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Mar 4 2016

GRAD ANNOUNCE, March, 2016

Monthly email brought to you by the Graduate Life Office of Stanford Student Affairs, Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Graduate Student Council & Graduate Student Programming Board


  1. Meyer Buck House Egg Roll for Graduate Families, Mar. 19
  2. Inaugural Sally Dickson Lecture: “In Pursuit of Social Justice,” Mar. 7
  3. Funds for Student-Initiated Mental Health and Well-Being Mini-Grants
  4. Stanford OpenXChange.  Get involved!



  1. Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship
  2. DARE (Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence) Doctoral Fellowship Program
  3. Diversity Dissertation Research Opportunity (DDRO)
  4. Diversity Innovation Funds
  5. Preparing for Faculty Careers (VPTL 231)
  6. Writing to Completion: A Workshop for Graduate Students
  7. Leadership Labs
  8. Seven Secrets of Highly Successful Research Students
  9. Turbocharge Your Writing
  10. Resilience: How to Bounce Back
  11. Negotiation and Influence
  12. Leadership Dinners
  13. Quick Bytes
  14. Academic Chats
  15. Academic Skills Coaching
  16. Hume Center for Writing and Speaking Resources For Graduate Students



  1. ASSU Elections Announcement
  2. Frost Music and Arts Festival is Coming!



  1. Bodyweight Group Workout, Mar. 5
  2. Steak not Study, Mar. 9
  3. Grad Trivia Night, Mar. 10
  4. GSPB Goes to Pure Barre, Mar. 16




1. Meyer-Buck House Egg Roll for Graduate families with children

  • Saturday, March 19, 2016
  • 10:00 AM-12:30 PM

Provost John Etchemendy and Nancy Etchemendy invite you and your children to the Meyer-Buck House Egg Roll!

Children will enjoy games, face painting, an egg-roll competition, an egg hunt, and storytelling. A light breakfast will be provided.

As there is no parking at the Meyer-Buck House, free shuttles will be provided.  Shuttles will depart from and arrive at the Graduate Community Center at 750 Escondido Road every 15 minutes starting at 10 am.

Please RSVP (REQUIRED) by Friday, March 11, 2016. Please register at:

**Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Graduate Life Office **


2. Inaugural Sally Dickson Lecture: “In Pursuit of Social Justice,” Mar. 7

In Pursuit of Social Justice, The inaugural Sally Dickson Lecture on Diversity, Inclusion and Reflection

  • Monday, March 7, 2016, 7:00 pm
  • Cemex Auditorium

This panel will feature four prominent speakers who have taken different pathways to social justice:

  • Bree Newsome, a filmmaker and activist, who removed the Confederate flag at the South Carolina state capitol in July 2015
  • Raymond Braun, an LGBT YouTube activist, creator of #ProudToLove, and featured in Forbes' 30 under 30 
  • Rick Lowe, a public artist, community organizer, MacArthur Fellow and Distinguished Visitor at the Haas Center for Public Service
  • Aimee Allison, ’93, Senior Vice President of PowerPAC+, which builds the political power of the multiracial majority and works to elect social justice champions to public office

The panel will be moderated by The Rev. Professor Jane Shaw, dean for religious life. A reception will follow the lecture. 

The Sally Dickson Annual Lecture on Diversity, Inclusion and Reflection was created in 2015 by the vice provost for student affairs upon the retirement of Sally Dickson, former associate vice provost for student affairs and dean of educational resources.

This event is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Residential Education and OpenXChange with event coordination by the Student Affairs Intergroup Dialogue Team. 


Learn more:


3. Funds for Student-Initiated Mental Health and Well-Being Mini-Grants

The Stanford Healthy Campus 2020* initiative is looking to fund a few creative student-initiated ideas to strengthen student mental health and well-being.  Projects might include, but are not limited to helping students learn how to feel less stressed, calmer and happier; increase peer to peer support; create social media tools; provide access to peer and professional services; or de-stigmatize mental health problems; and/or address diversity and identity issues.  Your target audience could be the general student body or a very specific student population. 



You may apply for ONE of the following grants:

  • Up to $600 to create projects for Spring Quarter, 2016
  • Up to $1,000 for a major campus wellness event
  • Up to $1,500 for a one-year campus project that begins Spring 2016 and continues through Spring 2017.



Please submit your proposal in 500-1,500 words.  We will help you further develop your proposal if your idea is accepted.  Please address these basic questions:

  • Please describe your creative idea.  
  • What is the issue or topic that you are addressing? 
  • Which grant are you applying for?  Please outline actionable steps and estimated timeline.
  • Who is involved in the project?  (Individual students/ student groups/majors/Department sponsorship, if applicable)
  • Expected outcomes
  • Evaluation process
  • Budget

Please send your proposal to by Wednesday, March 23 at Noon

A team of faculty, staff and students of the Mental Health and Well Being Advisory Board and Health Campus 2020 Advisory Panel will review proposals.  Applicants can expect to receive a decision by Wednesday, March 30 for Spring quarter project implementation

* See for more information on the nationwide Healthy Camus initiative.  See for an overview of the Stanford Healthy Campus 2020 Initiative.


4.   Stanford OpenXChange

OpenXChange is a year-long, community-wide and community-driven initiative whose goal is to strengthen and unify Stanford through purposeful engagement around issues of national and global concern.  The many facets of OpenXChange will push our community to consider meaningful interchange and thoughtful listening, as well as mutual respect even around areas of intense disagreement.

For calendar of amazing upcoming events and ways to get involved, please check out its website:





1. Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship

Three-year fellowship for outstanding doctoral students engaged in interdisciplinary research. See website for eligibility and fellowship terms. Application deadline: Wed., Mar. 9.


2. DARE (Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence) Doctoral Fellowship Program

Two-year fellowship for advanced graduate students who want to investigate and prepare for academic careers and whose presence will help diversify the professoriate. Application deadline: Mon., Mar. 28.


3. Diversity Dissertation Research Opportunity (DDRO)

Open to doctoral students from any department whose research focuses on diversity-related topics. Application deadline: Tues., Apr. 5.


4. Diversity Innovation Funds

Pilot program meant to support Stanford graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in the development of a project that will advance diversity within those populations. Proposals accepted on a rolling basis.


5. Preparing for Faculty Careers (VPTL 231)

Designed for advanced doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars who are considering a faculty career, this course will guide you through an exploration of the academic career and prepare you to launch your academic job search. Space is limited; register via Axess.


6. Writing to Completion: A Workshop for Graduate Students

Discuss techniques that will make the writing process more productive. Wed., Apr. 13, 4-5 PM. Sign up early; space is limited.


7. Leadership Labs

Practice and receive real-time feedback on the development of critical communication and interpersonal influence skills. Orientation on Tues., Apr. 12, 4-5:30 PM; Labs on Tuesdays Apr. 19, 26 and May 10 from 1-8 PM. (Note there will be a one-week break on Tues., May 3). Application deadline: Tues., Mar. 29.


8. Seven Secrets of Highly Successful Research Students

Come learn and practice what research students do to finish on time, overcome isolation, doubt and writer’s block, and enjoy the process. Wed., Apr. 6, 9:00-11:30 AM. Application deadline: Thurs. Mar. 31.


9. Turbocharge Your Writing

Learn how to set a writing plan and stick to it. Wed., Apr. 6, 4:30-6:30 PM. Application deadline: Thurs., Mar. 31.


10. Resilience: How to Bounce Back

Study insights from the emerging field of resilience to learn about and practice the skills that allow you to bounce back more quickly and effectively. Three consecutive Mondays: May 2, 9 and 16, 4:30-6:30 PM. Application deadline: Sun., Apr. 24.


11. Negotiation and Influence

This workshop, not offered since 2013, examines the theory, research, and practice of negotiation across a variety of settings. Develop negotiation skills through role plays, exercises, and useful analytical frameworks. Mon., May 23 and Tues., May 24, 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM. Space is limited. Application deadline: Sun., May 8.


12. Leadership Dinners

Discuss leadership and life paths with an inspiring leader in a small group setting over dinner at the Faculty Club. Thurs., Apr. 7: Frank Lee, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Dragonfly Sciences. Mon., Apr. 18: Janet L. Holmgren, President Emerita, Mills College. Thurs., May 5: Bill Coleman, CEO of Veritas. All dinners 5-8 PM. Sign up early; space is limited.


13. Quick Bytes

Learn about campus resources and gain skills to succeed in grad school at these lunchtime workshops. Tues., Apr. 5: Interviewing… How to Shine, Not Sweat; Thurs., Apr. 14: Developing Your Professional Digital Presence; Wed., Apr. 27: Writing for the General Public. All sessions 12-1:15 PM; lunch provided. Register in advance.


14. Academic Chats

Explore faculty careers at these small group discussions, featuring faculty from Stanford and other campuses. Tues., Apr. 5: Academic Alternatives to Tenure-Track Professorships – What Are They and Why Would They Make Sense For You? All sessions 12-1:15 PM; lunch provided. Register in advance.


15. Academic Skills Coaching

Meet with an academic skills coach who will observe your strategies and techniques, suggest changes to your approach, and provide encouragement as you implement new ways of learning. Make an appointment online.


16. Hume Center for Writing and Speaking Resources For Graduate Students


Individual Consultations

Working on a job letter or conference presentation? Have a big interview coming up? Stuck on a dissertation chapter? Get FREE writing and speaking support at the Hume Center!

  • Tutoring Hours: Sun., 1-10 PM; Mon.-Wed. 10 AM – 10 PM; Thurs. 10 AM-8 PM; Fri. 10 AM-4 PM.
  • Last day of tutoring in winter quarter: Wed., Mar. 16.
  • First day of tutoring in spring quarter: Wed., Mar. 30.


Dissertation Boot Camp

Boot Camp offers graduate students a focused two-week opportunity to make serious progress on your dissertation or other writing project.


Session 4 – Spring Break: Mar. 14-25, 9 AM - 1 PM

  • Registration begins: Feb. 29


Session 5 – “Before Dawn”: Apr. 11-22, 7-10 AM

  • Registration begins: Mar. 28


Session 6—“Classic”: May 9-20, 8 AM – 12 PM

  • Registration begins: April 25


Writing and Oral Communication Workshops

Workshops provide graduate students from all disciplines with general strategies, as well as support for specific writing and speaking tasks, such as research statements, journal articles, multimedia presentations, and more.


Borrow and Reckon: Writing A Literature Review (All Fields)

  • Friday, April 8, 12-2 PM
  • Hume Center, Bldg 250 #106


Publishing the Scientific Journal Article (STEM)

  • Thursday, April 14, 5-7 PM
  • Hume Center, Bldg 250 #106


The Elevator Pitch (All Fields)

  • Thursday, April 21, 5-7 PM
  • Hume Center, Bldg 250 #106


Start with YES: Improv Tips for Quick Thinking (All Fields)

  • Thursday, May 5, 5-7 PM
  • Hume Center, Bldg 250 #101


Oral Communication workshops are also organized for individual departments and programs. Contact


Oral Communication Courses





1. ASSU Elections Announcement!

The elections petitions website is currently live and may be found at Candidates for the Graduate Student Council are required to submit a Declaration of Intent on the website, but are not required to gather petition signatures. Executive slates are required to gather 200 signatures. Petitions and Declarations of Intent are due on Wednesday, March 9th, at 11:59 PM. Please contact for any questions and concerns, or go to Thank you!



Get ready: the fifth annual FROST MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL is coming Saturday, May 14th! The festival that's brought artists such as MGMT, Dispatch, Yeasayer, Paper Void, AlunaGeorge, and Flume to Stanford is gearing up to be an event you don’t want to miss — stay tuned for the big 2016 artist reveal on Monday, March 14th! Student tickets go on sale on Tuesday, March 15th at $24. For more information, check out the Frost Music Festival website and the official recap video of last year’s festivities, or email with any questions.  





1. Bodyweight Group Workout


"I don't have time to work out"

How often have we heard that excuse?


Well, hopefully NEVER again...


Let's stop making excuses and gather for an outdoor group workout.

We are a group of students who meet regularly and follow a high intensity bodyweight program. We support each other to become the strongest version of ourselves and become fitter than ever before.


The workouts are for everyone: from beginner to pro athletes.

No matter where you come from: it will be challenging!

But it will be worth it!


Afterwards there will be time to get to know each other and enjoy the treats sponsored by the GSPB.

We will have some healthy food, snacks and drinks: Basically everything you need to fuel up after an awesome session.


Sign up and join the Facebook Group:

A towel and water are always a good idea!

Bring you friends! Looking forward to see you on Saturday!


2. Steak not Study

Want a break from all the studying? Want to try some gourmet steak? Come join us for a delicious study break!

We'll fire up the grill at the Lake Lag Barbecue Pit at 7pm. Please note that the event will be BYOP (and bring your own fork and knife if you're into that kind of stuff).

Deadline to sign up is Sunday, March 6th by 5pm. Lottery winners will be notified later that evening.

For clarification and questions, contact Timon (


3. Grad Trivia Night

  • When: Thursday, Mar. 10, 8pm - 10pm
  • Where: The Havana Room (GCC)
  • Contact: Mark Kowarsky (

Grad Trivia Night is monthly! Seven rounds of questions, including a music round, with prizes for the winner of each round. Team registration starts at 7:30pm, and questions start promptly at 8pm. Come early to get a drink on us! There were will a food special as well, usually $5 nachos and $5 burgers. Proof of age is required for alcohol.


4. GSPB Goes to Pure Barre

Pure Barre is a low-impact workout that uses small, isometric movements to tone and taper the whole body. It's the largest barre chain in the country with over 350 studios! Come see why it's touted as the "fastest, most effective way to change your body!" No dance experience is necessary. A single class can cost up to $22, but for you, it's FREE! See for more information.

Please sign up by 11 PM on Monday, March 14. Lottery winners will be notified soon afterward.