March 25, 2014
As a graduate student, networking is a huge part of the curriculum; even if it isn't necessarily spelled out in the syllabus.  For some, networking is an easy task: you know someone who knows someone in your field and they introduce you, or you find a place where there is a group of people within your field and it is easy for you to approach those people and strike up a conversation.  But what happens if you're shy, or what if you're intimidated by talking to people you don't know?  Luckily Lynne Sarikas, the director of the MBA Career Center has posted blogs that can help for either kind of person.  The first, Networking for Introverts, explains the different ways that introverts can become comfortable with the process of networking and how to look at that process in an organized and non-threatening way.  The second blog post, With Whom Should I Network?, discusses how to build your network and find the connections and different ways to expand your network from there.   

Tayloe Washburn, the founding dean and executive officer of the Seattle graduate campus, in the most recent Seattle Campus blog, detailed five practical pointers consider when networking:
  1. Be clear on your goal -- Know what you are trying to achieve so that you can come up with a clear plan of how to achieve it.
  2. Success is assured unless energy fails -- The time and energy that you put into networking will directly relate to what you will get from networking.  Link your networking to the things that you are most interested in to gain more from it!
  3. Identify issues and topics in an industry or region and join groups, meetings or committees on these topics -- Engage with people who have similar interests and goals as you.  Getting to know these people will create a great circle for your particular industry.
  4. Start to lead -- Get involved in a big way and do your homework (not necessarily the homework assigned by a professor).  This will accelerate your leadership skills and your interpersonal skills.
  5. Organize and strategically manage your new contacts -- Keep and organize any business cards that you get and keep in contact with them.  Send them updates, invite them to events, catch up over coffee or even introduce them to each other!

Consider these pointers the next time you get an opportunity to expand your network of connections! 

Did You Know?

Safety Escort Service  (UPDATE) 

Public Safety provides an overnight escort shuttle service to student residences within 1.5 miles of campus.  In response to an increase use of this service, effective Monday, March 31, through April 17, shuttles will run every 20 minutes between 8 pm and 4 am..  From  4 am to 6 am,  the shuttle will then run hourly.  Shuttles leave from Snell Library.  For additional information, consult the Public Safety Website. 



NEXPO is the premier exposition of IDEA: Northeastern University's Venture Accelerator's top ventures. NEXPO gives ventures the opportunity to showcase their businesses to the Northeastern and Greater Boston communities. This event also features the student-led organizations and different resource centers around campus that serve entrepreneurs. It is a unique opportunity to meet and network with fellow entrepreneurs, faculty, mentors, investors and industry professionals in the Boston community!   NEXPO will be held on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 in Cabot Cage.  See the IDEA webpage for additional information about IDEA and NEXPO.


The Business of Sustainability

Net Impact's, sponsored by the GSG, will hold a University-wide discussion on The Business of Sustainability.  Discover why academia and professionals agree that sustainability is no longer a trade-off but a necessity of running a successful enterprise across all fields.  The Sustainable Business Network of MA will join the discussion of how we are at the nexus of a new, resilient economy that will help Massachusetts weather the coming challenges of sustainable communities and how companies can participate in these initiatives.  The discussion will take place on Saturday, April 12 from 2:00 - 4:30pm in the Alumni Center - 716 Columbus Avenue, 6th Floor.  All graduate students are welcome to attend.  The event is designed to be an engaging discussion, including appetizers and reception to follow. Space limited; please sign up here! Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Net Impact at

Graduate Student Government News

GSG will have a Senate Meeting on Wednesday, March 26th at noon in Curry 342! This meeting is important as we will be electing our new officers for the 2014-2015 GSG Executive Board!  Open positions include: 


VP of Student Affairs

VP of Academic Affairs

VP of Finance

VP of Programs & Administration 

VP of Media & Membership

We encourage all Senators to come to this meeting to vote on candidates, as well as anyone interested in hearing from the candidates! Lunch will be provided!


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

Graduate Campuses

Spring has Come and the Seattle Campus is Growing! 


The Seattle Campus is excited about new developments as growth continues.  The Seattle campus is extending operating hours into Saturday, based on student feedback. This increased access to campus during the weekend will allow students to better collaborate with one another and study. The Seattle campus has also officially hired their first two student positions! A warm "Welcome" to Yashaswini Rajesh, MS Computer Science '15, Campus Ambassador and Matthew Schindler, MS Information Assurance '15, ITS Support Assistant. New opportunities for students are sprouting every day in Seattle. Connect with the Seattle campus on FacebookTwitter, or read their blog here

Provost Office News

Northeastern University Dissertation Completion Fellowships

The application deadline for Fall 2014 Dissertation Completion Fellowship awards is March 28th, 2014 at 5:00 pm

     The Graduate Dissertation Completion Fellowship provides Ph.D. candidates who are nearing completion of their dissertation the financial support to spend their final semester writing. The duration of the award is one semester. 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 one-half 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. 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.  RISE 2014 takes place on April 10th, 10:00am-5:30pm.
    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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Thursday, March 27, 2014, Curry Student Center Indoor Quad
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
     Come experience the warmth of Caribbean culture at Northeastern with delicious food, costumes, music and plenty of island vibes. Carnival on the Quad promises to have you jumping, waving and dancing with CSO and the ISSI. Please note this event will begin in Curry Student Center Indoor Quad and end in the African American Institute. 



Thursday, March 27, 2014, 405 Ell Hall - ISSI  5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
     Join the ISSI to view Photo Voice contest winners. Admire creative artwork from fellow Huskies while enjoying hors d'oeuvres. If you would like to submit a piece of artwork for display, please email



 Saturday, March 29, 2014, West Addition,Curry Student Center  6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

     Norouz is the celebration of spring as the season of rebirth. The very first day of spring marks the Persian New Year. The traditional table setting of "haftsin" symbolizes the seven elements of life: rebirth, health, happiness, prosperity, joy, patience, and beauty. Co-sponsored by the ISSI and ISAN. For tickets, visit the ISSI website under "Life at NU"



Saturday, March 29, 2014, Blackman Auditorium, Ell Hall

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
     At this signature event join the ISSI in celebrating the diverse talents found here on campus as students, faculty, and members of the Northeastern community come together through song, dance, and spectacle. Experience traditional performances spanning from China to Chile in a single unforgettable evening! Tickets available on MyNEU



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.  



Thursday April 10, 6:30 PM

Curry Student Center Ballroom

     The Student Life Awards ceremony is a way to recognize the profound work students (and student organizations) put forth throughout the year.  The various awards fall under three categories: Curry Student Center Awards, Off Campus Student Services, and Student Organization Awards.  Plan on attending to help recognize fellow graduate students.



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 website, or contact the LGBTQA Resource Center by phone (617-373-2738) or email..

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