GradCURRENTS News & Features

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Supporting Graduate Assistants with a Revised GSHI Award

One of the ways that the Graduate School supports graduate assistants and fellows is through the Graduate Student Health Insurance (GSHI) Award, which covers part of the cost of the UC Student Health Insurance (SHI) premium. Over this academic year, the Graduate School has been working on a sustainable plan for providing these UC SHI subsidies in future years. We are now able to announce that the Graduate School will provide the GSHI award to support qualified full-time graduate assistants, regardless of how many previous semesters they have received the GSHI award. The Graduate School is able to provide this level of support due to collaboration with President Pinto, Provost Nelson, and the UC Colleges. 

Read this week's feature to find out how the GSHI award is changing for Fall 2020 and if you will be eligible for the award for the 2020-21 academic year.

Signing Off: Dean Montrose Reflects on a Career in Academia

Marshall “Chip” Montrose, vice provost and dean of The Graduate School, is retiring. Dr. Montrose has worked at the University of Cincinnati for nearly two decades, where he has helped to develop interdisciplinary initiatives to bridge the gaps between colleges and get people from opposite sides of campus communicating and collaborating. 

Read this week’s feature to hear what Dr. Montrose has been up to as he reflects on a career in academia and prepares for retirement.

Dr. Chris Sullivan: 2020 Excellence in Mentoring of Doctoral Students Award

Dr. Chris Sullivan, the director of graduate studies for the School of Criminal Justice, is this year’s recipient of The Graduate School’s Excellence in Mentoring of Doctoral Students Award. Dr. Sullivan says that it is a source of great pride to see students he works with enter the field see how their journeys are going past his role as a mentor. He says, “when they’re out there doing it and don’t need me anymore… that’s the goal.” 

Read more about Dr. Sullivan's mentorship.

An Ongoing Conversation: Who is American Today?

Flavia Bastos, Ph.D., a professor is visual arts education in the College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning, is changing the way high school students perceive their identity by putting one powerful tool in their hands: a phone. Her research project investigates how high school students define the American identity and what they consider an “American” to be. 

Learn more about the Who is American Today? project.

Student Spotlight: Maria Gaki

Maria Gaki is a classical philology PhD student who is studying texts from the ancient Hellenistic period. Thanks to the help of modern technology, these texts, which detail a long-buried society that was destroyed by the infamous 79 AD eruption of Mount Vesuvius, are finally able to be read and studied for the first time.

Learn more about Maria’s research, which is among the first to finally peer into the primary sources that detail the culture of this long-extinct civilization.

Student Spotlight: Smruti Deoghare

Smruti has mastered the art of balance. In addition to training an articifial intelligence tool to successfully detect pediatric tumors, she is an avid dancer, enthusiastic teacher, dedicated artist, the list goes on. She spends her time at UC exploring as many roles as possible, always staying curious and learning something new.

Learn more about Smruti's cutting-edge research and intricate artworks.

Resource Roundup: The Office of Gender Equity & Inclusion

We all play a role – students, faculty, and staff alike – in the creation of an equitable, just, and inclusive campus. One thing we can all do is educate ourselves on what resources are out there to help create and maintain this kind of environment. One such resource is the Office of Gender Equity & Inclusion, whose primary role is to ensure that Title IX is upheld.

Learn what their office does and how it is a resource to us as students, faculty, and staff.

Medical Campus' Best Kept Secret: The Henry R. Winkler Center

Medical campus has an archive that dates back over five hundred years. Many of those fun-facts that you may have learned on your campus tour originate from the Henry R. Winkler Center, tying Cincinnati to key medical discoveries that have allowed humanity to advance past formerly crippling diseases.

Check out their archives of rare books and medical devices (get ready for a healthy dose of quackery) to see where the humanities and medicine collide!


The GradCURRENTS Guide to The Graduate School

For those of you who are new here (or if you've been around a while and just need a refresher), we've compiled the ways that The Graduate School can serve as a resource to you during your time on campus. 

Learn more about The Graduate School and our role here on campus!

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