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Fall 2017 Issues

Stone lion in front of McMicken Hall

The Legends of UC
When October rolls around each fall, it’s hard not to find yourself sitting around talking about the many myths, spooky events and urban legends out there. It’s even more fun talking about legends when they are about places you pass every day! Ghosts, silly rumors and urban legends abound at UC. Have you heard of any of them?

Josue Campos.

Student Spotlight: Josue Campos
Abandoning the exact recipe of engineering for more unpredictable endeavors, Campos left his familiar Atlanta for Cincinnati to begin his DAAP journey. Fast forward to present day, the Yates Fellow is busy solving design myths and creating a consulting company based on his thesis work.

Associate dean David Stradling.

Our UC History: Fire and Friendship
Before UC was embodied as the Uptown Campus you know today, it was a singular building simply dubbed “the university building.” In 1885, the building burned down. Well, it almost burned down. We sat down with David Stradling, A&S associate dean for humanities, and discussed this strange and interesting fragment from UC's past.

Dawna Rutherford.

Student Spotlight: Dawna Rutherford
She had no intention of entering nursing education. The plan was to travel the world, working as an obstetrical nurse. Now Dawna Rutherford is studying women's health and the long-term effects of violence and trauma, and researching the effects of bullying on nursing students in clinical settings.

Academic Writing Center Logo.

Become a Better Writer with the Academic Writing Center
No matter your program, writing is a fact of graduate life. Classwork, journal and conference papers, the intimidating bulk of a thesis or dissertation: you’re constantly putting your knowledge into words. Complicated academic ideas can be hard to communicate, but you don’t have to do it alone. The tutors at the Academic Writing Center (AWC) provide free assistance to get you through even the trickiest writing tasks.

Restaurant entrance.

6 Restaurants to Try Before You Graduate
As much as we all love Chipotle and Panera, there is something uniquely special in appreciating and supporting the lesser known delicacies of a city; small hubs of good food and better company, often equally managed by both small business owners and genuine neighborhood hospitality. The area surrounding the University of Cincinnati is decorated with incredible cuisine and hidden gems of roadside eateries. Here are six you must try before you graduate.

Sammie Marita.

Student Spotlight: Sammie Marita
Sammie Marita became acutely aware of her passion for helping students with learning disabilities when she came to UC as an undergrad. The years that followed would be occupied by embracing her passion; Marita would work countless hours with individuals with autism and behavioral disabilities in home and school settings. Now a doctoral student in the educational studies program, Marita’s dissertation focuses on the emotional aspects of being a student with learning disabilities.

A student conducting research.

Scholar@UC: The Archive You Need
The University of Cincinnati has found a way to implement the much needed preservation of research and scholarship by providing its researchers, faculty, and students (including you!) with an institutional repository. Meaning, a way to digitally archive information, essentially forever. The software is called Scholar@UC. And it’s the official institutional repository for the university.


Donuts & Development Offers Free Pastries and Professional Development
The Donuts & Development professional development fair at the University of Cincinnati—hosted by the Graduate School and the CECH GSA, and happening for the second academic year in a row on September 14th in TUC 400ABC from 9-11 a.m.—is a totally free, no registration required, on-campus event dedicated to aiding in the progression of students' professional development. And, of course, there are free donuts (and coffee and other pastries) for every student who stops by the event.


Anwar Mhajne.

Student Spotlight: Anwar Mhajne
Words are important. When an individual is given the language to describe themselves, and thus advocate for themselves, the individual is given power. Anwar Mhajne—Graduate School Dean’s Fellow, PhD candidate, podcast-listener, writer and feminist—was denied, for a long time, the proper language to describe herself. After completing a master’s at UC, she now is in the process of finishing her PhD in political science. Within her academic triumph, she has learned in what ways to give her words the utmost meaning.

ORCID logo.

Make Your Research Mark with ORCID
After all the hard work you put into your research, you want to make sure everyone knows you were the one who did it. ORCID provides a free, permanent, unique identifier that marks research documents as yours alone.

Stephanie Alcantar.

Student Spotlight: Stephanie Alcantar
You may think it odd two such vastly contrasting disciplines as literature and mathematics could marry inside the house of logic and academia, but this is precisely what Stephanie Alcantar—Graduate School Dean’s Fellow, PhD candidate, poet, mathematician, and sunset and coffee enthusiast—has dedicated her studies to demonstrating.

DeVonna Gatlin.

Student Spotlight: DeVonna Gatlin
Chemistry affects us all, whether we study it or not—and that’s what Devonna Gatlin wants everyone to know. She has made it her goal to spread the knowledge of chemistry—the “chemistry of life”—to all people, especially minority groups who may not be exposed to the field.

Ziplining through a forest.

Summer Vacation for Everyone—Yes, Everyone!
Some graduate students call the warmer months “summer break.” Others call them “summer semester.” Either way, everyone deserves a vacation from the stress of the regular school year. We usually define “vacation” as a trip to somewhere far away, but you can find a mini-getaway in your own backyard (and save some money, too!). Whether it’s an adrenaline-spiking rollercoaster or a Sunday morning trip to the farmer’s market, getting out in the sun can make you more productive when it’s time to get back to work. Forget about the semantics of “summer break” vs. “summer semester”—let’s all take a “summer vacation.”

Suzanne Masterson and a graduating doctoral student.

2017 Excellence in Mentoring of Doctoral Students Award: Dr. Suzanne Masterson
In the years following graduation, there are many details students forget about their time at the University of Cincinnati. They forget papers they’ve written, lectures they’ve attended, quizzes they’ve graded and books they’ve read. But they will undoubtedly remember the person that went above and beyond to guide them through their graduate education. For many business administration students, that person is Dr. Suzanne Masterson.

Students at the graduation ceremony.

The Doctoral Hooding & Master’s Recognition Ceremony: Everything You Need to Know
The end of the semester has finally arrived! With it comes a day all about celebrating the accomplishments of graduate students at the University of Cincinnati. The Doctoral Hooding & Master’s Recognition Ceremony will be Saturday, April 29, and the event is open to everyone. Before you arrive for the Doctoral Hooding and Master's Recognition Ceremony—either as a graduating student or a guest—please review the ceremony information.

A meeting of the professional development council.

A New Initiative: The Professional Development Council
What does it mean to be a professional? Representatives from across the spectrum of graduate education and student services are coming together to define what this term can mean to UC graduate students. The Professional Development Council is a new initiative to coordinate the professional development efforts that prepare today’s graduate students to become tomorrow’s scholars, researchers, scientists and performers. Get a glimpse of the latest professional development initiatives currently in the works.

Picture from the MFA thesis exhibition.

2017 MFA Thesis Exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Center
For the soon-to-be graduates of DAAP’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program, it has all come down to this final exhibition. With their time as graduate students coming to a close, they are ready to showcase the culmination of their experiences here at UC. Get an in-depth look at their thesis work in the 2017 MFA Thesis Exhibition. Installed on the fourth floor of the Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art (CAC), visitors will have the opportunity to experience works in a variety of modes and materials. The exhibit is free and open to the general public through April 20, 2017. There will be an Artist Talks event from 1-3 p.m. on April 9 where the students will discuss their work in person. Hear it here first as they talk through their thesis presentations.

The UC production of the musical "Hair."

From "Hair" to "Hamilton": Q&A with Michael Kennedy
We go to the theater not just to escape our own lives, but to see part of ourselves reflected on the stage. Michael Kennedy’s work explores the ties between musical theater and the world around us. A PhD candidate in musicology, Kennedy was recently selected as a 2017-18 Dean’s Fellow. His dissertation, “(Re-)Orchestrating the Music: Broadway’s Postmodern Sound from ‘Hair’ to ‘Hamilton,’” examines how Broadway’s orchestral sound has undergone considerable change since the late 1960s. Here, he discusses his favorite era of musicals, the relationship between politics and theater, Broadway’s legal issues, and his next act after graduation.

GSGA logo.

Meet the New Leaders of the Graduate Student Governance Association
As the UC graduate student government body, the Graduate Student Governance Association (GSGA) provides a united voice across program and college lines, advocating on behalf of the UC graduate student population. Meet the newly-elected officers who are ready to step up as representatives for the graduate student population: President Arunkumar Muthusamy, Vice President Jelena Vicic, Treasurer Siddharth Sridhar and Campus Ambassador Mar Gámez.

Give Me a Break: Make the Most of Your Spring "Staycation"
Wading in water, catching a tan, sipping something fruity—the stereotypical way to spend spring break is on the beach. But here in Cincinnati, we’re a couple hundred miles away from the coastline. If you won’t be migrating south, there’s still plenty to do right in your own backyard. From outdoor adventures (if the weather’s good) to indoor relaxation (if the weather’s bad), you can plan a spring break that won’t break the budget. Who needs all that pesky salt and sand, anyway?

Commencement Update: Master’s Students to Participate in Morning Ceremony, New Location for Morning Ceremony
Graduating master’s students will now be participating with doctoral students in the spring commencement ceremony. The Doctoral Hooding and Master’s Recognition Ceremony is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 29. The new location for the ceremony is Nippert Stadium.

Medal for award.

President’s Office Recognizes Outstanding Graduate Students
The Office of the President established the Presidential Medal of Graduate Student Excellence (PMGSE) this academic year to recognize graduate students who best exemplify scholarship, leadership, character, service and the ideals of UC. We are proud to announce that the 2017 recipients are:

  • Kendra Leahy (A&S)
  • Jessica Ross (College of Medicine) 
  • Sid Thatham (CEAS, LCOB)

From Connections to Career
You come to graduate school for academic studies, but you’re also looking for career experience and real-world connections. There are plenty of ways to get involved on-campus, but you can also venture out to find opportunities around the region. Check out these organizations and events here at UC and in the Cincinnati area that can give you a jump on your future career.

Workshop Your Writing
Engineering, neuroscience, women’s studies—no matter what program you’re in, all graduate students have one thing in common: We have to write. There are as many different styles of writing as there are fields of study, so it can be difficult to know where to start. Heading in to the Academic Writing Center (AWC) is a great place to begin.

Eliza Weirbrecht.

The Lowdown on Hooking Up
What do the social sciences and everyday college life have in common? More than you might think—just ask clinical psychology PhD candidate Eliza Weitbrecht. Her award-winning master’s thesis explores the “hook up” culture of college students. Nominated for the MAGS competition, Eliza’s research focuses on the motivations and expectations young adults associate with casual sexual encounters.

GATE members.

GATEways to Teaching
Have you ever wanted to learn about learning, or be taught how to teach? As a graduate student, your day-to-day life is immersed in academic culture. The further you go in your education, the more you become invested in its practices. If you want to make a difference in the teaching community, the Graduate Association for Teaching Enhancement (GATE) is the place for you.

Ombuds office in Swift 607

Got a Conflict? Call the Ombuds
If you aren’t a lawyer, words like “mediation” and “negation” may be a little intimidating. But when conflicts come up, these resolution methods can help you make the best of the situation. So what do you do when you need to mediate or negotiate, but aren’t sure where to start? Call upon the Office of the University Ombuds to guide you to a successful resolution.

IPALS members.

Meet Your IPALs
Bearcats come from all over the world. As a student at UC, your cultural experience can go far beyond the limits of Cincinnati. You may be from or have classmates from China, India and South Korea. You can go to international events around campus. And you’ve also got IPALs—International Partners and Leaders—to help you find your place in UC’s diverse community. Meet some of the IPALs as they share who they are, how they got involved, and why they love being part of this group.

College of Law Library.

Research Librarians to the Rescue: Experts to Elevate Your Research
When you’re writing papers and conducting research, it can be difficult to find exactly what you’re looking for. Wouldn’t it be great to have a subject matter expert to guide you? Wouldn’t it be even better if this expert were right here on campus? These superheroes are real, and we call them research librarians.

Pumpkin patch.

Fall Spooks and Sights
The air is crisp, the leaves are crunchy and the coffee is pumpkin-spiced. Telltale signs of fall are everywhere, and they may have you itching for a caramel apple or a good scare. Get your fall fix with these events happening around Cincinnati.

The UC ID Bearcat Card.

Discounts for Bearcats
Show your Bearcat Card to save on things you already buy or discover something new at a great deal. Here are some of the best reasons to always carry your student ID, so you can take full advantage of being a Bearcat.

UC police car.

Safety Resources On and Off Campus
Campus life can keep you busy day and night. Whether you’re leaving a night class, working late in the lab or studying at home, you should know about the strategies UC and the city of Cincinnati have implemented to keep you safe. Stay up-to-date on the safety resources available to you, both on and off campus.


Getting Around Cincinnati
How do you plan on navigating through Cincinnati this semester? You may be surprised at some of the options available to UC students. Whether you own a car or not, check out this list of inexpensive and eco-friendly ways to get where you need to go.


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Daniele Bologna.

PFF Spotlight: Daniele Bologna
Daniele Bologna may have arrived at UC as an experienced business manager, but leading a classroom proved to be a new challenge for the doctoral candidate in psychology. Learn how Preparing Future Faculty helped him and other graduate students gain their footing as teachers.

Hyperloop pod design.

Hyperloop UC Students Zoom Ahead in Global Competition
An interdisciplinary team of UC students is one of only 30 to qualify for the final round of the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition. Engineers, designers and marketers are working together to prototype the transportation system of tomorrow.

Doctoral student Alexandre Bádue.

Graduate School Dean's Fellow: Alexandre Bádue
Musical theater can be much more than light entertainment. Alexandre Bádue, a doctoral candidate in the College-Conservatory of Music, researches how musical composers stretch the boundaries of storytelling through their work.

Maurice Todd.

Excellence in Teaching Award: Maurice Todd
Maurice Todd, master's winner of the Excellence in Teaching Award, focuses on the basics of double bass technique to prepare his students for the high-stakes world of orchestral auditions.

Graduate student.

Prep for Success with an Individual Development Plan
The winter break is a perfect time to think about what comes after graduate school. Learn how to make an Individual Development Plan that will help kickstart your exploration.

Megan Lamkin

Excellence in Teaching Award: Megan Lamkin
Megan Lamkin, doctoral winner of the Excellence in Teaching Award, uses expertise from outside the biology classroom to blow minds, cultivate confidence and inspire professionalism.

Saul Meyerson-Knox

Talking Blues with Saul Meyerson-Knox
Where does the blues come from? The African blues might sound like a good guess, but College-Conservatory of Music graduate Saul Meyerson-Knox found that its origins aren't so clear-cut. Read more about his thesis, nominated for the MAGS 2016 Distinguished Master’s Thesis Competition.

Stethoscope and Gavel

Doing Research Right: The Institutional Review Board
If you do human subjects research at UC, you'll need to deal with the Institutional Review Board. Learn how the IRB protects the rights of research participants and ensures ethical conduct throughout the research process.

Members of PIH Engage.

Partners in Health Engage
Today's globe is interconnected not only in culture and economy, but also in health. Discover how the members of Partners in Health Engage advocate to promote equal access to healthcare in nations around the world.

The Bearcat mascot.

Images of UC
To those outside the University of Cincinnati community, the school is defined by a handful of emblems: the name of the university itself, red and black uniforms in motion and an odd mascot that is neither a bear nor a cat. But what do you know about how these symbols came into being?

  • The BEARchats Program: Celebrating Diversity, Friendship and Fun
    Did you know that UC has over 2400 international students from 112 countries across the world? Would you like to get to know some of them? If so, check out the BEARchats program. BEARchats is a cultural exchange program that pairs a domestic student and an international student for weekly hangouts. Join the program and participate in events like laser tag, shopping and fun winter activities with a new friend! Currently, the program needs domestic students to pair with wait-listed international students. Apply today!
  • The Legends of UC
    When Halloween rolls around each fall, it’s hard not to find yourself sitting around talking about the many myths, spooky events, and urban legends out there. It’s even more fun talking about legends when they are about places you pass every day! Ghosts, silly rumors and urban legends abound at the University of Cincinnati. Have you heard of any of them? See if you know about some of our favorites.
  • Know Your UC Lingo
    UC is home to 13 colleges, dozens of buildings, and many, many departments and offices. So it’s no surprise that new and current students sometimes get tripped up by unfamiliar terms or similar-sounding building names. To help you start strong this fall semester, the Graduate School has compiled some need-to-know lingo and names. 
  • The “Soft Skills” That Will Land You Your Dream Job
    The hard and fast technical knowledge you learn in your classes is only a part of what’s necessary to land your dream job. Business leaders are becoming more and more concerned with what they call the “skills gap” in today’s graduates. They’re concerned that today’s generation doesn’t have all of the necessary “soft skills” to succeed in today’s workplace.
    So, are you doing everything you can right now to develop your soft skills? If not, read this article to find out what skills you’ll need to land that dream job and what you can do while in graduate school to develop those skills.
  • Put the “Pro” in Professional: Create an ePortfolio
    According to a recent Forbes article, over half of hiring managers would rather see a candidate with a personal website than any other form of personal branding. Do you have an ePortfolio? If not, check out our tips on how to get started.