Funding: Population Health Graduate Student Conference Travel Awards


The UW’s Population Health Initiative is offering Graduate Student Conference Travel Awards of up to $1,500 to further students’ academic, research, or professional goals as they strive to become the next generation of leaders in population health. The application period for this round of funding opens on April 10, 2017 and closes on Friday, April 28, 2017.

These awards are open to graduate students on all three campuses who:

  1. Are currently enrolled in a graduate degree program.
  2. Have been accepted to present a population health-related paper, poster, or exhibit, or to serve as an invited speaker, at a conference, symposium, or other professional and academic meeting. Students in the arts may request funding for invited performances or installations.

In order to apply, an applicant must be nominated by a faculty member. Once nominated, applicants will receive an email with a link to their portion of the application.

To learn more, please visit

Events: GPSS Conference on May 6


As the end of the quarter is coming, you must be busy working on your term papers and projects. Why don’t you share your wonderful work right on our campus? GPSS hosts a conference for UW graduate and professional students on May 6. This conference is to think about what we do and study as graduate and professional students in the changing geopolitical climate. We want this conference to be interdisciplinary by inviting students of all possible fields from humanities to engineering to business. This will be a good chance for you to share your current work and build a conversation with peer graduate and professional students. You don’t need to travel far to have critical and thought-provoking conversations about what our work signifies and how it contributes to today’s society.

An application is truly simple – just submit a proposal in 350 words or less. “Our Work Now: The Critical Role of Graduate and Professional Students in the Post-Election America” is open to any UW graduate and professional students. Our themes are various on purpose so that any student can be part of. They are:

  • Business and Trade
  • Citizenship and Immigration
  • Communication and Information
  • Education
  • Health and Environment
  • Policy, Governance, and Activism
  • Science and Technology

There are poster sessions and panels where you can have a conversational presentation than a formal paper presentation while you can present your paper in a formal academic style as well.

The due date is Mar. 5 (Sunday). Please check more information about the conference at

GPSS sincerely hopes that all of you join this conference to share your work with other UW grad and professional students across disciplines and programs. PLEASE apply IMMEDIATELY!

Event: Communication Skills Workshop for International Grad Students

Event Details
Date & Time: Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 11:30am – 1:00pm
Location: HUB 250
Name: Communication Skills for International Graduate Students

Free refreshments provided!

Join us for a lively and informative workshop!
• Learn about cultural differences and communication styles
• Discuss communication skills – in and out of the classroom
• Practice tips for effective communication and networking skills
• Develop strategies for real world communication situations in academic, professional and social settings

Both facilitators have combined professional backgrounds in working with English-as-Second-Language students, public speaking, workshop facilitation, and teaching.

The event is co-sponsored by Core Programs at the Graduate School, GPSS, and FIUTS.

If you have questions regarding the workshop, please contact Ziyan Bai at

CAREER: MLIS Students, Directed Fieldwork: is it for you?

If you want a chance to apply some of what you’ve learned in your courses, with hands-on experience, then YES.

If you want to network with professionals, then YES.

If you’re thinking ahead about Capstone, then YES.

If you have little or no experience in a library or information setting, then YES.

There are a number of great DFW opportunities this fall, which are already posted in iCareers. Some options for those of you in the Seattle area include:

  • Creating an audio archive at KUOW (hint: the plan is for this to be a DFW that morphs into a Capstone!)
  •  TAing for underserved students in a community college information literacy course (gain some teaching experience!)
  • Researching and compiling open educational resources for undergraduate engineering curriculum (many job ads for academic libraries now ask for OER experience)
  • Cataloging for the Seattle Opera (who doesn’t love the opera?)

If you’re online or not close to Seattle, don’t feel left out! There are current postings for opportunities in Maryland, Oregon, and elsewhere in Washington State. We can also work with you to create a fieldwork opportunity close to home; this summer we had students complete DFWs in Colorado, Michigan, and British Columbia. There are also DFWs that can be done completely online. Recent online-only DFWs include:

  • Creating metadata for digitized Supreme Court cases for the Law Library of Congress
  • Creating outreach programs for the National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Resource Center
  • Cataloging for the Button Museum in Chicago

Having fieldwork on your transcripts assures potential employers that you’ve had successful, measurable experience with solid learning outcomes, along with evaluation and feedback from information professionals and faculty. The same can’t be said for many volunteer positions.

The deadline to have your paperwork in for a Fall 2016 DFW is September 12. You can visit Canvas for full directions for the DFW process,

Student Services and I are glad to answer questions or help you create a fieldwork opportunity for fall or later quarters. Just ask!

-Helene Williams, Sr. Lecturer