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GSA Newsletter: December 20, 2019

UNC Closing for Winter Break (Dec. 23, 2019–Jan. 1, 2020)
The entire UNC campus will be closing for a portion of winter break so plan ahead!

GSA Grant Cycle 3
The next grant cycle application opens on Jan. 1, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. Applications will be accepted for graduate students presenting/performing/attending conferences or conducting research. You may apply for any conference or research that begins during grant cycle 3 (Jan. 1-April 30, 2020). If you didn't have a chance to apply for conference travel or research that began during the last grant cycle (cycle 2: Sept. 1-Dec. 31, 2019) or if your cycle 2 application was not funded, you can apply/reapply during grant cycle 3. Cycle 3 applications, forms and grant handbook will be posted on the GSA funding webpage by Jan. 1, 2020. 

Graduate Student Representatives Needed
The GSA is coordinating a number of focus groups with graduate students in early February. The Graduate School is interested in learning more about what specific things could be done to improve graduate student success. The GSA is looking for at least one representative from each graduate program to attend one of these focus groups. If you are interested in representing your program, contact David.Shimokawa@unco.edu

Graduate Student Accountability Writing Group
The UNC Writing Center is interested in hosting an Accountability Writing Group for graduate students in spring 2020. This group provides a dedicated time and space specifically for graduate students who need to carve out time for larger writing projects (theses, dissertations, manuscripts). It is not a response group, but a writing/work group — rather than reading each other’s work, the group meets and quietly works. The accountability part is that group members expect other group members to be there. Writing Center Director, Melody Denny, will be present to provide some suggestions and resources for managing larger projects, the bulk of the group time will be spent working with minimal facilitation. Goals will be set both at the beginning of a group session and for the time between sessions. This is another aspect of the accountability.

The Writing Center wants to know when/where graduate students would like to meet. Please fill out this survey by Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, if interested: Accountability Writing Group Poll.

Call for Papers (Deadline end of December)
Society for the Academic Study of Social Imagery
Double Tree by Hilton Greeley @ Lincoln Park, Greeley, CO
March 13-14
More info here

The theme for 2020 explores the image of IMPACT - in culture, literature, philosophy, history, politics, economics, film, television, art, music, social theory and business. From vocabulary.com: The noun impact can refer to a physical force (like a collision), an influence (a bad role model or a hero) or a strong effect (a foot of snow will have an impact on driving conditions). All interpretations of IMPACT are welcomed. All eras and cultures are appropriate. All aspects of impact (e.g., influence/affect, result/effect, strike, enrapture) and all contrasts with impact (e.g., cushion, deterrence) are relevant. All methodologies welcome.

Graduate Student News Wanted
Do you have exciting news to share from your program or personal life? The GSA is looking for graduate achievements to mention in our newsletter and on our websites. Please send any info to GSA Administrative Assistant Francis.To@unco.edu