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The 5th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium


Are you a graduate student interested in gaining research presentation experience?  Consider presenting at the 5th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium which will be held on March 27, 2012 in the Maucker Union. Graduate students are invited to participate in one of three categories: poster presentation, oral presentation, or creative performance. The deadline to register has been extended to February, 27.

Click here for more information about the Symposium or visit the Symposium website.


Graduate Student Appreciation Week


Graduate Student Appreciation Week will be taking place the week of March 26-30th. As a way to show our appreciation for hard work you do, this is a week where we showcase the work of graduate students as well as provide educational, social, and volunteer opportunities.

Educational Opportunities:

Tuesday, March 27: Graduate students will present their research and creative performances at the 5th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium. Submit registration to present yourself and support other graduate students by attending the Poster Session in Maucker Union Ballroom between 12:00p.m. and 2:00p.m., the Oral Presentations in the Lower Level Meeting Rooms of Maucker Union between 12:00p.m. and 3:00p.m. and the Creative Performances at Davis Hall of the Gallegher-Bluedorn Peforming Arts Center from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 28: Susan Schweiger, Director of Graduate Student Life, will present a Professional Development Workshop focusing on Behavior Based Interviewing. This event will take place at 3:00 p.m. in the Elm Room of Maucker Union.

Look for more information in upcoming emails about social and volunteer opportunities available during Graduate Student Appreciation Week!


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Career Services with Susie


Need help with your résumé or a job search? Come see Susie Schwieger, Director of Graduate Student Life, in the Graduate Office. Besides critiquing résumés and curricula vitae, Susie’s responsibilities include graduate student orientation, career services, and professional development activities. For assistance with job searches, interview skills or resumes and curricula vitae, email Susie (susan.schwieger@uni.edu) or phone her at
(319) 273-2748.

Additionally, Susie will be giving a presentation on résumés on Monday, February 27 at 3 p.m. in the Presidential Room, Maucker Union. She will be providing valuable information on how to revamp your résumé.  Find out more about the Résumé Writing for Graduate Students workshop here.


Volunteer Tuesdays: Give back to the community & Get involved!


Each Tuesday the Student Leadership Center, in cooperation with the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley, organizes opportunities for students to go into the local communities and give their time. A different community agency is served each week, so students can experience a variety of organizations in the Cedar Falls/Waterloo area that need volunteers.To participate, sign up for the Tuesday(s) and time that work for your schedule at the Volunteer Tuesdays website. For volunteering your time and skills, the Student Leadership Center provides transportation, beverages and snacks, and a free t-shirt.


Student Request Workshops


Have a question about submitting a student request? Attend a Student Request Workshop by Associate Dean of the Graduate College, Dr. Shoshanna Coon. Topics to be addressed are: when and how to submit a student request, what to write in a student request, checking on a request status, the approval process of a student request, and how requests are evaluated and prioritized. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend. Two identical workshops will be given during the Spring 2012 semester, near the beginning of registration for Summer and for Fall courses.  Please R.S.V.P. at gradlife@uni.edu by March 6 for the March 8 workshop.

Workshop 1:
The workshop will be held on Thursday, March 8 at 3 p.m. in the Center for Mulitcultural Education.

Workshop 2:
The workshop will be held on Monday, April 9 at noon in the Center for Mulitcultural Education.




Find Your Way With APA


"Find Your Way with APA" will be on Wednesday February 22 at 3:00 p.m. in the State College Room, Maucker Union. This interactive session will be presented by Dr. Deanne Gute and Emily Borcherding. They will be discussing how to navigate the APA manual, how to use the manual as a guide to scholarly writing, hands-on practice with in-text citations, references, and other APA issues. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend!


Résumé Writing for Graduate Students


Résumé Writing for Graduate Students will be held on Monday, February 27 at 3 p.m.  in the Presidential Room, Maucker Union.  Susie Schwieger, Director of Graduate College Life, will be presenting information on:

  • how to revise your undergraduate résumé to a graduate student résumé
  • different formats of résumés and when and how to use them
  • how to target your résumé to the qualifications of the position

Graduate students, faculty, and staff are welcomed to attend! Please R.S.V.P. to gradlife@uni.edu by February 23. Susie will also offer individual critiques following the workshop. If you are unable to attend the workshop, the information will be posted on the Graduate College website by March 1. If you are interested in a résumé critique, but cannot attend the workshop, email your résumé to Susie Schwieger (susan.schwieger@uni.edu) to be reviewed.


Behavior-Based Interview Workshop


Take your interviewing skills to the next level with this workshop focused on behavioral-based interviewing. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, March 28 at 3 p.m. in the Elm Room, Maucker Union. Behavioral-based interviewing is the most common type of interview in use by employers today.The theory behind behavioral-based interviews is that past behavior predicts future performance. This workshop will cover an overview of behavioral-based interviews, winning strategies, common pitfalls and interview preparation and follow-up. Please R.S.V.P at gradlife@uni.edu by March 21.


Professional Development Website


If you are a graduate student interested in gaining professional development experience check out the Professional Development website. The website showcases past workshops by using special online videos (Real Media Player required) with audio and syncronized PowerPoints. Currently, come see what the Rod Library has to offer and information on being a productive writer. New events will be posted as they are organized. For more information visit the Professional Development website.

  The Graffito is a quarterly newsletter for graduate students and alumni at the University of Northern Iowa.
Please send your news to: gradlife@uni.edu.
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