February 25, 2014
Many graduate students would agree that grad school is not easy.  The work load is larger, there is more self-directed learning, the program can be more competitive and the stress level is definitely higher.  With the Winter Blues in full force here in Boston, the weather is not making it any easier to keep your head above water and keep a positive attitude towards school.  In an article entitled Surviving Grad School, Jennifer Schloss describes seven steps that she found worked for her to survive grad school.  These steps, including "learn to say no"!  Many of us, whether in the working world or the education world, tend to over commit because we think we have to do everything all at the same time. Don't be afraid to look at your schedule and say no if something just isn't going to fit in there!  My favorite piece of advice from the article is "make time for play."  Whether it seems possible of not, it's okay to take a break and have a little fun when you're in grad school. 

On another note, there is a fellowship available in the Northeastern Humanities Center.  This fellowship will allow two Ph.D. students to join six faculty members collaborating on the theme of "Space and Place" during the 2014-2015 academic year. If you are interested in applying, please visit the website for more information.  The application deadline is March 10th.
Did You Know?

Career Center

The Career Center offers many opportunities throughout the year to help students prepare to enter the job world.  With workshops such as How To's for LinkedIn (Building your profile, networking, and turning your profile into a portfolio), using Twitter to job search, and how to write a cover letter, the Career Center not only caters to areas of struggle but also uses the tools that students are used to using and turning them into a useful tool!  The  Career Center has many these workshops coming up.  Be sure to look at their calendar for more information on their upcoming events!


Graduate Women in Science and Engineering

GWISE is a group of graduate students and postdocs designed to assist in the professional and personal advancement of women in the 

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields at Northeastern University. GWISE strives to provide women with the support and resources necessary to be successful, as well as to create a sense of community. To achieve this, GWISE sponsors events covering a wide variety of topics including networking, career options, balancing work and personal life, academic workshops, and other issues affecting women in the sciences. Although GWISE has an underlying mission to promote women, their membership is open to ALL graduate students at Northeastern. Upcoming events are listed in the events section of this newsletter including a Poster Presentation Skills Workshop and their annual  Resume/CV "Speed Dating" Event.

     To subscribe to their mailing list for information on GWISE events, other non-GWISE hosted events, and job listings, please email with subject line "subscribe or join them on OrgSync.


Graduate Student Government News
The next GSG Senate Meeting is this Wednesday, February 26 from 12-1pm in 342 Curry Student Center.  All students are welcome to attend. Additional information is available on the GSG Website
Graduate Student Group Funding
The GSG supports recognized Graduate Student Organizations by funding approved activities and events.  All applications for funding must be submitted to the GSG no later than 2 weeks prior to the event or when the funding is needed.  This will allow the GSG Finance Committee time to review and evaluate the request.  Please note that the 2 week timeline starts from the date of submission, not the date you begin conversations with Steph Pierce, the CSI Program Manager assigned to graduate groups.  If you have any questions regarding programming or funding, please reach out to Steph at
Graduate Campuses
The Charlotte campus is showing off Northeastern's global network! 
     Experience the Network for Advancement, Success and Life during a half-day event on March 14 featuring three different panel discussions on leveraging the Northeastern Network for career advancement, talent pipelines, research partnerships and more. Current and prospective students, alumni and community partners will participate in panels' featuring staff from the Career Development Center, distinguished faculty members, prominent alumni and local business executives. There are more than 3,000 companies in the Northeastern global network. Make sure you are Networked for Advancement, Success and Life! Additional information is available on the website 
Northeastern University- Seattle has launched a campus blog, Re:Connect
     Re:Connect showcases the unique culture of Seattle and the professional niche Northeastern inhabits. So far the blog has hosted musings on Seattle escalator culture as well as a featured piece by Seattle City Councilor Sally Clark on ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft. Check out and subscribe to Re:Connect.
Provost Office News

Northeastern University Dissertation Completion Fellowships

    The Provost Office has announced the opening of the Dissertation Completion Fellowship application process for Fall 2014 This award is intended to provide Ph.D. candidates with financial support so they can spend their final semester writing their dissertations. Any currently enrolled Ph.D. student at Northeastern who has completed all course requirements including their comprehensive exams and dissertation proposal defense and are nearing completion of their dissertation are eligible for this fellowship. The stipend for one semester will be the larger of either $8,000 or the current academic year stipend rate for the department where the student's primary affiliation resides. In addition, both the student's one-credit registration fee and health fees will be covered by the award for the semester. The application deadline for Fall 2014 awards is 5:00 pm March 28, 2014. Additional information and the application form are available on the website.
RISE 2014 - Research Innovation and Scholarship Expo
     The deadline for abstract submissions for RISE 2014 has been extended to Friday, February 28.  For more information, consult the RISE website.
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Dan Volchok
Assistant Dean, Graduate Student Life and Global Connections
(617) 373-5422
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University Resources
Upcoming Events

Poster Presentation Skills Workshop

Tuesday, March 4,  2 PM 

450 Dodge Hall

     Professor Bridget Smyser will present on effective poster presentations, just in time for NU:RISE and Spring/Summer conferences.  Sponsored by GWISE.



Sunday, March 9, Blackman Auditorium, Ell Hall
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

     Join the members of Sanskriti, Northeastern's Indian Graduate Student Association, and the ISSI in bringing India's vibrant history to life before your eyes. The unique customs and values from within India's beautifully diverse regions will be expressed through an array of imaginative and energetic talent. A brilliant display of fashion, local customs, and dance will follow. Free tickets available through m


Eyes On The Prize: Two Societies (1965-68) 

Monday, March 10, 12 PM 

Cabral Center (40 Leon St.) 

     Eyes on the Prize is an award-winning television series that covers all of the major events of the civil rights movement from 1954-1985. Series topics range from the Montgomery bus boycott in 1954 to the Voting Rights Act in 1965; from community power in schools to "Black Power" in the streets; from early acts of individual courage through to the flowering of a mass movement and its eventual split into factions.


ISSI Carnevale 2014: A Night With MAZ JOBRANI
Friday, March 14, 7 PM

Blackman Auditorium, Ell Hall

     Tickets available on MyNEU. 


Saturday, March 15, 7 PM

The Fenway Center
     In the Philippines, Bahay Kubo represents the dwelling in which family activities occur. Simply put, it represents home. Bahay Kubo is the annual spring culture show where the ISSI and NU Barkada bring together traditional and modern dances, skits, guest performances, and a whole lot of culture. Tickets will be available March 1st on MyNEU. 


Resume/CV "Speed Dating"

Monday, March 31, 5 PM

Raytheon Amphitheater

     GWISE's annual Resume "speed dating" event brings reviewers from academia and industry to review attendees' resumes or CVs. Attendees will have about five minutes with a reviewer before switching, "Speed Dating" style. This is a formal catered event. The event will be free for graduate students, and ticket information will be available soon on the GWISE OrgSync.    

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