GradDays

GradDays is a celebration of graduate and professional student life and academic achievement at The University of Virginia, highlighting and enhancing the substantial intellectual and social activities of the graduate and professional community.

During GradDays, you can look forward to:

Days and days of free food and drink just for grads!

Socializing and collaborating with grads in other departments and other graduate schools – including Happy Hours, Wine and Cheese Receptions, Brown Bag Lunch Panels, and a Saturday BBQ!

Professional development programming to help you get the career, the funding, and the publications you crave!

Schedule of Events (Subject to Change):

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Tuesday, 3/26

 

Keynote Address: UVa President Teresa Sullivan

7 PM, Harrison Institute Auditorium

 

Wednesday, 3/27

Huskey Research Exhibition

9 AM - 4 PM, Newcomb Ballroom

 

Thursday, 3/28

Lunch Workshop for Racial Minority Graduate Students

**Co-sponsored by UVa Graduate Student Diversity Programs,and the Black Graduate and Professional Student Organization**

12-1:30 PM, Newcomb Kaleidoscope Room

 

Panel: Time Management

4-5 PM, Monroe 134

 

Happy Hour at Balkan Bistro

6 - 9 PM, 1003 W. Main St.

 

Friday, 3/29

Out in the Academy- A Lunch Discussion Panel with LGBT Faculty

**Co-sponsored by the LGBT Resource Center and UVa QueerGrads**

12-1:30 PM, Newcomb Kaleidoscope Room

 

Resource Fair and Wine & Cheese

4-6 PM, Newcomb Gallery and Main Lounge

 

Monday, 4/1

Lunch Workshop for Female Graduate Students with Female Faculty

**Co-sponsored by UVa Women in Math and Sciences and the Office of Diversity and Equity**

12-1:30 PM, Odum Room, 3rd Floor, Clark Hall

 

Electronic Dissertation Submission- What to know before you submit

3 - 4:30 PM, Newcomb South Meeting Room

 

Tuesday, 4/2

Getting on Academia's Map- Tips for Publishing

12-1:30 PM, Newcomb Gallery

 

Wednesday, 4/3

Panel: Tips for Writing and Receiving Grants/Fellowships

**Co-sponsored by the Office of the VP of Research**

12-1:30 PM, Newcomb Gallery

SPACE

Panel: Career Pathways after Graduation for Scientists and Engineers

**Co-sponsored by the Engineering Graduate Student Council**

5-6 PM, Thornton E316

 

Thursday, 4/4

"What Doors Does a PhD Open?" Closing Address by L. Maren Wood

2 - 3:30 PM, Ern Commons

 

"Around the World" Career Fair

4 - 6 PM, Ern Commons

 

Friday, 4/5

UVERS Engineering Research Symposium

10:30 AM - 4 PM, Wilsdorf Atrium (2nd Floor)

 

Saturday, 4/6

Graduate Student Picnic

**Co-sponsored by UVa Student Council**

4 - 6 PM, Lower Nameless Field and Sand Volleyball Courts

 

Happy Hour at the Biltmore

6 - 9 PM, 16 Elliewood Ave.

 

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Keynote Address: UVa President Teresa Sullivan

Tuesday, 3/26, 7 PM, Harrison Institute Auditorium

***Co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students***

President Sullivan will deliver a short speech followed by a Q&A regarding the role of the graduate student at UVa and the changing face of higher education. Refreshments will be served following the President's address.

 

Brown Bag Lunch Discussions

Brown bag lunch discussions are a new addition to the Grad Days programming.  These informal discussions will take place over lunch and provide a forum where graduate students can talk to faculty or University leaders about issues facing different minority populations on Grounds.  This will serve as a way of connecting individuals for support as well as providing knowledge of the resources available.

 

Thursday, 3/28:Lunch Workshop for Racial Minority Graduate Students- An Informal Discussion with Informed Faculty 

***Co-Sponsored by UVa Graduate Student Diversity Programs, and the UVa Black Graduate and Professional Student Organization***

12-1:30 PM, Newcomb Kaleidoscope Room

Racial minorities are under-represented in higher education. As a result, many minority graduate students do not have access to mentors within their own department who can speak to their questions and concerns. Come hear from faculty who have gone through it- graduate school, the job market, and the promotion process. Faculty will share their insights and take your questions. Panelists include: Archie Holmes (Electrical and Computer Engineering), Beverly Adams (Psychology, Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences), Connie Lee (Nursing), Linda Bullock (Nursing, Associate Dean for Research), Maurice Apprey (Prychiatric Medicine and Dean of African American Affairs), Joanna Lee Williams (Curry), Siva Vaidhyanathan (Media Studies and Law), and Ralph Allen (Chemistry and Environmental Science). Lunch will be served.

 

Friday, 3/29: Out in the Academy: A Discussion Panel with LGBT Faculty

***Co-sponsored by the LGBT Resource Center and UVa QueerGrads***

12-1:30 PM, Newcomb Kaleidoscope Room

LGBT graduate students may have unique concerns as they navigate graduate school and begin their career. Come hear from faculty who have gone through it - graduate school, the job market, and the promotion process. Faculty will share their insights and take your questions. Lunch will be served.

 

Monday, 4/1: Lunch Workshop for Female Graduate Students- An Informal Discussion with Informed Faculty

***Co-sponsored by UVa Women in Math and Sciences and the Office of Diversity and Equity***

12-1:30 PM, Odum Room, 3rd Floor, Clark Hall

Women continue to be under-represented in higher education. As a result, many female graduate students do not have access to mentors within their own department who can speak to their questions and concerns. Come hear from faculty who have gone through it - graduate school, the job market, and the promotion process. Faculty will share their insights and take your questions. Panelists include: Melissa Hurst, Meredith Woo, Beverly Adams, and Gertrude Fraiser. Lunch will be served.

 

Panel: Time Management

Thursday, 3/28, 4-5 PM, Monroe 134

This panel will discuss time management strategies that can help students stay on track to graduate and minimize stress. This program is also widely applicable across graduate and professional programs and we are hoping it will bring students outside of GSAS to GradDays. Panelists include: Karlin Leudtke (Women and Gender Studies), Bill Dirienzo (Astronomy), and Ann Lhospital (CASTL).

 

Resource Fair and Wine & Cheese

Friday, 3/29, 4-6 PM, Newcomb Gallery and Main Lounge

There are many wonderful resources at the University, of which graduate students may be unaware. This program was added to the GradDays agenda this year to address that concern. We will have representatives from various scholarly and support groups on Grounds to join us with information in a booth set up.

 

Electronic Dissertation Submission- What you need to know before you submit

Monday, 4/1, 3 - 4:30 PM, Newcomb South Meeting Room

UVa is switching to an electronic dissertation submission process. Come and learn important information on how that affects intellectual property issues as well as an overview of the electronic dissertation submission process.

 

Panel: Getting on Academia's Map- Tips for Publishing

Tuesday, 4/2, 12-1:30 PM, Newcomb Gallery

A very successful panel session last year, so we brought it back. The pressures of publishing are almost universal across graduate disciplines as well as some professional schools. We will have faculty who have been successful publishers serve as panelists in order to share their expertise and advice. Panelists include: Randolph Pope (Spanish), John Owen (Publishing), Mitchell Green (Philosophy), Alison Criss (Microbiology), and Bob Hirosky (Physics).

 

Panel: Tips for Writing and Receiving Grants/Fellowships

***Co-sponsored by the Office of the VP for Research***

Wednesday, 4/3, 12-1:30 PM, Newcomb Gallery (Lunch will be served at 11:45 AM)

Writing a successful grant proposal is a skill that is becoming increasingly important as research funding sources become less certain. We will have established principle investigators provide insight and advice on how they continue to procure funding from a variety of sources. Panelists include: Phil Trella (Assistant VP of Graduate Studies), Dan Berch (Curry), Joel Hockensmith (Biomedical Sciences), Jeff Holmes (Engineering), and Carol Mershon (Politics).

 

Panel: Career Tracks after Graduation for Scientists and Engineers

***Co-sponsored by the Graduate Engineering Student Council***

Wednesday, 4/3, 5 - 6:30 PM, Thornton E316

Choosing a career path can be a difficult decision for scientists and engineers. The discussion with this panel will provide interesting and valuable insight on the various career pathways for scientists and engineers with a Ph.D. This year, we have 4 panelists who will speak about the various career paths (Academia, Industry, Government, and National Labs). Panelists include: Gary Koenig (Chemical Engineering, Argonne National Laboratory), Elizabeth Opila (Materials Science and Engineering, NASA), Keith Williams (Physics, SAIC Navy Research & Engineering Division), and Malathi Veeraraghavan (Electrical and Computer Engineering, Bell Labs). Food and beverages will be provided at 5 pm.

 

Keynote Address: L. Maren Wood

Thursday, 4/4, 2 - 3:30 PM, Ern Commons

L. Maren Wood is the author of a very interesting article in the Chronicle of Higher Education (Link) on careers for PhD students. Come and hear about her fascinating research into what PhD students are ACTUALLY doing with their degrees.

 

"Around the World" Career Workshop

Thursday, 4/4, 4-6 PM, Ern Commons

Another popular program from last year that we decided to continue, this is a group of round table discussions geared toward each major career choice available to a wide variety of graduate programs (academics, teaching college faculty, government, consulting). There will be six panelists, each speaking about one of the possible career paths that may be of interest to a Ph.D. student, including industry, government, non-profit/NGO, small liberal arts college/community college, consulting, and alternative-academic positions. The speakers will address the entire audience to talk about how skills learned during a Ph.D. program are transferable to these fields, and the do's and don'ts grads should be aware of when looking for jobs in these fields. Then, the audience will pick 3 tables ("career paths") to visit, each for 15 minutes.

 

Graduate Student Picnic

***Sponsored by UVa Student Council***

Saturday, 4/5, 4 - 6 PM, Lower Nameless Field and Sand Volleyball Courts

Come and join us at Lower Nameless Field for volleyball, soccer, frisbee, and more! We supply the field, food, and equipment!