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Monthly email brought to you by the Graduate Life Office of Stanford Student Affairs, Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Graduate Student Council & Graduate Student Programming Board.




1.     HIRING: Graduate Student Information Center (GSIC) Representative

2.     Department of Public Safety (DPS) Summer Barbeque Series

3.     NEEDED: New Graduate Student Orientation (NGSO) Volunteers



1.     Stanford Graduate Summer Institute (SGSI) – Several courses still open!

2.     VPGE on Social Media

3.     VPGE Fellowship Questions?

4.     Grad Gateway – For New Graduate Students

5.     Caltrain Go Pass

6.     Academic Skills Coaching

7.     Hume Center for Writing and Speaking: Resources for Graduate Students



1.     Questions, comments, concerns?



1.     July Grad Trivia, Friday July 28, 2017

2.     August Grad Trivia, Thursday August 24, 2017





1.     Graduate Student Information Center (GSIC) Representative

The Graduate Life Office hosts the Graduate Student Information Center (GSIC) as a space where graduate students, whether new, transfer, or current, can come to get a host of information and meet other graduate students. This year, the GSIC will begin Monday, September 11th and end on Monday, September 25th. It is located on the second floor of the Graduate Community Center (GCC) in the Bogota Room, Room #212.

Every year, we hire knowledgeable, returning students to help run the GSIC. The Graduate Life Office is hoping to hire a few students to work with us part-time for the month of September.

Some of the duties include (but are not limited to):

·      Providing friendly, knowledgeable information and answers to new and transfer students, their spouses, partners and staff

·      General office tasks such as answering phones, photocopying, and sending emails

·      Contacting other University Department and staff in a concise, friendly manner

·      Interact with a wide range of people, including University Staff, Faculty, Students and families

·      Provide information on New Graduate Student Orientation (NGSO) and events

·      Working closely with NGSO Coordinators and volunteers (providing data when needed)

·      Other tasks as needed

·      Position starts at $20/hour

If you are anyone you know is interested, please contact Christine Gibo Crapps at or call 650-736-7078, to apply.

2.     Department of Public Safety (DPS) Summer Barbeque.

Stanford’s Department of Public Safety and the Santa Clara County’s Sheriffs Department is sponsoring four BBQs for graduate students, graduate couples and graduate families during the 2017 summer season.   3 more BBQ’s are left this summer. Come eat and meet your Department of Public Safety. 5pm-7pm

·      July 26th at the BBQ Pits between Studios 3 & 4

·      August 9th at the Munger BBQ Pits

·      August 23rd at Abrams Lawn


If interested, please RSVP at


3.     The Graduate Life Office is looking for New Graduate Student Orientation Volunteers!


September 17th-24th


Every year, the Graduate Life Office works with student volunteers to support the implementation of New Graduate Student Orientation, or NGSO. With the goal to orient Stanford's new graduate students to the campus and ease their transitions here, NGSO occurs the week prior to the start of classes. The programs are open to all incoming graduate students, both new and transfer students. Programs throughout the week include Grad 101 sessions, library tours, bike registrations, open houses of various University resources, GOALIE Resource and Activities Fair, and President's Reception.


We need your help! NGSO would not be possible without the time and support of current students like you. If you are interested in volunteering this year to help us at our various programs and meet new students, please complete the following survey. Thank you!







1.     Stanford Graduate Summer Institute (SGSI) – Several courses still open!

Immersive, interdisciplinary, accelerated courses for Stanford graduate students. Several SGSI courses are still open: International Negotiation and Decision-Making, Designing the Professional, Leadership Laboratories, and Jumpstart Your Academic Job Search. Courses run the week of Sep. 11* before Autumn Quarter (*course schedules vary). Apply now for your best course selection!


2.     VPGE on Social Media

Stay in touch with VPGE and what’s happening on campus this summer by following @StanfordVPGE on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


3.     VPGE Fellowship Questions?

Do you have questions about your VPGE Fellowship? Want to find out about opportunities for VPGE Fellows? Follow the VPGE Fellows Tumblr blog (@vpgefellows) for the just-in-time information you need!


4.     Grad Gateway – For New Graduate Students

Know any new graduate students coming to Stanford? If so, direct them to the Gateway for New Graduate Students, jam-packed with resources and information to help new grad students transition to and settle in at Stanford.


5.     Caltrain Go Pass

Living off campus next academic year? The 2017 Caltrain Go Pass is free for eligible, off-campus graduate students only. Go to the Pilot Go Pass website for more information. The 2017 Caltrain Go Pass is valid from Dec. 1, 2016 through Dec. 31, 2017.


6.     Academic Skills Coaching

Meet with an academic skills coach who will observe your strategies and techniques, suggest changes to your approach, and provide encouragement as you implement new ways of learning. Make an appointment online. Offered by the Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning (VPTL).


7.     Hume Center for Writing and Speaking: Resources for Graduate Students


Individual Consultations:

Working on a job letter or conference presentation? Have a big interview coming up? Stuck on a dissertation chapter? The Hume Center offers FREE writing and speaking support for grad students!


Tutoring Hours: Tues. – Thurs., 10AM – 4PM.


Dissertation Boot Camp:

Dissertation Boot Camp offers graduate students a focused 2-week opportunity to make serious progress on your dissertation or other writing project.


Summer Camp 4

●      Registration begins: Mon., July 31 at 10 AM

●      Camp: Mon., August 14 – Fri., August 25 (weekdays), 9 AM – 1 PM


Writing and Oral Communication Workshops:

Workshops provide graduate students from all disciplines with general strategies, as well as support for specific writing and speaking tasks, such as research statements, journal articles, multimedia presentations, and more. Please visit the Hume website for the most up-to-date workshop schedule.


Cover Letters for Jobs Beyond Academia

●      Thurs., July 27, 3:30-5:30 PM

●      BEAM Conference Room

●      To register for this workshop, click here. You will need to login to BEAM’s Handshake platform to register.

Writing Group Consultations:

Are you interested in starting a writing group? Or find yourself in a writing group that just isn’t as productive as it could be? Contact to request a consultation to help your group meet its writing goals.


Oral Communication Courses





1. Questions, comments, concerns?

Reach us at or join us at our meetings every Wednesday starting at 6 pm in the Nairobi Room (2nd Floor) GCC




1. July Grad Night Trivia
When: Friday, Jul. 28, 6:30pm - 9pm
Where: Havana Room (GCC)
Contact: Mark Kowarsky (

2. August Grad Night Trivia
When: Thursday, Aug. 24, 6:30pm - 9pm
Where: Havana Room (GCC)
Contact: Mark Kowarsky (

Grad Trivia Night is monthly! Typically consisting of seven rounds of questions, including a music and video round, with prizes for the winner of each round. Team registration starts at 7:30pm, and questions start promptly at 8pm. Come early to get a drink on us! There were will a food special as well, usually $5 nachos and $6 burgers. Proof of age is required for alcohol.

Sponsored by the Graduate Student Programming Board.