Workshops, Outings, Community Building

Workshops are designed to give students insight into the multiple stages of academic life.

  • Reading and Note-Taking Strategies
  • The Myth of “Taking Time Off”. Making the most of your years between undergrad and grad school (jobs, internships, etc). Led by Elise LaRose
  • Graduate Student Panel. Graduate students lay it all out on the table – their experiences about getting into graduate school and the navigating the academic terrain.  They discuss everything from funding, networks, politics, mentorship, and intellectual development.
  • The Rewards & Challenges of a Life in the Academy. An Informal Panel Discussion. Led by faculty members.
  • Start to Finish: From the Modest Beginnings to Publication of a Research ProjectLed Prof. Travis Jackson
  • How to Successfully Apply to Graduate School. Faculty and Deans of Graduate Divisions discuss how they assess applications and breakdown the admissions process. They answer all of those questions about personal statements, GRE scores, GPA and letters of recommendations. Led by Associate Provost Ken Warren & Associate Dean of Students in the Social Sciences John Macaloon

Cultural Outings during the summer include coffee shops, restaurants, festivals, dancing, concerts and plays.

  • Broadway Chicago – The Color Purple
  • Teatro Luna: Chicago’s Only All-Latina Theatre Company – Lunaticas
  • Mental Graffiti Poetry Set @ Funky Buddha Lounge
  • Cafe Mestizo- cool Pilsen cafe “art, poetry and music come together over a great cup of coffee”
  • Taste of Chicago

Community Building

Informal late night study breaks and Sunday brunches are often times that students use to share their progress and ideas on their current research.