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GPSO E-Newsletter: September 12, 2013

In this Issue:

New Officer Introductions: Vice President, Treasurer

Upcoming GPSO Events: Career Development Workshop, "Nuestras Raíces"

Funding Opportunity: NAEd/Spencer Dissertation and Postdoctoral Fellowships

Funding Opportunity: GPSO Fall Travel Awards

Call for Applications: GPSO Awards Committee

Guest Article: Best CV Formats

GPSO plans your weekend!


New Officer Introductions

Your GPSO Assembly kicked off the year last Friday by electing two new officers to the executive committee.

Dave Breed, originally from Muskegon, MI, is a third year JD student in the Maurer School of Law. He will be serving as the 2013-2014 GPSO Vice President. If you have any questions for Dave, he can be reached at

Ronald Arruejo joins us from Oxnard, CA and is a second year student in SPEA, focusing on both public financial and local government management. He will be the 2013-2014 GPSO Treasurer and can be reached at

For more information about each of the GPSO executive committee members, check out our web profiles.

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Upcoming GPSO Events

Career Development Workshop

GPSO is partnering with the IU Career Development Center to present a three part workshop beginning Wednesday, September 18 at 6:30pm in the Career Development Center on 10th Street.

Part one of this workshop will address researching careers and effective job search strategies, specifically designed for graduate students.

Please email with any questions.


"Nuestras Raíces"

As part of the celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, all are invited to attend the Nuestras Raíces event and a tour of La Casa, the Latino Cultural Center on campus!  The tour will be held on Wednesday, September 25th at 6:30pm.  Then stay for Nuestras Raíces and dinner at 7pm.

Nuestras Raíces is an open mic, family-style sharing of family traditions, songs, music, & stories. Bring your own stories, mementos, poems, songs and share in those of others. Come and chat, meet new people, share your stories, and learn more about different traditions. Eat and Enjoy! All are welcome!  The tour is brought to you by La Casa and GPSO.  Nuestras Raíces is co-sponsored by Latin@ Graduate Student Association (LGSA), La Casa, and Hutton Honors College.

To RSVP for the dinner, please send an email to


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Funding Opportunity: NAEd/Spencer Dissertation and Postdoctoral Fellowships

National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship

The NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These $25,000 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world. Fellows will also attend professional development retreats and receive mentorship from NAEd members and other senior scholars in their field. This highly competitive program aims to identify the most talented emerging researchers conducting dissertation research related to education. The Dissertation Fellowship program receives many more applications than it can fund. This year, up to 500 applications are anticipated and about 25 fellowships will be awarded. Additional guidelines and the fellowship application form are available on our website.


Deadline to apply: October 4, 2013

National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship

The NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports early-career scholars working in critical areas of educational scholarship. Fellows will receive $55,000 for one academic year of research, or $27,500 for each of two contiguous years, working half time. Fellows will also attend professional development retreats and receive mentorship from NAEd members and other senior scholars in their field. Applicants must have had their PhD, EdD, or equivalent research degree conferred between January 1, 2008, and December 31, 2012. This fellowship is non-residential, and applications from all disciplines are encouraged. Up to twenty NAEd/Spencer Fellowships will be awarded. Additional guidelines and the fellowship application form are available on our website.


Deadline to apply: November 1, 2013


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Funding Opportunity: GPSO Fall Travel Awards

The GPSO Travel Award is offered through a competitive process for graduate and professional students at Indiana University Bloomington. Up to $500 is given to help support travel expenses to conferences at which the student’s work will be presented (i.e. speeches, posters or interactive design), or to help support travel to workshops, special trainings, competitions and auditions that will benefit the student professionally. Funds may be used for registration fees, presentation materials, transportation, and lodging/food associated with the conference, workshop, training, competition or audition.

Please read the GPSO Travel Awards page carefully for information on eligibility, funding disbursement, and application procedure. After reviewing this information, interested students should complete the online application.

All fall applications must be received by October 20 at 11:59pm.

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Call for Applications: GPSO Awards Committee

Each fall, GPSO awards grants to IU graduate and professional students who are traveling to present research or participate in extraordinary professional opportunities. These awards are very competitive and the applications are peer-reviewed by IU students on the GPSO Awards Committee.

We welcome you to join the GPSO Awards Committee and review grant applications this semester, improving your own grant-writing skills and distinguishing yourself on the job market by performing valuable professional service for Indiana University. The time committment is approximately 3-5 hours via distance (online, email-based).

Interested students should complete this brief application to join the GPSO Awards Committee. Students who are members of the Awards Committee are ineligible to receive awards during their tenure, but the experience provides invaluable insight into any future applications they may submit after their service.

Please visit GPSO Travel Awards to learn more about the travel award. If you have any questions or would like more information about being a reviewer, please email Josh de Leeuw, GPSO Awards Officer, at

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Guest Article: Best CV Formats

By Anastasia Salter, via The Chronicle for Higher Education

Fall is already, abruptly, upon us. This is a time when many of us start to think about the job market, tenure review, and all sorts of other adventures on the horizon. If you are like me, your summer to-do list probably included more work than could possibly fit into a few months. One of the fall-preparation tasks I kept postponing is updating my CV. Every time I go to work on it, I feel like something bigger needs to be done: it’s time to format my CV so that it works well online while still fitting academic expectations.

Over the years, resumes have gotten cooler, in large part thanks to technology. There are lots of cool examples of resumes that make good use of the web. Plenty of services cater to the aspiring job seeker: packages resumes as infographics on a LinkedIn-esque community, ResumUP turns a resume into a visual timeline, and Visualize.Me offers themes for formatting existing LinkedIn data as a chart-based resume. One job-seeker, Marcus Fitzek, packaged his resume as a playable adventure game, which is officially the coolest thing ever.

But CVs? The vita seems relatively frozen in time: when I searched my network for cool formats, I came up with next to nothing. There’s plenty of great practical advice. Karen Kelsky offers some rules for CV formatting in print, and Natalie Houston has a great overview of how to create and maintain a CV. Technology definitely does some great things for maintaining a vita. Keeping a CV formatted for print updated online can be as easy as using Brian Croxall’s Dropbox or Jason Mittell’s Google Docs (now Google Drive) solution to maintain one file everywhere. However, design beyond readability rarely factors into the equation.

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GPSO plans your weekend!

September 13 - 15:

  • September 13, 5pm and 8pm: Bag of Tricks with the Jenn Christy Band (Player's Pub, $3/$5)

  • September 14, 10pm: New Wave Night - 80s Dance Party (Root Cellar Lounge, free)

  • September 15, 3pm: IU Cinema "Better Mus' Come" (IU Auditorium, free)


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