March 11, 2014
Welcome back from Spring Break!  As we move into the second half of the semester, there are some things that every graduate student starts to think about: one is about how to organize him or herself for the final push to the end of the semester and maybe bring those grades up just a little bit more, and the second is what is most commonly known as "spring fever."  These two things are the main factors in what can make or break the last few weeks of the semester.
n the article 5 Strategies for Organizing Notes for Comprehensive Exams, author Emily VanBuren gives five strategic ways to organize your thoughts and notes on a subject into something that will make studying for that exam much easier.  Her tips range from simply writing note cards to constructing your own database for your notes.  While this article leans towards tackling comprehensive exams, these tips will work just as well for any other kind of exam.
     The article 
Balancing Grad School and Non-Academic Opportunities gives some insight as to how to balance your schoolwork with the opportunities that you would rather be pursuing.  As the winter fades and spring comes into life, there are other things that you would much rather doing besides sitting in a classroom, doing homework or conducting research.  This article gives some ideas of how to structure your time so that you focus on specific tasks and make outside opportunities work with your school work instead of having to choose one over the other.  
     Grad school is a balancing act!  Keep pushing through: only a month and a half until the end of the semester!
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Career Services

The Career Center will offer a number of events this month to assist students in the search for internships and full-time jobs.  

     This week, the nuCause Career Expo will be held on Thursday, March 13 from noon - 3 PM in the Cabot Cage.  This career expo provides students the opportunity to network with non-profit and socially minded employers and learn more about internship, co-op or full-time employment opportunities. nuCause is dedicated to Creating Awareness & Understanding of Social Engagement Careers.

     On Tuesday, March 18 from 4:30 - 7 pm in the Curry Center Ballroom, the Media and Design Career Showcase will allow students to meet designers, graphic artists, producers, and other creative professionals and discuss industry trends, career paths and get advice on what it takes to succeed. Representatives from a diverse range of companies (including design studios, corporations, and nonprofits) have been invited. 

     International students will be interested in attending the International Student Forum for the US Job Search taking place on Thursday, March 20 from noon - 8 pm in the Raytheon Amphitheater.  This is a series of 4 workshops, just for international students. Attend as many or few as interest you! Students attending three workshops or more will receive a Certificate of Participation.


Off-Campus Student Services

The Off-Campus Student Services Office provides assistance in searching for and securing off-campus housing.  Their Online Apartment Database is a great resource to search for apartments, roommates and sublets.  Their "Get Started Guide" is a great place to start.  Once you select an apartment, you can bring your lease to their office for a review before you sign.  The office is located at 226 Curry Student Center and can be contacted at 617-373-8480 or via e-mail at

Graduate Student Government News

GSG will be holding their next Senate Meeting on Wednesday, March 12 at 12pm in Curry 342. They will be discussing GSG's annual budget and will be joined by the Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Phil He. Please come and bring your voice to this discussion! Lunch will be provided.


Nominations are now open for GSG Executive Board positions. Nominations will close on Friday, March 21st at 11:45 pm. Open positions include: 


VP of Student Affairs

VP of Academic Affairs

VP of Finance

VP of Programs & Administration 

VP of Media & Membership

More information on nominations and position descriptions can be found here. Elections will be held at the Senate meeting on Wednesday, March 26 at noon in Curry 342. All nominees must be present at the election! 


If you have any questions, please email Jack Korpob, VP of Media & Membership, at

Graduate Campuses
   The Charlotte campus has launched a new blog: NetworkedIn!  In addition to news on campus events and programming, you'll find interesting stories on new university initiatives as well as research and partnerships we're forging.  NetworkedIn will feature posts from Charlotte staff, current students, alumni and faculty.  Our first post came from Charlotte's newest husky, Shelley Stover, Assistant Director of Admissions and Recruitment.  Read Shelley's blog and subscribe today so you don't miss out on any of the Charlotte happenings!  Our next post is from a current MBA student, Trey Rhyne and his struggle to balance school, work and his personal life.  We hope you will use this blog as a way to keep in touch and up to date with Northeastern University - Charlotte and we invite you to weigh in with your own thoughts and ideas via the comments section.
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
     It is not too late to participate in RISE 2014.  While the deadline for abstract submissions has passed, students can volunteer at the event. Roles and responsibilities include setup, breakdown and registration. All volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and lunch voucher as a gesture of gratitude for your time.
    The Graduate Student Government is proud to announce that it will be sponsoring a graduate innovator award where graduate student posters will be judged by GSG senators for innovation and impact.
     For more information about RISE 2014, consult the RISE website.
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Upcoming Events

ISSI Carnevale 2014: A Night With MAZ JOBRANI

Friday, March 14, 7 PM

Blackman Auditorium, Ell Hall

     Tickets available on MyNEU. 

Bahay Kubo

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 available on MyNEU. 


The Arabian Peninsula

Tuesday March 18, 5 PM

Cabral Center, John D. O'Bryant African American Institute

   You likely have heard of Jeddah, Riyadh, Kuwait, Manama, Doha, Dubai and Muscat! Come learn more about the unique culture of the Arabian Peninsula with the ISSI and students from the region. Enjoy food and music from these wonderful cultures! For more information, visit the ISSI website  under "Life at NU".


Gender and Identity in the Age of Obama

Friday March 21, 8 AM-4 PM

The John D. O'Bryant African American Institute

Please join us for a rich, interdisciplinary and lively continuation of a conversation discussing the way that we have changed our views on how we identify both gender and sexuality during the duration of Obama's presidency.  Please register here.


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.  Ticket information will be available soon on the GWISE OrgSync page.  


LGBTQA Rainbow Graduation

Wednesday April 16, 7 PM

McLeod Suites

      Rainbow Graduation is a festive end-of-year celebration honoring LGBTQA graduates, staff, faculty, and their allies, who have positively impacted the campus.  For more information, visit their websiteor contact the LGBTQA Resource Center by phone (617-373-2738) or email (

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