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If you haven't had a chance to sit on the Terrace this summer to watch the sunset, you still have time.  But before you head to the Union, take a look at the summer edition of CoordLink.

This CoordLink Contains (click any header to jump to the section):

Mark Your Calendars
Summer Graduate Program Coordinator Meeting Recap
Trends in Higher Education
We'd Like Your Help
Opportunities for Graduate Students
Changes in the Graduate School


Mark Your Calendars

Administering Graduate Student Appointments Workshop
Tuesday, 7/28/15 10:00 am
Genetics/Biotechnology Center Auditorium

Summer Career Development Training
Brown Bag: Graduate Student Mental Health
Tuesday, 8/4/15, 11:30 am
260 Bascom Hall

Brown Bag: What's In Store For Fall?
Wednesday, 8/12/15, noon - 1:30  (Bring your own lunch)
Red Gym (TITU), 716 Langdon Street

JUMP START! New Graduate Coordinator Workshop 1
Tuesday, 8/18/15  8:30 - 11:30 am
260 Bascom Hall

JUMP START! New Graduate Coordinator Workshop 2
Wednesday, 9/30/15  8:30 - 11:30 am
260 Bascom Hall

New Graduate Student Welcome
Wednesday, 8/26/15, 11:15 am - 4:00 pm
Union South, 2nd floor
For more information about Welcome events click here.

MGN Welcome Celebration

Thursday, 8/27/15, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Dejope Hall, Lake Mendota Room

UW Integrated Student Information System (ISIS) Training Opportunities For New Employees 
For a list of upcoming ISIS courses and to register click here
All ISIS Classes are free and held at 333 East Campus Mall, Suite 11501 on the 11th floor of the U Square Student Services Tower.


Increase in Tuition Remission Surcharge

Budget reductions imposed on the campus in the current biennium and anticipated reductions that will be imposed in the 2015-17 biennial budget have created additional budgetary pressures to address the structural imbalance.  Higher tuition remission surcharges can help address our budgetary pressures.  As a result, UW-Madison must raise the tuition remission surcharge to help address both the structural imbalance and budgetary pressures.  This will help ease pressures on other areas of the base budget.

For more information, read the tuition remission surcharge memo that went out to Deans, Directors, and Department Chairs in March.

Educate your graduate students about professional and career development resources! 
Graduate School Office of Professional Development staff are eager to visit your program's orientation activities to share information about professional and career development opportunities with new or returning graduate students, whether you have a 5-minute slot, a full seminar meeting, or something in between.  If you do not have an opportunity for a face-to-face visit, at the very least, please request materials to distribute to your students. 
Click here to request a visit from OPD or materials.

National GEM Consortium
The Graduate School recently renewed UW-Madison’s membership in the National GEM Consortium.  GEM’s goal is to increase the number of science and engineering
degrees earned by underrepresented minority students by providing fellowships to those students.  Our campus was last a GEM member institution about 10 years ago.
The Graduate School is hosting a visit by a GEM representative on Wednesday, 8/19/15 at Union South. During the visit there will be an open session for anyone interested in learning more about GEM and how it can support our diversity efforts. The open session will take place at 3 - 4 pm. 
Please contact LaRuth McAfee if you have questions or would like to attend the open meeting.

There was a great turn out at last week's meeting.  It was a chance to meet Dean Bill Karpus, visit with colleagues over coffee, and hear a number of updates from Graduate School Staff.

Here are the highlights:

Training for New Graduate Coordinators in August and October, Graduate Catalog 2016-2018 edits, and the addition of Graduate Course Attributes for spring 16.

These are but a few projects underway at the Graduate School.  Click on the image on the left to see the full list of projects for 2014-2016.

Major Areas of Study (MAS) Web Pages
The redesigned MAS pages are now live. 

Features of new and improved MAS:
•    Advanced search options - admitting degree type (master’s, doctoral, etc.), learning mode (face-to-face, online, etc.), academic division, and updated keywords
•    Individual program pages with an updated look and feel - they contain a link to the campus map, indicate delivery format and policy detail by program/plan and named option, provide a marketing blurb about the program, and link to additional policy admissions requirements  

View your program's updated MAS page on the Graduate School website here.

Instructions for updating MAS pages can be found in this Graduate School KnowledgeBase document.

Learning Goals
Program learning goals need to be submitted to the Learning Goal online tool by September 4 to appear in the 2016-2018 catalog.  For more information about student learning assessment, see the Office of the Provost's website.

Graduate School Catalog
It will be time  to update the 2016-2018 catalog this fall.  Jenni Martin will send an email in September with details about editing program material.  The catalog opens for editing in October.  Edits are due November 15. 

Graduate Student Research Grants Competition
The 2015-2016 Research Travel Award competition and the Conference Presentation Funds competition for graduate students opened Friday, 7/17. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with multiple reviewing deadlines. For more information about the Student Research Grants Competition click here.

Graduate School Recruitment Calendar
Check out the new Recruiting Events calendar on the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Funding web page. We invite you to add your recruitment events to our calendar, and to let us know of events that would allow us to connect with potential graduate students.  Contact Irina Diaz with questions.

International Travel for Graduate Students
Ron Machoian, International Safety and Security Director (ISSD), gave an overview of policies for international travel, specifically, policies pertaining to safety and security for international travel by students, faculty and staff.

For more information see the UW-Madison International Travel website.


The Leadership Role of Graduate Schools in Preparing the STEM Workforce of the Future

It is now common knowledge that over 50% of those who earn doctorates in science and engineering (S&E) fields work in careers outside the academy. Such careers are often referred to as “alternative” careers for PhDs, but the numbers show that it is the academic job, not the career outside the academy, that is the “alternative” career path for the S&E Ph.D.
Source:  The Council of Graduate Schools, GradEdge
Read full article


An Individual Development Plan (IDP) is an essential tool to help graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.

The IDP is a document to be revisited again and again, to update and refine as goals change and/or come into focus, and to record progress and accomplishments.

We'd like to gather more example IDPs. Does your program require students to complete an IDP? If so, please contact Eileen Callahan in the Office of Professional Development. 

These sessions are for graduate students as part of Graduate Student Welcome Week

The Enjoyment of Employment: Finding the Right Workplace Culture
Doug Kalish, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar at UC-Berkeley

Monday, 8/24/15
4:00-5:30 pm
3650 Humanities
Reception to follow, 5:30-6:30 pm, Humanities Courtyard

Whether you are considering an academic or non-academic career after graduate school or your postdoc, you'll want to find a place where you are happy.  Matching your work personality to the culture of the organization is one of the prime factors in workplace happiness. In this workshop you'll assess your workplace personality which we will then match against different work environments to see what kinds of organizations are compatible with your work style. We'll end with a checklist and timeline for starting your job search so that you'll be fully prepared when the time comes.

Take the personality assessment before the workshop and bring the results with you.  To register for the workshop click here.

What to Expect in Biotech
Doug Kalish, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar at UC-Berkeley

Tuesday, 8/25/15
9:30 - 10:30 am
UW-Madison Genetics/Biotechnology Center Auditorium

The number of job opportunities for Ph.D.s in Biotech and Pharma dwarfs the academic job market.  Dr. Doug Kalish, entrepreneur and educator, will describe the drug development process and talk about the roles that STEM PhDs can play.  He’ll detail the realities of working in a non-academic environment and introduce you to the different types of business cultures. Find out what life is like at a biotech startup – the good, the bad, and the ugly. 

Read more about Doug Kalish here.


Dean Bill Karpus will join the Graduate School August 1He comes to UW-Madison from Northwestern University where he was an associate dean and professor of pathology and microbiology-immunology at the Feinberg School of Medicine.

Dean Karpus says he's looking forward to meeting with students, faculty and staff, and will use these opportunities to listen and learn.

As we welcome a new dean to the Graduate School, we offer sincere thanks to Interim Dean Wendy Crone.

Wendy has provided campus-wide leadership for all aspects of graduate education since she started in the Graduate School in 2011, first as Associate Dean for the Physical Sciences, then as Associate Dean for Graduate Education, and as Interim Dean of the Graduate School since 2014.

We would like to thank Wendy for all of her hard work and dedication to graduate students.  We will miss her leadership, support and chocolate supply!
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