October 2019 Newsletter

Clark Hall on Mather Quad in Fall

Fall into the Fall!


Last day for course withdrawal: November 8

If you need to Withdraw from a single course (as long as it is not your only class), you have until November 8 to do so. It must be done in SIS. See the University Registrar's page on class registration (start at #20) for instruction.

When you drop the individual course, you will receive a grade of W on your transcript and you will receive a 0% tuition refund. If you have more questions or are unsure whether you should drop the individual course, speak to your professor and/or advisor before making the decision to withdraw. 

Incomplete (I) grades from spring 2019?

If you received an Incomplete (I) grade in the spring semester, you have until the date specified by your instructor - but no later than the 11th week of class (November 8) - to submit all outstanding work in order to have a final grade posted. If the incomplete is not resolved by this date, the Registrar will convert the I to an F. See our Incomplete Policy in the Bulletin for more details.

Are you currently auditing a course?

Students can audit a course to gain knowledge in a subject area without being bound to complete all of the required coursework. Submit an Add/Drop Form to Graduate Studies to audit a course for Fall 2019 by November 8. A student may audit a course with the approval of the instructor and advisor, however, they receive no credit for the course. A grade of AD is posted on the transcript and the student will be charged full tuition for the course. Note that a course cannot be changed from Audit to Credit, and audited courses cannot be used to fulfill any degree requirements.

Research opportunities in Germany

The Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) German Academic Exchange Service has research grants for graduate students and postdocs to pursue research projects in Germany. Both short-term and long-term grants are available. Apply by November 4.

Campus Community

Fall Feast

Save the Date! Fall Feast is back for another year of food, conversations, and a break from the classroom, lab, or library. Join the Office of Graduate Student Life on Wednesday, November 6 from 11:30 to 1:30pm for a full meal in Thwing Ballroom. Tickets are free but required and will be available for registration starting October 28.

Students enjoying Fall Feast 2018 in Thwing Ballroom
Negotiating conflict in your PhD program

Negotiating conflict is a common challenge for graduate students and one of the most critical competencies needed to advance in academic programs and careers. If you're a PhD student who has advanced to candidacy, join the School of Graduate Studies Professional Development Center for a three-part workshop series on negotiating conflict. Each workshop will be held Mondays (October 28, November 11, November 25) from 5:30 to 7:30pm in Mandel School 236 with a light dinner. Participants who attend all three workshops will also receive a PhD survival pack.

Apply for funding: 2020 MLK Celebration programs

Students can apply for funding to sponsor programs as part of the 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration! Proposed activities can include guest speakers, workshops, field trips, film screenings, and more. Applications are due by Friday, October 25 in CampusGroups.

Child Care Support during research, professional travel

Being a parent is tough and it's even tougher trying to juggle a graduate career at the same time. Believe it or not, there is monetary Child Care Support available to allow you to travel to professional conferences, research opportunities, or meetings.

The President's Committee on Child Care Options understands that you may be wearing many hats. They want to give you the opportunity to pursue your own academic endeavors while still supporting your family. Check out the options for child care support while you travel, as well as temporary and back-up child care. 

Student in research examining equipment

Travel grants for women in science and engineering!

Need funding for a conference? Women students in STEM programs can apply for a travel award from the Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable (WISER). You may be eligible for an award even if you are not presenting. Apply by November 15 for travel occurring in the first quarter of 2020. See here for more details.

Group therapy and support sessions available

There are a TON of group therapy sessions and support groups across campus that you can take advantage of. Seriously, there is something for everyone! Everything from grief support, anxiety, work-life balance, women earning PhDs, resilience, stress management, and building better relationships with food and our bodies. There are even groups for spouses and partners of medical school students! Connect with people that understand you!

Student Using a Laptop

New way to VPN

[U]Tech will upgrade the University's VPN system from Cisco AnyConnect to FortiClient VPN by the end of December. FortiClient is already available for download and installation and will be the only client permitted to allow VPN access beginning in January 2020. Everyone at Case should use VPN to securely connect to the CWRU network from a public network and it is required to access many online resources. Read more about the upgrade to FortiClient and contact [U]Tech with any questions.

Practice English conversation every Tuesday

Tuesdays at 2:00pm for the rest of the semester you can join the English Conversation Hour in Nord 206 to practice conversational skills with native English speakers!

Upcoming Events

Collage of flyers for upcoming Events listed in October 2019 SGS Newsletter

Wednesday, October 23- Advancing your Scholarly Success. Part of Open Access Week, this workshop will help you engage in good practices to publish and market yourself as a scholarly author. 11:30-1pm at KSL Dampeer Room.

Wednesday, October 23- Wellness Wednesday's Staying Healthy During Flu Season. 12-1pm at Sears 408.

Thursday, October 24- Biomedical Graduate Student Symposium. 9am-5pm in Wolstein Research Building.

Thursday, October 24- Free Student Flu Shots. 11-1pm at TVUC Student Org Room.

Friday, October 25- GSC Drag Show. 8-11pm at Dave's Cosmic Subs on campus.

Saturday, October 26- WISHED Pumpkin Painting. All women PhD students invited. 10am-12pm at FSM Center in Tink.

Saturday, October 26- Weatherheadless Ball. Annual Halloween costume party. 7-11pm at PBL.

Saturday, October 26- Uptown Upside Down Halloween Bash. Free community festival with dancing, games, pumpkin carving, costume contest, and more! 7pm-12am at Toby's Plaza in Uptown.

Monday, October 28- Negotiating Conflict in Your PhD Program. Part 1 of 3. 5:30-7:30pm at Mandel School 236.

Sunday, November 3- Festival of Lights - Diwali 2019. An opportunity for grad students to experience an Indian Diwali celebration. 7-10pm in Adelbert Gym.

Tuesday, November 5- KSL International Games Day. Take a break with some fun board games! 12-2pm at KSL 1st Floor.

Wednesday, November 6- Fall Feast. Enjoy free food & fun! Registration required. 11:30am-1pm in Thwing Ballroom.

Thursday, November 7- GSC Happy Hour. Join the Graduate Student Council for a free drink or scoop of ice cream! 7-8pm at ABC Tavern in Uptown.

Thursday, November 7- KSL International Games Night. Take a break with some fun board games! 7-9pm at KSL 1st Floor.

Friday, November 8- Multicultural Graduate Student Luncheon. Take a lunch break and get a free meal with OMA and your fellow grad students! 12:30-2pm at Sears 409.

Monday, November 11- Negotiating Conflict in Your PhD Program. Part 2 of 3. 5:30-7:30pm at Mandel School 236.

Thursday, November 14- Diversity 360: Graduate Student Series. Community Engagement in Cleveland and Service Project. 5:30-7:30pm. UPDATED EVENT.

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