September 2020 Newsletter

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A Quiet Start to Autumn


Apply for January Graduation

The deadline to apply to graduate in January 2021 is Friday, October 2. You can find graduation information with detailed requirements here. All final materials are due by December 4. Degrees will be awarded on January 15, 2021. There is no diploma ceremony in January but if you plan to attend the 2021 Commencement in May, you will also need to register for the ceremony in the spring semester. Be on the look out for details after the New Year.

Professional Grad Student & Postdoc Coaching

Apply to be coached by a professional certified coach through the free Grad Student & Postdoc Coaching Program! Three one-on-one sessions (held over Zoom) will help identify your values, strengths, and gaps, draft your personal vision, create an action plan, and more. The application deadline is Friday, September 25 but the program runs every semester so if you're busy this fall you can apply in the future.

NSF Grad Research Fellowship Info Panel

Join us on Friday, October 2 from 1:00 to 2:00pm for an online information session and panel discussion on the NSF Graduate Research FellowshipThe panel will include current CWRU student NSF GRFP awardees who will discuss their experiences applying and faculty who have served on review committees. The NSF Fellowship recognizes outstanding grad students in numerous science and engineering fields and supports their research with a three-year annual stipend toward education and living expenses as well as other opportunities.

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Verify Your Final Exams

The last few weeks of the semester will be taken remotely. Take a moment now to verify your final exam dates and times with your syllabi and your professors. Make sure any travel plans in December do not interfere with the exam schedule. Exams will not be rescheduled due to time conflicts.

Holidays, Parental Leave, Sick Leave & Vacation Policies

Need to take some time off? Graduate students receiving a stipend should be aware of our policy on graduate student holidays, vacation, parental leave, and sick leave. Note that this policy applies during the period of support and represents the minimum to which graduate students are entitled.

Campus Goes Remote During Debates

In order to reduce operations before and during the Presidential Debate at the Health Education Campus, the entire campus will go remote as of 3:00pm on Monday, September 28 and continue all day on Tuesday, September 29. During this time classes will be remote (including those normally scheduled for in-person sessions) and most staff (including our office) will be working from off campus. Normal operations return on Wednesday, September 30.

See also a list of road closures around the Health Education Campus until after the debate.

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Campus Community

Register to Vote

All eligible students are encouraged to vote in the election this November. Turbovote can help you register to vote (regardless of your home state), request an absentee ballot, and sign-up to receive text and email reminders. See some additional voter resources for CWRU students from the Center for Civic Engagement & Learning.

Did You Miss New Student Orientation?

If you were not able to take the online Orientation course on Canvas last month or you just want to review material, we have everything you need right here.

GSC Professional Development Conference Series

Join the Graduate Student Council for an online Professional Development Conference Series this semester! Each virtual workshop will be on select Tuesdays in the upcoming weeks starting at 6:00pm ET. The webinars are free but you need to register on CampusGroups to get the Zoom links.

Add a Preferred Name, Personal Pronoun, or Gender Identity in SIS

We recognize that many CWRU students use names other than their legal names to identify themselves. Check out how to Add a Preferred Name or Personal Pronoun or Gender Identity in SIS.

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Get Your Flu Shot!

It's important to get a flu shot in any year - but this year especially so!

From now until October 15 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8:30am to noon at the Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center Fieldhouse, students can receive a free flu vaccination. No registration required but bring your CWRU ID.

Translational Fellows Program

CWRU's new Translational Fellows Program (TFP) seeks applicants interested in the commercialization of technology toward innovations that benefit humanity to join a cohort beginning November 1. Doctoral students and postdocs are especially encouraged to apply. See requirements, more information, and how to apply. The application deadline is Wednesday, September 30.

    Child Care Resources

    Students and postdocs can schedule appointments for 3 hours of drop-in child care at One-to-One Fitness or Next Level Fitness. Space at any given time is limited to a maximum of 6 children per location to ensure social distancing. You can also review additional child care resources from the University.

    Academic Career Success Conference

    Register for It’s Beyond the Professoriate’s first Academic Career Success Conference for Masters and PhD students! The next session is Saturday, September 26 with one-hour webinars for science and humanities students from 11:00am to 4:00pm EDT. The conference is free using your CWRU single sign-on when registering.

    Spoken English Accuracy for Presentation Skills Seminar

    Want to improve your delivery of professional academic presentations in English? On Wednesdays from September 30 to October 21, the Spoken English Program will hold online seminars from 4:30 to 5:30pm on Accuracy for Presentation Skills, including language skills, gestures and body language, and advanced vocabulary. To register, email Elise Geither at

    Students Outside on Campus

    You Count! 2020 Census

    Have you completed your 2020 Census yet? You've still got time but the deadline is coming up fast - Wednesday, September 30.

    If you're wondering where to list your residence, students are directed to put down where you normally would have been living on April 1 if the campus had remained open to in-person learning. Visit the Census website for more details. Your community counts on you, so be counted.

    Upcoming Events

    NOTE: Unless otherwise indicated, events are held online.

    Thu, Sep 24- Vote 2020 Campus Wide Open House. 4-8pm.

    Thu, Oct 1- Asian Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration Giveaway. Outside Tomlinson, 10-3pm.

    Thu, Oct 1- Fall Reception for CWRU Multicultural Students, Staff, & Faculty. 4:30-5:30pm.

    Fri, Oct 2- NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Info Session & Panel. 1-2pm.

    Wed, Oct 7- Graduate Student Council General Assembly Meeting. 6-7pm.

    Thu, Oct 8- KSL Virtual Game Night. 7-9pm.

    Tue, Oct 13- GSC Professional Development Conference Series: Presentation Skills. 6-7:15pm.

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