FAC Potluck

September 26, 2014
6:00 PMto9:00 PM

CGSA Potluck at the Purdue Village Community Center Lounge!

Bring a dish to pass and enjoy a delicious meal with friends and colleagues. Following dinner will be the option of board games, sand volleyball, and a nature hike at the horticulture park!

Friday, September 26 from 6-9 pm

Meet the candidates for the M.A. Member at Large!

Julie Cannon

In my previous life I was a manager of a business affairs department at an agency in Los Angeles. I am comfortable balancing the needs of many different people and personality types. I was their go-to person for interdepartmental problem solving and critical thinking in regard to sometimes sensitive communication issues. Prior to that I was in the BFA Film program at Florida State, again this was essentially an exercise in cooperation toward common goals and creative problem solving. On a personal level, I grew up in St. Pete FL, in a surprisingly affordable neighborhood, about a mile from the Gulf beaches. I have an older brother and a younger sister; one more exercise in loving mediation. I’d be delighted to take the time to speak with any of you about your concerns and articulate those concerns to the CGSA.

Dani McDonald

I believe I am qualified for the member-at-large position because of my desire to represent the questions and concerns of our cohort, to facilitate healthy inner-departmental communication, and to effect positive change for our grad community.  If elected to this position, I will have a faithful open office door and inbox policy, desiring to be a safe, primary point of contact for those in our cohort, department, and any of their concerns and considerations. I will also be present at CGSA events and activities—not only because we “get by with a little help from our friends”—but also to build rapport with those in our grad community and learn to represent them well. I look forward to planning elections and other events, as I have enjoyed my past experience in social organizing and non-profit event planning. I believe these characteristics and my commitment to our department make me a strong candidate for the member-at-large position.

Megan Bergman

I am Megan Bergman, I am in Organizational Communication, and I want to serve as your MA Member At Large as a representative of our wonderful cohort for CGSA.

I have prior experience in being a liaison between groups of people in my previous employment as well as serving as an officer in student organizations here on campus. As a dining court student supervisor, I was the voice of the students who worked under me when I acted as the student link between them and the administrative staff. While serving as the Director of Public Relations for Purdue Space Day Organization, I was the representative of the organization with the responsibility of working with various media outlets in the community to organize interviews and photo opportunities with our guest Purdue astronaut, Roy D. Bridges. These were positive experiences with amazing results to have during my undergrad here at Purdue, and I would love to be a part of a student organization like CGSA once again as a graduate student.

As one of the voices that represents the link between CGSA and our cohort, I will commit to making your concerns, likes, dislikes, and wishes known to CGSA. I would ensure with the utmost dedication that each of your voices are heard and that you can be comfortable coming to me to speak with me at your leisure, convenience, or need. The position of MA Member-at-Large is exciting to me, and I am looking forward to serving with the other CGSA officers to give our cohort an awesome, positive, and fruitful year!

If you require further, please let me know.

Grant and Proposal Writing Workshop

September 24, 2014
7:00 PMto8:30 PM

Grant and Proposal Writing Workshop September 24, 2014

Dr. Peter Dunn (Professor of Entomology and Research Integrity Officer) will provide tips, advice, and instruction on how to write a proposal for funding. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, September 24, from 7:00 – 8:30 PM.

Please register at here.

Making the Most of Your Presentation

September 23, 2014
5:00 PMto7:00 PM

September 23, 2014
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Strong oral presentation skills are a key to success for engineers, scientists, and other professionals, yet many speakers are at a loss to tackle the task. Systematic as they otherwise can be in their work, they go at it intuitively, sometimes haphazardly, with much good will but seldom good results. Based on Dr. Doumont’s book, “Trees, maps, and theorems”, discussing effective communication strategies for rational minds, this lecture proposes a systematic way to prepare and deliver presentations. Among other topics, it covers structure, slides, and delivery, as well as stage fright. http://www.principiae.be

Please register here.

PGSG Career Fair

October 5, 2014 6:00 PMtoOctober 6, 2014 4:00 PM

PGSG Career Fair

Sunday October 5th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Information Session, Company Presentations, Purdue Graduate Student Center

Monday October 6th, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM: Roundtable Discussion (sign-up is required), PMU South Ballroom

Monday October 6th, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Career Fair PMU South Ballroom

NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants Workshop

October 1, 2014
1:00 PMto2:00 PM

NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants Workshop


DDIRG varies across programs of the SBE directorate in focus, review, and other specifications. This workshop will provide a basic overview of the DDIG and a detailed look at the archaeology program.

Wednesday October 1, 1-2pm in BRNG 1284

Kevin Vaughn (faculty sponsor, Department of Anthropology)

Verity Whalen (grant recipient, Department of Anthropology)

Register here

Fields of study covered by NSF GRFP


Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Anthropology, other
Decision Making and Risk analysis
Economics (except Business Administration)
History and Philosophy of Science
International Relations
Law and Social Science
Linguistic Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Political Science
Public Policy
Science Policy
Sociology (except Social Work)
Urban and Regional Planning
Social Sciences, other (specify)

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Workshop

September 18, 2014
12:00 PMto1:30 PM
12:00 PMto1:30 PM

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Workshop http://www.nsfgrfp.org/

This fellowship is for students (MA or PhD) who have completed no more than 12 months of graduate studies and provides a 3-year annual stipend of $32,000 along with an allowance for tuition and fees. Areas of study covered by this program are listed below.

Thursday September 18, 12-1:30pm in BRNG 3123


Michele Buzon (faculty reviewer, Department of Anthropology)

Mangala Subramaniam (faculty reviewer, Department of Sociology)

Elizabeth Wirtz (fellowship recipient, Department of Anthropology)

Register here

Pizza will be served.