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Ethics Café Announced

Posted on June 14, 2012 in Career Center, Graduate School, Hesburgh Library, International Students, Kaneb Center, Reilly Center, Research

The Graduate School and Reilly Center are teaming up to host an Ethics Café six times per academic year beginning fall 2012. Cafés seek to encourage conversation, debate, and interaction. The Ethics Café at Notre Dame will offer faculty, students and staff a space to learn about ethical issues pertaining to responsible conduct of research, professional conduct, engagement with the public, and other worldly matters. Be on the lookout for more information!

Advice for Graduate Students

Posted on April 5, 2012 in Career Center, Fellowships and Grants, Graduate School, Graduate Student Union, Hesburgh Library, Kaneb Center, Reilly Center, Research, Writing Center

Has graduate school got you down? Having problems managing work and family? Are you worried about debt? Are you feeling stressed? Are you looking for strategies for success? Would you like some advice about writing a dissertation?

The Chronicle of Higher Education devotes an entire section of its website to Advice for Graduate Students.

Preparing Now for Going on the Job Market

Posted on March 28, 2012 in Career Center, Fellowships and Grants, Graduate School, Kaneb Center, Reilly Center, Research, Writing Center

Are you concerned about what you’ll do after graduate school? It’ll be too late if you wait until after you have your diploma to think seriously about the job market. You need to ask yourself now while you are in graduate school, “What am I doing to guarantee that I’ll get the job I want?” You have probably already heard someone say that bearing down to get your work done is not enough. You need to be presenting, publishing, and networking. With so much to do, you must be calculated in your approach. You must set priorities.

As a starting point, read Karen Kelsky’s article “Graduate School is a Means to a Job” in Chronicle of Higher Education on 27 March 2012 or

If you aren’t reading Chronicle of Higher Education on a regular basis, consider starting. Why? “The Chronicle of Higher Education is the No. 1 source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators.” It has great advice and will keep you abreast of trends and concerns in the world of academia.

Workshop Etiquette

Posted on March 23, 2012 in Career Center, Center for Social Concerns, English for Academic Purposes, Fellowships and Grants, Graduate School, Graduate Student Union, Hesburgh Library, Kaneb Center, Reilly Center, Research, Uncategorized, Writing Center

Your behavior at a workshop or an employer information session can be an indication of your professional behavior after you leave graduate school.  Therefore you want to be sure you are sending a professional, responsible message.  It is extremely important that you remember professional etiquette at these events.  I have listed a few reminders below to think about prior to your attendance at either a workshop or employer sponsored event.

1) If you RSVP for an event, attend.  If you cannot attend, notify the organizer, within 24 hours in advance (if possible).  If you do not know who to contact to withdraw your registration, please contact the Graduate School at 631-1704 or and they will help you withdraw your registration.

2)If food and drink are served, exercise control.  That means take one piece of pizza and one drink.  If there are left overs, you may go back for seconds.  Piling your plate with four pieces of pizza and grabbing a water and a soda are inappropriate.

3)Prepare a few questions ahead of time and ask them when the presenter calls for questions.  Most of the time a presenter will state their preference on answering questions.  Most likely they will call for questions at the end of the presentation while others welcome questions amidst the presentation.  Asking them at these times is most appropriate.  However there are some questions that need to be asked one-on-one versus in front of the entire group (those that are very specific to your situation). This will help alleviate the long line of students after the presentation.

If you have questions about any of these points or would like to know more about workshop and event etiquette please contact the Graduate Career Program at 248 Flanner Hall or 574.631.4058.

Presentation Skills Workshop

Posted on February 8, 2012 in Graduate School, Reilly Center

Come see Trevor Pinch speak on “Science: The Benevolent Monster” on Thursday, February 9 at 7pm in DeBartolo Hall 102 and afterwards join Melinda Gormley in DeBartolo 109 for a presentation skills workshop. Melinda will use Pinch’s lecture as a way to begin a conversation about presentation skills.  The discussion will cover aspects of the presentation that are and are not in a speaker’s control, and what did and did not work well during the talk. The aim of this workshop is to think about the variety of features that are part of a presentations including the talk’s content, speaker’s mannerisms, use of audio and visual material, the facility, and the audience.

Sociologist of science Trevor Pinch is co-author of The Golem with Harry Collins. In The Golem, Collins and Pinch use case studies of scientific controversies to look at how science operates and show that science is not as structured and straight-forward of a process as the public typically believes. Their concept of science as a golem is the basis on Pinch’s February 9 talk.

Graduate School Ethics Workshop

Posted on January 16, 2012 in Graduate School, Kaneb Center, Reilly Center, Uncategorized

Graduate School Ethics WorkshopFirst-year Ph.D. students got their second semester of graduate school off to a quick start on Monday with the first-ever Graduate School Ethics Workshop, held at the Hilton Garden Inn at Saint Mary’s College.

The workshop involved the interaction of students for various exercises, including a live role-playing session to simulate ethical situations and dilemmas that students might face, both during their academic career and following the completion of their degrees. Greg Sterling, Dean of the Graduate School, opened the proceedings with a clip from the movie, “The Fugitive,” that illustrated an example of unethical conduct in the pharmaceutical industry, while also outlining ethical obligations to the public and one’s profession, in addition to an obligation to oneself.

Other presenters for the workshop included Melinda Gormley, Assistant Director for Research at the Reilly Center; Amanda McKendree, Assistant Director of the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning; Gretchen Busl, Associate Program Director of Grants and Fellowships at the Graduate School; and Ann Amico Moran, Assistant Director of the Graduate School Career Program and the Career Center.

Alasdair MacIntyre delivers the keynote address at the Graduate School's Ethics Workshop

Following lunch, where students from the Colleges of Law, Business and Architecture joined in, Alasdair MacIntyre, the Rev. John A. O’Brien Senior Research Professor of Philosophy (emeritus) at the University of Notre Dame, delivered a keynote address entitled, Everyday Ethics, Ethics of Crisis. Among other topics, MacIntyre spoke of the importance for researchers to correctly represent their findings, regardless of the challenges faced by them. MacIntyre also echoed the ideas presented by Dean Sterling at the beginning of the workshop by emphasizing the importance of truth to oneself, to one’s work and to one’s community. Following his address, Professor MacIntyre took questions from the assembled students.

The Graduate School’s Ethics Workshop is a new requirement for all Ph.D. students matriculating in 2011 and later, with students required to attend one three-hour ethics workshop prior to the completion of their degree. The program was established after a recommendation from the 2009-10 Graduate Council and approved by the Directors of Graduate Studies. In all, more than 250 first-year Ph.D. students attended this first workshop.

For additional photos from the day’s events, see the event photo gallery.

Two Degrees at Once!? Yes, It’s Possible!

Posted on November 10, 2011 in Graduate School, Reilly Center

Did you know that graduate students who are working toward their Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame can simultaneously earn a Master’s degree in History and Philosophy of Science? This non-research degree can compliment a student’s studies in another field of work, with up to nine credit hours counting toward both degrees.

Interested? Visit the Reilly Center’s web page for the History and Philosophy of Science Master’s program, or email the program’s director, Katherine Brading.

Book Corner!

Posted on November 1, 2011 in Reilly Center

Some suggestions from the Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values. All book titles link to their page on

– Arts and Letters graduate students: It’s never too early to think about turning your dissertation into a book. Two books to get you started are William Germano, From Dissertation to Book (2005) and Beth Luey, ed. , Revising your Dissertation: Advice from Leading Editors (2004).

 – Are you a TA looking for ways to effectively teach critical thinking and writing skills? Check out John C. Bean’s Engaging Ideas: The Professor’s Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom (2001).