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Scientific Writing Group for Doctoral Students

The Scientific Writing Group will be held at the University of Georgia in March and April of 2010. This individual coaching opportunity is a six week workshop and is intended for any doctoral student looking to improve his or her writing skills. However, this free workshop is limited to fifteen participants from any discipline on campus. Registration in open until February 21st so write hurst28@bellsouth.net today!

For more information, click here.

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Spread your wings

Think you stop learning about butterflies after observing cocoons in elementary school? You’re wrong.

We love the UGA Graduate School because of the groundbreaking research conducted here. Recently, a team of researchers in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and theOdum School of Ecology discovered that monarch butterflies have evolved to withstand their long migrations.

Researchers examined the wing size of both migratory and non-migratory species from the eastern and western United States and parts of the Caribbean. They found that the migratory species of monarchs had adapted “long wings with narrow tips to reduce drag.” Further, the butterflies from different regions had different body sizes, indicating the storage of body fat for longer migrations.

For more information, click here.

Migrating monarchs

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Give us your two cents.

The UGA Graduate School has published an online questionnaire for members of the campus community for the 2010-2020 Strategic Planning.

Help us out by giving us your input by visiting http://www.grad.uga.edu/strategicplan/ to fill out the questionnaire.

Also, a reminder that the Strategic Planning Sessions are soon (Feb. 2-Feb. 4).

UGA’s Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Program (ILS) was recognized last month by the Graduate School with the Innovation in Graduate Education award.  The program allows doctoral students to choose a home department and a research focus after testing out a breadth of classes.

Read more about this program at http://www.grad.uga.edu/spotlight.html

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In the news…

UGA Law students earn honors at competition. Read more about it here.

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Give Grad School your Love

The UGA Graduate School has given thousands of students an excellent post-graduate experience. If you have been affected positively by the UGA graduate school we encourage you to do two things:

1. Send your grad school stories to ugagradschool@gmail.com and tell us why you love UGA grad school!

2. Visit here and see how you can financially contribute to the graduate programs

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Where Are They Now?

Mary Frances Early became the first African-American to graduate from the University of Georgia in 1962. As a transfer graduate student from the University of Michigan, she came down south to aid Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter, two other early UGA African-American, in their struggle for integration at the university. She felt as though they shouldn’t do it alone.

After earning her master of music education degree in 1962, Mary went on to earn a specialist degree in music education in 1967. After Georgia, Early studied abroad in Brazil and Africa and received leadership certification from Georgia State University.Her distinguished career includes professor work at Morehouse and Spelman colleges and also as a music coordinator and supervisor of Atlanta Public Schools. She would also become recognized as she became the first African-American president of the Georgia Music Educators Association in 1981. Early also affiliated with the Music Educators National Conference, College Music Society, and National Association of Schools of Music, among other organizations.

For more information on Mary Frances Early, check out her article in the Athens Banner-Herald.

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Opportunities NOT to Miss!

February is here and so are some important deadlines for some great opportunities.

The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute’s application for its 2010 Graduate Field Research Summer Travel Awards competition is now open to all graduate students who are looking to study in Portugese- or Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America, the Caribbean or Iberia.  The application is due February 19.  For more information, go to http://www.lacsi.uga.edu/main/tinker/2010tinker.html

The Goizueta Foundation Graduate Scholars Fund application is available for an assistantship in the UGA Center for Latino Achievement and Success in Education.  Applicants will be working to contribute to Latino education in the United States.  They should also be proficient in Spanish.  For the online application, go to http://www.grad.uga.edu/

The ASA Committee on Women in Statistics and the Caucus for Women in Statistics are offering a $2,000 scholarship for the Gertrude Cox Scholarship for Women in Graduate Statistics Programs.  Two awards will be given.  Due on February 15, go to http://www.grad.uga.edu/ for the application.

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