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The Grad Digest: Sept. 18, 2019
Without Feather Ado: The Rice Grad Digest
Updates and opportunities from the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Announcements  |  Funding & Fellowships  |  Opportunities @ Rice
Beyond the Hedges  |  Events @ Rice   |  Take a Break  |  News


ANNOUNCEMENTS


New students: transcripts & training deadlines coming up!
Remember to submit your final transcripts and complete all required online trainings by Oct. 1! More.
Student Support Specialist open office hours
Sept. 19, Allen Center 323A
Have a sensitive issue or concern to discuss? Visit with student support specialist Pia Byrd! Pia provides a safe and confidential environment for a graduate student to discuss concerns or grievances outside formal channels. See all of Pia's fall semester office hours here, or email her to set up an appointment. Read more about Pia here.
It's Hispanic Heritage Month, and we're celebrating!
"Whether you’re a salsa novice or you stan Selena so hard you’ve sewn and spangled your own imitations of her Astrodome concert outfits, there’s something for everyone in Rice’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month this year." Rice News is on point. Read more about Hispanic Heritage Month.
Rice Hosting Gulf Coast Undergraduate Research Symposium
Do you have undergrad friends doing research at other universities? Encourage them to apply to GCURS! It's a great way for undergrads to get presentation experience while checking out the Rice campus before submitting their grad school applications. More.


FUNDING & FELLOWSHIPS


Sign up NOW! NSF GRFP Writing Coaches
So, you went to Dr. Silberg's info session and you're ready to start your NSF application. We have coaching available! Our goal is to help you develop a competitive application by providing you with guidance and structure. Sign up for coaching here. There's no time like the present.


OPPORTUNITIES AT RICE


You can stand under Fondren's umbrella-ella-ella
Fun fact: if you're stuck on campus without an umbrella, head over to Fondren Library - they have a small fleet of umbrellas available for check out. Photo proof. Stay dry, owls. Speaking of Fondren, they're offering a slew of free courses this fall; details below.
Digital Media Commons courses available
Want to learn how to use Zotero to manage your reference data? Want to make an animation video, a 3D model, a poster or a web site? Interested in learning Tableau to visualize data? Sign up for a free, hands-on short course sponsored by Fondren Library's Digital Media Commons (DMC). More.
GIS Short Courses
Various dates
Viewing and analyzing the world through interactive digital mapping applications is getting more exciting everyday! All short courses offered by the Rice GIS/Data Center at Fondren Library are FREE, one-time, introductory courses on a different topic and most make use of the popular ArcGIS Pro software. More.
Data @ Rice Workshop Series
This free workshop series sponsored by Fondren Library and the Center for Research Computing provides hands-on training in the basics of organizing, documenting, analyzing, and visualizing your data. More.
Software Carpentry Workshop
Oct. 10 - 11, Fondren Library
Develop your computing skills in a free, hands-on workshop taught by experienced instructors! They'll explore: task automation with Unix, Version control with Git, and intro to programming with Python! No prior experience necessary. Register.


BEYOND THE HEDGES


Rock the vote: Houston Youth Voters Conference
Sept. 20, 3 - 8 p.m.
Civic Duty Rice is hosting the Houston Youth Voters Conference at UH Downtown. By collaborating with universities from across the city, the conference will incentivize youth across the city to be civically active and to vote. More.


EVENTS AT RICE


It's Hispanic Heritage Month!
Events begin Sept. 18
The Office of Multicultural Affairs is preparing for a month filled with events that promote and celebrate the rich Hispanic Heritage within and beyond Rice University! They're kicking off with a Hispanic Heritage Dinner on Thurs. at HACER! Other events include a pool party, street salsa class, and of course LATIN NIGHT! See you there! More.
Multicultural Center Open House!
Sept. 20, 4 - 6 p.m., RMC lower level
Come learn about the Rice multicultural center at their fall open house! The MCC is a dedicated space where the Rice community can collaborate on diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives. More.
Secularity and Science
Sept. 24, 6:30 p.m., Baker Hall
Elaine Howard Ecklund, the Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences and one of the authors of “Secularity and Science,” will discuss the book's findings with John Evans, the Tata Chancellor's Chair in Social Sciences at UCSD. They will explore the relationship between spirituality and science. Free, RSVP required. More.
Showcase: Center for Civic Leadership
Sept. 25, 4 p.m. - RMC Grand Hall
Come see where CCL programs can take you! The CCL offers amazing programs throughout the year. Current CCL students will be at the event sharing their experiences and answering your questions. Refreshments provided! More.
Latin Night 2019!
Sept. 27, 6 -  8 p.m.
Come celebrate Latin American culture with food, music and entertainment! The Latin American Graduate Student Association invites all graduate students, staff and faculty members to join us at Graduate Commons for Latin Night 2019! We'll have churros, tres leches cake, karaoke, music and more! Request music, volunteer or learn more!
Passport Fair
Oct. 23, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
We're guessing you'll feel like traveling the world after Latin Night. Lucky for you, the Rice Post Office is hosting a passport fair! If you need to renew or obtain a passport, visit the post office and bring your application, proof of citizenship and proof of identity. Please contact Ute Franklin to make a reservation. Photos can be taken at the fair!


TAKE A BREAK


Opening Reception for Moon Shot at the Moody Center
Sept. 20, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Join the Moody for the opening of Moon Shot, an exhibition of works responding to the moon landing by a selection of innovative artists working from 1969 to the present. Complimentary bites and beverages will be served! More.
You're invited! Friedman Holistic Garden Open House
Oct. 3, 4 - 6 p.m.
Have you noticed the gorgeous garden on campus at the corner of Stockton and University? It's the Betty and Jacob Friedman Holistic Garden and they're holding an open house! The site is open to those eager to learn how to garden in the Houston climate, and is for people of all ages and abilities to learn how to grow their own produce! More.


NEWS


Rice ecologists find bird-deterring nets create haven for stinging pests
We say it every year at orientation: don't touch the fuzzy caterpillars. Unfortunately, you may now be more likely to run into these stinging insects, called asps, in the Texas Medical Center. A team of Rice ecologists, including Scott Egan, grad student Mattheau Comerford and Rice Academy of Fellows alum Glen Hood, have discovered that the TMC's practice of netting trees to discourage birds from roosting has created a protected environment for the asps. Read more. Also, ouch.
Rice Ph.D. alum receives Hanna Gray Fellowship
Huge congrats to Ph.D. grad Daniel Gonzales '19 of the Robinson Lab on receiving a Hanna Gray Fellowship from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI!) HHMI awarded $1.4 million to each of this year's 15 Fellows to support diversity in science. Gonzales is currently a Lilian Gilbreth Fellow at Purdue University. More. Dan, your cake is coming.

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