Spring 2014 News & Events

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IN THIS EDITION
Graduate Student Research Days Redesign
UAB Graduate School App Available
Graduate Student Spotlight
Got Ideas Worth Publishing? Upgrade Your Skills Now with Writing Successfully Workshop
Accelerate Your Dissertation this Spring With Free Writing Strategies Support
CIRTL@UAB – Preparing for a Science Teaching Career
Graduation News
Don’t Forget These Deadlines!

Graduate Student Research Days Redesign

Graduate Student Research Day 2014In an effort to streamline the Graduate Student Research Days (GSRD) competition, the GSRD Planning Committee has decided to redesign the event. The new re-imagined GSRD should provide an easier presentation upload as well as smoother transitions between presentations. A description of the new format for GSRD 2014 can be found in the competition rules located at http://www.uab.edu/graduate/research-day-contest-rules

Each spring semester, graduate students from all UAB academic departments are invited to present the results of their research in the Graduate Student Research Days (GSRD) competition. Because of the popularity of GSRD, the planning committee has revised the competition rules and changed the event schedule for this year’s competition.

The following schedule is for the 2014 competition:

Friday, February 13 at Noon (NO EXCEPTIONS) - Deadline for submission of Participant Information Form

Tuesday, March 4 - Graduate Student Research Days Competition for Master's students, Sterne Library Ground Floor, Rooms 163 and 174.

Wednesday & Thursday, March 5 & 6 - Graduate Student Research Days Competition for Doctoral students, Sterne Library Ground Floor, Rooms 163 and 174

Tuesday, March 11, 3:00 p.m. - Graduate School Awards Ceremony to be held in the Atrium of the Edge of Chaos, 4th floor, Lister Hill Library

If you are interested in participating in this year's competition, read the competition rules located at www.uab.edu/graduate/researchday. If you are eligible to compete, complete the electronic Participant Information Form and follow the instructions for submission. As pointed out in the competition rules, Participant Information Forms submitted by eligible UAB graduate students will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.


UAB Graduate School App Available

Graduate School App Available The Graduate School office wants you to be aware of a new resource that can be accessed from a handheld device such as a Smartphone or Tablet.  The resource is called "Grad Info" and it contains a wealth of information that you will find useful in negotiating your journey through your graduate program from your first enrollment to graduation.  Here is how to access the information.  If you do not already have it, download the "UAB App" from the Apple App Store (for Apple devices), or the Google Play Store (for Android devices).  The App is free from either site.  Once you have added the UAB App to your handheld device, simply click on the "Schools" icon and then on the "Graduate School" link that appears in the drop down menu.  This will take you directly to the "Grad Info" resource.

We trust that you will find quick 24/7 access to this resource on your handheld device extremely useful.


Graduate Student Spotlight

Jennifer Bain The current Student Spotlight is Jennifer L. Bain, a doctoral student in the Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine theme. Jennifer’s research involves targeted delivery of osteoinductive peptides to bone grafts to enhance the regenerative capacity.

This past September, Jennifer won the Basic Science Category of the Balint Orban Memorial Competition through the American Academy of Periodontology.

For more information about Jennifer or to access information regarding the research work of other students who have been featured in the Spotlight, visit the Graduate School’s homepage at www.uab.edu/graduate.


Got Ideas Worth Publishing? Upgrade Your Skills Now with Writing Successfully Workshop

Writing Successfully Workshop Staring at a spring publication or project deadline? Want to acquire professional writing habits, boost productivity, and raise the level of your game? There is still time to sign up for Writing Successfully, GRD 708, a one-day Saturday workshop on Feb. 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Offered by the UAB Graduate School’s Professional Development Program, the workshop is a one-credit hour elective  designed to help academic writers jumpstart their process with “best practices” for completing projects. These practices serve writers working across disciplines and a variety of professional writing tasks, ranging from course papers and grants to theses and journal articles. Through discussion, analysis and practice, participants acquire new writing and editing strategies while working with published writers and veteran writing coaches. For questions about the workshop, email Jennifer L. Greer, Ph.D., at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . To register, contact Lori Naramore, at 205-996-4061 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Accelerate Your Dissertation this Spring with Free Writing Strategies Support

This spring, the UAB Graduate School will continue to offer free writing workshops and dissertation support services to UAB doctoral students in the form of Accelerate Your Dissertation workshops, to according to Jennifer L. Greer, Ph.D., lead writing instructor in the school’s Professional Development Program (PDP). “The doctoral students who attended our workshops last fall were very excited about the free instruction and support. They asked us for more nuts-and-bolts writing strategies and time-management techniques, and that’s what we are offering this spring.”

The two-hour, mid-day workshops (bring your lunch) will be offered on the second Wednesday of the month, says Kellie R. Carter, Ph.D., director of communications and events and also an instructor for the PDP and the Accelerate series. “Our main goal with these free workshops is to help dissertators work in the most effective and efficient way possible so they speed time to degree. When doctoral writers succeed, we succeed.”

Dates and topics for the spring Accelerate series include:

  • Strength Training for Writers: Writing a Proposal and/or Literature Review, Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
  • Plan the Writing/Work the Plan: Regular Writing Sessions & Time Management Tips, March 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
  • Crossing the Finish Line: Completing a Dissertation Manuscript, April 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

The Accelerate initiative is being developed in collaboration with UAB’s University Writing Center, Sterne and Lister Hill libraries. Jaclyn Wells, Ph.D., University Writing Center director & Assistant Professor in the English Department, sees immediate benefits from the workshops: “Developing a network of fellow writers and establishing an effective writing process are two major steps doctoral students can take to write a successful dissertation.”

In addition to the free workshops, the UAB Graduate School also offers free materials and resources, such as WriteSmart (a dissertation writing starter kit) for students who want to start self-managed dissertation writing group. “Research shows that dissertators working in small writing groups of 4-5 make more progress than those trying to go it alone,” says Greer, who was in a successful dissertation writing group and continues to write in a faculty writing group.

Registration for all three workshops will be available via EventBrite. For more information about the workshops or WriteSmart starter kits, contact Jennifer L. Greer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kellie R. Carter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   at the UAB Graduate School.


CIRTL@UAB – Preparing for a Science Teaching Career

CIRTL@UAB As part of your professional development, it can be useful to develop skills and experiences that will prepare you for your next stage of your career.  One way to develop your ability as a future teacher is through the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), a national consortium of 22 Research Universities from across the US. As a member of CIRTL, UAB provides courses and activities to prepare future teachers for success as STEM educators.  The other 21 CIRTL institutions also provide courses online that students may take for UAB credit.

CIRTL Awardees
Awardees in the Department of Biology, 5/2013

CIRTL also provides one hour webinars on a series of topics of interest to graduate students.  Some upcoming webinars are:


Jan 13, 2014
4 – 5 pm

Coffee Hour
Series: Career Development for Post-docs

The Two Body Problem

Jan 22, 2014
1 - 2 pm

CIRTLCast
Series: Large Undergraduate STEM Classroom

Incorporating the Workshop Model into Labs

Jan 23, 2014
12 – 1 pm

Coffee Hour
Series: Leveraging Diversity 

Leveraging Gender Diversity to Improve Student Learning Outcomes

Jan 23, 2014
1 - 2:30 pm

Coffee Hour
Series: Teaching Scientific Literacy to Undergraduate Students

A Twenty-Year Survey of Science Literary Among college Undergraduates

Feb 6, 2014
1 - 2:30 pm

Coffee Hour
Series: Teaching Scientific Literacy to Undergraduate Students

Using Primary Literature to Teach Science Literary to Introductory Biology Students

Feb 10, 2014
4 – 5 pm 

Coffee Hour
Series: Career Development for Post-docs

Responsible Conduct

A complete listing is available at http://www.cirtl.net/events

More information on CIRTL activities is available at www.uab.edu/cirtl and www.cirtl. net.


Graduation News

Graduation News The graduates of UAB's Graduate School take part in two ceremonies: The Doctoral Hooding Ceremony and the Commencement Ceremony are held each May and December. August graduates may attend the December commencement. The Doctoral Hooding Ceremony is the commencement for doctoral candidates receiving PhD, DrPH, EdD., and DSc degrees. Both ceremonies will take place on Saturday, April 26. All other doctoral candidates should check with your program or school for graduation ceremony information. 

If you are receiving a PhD, DrPH, EdD, or DSc in April 2014, you must fill out the commencement form by April 11 located at http://www.uab.edu/graduate/doctoral-hooding-and-commencement-ceremony in order to participate in this ceremony. Simply showing up for the ceremony is not an option. The Doctoral Hooding Ceremony will be held in the Alys Stephens Center at 12:00 p.m.

The commencement ceremonies for master's, Ed.S. and undergraduate students will be held in Bartow Arena at 9:15 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., according to school. Commencement information for all non-doctoral graduates is located at http://www.uab.edu/commencement/.


Don’t Forget These Deadlines!

When a candidate is near graduation, she or he must pay close attention to Graduate School deadlines, which are posted online at http://www.uab.edu/graduate/deadline-dates. Important dates include the following Spring and Summer semester deadlines:
Spring 2014 deadlines

 

Application for Degree

January 17, 2014

Last Day for Final Defense

March 21, 2014

Admission to Candidacy

January 6, 2014

Change of Residency 

December 1, 2013 

Summer 2014 deadlines

 

Application for Degree

May 6, 2014

Last Day for Final Defense

July 11, 2014

Admission to Candidacy

Summer 14 week – May 2, 2014
Summer 10 week – May 30, 2014

Change of Residency

May 1, 2014

Detailed information regarding Completing a Graduate Degree is also available at http://www.uab.edu/graduate/current-students/completing-a-graduate-degree. Completing all paperwork and final payments by the posted deadlines will ensure that a candidate will graduate by the expected date.