The Graduate and Professional Student Federation (GPSF) Newsletter is sent out twice per month to communicate information about social and intellectual events on campus, funding opportunities, public service opportunities, and more, to the graduate and professional student population at UNC-Chapel Hill. If you have questions regarding content or use of the list, please email

GPSF hopes everyone stayed safe during that crazy winter storm. Hopefully those freezing cold days are behind us now!
We’ve been offering prizes to new Facebook and Twitter followers to start off the school year, and it’s been such a success that we’re going to keep rewarding our friends on social media! Every month we’ll pick a random Facebook or Twitter follower to win a $25 gift card to the UNC Student Stores. Follow @GPSFatUNC on Twitter or Like UNC GPSF on Facebook, and the next lucky winner could be you!
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Announcements and GPSF News

University Research Day: Call for Posters and Presenters

Do you do awesome research? University Research Day provides a venue for students, faculty, and staff from all disciplines to share their research with the campus community. The event is organized and sponsored by the Graduate and Professional Student Federation and has two major objectives: 1) to give presenters an opportunity to make their research relevant to a non-specialized audience, and 2) to encourage undergraduate students to become involved in university research efforts. Poster and paper sessions are offered for the humanities; social sciences; biological & health sciences; computer, mathematical, and physical sciences; and a new division: nano and translational medicine. All presenters are invited to a luncheon celebrating their contributions to the University’s academic climate and an awards reception at the conclusion of the event. Abstracts are due February 10th. More information and submission details can be found here.

GPSF Graduate Mentorship Award

Mentorship occurs in a multitude of realms on the UNC-CH campus, facilitated by the diverse roles and responsibilities undertaken by graduate and professional students. Areas of mentorship include but are not limited to teaching, research, professional development or academic success. This award is established by the Graduate and Professional Student Federation (GPSF) to recognize graduate and professional students at UNC-Chapel Hill who exemplify excellence in mentoring other graduate and professional students. Deadline for nominations is February 28, 2014. Please see our website for more information.

University Committee Appointments

GPSF has one external position available in Spring 2014 (Committee on Student Conduct). If you are interested in applying, please email your application form and resume to GPSF VPEA, Xin Liu ( Following is the description of duties for the positions.
Committee on Student Conduct
Approximate Meeting Frequency: Monthly
Description: The responsibilities of the Committee on Student Conduct include the following:
1. To oversee the operation of the Instrument of Student Judicial Governance (Honor Code).
2. To propose changes to the Instrument appropriate to its increased effectiveness.
3. To receive proposed amendments and coordinate their study and disposition by the three constituencies.
4. To report annually and in writing to the Chancellor, Student Congress, and the Faculty Council.

GPSF Emergency Fund now open

Do you have recent, emergency medical bills? Have you recently needed to replace belongings due to theft or fire? You may now apply to have these and other emergency costs reimbursed.
The GPSF is excited to announce the launch of the GPSF-Emergency Fund. The GPSF Emergency Fund was created to assist graduate and professional students at UNC-CH affected by unforeseen financial circumstances that could hinder their ability to complete their graduate career. To see if your emergency needs qualify for funding or to fill out an application, visit the Emergency Fund website online. Students are encouraged to apply concurrently to the UNC Student Emergency Fund when applying to the Graduate and Professional Student Emergency Fund.
If you have any questions, please contact the GPSF Student Opportunity Advocate, Kyle Reeves at

University, Social, Service, and Student Group Events

Professional Development: Upcoming Events

Taxes & Savings: Practical Tips – Tuesday, February 11, 3:00-4:00pm
Managing Conflict: A Key Organizational Skill – Wednesday, February 12 12:00-1:00pm

Please refer to the GSPD Events website for more upcoming events in the month of September. Events and resources are announced through the GSPD listserv. Join the Graduate Student Professional Development list by sending an e-mail to with “subscribe gradevelopment” in the body of the message, leaving the subject field blank.

Career Services: Upcoming Events

There’s more to Health Professions than an M.D.! – Wednesday February 5, 4:00-5:00pm
Public Health and Informatics Job and Internship Expo – Thursday February 6, 12:00-3:00pm
Bring Your Laptop: Create a Resume in 90 Minutes – Monday February 10, 4:00-5:30pm

Please refer to the Career Services Events website for more upcoming events in the month of September. Questions about Career Services opportunities and events should be directed to Amy Blackburn via email ( or by scheduling an appointment (

Open House with Chancellor Folt: February 5th, 4:30pm

Come speak to Chancellor Folt, Vice Chancellor Crisp and Provost Dean on February 5th, 2014 from 4:30-5:30pm in the Great Hall of the Frank Porter Graham Student Union.

Graduate Student Speaker Series: February Speakers

The LGBTQ Center is sponsoring this speaker series to share the work of graduate and professional students conducting research related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Events are open to the UNC community and all are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served but feel free to bring your own lunch. This series is being co-sponsored by the Graduate & Professional Student Federation, The Graduate School, and the Program in Sexuality Studies.

Please contact Danny DePuy at if you require any reasonable accommodations for the event due to a mobility, hearing, visual, or other impairment.

“Performing Queer Worlds: The Political Body in Performance” -Brittany Chavez, PhD Student in Communication Studies (Performance Studies)
Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 12-1pm, Union 2422
What does it mean to create a full body of performance work situated as a genderqueer artist-activist? Whether performing with La Pocha Nostra, as one of many queer insertions to their repertoire, or solo performing against feminicide in different parts of Mexico, the political agency of inhabiting a queer body and positionality is something I choose to make ever-present. Using an ever-growing performance repertoire, this talk will begin to tease out the question: what is queer political performance today?
Co-sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies

Mock Trial Witnesses Needed

Take the witness stand! We are requesting your help playing witnesses and serving as bailiffs during a regional mock trial competition at the Durham County Courthouse on Feb 7-9, 2014.
You can choose to volunteer for any of the five tournament rounds:
Round 1 – Friday Evening – Feb. 7 at 5:30 PM
Round 2 – Saturday Morning – Feb. 8 at 8:00 AM
Round 3 – Saturday Afternoon – Feb 8. at 1:00 PM
Semi Finals – Sunday Morning – Feb. 9 at 8:00 AM
Finals – Sunday Afternoon – Feb.9 at 1:00 PM
Expect the time commitment to be 4 hours per round (including the pre-trial orientation meeting). Breakfast and lunch will be provided to volunteers for the Saturday and Sunday rounds.
To register, please visit, or email your contact information to

Prague Summer School 2014

The Prague Summer Schools are seven-day academic programs designed to bring together undergraduate and graduate students of various nationalities and academic backgrounds to enjoy their summer holidays in the unique academic and cultural environment.
When? 5-12 July 2014
Where? Summer Schools will take place in Prague, Czech Republic
We invite you to visit our website to discover the details about the upcoming programs. The website will direct you to the individual page of each summer program containing information on academics, logistics, photos, alumni feedback, guidelines to application process, and online application.
We also encourage students to submit their applications to Prague Summer Schools 2014 by Early Bird Application Deadline of January 31, 2014
. The Final Deadline is February 15, 2014.
Should you have any questions regarding the Prague Summer Schools or application process, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Graduate Student SafeZone Training

February 21, 2014, 12-4 pm
The LGBTQ Center and Graduate School are sponsoring a Safe Zone training open to all graduate & professional students, instructors, and faculty. The Safe Zone Ally program is a symbol of this University’s efforts to increase awareness about and inclusion of the diverse gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) communities. The purpose of the Graduate & Professional Student Safe Zone training is to address the ways that topics related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression come up in classroom settings, curriculum design, and interactions with faculty members and colleagues. Specific topics include:
Issues faced by LGBTQ individuals in classroom/academe
Current LGBTQ terminology
Information about campus climate, policies, and resources
Strategies for being an ally to LGBTQ persons
If you would like to participate in this special opportunity, please email Sarah at or visit our website at to register.

OUR Graduate Assistant Needed

We are seeking a Graduate Assistant who can advise undergraduate students interested in research and who will serve as the OUR’s webmaster and database administrator. In addition, the Graduate Assistant has a major role in coordinating the Celebration of Undergraduate Research, assists with the coordination of other events sponsored by the OUR, and manages communication in the OUR e-mail inbox. During the summer, the Graduate Assistant assists with the OUR’s participation in orientation for incoming students and their families. As needed, the Graduate Assistant will also assist with general office duties, develop publicity materials, and help oversee work-study students assisting with web development and event planning. More information can be found here.

Marci K. Campbell Dissertation Award

The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center announces The Marci Kramish Campbell Dissertation Award, a competitive $5,000 award to recognize excellence in dissertation research focused on cancer and the population sciences. This cash award goes directly to the recipient and can be used for any purpose. Please visit the following website for more detailed information. The PDF for the application can be found here.

Sister Talk

Sister Talk is a group for women of color who would like to discuss any relational, transitional change that is impacting their ability to successfully be the best they can be. The group will discuss such topics as relationships, self-care, work/life balance, academic success, managing stress, self-image, and other topics that the group feels would be pertinent to their personal success and achievement.
Time: Every other Wednesday 12 noon – 1p
Location: Frank Porter Graham Student Union, Room 3102
Facilitator: DeVetta Holman-Nash, MPH

Discrimmination Study Participants

Have you ever experienced discrimination of any kind? We’d like to hear about your experiences.
Please contact us if you are a UNC Student (Graduate or Undergraduate) AND a person who has experienced discrimination.
Types of discrimination may include, but are not limited to, race or ethnicity, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, nationality, religion, income.
Participants will be asked to complete a 45-60 minute confidential interview.
This study is being conducted by graduate students from the UNC School of Public Health.

Please email for more information.

Know somewhere on campus that doesn’t have a WiFi signal?

ITS is currently looking for places to upgrade Wifi on campus. If you find anywhere on campus without a wireless signal, please notify our graduate representative on STAB Erin Carter (

Health and Wellness

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): Courage Group for Survivors of Sexual Assault
Open to survivors seeking support from others as they journey through sexual assault recovery.
Meets Thursdays 12:30-1:30.
Contact Amy Leach ( at 919-966-3658 to schedule a pre-group meeting.
For more information about this and other group therapy sessions please visit

International Student Support Group
Thursdays, 2:00-3:15pm – Student Union Annex Building 2511
The adjustment to a new environment and academic setting can be challenging in many ways. This weekly drop-in group provides an opportunity for international students to meet one another, obtain support and guidance, and discuss their experiences. Facilitator: Preeti Vidwans, PsyD.

Transportation News

February Commuter News
Franklin Street Park & Ride Closed
Beginning January 1, 2014, UNC Park & Ride permits will no longer be valid in the Franklin Street Park & Ride lot at 1211 E. Franklin Street (by the Masonic Lodge). For other options, check out these local Park & Ride lots or these free regional lots served by Triangle Transit.

New License Plate Office in Orange County
Orange County’s new License Plate office will be located in the Gateway Commons shopping center at 1704 E. Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC.

CHT and TTA Holiday Bus Schedule Information
Information about UNC and Town of Chapel Hill Park and Ride Lots.
Chapel Hill Transit and Triangle Transit Authority route changes effective August 19th. Sign up for TTA and CHT alerts!

Social Events

International Coffee Hour
Tuesday, February 4, 5-6 PM, EspressOasis Cafe in the FedEx Global Education Center
The Writing Center and the Graduate and Professional Student Federation will be hosting this month’s International Coffee Hour. All students are welcome.

Graduate Social Hour and a Half (GSHAH)
Friday, February 7, 5-6:30 pm, Tiger Room, Carrboro (201 E. Main Street)
Please come out and attend the LGBTQ Center’s February social hour and a half for graduate and professional students – friends, family, and partners are invited as well! This is a great opportunity to connect with old friends as well as to meet folks in other departments and programs. Email Sarah at if you have any questions or for directions.
Co-sponsored by LGBdenT (Dental LGBTIQ Alliance)

General GPSF Information

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Newsletter Schedule & Deadlines

The GPSF Newsletter is published on the 1st and 15th of each month. To publish an announcement on the 1st, the announcement must be sent in by the 28th. To be published on the 15th, it must be sent in by the 12th. During the summer, the newsletter is published once a month on the 1st. Send announcements (no more than 100-150 words, please) to

JoEllen McBride
Secretary, UNC-CH Graduate and Professional Student Federation
Doctoral Candidate, Department of Physics and Astronomy, UNC-CH

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