: Spring 2017, up and running!

January 22, 2017

Newsletter Digest



Graduate Students with Children Survey

This survey is collecting data on the number of graduate students that attend Washington University who have children and if their needs are being met by the university and/or the areas for improvement. Please take this time to complete this survey. All responses will be anonymous, although the collected data will be shared with university administrators. The survey is available here: http://sswwustl.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9QQDRUNyEyDhp1H

If you have any comments, questions, or concerns regarding the survey, do not hesitate to contact Alana Flowers: aflowers22@wustl.edu.

GPC Cultural & Diversity Connections Grant

GPC is continuing the GPC Cultural & Diversity Connections Grant this spring semester. We are simply offering our support (400 dollars or less) for events which connect students, share cultural experiences, and encourage collaboration among the various communities at WashU. The link below includes more information and the form that you may choose to fill out if you would like to apply for support in funding or advertising for your event! We look forward to working with you on any events for which you would like support and collaboration!

Information & Application

Call for Abstracts–22nd Annual Graduate Research Symposium

All graduate and professional students are invited to submit 250-word abstracts written for a broad academic audience by Tuesday, January 31st for the Graduate Research Symposium hosted on February 21st.


The Graduate School Call for Nominations: Outstanding Faculty & Staff Awards

Outstanding Faculty Mentor Awards honor those whose dedication has made significant contributions to the quality of life and professional development of PhD students. Nomination letters should not exceed 400 words.

Outstanding Staff Awards honor those that improve the quality of life of students by fostering a supportive and positive environment, or act as an exceptional advocate or demonstrate a sincere and active interest in student well-being. Nomination letters should not exceed 200 words.

Nominations welcomed from current graduate students & alumni. Please submit nominations by February 15, 2017 at 12:00 am.

To submit a nomination, or find out more: http://tinyurl.com/OFSA2017

Graduate Student Representative to the Board of Trustees Application

This is to solicit applications for the position of two non-voting graduate student representatives to the Washington University Board of Trustees. All interested qualified graduate and professional students are encouraged to apply.


A graduate student representative to the Board of Trustees must be a full-time graduate or professional student in residence (May 2017 through May 2018), in good academic standing, and able to make the necessary time commitment. In addition, it is important that the graduate student representatives have knowledge of graduate study at Washington University, be articulate, be able to present a variety of opinions, have sound judgment, maintain confidentiality, and hold the respect of peers, faculty, and others who know them. The graduate student representatives should be willing to maintain close communication with the several graduate and professional student constituencies within the Washington University community, such as the university-wide Professional and Graduate Student Coordinating Committee (ProGradS) and the Graduate Professional Council (GPC).

The Professional and Graduate Student Coordinating Committee, chaired by William F. Tate, Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Education, forms the selection committee and will interview graduate student semi-finalists. The committee will then select finalists to be interviewed by a member of the Board of Trustees, who will determine which two graduate students will serve in this important role in 2017-2018. For more information please check the announcement website.

Graduate Student Group Events:

GPC Dialogues: Civic Engagement & Volunteering

January 26, 2017, 11:30am – 1:00pm, Liberman Graduate Center (DUC 300)

Join the GPC, Gephardt Institute, and your fellow graduate and professional students to discuss civic engagement and volunteerism. BYOL = Bring Your Own Lunch! RSVP here.

Saudi Student Association (SSAWU) Spring Welcome

January 26, 2017, 6:00 pm, Liberman Graduate Center (DUC 300)Saudi Student Association at WashU (SSAWU) is a student group that seeks to promote interaction and collaboration in the WashU community to enhance awareness about Saudi Arabia and the Middle East.

Latino Graduate Student Alliance Welcome Party/Dinner

January 27, 2017, 7:00 pm, El Burro Loco in the Central West End

Hola! Ola! Bonjour! Ciao! No plans this Friday night? Well, the LGSA Welcome Party should get you going! LGSA is having a welcome party at El Burro Loco in Central West End from 7:00pm – 8:30pm, which will include food and Mariachis. Then we call all hang out around the area! It’s free and sounds really fun! You need to RSVP at cdavila@wustl.edu! Event details: Date: Friday, January 27th Time: 7:00-8:30PM Location: El Burro Loco in CWE If you have any questions and/or need a ride from WashU, you can text Christian Davila at 773-757-8540. Hope to see you there! LGSA exec.

Korean Graduate Student Association (KGSA) Lunar New Year

January 28, 2017, 1:00 pm, Liberman Graduate Center (DUC 300)Korean New Year is the first day of the Korean lunar calendar. Join KGSA for traditional food and games. Anyone interested in learning about Korean culture may join the event.

Taiwanese Graduate Student Association (TGSA) Chinese New Year Celebration

January 28, 2017, 6:00 pm, Mandarin HouseReservations required; please contact w.fang@wustl.edu. Tickets can be purchased online at http://gradcenter.wustl.edu/LGCStorefront


Graduates & Professionals on Ice

February 6, 2017, 6:00 pm, Steinberg Rink, Forest ParkJoin your fellow Graduate and Professionals on Ice!! $5 exclusive from GPC, includes skate rental (usually $6) and rink entry (usually $7).

GPC Night Out at the StL Blues

February 28, 2017, 7:00 pm, Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103

Join us for our annual outing to see the the St. Louis Blues with your fellow graduate and professional students. See the Blues take on the Edmonton Oilers. Go Blues!!!

Be on the look out for events leading up the Blues game too:

A Hockey 101 event early in the month & Pre-Game Mixer  on the day of the game.


Graduate-Student & University-Wide Events:

Pride & Policy: LGBTQ+ Rights in a Trump Administration

January 23, 2017, 6:00 pm, Holmes Lounge

This panel event will feature advocates and academics, each sharing how the next four years might impact the rights and liberties of LGBTQ+ identified Americans. Post-panel networking reception.

West Campus Crop Box Program & Mini-Market

January 25, 2017, 4:00 pm, West Campus (7509 Forsyth) back parking lot

Sign-up as a CSA member and receive a weekly or bi-weekly Crop Box filled with locally grown produce, fruit, meat, cheeses, yogurt and/or other artisan goods on Wednesdays, 4-6pm.

Dissertation After Dark

January 25, 2017, 5-9pm, Liberman Graduate Center (DUC 300)

Make progress on your writing among peers who can offer encouragement and feedback. Coffee, tea, and snacks provided. RSVP at https://gradcenter.wustl.edu/dissertation-after-dark-january-2017

Graphene: Particle Physics in Pencil Lead

January 25, 2017, 7:00 pm, Kirkwood Station Brewing

Grab a beer and listen to Erik Henriksen, professor of physics at Washington University, speak about the wonders of graphene. 30 minutes of lecture will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.

School of Medicine Farmers Market

January 26, 2017, 10am-2pm, School of Medicine: BJC Institute of Health Plaza or McDonnell Pediatric Research Atrium

The School of Medicine sponsors a Farmers Market every Thursday from 10:00am-2:00pm. Vendors bring only the freshest produce and products to the market weekly.