News and Events

University Events:         

Three Minute Thesis Competition (1st place winner receives $1,000)
Click here for more information about the 3MT.

Perfecting Your Interview Skills

You were offered an interview ... congratulations! Now the real work begins. This workshop will provide tips to prepare for and make the best impression during your interview(s).

Utilizing UCAN: UAlbany Career Advisory Network

UCAN, the UAlbany Career Advisory Network, is a powerful online tool that gives students like you access to expert advice from UAlbany alumni. Say you want to go into finance? Get advice from an Goldman Sachs vice president. How about launch a start-up? Get help from a local entrepreneur. Not sure if marketing is right for you? Ask for a consultation from a leading brand expert. You get the idea — UCAN gives you expert advice, on demand.

Academic Job Market Boot Camp (Institute for Teaching, Learning and Academic Leadership ITLAL)

There’s a light at the end of the dissertation tunnel, and you’ve decided it’s time to start looking for a job. But where do you even start? This three-hour intensive workshop will help you begin preparing yourself and your materials for the market, from deciding when you need to accomplish key tasks to assembling your dossier and applying for positions. In addition to developing a timeline for your search, you will also do hands-on work that will help you prepare a focused, well-organized CV and cover letter to convince prospective employers that you have the perspective, skills and energy necessary for the job AND that you are a fit for their institution. Participants should bring current drafts of a CV and cover letter to work on during the session.

Negotiating Job Offers

Even when you know you want the job offer, you typically should not say "yes" and take it on the spot. You want to take the time to evaluate the offer to be certain that the position and the compensation is right for you. This workshop will provide you tactics to politely and professionally negotiate your offers.

Applying to Graduate School

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.
Personal Statement Writing

If you plan 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.
Finding Funding for Graduate School

If you plan to continue your education beyond the bachelors, you should start the planning now! This workshop will cover tips on getting securing money for graduate school.
Communicating Your Research (for Grants and Applications; Institute for Teaching, Learning and Academic Leadership ITLAL)

Writing a successful grant application is a skill that is practiced and developed over time. As a graduate student, you are in a position to make yourself even more marketable by learning the rules early on. This hands-on workshop will provide crucial information and help you practice the skills you will need before you apply for grants These skills will also help you prepare to write the research statement you will need to be successful on the academic job market.
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Overview

This workshop will provide an introduction to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) and best practices for applicants. GRFP applicants must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents in their final year of undergraduate or first two years of (all) graduate study. Each Fellowship consists of three years of support during a five-year fellowship period. Currently, NSF provides a stipend of $34,000 to the Fellow and a cost-of-education allowance of $12,000 to the graduate degree-granting institution for each Fellow who uses the fellowship support in a fellowship year. Each Fellowship consists of three years of support during a five-year fellowship period.

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:

  • Introduction to Text Mining
  • Introduction to Zotero
  • Legal Research for the Non-Legal Scholar

Graduate Education 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 Office of Graduate Education’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 Graduate Education 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

Headshot of Keith Alexander

UAlbany, Syracuse University to Host Cybersecurity Symposium Next Month

 The event will feature a keynote speaker, panel discussion, and faculty and student research.

Vice President for Advancement Fardin Sanai

An Open Book

Fardin Sanai escaped from Iran with his aunt when he was 18 years old.

Screenshot of Mathias Vuille testifying at the Senate Standing Committee on Environment Conservation’s public hearing on Tuesday.

State Officials Turn to UAlbany’s Weather Enterprise For Insight on Climate Change, Economic Development

Campus atmospheric scientists testified at public hearings in Albany.

Research News