News and Events

University Events:         

The University at Albany and the Graduate School offer events for current students. Please look at the most up to date list of events.

  • Prepare for the Academic Job Market: Effective CV's
    When: Friday, September 13 from 12:45 pm – 2:15 pm
    Description: No matter what kind of job (or grant!) you apply for in academe, you will be expected to submit a CV. How do you make sure your CV communicates your accomplishments effectively and efficiently so that your application makes it into the “interview this person!” file? This isn’t an easy task, but there are strategies that can help you meet the challenge successfully. In this workshop, we will examine and evaluate samples to learn the key principles of crafting an effective CV that will convince prospective employers that you have the skills and experience required for the job.
    Register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EffectiveCVs2019

  • Why Graduate School?
    When: Tuesday, September 17 from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    Description: This workshop will cover what graduate school (including professional school like medical and law) is about, what type of degrees you can pursue, reasons to attend graduate school, and UAlbany's accelerated graduate programs.
    Register: https://admissions.albany.edu/register/WhyGraduateSchoolF19
  • Applying to Graduate School
    When: Thursday, September 19 from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    Description: If you plan to continue your education beyond the bachelors, you should start the planning now! This workshop will cover the different graduate education options, how to determine the best program and degree, important steps in the application process and what makes a strong application.
    Register: https://admissions.albany.edu/register/ApplyingtoGradSchoolf19
  • Research Workshop for International Students: What is "plagiarism" all about? How to avoid it?
    Instructors: Yu-Hui Chen, Mary Van Ullen
    When: Friday, September 20 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Location: LI – B48 (University Library, Basement level)
    Topics: In-text citations and bibliography; why acknowledge sources; when to cite; differences among quoting, summarizing, and paraphrasing; types of plagiarism; how to cite; tips for avoiding plagiarism; academic integrity; and hands-on exercises.
    Register: To sign up for the workshop, please contact Yu-Hui Chen (ychen@albany.edu)
    *Note: This workshop is closely related to the Citation Practice workshop. You are strongly encouraged to attend this workshop first.

  • Selecting a Graduate Program
    When: Thursday, September 26 from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    Description: If you plan to continue your education beyond the bachelors, you should start the planning now! This workshop will cover how to identify and select a graduate program.
    Register: https://admissions.albany.edu/register/SelectingGradProgF19
  • Prepare for the Academic Job Market: Powerful Cover Letters
    When: Friday, September 27 from 12:45 pm – 2:15 pm
    Description: What does your cover letter communicate to a search committee? Will they see you as a potential colleague or as a desperate graduate student? The cover letter is your first interaction with the search committee and will set the tone for future interactions (and may determine whether there are any!). In this workshop, we will review and analyze samples to understand what makes a cover letter stand out in a good way. You will leave with some concrete strategies you can use to write a letter that will make search committees want to hear more from you.
    Register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CoverLetters2019

  • Research Workshop for International Students: Citation Practice
    Instructors: Yu-Hui Chen, Mary Van Ullen
    When: Friday, September 27 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Location: LI – B48 (University Library, Basement level)
    Topics: DOI (digital object identifier), ways of providing in-text citations, Citation Fox, and paraphrasing practice.
    Register: To sign up for the workshop, please contact Yu-Hui Chen (ychen@albany.edu)
    *Note: This workshop is closely related to the Citation Practice workshop. You are strongly encouraged to attend the "What is 'plagiarism' all about? How to avoid it?" workshop first.

  • Graduate & Professional School Fair
    When: Tuesday, October 1, 2019 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Registration: https://admissions.albany.edu/register/2019GradFair
    Description: Interested in pursuing a graduate degree?

    This event is a great opportunity connect with representatives from 60+ colleges and universities, explore your graduate education options, and learn about the graduate and professional school application process.

    We encourage students to register to attend prior to the event. During registration you can opt to share your contact information and graduate interests with all college and university representatives!

    The Fair is open to students of all majors. Professional attire is recommended. The list of institutions and the tables to which they have been assigned will be provided when you check in at the Fair.

    Juniors and seniors, this is the time to make meaningful connections with representatives from institutions that interest you and to ask specific questions about programs, research, funding and more. Freshmen and sophomores, this is a great opportunity for you to see what a graduate fair is like, and to start developing your networking skills and explore different programs for graduate school. 
  • Personal Statement Writing
    When: Tuesday, October 1 from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    Description: If you want to continue your education beyond the bachelors, you should start the planning now! This workshop will provide best practices to writing your personal statement/statement of purpose for graduate applications.
    Register: https://admissions.albany.edu/register/PersonalStatementF19
  • Finding Funding for Graduate School
    When: Tuesday, October 8 from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    Description: This workshop will provide best practices to help you secure funding (living stipend and tuition scholarship) for graduate school.
    Register: https://admissions.albany.edu/register/FundingGradSchoolF19
  • Writing a Statement of Teaching Philosophy for an Academic Job
    When: Friday, October 11 from 12:45 pm – 2:15 pm
    Description: Whether you apply for positions at research-oriented universities or teaching-focused community colleges, or anywhere in between, you will be asked to communicate your approach to teaching. In this workshop, you will reflect on the key beliefs and teaching behaviors that you should articulate and emphasize in your statement. We will also identify the qualities of an effective statement, evaluate samples, and consider strategies for organizing a well-crafted teaching philosophy. You will leave with a beginning draft of your statement and a plan for further development.
    Register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TeachingPhilosophy2019
  • Creating an Individual Development Plan (IDP)
    When: Thursday, October 17 from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    Description: This workshop will provide an overview of how to develop an undergraduate IDP, goals worksheet, skills assessment, undergraduate core competencies, and professional development competencies.
    Register: https://admissions.albany.edu/register/CreatinganIDPF19
  • Teaching Portfolios for Future Faculty
    When: Friday, October 25 from 12:45 pm – 2:15 pm
    Description: Are you ready to convince a search committee that you are a confident and competent teacher who can hit the ground running with their students? A great way to “demonstrate teaching effectiveness,” both on paper and in interviews, is to develop a strong teaching statement and assemble a portfolio that showcases your accomplishments and growth as a teacher. This workshop will provide examples and help you develop a strategy for collecting and displaying materials to demonstrate your strengths as a teacher.
    Register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TeachingPortfolios2019
  • Three Minute Thesis Info Sessions (Select one)
    Description: 
    The Graduate School at the University at Albany is hosting the Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®) in Spring 2020. These popular competitions have become a global phenomenon and offer graduate students the opportunity to communicate the significance of their research to a general audience, all in three minutes or less.

    UAlbany's 3MT event celebrates the research accomplishments of our graduate students while helping students develop their presentation and communication skills. Plan to join us for the 2020 3MT, as a competitor or audience member.

    These Info Sessions will outline 3MT details and regulations as well as offer advice on why you should compete and how to best prepare.

    When: Tuesday, October 29 from 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
    Register: https://admissions.albany.edu/register/3MTInfoSessionF19_12pm

    When: Tuesday, October 29 from 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
    Register: https://admissions.albany.edu/register/3MTInfoSessionF19_12:30pm

    When: Tuesday, October 29 from 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
    Register: https://admissions.albany.edu/register/3MTInfoSessionF196:30pm

    When: Tuesday, October 29 from 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
    Register: https://admissions.albany.edu/register/3MTInfoSession7pm

  • Searching for Non-Academic Careers
    When: Thursday, November 14 from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    Description: Are you a Ph.D. student (or Master’s student) considering an “alternative” or non-academic career path? This workshop will cover the non-academic job search process.
    Register: https://admissions.albany.edu/register/NonAcademicCareerF19

iLearn Workshops

The University Libraries offers free 1 - 2 hour workshops on video editing, research strategies, and more. This semester there are many workshops of interest to Graduate students. The schedule and registration can be found here as well as the University's Events Calendar. Walk-ins are welcomed. For more information contact: Regina Conboy, (518)442-3608 or rconboy@albany.edu. Highlighted topics include:

  • Get Research Ready: Learn how to find books, videos, and scholarly articles through the University Libraries’ new Search tool. This is a basic introduction for students, staff, and faculty—new and returning.
  • Green Screening Basics: Learn the steps to install and light a green screen followed by a hands on demonstration of setting up captured green screen footage in Adobe Premiere. Previous editing knowledge is helpful but not necessary.

The Graduate School Announcements

Graduate Scholar Ambassador Award

The Graduate Scholar Ambassador Award provides funding for graduate students to travel to their alma mater, present their scholarly activities, and serve as ambassadors for our graduate programs. The major focus of the award is to support the Graduate School’s commitment to global engagement by offering opportunities for our top students to disseminate their work in scholarly arenas and promote graduate educational opportunities. The goal of this award is to increase global awareness of UAlbany’s research, scholarship and graduate programs by attracting the best and brightest students to UAlbany. Please click here to learn about this opportunity. Please note, you must have the free Adobe® Acrobat® Reader properly installed on your computer in order to use and print the Scholar Ambassador Award Application PDF Form.

Dissertation Research Fellowship Awards Program

The Dean of the Graduate School has announced a limited restoration of the Dissertation Research Fellowship Awards Program, effective November 2012, to assist doctoral candidates who are incurring doctoral research expenses. Obtain details at the program's General Information page.

Academic Writing Listserv through Cornell Graduate School

Do you have writing goals for your thesis or dissertation in the new year? Have you resolved to be a more productive writer? Sponsored by the Cornell Graduate School, the Productive Writer listserv is designed for graduate students who are writing their proposal, thesis, dissertation, fellowship applications, or other manuscripts. Subscribers receive email messages every other week with writing tips, strategies and encouragement to help you start, persist (and endure), and complete your academic writing projects. Writing tips focus on managing your time for greater writing productivity, reducing distractions, staying motivated, revising and editing, binge writing, communicating with your advisor, dealing with writer's block, and managing procrastination and perfectionistic tendencies. Subscribe to the Productive Writer here

From the UAlbany News Center

Faculty News

A female and male college students engage in debate at a conference table

Reducing Political Polarization among Students

A study by Brett Levy of Educational Theory and Practice says that educators can play a larger role in fostering open-mindedness and engagement.

Researchers on Muslim neighborhoods Recai Yucel and Samantha Friedman of the University at Albany

Residential Inequality for Muslims

University researchers discover factors of religion and race lead to housing disparities in Philadelphia.

Tom Begley stands with four of the newest RNA Fellows

RNA Science Training is Rewarded by NIH

The RNA Fellows Program expands with SUNY Poly students and writing and business components.

Research News