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A Grad Expo Recap: Lessons in Communication 

The ability to successfully talk to someone—whether that be face-to-face or on stage in front of hundreds of people—will get you very far, and perhaps even where you want to go.

Read about how this year’s Graduate Student Expo went, and what graduate students learned about public speaking and communication skills

Jay Sinnard and the STRC Video Editing Suites 

The library offers many different kinds of equipment, and it's all up for rent for free with your bearcat card. You can rent anything from a calculator to a GoPro to a “portable sound booth.”

Their newest item for rent is a professional grade telescope that’s almost as tall as I am.

Renting this equipment is perfectly easy and simple. Perhaps the hardest part is actually walking to Langsam to grab your precious cargo.

Read about Jay Sinnard and Langsam Library’s STRC Video Editing Suites, where you can rent video equipment and edit your footage with professional guidance. 

Graduate Student Excellence Awards

Looking for greater recognition in your research and graduate endeavors? Want something that will boost both your confidence and your resume? Your Graduate Student Goverment Association is providing amazing opportunities for you through their Excellence Awards, which are now receiving nominations in full swing. 

This year’s newest award includes a $1,000 prize. The deadline for nominations is February 15th, 2019.

Vidhya Anand: Student Profile

Get to know writer and MBA student, Vidhya Anand.

Her poetry, aesthetically simple and short, represents larger and prevalent narratives. The Rupi Kaur-esque epigrams are presented with her original artwork.

Read more about Vidhya and her business-writing-creative endeavors. 

New Awards for Entrepreneurial Research at the 2019 Graduate Student Expo 

In addition to providing prizes up to $400, The Graduate School has announced that they are partnering with the 1819 Innovation Hub’s Venture Lab to create even more awards and opportunities for graduate student researchers.

Learn about the awards, and sign up to participate in the 2019 Graduate Student Expo, taking place on Wednesday, February 20th. 

The Books You Should Be Reading Over Break 

While eating and sleeping too much is a given, reading a few good books over break should also be on your agenda (maybe with a cup of hot cocoa by the fire, if you really want to do Winter Break right). We've curated a list of great books for you to devour over your break. 

Register for the 2019 Graduate Student Expo 

Itching to showcase your research? Looking for a chance to win prizes (up to $400) while competing in a prestigious event?

All master’s and doctoral graduate student are invited to participate in the 2019 Graduate Student Expo, taking place on Wednesday, February 20th.

Grad-Undergrad Research Connections

There is a new opportunity on campus to help undergraduate students learn more about research and the graduate education experience.

Get involved around campus while guiding undergrads and developing your communication and mentoring skills!

All graduate students and postdocs of any discipline with research experience are invited to participate with the permission of their research advisor.

Adopting a Dog in Grad School: Should You? 

Puppies are cute, and by default we want them. But is adopting a living, breathing, and high-maintenance animal a good idea for a busy and mostly unavailable grad student? 

The answer is both yes and no. There are many depending factors.

10 Quotes That Will Inspire You To Vote 

At times we don’t understand the power we hold and the significant change we can create. Every voice matters, and every vote counts. Revel in your influence. Reach for what you believe in. If you haven’t yet voted, you can look up your polling location and hours by texting LOCATION to 21333. 

Best Halloween Parties & Activities in Cincinnati 

Don’t have any plans for Halloween this year? Don’t worry! We’ve found the best ways to celebrate the spooky season in Cincinnati. Haunted boat rides, themed costume parties, and brewery celebrations.    

Student Spotlight: Swati Chopra 

I feel blessed to be here," she says, "My belief is that I am an ordinary student who got extraordinary learning opportunities at DAAP. I would like to thank my wonderful, brilliant and supporting professors for this." Meet Swati Chopra: Yates Fellow, Vice President of DAAP’s student council, graphic design graduate assistant, and Master of Design student. Swati discusses her love of design, how she found UC, and what DAAP means to her.  

Best Fall Activities: According to UC Students

Fall is one of the most enjoyable seasons in Cincinnati—the temperature is perfect, the air is crisp, and the changing autumn leaves signal even better possibilities to come. We asked UC grad students to tell us their favorite fall activities and their answers did not disappoint (spoiler alert: lots of food, breweries, and hot chocolate).

CAPS: Cultivating Emotional Health, Happiness, and Success

“Students are very hard on themselves. They expect a lot of themselves, and with college life comes a lot of pressure... At CAPS, we try to have something for everyone, to help every UC student be healthy, happy, and successful." Located just off campus at 225 Calhoun Street, CAPS is a professional counseling office within the division of student affairs offering a variety of comprehensive counseling services, and you don’t have to be “in crisis” to utilize all that they provide. 

1819 Innovation Hub: UC's Latest Addition to Campus

The freshly renovated building at 2900 Reading Road serves as a one-stop shop for students and faculty to connect, collaborate, and innovate. Built in 1929, the original structure operated as a Sears department store. Now following a massive $38 million dollar renovation, the 1819 Innovation Hub will open its doors to the UC community on October 5th, 2018.

7 Free Things To Do In Cincinnati: September Edition

While you're getting into the swing of the semester, don't forget to make time for fun and exploring—and staying on budget!

Cincinnati is a bustling place with lots of new and exciting things going on almost every day, from outdoor group yoga to doggy happy hours.

However, you may be operating on a grad student’s budget (just like the rest of us), so we’ve compiled a mindful list of seven free things to do around the city in September.

Professional Development at UC 

Although the school year is just getting started, it’s important to remember it’s never too early to begin cultivating your professional development. The Graduate School has curated a list of the top professional development events just for you. Get out a pen and scribble these dates into your calendar! 

Dr. Ephraim Gutmark: 2018 Excellence in Mentoring Doctoral Students Award

Dr. Ephraim Gutmark, distinguished professor of aerospace engineering at UC and professor of otolaryngology at UC College of Medicine, has been recognized for his outstanding mentoring of doctoral students. Read about his story and achievements.

Student Spotlight: Jelena Vićić 

Jelena Vićić is a UC doctoral student studying cybersecurity and serving as the 2018–19 graduate student government (GSGA) president. Learn about her time working in European Parliament and the ways she's influencing the UC Graduate School community.

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