Archive for November, 2012

BIC Resources – Company, Industry and Market Data for Job Applications and Interviews

Posted on November 29, 2012 in Career Center

Did you know that the Mahaffey Business Information Center (BIC) located in the lower level of Mendoza has resources that can help graduate students prepare for job applications and interviews?

Examples of information the BIC can help you find*:

1)      Find competitors and potential employers in industries of interest.

2)      A company’s website is limited to the information the company wants to portray.  The BIC and can help you find independent assessments about the company and compare it to others in the industry.

3)      Financial information, investment reports, forecasts, markets and customers, etc., are compiled in easy to access and read formats.

4)      Gain in-depth knowledge about an industry or company to prepare for the following interview questions:  “Where do you see our company going in the next 5-10 years?” or “What three trends do you see in the future for our industry?”

*The majority of information available on the BIC’s resources pertains to publicly traded companies. However, the BIC has some resources regarding private companies and a Business Librarian will be more than happy to help you with your search.

The BIC has thousands of web resources accessible from their website. A few examples include:

  • Business Insights, Factiva, and LexisNexis for company information.
  • MarketResearch.comAcademic for market research.
  • IBISWorld and S&P NetAdvantage for industry information.
  • For those of you who want in-depth financial and market data about a company or industry, is available on select computers at the BIC.  A Business Librarian can quickly get you started with the Bloomberg.

This is just a taste of the many resources the BIC offers for Notre Dame graduate students.  As you prepare for your future job in industry, make sure to include a visit to the BIC or their website.  Send specific questions or set up a meeting with a Business Librarian through their website or by using:

TIME CHANGE: Chemistry Alum to Speak About Tenure Track Positions NOW 2-3pm

Posted on November 15, 2012 in Career Center

Dr. Brian Goess, who was schedule to speak tomorrow, November 16 from 12-1 pm, will now be talking about tenure track positions in science from 2-3pm.  The seminar will still be in 251 Nieuwland.

Chemistry Alum to Speak about Tenure-Track Positions: Nov 16, 12-1pm, 251 Nieuwland

Posted on November 14, 2012 in Career Center

If you are a Science Grad Student or Post-doc planning to apply for tenure track positions, this is a seminar you will want to attend! 

Dr. Goess’s seminar will focus on skills necessary for conducting an effective job search for a tenure-track faculty position in the sciences at a research-active undergraduate institution, along with strategies for success in the early years of one’s independent professional career.   Brian Goess graduated from Notre Dame in 1998 with a degree in chemistry, where he worked for three years as an undergraduate in the lab of Professor Paul Helquist.  He then moved to Harvard, where he studied under Professor Matthew Shair and graduated in 2004.  After a postdoctoral appointment at Princeton with Professor Erik Sorensen, Dr. Goess joined the faculty of Furman University in 2006, where he is now as associate professor.  Furman is a private, primarily undergraduate college in Greenville, SC.  It’s chemistry department has a nationally-recognized research program centered around the training of undergraduate chemists in research.

The seminar will be this Friday, November 16 from 12-1 pm in 251 Nieuwland.  If you would like to make one-on-one appointments with Dr. Goess contact Ann Amico Moran (

International Education Week: November 12th-16th

Posted on November 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, is a celebration the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Much of the week is devoted to promoting programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States. For more information (including an Global IQ Quiz) visit the website:

For international students coming to the US for a graduate degree can be a daunting task. Many of these students view studying abroad as just the first step to a long career, far from home. Adjusting to a new language, culture, and educational environment can be challenging.

Researchers Larry Braskamp and Chris Glass wrote, “Foreign Students and Tolerance,” published in the October 26 edition of Inside Higher Education. Based on their research of international student using the Global Perspective Inventory (GPI). Their article offered these highlights:

* International students who enroll in courses that involve discussion among students with diverse backgrounds and beliefs report higher grade-point-averages, experience a greater sense of attachment to campus life, and are more likely to form cross-cultural peer relationships.

* International students who participate in co-curricular activities reflecting their cultural background are also more likely to engage in activities reflecting other cultures.

* International students who experience discrimination are two-thirds less likely to share problems and concerns with peers.

Stepping outside one’s comfort zone is a critical part of succeeding in graduate school and beyond. This can often lead to stress and anxiety on top of what graduate students already experience. As stated by Braskamp and Glass, “Mental health issues, such as depression, loneliness, and anxiety, are well-documented in research on international students… Communication and coordination between leaders in international student offices, counseling centers, faculty development offices, and student support services is essential for comprehensive support.”

The ND University Counseling Center staff offers services and support to all members of the Notre Dame Community, including international students. There are still spots available in the Graduate Student, Appetite for Life and Personal Growth groups. See the UCC website for more information:

Fall Break Dissertation Camp a Huge Success!

Posted on November 6, 2012 in Hesburgh Library, Research, Writing Center

As part of our continued effort to support graduate student writers, the Hesburgh Libraries and the University Writing Center, with the support of the Graduate School hosted Dissertation Camp during Fall Break.  Presenters from the University Writing Center, the Hesburgh Libraries, the Graduate School, the University Counseling Center, Digital ND, and the Executive MBA program all provided workshops geared toward developing excellent research and writing skills and streamlining the writing process.

The feedback for this event from participants has been overwhelmingly positive, highlighting the value of building community among writers who are deeply engaged in sometimes isolating long-term research projects. The 26 “campers” collectively logged more than 840 hours of worktime over the course of the week. They engaged in conversation and developed networks with graduate peers within and outside of their own program areas. Many took advantage of opportunities to consult one-on-one with librarians and Writing Center tutors to discuss their works in progress.

Remember that library research support and Writing Center consultations are available at any time during the regular semester, not only during our camps.

Be sure to check the Library and Writing Center events websites for more information about upcoming workshops, including next semester’s Dissertation Camp over Spring Break.  (All Library and Writing Center events are listed on the Graduate School Professional Development calendar as well.)

Public Speaking and Communicating in the Classroom

Posted on November 5, 2012 in Kaneb Center

90% of college students report moderate to high levels of anxiety around public speaking.  As teachers and researchers, graduate students frequently find themselves in public speaking situations.  Here are a few tips to help with public speaking anxiety:

  1. Plan and practice your movement for during your talk
  2. Don’t begin until you’re ready
  3. Practice concepts, not words
  4. Exercise before your talk
  5. Do deep breathing exercises
  6. Warm up your voice
  7. Drop your hands when you aren’t gesturing
  8. Acknowledge your anxiety and address any unrealistic fears
  9. Have a gimmick in each part of your talk
  10. Mingle before your talk to increase your comfort level
  11. If maintaining eye contact makes you nervous, look at the audiences ears instead.

The Kaneb Center will be hosting a worksop titled “Communicating in the Classroom: Tips for TAs” on Thursday November 8th from 9:30-10:45am in the ND room of LaForutune.  This workshop will focus on an introduction to public speaking and teaching techniques that will enhance classroom communication.  While geared towards communication in the classroom, the tips can be translated to all public speaking situations. To register visit