Welcome to the Virginia Tech Graduate School’s D.C. Area weekly newsletter for graduate students. We share events, services, administrative announcements, and job opportunities. The newsletter is published on Mondays. When the university is closed for a holiday on Monday, the newsletter will be emailed on Tuesday.
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This Week’s Events and Activities
External Funding Opportunities
Volunteers and research participants sought
This Week’s Events and Activities
1. BOOTSTRAPPING SHORT COURSE
Tuesday, Dec. 5, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Virtual for D.C. Area students (Zoom)
Bootstrapping is a statistical procedure that resamples a single dataset with replacement to create many simulated samples. This results in mimicking the sampling process from the population. Practitioners can use the resamples to develop an estimate along with its bias, variance, confidence intervals, prediction intervals, etc. Bootstrapping is often used when the assumptions of parametric techniques, such as the assumption of normality, are not met. It can be used to develop hypothesis tests and confidence intervals in these cases (and much more!). This course provides an introduction to the topic. You will learn the concept and get a deeper understanding why it is helpful and important.
For more information and to register: https://profdev.tlos.vt.edu/?query=boot%20strapping
2. HOW WE GROW! EARLY ARTS FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, AN INTERACTIVE VIRTUAL EVENT
Tuesday, Dec. 5, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Virtual (Registration deadline: Dec. 1)
Early Childhood Education Initiatives is collaborating with Wolf Trap teaching artist Maria Tripodi to present “How We Grow! Early Arts for Children and Families.” Maria will guide children and families through movement experiences that provide an interactive opportunity to experience children’s literature and the work around them.
You can register until Dec. 1 at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc0hPDLjlousGXNgg5WJ79bckVTO0RPPaJITR49TGJIT139lQ/viewform
If you have further questions, please contact Kim Thomason, Program Director of the Early Childhood Education Initiatives, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting caregiving.vt.edu.
3. END OF SEMESTER Q*MMUNITY SUPPORT GROUP MEETING
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 12-1 p.m., in person, Northern Virginia Center, Falls Church, room 401.
Please join us for the Q*mmunity Support Group. This support group welcomes Virginia Tech graduate students in the greater metro Washington, D.C. metro area who identify as LGBTQ+, as well as those who are exploring their gender and/or sexuality. Please join us if you can – no need to register. For any questions, please contact Julie Kaplan, PhD, at email@example.com
4. OFFICE OF EQUITY AND ACCESSIBILITY DOUBLE FEATURE
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 1-3 p.m.; and Thursday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., in person in Northern Virginia Center room 213 (Falls Church), and Virtual (Zoom)
Assistant Director of Education, Outreach, and Conflict Resolution Henry Yampolsky returns to the Greater D.C. Metro Area for the second annual OEA Double Feature! Yampolsky and Equity Manager Gennelle Chatman will co-present the Respect, Equity, and Anti-Discrimination (R.E.A.D.) Training live. Then, Henry will lead participants through his highly engaging conflict resolution module: Moving from Conflict to Collaboration.
The R.E.A.D. Training will be 1-3 p.m. on Dec. 6. Moving from Conflict to Collaboration will be Dec. 7, 10 a.m.- 12 p.m.
All are invited to attend; refreshments will be provided; however, seating is limited. Those interested in attending are kindly asked to register by November 30. Registration: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1qbjypjZTU2dLApHQQGFhqUBs_3Vq2bye00jBXOLtxvw/edit
5. THURSDAY WALKING GROUP WITH MINDFULNESS
Thursday, Dec. 7, 12:30-1 p.m., in person (Northern Virginia Center, Falls Church)
The Walking Group with Mindfulness moments meets at the Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church, every Thursday. Take a break, de-stress, meet other students, faculty, and staff, and walk in the neighborhoods and parks near the NVC. Meet at the security desk at the entrance of the NVC on the second floor. Contact Julie Kaplan, Ph.D., Embedded Counselor for the greater Washington, D.C. metro area, for more information, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. WHOVILLE END-OF-SEMESTER MOVIE NIGHT AT THE NORTHERN VIRGINIA CENTER
Thursday, Dec. 7, 5 p.m., in person at Northern Virginia Center room 114 in Falls Church.
Join the Graduate School for a movie watch party with popcorn and a sweet treat!
RSVP Via Gobbler Connect: https://t.ly/NB7Ih
If you have any questions, please reach out directly to Torri K. Brown @email@example.com
7. BRADLEY DEPARTMENT INFORMATION SESSION ON PROGRAMS
Thursday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Virtual (Zoom)
The Bradley Department of ECE invites you to an online information session to introduce the graduate programs offered. The attendees can connect with coordinators, faculty, and peers. Ph.D. applicants attending this event will receive fee waivers. Register here: https://bit.ly/GradInfo2023
8. ONLINE POWER HOUR OF WRITING
Friday, Dec. 8, 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., weekly series throughout the semester, Virtual
The Virginia Tech Writing Center offers a Power Hour that aims to empower writers to protect short but regular time slots to work toward their writing projects with the support of an online community. Writers can choose the time slot that best fits their needs. The format is split into three parts: the check in, where participants outline their goals verbally or by writing in the chat box; the 60-minute power hour, where cameras and microphones are muted while people engage in their projects; and the follow-up, where participants come together to share their experiences, facilitated by the session’s host. Find out more and register at https://vt.mywconline.com
9. FALL 2023 GRADUATE SCHOOL COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
The fall 2023 Graduate School commencement ceremony is on Friday, Dec. 15 at 2:30 p.m. in Cassell Coliseum on the Blacksburg campus. All graduates who wish to participate in the ceremony should complete the Commencement Intentions form through their HokieSPA degree menu no later than Dec. 1. Doctoral students wanting to participate must meet the participation deadlines listed at https://graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/what-you-need-to-graduate/deadlines-for-academic-progress.html. There is no limit to the number of guests a graduate may invite to attend and the Graduate School ceremony will be live streamed on the University website as well. Additional information on the fall ceremony can be found online at https://vt.edu/commencement.html. Questions may be directed to Graduate Admissions and Academic Progress staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
10. GRADUATE SCHOOL DC METRO AREA DROP-IN HOURS
The Graduate School staff in the Washington, D.C. metro area will offer graduate students in the region “Drop-In Hours” weekly on the fourth floor of the Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church. Hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9-11 a.m. and 3-4:30 p.m. No appointment needed to meet with an advisor for Drop-In hours. Students who want to have a face-to-face session with an advisor but cannot visit the NVC during Drop-In hours can make an appointment via this link: https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule/9dfaf3a7
11. DC GSA ELECTION APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED
The Greater DC Region Graduate Student Assembly (DC-GSA) is now accepting applications for the 2024 elections. We’ve extended the deadline to Dec. 8, 2023, and encourage students from all disciplines to apply. This is a unique chance to represent your peers and impact our university community. Key Points: Deadline Extended: Apply by Dec. 8. Election Year: 2024. To apply, use this direct application link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeC7xi6KwSj_6YwEgFPloP5U0EVieYHU1RZ2tCJWBD2U5ogaA/viewform
For more details on positions and the application process, visit https://www.nvc.vt.edu/dc-gsa.html. Questions? Contact Venkata Adithya Chekuri at email@example.com. Take this opportunity to lead and make a difference.
12. GOOGLE PHOTOS ACCESS ENDS AND STORAGE LIMITS BEGIN IN JANUARY 2024
Two important changes to Google Workspace at Virginia Tech are happening on Jan. 16, 2024. First, access to the Google Photos app will end. If you have any data in the Photos app, you MUST export the photos you wish to keep, and then delete all contents from the app. After Jan. 16, you will not be able to access the app or remove data, and the data will continue to count against your storage limit. The Google Photos guide (https://it.vt.edu/google-photos/) offers more information on exporting Photos data.
Also, on Jan. 16, students will have a 5 GB storage limit in Google Workspace; accounts over this limit will go read-only until storage is reduced. Check your storage, and move or delete files from Google Drive if needed. Again, empty ALL contents from Photos, regardless of your storage total. See the Google changes student information page for more information: https://it.vt.edu/google.
13. STUDENT EMAIL AND CALENDAR MOVING TO MICROSOFT EXCHANGE ONLINE OVER WINTER BREAK
As announced this summer, Virginia Tech is consolidating all students and employees to a single platform, Microsoft Exchange Online, for email and calendar services. For students, this change will take place after the fall 2023 semester ends. Virginia Tech will migrate your inbox and calendar data from Gmail to Microsoft Exchange Online over winter break. Starting in January, you will log into my.office365.vt.edu to access your VT email and calendar. Find out more here: https://news.vt.edu/notices/2023/11/it-email-migration-what-to-expect.html
14. DIVERSITY SCHOLAR APPLICATION PERIOD OPEN
Diversity Scholars propose, design, and implement projects that enhance the quality of life at Virginia Tech. They are graduate students who specialize in and advocate for the awareness, knowledge, and skills associated with diversity and inclusion in the Graduate School and greater community. These projects can take many forms and can be specific to a particular curriculum or department, or it can be more global.
Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15. To learn more about the program and the application process, please review the website: https://graduateschool.vt.edu/diversity/diversity-scholars.html
For additional information, email the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Strategic Partnerships at DISP@vt.edu.
15. BOUCHET GRADUATE HONOR SOCIETY APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN
Application deadline Jan. 16, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. EST
The Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate. The Bouchet Society seeks to develop a network of preeminent scholars who serve as examples of the five pillars: scholarship, leadership, character, service, and advocacy for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy. You may learn more here: https://graduateschool.vt.edu/diversity/bouchet-society.html
For questions from the Greater Washington D.C. Metro Area, please reach out to Dr. Chontrese Hayes, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs and Student Success, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
16. GPSS RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
Application deadline: Jan. 19, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. EST
The Graduate and Professional Student Senate is accepting applications for the senate’s Graduate Research Development Program. Master’s students are eligible to receive $1,000 and doctoral students are eligible for receive up to $1,500. Funds may be requested for travel, lab analyses, supplies and other expenses incurred for degree-contingent research. $10,000 will be distributed. Application materials and full instructions can be found here: https://gpss.vt.edu/programs/grdp.html. Please e-mail Aran Garnett-Deakin at email@example.com with any questions.
17. COVES FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM DEADLINE EXTENDED
Application deadline: Dec. 10
The Commonwealth of Virginia Engineering and Science (COVES) Policy Fellowship is a science policy fellowship for Virginia that is hosted by the Virginia Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (VASEM). COVES fellows are graduate students or postdoctoral researchers in science, technology, engineering, math and health (STEM-H) fields at Virginian Universities who spend 12 weeks over the summer working with Host Offices in the Virginia legislative and executive branches or in the policy offices of NGOs and scientific industries in Virginia. In addition to their work in their Host Offices, fellows are paired with a science policy mentor from VASEM, trained through an orientation at the start of their fellowship, and participate in networking and career development activities throughout the fellowship. More information can be found on our website https://graduateschool.vt.edu/funding/funding-sponsored-by-the-graduate-school.html
18. DATA MANAGEMENT SKILLS COURSE OFFERED ONLINE FOR SPRING 2024 SEMESTER
GRAD 5024 Data Management Skills course offered for Spring 2024,
Wednesdays 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Online, synchronous
Improve your data management skills towards your thesis/dissertation.
Learn about: the importance and benefits of data management including creating a data management plan or readme file. Data organization, policies, documentation, storage, ethics, access, security, analytical tools, grant requirements (proposal and post- award), proper attribution, archiving, other issues and topics related to data in scholarly communication.
8-week course, 1-credit. Pass/ Fail Only. Pre: Graduate Standing. If you have questions, contact Jonathan Petters at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No Job opportunities at this time.
External Funding Opportunities
All external funding opportunities that we are aware of can be found here: https://graduateschool.vt.edu/funding/scholarships-and-fellowships.html
19. VIRGINIA SEA GRANT PROGRAM
DEADLINES (application): Dec. 8
The VASG Graduate Fellowship invests in people and supports graduate students in education, evidence-based inquiry, and community engagement that further the goals of VASG. Graduate Fellows address issues relevant to Virginia communities and of importance to coastal and marine resources – including but not limited to: natural or social sciences, engineering and design, policy and legal analysis, architecture, business, education, arts and humanities, etc. The fellowship builds skills and competencies through professional development training and provides hands-on experience in translating research results to stakeholders through a professional mentor.
The fellowship provides up to $40,000 per year for two years and professional development opportunities. VASG expects to fund up to eight fellowships for the 2024–2026 academic years. Visit this site to learn more about the program, including how to apply: https://action.vaseagrant.org/c1.pl?778ff086b67b1bdbf698d51d3dc1a2796182c340b1faf97b
20. VIRGINIA SPACE GRANT CONSORTIUM GRADUATE RESEARCH STEM FELLOWSHIPS
DEADLINE: FEB. 9, 2024
The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) is accepting applications for its Graduate Research STEM Fellowship program. A major goal of VSGC is to help produce the engineers and scientists of the future and to promote diversity in the STEM workforce. The consortium provides fellowships of $6,000 in add-on support to graduate students to supplement and enhance basic research support. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, be enrolled full-time in a program of study in STEM, have a specific faculty-mentored research project that has NASA or aerospace relevance, and are not graduating sooner than May 2025. For more information and to apply, visit https://vsgc.odu.edu/graduatefellowships/
21. FREE WORKSHOP: ENGAGING WITH THE VIRGINIA LEGISLATURE AS A SCHOLAR
Wednesday, Dec. 13, 3-4 p.m., Virtual (Zoom)
The VA Chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network (SSN) is hosting workshop to teach scholars how to engage with the Virginia State Legislature as a scholar-expert. This workshop is open to all scholars (including graduate students!) from all disciplines across VA. Session will provide critical knowledge that can be used to foster evidence-based legislation and practical steps for getting engaged with elected officials. Participants will also learn about VA state legislature, cycle of state legislation, and how/when they can engage. Researchers will be given concrete tips on how to track legislation and determine proper target for outreach, given their area of expertise. Register here: https://shorturl.at/fANS2
22. FOUR-DAY WORKSHOP: SYSTEMATIC REVIEW AND META-ANALYSIS DEEP DIVE
Begins Monday, Jan. 8, 2024, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Same times on Jan. 9, 10, and 11. Virtual (Zoom).
Registration for the Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Deep Dive workshop is now open.
During this 4-day workshop participants will become familiar with the major required steps of this methodology, practice relevant skills, and consider the many decisions necessary for a successful comprehensive review and synthesis. For more information and to register: https://calendar.lib.vt.edu/calendar/events/SRMA-DeepDive
Please direct questions about this event to the VT Libraries’ Evidence Synthesis Services Coordinator (email@example.com).
If you are unfamiliar with systematic reviews and/or meta-analyses, check out our library guide (guides.lib.vt.edu/SRMA/).
Volunteers and research participants sought
23. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR DEVELOPING QUESTIONNAIRE TO EVALUATE AUDIO USER EXPERIENCE STUDY
This is an online study for the Mind Music Machine Lab. We aim to develop a questionnaire for evaluating audio user interfaces. Participants will be provided with a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation slide containing four distinct audio projects. Participants will listen to audio files associated with the four projects and complete a questionnaire to evaluate the audio projects. This questionnaire consists of 103 questions and will be completed four times, corresponding to each audio project. Compensation will be in the form of a $10 Amazon gift card
1. Do not have any intellectual/visual/hearing impairments.
2. Are over 18 years old.
3. Have headphones or earphones (earbuds)
More information and registration: https://forms.gle/R34SiS7WBNcejnFf7
For questions, contact Moon Choe, firstname.lastname@example.org
24. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR INTENTIONAL WEIGHT OR MUSCLE GAIN IN ATHLETIC INDIVIDUALS SURVEY
The Department of Human Nutrition, Food, and Exercise is conducting a research study evaluating intentional weight/muscle gain strategies in athletic individuals. Participants must be 18-40 years and athletic individuals (defined as doing exercise at least 4 days a week). Every 10th participant will receive a $25 gift card. https://virginiatech.questionpro.com/t/AYoO2Zz31O
For more information, contact the Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism Lab, email@example.com.
25. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR A JOB MARKET RESEARCH STUDY
Students are facing difficulties in job-seeking process. There is some evidence that students across different races, ethnicities, nationalities, and genders face discrimination in the technology job market today. Unethical approaches in job recruiting and offering processes create an unfair playing field for students, many of whom study in the same schools/curriculums and have the same technological skills. We want to survey students regarding their experiences with the job-seeking process as well as whether they have experienced employment discrimination.
More information can be found here: https://forms.gle/hNMXCM15xuDCP6As5.
If you have questions, please contact graduate student researcher Esther Park, firstname.lastname@example.org.
26. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR UNDERSTANDING THE ENGINEERING PH.D. ADVISOR ADVISEE EXPERIENCE RESEARCH PROJECT
Are you a Ph.D. student in engineering who has an advisor and has completed your first year of an engineering program? Are you interested in taking a 15- to 20-minute survey about your experience and receiving a $20 gift card? If you answered yes to both of these questions, we’re interested in learning about your experience. We’re conducting a study that looks at students’ experiences with their advisors and how that relationship has developed and would love your feedback. What this entails:
Participants must be doctoral engineering students who have advisors.
One survey, which takes 15-20 minutes
Possible (optional) follow-up interview
This survey close Dec. 8. In addition to the $20 gift card, you may receive invitations to participate in future interviews with our team, which will include additional compensation.
More details can be found at the survey link: https://umich.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9Y2RBcdYlAJXBga
If you have any questions please reach out to Mark Huerta at email@example.com.
This research study is approved under the UM IRB HUM00230743.
27. SUBJECTS NEEDED FOR A COMPENSATED STUDY ON HOME COOKING
Sensory Evaluation Lab, Department of Food Science and Technology
The VT Sensory Evaluation Lab (SEL) is researching individuals’ ability to prepare home meals (IRB #23-861). We are recruiting volunteers who are 18 years or older and are interested in sharing their personal experience on home meal preparation to participate. Subjects will be required to participate in three, 60 to 120 minutes sessions over 2-4 weeks to discuss the factors that support or hinder their abilities for preparing a meal at home. The sessions will be audio-recorded, with permission. Photos will be taken to help explain research process, with permission.
Participants will have the chance to get the incentives of up to $90 by participating and completing all three sessions of the study. Your decision to participate or not will not impact your relationship with Virginia Tech or VT SEL.
Participants will receive cash incentives for each session they attend. If they attend all three sessions, they will get $90 cash incentives Participants must be at least 18 years old. The study is going to be conducted in English.
The three sessions will take place within a period of 2-4 weeks. The estimated time for each session is:
Session 1: 90-120 minutes (in-person, Falls Church Campus)
Session 2: 60-75 minutes (online, asynchronous)
Session 3: 90-120 minutes (in-person, Falls Church Campus)
Exact date of in-person sessions will be confirmed in a follow-up email for qualified participants.
To participate, access the screening questionnaire from the link below or through the QR code attached:
For more info: Jiakun Yi (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Study supervisor: Dr. Jacob Lahne (email@example.com)
Ongoing Services (updated 12/04/23)
· GRADUATE SCHOOL IN THE GREATER WASHINGTON, D.C. METRO AREA: Schedule an in-person or virtual advising appointment with a Graduate School Academic Progress and Admissions advisor at https://rb.gy/80frn or send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Offices are located on the fourth floor of the Northern Virginia Center (NVC) in Falls Church. Drop-in hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9-11 a.m. and 3-4:30 p.m. No appointment needed to meet with an advisor for Drop-In hours.
· CAREER ADVISING: Schedule a career advising appointment via https://career.vt.edu/job-search/Handshake.html
· COOK COUNSELING: Schedule an in-person or virtual appointment with the Northern Virginia Embedded Counselor, Julie Kaplan, Ph.D. by emailing email@example.com or calling 703-635-9957. After hours support can be found by calling 540-231-6557 or visiting ucc.vt.edu/timelycare
· SERENITY SPACE: The Cook Counseling Center has created the Serenity Space at the Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church (NVC) in room 489, a peaceful, calm space for all graduate students to use, to take a break in the day, and to de-stress. Please feel free to relax, stretch, meditate, or do yoga there. All students can use this room from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday. It can also be used to relax before and after therapy sessions. Please contact Julie Kaplan, Ph.D., at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions related to this space.
· CRANWELL INTERNATIONAL CENTER: Schedule an appointment by emailing email@example.com or calling 540-231-6527.
· GRADUATE OMBUDSPERSON: The ombudsperson provides information about institutional policies and works to help individuals effectively navigate conflicts through informal, confidential conversations. Contact for a virtual appointment at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 540-231-9573.
· AFFINITY GROUPS: Contact Assistant Dean Chontrese Hayes at email@example.com for information about these student groups.
· NORTHERN VIRGINIA RESOURCE CENTER LIBRARY: Located on the 1st floor of the Northern Virginia Center (NVC) in Falls Church. Beginning on Monday, October 2, the library will open earlier on weekdays and close later Monday through Thursday. New hours:
o Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
o Friday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
o Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
o Sunday: Building is closed
Visit lib.vt.edu/nvc to book a study time/seat.
· HOKIE ONE STOP: Online links to additional resources and services available to graduate students in the greater Washington, D.C. metro area and Northern Virginia campuses. https://dcarea.vt.edu/hokieonestop.html
· WRITING CENTER: Virginia Tech Libraries house The Writing Center, a free service for all students, faculty, and staff at the university. The center offers real-time, face-to-face online synchronous sessions as well as online asynchronous sessions. For more information: https://lib.vt.edu/study-learn/writing-center.html
· EXPERIENCE VT WITH EMILY T: Every Monday at 9 a.m., Virtual (Zoom) Join Graduate and Professional Student Board of Visitors Representative Emily Tirrell for her weekly office hours. Come and learn more about the graduate school, the student senate, the Board of Visitors, and campus resources! Online link: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/my/emilytirrell
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