Save The Date: Graduate School Fair 10.6.15


The Graduate Coordinator Network at The University of Texas at Austin announces its Fall 2015 Graduate School Fair.  The fair will be held on October 6, 2015, 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. in the Texas Union Ballroom.

The University of Texas is host to over 50,000 students, over 35,000 of whom are undergraduates and approximately 5500 master’s students.  Students are enrolled in 14 colleges and schools across campus from Business to Engineering, Architecture to Natural Sciences.

The registration fee will be $150.  The fee includes one 6′ table and 2 chairs as well as lunch.  Tables will not be skirted, so your table banners are encouraged. Wi-fi and electricity will be available if requested.

Click here for registration information. 

If you have any questions you can contact Philip Guerrero.

Please mail the registration fee to:
The University of Texas at Austin
c/o Philip Guerrero
1 University Station C1100
Austin, TX  78712

We look forward to seeing you in Austin!

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Career Planning with Dr. Mrim Boutla

Mrim Boutla Workshop

When: February 3, 2015
Where: Avaya Auditorium
RSVP online »

Special Note: Dr. Boutla asks that you both a.) register and complete the MTMCareers career assessments in advance of the workshop to maximize your experience and b.) bring your laptop to the session.

Event Details Join Dr. Mrim Boutla for a workshop designed to help Ph.D. students and postdocs get clear, get connected, and get hired for career opportunities beyond academia. This session, titled Off-Track: Charting your Post-Ph.D. Career Path Beyond Academia, will focus on strategies you can use to get clear about your goals and transferable skills, get connected with like minded professionals and get hired for the types of opportunities that best fit you. This workshop will include examples from Dr. Mrim Boutla’s own transition from cognitive neuroscience to career coaching to social entrepreneurship, as well as case studies from other PhDs who have leveraged their transferable skills to build intellectually and financially rewarding careers across sectors. Whether you want to compete for tenure-track jobs or explore nonacademic paths, attending this workshop will help you learn more about the many options you have to put your Ph.D. skills to work.

Topics Include:

• Translating skills from one sector the another
• Current employment trends
• Identifying employers in one’s impact area
• Leveraging social networks to identify employers 
• Tailoring resumes and cover letters

About Dr. Boutla  Dr. Mrim Boutla is a cognitive neuroscientist turned career coach and social entrepreneur. Her PhD and postdoctoral research in brain plasticity have been published in peer-reviewed journals including Nature Neuroscience, Cognition, and Cerebral Cortex. Over the past decade, Dr. Boutla has used her cognitive neuroscience background to help students and professionals secure jobs that match their skills, as well as their life and career priorities. She started out as a career coach for PhDs and liberal arts graduates at Brown University. She then served as the career coach for international students and entrepreneurial management MBA students at the Kelley School of Business (Indiana University). In 2010 Dr. Boutla co-founded MTMCareers with Dr. Mark Albion (Faculty Founder of Net Impact). The MTMCareers elearning platform combines coaching and resources to help impact leaders get clear, get connected, and get hired faster for jobs that maximize meaning and money. MTMCareers has deployed their elearning platform across over 30 campuses in the US, and has received the 2013 AshokaU/Cordes Award for Social Innovation. Dr. Boutla earned her Bsc in Psychology from the Université Catholique de Louvain, and her MA and PhD in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Rochester.

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Fall ’14 Graduate Coordinator Spotlight: Kimberly Terry


Kimberly Terry was recently recognized by the Graduate Coordinator Network as their Graduate Coordinator for Fall ’14.  GCN Historian Jennifer Tipton sat down with Kimberly to find more about her life and career.

How long have you been a Graduate Coordinator?
I’ve been a GC for almost 9 years. I have worked in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, the Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies, and I am currently with the Department of Psychology. [web]

What motivated you to become a Graduate Coordinator?
I love working with students. One of the great things about this job is that you can have a direct and meaningful impact on a student’s life.

Tell us what you find most rewarding about being a Graduate Coordinator.
This job is never boring! Working as closely as we do with faculty and students, you get a chance every day to help someone with something! Watching my students walk across the stage at graduation and knowing that I helped in that journey is the best feeling. I love having a job that allows me to make a difference in student’s lives!

Describe your most memorable event or experience in your career as a GC.
The most memorable event has to be working on the Liberal Arts Dissertation Boot Camp. After attending a presentation on dissertation boot camps at a NAGAP conference in Austin, several grad coordinators thought this would be a great service for the College of Liberal Arts to provide for our students. We worked on a proposal and submitted it to Dean Raizen. It was accepted and the Dissertation Boot Camp became a reality. We’ve had two years of the bootcamp and it’s really been a success for our students.

I can’t emphasize enough the importance of professional development. Not only were we able to create something beneficial for our students, but we were able to create a good working relationship with our Dean and College staff. Those relationships have proven to be invaluable. Take advantage of professional development opportunities. You never know where they will lead.

Tell us about your experience serving on the GCN Executive Committee.
This is a hard one. There were really so many great experiences. I think my favorite part was serving as Chair of the GCN. You really get to work closely with so many great coordinators and staff from around the University, in a way you wouldn’t normally have access to. I loved having a vision for our organization and working to move us closer to that goal. Plus the EC is always such an amazing group. I was constantly impressed with their ideas and drive. That goes for the whole GCN. We really are a talented group!

What is your favorite thing to do outside of work?
I love to read; mysteries are my favorite! I’m kind of a professional couch potato, so to counter-act that I like to do a few 5K’s a year. My next one is the Trail of Lights 5K in December.

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UT Libraries Host Events as Part of Open Access Week


The University of Texas Libraries is celebrating International Open Access Week with three events for the Austin community. The theme of Open Access Week this year is “Open Access: Generation Open”, and the goal of the events is to raise awareness and foster discussion around issues related to open access. All events are free and open to the public, with pizza and drinks available while they last.

  • 12-1 p.m., Friday, October 17
    Perry-Castañeda Library, PCL 2.500
    Erin McKiernan on Open Access and the Early-Career Researcher
  • 12:00-1:30pm, Tuesday, October 21st
    UT Administration Bldg., Room 1.118
    Forum on Open Access
  • 12-1:30pm, Thursday, October 23rd
    Perry-Castañeda Library, 1.124
    OpenStreetMap Editathon

Open access (OA) is the immediate, online, free availability of research outputs. Journal articles, books, theses, data and more can all be made open access. Open access is important because it speeds the dissemination of research results, it increases the impact and reach of research, it levels the playing field by allowing anyone to have access to content — not just subscribers, and research that is funded by public dollars should be freely available to the public. Open access benefits individual authors by increasing the number of times their work is downloaded, by increasing the number of citations to their work by providing new opportunities for collaboration — especially interdisciplinary collaborations, and by decreasing the amount of time authors have to spend responding to requests for access to content hidden behind subscriber paywalls.

Authors at UT Austin can make their research OA by depositing a copy of their work in a repository like the UT Digital Repository (UTDR) or by publishing with an open access publisher. Authors can submit to UTDR by sending a copy of their work to Subject specific repositories like arXiv usually allow authors to submit their work though the site. Two of the biggest open access publishers are PLOS and BioMed Central, but almost all major publishers have at least one OA journal and some publishers are moving towards publishing books open access as well. You can find a list of OA journals here:, and a list of OA publishers here:

For more information about open access, including complete information about OA Week events, please see or the news release at


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MORE Career Planning Workshops — Save the Dates!

How to Communicate Your Value
Strategies for explaining the value of your grad school experiences to employers outside of academia. Breakfast provided.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 | Time: 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Location: Liberal Arts Career Services, FAC 18
RSVP for this event here

Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) Professional Development Week

Graduate Student Career Services Boot Camp
October 21, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Santa Rita Suite of the Texas Union (UNB 3.502)                                                                                                                                                                            Dr. Po-Tsan Ku, Career Development Specialist for CNS Graduate Students and Tatem Oldham, Graduate Student Career Coach at Liberal Arts Career Services will help you perfect your CVs and resumes, strategize for the alt-ac job search, and prepare for industry interviews. Graduate Professional Development Week (GPDW) is sponsored by the Graduate Student Assembly. Check out the GSA website for more opportunities to learn about careers in academia, industry and entrepreneurship.   RSVP for this event here 

Skill Sets for Grad Students Preparing for the Job Market
Tips for networking, researching alt-ac career paths and preparing for interviews. Bring your lunch. Desserts provided.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Time: noon- 1:00 p.m.
Location: CLA 1.302B RSVP for this event here

Bioscience and Biotechnology Career Fair
The career fair is a great opportunity to network with representatives from the bioscience and biotechnology industries. The event is a collaborative effort between Engineering Career Assistance Center, Natural Sciences Career Design Center, Biomedical Engineering Society-UT Austin Chapter, and Natural Sciences Council.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Time: 1-5 p.m. 
Location: Texas Union Quadrangle Room (UNB 3.304)

Graduate Students Career Transitions Group
This workshop series is designed to give you the knowledge, skills and information you need to move forward with your non-academic career plans. Join us for one or all four of these workshops offered once a month at Glickman Conference Center (CLA 1.302B). The series is open to all disciplines and coffee and bagels are provided.

1/21/15 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Converting Your CV to a resume

2/18/15 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Identifying Your Transferable Skills

3/25/15 9:00-10:00 a.m.
The Alt-Ac Job Search

4/22/15 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Preparing for Behavioral & Case Interviews

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Career Planning Workshops


Please join us for two eye-opening career planning workshops featuring local career services professionals who are committed to helping graduate students prepare to enter the job market. Tatem Oldham from College of Liberal Arts Career Services and Erin Prenger, a trained career coach and fellow doctoral student in Communication Studies, will present the following workshop on September 30th from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm, at the AT&T Conference Center, Amphitheatre, 204. RSVP link »

How to Communicate Your Value                                                                                           

Regardless of what career path you are pursuing, you need to know how to communicate with audiences outside of your discipline and outside of academia.  This session will provide tips, strategies and sample content for explaining the value and relevance of your grad school experiences to different audiences with a focus on employers outside of academia.  Topics include:

  • Converting Your CV to a Resume – formatting basics plus content strategies you won’t find online
  • Personal Branding – how to identify, communicate and build your brand

Making Your Move – Master the Transition from Student to Professional

Whether you are looking to expand your network or looking for a job, this session will help you connect to people and opportunities outside of academia.   We will review public and private sector career paths that grad students commonly pursue and provide job search tips and interview strategies.  Topics include:

  • Networking- UT, Texas, national and online resources
  • Identifying and Applying to Jobs Outside of Academia
  • Interviewing – Questions to expect/ ask and strategies for case and behavioral interviews

RSVP link »

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New Grad Student Voices: Sam Dunning, Department of Chemistry


Sam Dunning begins his doctoral research in Chemistry at UT Austin this fall and comes to us from the University of Sheffield.

Why did you choose UT?
I chose to study for my PhD at UT not just because of the University’s great reputation, but because I was a student at UT before and loved it so much I had to come back! As part of my course at the University of Sheffield I was given the opportunity to spend a year studying abroad in America and luckily for me I spent my year abroad in Austin. I had such wonderful memories of the city, it’s people and the University, when I decided to pursue a PhD I knew exactly where I wanted to study if I could.

Have you visited Austin?
My first thought when I arrived in Austin was “Wow, it’s hot here!”, Austin summers are a bit more intense than English ones! Later on I discovered the wonders of Austin food (specifically breakfast tacos) and the music scene and I’m extremely excited to experience life in Austin all over again!

What aspects of your studies are you most excited about?
I am most excited about being able to apply my knowledge of Chemistry in new and meaningful ways through research. I’m also really looking forward having the opportunity to teach new students as a teaching assistant.

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Neikirk Appointed Associate Dean of Graduate Studies

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Dean P. Neikirk has been appointed associate dean of graduate studies.

Dean P. Neikirk has been appointed associate dean of graduate studies at the Graduate School at The University of Texas at Austin.

A professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Neikirk holds the Cullen Trust for Higher Education Endowed Professorship in Engineering, and has been a member of the Engineering faculty since 1984.

His appointment, effective August 11, 2014, will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Terry Kahn, who has served as associate dean of graduate student services for the past 11 years.

“Dean Neikirk comes to the Graduate School with a deep understanding of the university and graduate education,” said Senior Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies Judith Langlois. “He is not only an outstanding scholar, but his 11 years of administrative experience as a graduate adviser, past chair of the Graduate Assembly, and past chair of the Faculty Council, provides a solid foundation for his new role at the Graduate School.”

The Graduate School oversees 78 doctoral programs and 116 master’s degree programs including the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, business and arts. It also provides access to resources, services and funding to support the more than 11,000 graduate students enrolled at the university.

In his capacity as associate dean, Neikirk will oversee graduate student services, working directly with graduate students, faculty and staff in more than 100 academic programs to implement and interpret university policy in all areas of graduate education.

”I am deeply honored to have been asked to assume this position; it will certainly be a challenge to fill Terry Kahn’s shoes after his many years of excellent service as associate dean of graduate student services.”

Neikirk received a B.S. in physics and mathematics from Oklahoma State University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in applied physics from the California Institute of Technology.

For more information on Dean Neikirk, visit

More Information
Contact … John Dalton, 512-232-3626
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