Date: August 15, 2014
To: All UF Graduate Students
From: UF Graduate Student Council (GSC)
RE: UF Graduate Student Council Announcements
On behalf of GSC, welcome back to all returning graduate students and welcome to those newly joining us at UF. Graduate Student Council (GSC) has been hard at work over the summer to make some significant improvements to the graduate experience at UF. Please see below for some pertinent announcements.
I) General Body Meeting - The first general body meeting will occur on Tuesday, August 26, in the Reitz Union Auditorium, beginning at 6pm. Make sure representatives from your departments are attending so that your department is eligible to apply for GSC travel grants. If you don't have a department representative or don't know who yours is, ask your graduate coordinator. If your department does not have a representative, please consider representing your department this year. Mark your calendars for the subsequent meetings, all beginning at 6pm - September 9, October 14, November 18, January 13, February 10, March 10, & April 14. Look for more information soon regarding locations on the GSC website: gsc.sg.ufl.edu.
II) Social events - GSC is planning several social events over the first few weeks of the semester:
1) PhD Movie - 'Piled Higher and Deeper (PHD)' is a live-action adaptation of the popular web comic strip by Jorge Cham. With humor and heart, the film follows the personal journeys of two graduate students as they struggle to find their place in the confusing (and often hilarious) world of high-stakes Academic research. Join us on Saturday August 23 and/or Monday August 25 in the Reitz Union Auditorium. Both showings begin at 6pm.
2) Annual Tailgate - August 30 (vs. Idaho, game time is 7pm) near Tolbert Hall. Co-sponsored with Tau Beta Pi Honor Society.
3) GSC is co-sponsoring the UF PhDMoms 2014 Student-Family Welcome on Saturday, August 23, at the Corry Village Commons. The event runs from 10am to 1pm; registration opens at 9:30am, and food will be served @ 11:30am. See the Facebook event page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/410586105748279/.
III) Open Access - GSC is partnering with the UF Libraries to provide new information and opportunities for graduate students to better understand the opportunities that Open Access can provide.
Christine Fruin, UF's Scholarly Communications Librarian, will present three workshops this fall: Copyright for Online Teaching, Copyright Essentials for the Graduate Researcher, and Protect Your Rights as an Author: Understanding Copyright and Open Access. For more information on these events, Christine Fruin at [log in to unmask] or (352) 273-2710.
Registration is REQUIRED for online workshops. For registration and more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/UF_ScholComm.
OpenCon - Do you have an interest in open access, open education and open data? Then please consider representing the University of Florida at the OpenCon 2014 conference November 15-17 in Washington D.C. OpenCon 2014 is organized by the Right to Research Coalition, SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), and a committee of student and early career researcher organizations from around the world. The meeting will convene students and early career researchers from around the world and serve as a powerful catalyst for projects led by the next generation of scholars and researchers to advance OpenCon's three focus areas. Participants for the conference will be selected through an application process which runs August 4-25. You must apply by August 25th to be considered for attendance and financial assistance.
Full and partial travel scholarships are available to cover the cost of attendance for qualified participants from OpenCon organizers. The University of Florida Smathers Libraries will also provide funding for up to three students to attend who are accepted and who do not receive travel assistance directly from OpenCon. Please visit http://opencon2014.org/apply to apply to attend and to apply for a travel scholarship through the conference organizers. If you have any questions about the conference, funding for travel, or open access generally, contact Christine Fruin at [log in to unmask] or (352)273-2710.
Open Access Week - Open Access Week 2014 is October 20-26. This year's theme is "Generation Open" and will highlight the importance of students and early career researchers as advocates for change in scholarly publishing. The Libraries are looking for 4-6 students to volunteer to help plan and organize Open Access Week events and activities. Please contact Christine Fruin by September 15 if you are interested. She can be reached at [log in to unmask] or (352) 273-2710.
Have a great year. Go Gators!
President - Graduate Student Council
PhD Candidate - Historical Musicology
College of Fine Arts Humanities Teaching Fellow
University of Florida
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