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Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week— April 5-9, 2021

Graduate and professional students are a combined 36% of UNC-Chapel Hill's total student enrollment. Our graduate and professional students contribute so much to Carolina. This week has been dedicated to celebrating those vital contributions.

See how groups across campus are celebrating graduate and professional students

Week-long Events

Dissertation Writing Boot Camp

April 5, 9:00 a.m. - April 9, 5:30 p.m.

Boot camp is a week-long opportunity for students currently writing dissertations to set writing goals, practice disciplined writing habits, learn new strategies, and connect with other dissertation writers. It’s offered virtually at least once a month and is intended to help graduate students in doctoral programs make significant progress in their writing and their sense of community. Camps will be offered virtually several times over the spring semester in the morning (9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) and afternoon (2-5:30 p.m.). See full details from The Writing Center.

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Monday, April 5

Student Wellness Day – No classes held

Hike with GPSF

April 5, 5:45 to 7:00 p.m.
Carolina North Forest, 122 Municipal Drive, Chapel Hill

Join the GPSF for a fun, socially distanced hike around Chapel Hill! Participants will be split into groups to maintain social distancing and masks are required. Participants will receive a either water bottle or a knit beanie from Champion! Join us to meet new friends, get outside, and have a little bit of stress relief!

Tuesday, April 6

Tasty Tuesday

April 6, 4:00-9:00 p.m.
Linda's Bar & Grill, 203 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill

The special events committee is working with Linda's Bar and Grill this week in celebration of Grad Appreciation Week. Students pursuing a GRADUATE OR PROFESSIONAL (i.e. degree higher than undergraduate) degree may sign up for this free meal. Students must RSVP to attend as spots are limited. Sponsored by the Carolina Union Activities Board.

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Wednesday, April 7

Substance Use and Recovery in a Pandemic

April 7, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Learning Objectives: After attending this event participants will be able to:

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How to Speak Clearly, Concisely and with Conviction

April 7, 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Through lecture, demonstration and interactive work, the workshop will cover effective communication strategies such as introducing yourself, speaking about your profession and studies, beginning any presentation and answering interview questions. Students will have the opportunity for one-on-one consultations with the speaker on April 8 and 9th. Facilitated by Joy Javits, In The Public Eye.

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National webinar: Supporting mental health and well-being of STEMM graduate students

April 7, 1:00 p.m.

Join us for a conversation on supporting the mental health and well-being of STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) graduate students. Building on the recently released report "Mental Health, Substance Use, and Wellbeing in Higher Education: Supporting the Whole Student" from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, study authors will explore the key takeaways from this report related to graduate education.

This webinar is part of a series of events co-organized by scientific societies committed to enhancing the professional development of early-career scientists. This virtual event is free for all to attend.

Who should attend: Faculty involved in mentoring graduate students, graduate program directors, department chairs, academic leadership, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and early career scientists

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Grad Study and Chill

April 7, 8:00-10:00 p.m.

We want grad students to get their study grind on during the spring semester by playing a lo-fi playlist on YouTube. People who attend the live-stream event (April 7th) and put their PIDs in the comment sections anytime from 8-10 pm will be entered in a raffle of 2 UNC Fleece Blankets 2 Ramses Pillow Pet, and 2 Hydro-flasks (40 oz.) — 6 winners total! You can find the live stream event by search CUAB lo-fi playlist 4 on YouTube on the day of the event or click on the YouTube link. Sponsored by the Carolina Union Activities Board.

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Thursday, April 8

Annual Celebration of Graduate Student Achievements

April 8, all day

Recognizing Graduate and Professional Students for Outstanding Achievement in Research, Community Service, Teaching and Leadership During Academic Year 2020-2021

See all the 2021 graduate and professional student honorees

Graduate Research and Policy Expo (GRaPE) 2021

April 8, 1:00-5:00 p.m.

The 2021 Graduate Research and Policy Expo (GRaPE) on April 8th, 2021 is an opportunity for graduate students and scholars across North Carolina to learn about the role of science in the policy making process across institutions and all levels of government, as well as learn about the policy applications of NC research.

This virtual conference is a part of the NC Students for Science Policy Coalition's (NC SSPC) training series and was organized in collaboration by the UNC Science Policy Advocacy Group, NC State SciPol Pack, and UNC Greensboro Spartans SciPol.

GRAPE 2021- The Graduate Research and Policy Expo. April 8th from 1-5pm. A Virtual conference for NC Scholars interested in the intersection of research and policy. 1 pm: Keynote address from Dr. Jeffrey Warren, 2 pm: Lightning talks and Q&A, Session 1: Environment, Habitat Restoration, and Public Health, 3 pm: Lightning talks and Q&A, Session 2: Education, Social Equity, and Supply Chain, 4 pm: Policy maker panel with Rep. Deborah Ross, Kevin Guskiewicz, Nicole Stewart, and Dahlia Sokolov, 5:30pm: Networking Happy Hour. Join us for an afternoon of research and policy, stay for the networking and free merch!

We invite you to join us for one or more of the afternoon's events. Please indicate which events you plan to attend and include your name, institution, and email address.

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Friday, April 9

FREE Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Breakfast at Chase Dining Hall

April 9, 7:00-9:00 a.m.
Chase Dining Hall, 104 Ridge Rd., Chapel Hill

GRADUATE & PROFESSIONAL STUDENT APPRECIATION WEEK Celebrate your success with a FREE all-you-care-to-eat Breakfast in Chase Dining Hall! Free breakfast for the first 250 Graduate and Professional Students. Admission is free, guests are welcome to join for $9.00 + tax. April 9, 2021 | 7A - 9A Dine In or Take OutFree breakfast for the first 250 UNC Graduate and Professional Students! Please join us on April 9, 2021 from 7 a.m.-9 a.m. for an all-you-care-to-eat breakfast at Chase Dining Hall! Dine-in or Take-out options available.

Please show your One Card upon entry.

Chase Dining Hall is located on South Campus at 104 Ridge Road, at the top level of the Rams Parking Deck (Plaza Level). Parking is available at the deck for $1.75 per hour.

Admission to this event is free for you and your fellow Graduate and Professional Students! Guests are welcome to join for $9.00+ tax.

Please note that current safety University guidelines does not allow more than one person per table while dining in our facility. You may ask for a TOGO option upon entry.

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Coffee on CUAB

April 9, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Epilogue Book Café, 109 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill

Graduate students can pick up a cup of coffee and/or a treat from Epilogue on Franklin exceeding no more than $7. Must register on Heellife. Sponsored by the Carolina Union Activities Board.

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Thank a Grad/Prof Student!

April 9, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Epilogue Book Café, 109 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill

While grabbing your coffee from Epilogue, stop by the GPSF table to write a card or letter to a fellow graduate or professional student to show your appreciation. Thank you cards and envelopes will be provided. Just bring the address to which you want the card sent, and we'll mail it out!

Pottery Night

April 9, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

To celebrate Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week CUAB is hosting another Pottery Night! If you RSVP on Heellife, you can pick up a pottery painting kit from Glazed Expectations in Carrboro (205 W. Main St.) on April 9th. The kit will come with a flower bowl and a set of glazes. Once you finish your piece, you can bring it back to Glazed Expectations to have it fired. Sponsored by the Carolina Union Activities Board.

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