October 16th, 2020

The First Edition of the Physics PhD Digest E-Newsletter
Welcome to the VERY first edition of the Physics PhD graduate program newsletter, The Physics Digest! Instead of sending individual emails every time something comes across our desk, we will compile news, announcements, professional development, employment opportunities and upcoming events in a streamlined email newsletter. We anticipate there will be enough content to send The Physics Digest approximately every other week, but we will send them no more than weekly when there are relevant items for you all. Of course, if timely items need to be sent to you before a full version of The Physics Digest is ready to go, we will send individual emails, but the hope is to collect everything in one place for you to minimize clutter in your inbox. We'll also be archiving all the emails on our website. A big thank you to Sarah Perdue, Director of Communications, and Coco Kinzley for all of their help in making this happen and their continued support of this effort. We hope you enjoy the content below!

Date: September 28–October 23, 2020
Annual Benefits Enrollment is the only time you can make changes to certain benefits without having an eligible life event (for example, marriage, birth, or divorce) or qualifying employment change during the year.

Catalysts for Science Policy (CaSP) is an organization of graduate students and postdocs interested in promoting science literacy and civic engagement at UW-Madison. They are working on improving voter turnout among STEM students.

The webinars are free, and you can sign up for as many as you’d like!

Ombuds are available to help all employees (and grad students!) that are dealing with work related challenges. It is a safe place where you can seek guidance regarding workplace concerns at any time.

Join the Chicago Quantum Exchange trainee listserve
If you'd like to receive CQE updates for trainees, such as job seminars or postdoc opportunities, then email sympa@lists.uchicago.edu with the subject: subscribe trainees_cqe firstname lastname [replace “firstname” and “lastname” with your first and last names, respectively]

The Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C) quantumconsortium.org is collecting information from students at member universities who are interested in internships or full-time jobs at QED-C member companies.  The information will be shared with members through the QED-C member-only website.  If you'd like to have your information made available to companies, please complete this brief survey and upload your resume.  Once we have received responses, we will share this with QED-C directly. 

Thesis Defenses

Date: Tuesday, October 27th, at 3:00 PM (online)
Nathan Holman, Physics PhD Graduate Student, Mark Eriksson, Faculty Advisor
Upcoming Events

See the departmental events calendar to be sure you don't miss any of the upcoming seminars, workshops, or journal clubs, workshops!

Date: October 27 - October 28
The 2020 UW–Madison Diversity Forum will be held virtually.

Date: December 3, 2020; Time: Noon – 1 p.m. (Online)
Binnu Palta Hill, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Wisconsin School of Business

Everything you should know about the changes to the commencement related events scheduled for December.
Professional Development

The following items are event highlights from the UW-Madison Graduate School Office of Professional Development:

Wednesday, October 21, 1:30–3:00 PM CT (Online)

Wednesday, October 21, Social Hour: 4:00–5:00 PM CT, Trivia: 5:00–6:00 PM CT (Online)

Friday, October 23, 11:00 AM CT (Online)

Thursday, October 29, 11:30 AM–12:30 PM CT (Online)
Employment Opportunities

Location: Boulder, CO or Princeton, NJ
Please contact Nick Marozick (nick.marozick@sri.com) for more details.

Deadline: November 15, 2020
Applications can be submitted here, and more information can be found here
Funding Opportunities

Two Sigma Fellowships: Internal Nominations
Deadline: Friday, October 30th, 2020
The Department of Physics can nominate 3 PhD students for EACH of the following fellowships: The Two Sigma PhD Fellowship and the Two Sigma Diversity PhD Fellowships.  Full details about the fellowships are included below. 

Deadline: open through Jan 1
Get paid to spend the summer as a science journalist in newsrooms across the country. Details about the program and how to apply are available at the link above, but you are welcome to contact former fellow Sarah Perdue with any questions, to get advice, or for feedback on your application materials.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) resources available from recent Graduate School workshops