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GRAD ANNOUNCE, March 2017 


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.     Meyer-Buck House Egg Roll for Graduate families with children. April 8

2.     Graduate Student Support Group Meeting



1.     VPGE Personalized Quarterly Event Notification – Now Available

2.     Negotiation in Teams

3.     Communication Matters: Building Effective Relationships

4.     Leadership from the Inside Out: Know Thyself Before Leading Others

5.     VPTL Graduate / Post-Doc Spring Break Course Design Institution

6.     Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate (SIGF) Fellowship

7.     DARE (Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence) Doctoral Fellowship

8.     Diversity Dissertation Research Opportunity (DDRO)



1.     GSC Calendar

2.     GSC Tax Information Session

3.     GSC Election – Sign up to run!

4.     GSC Hours

5.     Questions, comments, concerns?



1.     Logan: Night at the Movies with Film Master Reel, Mar. 4

2.     GSPB Tri-s the Stanford Treeathlon, Mar. 5

3.     Dinner at Italico, Mar. 6

4.     Acai Bowls - Take 2, Mar. 8

5.     Choir Singing Night, Mar. 8

6.     Ask a Vegan - GSPB Edition, Mar. 13

7.     Grad Night Trivia, Mar. 16

8.     Sunset Chill at Stanford Beach (aka Lake Lag), Mar. 17






1. Meyer-Buck House Egg Roll for Graduate families with children


Saturday, April 8, 2017

10:00 AM-12:30 PM


Former Provost John Etchemendy and Nancy Etchemendy and Provost Persis Drell and Jim Welch invite you and your children to the Meyer-Buck House Egg Roll!


Children will enjoy games, face painting, an egg-roll competition, and an egg hunt. A light breakfast will be provided.


As there is no parking at the Meyer-Buck House, free shuttles will be provided.  Shuttles will depart from and arrive at the Graduate Community Center at 750 Escondido Road every 15 minutes starting at 10 am.


Please RSVP (REQUIRED) by Monday, April 3, 2017. Please register at:


**Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Graduate Life Office **


2. Graduate Student Support Group Meeting, Fridays

·      WHEN: Fridays afternoon

·      TIME: 3:00 – 4:15pm

·      LOCATION: Bogota Room, Graduate Community Center, 750 Escondido Road


The Graduate Life Office (GLO) and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) are pleased to announce that they will be offering a Graduate Student Support Group starting on February 17 from 3:00 to 4:15 PM at the Graduate Community Center, Bogota Room.  The group will be led by Branson Boykins, Ph.D. a postdoctoral fellow at CAPS.  The group will be supportive in nature where graduate students will be given a safe and confidential space to talk about their various stressors and experiences that follow being a graduate student at Stanford University.  The group will also encourage graduate students to support one another by talking about various issues where they can receive support and feedback from their peers. Topics discussed in the group may include (but are not limited to) personal and professional relationships, academic concerns, adjusting to graduate school, coping with stress, self-esteem/confidence, identity development (personal and professional), career issues, and intersections of cultural identity.  The group will run from 2/17 to 3/17.  Weekly attendance is encouraged but not required.  We hope to see you at the first meeting!!!





1.    VPGE Personalized Quarterly Event Notifications – Now available!

Psst! You can be the first to know about upcoming professional development opportunities relevant to your specific goals and interests. Sign up for VPGE’s personalized quarterly event notifications.


2.    Negotiation in Teams

Working in teams or with groups is much like negotiating in a multi-party environment. In this single-session workshop, learn about how negotiation can help you positively influence the teams you work with. Wed., Apr. 19, 4-8 PM. Application deadline: Sun., Apr. 9.


3.    Communication Matters: Building Effective Relationships

Sharing what matters to you—and responding to what matters to others—can help build rapport and deepen relationships, both professional and personal. In this interactive, three-session workshop, you will increase awareness of your communication habits and learn new communication skills to help you build relationships that better meet your goals and needs. Three Tuesdays: Apr. 25, May 2, and May 9, 4:30-7 PM. Application deadline: Sun., Apr. 16.


4.    Leadership from the Inside Out: Know Thyself Before Leading Others

Assess some of your core leadership strengths and areas for development in this highly experiential, three-session workshop. You will focus on three core areas of understanding: performing under pressure, others’ perception of you, and exploring situational leadership and change. Three days: Fri., May 5; Mon., May 8; and Wed., May 10, 9 AM – 12 PM. Application deadline: Wed., Apr. 19.


5.    VPTL Graduate / Post-Doc Spring Break Course Design Institute

Looking to develop or revise a course you will teach at Stanford or elsewhere? Participate in this hands-on institute during which you will receive feedback from peers and VPTL consultants, and will produce a draft of a course syllabus by the conclusion. Mon., Mar. 27 – Wed., Mar. 29, 10 AM – 2 PM. Application deadline: Fri., Mar. 10.


6.    Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate (SIGF) Fellowship

Three-year fellowship for outstanding doctoral students in the first three years of their program and engaged in interdisciplinary research; see website for eligibility and fellowship terms. Application deadline: Mon., Mar. 6.


7.    DARE (Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence) Doctoral Fellowship

Two-year fellowship for advanced graduate students who want to investigate and prepare for academic careers and whose presence will help diversify the professoriate. Application deadline: Mon., Apr. 3.


8.    Diversity Dissertation Research Opportunity (DDRO)

Open to doctoral students from any department whose research focuses on diversity-related topics. Information session: Tues., Mar. 7., 12-1 PM. Application deadline: Tues., Apr. 11.


9.    Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Funds (DIF)

This program supports Stanford graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in the development of a project that will advance diversity within those populations. Student-initiated DIF projects are varied and include workshops, college and youth outreach programs, conferences, and more. See website to learn about DIF projects from previous years. Proposal deadline: Wed., Apr. 19.


10. Diversity Works: Alana Conner, SPARQ

Join Diversity Works with Dr. Alana Conner, Executive Director and Senior Research Scientist at Stanford SPARQ, the Center for Social Psychological Answers to Real-World Questions, who will discuss ways in which social science research is going beyond the ‘ivory tower’ to make an impact with the public. Wed., Mar. 8, 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM. Registration deadline: Sun., Mar. 5.


11. Stanford Ignite

Got innovation? Learn how to formulate, develop, and commercialize your ideas with Stanford Ignite, a four-week summer program led by the Graduate School of Business. Tuition for Stanford grad students highly subsidized by the VPGE and GSB. Application deadline: Mon., Mar. 13.


12. PhD Pathways: PhD Career Education Conference

A day-long conference for PhD students and postdoctoral scholars from all disciplines to inform and educate you about career paths beyond academia. Fri., Mar. 24, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM. Space is limited!


13. Preparing for Faculty Careers (VPTL 231) – Spring Course

Designed for advanced doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars who are considering a faculty career, this course will guide you through an exploration of the academic career and prepare you to launch your academic job search. Space is limited; register via Axess.


14. Designing the Professional (ENGR 311B) – Spring Course

What do you want out of life after Stanford? Wondering how to weave together what fits, is doable, and will be truly meaningful? Designing the Professional applies the innovation principles of design thinking to the “wicked problem” of designing your life and vocation in and beyond Stanford. Open to all graduate students and postdocs. Space is limited; register via Axess.


15. Quick Bytes

Get valuable nuggets of professional development wisdom over lunch or breakfast at Quick Bytes interactive workshops. Wed., Apr. 12, 12-1:15 PM: Interviewing… How to Shine, Not Sweat; Tues., Apr. 25, 12-1:15 PM: Negotiating Your Job Offer. Register in advance; lunch provided.


16. Academic Chats

Wondering if a faculty career might be in your future? Explore the many pieces to this question in small group discussions, featuring faculty from Stanford and other campuses. Tues., Apr. 11, 12-1:15 PM: Keys to Finding the Right Postdoc; Wed. May 3, 12-1:15 PM: Generating Research Ideas Most Likely to Lead to Funding. Register in advance; lunch provided.


17. Leadership Dinners

Which leaders would you want to invite to dinner? Discuss leadership and life paths with an inspiring leader in a small group setting over dinner at the Faculty Club. Wed., Apr. 12, 5:30-8 PM: Beverly Tatum, President Emerita of Spelman College; Tues., Apr. 18, 5:30-8:00 PM: Rick West, President and CEO of Autry Museum of the American West; Wed., May 17, 5:30-8:00 PM: Leslie Hume, historian and philanthropist. Sign up early; space is limited.


18. 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: Sun., 1-7:30 PM; Mon.-Wed. 10 AM – 8:30 PM; Thurs. 10 AM – 7:30 PM; Fri. 10 AM – 4:30 PM.


Dissertation Boot Camp:

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


Dissertation Boot Camp Spring Break—session 5

●     Registration: Mon., Mar. 6 – Fri., Mar. 10

●     Camp: Mon., Mar. 20 – Fri., Mar. 31 (weekdays), 9 AM – 1 PM


Dissertation Boot Camp “Before Dawn”—session 6

●     Registration: Mon., Mar. 27 – Fri., Mar. 31

●     Camp: Mon., Apr. 10 – Fri., Apr. 21 (weekdays), 7-10 AM


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.


From Seminar Paper to Publication: What Distinguishes Publishable Scholarship from School Work? (All Fields)

●     Fri., Mar. 10, 12-2 PM

●     Hume 106

●     To register for this workshop, log into TutorTrac with your SUNet and password and select “Search Availability” on the left. Under Center, choose "Graduate Workshops," then select "From Seminar Paper to Publication" under Reason.


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? to request a consultation to help your group meet its writing goals.


Oral Communication Courses





 1.  GSC Calendar

·      Filled with the events supported by your Graduate Student Activities Fee

·      Lots of opportunities for food, fun and new friends!


2.  GSC Tax Information Session

·      Interested in saving money?  Want to stretch your budget further?  Scared about filing taxes on April 15?

·      The Graduate Student Council is hosting its annual tax session exactly one month before taxes are due

·      Wednesday, March 15th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in the Havana Room of the Graduate Community Center


3. GSC Election – Sign up to run! 

·      Interested in serving the graduate student community?

·      Declare your intention to run for a position on the council by March 5thsign up here!

·      Elections will be held in April


4. GSC Hours

·      Tuesdays from 11 am to 12 pm, GSC Members will be in the Large Conference Room of the ASSU Offices in Old Union

·      Come by and say hello! We are here to serve you!


5. 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. Logan: Night at the Movies with Film Master Reel

·      When: Saturday, Mar. 4, 3:30pm - 5:30pm

·      Where: Movie Plex

·      Signup:

·      Contact: Ashton McFly (


Let's go to the Movies, we will the film Logan. Rated R, not for unaccompanied children or those faint of heart and spirit. 

It's gunna be epic.

Time is subject to change based on film screening times.

2. GSPB Tri-s the Stanford Treeathlon

·      When: Sunday, Mar. 5, 10am

·      Where: Pacific Shores, Redwood City

·      Signup:

·      Contact: Cecilia Dominguez + Kate Lyndsey (

On March 5, 2017, the GSPB is going to "TRI" the Stanford Treeathlon! Join us for a 500m swim, a 20k bike, and a 5k run at beautiful Pacific Shores in Redwood City. Race as an individual or on a team! The GSPB will facilitate car-pooling and a $10 discount for an individual or a team. If you're not ready to race but want to see what triathlon is all about - sign up to volunteer! You'll get a t-shirt or some awesome socks! Check out the race website ( and email the event organizers if you have questions.
Have a child under 12 that would like to try it out? Check out Spalingathlon featuring Fun-Bike-Run races!

3. Dinner at Italico

·      When: Monday, Mar. 6, 7pm - 9pm

·      Where: 341 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306 

·      Signup:

·      Contact: Sebastiano bea (


Join GSPB and make new friends at this newly opened italian bistro on Cal Ave.
GSPB will cover up to 15$ off the dinner (which will probably be around 25$ a person) so expect a copay.
GSPB does not subsidize alcoholic beverages.
By coming to the event you accept the copay for the event.

Menu link:

Places are limited to 10. Signups close on Friday 3rd and lottery winners will be announced Saturday 4th March. If accepted you will have to answer by email before the end of the following day to reserve a spot.

The event is open to all until supplies last. Please fill in this form to let us know if you will come so that we can organize accordingly

4. Acai Bowls - Take 2

·      When: Wednesday, Mar. 8, 5:30pm - 6:30pm

·      Where: Vitality Bowls

·      Signup:

·      Contact: Cecilia Dominguez (

Didn't get in the first time? Try again! Lottery system, may the odds be ever in your favor ;)

5. Choir Singing Night

·      When: Wednesday, Mar. 8, 7:30pm - 9pm

·      Where: Escondido Village Center (140 Comstock Circle)

·      Contact: Katherine Lyman (

Have you sung in choirs in the past? Have you always wanted to learn basic singing skills? If you enjoy singing, come join your fellow graduate students for an informal night of choir music. Any skill level is welcome!

6. Ask a Vegan - GSPB Edition

·      When: Monday, Mar. 13, 5pm - 7pm

·      Where: GCC - Sydney Room

·      Signup:

·      Contact: Cecilia Dominguez + Tatiana Freiin von Rheinbaben (

Curious about veganism and its many benefits? 
Want to learn more, but haven't been sure who/how to ask? 
Perhaps you're just hungry for some incredibly delicious + healthy plant-based treats?
Well, you're in luck! GSPB is hosting an 'Ask-A-Vegan' evening: enjoy an open conversation with animal- and human-rights activists, while enjoying some delicious cruelty-free food from Veggie Grill. 

** open to everyone, but first come, first served, arrive early to ensure you don't miss out on dinner (or dessert)!! pssst, here is a sneak peak into what veggie grill has to offer:

7. Grad Night Trivia

·      When: Thursday, Mar. 16, 8pm - 10pm

·      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.

Co-sponsored by the Stanford Alumni Association

8. Sunset Chill at Stanford Beach (aka Lake Lag)

·      When: Friday, Mar. 17, 4pm - 6am

·      Where: Lake Lag tables next to water

·      Signup:

·      Contact: Sebastiano Bea (

Join GSPB and make new friends at Stanford Beach.
We will have a great sunset aperitivo with some good vibes in the background!

*** Event will be canceled if weather is not nice***

The event is open to all until supplies last. Please fill in this form to let us know if you will come so that we can organize accordingly

Location: Lake Lag picnic tables close to the water
Time: 4 PM Friday 17th until dark