April 15, 2024 D.C. Area Weekly Newsletter for Virginia Tech Graduate Students

April 15, 2024

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.

You’ll find posts under the following headings:

  • This Week’s Events and Activities
  • Administrative Announcements
  • Job Opportunities
  • External Funding Opportunities
  • Upcoming Events
  • Volunteers and research participants sought
  • Ongoing Services

This Week’s Events and Activities

1. SAVE THE DATE: ASIAN CARNIVAL

Tuesday, April 16 1-2 p.m., Virginia Tech Research Center-Arlington, in the Hospitality Zone

The Asian Affinity Group will host an Asian Carnival to bring cultural awareness about five observances unique to the continent of Asia: Bengali New Year, Eid al-Fitr, Lunar New Year, Prayer to the God of Knowledge, and Persian New Year. The Asian Carnival will feature graduate student speakers discussing the cultural significance of each celebration, as well as an international food tasting. All are invited to attend! Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfBWYBIhEwe9EjGvWcEOYENJNyXJj5eqVJco9qXlz0Jjkpz8g/viewform?usp=sf_link

For more information, contact Chontrese Hayes at chontresehayes@vt.edu.

2. STUDENT MIXER AND GAMES SOCIAL

Wednesday, April 17, 5-6:30 p.m., Northern Virginia Center Café, Falls Church

Come join fellow students for the student mixer and game social at the NVC Cafe—an evening of games, networking, and refreshments.

3. D.C. AREA HOUSING FORUM

Thursday, April 18, 6-7 p.m.; Northern Virginia Center Room 210 & Virtual

Come learn more about your housing options! The Hokie One Stop has invited Virginia Tech housing partners to share their housing options in the D.C. metro area. Dweck Properties, National Corporate Housing, and Off Campus Partners will be present to provide information about housing locations, pricing, amenities, roommate matching, and more! The presentation will last 30 minutes, leaving students time to ask questions and visit resource tables set up by each housing partner. Students are encouraged to attend in person. The event will also be offered virtually. Please register for the event (those attending in person will also need to register via the link): https://dcarea.vt.edu/housing.

4. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: INTRODUCTION TO CRUCIAL CONVERSATIONS

Friday, April 19, 2-4 p.m., Virtual (Zoom)

Learn how to use some of the principles of Crucial Conversations’ Model for Mastering Dialogue to embrace difficult situations in ways that strengthen relationships and improve results. In addition, we will begin to explore how an understanding of our Clifton Strengths can help us gain a common language that allows us to express how we work, what we value, and where we excel. Using this common language, we can also begin to appreciate our and our team members’ unique contributions to the team. With a new understanding of the benefits of constructive conflict, we will discuss ways to continue building on the knowledge and skills presented during this training because we understand that no single learning event can accomplish everything, and development is a journey. Register here: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/3528292709?omn=81523720795#success

Administrative Announcements

5. D.C. AREA COMMENCEMENT SLIDESHOW

Deadline: April 22

Commencement is less than a month away, and we’re preparing to make it a joyous celebration for our graduates and their families and friends.  One special feature of the D.C. Area Commencement ceremony each year is a slide show highlighting the unique experiences of our graduating students during their time here at Virginia Tech. We are asking you to share a photo or two for this year’s slide show, which will be shown at the commencement ceremony on May 12. A shared folder has been created where these items can be uploaded by you. We will fit as many as possible into the slide show!

To share, visit this site: : https://dcarea.vt.edu/gradphotos24

All pictures should be uploaded by Monday, April 22. If you have any difficulty uploading files to this folder, please contact Dr. Barbara Hoopes at bhoopes@vt.edu.

6. AFFINITY GROUPS GOLDEN GEESE MENTORING AWARD NOMINATIONS

Deadline: April 22.

The Affinity Groups Cultural Achievement Ceremony on May 2 from 2–4 p.m. on the Arlington campus will recognize Golden Geese Mentoring Awards. A key core value for the affinity groups is mentoring. If you wish to nominate a 2024 graduate school candidate or a faculty member who exemplifies building community through mentoring, please do so here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd7n8UPCnXTRTgwQT_ZYN001OqeTDJ9kB5owYu1DVMHrWsBLg/viewform?usp=sf_link

For more information, contact Chontrese Hayes at chontresehayes@vt.edu

7. STUDENT ADVISING APPOINTMENTS WITH D.C. GRADUATE SCHOOL TEAM VIA NAVIGATE

The Graduate Admissions and Advancement team has transitioned its advising appointment scheduling for graduate students to Navigate for students in the D.C. Metro Area. The Graduate School staff can be reached for In Person and Virtual Appointments to discuss various topics under admissions and academic progress. Students should use our webpage to access the link to schedule appointments directly and select Northern Virginia for an advising appointment and select the service needed. Visit this site to schedule an appointment via Navigate: https://www.nvc.vt.edu/Current-Students/gsso.html.

Job Opportunities

          No job postings at this time.

Funding Opportunities

All external funding opportunities that we are aware of can be found here: https://graduateschool.vt.edu/funding/scholarships-and-fellowships.html

8. SUMMER MICROGRANT PROGRAM

Deadline: April 30

The new 2024 summer cycle of Research!America’s Civic Engagement Microgrant Program, generously supported by the Sloan Foundation, will provide support for groups led by STEM graduate students, professional students (medical, dental, nursing, pharmacy, etc.), and postdocs to create projects aimed at building dialogue with public officials, community leaders, and local community members around issues of common interest. 

We are seeking applications from groups of graduate students and post-docs for grants up to $3,000 to support a wide range of civic engagement activities. Past grantees have developed and led community-orientated podcast series, poster sessions with city council members, K-12 science fairs, professional development workshops, new campus science policy groups and much more.

Benefits of participation:
• Gain experience in science communication, science policy, public engagement.
• Build skills in program management, grant writing, and more.
• Benefit from mentoring and workshops by Research!America staff.
• Connect with program participants from around the country.
Visit this site for more information and the application: https://www.researchamerica.org/civic-science/microgrants/

9. 2024 GOOGLE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

Deadline, May 1

The 2024 Google P.hD. Fellowship Program, which directly financially supports doctoral students doing exceptional research in computer science and related fields, as well as connect them to a Google Research Mentor, is opening for nominations. Eligible Ph.D. Students will have completed graduate coursework by Fall 2024 (when the Fellowship begins) and remain enrolled in their program for the two years of the fellowship. Virginia Tech can nominate up to four candidates. Nomination materials include CV, letters of recommendation, dissertation proposal, a personal essay describing the potential impact of your work, and academic transcripts. Students who wish to be considered for one of Virginia Tech’s nomination spots may contact Lifu Huang (lifuh@vt.edu) or Eli Tilevich (tilevich@vt.edu) for details and with any questions. Materials for internal consideration will be due to Dr. Huang by the end of the day on Wednesday, May 1.

For information and the application, visit this link: https://research.google/outreach/phd-fellowship/

10. SUMMER CUNNINGHAM FELLOWSHIPS AVAILABLE

Deadline: May 1.

In combination with the Cunningham Doctoral Scholarship and the Graduate School Annual Fund, we are delighted to announce the availability of summer fellowships in the amount of $7,500 each. This supplement will be awarded as a lump sum fellowship (see note below) at the beginning of the summer. This is a one-time award, cannot be renewed, and is awarded without the expectation of any additional work on your part. Awardees must be current Ph.D. students who are working on their dissertations during the summer months. This award cannot be combined with other Virginia Tech funding sources. Priority will be given to those toward the end of their program. Financial need will be considered as a secondary factor.

Applications will be accepted until May 1. Awards will be announced soon thereafter. For more information and to apply, use this form: https://forms.gle/6vYKM9AHizoAgKeN8

NOTE: Fellowships are not considered employment. No taxes are withheld and you will not receive a W2 form at the end of the year. Fellowships will show on your 1098-T from the university and may have to be reported to the IRS on your 1040 form. However, different tax rules apply to international students. For them, the university is required to collect taxes on the fellowship and to report those amounts at year-end to the IRS on form 1042S. For more information, see IRS Publication 970: Tax Benefits for Education.

11. DOE OFFICE OF SCIENCE GRADUATE RESEARCH AWARDS

Deadline: 5 p.m. ET, May 1.

Online workshop: April 20.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is accepting applications for the 2024 solicitation 1 cycle for its Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program. The award program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE’s Office of Science.
https://graduateschool.vt.edu/funding/scholarships-and-fellowships/dept-of-energy-office-of-science-research-grant.html.


The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory or facility in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist. The goal of the program is to prepare graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the mission of DOE’s Office of Science. Supplemental awards are intended to cover incremental costs associated with living and travel expenses during the award period.


An application assistance workshop on Zoom is available to assist students on Saturday, April 20, 2-4:30 p.m. The workshop will guide attendees through the application process, answer general questions, provide guidance on proposal writing, and feature discussions with scientists and former awardees; register here: https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIscu6rqT4oGzObcYFT24tieAsFM-vAHqg#/registration


More information on the SCGSR program can be found at by visiting the SCGSR program website: https://science.osti.gov/wdts/scgsr. You’ll also find information on this webpage: https://graduateschool.vt.edu/funding/scholarships-and-fellowships/dept-of-energy-office-of-science-research-grant.html

12. GLOBETHICS YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARD 2024

Deadline: May 10.

Young leaders (individuals or groups) aged between 18 and 30 years of age who have designed and implemented initiatives that have produced real, proven societal impact and positive change in areas related to one or more of the four Globethics priorities are eligible to apply for the Globethics Youth Leadership Award. Winning the Globethics Youth Leadership Award would give winners the opportunity to build on and develop their initiatives.
The three finalists will then be invited to present at the Global Ethics Forum in Geneva, Switzerland taking place from 2-4 September 2024. During the Forum they will have the opportunity to improve their initiative and its development plan, with the support and accompaniment of a mentor, ready to present it to the Forum’s audience, constituted by experts and practitioners in the field of ethics, from different parts of the world.
Award winners will achieve recognition for their pioneering work and receive financial and mentoring support to upscale and to multiply the results of their initiative. The awards are:

• 1st prize: USD 15,000
• 2nd prize: USD 10,000
• 3rd prize: USD 5,000

All winners will also benefit from the support of a mentor for nine months.

More information about the award can be found on this document: https://globethics.net/sites/default/files/media/document/2024-03/Youth%20Leadership%20Award%202024%20-%20Information.pdf

For the application, contact Globethics at infoweb@globethics.net

Upcoming Events

13: AFFINITY GROUPS CULTURAL ACHIEVEMENT CEREMONY

Thursday, May 2, 2-4 p.m. in the East/West Falls Church room on the Arlington campus.

Registration deadline: April 18

The Affinity Groups Cultural Achievement Ceremony will celebrate the accomplishments of our graduating master’s and Ph.D. students who identify with the following communities: Asian, Black, First-Generation, GRAD Parents, Latinx, Veterans, and Women in TECH. Participating students will receive a commemorative stole which can be worn with their academic regalia during university commencement ceremonies.

For graduating students who wish to participate in the ceremony, please register at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdjiHibQs5zZBPNa0LpdxgOQpLeEMjKmBOWRbRNLAL51bZKJg/viewform?usp=sf_link.

Volunteers and research participants sought

14. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR STUDY ON CAREGIVING STRESS AND COGNITION

The Cognitive Aging and Translational Science Lab at Virginia Tech is recruiting adults who care for an older adult. Care activities can range from helping with everyday needs (i.e., paying bills, grocery shopping, etc.) to intensive physical, mental, or emotional care.  Direct care workers are also encouraged to participate!

Participants must be 18 years of age

Participant must be currently caregiving for a person 65+
Participant must not have any major cardiovascular or cognitive conditions (high blood pressure is OK)

Participants can expect to undergo a short, 15-20 minute screening call as well as a single, 60-90 minute in-person session. This session includes participation in surveys, a short interview going over your responses, participation in a brief computerized cognitive task, and non-invasive physiological measurements (i.e., blood pressure, pulse, and brain oxygenation via fNIRS). In-lab and at-home sessions are available.
Compensation is offered in the form of a $30 Mastercard gift card.
Contact caatslab@gmail.com or call 540-231-9417 for more information and to participate.

15. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR A STUDY OF SONS OF SINGLE MOTHERS STUDY

The Relationship Experiences Strengths and Strains (REST) Lab is recruiting men who were raised by single mothers to participate in 1.5-2 hour interviews about their lived experiences, definitions of masculinity, and how personal experiences shaped masculine identities.

Participants must identify as a man who was raised by a single mother without a residential father figure (biological, step, adoptive, etc.) and be willing to complete a 1.5-2 hour long qualitative interview. Compensation, if applicable, will be a $25 Amazon gift card. More details and application information can be found here: https://virginiatech.questionpro.com/t/AVVVtZ1Yr4

Ongoing Services

  • 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 gssoncr@vt.edu. 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.
  • COOK COUNSELING: Schedule an in-person or virtual appointment with the Northern Virginia Embedded Counselor, Julie Kaplan, Ph.D. by emailing jskaplan@vt.edu 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.  All students can use this room 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. 

Please contact Julie Kaplan, Ph.D., at jskaplan@vt.edu, if you have any questions related to this space. 

  • CRANWELL INTERNATIONAL CENTER: Schedule an appointment by emailing international@vt.edu 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 gradombud@vt.edu or call 540-231-9573.

AFFINITY GROUPS: The affinity groups are:

Asian Affinity Group
Black Affinity Group
First-Generation Affinity Group
GRAD Parents Affinity Group
Latinx Affinity Group
Veterans Affinity Group
Women in TECH Affinity Group

Join an affinity group here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdW61FGWCbuhwUhsSF2NK0rqtjSxzqz_eTFhhpJf8W74ykaKA/viewform. For more information, contact Dr. Hayes at chontresehayes@vt.edu

  • NORTHERN VIRGINIA RESOURCE CENTER LIBRARY: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, Closed.
  • 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

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April 8, 2024 D.C. Area Weekly Newsletter

April 8, 2024

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.

You’ll find posts under the following headings:

  • This Week’s Events and Activities
  • Administrative Announcements
  • Job Opportunities
  • External Funding Opportunities
  • Upcoming Events
  • Volunteers and research participants sought
  • Ongoing Services

This Week’s Events and Activities

1. WATCH THE SOLAR ECLIPSE IN THE WASHINGTON, D.C. AREA

Monday, April 8, 2-4 p.m., Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church, Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC), Virginia Tech Research Center-Arlington, Innovation Campus Headquarters.

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to meet to watch the eclipse in their various buildings and be in a good viewing position as the eclipse reaches its peak of 87% around 3:20 p.m. In addition to free viewing glasses, Moon Pies, Starry sodas and a select number of T-shirts designed for the event, will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Meeting places: Northern Virginia Center lobby, 7054 Haycock Rd.; WAAC library, 1001 Prince St., Alexandria; Virginia Tech Research Center-Arlington third floor lunch room, 900 N. Glebe Rd.; Innovation Campus Headquarters entrance, 3000 Potomac Ave., Alexandria.

2. USING GENERATIVE AI TOOLS IN YOUR JOB SEARCH: CAREER EXPLORATION

Wednesday, April 10, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Virtual (Zoom)

The first session in a series focused on using generative artificial intelligence (AI) tools to aid in the job search process. This session will cover how to leverage generative AI to aid in finding potential career pathways that align with your background, skills, and interests. The series continues through June, meeting on the second Wednesday of the month at the same time. Register here: https://www.research.vt.edu/about/postdoctoral-associates/postdoctoral-events-programs/2024/using-generative-ai-tools-in-your-job-search.html

Administrative Announcements

3. CHANGES TO STUDENT MEDICAL INSURANCE BILLING PROCESS

Additional information will be shared with domestic, international, and graduate student populations prior to the beginning of open enrollment. For more information: https://news.vt.edu/notices/smi-billingchanges.html?utm_source=cmpgn_news&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=vtUnirelNewsDailyCMP_march1324-fs or you can view FAQs which detail the impacts for students here: https://risk.vt.edu/smi/bursarbilling.html. For additional questions, please contact smi@vt.edu.

4. TIMELY CARE AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS

In addition to Cook Counseling Center resources for D.C. metro area graduate students, there are also Timely Care resources that are available to all graduate students, staff, and faculty in the region. Timely Care is a free Virtual Health Service for all Graduate Students at Virginia Tech: https://app.timelycare.com/auth/login

With Timely Care, students (and staff and faculty) can download the app, and can get free, 24/7 virtual health and well-being support from a variety of providers. Timely Care resources include 12 scheduled counseling sessions, unlimited Talk Now urgent counseling sessions, and unlimited Health Coaching sessions. Translators in many different languages are also available for these services. For any questions, please contact Julie Kaplan at jskaplan@vt.edu.

5. APPLY FOR THE PUBLIC AND VISUAL ARTS COUNCIL

Deadline: April 15

Graduate students can apply to serve on the Public and Visual Arts Council, whose work helps to uplift the university as a global destination for creativity and the arts. This is a volunteer position and terms are for one year beginning July 1, with the option to renew. To be considered as a graduate student representative, please apply by Monday, April 15. Apply here: https://www.vt.edu/about/arts/public-art/policy.html

6. STUDENT ADVISING APPOINTMENTS WITH D.C. GRADUATE SCHOOL TEAM VIA NAVIGATE

The Graduate Admissions and Advancement team has transitioned its advising appointment scheduling for graduate students to Navigate for students in the D.C. Metro Area. The Graduate School staff can be reached for In Person and Virtual Appointments to discuss various topics under admissions and academic progress. Students should use our webpage to access the link to schedule appointments directly and select Northern Virginia for an advising appointment and select the service needed. Visit this site to schedule an appointment via Navigate: https://www.nvc.vt.edu/Current-Students/gsso.html.

Job Opportunities

          No job postings at this time.

Funding Opportunities

All external funding opportunities that we are aware of can be found here: https://graduateschool.vt.edu/funding/scholarships-and-fellowships.html

7. National Institute of Justice Graduate Research Fellowship Program Accepting Applications

Deadlines: April 10 and 17

NIJ’s Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) program supports doctoral research with relevance to criminal or juvenile justice in the United States. This includes criminology, forensic science, technology for law enforcement, and more. Applications from all science and engineering fields are welcome.

Students must be enrolled full time in a Ph.D. program in a science or engineering field and propose dissertation research relevant to improving criminal or juvenile justice practice or policy in the United States. Applications are submitted by the university, which must be an accredited academic institution in the United States or its territories. The fellowship provides up to three years of support within a five-year period and includes:

  • $41,000/year student salary
  • $16,000/year cost of education allowance
  • $3,000/year research expenses

To learn more and see profiles of past and present GRF fellows, visit https://nij.ojp.gov/funding/fellowships/graduate-research-fellowship-program.

The grants.gov deadline is April 10 and the JustGrants deadline is April 17, 2024.

8. SUMMER MICROGRANT PROGRAM

Deadline: April 30

The new 2024 summer cycle of Research!America’s Civic Engagement Microgrant Program, generously supported by the Sloan Foundation, will provide support for groups led by STEM graduate students, professional students (medical, dental, nursing, pharmacy, etc.), and postdocs to create projects aimed at building dialogue with public officials, community leaders, and local community members around issues of common interest. 

We are seeking applications from groups of graduate students and post-docs for grants up to $3,000 to support a wide range of civic engagement activities. Past grantees have developed and led community-orientated podcast series, poster sessions with city council members, K-12 science fairs, professional development workshops, new campus science policy groups and much more.

Benefits of participation:
• Gain experience in science communication, science policy, public engagement.
• Build skills in program management, grant writing, and more.
• Benefit from mentoring and workshops by Research!America staff.
• Connect with program participants from around the country.
Visit this site for more information and the application: https://www.researchamerica.org/civic-science/microgrants/

9. 2024 GOOGLE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

Deadline, May 1

The 2024 Google PhD Fellowship Program, which directly financially supports doctoral students doing exceptional research in computer science and related fields, as well as connect them to a Google Research Mentor, is opening for nominations. Eligible PhD Students will have completed graduate coursework by Fall 2024 (when the Fellowship begins) and remain enrolled in their program for the two years of the fellowship. Virginia Tech will be able to nominate up to four candidates. Nomination materials include CV, letters of recommendation, dissertation proposal, a personal essay describing the potential impact of your work, and academic transcripts. Students who wish to be considered for one of VT’s nomination spots may contact Lifu Huang (lifuh@vt.edu) or Eli Tilevich (tilevich@vt.edu) for details and with any questions. Materials for internal consideration will be due to Dr. Huang by the end of the day on Wednesday, May 1.

For information and the application, visit this link: https://research.google/outreach/phd-fellowship/

10. SUMMER CUNNINGHAM FELLOWSHIPS AVAILABLE

Deadline: May 1.

In combination with the Cunningham Doctoral Scholarship and the Graduate School Annual Fund, we are delighted to announce the availability of summer fellowships in the amount of $7,500 each. This supplement will be awarded as a lump sum fellowship (see note below) at the beginning of the summer. This is a one-time award, cannot be renewed, and is awarded without the expectation of any additional work on your part. Awardees must be current Ph.D. students who are working on their dissertations during the summer months. This award cannot be combined with other Virginia Tech funding sources. Priority will be given to those toward the end of their program. Financial need will be considered as a secondary factor.

Applications will be accepted until May 1. Awards will be announced soon thereafter. For more information and to apply, use this form: https://forms.gle/6vYKM9AHizoAgKeN8

NOTE: Fellowships are not considered employment. No taxes are withheld and you will not receive a W2 form at the end of the year. Fellowships will show on your 1098-T from the university and may have to be reported to the IRS on your 1040 form. However, different tax rules apply to international students. For them, the university is required to collect taxes on the fellowship and to report those amounts at year-end to the IRS on form 1042S. For more information, see IRS Publication 970: Tax Benefits for Education.

11. DOE OFFICE OF SCIENCE GRADUATE RESEARCH AWARDS

Deadline: 5 p.m. ET, May 1.

Online workshop: April 20.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is accepting applications for the 2024 solicitation 1 cycle for its Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program. The award program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE’s Office of Science.
https://graduateschool.vt.edu/funding/scholarships-and-fellowships/dept-of-energy-office-of-science-research-grant.html.


The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory or facility in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist. The goal of the program is to prepare graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the mission of DOE’s Office of Science. Supplemental awards are intended to cover incremental costs associated with living and travel expenses during the award period.


An application assistance workshop on Zoom is available to assist students on Saturday, April 20, 2-4:30 p.m. The workshop will guide attendees through the application process, answer general questions, provide guidance on proposal writing, and feature discussions with scientists and former awardees; register here: https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIscu6rqT4oGzObcYFT24tieAsFM-vAHqg#/registration


More information on the SCGSR program can be found at by visiting the SCGSR program website: https://science.osti.gov/wdts/scgsr. You’ll also find information on this webpage: https://graduateschool.vt.edu/funding/scholarships-and-fellowships/dept-of-energy-office-of-science-research-grant.html

12. GLOBETHICS YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARD 2024

Deadline: May 10.

Young leaders (individuals or groups) aged between 18 and 30 years of age who have designed and implemented initiatives that have produced real, proven societal impact and positive change in areas related to one or more of the four Globethics priorities are eligible to apply for the Globethics Youth Leadership Award. Winning the Globethics Youth Leadership Award would give winners the opportunity to build on and develop their initiatives.
The three finalists will then be invited to present at the Global Ethics Forum in Geneva, Switzerland taking place from 2-4 September 2024. During the Forum they will have the opportunity to improve their initiative and its development plan, with the support and accompaniment of a mentor, ready to present it to the Forum’s audience, constituted by experts and practitioners in the field of ethics, from different parts of the world.
Award winners will achieve recognition for their pioneering work and receive financial and mentoring support to upscale and to multiply the results of their initiative. The awards are:


• 1st prize: USD 15,000
• 2nd prize: USD 10,000
• 3rd prize: USD 5,000

All winners will also benefit from the support of a mentor for nine months.

More information about the award can be found on this document: https://globethics.net/sites/default/files/media/document/2024-03/Youth%20Leadership%20Award%202024%20-%20Information.pdf

For the application, contact Globethics at infoweb@globethics.net

Upcoming Events

13: SAVE THE DATE: ASIAN CARNIVAL

Tuesday, April 16 1-2 p.m., Virginia Tech Research Center-Arlington, in the Hospitality Zone

The Asian Affinity Group will host an Asian Carnival to bring cultural awareness about five observances unique to the continent of Asia: Bengali New Year, Eid al-Fitr, Lunar New Year, Prayer to the God of Knowledge, and Persian New Year. The Asian Carnival will feature graduate student speakers discussing the cultural significance of each celebration, as well as an international food tasting. All are invited to attend! Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfBWYBIhEwe9EjGvWcEOYENJNyXJj5eqVJco9qXlz0Jjkpz8g/viewform?usp=sf_link

For more information, contact Chontrese Hayes at chontresehayes@vt.edu.

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14. D.C. AREA HOUSING FORUM

Thursday, April 18, 6-7 p.m.; Northern Virginia Center Room 210 & Virtual

Come learn more about your housing options! The Hokie One Stop has invited Virginia Tech housing partners to share their housing options in the D.C. metro area. Dweck Properties, National Corporate Housing, and Off Campus Partners will be present to provide information about housing locations, pricing, amenities, roommate matching, and more! The presentation will last 30 minutes, leaving students time to ask questions and visit resource tables set up by each housing partner. Students are encouraged to attend in person. The event will also be offered virtually. Please register for the event below (those attending in person will also need to register via the link): https://dcarea.vt.edu/housing.

15. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: INTRODUCTION TO CRUCIAL CONVERSATIONS

Friday, April 19, 2-4 p.m., Virtual (Zoom)

Learn how to use some of the principles of Crucial Conversations’ Model for Mastering Dialogue to embrace difficult situations in ways that strengthen relationships and improve results. In addition, we will begin to explore how an understanding of our Clifton Strengths can help us gain a common language that allows us to express how we work, what we value, and where we excel. Using this common language, we can also begin to appreciate our and our team members’ unique contributions to the team. With a new understanding of the benefits of constructive conflict, we will discuss ways to continue building on the knowledge and skills presented during this training because we understand that no single learning event can accomplish everything, and development is a journey. Register here: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/3528292709?omn=81523720795#success

16. AFFINITY GROUPS CULTURAL ACHIEVEMENT CEREMONY

Thursday, May 2, 2-4 p.m. in the East/West Falls Church room on the Arlington campus.

Registration deadline: April 18

The Affinity Groups Cultural Achievement Ceremony will celebrate the accomplishments of our graduating master’s and Ph.D. students who identify with the following communities: Asian, Black, First-Generation, GRAD Parents, Latinx, Veterans, and Women in TECH. Participating students will receive a commemorative stole which can be worn with their academic regalia during university commencement ceremonies.

For graduating students who wish to participate in the ceremony, please register at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdjiHibQs5zZBPNa0LpdxgOQpLeEMjKmBOWRbRNLAL51bZKJg/viewform?usp=sf_link.

Volunteers and research participants sought

17. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR STUDY ON CAREGIVING STRESS AND COGNITION

The Cognitive Aging and Translational Science Lab at Virginia Tech is recruiting adults who care for an older adult. Care activities can range from helping with everyday needs (i.e., paying bills, grocery shopping, etc.) to intensive physical, mental, or emotional care.  Direct care workers are also encouraged to participate!

Participants must be 18 years of age

Participant must be currently caregiving for a person 65+
Participant must not have any major cardiovascular or cognitive conditions (high blood pressure is OK)

Participants can expect to undergo a short, 15-20 minute screening call as well as a single, 60-90 minute in-person session. This session includes participation in surveys, a short interview going over your responses, participation in a brief computerized cognitive task, and non-invasive physiological measurements (i.e., blood pressure, pulse, and brain oxygenation via fNIRS). In-lab and at-home sessions are available.
Compensation is offered in the form of a $30 Mastercard gift card.
Contact caatslab@gmail.com or call 540-231-9417 for more information and to participate.

18. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR A STUDY OF SONS OF SINGLE MOTHERS STUDY

The Relationship Experiences Strengths and Strains (REST) Lab is recruiting men who were raised by single mothers to participate in 1.5-2 hour interviews about their lived experiences, definitions of masculinity, and how personal experiences shaped masculine identities.

Participants must identify as a man who was raised by a single mother without a residential father figure (biological, step, adoptive, etc.) and be willing to complete a 1.5-2 hour long qualitative interview. Compensation, if applicable, will be a $25 Amazon gift card. More details and application information can be found here: https://virginiatech.questionpro.com/t/AVVVtZ1Yr4

Ongoing Services 

  • 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 gssoncr@vt.edu. 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.
  • COOK COUNSELING: Schedule an in-person or virtual appointment with the Northern Virginia Embedded Counselor, Julie Kaplan, Ph.D. by emailing jskaplan@vt.edu 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.  All students can use this room 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. 

Please contact Julie Kaplan, Ph.D., at jskaplan@vt.edu, if you have any questions related to this space. 

  • CRANWELL INTERNATIONAL CENTER: Schedule an appointment by emailing international@vt.edu 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 gradombud@vt.edu or call 540-231-9573.

AFFINITY GROUPS: The affinity groups are:

Asian Affinity Group
Black Affinity Group
First-Generation Affinity Group
GRAD Parents Affinity Group
Latinx Affinity Group
Veterans Affinity Group
Women in TECH Affinity Group

Join an affinity group here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdW61FGWCbuhwUhsSF2NK0rqtjSxzqz_eTFhhpJf8W74ykaKA/viewform. For more information, contact Dr. Hayes at chontresehayes@vt.edu

  • NORTHERN VIRGINIA RESOURCE CENTER LIBRARY: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, Closed.
  • 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

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April 1, 2024 D.C. Area Weekly Newsletter for Virginia Tech Graduate Students

April 1, 2024

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.

You’ll find posts under the following headings:

  • This Week’s Events and Activities
  • Administrative Announcements
  • Job Opportunities
  • External Funding Opportunities
  • Upcoming Events
  • Volunteers and research participants sought
  • Ongoing Services

This Week’s Events and Activities

  1. GRADUATE HONOR SYSTEM PANELIST TRAINING

Tuesday, April 2, 1-2 p.m., Virtual

The Graduate Honor System relies on trained faculty and graduate students to hear academic integrity violation cases. It takes a one-hour training to become a panelist, after which you can serve on preliminary review and review panels. Become a panelist to help review cases, actively contribute to the ongoing conversation about standards of academic integrity, and build your analytical and communication skills and resume! Register for the zoom meeting at https://virginiatech.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcqduihqj8rGtAAD8sTkCIZJiAubu9sVjGR.

2. A WELL-ROUNDED ENGINEER: WRITING CODE IS ONLY PART OF WHAT MAKES ONE SUCCESSFUL

Tuesday, April 2, 1:30 p.m., Virtual
In this seminar, Omer Baror, senior director of engineering and head of planning at Waymo. will provide career advice, tips for expanding our network, insights on selecting our future professional paths, guidance on what skills to acquire and how to learn them, strategies for job hunting after graduation, tips for optimal performance from day one of joining the industry, discussions on impactful project topics, insights into the future of technology, and other helpful topics. Baror also was a founding member of Google Assistant. Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1G2sGBsh2ERiKaKL-46owePRHiQDHKUx8qFdPprYszj0/edit

3. WELLNESS WEDNESDAY

Wednesday, April 3, 1-2 p.m., Northern Virginia Center room 200

The Graduate School and Cook Counseling Center will hold a Wellness Wednesday event for students in the Washington, D.C. metro area. This program will focus on transitions from graduate school to the job search and to starting a new job, and also will focus on self-care during these transitions.  Join us for this event, and for pizza and drinks for graduate students.

4. D.C. AREA GRAD FAIR

Wednesday and Thursday, April 3, 4, and 5, Northern Virginia Center, Falls Church

Join the Graduate School at the Northern Virginia Center for a mini-Grad Fair featuring the HokieShop, workshops with the Cook Counseling Center, the Cranwell International Center, and the Office of Career and Professional Development, opportunities to get a professional headshot and more Check the calendar for all event details: https://dcarea.vt.edu/events.html

5. COMMUNITY CHANGE COLLABORATIVE PRESENTS: ON URBAN HERITAGE PLANNING IN TEHRAN AND BEYOND

Friday, April 5, 11 a.m., Zoom

In urban heritage planning, often a discrepancy exists between formal policies and the actual unfolding of projects, shaped by the realpolitiks that rule planning environments. Dr. Yadollahi examines the informal aspects of heritage planning in Tehran and beyond through a diagnostic lens. She primarily targets civil society, professionals, and academics involved in heritage planning within the studied contexts. While they lack the power to reshape the fundamental functions of the state, economy, and society, they recognize the importance of avoiding despair. The project’s modest contribution to their struggle is to underscore the crucial role of these actors as truth-tellers rather than enablers within dysfunctional planning systems and their associated rhetoric.

Register here: https://forms.office.com/r/yAkN03REhW

6. FINDING YOUR SUPERPOWERS!

Friday, April 5, 2-3:30 p.m., Virginia Tech Research Center-Arlington, Foggy Bottom classroom, and Virtual

You don’t hear this enough: you’re amazing. This workshop will be a fantastic opportunity to focus on what’s right with you – the things that don’t need to be fixed, or what you might consider your superpowers. Learn more about what your Top 5 Gallup Clifton Strengths mean individually and collectively for you and the people around you. Identify how your Strengths can and do show up in the decisions you make, in the interactions you have with others, and in other situations big and small. Plan how you can use your Strengths more intentionally for success and fulfillment both personally and professionally. Participants must complete the Gallup Clifton Strengths Assessment before the workshop.
Registration is required. Registration link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSenGY6xRRkXHT-4hJ2n6COybRCfeViitEz3xYmCeuplBQOWAw/viewform

7. NAVIGATING THE US JOB MARKET AS AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT

Saturday, April 6, 3-4 p.m., Virtual

The Dr. Ambedkar International Mission at Virginia Tech (AIM at VT), a registered student group, is organizing a talk on “Navigating the US Job Market as an International Student”. The goal of the talk is to provide an overview of job search process as an international student and answer any questions job seeking students might have. Register for the talk here: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYkdu-ppzopHNQanqnw2NnRPXYB7o2XMI-b.

Please contact raghavg@vt.edu if you have any questions regarding the event.

Administrative Announcements

8. CHANGES TO STUDENT MEDICAL INSURANCE BILLING PROCESS

Additional information will be shared with domestic, international, and graduate student populations prior to the beginning of open enrollment. For more information: https://news.vt.edu/notices/smi-billingchanges.html?utm_source=cmpgn_news&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=vtUnirelNewsDailyCMP_march1324-fs or you can view FAQs which detail the impacts for students here: https://risk.vt.edu/smi/bursarbilling.html. For additional questions, please contact smi@vt.edu.

9. U-PASS SURVEY FOR FALL AND SPRING 2024 PARTICIPANTS

Virginia Tech Sustainable Transportation would appreciate your feedback in our U-Pass Program survey. This survey is only for students who were eligible for U-Pass at some point this academic year. The survey addresses satisfaction, usage, and communication surrounding the program and Virginia Tech’s launch of it. It should only take about 5 minutes to complete.
All responses will remain confidential and secure. Thank you in advance for your valuable insights. Your input will be used to ensure that we continue to meet your needs. We appreciate your trust and look forward to serving you in the future. Contact nquint@vt.edu with any questions.
Please use the link to complete the survey: https://virginiatech.questionpro.com/U-Pass

10. TIMELY CARE AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS

In addition to Cook Counseling Center resources for D.C. metro area graduate students, there are also Timely Care resources that are available to all graduate students, staff, and faculty in the region. Timely Care is a free Virtual Health Service for all Graduate Students at Virginia Tech: https://app.timelycare.com/auth/login

With Timely Care, students (and staff and faculty) can download the app, and can get free, 24/7 virtual health and well-being support from a variety of providers. Timely Care resources include 12 scheduled counseling sessions, unlimited Talk Now urgent counseling sessions, and unlimited Health Coaching sessions. Translators in many different languages are also available for these services. For any questions, please contact Julie Kaplan at jskaplan@vt.edu.

11. APPLY FOR THE PUBLIC AND VISUAL ARTS COUNCIL

Deadline: April 15

Graduate students can apply to serve on the Public and Visual Arts Council, whose work helps to uplift the university as a global destination for creativity and the arts. This is a volunteer position and terms are for one year beginning July 1, with the option to renew. To be considered as a graduate student representative, please apply by Monday, April 15. Apply here: https://www.vt.edu/about/arts/public-art/policy.html

12. GRADUATE STUDENT SPEAKERS NEEDED FOR MAY 8 SPRING COMMENCEMENT IN BLACKSBURG

Deadline: April 5

The Graduate School is seeking 1-2 graduate student speakers for the Spring 2024 Graduate Commencement Ceremony on Wednesday, May 8, 10:00am, at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Virginia. The speeches are modeled after the talks at the Center for Communicating Science’s Nutshell Games, with individual speeches lasting about 90 seconds. Student speakers share a brief experience of their own that depicts graduate student life as they experience(d) it. Students at all campuses may apply; speakers must give their speech in-person in Blacksburg at commencement on May 8. If you are interested in being considered for this role, please complete this form by Friday, April 5, 2024: https://forms.office.com/r/ubkxADz2AK

13. IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT GOOGLE SHARED DRIVES

As part of the university’s changes to Google services, Google Shared Drives that have not been claimed by a department — including those managed solely by students — will be deleted starting April 3. It is highly recommended that you download a copy of any files/folders you wish to keep from your Shared Drives. If you are a member of a Shared Drive that a university department needs to maintain, please contact the faculty or staff member most-closely connected to the contents of the drive to discuss how that drive should be managed. For more information, visit https://it.vt.edu/shared-drives.

14. STUDENT ADVISING APPOINTMENTS WITH D.C. GRADUATE SCHOOL TEAM VIA NAVIGATE

The Graduate Admissions and Advancement team has transitioned its advising appointment scheduling for graduate students to Navigate for students in the D.C. Metro Area. The Graduate School staff can be reached for In Person and Virtual Appointments to discuss various topics under admissions and academic progress. Students should use our webpage to access the link to schedule appointments directly and select Northern Virginia for an advising appointment and select the service needed. Visit this site to schedule an appointment via Navigate: https://www.nvc.vt.edu/Current-Students/gsso.html.

Job Opportunities

          No job postings at this time.

Funding Opportunities

All external funding opportunities that we are aware of can be found here: https://graduateschool.vt.edu/funding/scholarships-and-fellowships.html

15. National Institute of Justice Graduate Research Fellowship Program Accepting Applications

Deadlines: April 10 and 17

NIJ’s Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) program supports doctoral research with relevance to criminal or juvenile justice in the United States. This includes criminology, forensic science, technology for law enforcement, and more. Applications from all science and engineering fields are welcome.

Students must be enrolled full time in a Ph.D. program in a science or engineering field and propose dissertation research relevant to improving criminal or juvenile justice practice or policy in the United States. Applications are submitted by the university, which must be an accredited academic institution in the United States or its territories. The fellowship provides up to three years of support within a five-year period and includes:

  • $41,000/year student salary
  • $16,000/year cost of education allowance
  • $3,000/year research expenses

To learn more and see profiles of past and present GRF fellows, visit https://nij.ojp.gov/funding/fellowships/graduate-research-fellowship-program.

The grants.gov deadline is April 10 and the JustGrants deadline is April 17, 2024.

16. SUMMER CUNNINGHAM FELLOWSHIPS AVAILABLE

Deadline: May 1.

In combination with the Cunningham Doctoral Scholarship and the Graduate School Annual Fund, we are delighted to announce the availability of summer fellowships in the amount of $7,500 each. This supplement will be awarded as a lump sum fellowship (see note below) at the beginning of the summer. This is a one-time award, cannot be renewed, and is awarded without the expectation of any additional work on your part. Awardees must be current Ph.D. students who are working on their dissertations during the summer months. This award cannot be combined with other Virginia Tech funding sources. Priority will be given to those toward the end of their program. Financial need will be considered as a secondary factor.

Applications will be accepted until May 1. Awards will be announced soon thereafter. For more information and to apply, use this form: https://forms.gle/6vYKM9AHizoAgKeN8

NOTE: Fellowships are not considered employment. No taxes are withheld and you will not receive a W2 form at the end of the year. Fellowships will show on your 1098-T from the university and may have to be reported to the IRS on your 1040 form. However, different tax rules apply to international students. For them, the university is required to collect taxes on the fellowship and to report those amounts at year-end to the IRS on form 1042S. For more information, see IRS Publication 970: Tax Benefits for Education.

17. DOE OFFICE OF SCIENCE GRADUATE RESEARCH AWARDS

Deadline: May 1.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is accepting applications for the 2024 solicitation 1 cycle for its Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program. Applications are due on Wednesday, May 1, at 5 p.m. ET.

The award program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE’s Office of Science.
https://graduateschool.vt.edu/funding/scholarships-and-fellowships/dept-of-energy-office-of-science-research-grant.html.


The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory or facility in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist. The goal of the program is to prepare graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the mission of DOE’s Office of Science. Supplemental awards are intended to cover incremental costs associated with living and travel expenses during the award period.


An application assistance workshop on Zoom is available to assist students on Saturday, April 20, 2-4:30 p.m. The workshop will guide attendees through the application process, answer general questions, provide guidance on proposal writing, and feature discussions with scientists and former awardees; register here: https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIscu6rqT4oGzObcYFT24tieAsFM-vAHqg#/registration


More information on the SCGSR program can be found at by visiting the SCGSR program website: https://science.osti.gov/wdts/scgsr. You’ll also find information on this webpage: https://graduateschool.vt.edu/funding/scholarships-and-fellowships/dept-of-energy-office-of-science-research-grant.html

Upcoming Events

18: SAVE THE DATE: ASIAN CARNIVAL

Tuesday, April 16 1-2 p.m., Virginia Tech Research Center-Arlington

The Asian Affinity Group will host an Asian Carnival to bring cultural awareness about five observances unique to the continent of Asia: Bengali New Year, Eid al-Fitr, Lunar New Year, Prayer to the God of Knowledge, and Persian New Year. The Asian Carnival will feature graduate student speakers discussing the cultural significance of each celebration, as well as an international food tasting. All are invited to attend!
For more information, contact Chontrese Hayes at chontresehayes@vt.edu.

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19. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: INTRODUCTION TO CRUCIAL CONVERSATIONS

Friday, April 19, 2-4 p.m., Virtual (Zoom)

Learn how to use some of the principles of Crucial Conversations’ Model for Mastering Dialogue to embrace difficult situations in ways that strengthen relationships and improve results. In addition, we will begin to explore how an understanding of our Clifton Strengths can help us gain a common language that allows us to express how we work, what we value, and where we excel. Using this common language, we can also begin to appreciate our and our team members’ unique contributions to the team. With a new understanding of the benefits of constructive conflict, we will discuss ways to continue building on the knowledge and skills presented during this training because we understand that no single learning event can accomplish everything, and development is a journey. Register here: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/3528292709?omn=81523720795#success

Volunteers and research participants sought

20. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR A STUDY OF SONS OF SINGLE MOTHERS STUDY

The Relationship Experiences Strengths and Strains (REST) Lab is recruiting men who were raised by single mothers to participate in 1.5-2 hour interviews about their lived experiences, definitions of masculinity, and how personal experiences shaped masculine identities.

Participants must identify as a man who was raised by a single mother without a residential father figure (biological, step, adoptive, etc.) and be willing to complete a 1.5-2 hour long qualitative interview. Compensation, if applicable, will be a $25 Amazon gift card. More details and application information can be found here: https://virginiatech.questionpro.com/t/AVVVtZ1Yr4

Ongoing Services 

  • 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 gssoncr@vt.edu. 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.
  • COOK COUNSELING: Schedule an in-person or virtual appointment with the Northern Virginia Embedded Counselor, Julie Kaplan, Ph.D. by emailing jskaplan@vt.edu 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.  All students can use this room 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. 

Please contact Julie Kaplan, Ph.D., at jskaplan@vt.edu, if you have any questions related to this space. 

  • CRANWELL INTERNATIONAL CENTER: Schedule an appointment by emailing international@vt.edu 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 gradombud@vt.edu or call 540-231-9573.

AFFINITY GROUPS: The affinity groups are:

Asian Affinity Group
Black Affinity Group
First-Generation Affinity Group
GRAD Parents Affinity Group
Latinx Affinity Group
Veterans Affinity Group
Women in TECH Affinity Group

Join an affinity group here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdW61FGWCbuhwUhsSF2NK0rqtjSxzqz_eTFhhpJf8W74ykaKA/viewform. For more information, contact Dr. Hayes at chontresehayes@vt.edu

  • NORTHERN VIRGINIA RESOURCE CENTER LIBRARY: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, Closed.
  • 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

About the Newsletter and How to Submit a Post

Posts must be relevant to graduate students in the greater Washington, D.C., metro area and other Northern Virginia campuses.

Posts must include the name and contact information of the requesting organization or person; not exceed 150 words; and not include attachments, QR codes or embedded links (no fliers or photos). Submissions will be edited to fit newsletter style and formatting requirements.

Please submit post requests by 3 p.m. Friday before the Monday on which the post is to appear using this Google form: https://gs.vt.edu/weeklylistserv.

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March 25, 2024 D.C. Area Weekly Newsletter for Virginia Tech Graduate Students

March 25, 2024

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.

This week is Virginia Tech Graduate Education Week, during which we honor our graduate students and their work. This year’s theme: What’s your superpower?

The newsletter is published on Mondays. When the university is closed for a holiday on Monday, the newsletter will be emailed on Tuesday.

You’ll find posts under the following headings:

  • This Week’s Events and Activities
  • Administrative Announcements
  • Job Opportunities
  • External Funding Opportunities
  • Upcoming Events
  • Volunteers and research participants sought
  • Ongoing Services

This Week’s Events and Activities

1. REMOVING THE MYSTERY OF THE ETD REVIEW 

Monday, March 25, 7 p.m., Virtual (Zoom)

This event is part of Graduate Education week. Learn what the Graduate School looks for when they review your Electronic Thesis or Dissertation (ETD) for formatting and receive tips on how to prepare your ETDs for submission so that they are quickly approved. Please register: https://virginiatech.questionpro.com/a/TakeSurvey?tt=rr30l2gcLoAECHrPeIW9eQ%3D%3D

2. BECOMING A SUPER NEGOTIATOR 

Tuesday, March 26, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Virtual (Zoom)

This workshop, led by Career and Professional Development, identifies factors involved in career decisions and provides information on appropriate negotiating behaviors. Participants will also learn about follow-up practices for accepting or declining a job offer. Additionally, the session introduces web-based tools for determining cost of living and salary ranges. Learn more and register here: https://career.vt.edu/job-search/grad-student-job-search/events-for-grad-students.html.

3. GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDENT SENATE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

Wednesday, March 278 a.m.-7 p.m., Graduate Life Center on the Blacksburg campus.

The symposium theme is Horizons of Tomorrow: Innovation, Diversity, Collaboration, and Advancement. More information about the symposium and the events can be found on the GPSS website: https://gpss.vt.edu/programs/gsars.html

Contact the co-chairs with any questions: jennphill@vt.ed, and niveda@vt.edu

4. HOW TO USE iTHENTICATE

Wednesday, March 27, 6 p.m., Virtual (Zoom)

Learn how to navigate the iThenticate software, submit a document for review, and evaluate flagged passages for revision or exclusion at this session for graduate students and faculty. iThenticate is a software system that reviews the originality of documents, ensures accurate attribution to other authors and eliminates occurrences of potential plagiarism. Register here: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fRAvpo50Q6-mRlTpeGfTnA#/registration.

5. FOUNDATION OF RESEARCH WORKSHOP

Thursday, March 28, 1-2 p.m., Virtual

The Women in Industrial and Systems Engineering (WISE) community at Virginia Tech cordially invites you to attend another Methodological Approach to Dissertations (MAD) workshop focusing on laying the foundation for your research—specifically, formulating the scientific apparatus. Topics will include defining a scientific problem, selecting a research object, and establishing research objectives. These insights will assist you in creating a step-by-step plan for conducting research, drafting articles, and ultimately compiling your dissertation. https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/87137267296?pwd=N05JZHI0VTA5bXNwRm1ocVhxR3FuUT09 

Meeting ID: 871 3726 7296 Passcode: 339634

Administrative Announcements

6GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK MARCH 25-29

The Graduate School salutes Virginia Tech’s outstanding graduate students, graduate advisors, and graduate and research faculty and staff for their contributions to quality graduate education. Graduate education week highlights the importance of graduate education; increases the university community’s awareness of the contributions of graduate students to teaching, research and service; and enhances the graduate student experience through professional development programs and celebratory events. This year’s theme: What’s your superpower? Visit the Graduate Education Week website to learn about all of the events happening during this exciting week: https://graduateschool.vt.edu/student-services/graduate-education-week.html

7. CHANGES TO STUDENT MEDICAL INSURANCE BILLING PROCESS

Additional information will be shared with domestic, international, and graduate student populations prior to the beginning of open enrollment. For more information: https://news.vt.edu/notices/smi-billingchanges.html?utm_source=cmpgn_news&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=vtUnirelNewsDailyCMP_march1324-fs, or you can view FAQs which detail the impacts for students here: https://risk.vt.edu/smi/bursarbilling.html. For additional questions, please contact smi@vt.edu.

8. U-PASS SURVEY FOR FALL AND SPRING 2024 PARTICIPANTS

Virginia Tech Sustainable Transportation would appreciate your feedback in our U-Pass Program survey. This survey is only for students who were eligible for U-Pass at some point this academic year. The survey addresses satisfaction, usage, and communication surrounding the program and Virginia Tech’s launch of it. It should only take about 5 minutes to complete.
All responses will remain confidential and secure. Thank you in advance for your valuable insights. Your input will be used to ensure that we continue to meet your needs. We appreciate your trust and look forward to serving you in the future. Contact nquint@vt.edu with any questions.

Please use the link to complete the survey: https://virginiatech.questionpro.com/U-Pass

9. TIMELY CARE AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS

In addition to Cook Counseling Center resources for DC Metro Area graduate students, there are also excellent Timely Care resources that are available to all DC Metro Area graduate students, staff, and faculty (flyer attached).  Timely Care is a free Virtual Health Service for all Graduate Students at Virginia Tech: https://app.timelycare.com/auth/login

With Timely Care, students (and staff and faculty) can download the app, and can get free, 24/7 virtual health and well-being support from a variety of providers.  Timely Care resources include 12 scheduled counseling sessions, unlimited Talk Now urgent counseling sessions, and unlimited Health Coaching sessions.  Translators in many different languages are also available for these services. For any questions, please contact Julie Kaplan, PhD, at jskaplan@vt.edu.

10. APPLY FOR THE PUBLIC AND VISUAL ARTS COUNCIL

Deadline: April 15

Graduate students can apply to serve on the Public and Visual Arts Council, whose work helps to uplift the university as a global destination for creativity and the arts. This is a volunteer position and terms are for one year beginning July 1, 2024, with the option to renew. To be considered as a graduate student representative, please apply by Monday, April 15. Apply here: https://www.vt.edu/about/arts/public-art/policy.html

11. GRADUATE STUDENT SPEAKERS NEEDED FOR MAY 8 SPRING COMMENCEMENT IN BLACKSBURG

Deadline: April 5

The Graduate School is seeking 1-2 graduate student speakers for the Spring 2024 Graduate Commencement Ceremony on Wednesday, May 8, 10:00am, at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Virginia. The speeches are modeled after the talks at the Center for Communicating Science’s Nutshell Games, with individual speeches lasting about 90 seconds. Student speakers share a brief experience of their own that depicts graduate student life as they experience(d) it. Students at all campuses may apply; speakers must give their speech in-person in Blacksburg at commencement on May 8. If you are interested in being considered for this role, please complete this form by Friday, April 5, 2024: https://forms.office.com/r/ubkxADz2AK

12. IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT GOOGLE SHARED DRIVES

As part of the university’s changes to Google services, Google Shared Drives that have not been claimed by a department — including those managed solely by students — will be deleted starting April 3. It is highly recommended that you download a copy of any files/folders you wish to keep from your Shared Drives. If you are a member of a Shared Drive that a university department needs to maintain, please contact the faculty or staff member most-closely connected to the contents of the drive to discuss how that drive should be managed. For more information, visit https://it.vt.edu/shared-drives.

13. STUDENT ADVISING APPOINTMENTS WITH D.C. GRADUATE SCHOOL TEAM VIA NAVIGATE

The Graduate Admissions and Advancement team has transitioned its advising appointment scheduling for graduate students to Navigate for students in the D.C. Metro Area. The Graduate School staff can be reached for In Person and Virtual Appointments to discuss various topics under admissions and academic progress. Students should use our webpage to access the link to schedule appointments directly and select Northern Virginia for an advising appointment and select the service needed. Visit this site to schedule an appointment via Navigate: https://www.nvc.vt.edu/Current-Students/gsso.html.

14. EXPLORING CAREERS INSIDE AND OUTSIDE ACADEMIA WORKSHOPS

The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Network is offering events this spring focused on exploring careers inside and outside academia. April workshops include “Exploring Teaching Careers at Teaching Intensive Universities with CIRTL Alumni,” “Exploring Non-faculty Careers in Academia with CIRTL Alumni,” “Careers Outside of Higher Education,” and “Exploring Careers Outside Academia with CIRTL Alumni.” You can find the full CIRTL Network event schedule, including descriptions and registration information, at https://cirtl.net/events/. The events are offered online and at no cost. If you have questions about CIRTL at Virginia Tech, email cirtl@vt.edu.

Job Opportunities

          No job postings at this time.

Funding Opportunities

All external funding opportunities that we are aware of can be found here: https://graduateschool.vt.edu/funding/scholarships-and-fellowships.html

15. National Institute of Justice Graduate Research Fellowship Program Accepting Applications

Deadlines: April 10 and 17

NIJ’s Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) program supports doctoral research with relevance to criminal or juvenile justice in the United States. This includes criminology, forensic science, technology for law enforcement, and more. Applications from all science and engineering fields are welcome.

Students must be enrolled full time in a Ph.D. program in a science or engineering field and propose dissertation research relevant to improving criminal or juvenile justice practice or policy in the United States. Applications are submitted by the university, which must be an accredited academic institution in the United States or its territories. The fellowship provides up to three years of support within a five-year period and includes:

  • $41,000/year student salary
  • $16,000/year cost of education allowance
  • $3,000/year research expenses

To learn more and see profiles of past and present GRF fellows, visit https://nij.ojp.gov/funding/fellowships/graduate-research-fellowship-program.

The grants.gov deadline is April 10 and the JustGrants deadline is April 17, 2024.

16. SUMMER CUNNINGHAM FELLOWSHIPS AVAILABLE

Deadline: May 1.

In combination with the Cunningham Doctoral Scholarship and the Graduate School Annual Fund, we are delighted to announce the availability of summer fellowships in the amount of $7,500 each. This supplement will be awarded as a lump sum fellowship (see note below) at the beginning of the summer. This is a one-time award, cannot be renewed, and is awarded without the expectation of any additional work on your part. Awardees must be current Ph.D. students who are working on their dissertations during the summer months. This award cannot be combined with other Virginia Tech funding sources. Priority will be given to those toward the end of their program. Financial need will be considered as a secondary factor.

Applications will be accepted until May 1. Awards will be announced soon thereafter. For more information and to apply, use this form: https://forms.gle/6vYKM9AHizoAgKeN8

NOTE: Fellowships are not considered employment. No taxes are withheld and you will not receive a W2 form at the end of the year. Fellowships will show on your 1098-T from the university and may have to be reported to the IRS on your 1040 form. However, different tax rules apply to international students. For them, the university is required to collect taxes on the fellowship and to report those amounts at year-end to the IRS on form 1042S. For more information, see IRS Publication 970: Tax Benefits for Education.

17. DOE OFFICE OF SCIENCE GRADUATE RESEARCH AWARDS

Deadline: May 1.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is accepting applications for the 2024 solicitation 1 cycle for its Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program. Applications are due on Wednesday, May 1, at 5 p.m. ET.

The award program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE’s Office of Science.
https://graduateschool.vt.edu/funding/scholarships-and-fellowships/dept-of-energy-office-of-science-research-grant.html.


The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory or facility in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist. The goal of the program is to prepare graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the mission of DOE’s Office of Science. Supplemental awards are intended to cover incremental costs associated with living and travel expenses during the award period.

An application assistance workshop on Zoom is available to assist students on Saturday, April 20, 2-4:30 p.m. The workshop will guide attendees through the application process, answer general questions, provide guidance on proposal writing, and feature discussions with scientists and former awardees; register here: https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIscu6rqT4oGzObcYFT24tieAsFM-vAHqg#/registration


More information on the SCGSR program can be found at by visiting the SCGSR program website: https://science.osti.gov/wdts/scgsr. You’ll also find information on this webpage: https://graduateschool.vt.edu/funding/scholarships-and-fellowships/dept-of-energy-office-of-science-research-grant.html

Upcoming Events

18. WELLNESS WEDNESDAY

Wednesday, April 3, 1-2 p.m., Northern Virginia Center room 200

The Graduate School and Cook Counseling Center will hold a Wellness Wednesday eent for students in the Washington, D.C. metro area. This program will focus on transitions from graduate school to the job search and to starting a new job, and also will focus on self-care during these transitions.  Join us for this event, and for pizza and drinks for graduate students.

19. D.C. Area Grad Fair

Wednesday and Thursday, April 3 and 4, 1-7 p.m., Northern Virginia Center, Falls Church

Join the Graduate School at the Northern Virginia Center for a mini-Grad Fair featuring the HokieShop, workshops with the Cook Counseling Center, the Cranwell International Center, and the Office of Career and Professional Development, opportunities to get a professional headshot and more Check the calendar for all event details: https://dcarea.vt.edu/events.html

20. FINDING YOUR SUPERPOWERS!

Friday, April 5, 2-3:30 p.m., Virginia Tech Research Center-Arlington, Foggy Bottom classroom, and Virtual

You don’t hear this enough: you’re amazing. This workshop will be a fantastic opportunity to focus on what’s right with you – the things that don’t need to be fixed, or what you might consider your superpowers. Learn more about what your Top 5 Gallup Clifton Strengths mean individually and collectively for you and the people around you. Identify how your Strengths can and do show up in the decisions you make, in the interactions you have with others, and in other situations big and small. Plan how you can use your Strengths more intentionally for success and fulfillment both personally and professionally. Participants must complete the Gallup Clifton Strengths Assessment before the workshop.
Registration is required. Registration link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSenGY6xRRkXHT-4hJ2n6COybRCfeViitEz3xYmCeuplBQOWAw/viewform

21. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: INTRODUCTION TO CRUCIAL CONVERSATIONS

Friday, April 19, 2-4 p.m., Virtual (Zoom)

Learn how to use some of the principles of Crucial Conversations’ Model for Mastering Dialogue to embrace difficult situations in ways that strengthen relationships and improve results. In addition, we will begin to explore how an understanding of our Clifton Strengths can help us gain a common language that allows us to express how we work, what we value, and where we excel. Using this common language, we can also begin to appreciate our and our team members’ unique contributions to the team. With a new understanding of the benefits of constructive conflict, we will discuss ways to continue building on the knowledge and skills presented during this training because we understand that no single learning event can accomplish everything, and development is a journey. Register here: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/3528292709?omn=81523720795#success

Volunteers and research participants sought

22. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR A STUDY OF SONS OF SINGLE MOTHERS STUDY

The Relationship Experiences Strengths and Strains (REST) Lab is recruiting men who were raised by single mothers to participate in 1.5-2 hour interviews about their lived experiences, definitions of masculinity, and how personal experiences shaped masculine identities.

Participants must identify as a man who was raised by a single mother without a residential father figure (biological, step, adoptive, etc.) and be willing to complete a 1.5-2 hour long qualitative interview. Compensation, if applicable, will be a $25 Amazon gift card. More details and application information can be found here: https://virginiatech.questionpro.com/t/AVVVtZ1Yr4

Ongoing Services 

  • 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 gssoncr@vt.edu. 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.
  • COOK COUNSELING: Schedule an in-person or virtual appointment with the Northern Virginia Embedded Counselor, Julie Kaplan, Ph.D. by emailing jskaplan@vt.edu 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.  All students can use this room 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.  

Please contact Julie Kaplan, Ph.D., at jskaplan@vt.edu, if you have any questions related to this space. 

  • CRANWELL INTERNATIONAL CENTER: Schedule an appointment by emailing international@vt.edu 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 gradombud@vt.edu or call 540-231-9573.


  • AFFINITY GROUPS: The affinity groups are:
  • Asian Affinity Group
    Black Affinity Group
    First-Generation Affinity Group
    GRAD Parents Affinity Group
    Latinx Affinity Group
    Veterans Affinity Group
    Women in TECH Affinity Group
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  • Join an affinity group here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdW61FGWCbuhwUhsSF2NK0rqtjSxzqz_eTFhhpJf8W74ykaKA/viewform. For more information, contact Dr. Hayes at chontresehayes@vt.edu
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  • NORTHERN VIRGINIA RESOURCE CENTER LIBRARY: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, Closed.
  • 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
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  • 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

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March 18, 2024 Weekly Newsletter for Virginia Tech Graduate Students

March 18, 2024

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.

You’ll find posts under the following headings:

  • This Week’s Events and Activities
  • Administrative Announcements
  • Job Opportunities
  • External Funding Opportunities
  • Upcoming Events
  • Volunteers and research participants sought
  • Ongoing Services

This Week’s Events and Activities

1. 3M RISE RESUME AND RESEARCH STATEMENT WORKSHOP

Monday, March 18, 8 a.m.  Virtual

Students who are applying to the 3M RISE symposium have the opportunity to sign up for a Resume and Research Statement Workshop. The workshop aims to help students avoid common mistakes that are seen in resumes and answer any questions they may have about research statements before they apply to RISE. Information and registration can be found here:

https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=xMPK-qXiV0KvdiBcioId202SyahOKoBGsgbqizwTK3xUOFNYQ0pDTlBMQVFEUzRFN04xWFBFTDkzOS4u

2. INTRODUCTION TO INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Monday, March 18, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Virtual

Virginia Tech’s Patent and Trademark Resource Center presents a workshop intended for anyone interested in learning more about the different forms of intellectual property (IP). This introductory workshop will be especially helpful for those who are own or looking to start their own business, or those who have an invention they would like to patent. Attendees will learn about the four main types of intellectual property (trademarks, patents, copyright, and trade secrets), including examples and how to get started with applying or registering their IP. Register for the workshop here: https://calendar.lib.vt.edu/event/12111505

3. ASIAN AFFINITY GROUP HYBRID MEETING

Monday, March 18, 2-3:30 p.m. Northern Virginia Center, Room 213, and Virtual.

Please join us to discuss upcoming events and build community.  The meeting will be in person and on Zoom. In observance of Ramadan, refreshments will not be available.  Let us know if you plan to attend, and whether you will be at the meeting in person or online: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScmisnWbqex_ntPLOH97tVCBmIkYT8WD2r-M1M5LSfqveFrBw/viewform.

For more information, contact chontresehayes@vt.edu.

4. LINKEDIN AND YOUR JOB SEARCH

Tuesday, March 19, 12-1 p.m., Virtual

This session will focus on using LinkedIn to aid in your job search process.

https://www.research.vt.edu/about/postdoctoral-associates/postdoctoral-events-programs/2024/leveraging-linkedin-series.html

5. STUDENT DATES AND DEADLINES FOR DEGREE COMPLETION

Tuesday, March 19, 3-4 p.m., Virtual

This hour-long overview provides important information about upcoming deadlines current semester students need to complete their degrees. Additionally, the session will share commencement information for 2024.

Zoom Link: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/84823213122?pwd=NUFraGh2TFZHOHNycmJNTVR6akhoUT09

Password: 678609

6. INTERVIEWING FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS
Wednesday, March 20, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Virtual (Zoom)

This workshop discusses the interview process, provides basic interview tips, and shares a formula for answering behavioral questions. The session will also offer strategies for dealing with interview anxiety. You can preview the event and register in Handshake. https://vt.joinhandshake.com/events/1449866/share_preview

7. SPRING STUDENTS’ POP-UP PANTRY

Thursday, March 21, 3-6 p.m. Northern Virginia Center, room 471, Falls Church

The DC Metro Black Caucus will hold a pop-up pantry at the Northern Virginia Center campus, offering food and toiletries free to all Virginia Tech graduate students in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Students must present a valid Virginia Tech student ID (known as a Hokie Passport).

The Northern Virginia Center is located at 7054 Haycock Road and is accessible via the Metro system.

8. WHY WE DON’T NEED TO BE TECH EXPERTS TO STAY SAFE IN THE DIGITAL AGE, WITH ADAM DODGE

Thursday, March 21, 7 p.m., Virtual

Online abuse and safety are on the top of everyone’s minds, especially with how much time we (and those we care about) are online and on our devices. In this keynote, we will learn tools and strategies for preventing and mitigating harm from AI deep fakes, leaked photos, digital harassment, stalking and more. Adam Dodge, founder & CEO of endTAB will be leading this keynote. This event is free and open to the public. Register here: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_sLGYMKiNR4-Spzg_uFCXuQ#/registration

If you are someone needing an accommodation to please reach out Hokie Wellness at hokiewellnesssvp@vt.edu.

9. COLLEGE OF WILLIAM & MARY GRADUATE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

Thursday, March 21In person at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA.

The Arts &Sciences Graduate Center and the Charles Center for Academic Excellence at William & Mary invite doctoral and master’s degree students in Arts & Sciences disciplines from Virginia universities to present their research at an interdisciplinary symposium at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, March 21-22. Learn more here: https://www.wm.edu/as/graduate/graduate-symposium/

10. A CONVERSATION WITH DR. JESSICA WARE: DIVERSIFYING ENTOMOLOGY AND NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUMS

Friday, March 22, 2-3:30 p.m.

Interested in issues of diversity, access, and justice in the sciences? Join us for an interactive talk and panel discussion with Dr. Jessica Ware, who currently serves as Division Chair of Invertebrate Zoology at the American Museum of Natural History, and is a fierce advocate for equity in the sciences. She will be joined by panelists Dr. Menah Pratt (Vice President for Strategic Affairs and Diversity at VT), Fernanda Vasquez-Valverde (International Ph.D. Candidate hailing from Colombia and studying millipede taxonomy and systematics), and Kristal Hines-Pressley (Yates Scholar and President of Black Students in STEM). There will be an opportunity for audience questions. Register here: https://forms.gle/wNveCu3jEWN88h9y9

Administrative Announcements

11. CHANGES TO STUDENT MEDICAL INSURANCE BILLING PROCESS

Additional information will be shared with domestic, international, and graduate student populations prior to the beginning of open enrollment. For more information: https://news.vt.edu/notices/smi-billingchanges.html?utm_source=cmpgn_news&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=vtUnirelNewsDailyCMP_march1324-fs, or you can view FAQs which detail the impacts for students here: https://risk.vt.edu/smi/bursarbilling.html. For additional questions, please contact smi@vt.edu.

12. IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT GOOGLE SHARED DRIVES

As part of the university’s changes to Google services, Google Shared Drives that have not been claimed by a department — including those managed solely by students — will be deleted starting April 3. It is highly recommended that you download a copy of any files/folders you wish to keep from your Shared Drives. If you are a member of a Shared Drive that a university department needs to maintain, please contact the faculty or staff member most-closely connected to the contents of the drive to discuss how that drive should be managed. For more information, visit https://it.vt.edu/shared-drives.

13. GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK MARCH 25-29

The Graduate School salutes Virginia Tech’s outstanding graduate students, graduate advisors, and graduate and research faculty and staff for their contributions to quality graduate education. Graduate education week highlights the importance of graduate education; increases the university community’s awareness of the contributions of graduate students to teaching, research and service; and enhances the graduate student experience through professional development programs and celebratory events. Learn how to submit your ETD, watch a movie at The Lyric, discover your superpowers through the Clifton Strengths Assessment, learn how to become a super negotiator, enjoy fellowship at the Big Cook Out, and much more! Visit the Graduate Education Week website to learn about all of the events happening during this exciting week: https://graduateschool.vt.edu/student-services/graduate-education-week.html

14. GRADUATE STUDENT COMMENCEMENT SPEAKERS FOR SPRING 2024 WASHINGTON, D.C. AREA COMMENCEMENT

Applications/nominations for graduate student speaker(s) for the Spring 2024 Commencement, scheduled for May 12, are now open. To be eligible, students must be graduating in Spring or Summer 2024, or they must have graduated in Fall 2023. 

One to three graduate student speakers will be selected. The time allotted for each student speaker’s remarks is approximately three minutes. The most well-received speeches are those that reflect on the common educational experience and share, in a personal way, the value of the education received at Virginia Tech.

To apply or nominate a student, please fill out this form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeRqtPZ54PYi8a2lFGfyLbPW29Q48R2rAfHFcLd35AnweRz3A/viewform) by Friday, March 22. 

Students who have applied or been nominated will be contacted shortly after the form closes, and will need to submit the full text of their speech, either in print or in a short video, by Friday, April 5, in order to be considered. Questions can be directed to Ginny Wagg at gwagg@vt.edu.  

15. STUDENT ADVISING APPOINTMENTS WITH D.C. GRADUATE SCHOOL TEAM VIA NAVIGATE

The Graduate Admissions and Advancement team has transitioned its advising appointment scheduling for graduate students to Navigate for students in the D.C. Metro Area. The Graduate School staff can be reached for In Person and Virtual Appointments to discuss various topics under admissions and academic progress. Students should use our webpage to access the link to schedule appointments directly and select Northern Virginia for an advising appointment and select the service needed. Visit this site to schedule an appointment via Navigate: https://www.nvc.vt.edu/Current-Students/gsso.html.

16. EXPLORING CAREERS INSIDE AND OUTSIDE ACADEMIA WORKSHOPS

The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Network is offering events this spring focused on exploring careers inside and outside academia. Upcoming events include “Exploring Teaching Careers at Research Universities with CIRTL Alumni,” “Exploring Teaching Careers at Teaching Intensive Universities with CIRTL Alumni,” “Exploring Non-faculty Careers in Academia with CIRTL Alumni,” “Careers Outside of Higher Education,” and “Exploring Careers Outside Academia with CIRTL Alumni.” You can find the full CIRTL Network event schedule, including descriptions and registration information, at https://cirtl.net/events/. The events are offered online and at no cost. If you have questions about CIRTL at Virginia Tech, email cirtl@vt.edu.

Job Opportunities

          No job postings at this time.

Funding Opportunities

All external funding opportunities that we are aware of can be found here: https://graduateschool.vt.edu/funding/scholarships-and-fellowships.html

17. National Institute of Justice Graduate Research Fellowship Program Accepting Applications

Deadlines: April 10 and 17

NIJ’s Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) program supports doctoral research with relevance to criminal or juvenile justice in the United States. This includes criminology, forensic science, technology for law enforcement, and more. Applications from all science and engineering fields are welcome.

Students must be enrolled full time in a Ph.D. program in a science or engineering field and propose dissertation research relevant to improving criminal or juvenile justice practice or policy in the United States. Applications are submitted by the university, which must be an accredited academic institution in the United States or its territories. The fellowship provides up to three years of support within a five-year period and includes:

  • $41,000/year student salary
  • $16,000/year cost of education allowance
  • $3,000/year research expenses

To learn more and see profiles of past and present GRF fellows, visit https://nij.ojp.gov/funding/fellowships/graduate-research-fellowship-program.

The grants.gov deadline is April 10 and the JustGrants deadline is April 17, 2024.

18. SUMMER CUNNINGHAM FELLOWSHIPS AVAILABLE

Deadline: May 1.

In combination with the Cunningham Doctoral Scholarship and the Graduate School Annual Fund, we are delighted to announce the availability of summer fellowships in the amount of $7,500 each. This supplement will be awarded as a lump sum fellowship (see note below) at the beginning of the summer. This is a one-time award, cannot be renewed, and is awarded without the expectation of any additional work on your part. Awardees must be current Ph.D. students who are working on their dissertations during the summer months. This award cannot be combined with other Virginia Tech funding sources. Priority will be given to those toward the end of their program. Financial need will be considered as a secondary factor.

Applications will be accepted until May 1. Awards will be announced soon thereafter. For more information and to apply, use this form: https://forms.gle/6vYKM9AHizoAgKeN8

NOTE: Fellowships are not considered employment. No taxes are withheld and you will not receive a W2 form at the end of the year. Fellowships will show on your 1098-T from the university and may have to be reported to the IRS on your 1040 form. However, different tax rules apply to international students. For them, the university is required to collect taxes on the fellowship and to report those amounts at year-end to the IRS on form 1042S. For more information, see IRS Publication 970: Tax Benefits for Education.

19. DOE OFFICE OF SCIENCE GRADUATE RESEARCH AWARDS

Deadline: May 1.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is accepting applications for the 2024 solicitation 1 cycle for its Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program. Applications are due on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. ET.

The award program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE’s Office of Science.
https://graduateschool.vt.edu/funding/scholarships-and-fellowships/dept-of-energy-office-of-science-research-grant.html.


The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory or facility in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist. The goal of the program is to prepare graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the mission of DOE’s Office of Science. Supplemental awards are intended to cover incremental costs associated with living and travel expenses during the award period.


Two application assistance workshops on Zoom are scheduled to assist students. The first will be on Saturday, March 9, 2-3:30 p.m. The second will be on Saturday, April 20, 2-4:30 p.m.


The first workshop will provide a general overview of the program and the application requirements. It and will also include a time for discussing potential research topics with the program managers; register here: https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItdeqhrj8tG70eb-wK0GmooGB_T6WNTcI#/registration


The second workshop will guide attendees through the application process, answer general questions, provide guidance on proposal writing, and feature discussions with scientists and former awardees; register here: https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIscu6rqT4oGzObcYFT24tieAsFM-vAHqg#/registration


More information on the SCGSR program can be found at by visiting the SCGSR program website: https://science.osti.gov/wdts/scgsr. You’ll also find information on this webpage: https://graduateschool.vt.edu/funding/scholarships-and-fellowships/dept-of-energy-office-of-science-research-grant.html

Upcoming Events

20. REMOVING THE MYSTERY OF THE ETD REVIEW – GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK EVENT

Monday, March 25, 7 p.m., Virtual (Zoom)

This event is part of Graduate Education week. Learn what the Graduate School looks for when they review your Electronic Thesis or Dissertation (ETD) for formatting and receive tips on how to prepare your ETDs for submission so that they are quickly approved. Please register: https://virginiatech.questionpro.com/a/TakeSurvey?tt=rr30l2gcLoAECHrPeIW9eQ%3D%3D

21. HOW TO USE iTHENTICATE – GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK EVENT

Wednesday, March 27, 6 p.m., Virtual (Zoom)

Learn how to navigate the iThenticate software, submit a document for review, and evaluate flagged passages for revision or exclusion at this session for graduate students and faculty. iThenticate is a software system that reviews the originality of documents, ensures accurate attribution to other authors and eliminates occurrences of potential plagiarism. Register here: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fRAvpo50Q6-mRlTpeGfTnA#/registration.

22. BECOMING A SUPER NEGOTIATOR A GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK EVENT

Tuesday, March 26, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Virtual (Zoom)

This workshop, led by Career and Professional Development, identifies factors involved in career decisions and provides information on appropriate negotiating behaviors. Participants will also learn about follow-up practices for accepting or declining a job offer. Additionally, the session introduces web-based tools for determining cost of living and salary ranges. Learn more and register here: https://career.vt.edu/job-search/grad-student-job-search/events-for-grad-students.html.

23. GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDENT SENATE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

Wednesday, March 278 a.m.-7 p.m., Graduate Life Center on the Blacksburg campus.

The symposium theme is Horizons of Tomorrow: Innovation, Diversity, Collaboration, and Advancement. More information about the symposium and the events can be found on the GPSS website: https://gpss.vt.edu/programs/gsars.html

Contact the co-chairs with any questions: jennphill@vt.ed, and niveda@vt.edu

Volunteers and research participants sought

24. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR A STUDY OF SONS OF SINGLE MOTHERS STUDY

The Relationship Experiences Strengths and Strains (REST) Lab is recruiting men who were raised by single mothers to participate in 1.5-2 hour interviews about their lived experiences, definitions of masculinity, and how personal experiences shaped masculine identities.

Participants must identify as a man who was raised by a single mother without a residential father figure (biological, step, adoptive, etc.) and be willing to complete a 1.5-2 hour long qualitative interview. Compensation, if applicable, will be a $25 Amazon gift card. More details and application information can be found here: https://virginiatech.questionpro.com/t/AVVVtZ1Yr4

Ongoing Services

  • 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 gssoncr@vt.edu. 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.
  • COOK COUNSELING: Schedule an in-person or virtual appointment with the Northern Virginia Embedded Counselor, Julie Kaplan, Ph.D. by emailing jskaplan@vt.edu 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.  All students can use this room 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. 

Please contact Julie Kaplan, Ph.D., at jskaplan@vt.edu, if you have any questions related to this space. 

  • CRANWELL INTERNATIONAL CENTER: Schedule an appointment by emailing international@vt.edu 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 gradombud@vt.edu or call 540-231-9573.

AFFINITY GROUPS: The affinity groups are:

Asian Affinity Group
Black Affinity Group
First-Generation Affinity Group
GRAD Parents Affinity Group
Latinx Affinity Group
Veterans Affinity Group
Women in TECH Affinity Group

Join an affinity group here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdW61FGWCbuhwUhsSF2NK0rqtjSxzqz_eTFhhpJf8W74ykaKA/viewform. For more information, contact Dr. Hayes at chontresehayes@vt.edu

  • NORTHERN VIRGINIA RESOURCE CENTER LIBRARY: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday, 10a.m.-6p.m.; Saturday, 10a.m.-5p.m.; Sunday, Closed
  • 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

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March 11, 2024 D.C. Area Weekly Newsletter for Virginia Tech Graduate Students

March 11, 2024

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.

You’ll find posts under the following headings:

  • This Week’s Events and Activities
  • Administrative Announcements
  • Job Opportunities
  • External Funding Opportunities
  • Upcoming Events
  • Volunteers and research participants sought
  • Ongoing Services

This Week’s Events and Activities

1. APPLYING FOR NSF FUNDING: AN OVERVIEW FROM THE SOCIAL, BEHAVIORAL, AND ECONOMIC SCIENCES

Tuesday, March 12, 2 p.m., Virtual for D.C. Area students

The Center for Future Work Places and Practices hosts Dr. Alan Tompkins, NSF acting division director, social and economic sciences, and directorate for social, behavioral, and economic sciences, will talk about the NSF grant process and provide tips for writing a competitive proposal and will discuss different types of grants. There will be time for questions. The event is part of the center’s speaker series. Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc-zBJRxFBNrpSV4G9JtjDpvUlzKUrwE9190lAsPT-w84VTBg/viewform

2. UT PROSIM DAY

Tuesday, March 12, 4-6 p.m., Northern Virginia Center, T4

Pamplin’s Community Committee presents Ut Prosim Day — A Day of Service. The event is open to all students, staff, and faculty There will be free food and activities, such as community card making. The event also is a food drive. Questions? Email: mahmood@vt.edu

3. INAUGURAL D.C VT WOMEN CONNECT EVENT

Thursday, March 14, 1-2 p.m.  Three locations and virtual

Come connect and network! Employees and Students are invited to attend Dessert & Discussions on March 14 @ 1PM to connect with Virginia Tech Women in the Greater DC Metro Area. This event will be held across multiple locations in the DC area and via Zoom. Please choose one to attend and register for the event. (Dessert will be provided to those in person). This is a casual event designed to celebrate women at Virginia Tech, plan future events, and bring some fun to a Thursday afternoon!


Locations:
Arlington Research Center: 2nd Floor East/West Falls Church Room
Northern Virginia Center: Room T-4
Innovation Campus HQ: Board Room
attend via Zoom meeting 829 8292 0608

Register  here: https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=hGiVYK0Q-kCGPU8yweOjegHq3lTiFYRBrWL3KliKfOlUM1QwSjlGRlFZS0Q3RUxGSzJBSjhHTDJUWC4u

4. METHODOLOGICAL APPROACH TO DISSERTATION (MAD) WORKSHOP

Thursday, March 14, 1-2:30 p.m.  Virtual

WISE invites you to attend our upcoming practical dissertation workshop that will focus on gathering the requirements stipulated by Virginia Tech, your department and your committee for your dissertation. We will also devise a tailored plan for their implementation in your specific case. This stage of dissertation work directly impacts the success of your research and defense. Properly executed, it sets the foundation for developing your own step-by-step work plan. It provides you with a comprehensive understanding of what your dissertation should entail and where to focus your research efforts.

The workshop will be online: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/87983612381?pwd=VUc0dDBpTk4ranlpVVA4UHdZU1dzQT09

Meeting ID: 879 8361 2381
Passcode: 731267

Administrative Announcements

5. GRADUATE STUDENT COMMENCEMENT SPEAKERS FOR SPRING 2024 WASHINGTON, D.C. AREA COMMENCEMENT

Applications/nominations for graduate student speaker(s) for the Spring 2024 Commencement, scheduled for May 12, are now open. To be eligible, students must be graduating in Spring or Summer 2024, or they must have graduated in Fall 2023. 

One to three graduate student speakers will be selected. The time allotted for each student speaker’s remarks is approximately three minutes. The most well-received speeches are those that reflect on the common educational experience and share, in a personal way, the value of the education received at Virginia Tech.

To apply or nominate a student, please fill out this form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeRqtPZ54PYi8a2lFGfyLbPW29Q48R2rAfHFcLd35AnweRz3A/viewform) by Friday, March 22. 

Students who have applied or been nominated will be contacted shortly after the form closes, and will need to submit the full text of their speech, either in print or in a short video, by Friday, April 5, in order to be considered. Questions can be directed to Ginny Wagg at gwagg@vt.edu.  

6. STUDENT ADVISING APPOINTMENTS WITH D.C. GRADUATE SCHOOL TEAM VIA NAVIGATE

The Graduate Admissions and Advancement team has transitioned its advising appointment scheduling for graduate students to Navigate for students in the D.C. Metro Area. The Graduate School staff can be reached for In Person and Virtual Appointments to discuss various topics under admissions and academic progress. Students should use our webpage to access the link to schedule appointments directly and select Northern Virginia for an advising appointment and select the service needed. Visit this site to schedule an appointment via Navigate: https://www.nvc.vt.edu/Current-Students/gsso.html.

7. ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR CAREER FAIRS FROM GSA

The Graduate Student Assembly has pulled together a list of upcoming career fairs. The assembly members also offer tips on how to make the most out of your experience in just three simple steps. Learn the importance of pre-fair preparation, including researching companies and polishing your resume for maximum impact. During the event, master the art of engaging with recruiters confidently and professionally. Afterward, solidify connections by following up promptly and exploring additional job opportunities.


Access the list of upcoming career fairs and mark your calendars to stay ahead in your career journey. Elevate your career fair game with expert guidance from GSA Spring 2024. Career Tips Link: http://tinyurl.com/yapwktnh

8. PREPARING FOR THE ACADEMIC HIRING PROCESS WORKSHOPS

The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Network is offering events this spring focused on preparing for the academic hiring process. The next event is “Writing Your Diversity/Inclusion Statement for the Academic Job Market” on March 15, followed by “Writing Your Research Statement for the Academic Job Market” and “Writing Your Teaching Statement for the Academic Job Market” in April. You can find the full CIRTL Network event schedule, including descriptions and registration information, at https://cirtl.net/events/. The events are offered online and at no cost. If you have questions about CIRTL at Virginia Tech, email cirtl@vt.edu.

9. EXPLORING CAREERS INSIDE AND OUTSIDE ACADEMIA WORKSHOPS

The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Network is offering events this spring focused on exploring careers inside and outside academia. Upcoming events include “Exploring Teaching Careers at Research Universities with CIRTL Alumni,” “Exploring Teaching Careers at Teaching Intensive Universities with CIRTL Alumni,” “Exploring Non-faculty Careers in Academia with CIRTL Alumni,” “Careers Outside of Higher Education,” and “Exploring Careers Outside Academia with CIRTL Alumni.” You can find the full CIRTL Network event schedule, including descriptions and registration information, at https://cirtl.net/events/. The events are offered online and at no cost. If you have questions about CIRTL at Virginia Tech, email cirtl@vt.edu.

Job Opportunities

          No job postings at this time.

Funding Opportunities

All external funding opportunities that we are aware of can be found here: https://graduateschool.vt.edu/funding/scholarships-and-fellowships.html

10. SIGMA XI GRANTS IN AID OF RESEARCH

Deadline: March 15

Sigma Xi, a research honor society, is awarding grants to assist graduate students with their research. The amounts range from $500-$5,000. Information about the grant opportunities can be found on this webpage, which includes links to tips on applying for a grant and application resources: https://www.sigmaxi.org/programs/grants-in-aid-of-research

11. National Institute of Justice Graduate Research Fellowship Program Accepting Applications

Deadlines: April 10 and 17

NIJ’s Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) program supports doctoral research with relevance to criminal or juvenile justice in the United States. This includes criminology, forensic science, technology for law enforcement, and more. Applications from all science and engineering fields are welcome.

Students must be enrolled full time in a Ph.D. program in a science or engineering field and propose dissertation research relevant to improving criminal or juvenile justice practice or policy in the United States. Applications are submitted by the university, which must be an accredited academic institution in the United States or its territories. The fellowship provides up to three years of support within a five-year period and includes:

  • $41,000/year student salary
  • $16,000/year cost of education allowance
  • $3,000/year research expenses

To learn more and see profiles of past and present GRF fellows, visit https://nij.ojp.gov/funding/fellowships/graduate-research-fellowship-program.

The grants.gov deadline is April 10 and the JustGrants deadline is April 17, 2024.

12. SUMMER CUNNINGHAM FELLOWSHIPS AVAILABLE

Deadline: May 1.

In combination with the Cunningham Doctoral Scholarship and the Graduate School Annual Fund, we are delighted to announce the availability of summer fellowships in the amount of $7,500 each. This supplement will be awarded as a lump sum fellowship (see note below) at the beginning of the summer. This is a one-time award, cannot be renewed, and is awarded without the expectation of any additional work on your part. Awardees must be current Ph.D. students who are working on their dissertations during the summer months. This award cannot be combined with other Virginia Tech funding sources. Priority will be given to those toward the end of their program. Financial need will be considered as a secondary factor.

Applications will be accepted until May 1. Awards will be announced soon thereafter. For more information and to apply, use this form: https://forms.gle/6vYKM9AHizoAgKeN8

NOTE: Fellowships are not considered employment. No taxes are withheld and you will not receive a W2 form at the end of the year. Fellowships will show on your 1098-T from the university and may have to be reported to the IRS on your 1040 form. However, different tax rules apply to international students. For them, the university is required to collect taxes on the fellowship and to report those amounts at year-end to the IRS on form 1042S. For more information, see IRS Publication 970: Tax Benefits for Education.

13. DOE OFFICE OF SCIENCE GRADUATE RESEARCH AWARDS

Deadline: May 1.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is accepting applications for the 2024 solicitation 1 cycle for its Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program. Applications are due on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. ET.

The award program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE’s Office of Science.

https://graduateschool.vt.edu/funding/scholarships-and-fellowships/dept-of-energy-office-of-science-research-grant.html

The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory or facility in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist. The goal of the program is to prepare graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the mission of DOE’s Office of Science. Supplemental awards are intended to cover incremental costs associated with living and travel expenses during the award period.


Two application assistance workshops on Zoom are scheduled to assist students. The first will be on Saturday, March 9, 2-3:30 p.m. The second will be on Saturday, April 20, 2-4:30 p.m.


The first workshop will provide a general overview of the program and the application requirements. It and will also include a time for discussing potential research topics with the program managers; register here: https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItdeqhrj8tG70eb-wK0GmooGB_T6WNTcI#/registration


The second workshop will guide attendees through the application process, answer general questions, provide guidance on proposal writing, and feature discussions with scientists and former awardees; register here: https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIscu6rqT4oGzObcYFT24tieAsFM-vAHqg#/registration


More information on the SCGSR program can be found at by visiting the SCGSR program website: https://science.osti.gov/wdts/scgsr. You’ll also find information on this webpage: https://graduateschool.vt.edu/funding/scholarships-and-fellowships/dept-of-energy-office-of-science-research-grant.html

Upcoming Events

14. 3M RISE RESUME AND RESEARCH STATEMENT WORKSHOP

Monday, March 18, 8 a.m.  Virtual

Students who are applying to the 3M RISE symposium have the opportunity to sign up for a Resume and Research Statement Workshop. The workshop aims to help students avoid common mistakes that are seen in resumes and answer any questions they may have about research statements before they apply to RISE. Information and registration can be found here:

https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=xMPK-qXiV0KvdiBcioId202SyahOKoBGsgbqizwTK3xUOFNYQ0pDTlBMQVFEUzRFN04xWFBFTDkzOS4u

15. INTRODUCTION TO INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Monday, March 18, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Virtual

Virginia Tech’s Patent and Trademark Resource Center presents a workshop intended for anyone interested in learning more about the different forms of intellectual property (IP). This introductory workshop will be especially helpful for those who are own or looking to start their own business, or those who have an invention they would like to patent.

Attendees will learn about the four main types of intellectual property (trademarks, patents, copyright, and trade secrets), including examples and how to get started with applying or registering their IP. Register for the workshop here: https://calendar.lib.vt.edu/event/12111505

16. ASIAN AFFINITY GROUP HYBRID MEETING

Monday, March 18, 2-3:30 p.m. Northern Virginia Center, Room 213, and Virtual.

Please join us to discuss upcoming events and build community.  The meeting will be in person and on Zoom. In observance of Ramadan, refreshments will not be available.  Let us know if you plan to attend, and whether you will be at the meeting in person or online: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScmisnWbqex_ntPLOH97tVCBmIkYT8WD2r-M1M5LSfqveFrBw/viewform.

For more information, contact chontresehayes@vt.edu.

17. LINKEDIN AND YOUR JOB SEARCH

Tuesday, March 19, 12-1 p.m., Virtual

This session will focus on using LinkedIn to aid in your job search process.

https://www.research.vt.edu/about/postdoctoral-associates/postdoctoral-events-programs/2024/leveraging-linkedin-series.html

18. SPRING STUDENTS’ POP-UP PANTRY

Thursday, March 21, 3-6 p.m. Northern Virginia Center, room 471, Falls Church

The DC Metro Black Caucus will hold a pop-up pantry at the Northern Virginia Center campus, offering food and toiletries free to all Virginia Tech graduate students in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Students must present a valid Virginia Tech student ID (known as a Hokie Passport).

The Northern Virginia Center is located at 7054 Haycock Road and is accessible via the Metro system.

19. WHY WE DON’T NEED TO BE TECH EXPERTS TO STAY SAFE IN THE DIGITAL AGE, WITH ADAM DODGE

Thursday, March 21, 7 p.m., Virtual

Online abuse and safety are on the top of everyone’s minds, especially with how much time we (and those we care about) are online and on our devices. In this keynote, we will learn tools and strategies for preventing and mitigating harm from AI deep fakes, leaked photos, digital harassment, stalking and more. Adam Dodge, founder & CEO of endTAB will be leading this keynote. This event is free and open to the public. Register here: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_sLGYMKiNR4-Spzg_uFCXuQ#/registration

If you are someone needing an accommodation to please reach out Hokie Wellness at hokiewellnesssvp@vt.edu .

20. COLLEGE OF WILLIAM & MARY GRADUATE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

Thursday, March 21, In person at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA.

The Arts &Sciences Graduate Center and the Charles Center for Academic Excellence at William & Mary invite doctoral and master’s degree students in Arts & Sciences disciplines from Virginia universities to present their research at an interdisciplinary symposium at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, March 21-22. Learn more here: https://www.wm.edu/as/graduate/graduate-symposium/

21. GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDENT SENATE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

Wednesday, March 27, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Graduate Life Center on the Blacksburg campus, with opportunities to present research virtually.

The symposium theme is Horizons of Tomorrow: Innovation, Diversity, Collaboration, and Advancement. There will be an opportunity for virtual flash-talk presentations and travel awards may be available. Projects can be fully complete with analyses, proposed studies, or research that has been started but not complete.

More information about the symposium and the events can be found on the GPSS website: https://gpss.vt.edu/programs/gsars.html

Contact the co-chairs with any questions: jennphill@vt.ed, and niveda@vt.edu

22. A CONVERSATION WITH DR. JESSICA WARE: DIVERSIFYING ENTOMOLOGY AND NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUMS

Friday, March 22, 2-3:30 p.m.

Interested in issues of diversity, access, and justice in the sciences? Join us for an interactive talk and panel discussion with Dr. Jessica Ware, who currently serves as Division Chair of Invertebrate Zoology at the American Museum of Natural History, and is a fierce advocate for equity in the sciences. She will be joined by panelists Dr. Menah Pratt (Vice President for Strategic Affairs and Diversity at VT), Fernanda Vasquez-Valverde (International Ph.D. Candidate hailing from Colombia and studying millipede taxonomy and systematics), and Kristal Hines-Pressley (Yates Scholar and President of Black Students in STEM). There will be an opportunity for audience questions. Register here: https://forms.gle/wNveCu3jEWN88h9y9

Volunteers and research participants sought

23. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR A STUDY OF SONS OF SINGLE MOTHERS STUDY

The Relationship Experiences Strengths and Strains (REST) Lab is recruiting men who were raised by single mothers to participate in 1.5-2 hour interviews about their lived experiences, definitions of masculinity, and how personal experiences shaped masculine identities.

Participants must identify as a man who was raised by a single mother without a residential father figure (biological, step, adoptive, etc.) and be willing to complete a 1.5-2 hour long qualitative interview. Compensation, if applicable, will be a $25 Amazon gift card. More details and application information can be found here: https://virginiatech.questionpro.com/t/AVVVtZ1Yr4

24. U.S. DRONE SOCCER COMPETITIONS NEED VOLUNTEERS

In partnership with Boeing, Virginia Tech is hosting three US Drone Soccer competitions in the D.C. area for middle- and high-school students. These events will showcase the skills and agility of remotely operated drones in a soccer-like game. See more about Drone Soccer programs here: https://www.dronesoccer.us/u19-youth. As a volunteer, your assistance will be invaluable in ensuring the smooth running of the events and providing a memorable experience for all participants. Event dates are March 16, April 27, and April 28. Information and the volunteer form may be found here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf2u-xcmUcj9Y1VfAKMusBy-yUpJ_YOIbHFWaRtGeP1Xu-nEw/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0

Ongoing Services 

  • 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 gssoncr@vt.edu. 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.
  • COOK COUNSELING: Schedule an in-person or virtual appointment with the Northern Virginia Embedded Counselor, Julie Kaplan, Ph.D. by emailing jskaplan@vt.edu 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.  All students can use this room 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. 

Please contact Julie Kaplan, Ph.D., at jskaplan@vt.edu, if you have any questions related to this space. 

  • CRANWELL INTERNATIONAL CENTER: Schedule an appointment by emailing international@vt.edu 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 gradombud@vt.edu or call 540-231-9573.

AFFINITY GROUPS: The affinity groups are:

Asian Affinity Group
Black Affinity Group
First-Generation Affinity Group
GRAD Parents Affinity Group
Latinx Affinity Group
Veterans Affinity Group
Women in TECH Affinity Group

Join an affinity group here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdW61FGWCbuhwUhsSF2NK0rqtjSxzqz_eTFhhpJf8W74ykaKA/viewform. For more information, contact Dr. Hayes at chontresehayes@vt.edu

  • NORTHERN VIRGINIA RESOURCE CENTER LIBRARY: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday, 10a.m.-6p.m.; Saturday, 10a.m.-5p.m.; Sunday, Closed
  • 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

About the Newsletter and How to Submit a Post

Posts must be relevant to graduate students in the greater Washington, D.C., metro area and other Northern Virginia campuses.

Posts must include the name and contact information of the requesting organization or person; not exceed 150 words; and not include attachments, QR codes or embedded links (no fliers or photos). Submissions will be edited to fit newsletter style and formatting requirements.

Please submit post requests by 3 p.m. Friday before the Monday on which the post is to appear using this Google form: https://gs.vt.edu/weeklylistserv.

The D.C. Area Weekly newsletters are also available at:

https://dcareaweekly.graduateschool.vt.edu/.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact the reference in the posting at least 10 business days prior to the event.     

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Have a great week!

March 4, 2024 D.C. Area Weekly Newsletter for Virginia Tech Graduate Students

March 4, 2024

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.

You’ll find posts under the following headings:

  • This Week’s Events and Activities
  • Administrative Announcements
  • Job Opportunities
  • External Funding Opportunities
  • Upcoming Events
  • Volunteers and research participants sought
  • Ongoing Services

This Week’s Events and Activities

No events scheduled. Enjoy your Spring Break!

Administrative Announcements

1. STUDENT ADVISING APPOINTMENTS WITH D.C. GRADUATE SCHOOL TEAM VIA NAVIGATE

The Graduate Admissions and Advancement team has transitioned its advising appointment scheduling for graduate students to Navigate for students in the D.C. Metro Area. The Graduate School staff can be reached for In Person and Virtual Appointments to discuss various topics under admissions and academic progress. Students should use our webpage to access the link to schedule appointments directly and select Northern Virginia for an advising appointment and select the service needed. Visit this site to schedule an appointment via Navigate: https://www.nvc.vt.edu/Current-Students/gsso.html.

2. ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR CAREER FAIRS FROM GSA

Get ready to excel at upcoming career fairs with essential tips from the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA Spring 2024). Discover how to make the most out of your experience in just three simple steps. Learn the importance of pre-fair preparation, including researching companies and polishing your resume for maximum impact. During the event, master the art of engaging with recruiters confidently and professionally. Afterward, solidify connections by following up promptly and exploring additional job opportunities.
Access our comprehensive list of upcoming career fairs and mark your calendars to stay ahead in your career journey. Elevate your career fair game with expert guidance from GSA Spring 2024.
Career Tips Link: http://tinyurl.com/yapwktnh

Join the GSA for learn more about events: http://tinyurl.com/2czzdhxx

Job Opportunities

          No job postings at this time.

Funding Opportunities

All external funding opportunities that we are aware of can be found here: https://graduateschool.vt.edu/funding/scholarships-and-fellowships.html

3. SIGMA XI GRANTS IN AID OF RESEARCH

Deadline: March 15

Sigma Xi, a research honor society, is awarding grants to assist graduate students with their research. The amounts range from $500-$5,000. Information about the grant opportunities can be found on this webpage, which includes links to tips on applying for a grant and application resources: https://www.sigmaxi.org/programs/grants-in-aid-of-research

4. National Institute of Justice Graduate Research Fellowship Program Accepting Applications

Deadlines: April 10 and 17

NIJ’s Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) program supports doctoral research with relevance to criminal or juvenile justice in the United States. This includes criminology, forensic science, technology for law enforcement, and more. Applications from all science and engineering fields are welcome.

Students must be enrolled full time in a Ph.D. program in a science or engineering field and propose dissertation research relevant to improving criminal or juvenile justice practice or policy in the United States. Applications are submitted by the university, which must be an accredited academic institution in the United States or its territories. The fellowship provides up to three years of support within a five-year period and includes:

  • $41,000/year student salary
  • $16,000/year cost of education allowance
  • $3,000/year research expenses

To learn more and see profiles of past and present GRF fellows, visit https://nij.ojp.gov/funding/fellowships/graduate-research-fellowship-program.

The grants.gov deadline is April 10 and the JustGrants deadline is April 17, 2024.

5. SUMMER CUNNINGHAM FELLOWSHIPS AVAILABLE

Deadline: May 1.

In combination with the Cunningham Doctoral Scholarship and the Graduate School Annual Fund, we are delighted to announce the availability of summer fellowships in the amount of $7,500 each. This supplement will be awarded as a lump sum fellowship (see note below) at the beginning of the summer. This is a one-time award, cannot be renewed, and is awarded without the expectation of any additional work on your part. Awardees must be current Ph.D. students who are working on their dissertations during the summer months. This award cannot be combined with other Virginia Tech funding sources. Priority will be given to those toward the end of their program. Financial need will be considered as a secondary factor.

Applications will be accepted until May 1. Awards will be announced soon thereafter. For more information and to apply, use this form: https://forms.gle/6vYKM9AHizoAgKeN8

NOTE: Fellowships are not considered employment. No taxes are withheld and you will not receive a W2 form at the end of the year. Fellowships will show on your 1098-T from the university and may have to be reported to the IRS on your 1040 form. However, different tax rules apply to international students. For them, the university is required to collect taxes on the fellowship and to report those amounts at year-end to the IRS on form 1042S. For more information, see IRS Publication 970: Tax Benefits for Education.

6. DOE OFFICE OF SCIENCE GRADUATE RESEARCH AWARDS

Deadline: May 1.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is accepting applications for the 2024 solicitation 1 cycle for its Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program. Applications are due on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. ET.

The award program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE’s Office of Science.

https://graduateschool.vt.edu/funding/scholarships-and-fellowships/dept-of-energy-office-of-science-research-grant.html

The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory or facility in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist. The goal of the program is to prepare graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the mission of DOE’s Office of Science. Supplemental awards are intended to cover incremental costs associated with living and travel expenses during the award period.


Two application assistance workshops on Zoom are scheduled to assist students. The first will be on Saturday, March 9, 2-3:30 p.m. The second will be on Saturday, April 20, 2-4:30 p.m.


The first workshop will provide a general overview of the program and the application requirements. It and will also include a time for discussing potential research topics with the program managers; register here: https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItdeqhrj8tG70eb-wK0GmooGB_T6WNTcI#/registration

The second workshop will guide attendees through the application process, answer general questions, provide guidance on proposal writing, and feature discussions with scientists and former awardees; register here: https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIscu6rqT4oGzObcYFT24tieAsFM-vAHqg#/registration


More information on the SCGSR program can be found at by visiting the SCGSR program website: https://science.osti.gov/wdts/scgsr. You’ll also find information on this webpage: https://graduateschool.vt.edu/funding/scholarships-and-fellowships/dept-of-energy-office-of-science-research-grant.html

Upcoming Events

7. APPLYING FOR NSF FUNDING: AN OVERVIEW FROM THE SOCIAL, BEHAVIORAL, AND ECONOMIC SCIENCES

Tuesday, March 12, 2 p.m., Virtual for D.C. Area students

The Center for Future Work Places and Practices hosts Dr. Alan Tompkins, NSF acting division director, social and economic sciences, and directorate for social, behavioral, and economic sciences, will talk about the NSF grant process and provide tips for writing a competitive proposal and will discuss different types of grants. There will be time for questions. The event is part of the center’s speaker series. Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc-zBJRxFBNrpSV4G9JtjDpvUlzKUrwE9190lAsPT-w84VTBg/viewform

8. INAUGURAL D.C VT WOMEN CONNECT EVENT

Thursday, March 14, 1-2 p.m.  Three locations and virtual

Come connect and network! Employees and Students are invited to attend Dessert & Discussions on March 14 @ 1PM to connect with Virginia Tech Women in the Greater DC Metro Area. This event will be held across multiple locations in the DC area and via Zoom. Please choose one to attend and register for the event. (Dessert will be provided to those in person). This is a casual event designed to celebrate women at Virginia Tech, plan future events, and bring some fun to a Thursday afternoon!


Locations:
Arlington Research Center: 2nd Floor East/West Falls Church Room
Northern Virginia Center: Room T-4
Innovation Campus HQ: Board Room
attend via Zoom meeting 829 8292 0608

Register  here: https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=hGiVYK0Q-kCGPU8yweOjegHq3lTiFYRBrWL3KliKfOlUM1QwSjlGRlFZS0Q3RUxGSzJBSjhHTDJUWC4u

9. METHODOLOGICAL APPROACH TO DISSERTATION (MAD) WORKSHOP

Thursday, March 14, 1-2:30 p.m.  Virtual

WISE invites you to attend our upcoming practical dissertation workshop that will focus on gathering the requirements stipulated by Virginia Tech, your department and your committee for your dissertation. We will also devise a tailored plan for their implementation in your specific case. This stage of dissertation work directly impacts the success of your research and defense. Properly executed, it sets the foundation for developing your own step-by-step work plan. It provides you with a comprehensive understanding of what your dissertation should entail and where to focus your research efforts.

The workshop will be online: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/87983612381?pwd=VUc0dDBpTk4ranlpVVA4UHdZU1dzQT09
Meeting ID: 879 8361 2381
Passcode: 731267

19. 3M RISE RESUME AND RESEARCH STATEMENT WORKSHOP

Monday, March 18, 8 a.m.  Virtual

Students who are applying to the 3M RISE symposium have the opportunity to sign up for a Resume and Research Statement Workshop. The workshop aims to help students avoid common mistakes that are seen in resumes and answer any questions they may have about research statements before they apply to RISE. Information and registration can be found here: https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=xMPK-qXiV0KvdiBcioId202SyahOKoBGsgbqizwTK3xUOFNYQ0pDTlBMQVFEUzRFN04xWFBFTDkzOS4u

20. INTRODUCTION TO INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Monday, March 18, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Virtual

Virginia Tech’s Patent and Trademark Resource Center presents a workshop intended for anyone interested in learning more about the different forms of intellectual property (IP). This introductory workshop will be especially helpful for those who are own or looking to start their own business, or those who have an invention they would like to patent.

Attendees will learn about the four main types of intellectual property (trademarks, patents, copyright, and trade secrets), including examples and how to get started with applying or registering their IP. Register for the workshop here: https://calendar.lib.vt.edu/event/12111505

21. SPRING STUDENTS’ POP-UP PANTRY

Thursday, March 21, 3-6 p.m. Northern Virginia Center, room 471, Falls Church

The DC Metro Black Caucus will hold a pop-up pantry at the Northern Virginia Center campus, offering food and toiletries free to all Virginia Tech graduate students in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Students must present a valid Virginia Tech student ID (known as a Hokie Passport).

The Northern Virginia Center is located at 7054 Haycock Road and is accessible via the Metro system.

22. COLLEGE OF WILLIAM & MARY GRADUATE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

Thursday, March 21In person at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA.

The Arts &Sciences Graduate Center and the Charles Center for Academic Excellence at William & Mary invite doctoral and master’s degree students in Arts & Sciences disciplines from Virginia universities to present their research at an interdisciplinary symposium at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, March 21-22, 2024. Learn more here: https://www.wm.edu/as/graduate/graduate-symposium/

23. GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDENT SENATE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

Wednesday, March 278 a.m.-7 p.m., Graduate Life Center on the Blacksburg campus, with opportunities to present research virtually.

The symposium theme is Horizons of Tomorrow: Innovation, Diversity, Collaboration, and Advancement. There will be an opportunity for virtual flash-talk presentations and travel awards may be available. Students are encouraged to present abstracts for virtual flash talks by March 4. Projects can be fully complete with analyses, proposed studies, or research that has been started but not complete.

More information about the symposium and the events can be found on the GPSS website: https://gpss.vt.edu/programs/gsars.html

Contact the co-chairs with any questions: jennphill@vt.ed, and niveda@vt.edu

Volunteers and research participants sought

24. POKEMON GO USAGE AND PLAY STYLE SURVEY

A research team in Industrial & Systems Engineering is surveying to understand the way people engage with and play PokémonGo. If you have thoughts or opinions you’d like to share, please check out our survey: https://virginiatech.questionpro.com/pokemongo


It should take no more than 20-35 minutes and is anonymous. All questions (except the age confirmation) can be skipped. If you have any questions, please contact Cassidy Nelson via cassidynelson@vt.edu.
You must be 18 years of age or older to participate.


This work is a Virginia Tech research study approved under IRB 23-630. If you have any concerns you’d prefer to speak with someone else about, please contact irb@vt.edu

25. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR GRADUATE STUDENT HOUSING SURVEY

The Virginia Tech Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC) graduate students are competing in the Solar Decathlon. This project involves a fictional proposal and design for student housing next to the WAAC, and we would love to get some feedback from the student body in the greater Washington, D.C. metro area to collect data on student housing for our project. The survey is 13 multiple-choice questions and will take just a few minutes to complete. The requirement for participating is to be a registered graduate student. If you have questions, contact jasminec@vt.edu.
The link to the survey is here: https://forms.office.com/r/hJ4kgRXQsJ

26. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR A STUDY OF SONS OF SINGLE MOTHERS STUDY

The Relationship Experiences Strengths and Strains (REST) Lab is recruiting men who were raised by single mothers to participate in 1.5-2 hour interviews about their lived experiences, definitions of masculinity, and how personal experiences shaped masculine identities.

Participants must identify as a man who was raised by a single mother without a residential father figure (biological, step, adoptive, etc.) and be willing to complete a 1.5-2 hour long qualitative interview. Compensation, if applicable, will be a $25 Amazon gift card. More details and application information can be found here: https://virginiatech.questionpro.com/t/AVVVtZ1Yr4

27. U.S. DRONE SOCCER COMPETITIONS NEED VOLUNTEERS

In partnership with Boeing, Virginia Tech is hosting three US Drone Soccer competitions in the D.C. area for middle- and high-school students. These events will showcase the skills and agility of remotely operated drones in a soccer-like game. See more about Drone Soccer programs here: https://www.dronesoccer.us/u19-youth. As a volunteer, your assistance will be invaluable in ensuring the smooth running of the events and providing a memorable experience for all participants. Event dates are March 16, April 27, and April 28. Information and the volunteer form may be found here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf2u-xcmUcj9Y1VfAKMusBy-yUpJ_YOIbHFWaRtGeP1Xu-nEw/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0

Ongoing Services

  • 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 gssoncr@vt.edu. 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.
  • COOK COUNSELING: Schedule an in-person or virtual appointment with the Northern Virginia Embedded Counselor, Julie Kaplan, Ph.D. by emailing jskaplan@vt.edu 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.  All students can use this room 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. 

Please contact Julie Kaplan, Ph.D., at jskaplan@vt.edu, if you have any questions related to this space. 

  • CRANWELL INTERNATIONAL CENTER: Schedule an appointment by emailing international@vt.edu 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 gradombud@vt.edu or call 540-231-9573.

AFFINITY GROUPS: The affinity groups are:

Asian Affinity Group
Black Affinity Group
First-Generation Affinity Group
GRAD Parents Affinity Group
Latinx Affinity Group
Veterans Affinity Group
Women in TECH Affinity Group

Join an affinity group here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdW61FGWCbuhwUhsSF2NK0rqtjSxzqz_eTFhhpJf8W74ykaKA/viewform. For more information, contact Dr. Hayes at chontresehayes@vt.edu

  • NORTHERN VIRGINIA RESOURCE CENTER LIBRARY: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday, 10a.m.-6p.m.; Saturday, 10a.m.-5p.m.; Sunday, Closed
  • 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

About the Newsletter and How to Submit a Post

Posts must be relevant to graduate students in the greater Washington, D.C., metro area and other Northern Virginia campuses.

Posts must include the name and contact information of the requesting organization or person; not exceed 150 words; and not include attachments, QR codes or embedded links (no fliers or photos). Submissions will be edited to fit newsletter style and formatting requirements.

Please submit post requests by 3 p.m. Friday before the Monday on which the post is to appear using this Google form: https://gs.vt.edu/weeklylistserv.

The D.C. Area Weekly newsletters are also available at:

https://dcareaweekly.graduateschool.vt.edu/.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact the reference in the posting at least 10 business days prior to the event.     

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Feb. 26 D.C. Area Weekly Newsletter for Virginia Tech Graduate Students

Feb. 26, 2024

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.

You’ll find posts under the following headings:

  • This Week’s Events and Activities
  • Administrative Announcements
  • Job Opportunities
  • External Funding Opportunities
  • Upcoming Events
  • Volunteers and research participants sought
  • Ongoing Services

This Week’s Events and Activities

1. GSA KICKSTART EVENT

Monday, Feb. 26, 2:30-3:30 p.m. NVC Campus, Room 200, Falls Church

Join us for the GSA Kickstart Event this February, marking the beginning of an engaging and empowering year ahead for all Virginia Tech graduate students in the D.C. metropolitan area. This special occasion is dedicated to introducing you to the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA).

At this kickstart event, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the GSA’s objectives, upcoming events, and various ways you can get involved to make the most out of your graduate experience. It’s a great chance to meet the GSA team and connect with fellow graduate students. We’re spicing up the event with pizza, and fun and interactive games. Registration form: https://forms.office.com/r/6T09xbgR3i

GSA information can be found here:
https://virginiatech-my.sharepoint.com/:i:/g/personal/umabhargavi_vt_edu/ETUqcfM1hV1FmwF-o_qhTfYBFJWgMDa7vZbLMcM_ha0f5g?e=Qv87lc

2. INTRODUCTION TO SCHOLARLY ONLINE PRESENCE

Monday, Feb. 26, 2:30-3:45 p.m., Virtual

LinkedIn, ORCID, ResearcherID, ResearchGate, Google Scholar Profile–how do you choose which sites you should create professional and scholarly profiles for? This interactive workshop provides an introduction to creating an online scholarly presence. Learn how to create and maintain your unique author identifier to ensure you get credit for your work, link your profiles together for ease of use, and track research impact metrics and online engagement of your research.

https://calendar.lib.vt.edu/event/11751379

3. INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CAREER WEEK EVENTS

Monday, Feb. 26, 3-7 p.m. (and every day through March 1), Hybrid

Come learn about how to apply for a co-op or internship, what you need to think about if you’re considering a work visa like an H-1b, or how to search for a job in the United States. This is a week dedicated to international undergraduate and graduate students wanting to learn about U.S. work options and navigating the U.S. job market.
Registration is required for each event, and these hybrid events will be held both in-person and online. Here is the registration link, which includes information about the planned events: https://international.vt.edu/student_experience/international-student-career-week.html

4. LINKED IN AND NETWORKING FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Virtual

This session will offer tips for optimizing both your LinkedIn profile and your online presence. Additionally, the session will address the questions “What is networking, why does it matter, and how do you do it?” The workshop will also cover how to utilize LinkedIn for both networking and the job search. Learn more and register at this webpage:

https://vt.joinhandshake.com/events/1449851/share_preview

5. GRADUATE SCHOOL DROP-IN ADVISING, CAMPUS TO CAMPUS

Thursday, Feb. 29, 1-5 p.m., In-person, Room 2-304 (second floor), Arlington Campus- VT-RC

The Graduate School advisors will be onsite for “In-person” sessions to assist with the following student advising needs for Spring 2024. No appointment is necessary. Please stop by for a brief advising appointment with staff to discuss any of the following:


Student record issues
Plan of study discussion & review
Assisting with prelim and final exams
iThenticate/ ETD questions
Commencement information
Checking degree completion status for Spring 2024 & Summer 2024

6. PROMOTING YOUR SCHOLARLY WORK ONLINE

Thursday, Feb. 29, 2:30-3:45 p.m., Virtual

You’ve published an article…now what? How do you share your scholarly work with others online? This interactive workshop will cover best practices for scholars to promote their work online. Learn how to use the emerging science communication tool, Grow Kudos, to write nontechnical titles and summaries of your research in order to engage broader audiences; learn how to effectively use Twitter and other social media channels to promote your work; and finally, learn how to track usage statistics and metrics to assess and improve your promotional efforts. Register here: https://calendar.lib.vt.edu/event/11751393

7. BLACK AFFINITY GROUP WILL CO-HOST VA/DC AREA NETWORKING EVENT

Thursday, Feb. 29, 4:30-6:30 p.m. In person: Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

The Black Affinity Group in collaboration with Black Graduate Student Associations (BGSA) at American University, Georgetown University, George Mason University, and Howard University will host a networking event at Busboys and Poets, located at 2021 14th St., N.W., Washington, DC. This is the third collaboration between these universities designed to build an enhanced sense of community and foster an environment of support for Black graduate student leaders. All graduate students are invited to attend. Members of the BGSA organizations are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Chontrese Hayes at chontresehayes@vt.edu.

Administrative Announcements

8. STUDENT ADVISING APPOINTMENTS WITH D.C. GRADUATE SCHOOL TEAM VIA NAVIGATE

The Graduate Admissions and Advancement team has transitioned its advising appointment scheduling for graduate students to Navigate for students in the D.C. Metro Area. The Graduate School staff can be reached for In Person and Virtual Appointments to discuss various topics under admissions and academic progress. Students should use our webpage to access the link to schedule appointments directly and select Northern Virginia for an advising appointment and select the service needed. Visit this site to schedule an appointment via Navigate: https://www.nvc.vt.edu/Current-Students/gsso.html.

9. GRADUATE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM ABSTRACT DEADLINE EXTENDED

Deadline: March 4

Did you miss the original deadline for submitting an abstract to the 40th Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) Graduate Research Symposium? The GPSS has extended the deadline to Monday March 4, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. Hopefully this will help anyone who wanted to submit an abstract but got busy with mid-semester assignments, exams, grading, and assistantship responsibilities. The symposium is scheduled for Wednesday, March 27, at the Graduate Life Center. Presenters will be provided with lunch and dinner.

Differences between the presentation formats can be found on our website and on the abstract submission form. Contact Jennifer (jennphill@vt.edu) or Niveda (niveda@vt.edu) with any questions!

Submission Site: https://gpss.vt.edu/programs/gsars.html

10. SURVEY FOR COMMUNICATING SCIENCE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE

Deadline: Feb. 27

The Center for Communicating Science is in the early stages of planning a graduate certificate in communicating science and collaborating across disciplines and differences, and we’d love to have your input! If you have any interest in such a certificate, please fill out the survey linked below at your earliest convenience—it should take no more than 5 minutes of your time—and help us shape this certificate program to fit your needs. Deadline: Feb. 27. You’ll find the survey here: https://forms.office.com/r/yLTK36TzPp

11. GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Interested in being involved in student governance? Please consider applying to serve as the Graduate and Professional Student Representative to the Board of Visitors for 2024-25. Learn more and apply here: https://bov.vt.edu/Student-Reps-Apply

12. ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR CAREER FAIRS FROM GSA

Get ready to excel at upcoming career fairs with essential tips from the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA Spring 2024). Discover how to make the most out of your experience in just three simple steps. Learn the importance of pre-fair preparation, including researching companies and polishing your resume for maximum impact. During the event, master the art of engaging with recruiters confidently and professionally. Afterward, solidify connections by following up promptly and exploring additional job opportunities.
Access our comprehensive list of upcoming career fairs and mark your calendars to stay ahead in your career journey. Elevate your career fair game with expert guidance from GSA Spring 2024.
Career Tips Link: http://tinyurl.com/yapwktnh

Join the GSA for learn more about events: http://tinyurl.com/2czzdhxx

13. INTERNSHIP FOR THE VOICE OF AFRICA TRADE INVESTMENT AND TOURISM FORUM

Deadline: March 6

The Voice of Africa Trade Investment and Tourism Forum is hiring an intern. The unpaid position provides the intern with hands on international relations experience and the opportunity to assist with real-life investor project opportunities, shaping global policy initiatives, access to VIP events, and the chance to be featured in the media. The start date for the position is March 18.

Applicants must be currently pursuing a degree in a relevant field (communications, marketing, business, etc.). with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. Proven research skills with a strong attention to detail are a must, as is the capability to synthesize information from diverse sources.

Application materials can be found here: www.tvoaforum.org/internship . For more information, contact Kadmiel Van Der Puije at info@tvoaforum.org

Job Opportunities

          NO JOB POSTINGS AT THIS TIME.

Funding Opportunities

All external funding opportunities that we are aware of can be found here: https://graduateschool.vt.edu/funding/scholarships-and-fellowships.html

14. SIGMA XI GRANTS IN AID OF RESEARCH

Deadline: March 15

Sigma Xi, a research honor society, is awarding grants to assist graduate students with their research. The amounts range from $500-$5,000. Information about the grant opportunities can be found on this webpage, which includes links to tips on applying for a grant and application resources: https://www.sigmaxi.org/programs/grants-in-aid-of-research

15. National Institute of Justice Graduate Research Fellowship Program Accepting Applications

Deadlines: April 10 and 17

NIJ’s Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) program supports doctoral research with relevance to criminal or juvenile justice in the United States. This includes criminology, forensic science, technology for law enforcement, and more. Applications from all science and engineering fields are welcome.

Students must be enrolled full time in a Ph.D. program in a science or engineering field and propose dissertation research relevant to improving criminal or juvenile justice practice or policy in the United States. Applications are submitted by the university, which must be an accredited academic institution in the United States or its territories. The fellowship provides up to three years of support within a five-year period and includes:

  • $41,000/year student salary
  • $16,000/year cost of education allowance
  • $3,000/year research expenses

To learn more and see profiles of past and present GRF fellows, visit https://nij.ojp.gov/funding/fellowships/graduate-research-fellowship-program.

The grants.gov deadline is April 10 and the JustGrants deadline is April 17, 2024.

16. SUMMER CUNNINGHAM FELLOWSHIPS AVAILABLE

Deadline: May 1.

In combination with the Cunningham Doctoral Scholarship and the Graduate School Annual Fund, we are delighted to announce the availability of summer fellowships in the amount of $7,500 each. This supplement will be awarded as a lump sum fellowship (see note below) at the beginning of the summer. This is a one-time award, cannot be renewed, and is awarded without the expectation of any additional work on your part. Awardees must be current Ph.D. students who are working on their dissertations during the summer months. This award cannot be combined with other Virginia Tech funding sources. Priority will be given to those toward the end of their program. Financial need will be considered as a secondary factor.

Applications will be accepted until May 1. Awards will be announced soon thereafter. For more information and to apply, use this form: https://forms.gle/6vYKM9AHizoAgKeN8

NOTE: Fellowships are not considered employment. No taxes are withheld and you will not receive a W2 form at the end of the year. Fellowships will show on your 1098-T from the university and may have to be reported to the IRS on your 1040 form. However, different tax rules apply to international students. For them, the university is required to collect taxes on the fellowship and to report those amounts at year-end to the IRS on form 1042S. For more information, see IRS Publication 970: Tax Benefits for Education.

17. DOE OFFICE OF SCIENCE GRADUATE RESEARCH AWARDS

Deadline: May 1.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is accepting applications for the 2024 solicitation 1 cycle for its Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program. Applications are due on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. ET.

The award program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE’s Office of Science.

https://graduateschool.vt.edu/funding/scholarships-and-fellowships/dept-of-energy-office-of-science-research-grant.html

The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory or facility in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist. The goal of the program is to prepare graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the mission of DOE’s Office of Science. Supplemental awards are intended to cover incremental costs associated with living and travel expenses during the award period.


Two application assistance workshops on Zoom are scheduled to assist students. The first will be on Saturday, March 9, 2-3:30 p.m. The second will be on Saturday, April 20, 2-4:30 p.m.


The first workshop will provide a general overview of the program and the application requirements. It and will also include a time for discussing potential research topics with the program managers; register here: https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItdeqhrj8tG70eb-wK0GmooGB_T6WNTcI#/registration


The second workshop will guide attendees through the application process, answer general questions, provide guidance on proposal writing, and feature discussions with scientists and former awardees; register here: https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIscu6rqT4oGzObcYFT24tieAsFM-vAHqg#/registration


More information on the SCGSR program can be found at by visiting the SCGSR program website: https://science.osti.gov/wdts/scgsr. You’ll also find information on this webpage: https://graduateschool.vt.edu/funding/scholarships-and-fellowships/dept-of-energy-office-of-science-research-grant.html

Upcoming Events

18. APPLYING FOR NSF FUNDING: AN OVERVIEW FROM THE SOCIAL, BEHAVIORAL, AND ECONOMIC SCIENCES

Tuesday, March 12, 2 p.m., Virtual for D.C. Area students

The Center for Future Work Places and Practices hosts Dr. Alan Tompkins, NSF acting division director, social and economic sciences, and directorate for social, behavioral, and economic sciences, will talk about the NSF grant process and provide tips for writing a competitive proposal and will discuss different types of grants. There will be time for questions. The event is part of the center’s speaker series. Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc-zBJRxFBNrpSV4G9JtjDpvUlzKUrwE9190lAsPT-w84VTBg/viewform

19. 3M RISE RESUME AND RESEARCH STATEMENT WORKSHOP

Monday, March 18, 8 a.m.  Virtual

Students who are applying to the 3M RISE symposium have the opportunity to sign up for a Resume and Research Statement Workshop. The workshop aims to help students avoid common mistakes that are seen in resumes and answer any questions they may have about research statements before they apply to RISE. Information and registration can be found here:

https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=xMPK-qXiV0KvdiBcioId202SyahOKoBGsgbqizwTK3xUOFNYQ0pDTlBMQVFEUzRFN04xWFBFTDkzOS4u

20. INTRODUCTION TO INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Monday, March 18, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Virtual

Virginia Tech’s Patent and Trademark Resource Center presents a workshop intended for anyone interested in learning more about the different forms of intellectual property (IP). This introductory workshop will be especially helpful for those who are own or looking to start their own business, or those who have an invention they would like to patent.

Attendees will learn about the four main types of intellectual property (trademarks, patents, copyright, and trade secrets), including examples and how to get started with applying or registering their IP. Register for the workshop here: https://calendar.lib.vt.edu/event/12111505

21. SPRING STUDENTS’ POP-UP PANTRY

Thursday, March 21, 3-6 p.m. Northern Virginia Center, room 471, Falls Church

The DC Metro Black Caucus will hold a pop-up pantry at the Northern Virginia Center campus, offering food and toiletries free to all Virginia Tech graduate students in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Students must present a valid Virginia Tech student ID (known as a Hokie Passport).

The Northern Virginia Center is located at 7054 Haycock Road and is accessible via the Metro system.

22. COLLEGE OF WILLIAM & MARY GRADUATE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

Thursday, March 21, In person at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA.

The Arts &Sciences Graduate Center and the Charles Center for Academic Excellence at William & Mary invite doctoral and master’s degree students in Arts & Sciences disciplines from Virginia universities to present their research at an interdisciplinary symposium at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, March 21-22, 2024. Learn more here: https://www.wm.edu/as/graduate/graduate-symposium/

23. GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDENT SENATE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

Wednesday, March 27, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Graduate Life Center on the Blacksburg campus, with opportunities to present research virtually.

The symposium theme is Horizons of Tomorrow: Innovation, Diversity, Collaboration, and Advancement. There will be an opportunity for virtual flash-talk presentations and travel awards may be available. Students are encouraged to present abstracts for virtual flash talks by March 4. Projects can be fully complete with analyses, proposed studies, or research that has been started but not complete.

More information about the symposium and the events can be found on the GPSS website: https://gpss.vt.edu/programs/gsars.html

Contact the co-chairs with any questions: jennphill@vt.ed, and niveda@vt.edu

Volunteers and research participants sought

24. POKEMON GO USAGE AND PLAY STYLE SURVEY

A research team in Industrial & Systems Engineering is surveying to understand the way people engage with and play PokémonGo. If you have thoughts or opinions you’d like to share, please check out our survey: https://virginiatech.questionpro.com/pokemongo


It should take no more than 20-35 minutes and is anonymous. All questions (except the age confirmation) can be skipped. If you have any questions, please contact Cassidy Nelson via cassidynelson@vt.edu.
You must be 18 years of age or older to participate.


This work is a Virginia Tech research study approved under IRB 23-630. If you have any concerns you’d prefer to speak with someone else about, please contact irb@vt.edu

25. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR GRADUATE STUDENT HOUSING SURVEY

The Virginia Tech Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC) graduate students are competing in the Solar Decathlon. This project involves a fictional proposal and design for student housing next to the WAAC, and we would love to get some feedback from the student body in the greater Washington, D.C. metro area to collect data on student housing for our project. The survey is 13 multiple-choice questions and will take just a few minutes to complete. The requirement for participating is to be a registered graduate student. If you have questions, contact jaminec@vt.edu.
The link to the survey is here: https://forms.office.com/r/hJ4kgRXQsJ

26. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR A STUDY OF SONS OF SINGLE MOTHERS STUDY

The Relationship Experiences Strengths and Strains (REST) Lab is recruiting men who were raised by single mothers to participate in 1.5-2 hour interviews about their lived experiences, definitions of masculinity, and how personal experiences shaped masculine identities.

Participants must identify as a man who was raised by a single mother without a residential father figure (biological, step, adoptive, etc.) and be willing to complete a 1.5-2 hour long qualitative interview. Compensation, if applicable, will be a $25 Amazon gift card. More details and application information can be found here: https://virginiatech.questionpro.com/t/AVVVtZ1Yr4

27. U.S. DRONE SOCCER COMPETITIONS NEED VOLUNTEERS

In partnership with Boeing, Virginia Tech is hosting three US Drone Soccer competitions in the D.C. area for middle- and high-school students. These events will showcase the skills and agility of remotely operated drones in a soccer-like game. See more about Drone Soccer programs here: https://www.dronesoccer.us/u19-youth. As a volunteer, your assistance will be invaluable in ensuring the smooth running of the events and providing a memorable experience for all participants. Event dates are March 16, April 27, and April 28. Information and the volunteer form may be found here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf2u-xcmUcj9Y1VfAKMusBy-yUpJ_YOIbHFWaRtGeP1Xu-nEw/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0

Ongoing Services 

  • 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 gssoncr@vt.edu. 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.
  • COOK COUNSELING: Schedule an in-person or virtual appointment with the Northern Virginia Embedded Counselor, Julie Kaplan, Ph.D. by emailing jskaplan@vt.edu 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.  All students can use this room 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. 

Please contact Julie Kaplan, Ph.D., at jskaplan@vt.edu, if you have any questions related to this space. 

  • CRANWELL INTERNATIONAL CENTER: Schedule an appointment by emailing international@vt.edu 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 gradombud@vt.edu or call 540-231-9573.

AFFINITY GROUPS: The affinity groups are:

Asian Affinity Group
Black Affinity Group
First-Generation Affinity Group
GRAD Parents Affinity Group
Latinx Affinity Group
Veterans Affinity Group
Women in TECH Affinity Group

Join an affinity group here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdW61FGWCbuhwUhsSF2NK0rqtjSxzqz_eTFhhpJf8W74ykaKA/viewform. For more information, contact Dr. Hayes at chontresehayes@vt.edu

  • NORTHERN VIRGINIA RESOURCE CENTER LIBRARY: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday, 10a.m.-6p.m.; Saturday, 10a.m.-5p.m.; Sunday, Closed
  • 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

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Feb. 19, 2024 D.C. Area Weekly Newsletter for Virginia Tech Graduate Students

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.

You’ll find posts under the following headings:

  • This Week’s Events and Activities
  • Administrative Announcements
  • Job Opportunities
  • External Funding Opportunities
  • Upcoming Events
  • Volunteers and research participants sought
  • Ongoing Services

This Week’s Events and Activities

1. LEARN MORE ABOUT CITATION MANAGERS

Monday, Feb. 19, 4-5 p.m. Virtual

Citation managers like EndNote, Mendeley, and Zotero are powerful tools that can help you save, organize, and cite your references. Their use can also help improve your workflow and make the research process easier and less stressful.

This session will focus on ways to get the most of your citation manager. By the end of the session, you’ll be able to integrate citation managers into your existing workflow, identify personal best practices for using citation managers, and use advanced features of the citation manager of your choice to streamline your research workflow.

This session will assume that you are already using and are familiar with a citation manager like EndNote, Zotero, or Mendeley.

Register at: https://calendar.lib.vt.edu/event/11734413

2. SPRING 2024 CONNECTION JOB FAIRS

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Virtual (Brazen platform)

Virginia Tech’s Career and Professional Development Center is hosting a job and career fair for Virginia Tech graduate students in all majors and degree levels. After registering, students can view the positions and employers in advance. The fair includes opportunities for internships and post-graduation jobs. Find out more and register at https://app.joinhandshake.com/login

Visit this webpage to learn about preparing for the career fair: https://career.vt.edu/job-search/meet_employers/career-fair-prep.html

If you have questions or need more information, contact Ashley Roberts at ashleylr@vt.edu.

3. LEVERAGING LINKEDIN FOR CAREER EXPLORATION AND NETWORKING

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 12-1 p.m. Virtual

This workshop, targeted toward graduate students and postdocs, will focus on leveraging LinkedIn to aid in your career exploration and networking. Part 2 of a 3-part series taking place on the third Tuesday of each month, January to March. Learn more and register here: https://www.research.vt.edu/about/postdoctoral-associates/postdoctoral-events-programs/2024/leveraging-linkedin-series.html

4. LITERATURE REVIEWS AND DATABASE SEARCHING FOR ANIMAL & LIFE SCIENCES

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 3:30-4:45 p.m. Virtual

You’ve been assigned to write a literature review, but how do you get started? What kinds of literature reviews are there? Where should you search? How do you know what search terms to use? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this workshop. By the end of this session, you’ll be able to identify the type of literature review to be conducted, find relevant databases to search in the life sciences, and create effective search strategies. Learn more and register here: https://calendar.lib.vt.edu/event/11734443

5. BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENT AT THE SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY & CULTURE

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 5 p.m. In person (Meet at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture group entrance)

Join the Graduate School, Office for Equity & Accessibility and the DC Metro Area Black Caucus while they host a day at the museum during Black History Month. Tour the four-level Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture by exploring different collections and exhibitions such as: Civil Rights; Black Lives Matter; 1690; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Art, Culture, History, Community; and Music, just to name a few. RSVP required. Register here: https://gobblerconnect.vt.edu/event/9686818

6. HOW GRADUATE STUDENTS CAN LEVERAGE AI IN THE JOB SEARCH

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 4-5 p.m. Virtual

This session will discuss how to leverage AI to your advantage in the job search. Tools like ChatGPT can be helpful for drafting application documents, preparing for an interview, and optimizing your online presence. Learn more and register at this webpage:

https://vt.joinhandshake.com/events/1449846/share_preview

7. VIRGINIA TECH GIVING DAY

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 12 p.m.-Thursday, Feb. 22, 12 p.m. Virtual

For 24 hours, beginning at noon on Feb. 21, Hokies across the university campuses and alumni and friends of VT around the world will join together to support programs and students they love in the spirit of Ut prosim. You can make a gift of any size, and we do mean any size. All gifts make a difference. You’ll see announcements in your social media feeds during the 24 hours with URLs and instructions. Choose the programs you want to support.

We hope you will consider supporting the Graduate School with a small gift, as ALL funds from Giving Day go to helping graduate students, and we have three challenges that will bring in an additional $22,500 if we meet them. If you wish to make a donation, use this link give.vt.edu/supportgradschool. And thank you!

8. METHODOLOGICAL APPROACH TO DISSERTATIONS: KEY STEPS FOR QUALITY RESEARCH AND A SUCCESSFUL DEFENSE

Thursday, Feb. 22, 1-2:30 p.m. Virtual

The Women in Industrial and Systems Engineering (WISE) community at Virginia Tech is hosting a virtual conference to explore the implementation of a systematic methodology to organize your dissertation work. The session will cover the essential tasks required to attain robust scientific results and successfully defend your thesis, all while optimizing your time investment. Receive guidance on leveraging research outcomes effectively, especially if uncertain about their application or facing doubts about your topic. If you sense your work reaching an impasse, we’re here to assist you in navigating through these challenges.
Attending this conference enables you to participate in accompanying workshops designed to kickstart your journey and deliver tangible results for your dissertation.

Please register for the conference following the link below: https://forms.gle/NbTS87s6f2mYCJrs6

Administrative Announcements

9. STUDENT ADVISING APPOINTMENTS WITH D.C. GRADUATE SCHOOL TEAM VIA NAVIGATE

The Graduate Admissions and Advancement team has transitioned its advising appointment scheduling for graduate students to Navigate for students in the D.C. Metro Area. The Graduate School staff can be reached for In Person and Virtual Appointments to discuss various topics under admissions and academic progress. Students should use our webpage to access the link to schedule appointments directly and select Northern Virginia for an advising appointment and select the service needed. Visit this site to schedule an appointment via Navigate: https://www.nvc.vt.edu/Current-Students/gsso.html.

10. HOKIE WELLNESS SURVEY

Hokie Wellness has a survey live currently to learn more about our students’ preferences on health and well-being topics and mechanisms of delivery of content. As a thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts, we are offering a chance to win prizes. Prizes could include a variety of items, such as T-shirts, tumblers, etc. Winners will be randomly selected from the pool of survey respondents and awarded throughout the spring semester of 2024.

The link is: https://baseline.campuslabs.com/vpiasu/hwpreferences

11. SURVEY FOR COMMUNICATING SCIENCE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE

Deadline: Feb. 27

The Center for Communicating Science is in the early stages of planning a graduate certificate in communicating science and collaborating across disciplines and differences, and we’d love to have your input! If you have any interest in such a certificate, please fill out the survey linked below at your earliest convenience—it should take no more than 5 minutes of your time—and help us shape this certificate program to fit your needs. Deadline: Feb. 27. You’ll find the survey here: https://forms.office.com/r/yLTK36TzPp

12. CALL FOR EDITORS COMMUNITY CHANGE JOURNAL

“Community Change” is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, graduate student journal that explores multiple approaches to democratic community development and change. The journal is currently seeking dedicated graduate students for its editorial board. Connect with fellow graduate students, learn about the publication process in a supportive environment, and sharpen your editing skills through this valuable opportunity. If you are interested, please fill out this brief form: https://forms.office.com/r/dwqpL2YpYV

13. GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Interested in being involved in student governance? Please consider applying to serve as the Graduate and Professional Student Representative to the Board of Visitors for 2024-25. Learn more and apply here: https://bov.vt.edu/Student-Reps-Apply

14. ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR CAREER FAIRS FROM GSA

Get ready to excel at upcoming career fairs with essential tips from the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA Spring 2024). Discover how to make the most out of your experience in just three simple steps. Learn the importance of pre-fair preparation, including researching companies and polishing your resume for maximum impact. During the event, master the art of engaging with recruiters confidently and professionally. Afterward, solidify connections by following up promptly and exploring additional job opportunities.
Access our comprehensive list of upcoming career fairs and mark your calendars to stay ahead in your career journey. Elevate your career fair game with expert guidance from GSA Spring 2024.
Career Tips Link: http://tinyurl.com/yapwktnh

Join The GSA for learn more about events: http://tinyurl.com/2czzdhxx

15. IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT GOOGLE SHARED DRIVES

As part of the university’s changes to Google services, Google Shared Drives that have not been claimed by a department will become read-only on Feb. 15 and deleted starting April 3. This includes Shared Drives managed solely by students. It is highly recommended that you download a copy of any files/folders you wish to keep from your Shared Drives. If you are a member of a Shared Drive that a university department needs to maintain, please contact the faculty or staff member most-closely connected to the contents of the drive to discuss how that drive should be managed. For more information, visit https://it.vt.edu/shared-drives

Job Opportunities

No job Opportunities at Present

Funding Opportunities

All external funding opportunities that we are aware of can be found here: https://graduateschool.vt.edu/funding/scholarships-and-fellowships.html

16. SIGMA XI GRANTS IN AID OF RESEARCH

Deadline: March 15

Sigma Xi, a research honor society, is awarding grants to assist graduate students with their research. The amounts range from $500-$5,000. Information about the grant opportunities can be found on this webpage, which includes links to tips on applying for a grant and application resources: https://www.sigmaxi.org/programs/grants-in-aid-of-research

17. NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF JUSTICE GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM 

Deadlines: April 10 and 17

NIJ’s Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) program supports doctoral research with relevance to criminal or juvenile justice in the United States. This includes criminology, forensic science, technology for law enforcement, and more. Applications from all science and engineering fields are welcome.

Students must be enrolled full time in a Ph.D. program in a science or engineering field and propose dissertation research relevant to improving criminal or juvenile justice practice or policy in the United States. Applications are submitted by the university, which must be an accredited academic institution in the United States or its territories. The fellowship provides up to three years of support within a five-year period and includes:

  • $41,000/year student salary
  • $16,000/year cost of education allowance
  • $3,000/year research expenses

To learn more and see profiles of past and present GRF fellows, visit https://nij.ojp.gov/funding/fellowships/graduate-research-fellowship-program.

The grants.gov deadline is April 10 and the JustGrants deadline is April 17, 2024.

18. SUMMER CUNNINGHAM FELLOWSHIPS AVAILABLE

Deadline: May 1.

In combination with the Cunningham Doctoral Scholarship and the Graduate School Annual Fund, we are delighted to announce the availability of summer fellowships in the amount of $7,500 each. This supplement will be awarded as a lump sum fellowship (see note below) at the beginning of the summer. This is a one-time award, cannot be renewed, and is awarded without the expectation of any additional work on your part. Awardees must be current Ph.D. students who are working on their dissertations during the summer months. This award cannot be combined with other Virginia Tech funding sources. Priority will be given to those toward the end of their program. Financial need will be considered as a secondary factor.

Applications will be accepted until May 1. Awards will be announced soon thereafter. For more information and to apply, use this form: https://forms.gle/6vYKM9AHizoAgKeN8

NOTE: Fellowships are not considered employment. No taxes are withheld and you will not receive a W2 form at the end of the year. Fellowships will show on your 1098-T from the university and may have to be reported to the IRS on your 1040 form. However, different tax rules apply to international students. For them, the university is required to collect taxes on the fellowship and to report those amounts at year-end to the IRS on form 1042S. For more information, see IRS Publication 970: Tax Benefits for Education.

19. DOE OFFICE OF SCIENCE GRADUATE RESEARCH AWARDS

Deadline: May 1, 2024

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is accepting applications for the 2024 solicitation 1 cycle for its Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program. Applications are due on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. ET.

The award program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE’s Office of Science.

https://graduateschool.vt.edu/funding/scholarships-and-fellowships/dept-of-energy-office-of-science-research-grant.html
The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory or facility in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist. The goal of the program is to prepare graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the mission of DOE’s Office of Science. Supplemental awards are intended to cover incremental costs associated with living and travel expenses during the award period.
Two application assistance workshops on Zoom are scheduled to assist students. The first will be on Saturday, March 9, 2-3:30 p.m. The second will be on Saturday, April 20, 2-4:30 p.m.
The first workshop will provide a general overview of the program and the application requirements. It and will also include a time for discussing potential research topics with the program managers; register here: https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItdeqhrj8tG70eb-wK0GmooGB_T6WNTcI#/registration


The second workshop will guide attendees through the application process, answer general questions, provide guidance on proposal writing, and feature discussions with scientists and former awardees; register here: https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIscu6rqT4oGzObcYFT24tieAsFM-vAHqg#/registration


More information on the SCGSR program can be found at by visiting the SCGSR program website: https://science.osti.gov/wdts/scgsr. You’ll also find information on this webpage: https://graduateschool.vt.edu/funding/scholarships-and-fellowships/dept-of-energy-office-of-science-research-grant.html

Upcoming Events

20. GSA KICKSTART EVENT

Monday, Feb. 26, 2:30-3:30 p.m. NVC Campus, Room 200, Falls Church

Join us for the GSA Kickstart Event this February, marking the beginning of an engaging and empowering year ahead for all Virginia Tech graduate students in the D.C. metropolitan area. This special occasion is dedicated to introducing you to the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA).

At this kickstart event, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the GSA’s objectives, upcoming events, and various ways you can get involved to make the most out of your graduate experience. It’s a great chance to meet the GSA team and connect with fellow graduate students. We’re spicing up the event with pizza, and fun and interactive games. Registration form:https://forms.office.com/r/6T09xbgR3i

GSA information can be found here:
https://virginiatech-my.sharepoint.com/:i:/g/personal/umabhargavi_vt_edu/ETUqcfM1hV1FmwF-o_qhTfYBFJWgMDa7vZbLMcM_ha0f5g?e=Qv87lcG

21. INTRODUCTION TO SCHOLARLY ONLINE PRESENCE

Monday, Feb. 26, 2:30-3:45 p.m., Virtual

LinkedIn, ORCID, ResearcherID, ResearchGate, Google Scholar Profile–how do you choose which sites you should create professional and scholarly profiles for? This interactive workshop provides an introduction to creating an online scholarly presence. Learn how to create and maintain your unique author identifier to ensure you get credit for your work, link your profiles together for ease of use, and track research impact metrics and online engagement of your research.

https://calendar.lib.vt.edu/event/11751379

22. INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CAREER WEEK EVENTS

Monday, Feb. 26, 3-7 p.m. (and every day through March 1), Hybrid

Come learn about how to apply for a co-op or internship, what you need to think about if you’re considering a work visa like an H-1b, or how to search for a job in the United States. This is a week dedicated to international undergraduate and graduate students wanting to learn about U.S. work options and navigating the U.S. job market.
Registration is required for each event, and these hybrid events will be held both in-person and online. Here is the registration link, which includes information about the planned events: https://international.vt.edu/student_experience/international-student-career-week.html

23. LINKED IN AND NETWORKING FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Virtual

This session will offer tips for optimizing both your LinkedIn profile and your online presence. Additionally, the session will address the questions “What is networking, why does it matter, and how do you do it?” The workshop will also cover how to utilize LinkedIn for both networking and the job search. Learn more and register at this webpage:

https://vt.joinhandshake.com/events/1449851/share_preview

24. SPRING STUDENTS’ POP-UP PANTRY

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 3-6 p.m. Northern Virginia Center, room 471, Falls Church

The DC Metro Black Caucus will hold a pop-up pantry at the Northern Virginia Center campus, offering food and toiletries free to all Virginia Tech graduate students in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Students must present a valid Virginia Tech student ID (known as a Hokie Passport).

The Northern Virginia Center is located at 7054 Haycock Road and is accessible via the Metro system.

25. GRADUATE SCHOOL DROP-IN ADVISING, CAMPUS TO CAMPUS

Thursday, Feb. 29, 1-5 p.m., In-person, Room 2-304 (second floor), Arlington Campus- VT-RC

The Graduate School advisors will be onsite for “In-person” sessions to assist with the following student advising needs for Spring 2024. No appointment is necessary. Please stop by for a brief advising appointment with staff to discuss any of the following:


Student record issues
Plan of study discussion & review
Assisting with prelim and final exams
iThenticate/ ETD questions
Commencement information
Checking degree completion status for Spring 2024 & Summer 2024

26. PROMOTING YOUR SCHOLARLY WORK ONLINE

Thursday, Feb. 29, 2:30-3:45 p.m., Virtual

You’ve published an article…now what? How do you share your scholarly work with others online? This interactive workshop will cover best practices for scholars to promote their work online. Learn how to use the emerging science communication tool, Grow Kudos, to write nontechnical titles and summaries of your research in order to engage broader audiences; learn how to effectively use Twitter and other social media channels to promote your work; and finally, learn how to track usage statistics and metrics to assess and improve your promotional efforts. Register here: https://calendar.lib.vt.edu/event/11751393

27. 3M RISE RESUME AND RESEARCH STATEMENT WORKSHOP

Monday, March 18, 8 a.m.  Virtual

Students who are applying to the 3M RISE symposium have the opportunity to sign up for a Resume and Research Statement Workshop. The workshop aims to help students avoid common mistakes that are seen in resumes and answer any questions they may have about research statements before they apply to RISE.

https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=xMPK-qXiV0KvdiBcioId202SyahOKoBGsgbqizwTK3xUOFNYQ0pDTlBMQVFEUzRFN04xWFBFTDkzOS4u

28. SAVE THE DATE: COLLEGE OF WILLIAM & MARY GRADUATE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

Thursday, March 21, IN PERSON at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA.

The Arts &Sciences Graduate Center and the Charles Center for Academic Excellence at William & Mary invite doctoral and master’s degree students in Arts & Sciences disciplines from Virginia universities to present their research at an interdisciplinary symposium at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, March 21-22, 2024. Learn more here: https://www.wm.edu/as/graduate/graduate-symposium/

29. 40TH ANNUAL GPSS RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM- CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Wednesday, March 27, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Graduate Life Center in Blacksburg, with opportunities to present research virtually.

Abstract deadline: Late February

If you like free food, swag, and hearing about all of the cool and interesting research being done by your colleagues, consider submitting an abstract to the Graduate Research Symposium at Virginia Tech. This year’s research symposium, will be held on Wednesday March 27 from all departments across Virginia Tech.

Abstracts for both symposia, flash talks, and posters will be welcomed and should be between 250-500 words in length. Inclusion of two graphics (two tables, two figures, or one of each) is encouraged, but not required. All graduate students at both the Virginia Tech Blacksburg and Northern VA campuses are welcome to submit abstracts. Projects can be fully complete with analyses, proposed studies, or research that has been started but not complete. Flash talks may be presented virtually.

Visit our website for more information: https://gpss.vt.edu/programs/gsars.html. Contact the co-chairs with any questions: jennphill@vt.ed, and niveda@vt.edu

Volunteers and research participants sought

30. POKEMON GO USAGE AND PLAY STYLE SURVEY

A research team in Industrial & Systems Engineering is surveying to understand the way people engage with and play PokémonGo. If you have thoughts or opinions you’d like to share, please check out our survey: https://virginiatech.questionpro.com/pokemongo


It should take no more than 20-35 minutes and is anonymous. All questions (except the age confirmation) can be skipped. If you have any questions, please contact Cassidy Nelson via cassidynelson@vt.edu.
You must be 18 years of age or older to participate.


This work is a Virginia Tech research study approved under IRB 23-630. If you have any concerns you’d prefer to speak with someone else about, please contact irb@vt.edu

31. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR GRADUATE STUDENT HOUSING SURVEY

The Virginia Tech Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC) graduate students are competing in the Solar Decathlon. This project involves a fictional proposal and design for student housing next to the WAAC, and we would love to get some feedback from the student body in the greater Washington, D.C. metro area to collect data on student housing for our project. The survey is 13 multiple-choice questions and will take just a few minutes to complete. The requirement for participating is to be a registered graduate student. If you have questions, contact jaminec@vt.edu.
The link to the survey is here: https://forms.office.com/r/hJ4kgRXQsJ

32. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR A STUDY OF SONS OF SINGLE MOTHERS STUDY

The Relationship Experiences Strengths and Strains (REST) Lab is recruiting men who wee raised by single mothers to participate in 1.5-2 hour interviews about their lived experiences, definitions of masculinity, and how personal experiences shaped masculine identities.

Participants must identify as a man who was raised by a single mother without a residential father figure (biological, step, adoptive, etc.) and be willing to complete a 1.5-2 hour long qualitative interview. Compensation, if applicable, will be a $25 Amazon gift card. More details and application information can be found here: https://virginiatech.questionpro.com/t/AVVVtZ1Yr4

33. U.S. DRONE SOCCER COMPETITIONS NEED VOLUNTEERS

In partnership with Boeing, Virginia Tech is hosting three US Drone Soccer competitions in the D.C. area for middle- and high-school students. These events will showcase the skills and agility of remotely operated drones in a soccer-like game. See more about Drone Soccer programs here: https://www.dronesoccer.us/u19-youth. As a volunteer, your assistance will be invaluable in ensuring the smooth running of the events and providing a memorable experience for all participants. Event dates are March 16, April 27, and April 28. Information and the volunteer form may be found here: 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf2u-xcmUcj9Y1VfAKMusBy-yUpJ_YOIbHFWaRtGeP1Xu-nEw/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0

Ongoing Services

  • 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 gssoncr@vt.edu. 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.
  • COOK COUNSELING: Schedule an in-person or virtual appointment with the Northern Virginia Embedded Counselor, Julie Kaplan, Ph.D. by emailing jskaplan@vt.edu 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.  All students can use this room 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. 

Please contact Julie Kaplan, Ph.D., at jskaplan@vt.edu, if you have any questions related to this space. 

  • CRANWELL INTERNATIONAL CENTER: Schedule an appointment by emailing international@vt.edu 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 gradombud@vt.edu or call 540-231-9573.

AFFINITY GROUPS: The affinity groups are:

Asian Affinity Group
Black Affinity Group
First-Generation Affinity Group
GRAD Parents Affinity Group
Latinx Affinity Group
Veterans Affinity Group
Women in TECH Affinity Group

Join an affinity group here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdW61FGWCbuhwUhsSF2NK0rqtjSxzqz_eTFhhpJf8W74ykaKA/viewform. For more information, contact Dr. Hayes at chontresehayes@vt.edu

  • NORTHERN VIRGINIA RESOURCE CENTER LIBRARY: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday, 10a.m.-6p.m.; Saturday, 10a.m.-5p.m.; Sunday, Closed
  • 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

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Posts must include the name and contact information of the requesting organization or person; not exceed 150 words; and not include attachments, QR codes or embedded links (no fliers or photos). Submissions will be edited to fit newsletter style and formatting requirements.

Please submit post requests by 3 p.m. Friday before the Monday on which the post is to appear using this Google form: https://gs.vt.edu/weeklylistserv.

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Feb. 12, 2024 D.C. Area Weekly Newsletter for Virginia Tech Graduate Students

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.

You’ll find posts under the following headings:

  • This Week’s Events and Activities
  • Administrative Announcements
  • Job Opportunities
  • External Funding Opportunities
  • Upcoming Events
  • Volunteers and research participants sought
  • Ongoing Services

This Week’s Events and Activities

1. GETTING STARTED WITH ENDNOTE

Monday, Feb. 12, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Virtual

EndNote is one of the most powerful citation managers available. In this interactive University Library workshop, you will learn the basics of EndNote, including adding references to your library, organizing your library, and using EndNote to cite references within a document.

Learn more and register here: https://calendar.lib.vt.edu/event/11734360

2. Talks in Tech Spring 2024 Seminar Series

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 1-2 p.m., Virtual

The Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student Council is sponsoring a series of discussions by mechanical engineering Ph.D. student Leila Amanzadeh, who has experience at Tesla, Neocis, and RoboDuels. The series, Talks in Tech aims to bridge academia and industry. Industry experts, from tech giants to startups, share insights in free online seminars, offering career advice, interview tips, and research perspectives. The seminars will be recorded and available the Talks in Tech’s YouTube channel.

Register and subscribe on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/@talks_in_tech. This series also connects you with recruiters. Upcoming speakers include Google Chief of Staff, Neocis CEO, and NVIDIA Senior Deep Learning Software Engineer. 

Link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/14dMfMzxHcBNqIuxJ1hU9wkZyt_OFX-lxFRYZbBZstLQ/edit#gid=0   

3. SELF-CARE AND DESSERT BUFFET

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2-3 p.m. VTRC-Arlington, second floor Falls Church Room

This Valentine’s Day is “All About You” and we are celebrating with a self-care workshop and dessert buffet co-sponsored and led by Gennelle Chatman, Equity Manager; Chontrese Hayes, Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Academic Affairs and Student Success; and Julie Kaplan, of the Cook Counseling Center, and me, from Cook Counseling Center.  . RSVP requested so they know how much dessert to prepare: https://forms.gle/bV43wmC8KrbSeNbq9

4. COVER LETTER WRITING

Thursday, Feb. 15, 2-3 p.m. Virtual

This workshop is designed to help students write an effective cover letter. The session provides a cover letter checklist and addresses how to tailor your cover letter to each position.

Learn more and register at this Handshake webpage: https://vt.joinhandshake.com/events/1449840/share_preview

Administrative Announcements

5. STUDENT ADVISING APPOINTMENTS WITH D.C. GRADUATE SCHOOL TEAM VIA NAVIGATE

The Graduate Admissions and Advancement team has transitioned its advising appointment scheduling for graduate students to Navigate for students in the D.C. Metro Area. The Graduate School staff can be reached for In Person and Virtual Appointments to discuss various topics under admissions and academic progress. Students should use our webpage to access the link to schedule appointments directly and select Northern Virginia for an advising appointment and select the service needed. Visit this site to schedule an appointment via Navigate: https://www.nvc.vt.edu/Current-Students/gsso.html.

6. IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT GOOGLE SHARED DRIVES

As part of the university’s changes to Google services, Google Shared Drives that have not been claimed by a department will become read-only on Feb. 15 and deleted starting April 3. This includes Shared Drives managed solely by students. It is highly recommended that you download a copy of any files/folders you wish to keep from your Shared Drives. If you are a member of a Shared Drive that a university department needs to maintain, please contact the faculty or staff member most-closely connected to the contents of the drive to discuss how that drive should be managed. For more information, visit https://it.vt.edu/shared-drives

7. HOKIE WELLNESS SURVEY

Hokie Wellness has a survey live currently to learn more about our students’ preferences on health and well-being topics and mechanisms of delivery of content. As a thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts, we are offering a chance to win prizes. Prizes could include a variety of items, such as T-shirts, tumblers, etc. Winners will be randomly selected from the pool of survey respondents and awarded throughout the spring semester of 2024.

The link is: https://baseline.campuslabs.com/vpiasu/hwpreferences

8. GRADUATE STUDENTS’ AFFINITY GROUP MEMBERSHIP IN THE DC AREA

The graduate school has established seven affinity groups for the expanded campuses in the Washington, DC area to foster environments of support and assist with degree completion and professional development outcomes. The overarching goal is to build an enhanced sense of community and provide a forum for an exchange of ideas on issues of common interest for students who identify with these communities. The affinity groups are:

Asian Affinity Group
Black Affinity Group
First-Generation Affinity Group
GRAD Parents Affinity Group
Latinx Affinity Group
Veterans Affinity Group
Women in TECH Affinity Group

Join an affinity group here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdW61FGWCbuhwUhsSF2NK0rqtjSxzqz_eTFhhpJf8W74ykaKA/viewform. For more information, contact Dr. Hayes at chontresehayes@vt.edu

9. SURVEY FOR COMMUNICATING SCIENCE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE

Deadline: Feb. 27

The Center for Communicating Science is in the early stages of planning a graduate certificate in communicating science and collaborating across disciplines and differences, and we’d love to have your input! If you have any interest in such a certificate, please fill out the survey linked below at your earliest convenience—it should take no more than 5 minutes of your time—and help us shape this certificate program to fit your needs. Deadline: Feb. 27. You’ll find the survey here: https://forms.office.com/r/yLTK36TzPp

10. CALL FOR EDITORS COMMUNITY CHANGE JOURNAL

“Community Change” is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, graduate student journal that explores multiple approaches to democratic community development and change. The journal is currently seeking dedicated graduate students for its editorial board. Connect with fellow graduate students, learn about the publication process in a supportive environment, and sharpen your editing skills through this valuable opportunity. If you are interested, please fill out this brief form: https://forms.office.com/r/dwqpL2YpYV

11. GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Interested in being involved in student governance? Please consider applying to serve as the Graduate and Professional Student Representative to the Board of Visitors for 2024-25. Learn more and apply here: https://bov.vt.edu/Student-Reps-Apply

12. GPSS TRAVEL FUND ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Deadline: Feb. 12

Graduate students presenting research conducted at Virginia Tech are eligible to apply for the Spring 2024 Travel Fund Program. Grants may cover registration, lodging, meals, abstract fees and other costs of presenting at an in-person or virtual conference with a start date from April 1-June 30. Students from all disciplines are invited to apply, even if your conference abstract has not been officially accepted. Applications due Feb. 12 at 11:59 PM.

Please e-mail Aran Garnett-Deakin at cgarnet@vt.edu with any questions, and visit https://gpss.vt.edu/programs/tfp.html for full details and instructions.

Job Opportunities

No job Opportunities at Present

Funding Opportunities

All external funding opportunities that we are aware of can be found here: https://graduateschool.vt.edu/funding/scholarships-and-fellowships.html

13. SUMMER CUNNINGHAM FELLOWSHIPS AVAILABLE

Deadline: May 1.

In combination with the Cunningham Doctoral Scholarship and the Graduate School Annual Fund, we are delighted to announce the availability of summer fellowships in the amount of $7,500 each. This supplement will be awarded as a lump sum fellowship (see note below) at the beginning of the summer. This is a one-time award, cannot be renewed, and is awarded without the expectation of any additional work on your part. Awardees must be current Ph.D. students who are working on their dissertations during the summer months. This award cannot be combined with other Virginia Tech funding sources. Priority will be given to those toward the end of their program. Financial need will be considered as a secondary factor.

Applications will be accepted until May 1. Awards will be announced soon thereafter. For more information and to apply, use this form: https://forms.gle/6vYKM9AHizoAgKeN8

NOTE: Fellowships are not considered employment. No taxes are withheld and you will not receive a W2 form at the end of the year. Fellowships will show on your 1098-T from the university and may have to be reported to the IRS on your 1040 form. However, different tax rules apply to international students. For them, the university is required to collect taxes on the fellowship and to report those amounts at year-end to the IRS on form 1042S. For more information, see IRS Publication 970: Tax Benefits for Education.

14. National Institute of Justice Graduate Research Fellowship Program Accepting Applications

Deadlines: April 10 and 17

NIJ’s Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) program supports doctoral research with relevance to criminal or juvenile justice in the United States. This includes criminology, forensic science, technology for law enforcement, and more. Applications from all science and engineering fields are welcome.

Students must be enrolled full time in a Ph.D. program in a science or engineering field and propose dissertation research relevant to improving criminal or juvenile justice practice or policy in the United States. Applications are submitted by the university, which must be an accredited academic institution in the United States or its territories. The fellowship provides up to three years of support within a five-year period and includes:

  • $41,000/year student salary
  • $16,000/year cost of education allowance
  • $3,000/year research expenses

To learn more and see profiles of past and present GRF fellows, visit https://nij.ojp.gov/funding/fellowships/graduate-research-fellowship-program.

The grants.gov deadline is April 10 and the JustGrants deadline is April 17, 2024.

15. DOE OFFICE OF SCIENCE GRADUATE RESEARCH AWARDS

Deadline: May 1, 2024

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is accepting applications for the 2024 solicitation 1 cycle for its Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program. Applications are due on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. ET.

The award program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE’s Office of Science.

https://graduateschool.vt.edu/funding/scholarships-and-fellowships/dept-of-energy-office-of-science-research-grant.html

The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory or facility in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist. The goal of the program is to prepare graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the mission of DOE’s Office of Science. Supplemental awards are intended to cover incremental costs associated with living and travel expenses during the award period.


Two application assistance workshops on Zoom are scheduled to assist students. The first will be on Saturday, March 9, 2-3:30 p.m. The second will be on Saturday, April 20, 2-4:30 p.m.


The first workshop will provide a general overview of the program and the application requirements. It and will also include a time for discussing potential research topics with the program managers; register here: https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItdeqhrj8tG70eb-wK0GmooGB_T6WNTcI#/registration


The second workshop will guide attendees through the application process, answer general questions, provide guidance on proposal writing, and feature discussions with scientists and former awardees; register here: https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIscu6rqT4oGzObcYFT24tieAsFM-vAHqg#/registration


More information on the SCGSR program can be found at by visiting the SCGSR program website: https://science.osti.gov/wdts/scgsr. You’ll also find information on this webpage: https://graduateschool.vt.edu/funding/scholarships-and-fellowships/dept-of-energy-office-of-science-research-grant.html

Upcoming Events

16. LEVERAGING LINKEDIN FOR CAREER EXPLORATION AND NETWORKING

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 12-1 p.m. Virtual

This workshop, targeted toward graduate students and postdocs, will focus on leveraging LinkedIn to aid in your career exploration and networking. Part 2 of a 3-part series taking place on the third Tuesday of each month, January to March. Learn more and register here: https://www.research.vt.edu/about/postdoctoral-associates/postdoctoral-events-programs/2024/leveraging-linkedin-series.html

17. BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENT AT THE SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY & CULTURE

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 5 p.m. In person (Meet at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture group entrance)

Join the Graduate School, Office for Equity & Accessibility and the DC Metro Area Black Caucus while they host a day at the museum during Black History Month. Tour the four-level Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture by exploring different collections and exhibitions such as: Civil Rights; Black Lives Matter; 1690; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Art, Culture, History, Community; and Music, just to name a few. RSVP required. Register here: https://gobblerconnect.vt.edu/event/9686818

18. How Graduate Students Can Leverage AI in the Job Search

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 4-5 p.m. Virtual

This session will discuss how to leverage AI to your advantage in the job search. Tools like ChatGPT can be helpful for drafting application documents, preparing for an interview, and optimizing your online presence. Learn more and register at this webpage:

https://vt.joinhandshake.com/events/1449846/share_preview

19. METHODOLOGICAL APPROACH TO DISSERTATIONS: KEY STEPS FOR QUALITY RESEARCH AND A SUCCESSFUL DEFENSE

Thursday, Feb. 22, 1-2:30 p.m.

The Women in Industrial and Systems Engineering (WISE) community at Virginia Tech is hosting a virtual conference to explore the implementation of a systematic methodology to organize your dissertation work. The session will cover the essential tasks required to attain robust scientific results and successfully defend your thesis, all while optimizing your time investment. Receive guidance on leveraging research outcomes effectively, especially if uncertain about their application or facing doubts about your topic. If you sense your work reaching an impasse, we’re here to assist you in navigating through these challenges.
Attending this conference enables you to participate in accompanying workshops designed to kickstart your journey and deliver tangible results for your dissertation.

Please register for the conference following the link below: https://forms.gle/NbTS87s6f2mYCJrs6

20. LINKED IN AND NETWORKING FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Virtual

This session will offer tips for optimizing both your LinkedIn profile and your online presence. Additionally, the session will address the questions “What is networking, why does it matter, and how do you do it?” The workshop will also cover how to utilize LinkedIn for both networking and the job search. Learn more and register at this webpage:

https://vt.joinhandshake.com/events/1449851/share_preview

21. SAVE THE DATE: COLLEGE OF WILLIAM & MARY GRADUATE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

Thursday, March 21, at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA.

The Arts &Sciences Graduate Center and the Charles Center for Academic Excellence at William & Mary invite doctoral and master’s degree students in Arts & Sciences disciplines from Virginia universities to present their research at an interdisciplinary symposium at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, March 21-22, 2024. Learn more here: https://www.wm.edu/as/graduate/graduate-symposium/

22. 40TH ANNUAL GPSS RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM- CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Wednesday, March 27, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Graduate Life Center in Blacksburg, with opportunities to present research virtually.

Abstract deadline: Late February

If you like free food, swag, and hearing about all of the cool and interesting research being done by your colleagues, consider submitting an abstract to the Graduate Research Symposium at Virginia Tech. This year’s research symposium, will be held on Wednesday March 27 from all departments across Virginia Tech.

Abstracts for both symposia, flash talks, and posters will be welcomed and should be between 250-500 words in length. Inclusion of two graphics (two tables, two figures, or one of each) is encouraged, but not required. All graduate students at both the Virginia Tech Blacksburg and Northern VA campuses are welcome to submit abstracts. Projects can be fully complete with analyses, proposed studies, or research that has been started but not complete. Flash talks may be presented virtually.

Visit our website for more information: https://gpss.vt.edu/programs/gsars.html. Contact the co-chairs with any questions: jennphill@vt.ed, and niveda@vt.edu

Volunteers and research participants sought

23. POKEMON GO USAGE AND PLAY STYLE SURVEY

A research team in Industrial & Systems Engineering is surveying to understand the way people engage with and play PokémonGo. If you have thoughts or opinions you’d like to share, please check out our survey: https://virginiatech.questionpro.com/pokemongo


It should take no more than 20-35 minutes and is anonymous. All questions (except the age confirmation) can be skipped. If you have any questions, please contact Cassidy Nelson via cassidynelson@vt.edu.
You must be 18 years of age or older to participate.


This work is a Virginia Tech research study approved under IRB 23-630. If you have any concerns you’d prefer to speak with someone else about, please contact irb@vt.edu

24. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR GRADUATE STUDENT HOUSING SURVEY

The Virginia Tech Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC) graduate students are competing in the Solar Decathlon. This project involves a fictional proposal and design for student housing next to the WAAC, and we would love to get some feedback from the student body in the greater Washington, D.C. metro area to collect data on student housing for our project. The survey is 13 multiple-choice questions and will take just a few minutes to complete. The requirement for participating is to be a registered graduate student. If you have questions, contact jaminec@vt.edu.
The link to the survey is here: https://forms.office.com/r/hJ4kgRXQsJ

25. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR A SURVEY FOR ASSESSING EMOTIONS IN MUSIC PIECES

The Mind Music and Machine Lab at Virginia Tech invites participants for a study (IRB# 23-1154) to assess the emotional impact of eight six-minute music pieces.

This one-hour remote study offers $10 compensation via cash or payment apps, or course credit for eligible students. Contact Ziming Fang (joannafg@vt.edu) for details. Supervised by Dr. Myounghoon Jeon (myounghoonjeon@vt.edu).

Requirements: Have none of the following impairments: Visual, Hearing, Fine motor, Intellectual.
You are eligible if your hearing/vision is not at the level requiring device correction, or if you have successful device correction that you can bring and use during the study (e.g., eyeglasses, hearing aid).

If you are interested, please fill out this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeAKqvxYw7QMkLxI2wqI6x79T5gjuVgYo5M4fZAneMnJb8R7w/viewform?usp=sf_link.

Ongoing Services 

  • 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 gssoncr@vt.edu. 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.
  • COOK COUNSELING: Schedule an in-person or virtual appointment with the Northern Virginia Embedded Counselor, Julie Kaplan, Ph.D. by emailing jskaplan@vt.edu 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.  All students can use this room 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. 

Please contact Julie Kaplan, Ph.D., at jskaplan@vt.edu, if you have any questions related to this space. 

  • CRANWELL INTERNATIONAL CENTER: Schedule an appointment by emailing international@vt.edu 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 gradombud@vt.edu or call 540-231-9573.

  • AFFINITY GROUPS: Contact Assistant Dean Chontrese Hayes at chontresehayes@vt.edu for information about these student groups.
  • NORTHERN VIRGINIA RESOURCE CENTER LIBRARY: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday, 10a.m.-6p.m.; Saturday, 10a.m.-5p.m.; Sunday, Closed
  • 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

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