Thursday, April 20, 2017

Summer Thesis/Dissertation Boot Camp – Registration Now Open


The Boot Camp provides a quiet, supportive environment twice a year for students writing a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation.  The next Camp will be held May 15-26, 2017.

The Camp will be held in one of the central campus dorms and the W. T. Young Library Thomas Clark Reading Room.  Participants are expected to commit to writing from 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. each day and are encouraged to work into the afternoon and/or evening.  Participants will have access to an individual dorm space for writing as well as a common work space in the W. T. Young Library.  Writers will have access to a microwave and refrigerator.  Coffee, breakfast items, and snacks will be provided during the two weeks, along with a cookout at Camp’s end.

The registration fee for participating in the summer Boot Camp is $40* (payable on the first day – we can only accept checks or money order made payable to the UK Graduate School).  The registration fee helps subsidize costs associated with the Camp facilities, food, and programming.

Click here to register.

Questions?  Contact Dr. Morris Grubbs at morris.grubbs@uky.edu or Erin Shoot at erin.shoot@uky.edu.

* fee proration is not available for attending only a portion of the camp

Friday, March 3, 2017

Life After Grad School Series featuring Karen Kelsky - Location Change


Karen Kelsky Keynote and Workshop 
Hacking the Academic Job Market
Friday, April 7, 10:00 a.m.
Room 106 Classroom Building
A presentation on the state of the academic job market (for all graduate students, post-docs, faculty, and staff)

Advising for Advisors: How to Help Your Ph.D.s in a Time of Turmoil
Friday, April 7, 1pm
B108C Young Library  320 Chemistry Physics Building
Insights into advising/mentoring graduate students for current and future job markets (for all faculty and staff who advise/mentor graduate students)

Going Post-Ac: The Non-Academic Job Search
Friday, April 7, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
B108C Young Library  320 Chemistry Physics Building
Insights into preparing for careers beyond the professoriate (for graduate students, their faculty advisors, and post-docs) 

Additional Life After Grad School Events
Meeting your Future Colleagues: Strategies for Effective Networking
Monday, April 10, from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
James F. Hardymon Theater in the Davis Marksbury Building
Developing contacts and exchanging information is an important skill for finding or furthering a career. In this panel discussion, graduate students will learn tips and strategies for networking and will discuss how to use social media effectively to navigate the job market (for graduate students and post-docs).

Transforming Yourself into a Competitive Candidate: Planning Early
 Tuesday, April 11, from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
James F. Hardymon Theater in the Davis Marksbury Building
Successful preparation for life after graduate school starts while still in the program! At this panel discussion, graduate students will learn what steps to take throughout the course of their program to finish well-prepared for the job market (for graduate students and post-docs).

Sponsored by the UK Preparing Future Faculty Program, the Graduate School, the Graduate Student Congress, and the College of Arts & Sciences’ Careers Beyond the Professoriate initiative.



Pre-Register Here

Monday, February 20, 2017

Lecture: Practicing Public Humanities in Graduate School and Beyond

Practicing Public Humanities in Graduate School and Beyond

Elizabeth Meadows (PhD in English, Vanderbilt University) is the Assistant Director of The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University. The Curb Center is a national policy center committed to research and teaching that challenges leaders to rethink the place of art and creativity in our world. In this talk, Meadows will detail how the Curb Center facilitates public scholarship and offer an overview of how some graduate programs have begun to reshape their curricula in order to support student interest in public humanities and work beyond academia. This event is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences’ Careers Beyond the Professoriate initiative.

DATE/TIME:        3:30 p.m. on 2/22/17
LOCATION:        Niles Gallery

Workshop: Talents Advertised: How to Sell Your TA Skills in the Non-Academic Job Market

Talents Advertised: How to Sell Your TA Skills in the Non-Academic Job Market

Please join us for a workshop led by Ashley Sorrell from CELT (lunch will be provided). As a graduate teaching assistant, you have mastered a number of dynamic skills that have made you an effective classroom instructor. But what you may not realize is that the same skills you have cultivated as a teaching assistant are transferrable to careers outside of academia. In this interactive workshop, we will identify specific transferable skills you have developed as a teaching assistant and discuss how you can best market these skills for post-academic careers.  This event is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences’ Careers Beyond the Professoriate initiative.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 12pm
B108C Young Library

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Graduate Seminars and the Next Generation

Graduate Seminars and the Next Generation
January 27th, 11:00-12:30, 18th Floor POT



This workshop will bring together faculty to discuss ways to sharpen and add additional competencies within the most traditional training ground for humanities and social science PhDs, the graduate seminar.  In this workshop, we will explore how departments and individual faculty can rethink their seminars to include discussions, content, and assignments that address the versatility of the Humanities and Social Science PhD, the development of digital and quantitative literacy, working collaboratively toward common goals with others, and the development of intellectual self-confidence. 

No one seminar or faculty member can provide these skills and competencies; thus the workshop will address strategies for departments and faculty to implement these changes in small and possibly large ways. Dr. Bokovoy is chair of the history department at University of New Mexico which is participating in a pilot program funded by the American Historical Association-Mellon Foundation Initiative on Career Diversity and the History PhD.


Click here for a short white paper produced by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and McGill University which provides useful background information for this workshop.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A&S Careers Beyond the Professoriate Workshop - From CV to Résumé: Looking for Work Outside the Academy

The following A&S Careers Beyond the Professoriate workshop is open to all graduate students and post-docs:

From CV to Résumé: Looking for Work Outside the Academy
DATE/TIME: 12/5/2016 at 11:30 a.m.
LOCATION:  Lafferty Hall 104
Are you a Masters of PhD student considering transitioning out of academia and wondering how to translate your academic CV into an impactful non-academic résumé? This interactive workshop will describe the different uses and formats of these two documents, and will provide you with strategies to highlight the transferable skills gained from your own personal teaching and research experience. You will also learn how to organize, frame and format your document to maximize your impact. Participants are encouraged to bring their most recent academic CV and will leave with a draft outline of their résumé. The workshop will be led by Sarah Lyon and Beth Hanneman (Stuckert Career Center). Students should feel free to come late or leave early if needed.

Friday, October 21, 2016

3MT Competition Winners Announced


The Graduate School and the Graduate Student Congress are proud to announce the 3MT Competition Winners!

The 3MT is a popular worldwide research communication initiative.  It challenges graduate students from all disciplines to speak concisely and engagingly to public audiences in three minutes with one static illustration slide.

The 2016 3MT Winners:

1st Place: Carleigh Fedorka
2nd Place: Andrew Welleford
3rd Place: Jessica Richard
People's Choice: Carleigh Fedorka

Carleigh Fedorka will advance to the Southern Council of Graduate Schools Regional Competition, March 2-5 2017, in Annapolis, Maryland.

You can view the winners videos here!
Carleigh's Presentation
Jessica's Presentation 

For more information on UK's 3MT Competitions, you can view past winner videos or find out more about this year's competition on the Graduate School's 3MT page.