane.com. Visit Toppel's Spring Career Expo page to view a list of companies attending the expo.

Download Free Bibliography Software
EndNote is a bibliographic software program that automatically formats saved references in any standard citation format. It's available as a download to all UM students, faculty, and staff. For more information, e-mail endnote@miami.edu.
International TA Language Training Course

The Intensive Language Institute is offering a free, non-credit English course for international teaching assistants (ITAs) and for ITAs who have not yet met the spoken English proficiency requirements.

This language course is open to qualifying ITAs who have contact with undergraduate students and wish to improve their spoken English skills in order to better perform in a position of classroom or lab instruction. It has been designed for those who have not achieved a score of 55 on the SPEAK test and who have not passed the subsequent teaching presentation test.

Course Dates, Time, and Location
Tues. and Thurs., Jan. 31 - Apr. 12, 2012
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Allen Hall, Room 206

Registration for this free course is required. Please call Maki Burgess at (305) 284-4727 to register or e-mail her at alc.cstudies@miami.edu.

2012 EERE Geothermal Student Competition

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is challenging undergraduate and graduate student teams (up to four students), guided by a faculty member in the role of mentor, to conduct a professional-quality assessment of the Snake River Plain site in Idaho.

Students in science, engineering, and business programs will conduct research based on a case study analysis using one or more of the following exploration technologies: (1) geophysics, (2) geochemistry, (3) remote sensing; and (4) geology. The deadline for application submission is February 10, 2012.

To learn more about this competition, visit orise.orau.gov/geothermal.

March 9: Deadline to Apply for Graduation

Planning to graduate this semester? Be sure to apply for graduation in myUM by Friday, March 9 if you want your name printed in the commencement program.

Ordering Your Cap and Gown
During the online process in myUM, you will also order your cap and gown. For more information on when and where to pick up your graduation regalia, please visit the Office of Commencement's website at www.miami.edu/commencement.

Correct Commencement Program Information
If you're a doctoral student applying for graduation and notice that the information listed in myUM is inaccurate (i.e., prior degrees, advisor name), you may send corrections in an e-mail to the Graduate School at graduateschool@miami.edu.Please include your C-number in the e-mail.