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Nov 9, 30 | Grant Writing Workshop

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will be offering the following grant writing workshops – designed to outline the grant proposal submission process at the Graduate Center and help students prepare competitive proposals for pre-dissertation funding.


November 9, 2017: NSF Dissertation Research Grant -This workshop provides tips on writing a competitive application to the National Science Foundation – DDRG Program.  It is open to students of all disciplines funded by NSF.

November 30, 2017: NSF Dissertation Research Grant (repeat)

All workshops will be held in the GC Science Center Room 4102 1:00-3:00pm

Seating is limited so please RSVP to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs – rsp@gc.cuny.edu – if you plan to attend.

Oct 26 | Upcoming TLC Workshop: Failure

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Room C203

For both instructors and students, the risk of failure can be an immobilizing force. In this workshop, we’ll explore ways to move beyond that fear.

Are you looking for strategies to manage moments or lessons or assignments that don’t go to plan? Do you want to develop methods to help students mitigate anxiety about grades? Or are you interested in considering ways to incorporate and/or recast the connotation of “failure” into your class as a generative process of experimentation and learning? Please join the Teaching and Learning Center to explore these questions, and more.

We’ll focus on three types of failure–moments that go wrong for us as instructors, recuperating a sense of failure as experimentation in order to help students take risks in thinking, and managing the implications of failure (such as when students may lose funding without a certain grade, or events in class that threaten to damage permanently the dynamic). Together we’ll generate strategies for navigating each of these situations, as well as others.

Please bring with you any activities you’d like to re-design, as well as thoughts about past classroom fails.

To RSVP, please click here: https://goo.gl/forms/fLd5bjjKMiwQ8HfR2.

Oct 18 | TLC Workshop: Languages

Wednesday, October 18
1-3pm, Room 9206

Approximately 40 percent of CUNY undergraduates speak a language other than English at home, and with 174 different languages spoken across campuses, CUNY is one of the most linguistically diverse universities in the nation. Are you looking for ways to leverage this multilingualism in your classroom? Do you want to better support your non-native English speaking students? Or are you an international student teaching, or getting ready to teach, but who finds the prospect of teaching in English daunting?

Please join the Teaching and Learning Center for a workshop on languages at CUNY. Multilingualism is an asset in the classroom, and in this workshop we’ll discuss and strategize ways to support and improve our students’ learning by leveraging their–and our own–diverse language backgrounds.

We’ll discuss three different types of non-native English speakers–international students, recent immigrants, and Generation 1.5 students–and reflect on how our classroom practices might support and build upon their language skills. We’ll also consider ways in which international or multilingual instructors can enhance their teaching using their linguistic backgrounds. We’ll share sample activities and (re-)design activities or assignments for our own classes (bring them!) that takes full advantages of the wide range of language spoken by ourselves and our students.

To RSVP, please visit https://goo.gl/forms/1YzHwqtsi78mcpEc2

Oct 10 | Upcoming TLC Workshop: Creativity

Tuesday, October 10 | 10:30am-12:30pm | Room 7209

Are you looking for ways to spur your students’ creativity inside and outside the classroom? Often in our classrooms we teach students to think, read, and write “critically” with an emphasis on logic, argumentation, and research. Students respond strongly and positively to the opportunity to be creative because they feel empowered to personally engage with course material.

This workshop will explore the interconnections between “critical” and “creative” thinking and identify a variety of strategies that can deepen and sustain students’ engagement. Together, we will deconstruct the binaries of critical/creative and creator/critic, and develop assignments that flow across these modes of knowledge production. Participants are asked to bring an assignment they would like to re-visit to engage students in new and exciting ways.

To register, visit https://goo.gl/forms/ke444AS0vC3AgpAG2


Additional Fall 2017 TLC Workshops

Wednesday, October 18 | 1-3pm | 9206
Think about how to navigate and leverage the many languages spoken in CUNY’s classrooms. We’ll focus specifically on supporting ELL students and teaching as a non-native English speaker.

Thursday, October 26 | 6:30-8:30pm | C203
Assignments often don’t go as planned. How do we prepare for and lower the cost of failure while maintaining improvisational and experimental approaches in the classroom?

Tuesday, October 31 | 10:30am-12:30pm | 9204
Explore a range of approaches to making CUNY’s classrooms and assignments accessible to all learners.

Thursday, November 9 | 6:30-8:30pm | James Gallery
Reflect upon how your own history and perspective impact your teaching philosophy.

Open Teaching
Wednesday, November 15 | 3-5m | C204
Engage with methods, tools, and strategies that allow teachers to connect course material and activities to broader experiences and spaces.

GC Digital Initiatives October Events

Workshop: “Sound” Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 – 6:30-8:30pm

Does your research involve sound? Would you like to learn more about digital tools for capturing, editing and managing audio files, as well as qualitative coding and transcribing their content? This workshop will review some hardware, software, techniques and concepts that are useful to scholars working with sound – be it music, voices, soundscapes or otherwise.

This workshop will be hosted by GC Digital Fellow Kelsey Chatlosh.

Register HERE


Skill Share: “What DH Summer School or Training should I go to?”  Thursday, October 12th, 2017 – 12:00 – 1:30pm Room 7414 of the Digital Scholarship Lab

Are you interested in learning a technical skill or method to improve or enhance your research? Are you interested in applying for the Provost’s Digital Innovation Grant for travel and training? Come learn about your options in a casual discussion about the various options for training and travel in digital humanities and social sciences from fellow students. We can talk about how to plan your budget, about the types of classes available, travel arrangements and more. You don’t need to stay for the whole time. Feel free to just drop by. Skill Shares are free and open to everyone at the GC, and this Skill Share will be hosted by GC Digital Fellows Kelsey Chatlosh and Jojo Karlin.


Skill Share: “Pandoc”  Thursday, October 26th, 2017 – 12:00 – 1:30pm Room 7414 of the Digital Scholarship Lab 

Pandoc offers you an easy way to publish a document that is created in plain text into many different publication formats. If you’d like to free yourself from the shackles of Microsoft Word and enjoy the freedom that comes with free and open publishing solutions, join us to learn how. The format of the workshop will be informal. Novices are welcome. If you’re interested, there’s no need to sign up. You can just drop by. Skill Shares are free and open to everyone at the GC. This Skill Share will be hosted by GC Digital Fellow Tahir Butt.


Workshop: “Cleaning Data with OpenRefine” Thursday, October 26th, 2017 – 6:30-8:30pm

Data cleaning is an important step in any data-driven research project. Often data is harvested from diverse sources such as the web, databases, spreadsheets, text files, and countless other places. These sources can employ different encodings, formats, and follow different conventions all of which must be normalized before analysis can take place. Exactly what steps must be taken to clean a dataset depends on the data involved and the type of analysis being conducted. OpenRefine is a tool designed to make data cleaning easy. In this workshop we will learn how to use OpenRefine to clean a dataset as well as talk generally about the process of data cleaning.

This workshop will be hosted by GC Digital Fellows Jeremy March and Hannah Aizenman.

Register HERE


Don’t forget to apply for a Provost’s Digital Innovation Grant by October 20th if you are a PhD student!

Have a digital project you want to share with the CUNY Digital Humanities Initiative? Sign up for a Lightning Talk and present your work​ on November 14th from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. 



About the Workshops and the GC Digital Fellows Program: 

Part of GC Digital Initiatives and based in the GC Digital Scholarship Lab, the GC Digital Fellows Program operates as an in-house think-and-do tank for digital projects, connecting Fellows to digital initiatives throughout The Graduate Center. Digital Fellows utilize a team-based approach as they explore creative solutions for projects that can be implemented in a collaborative fashion. In the process, the Program helps build out “The Digital GC” — a vision of the Graduate Center that incorporates technology into its core research and teaching missions.

For more information, contact us here.


Matthew K. Gold, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English & Digital Humanities 

Advisor to the Provost for Digital Initiatives, CUNY Graduate Center

Vice President/President-Elect, Association for Computers and the Humanities

http://cuny.is/mkgold | @mkgold


Lisa M. Rhody, Ph.D. 

Deputy Director of Digital Initiatives

Director of Digital Fellowship Programs

Director of Research Initiatives, CUNY Academic Commons

The Graduate Center, CUNY

365 Fifth Avenue, Room 3300.07

New York, NY 10016

lrhody@gc.cuny.edu | @lmrhody





Student Grant Writing Workshops


There are several upcoming grant writing workshops for students in social science and science disciplines.

The first is this week (9/27) and is specifically for first year students:

NSF GRFP – This workshop will provide helpful tips on the application process and preparing a proposal to the National Science Foundation – Graduate Research Fellowship Program.  This workshop is for incoming Graduate Center students and those who have just completed their first year of Graduate studies.  It is open to students in all disciplines funded by NSF, which includes the social, behavioral, and economic sciences.

The other grant workshops will be offered twice this semester:

National Institute of Health: Individual Pre-doctoral Fellowship
This workshop will provide helpful tips on the application process and preparing a proposal to the National Institute of Health – NRSA Individual Fellowship Program (F-31).  This workshop is open to Graduate Center students of all disciplines funded by NIH.

National Science Foundation – Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant Program
This workshop will provide helpful tips on writing a competitive application and the technical aspects of submission. It is open to students in all disciplines funded by NSF, which includes the social, behavioral, and economic sciences.

GC Combined Workshop Listing, Fall 2017

More information about all of the available workshops can be found on our respective websites and will be posted on the GC Workshops and Events calendar on the CUNY Academic Commons. 

GC Digital Initiatives: cuny.is/gcdi

Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Certificate Program: cuny.is/itp

Teaching and Learning Center: cuny.is/teaching

Futures Initiative: futuresinitiative.org
GC Library: cuny.is/gclibraryevents
Office of Career Planning and Professional Development: cuny.is/careerplan​

Nov 13 | Mindfulness For Stress & Anxiety

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Room #9206

Mari Dickerson, LMSW & Ravital LaBua

 Are you feeling stressed?  Overwhelmed? Does it feel like you’re always somewhere else, ruminating about the past or worrying about the future?  Are you engaging in behaviors to manage stress that you would like to change?


Oct 4 | Time Management & Goal Setting Strategies for Graduate Students

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Room #C201
Katie Eiges, PhD

This FREE Workshop will provide you with an overview of principles for effective time management & goal setting based on the most up to date research. It will teach you how to apply these strategies in order to maximize study time, effectively prioritize work and improve efficiency.

Please note that no food or beverage will be allowed during this workshop.

Registration is MANDATORY for this workshop.  To register stop by the Wellness Center Student Counseling Services in Room 6422 to fill out a workshop application. The application has also been included here for your convenience, email and fax is acceptable.  For more information please call (212) 817-8731.  You must have your student ID with current validation sticker available to present.



GC Digital Initiatives’ Workshops

Workshop: “Establishing a Digital Academic Identity & Intro to WordPress”  Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 – 6:30-8:30pm

The purpose of this workshop is to help you establish a digital academic identity while becoming familiar with the WordPress platform. We will focus on utilizing the CUNY Academic Commons, helping you establish your digital CV, a blog, or both. We will focus on organization and design, including theme editing, managing content, custom menus and image use. We recommend that attendees come prepared with their CV (digital format preferred) and / or a blog idea or sample blog post. If you are not already a member of the CUNY Academic Commons, we recommend that you sign up before the workshop.

This workshop will be hosted by GC Digital Fellows Patrick Sweeney and Kristen Hackett.

Register HERE (more…)

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