Read about Some Recent Grad Student Accomplishments in our April GradWire

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Dean Blake Profiled in Diverse Magazine

M. Brian Blake..Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre DameRead about Dean Blake’s journey from his boyhood pastime of debugging code to dean of the Graduate School at the University of Miami in Diverse Magazine.

Read it here,

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Happy Holidays from the Graduate School!


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Directed Independent Language Study (DILS)

The application deadline for language study in DILS (Directed Independent Language Study) for the 2013 Spring semester is Monday, November 26.

DILS responds to requests by individuals to learn any language they need, provided such languages are not offered in the UM curriculum. DILS is open to all registered students at UM.

DILS is free; there is no credit, but a notation in made on student transcripts for their language study in DILS.

Interested students need to give serious reasons for wanting to study a language in DILS; they must be in good academic standing. There must be a minimum of 2 students to set up a language program; 5 is the maximum number of students we can accept in any given language program.

DILS is open to all registered students at UM.

Languages studded in DILS so far: Catalan, Danish, Egyptian Arabic, Hindi, Kikongo, Korean, Modern Greek, Moroccan Arabic, Nahuatl, Persian/Farsi, Polish, Punjabi, Quechua, Quichua, Russian, Swedish, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish

For information about the DILS program and for the application form, interested students should consult the DILS website at or contact the director at Check out DILS on Facebook.

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New Service: The Versatile PhD (VPhD) for Non-Academic Careers

Although the University of Miami aspires to develop Ph.D.s who become leaders at elite academic institutions, we also believe that it is important for the Graduate School to support areas where our graduates can make contributions to non-academic places, such as industry, government, and nonprofit organizations.

To assist in providing a range of possibilities when it comes to finding a career with your Ph.D., the Graduate School subscribed to Premium Content on The Versatile PhD. This web-based community provides career development resources and helps Ph.D. and ABD students explore non-academic career options to inform them about their career choices after graduation.

Registration Instructions
To join the supportive community, visit First-time users should follow the three steps below. Subsequent visits will only require log in through the Cane Authentication System (CAS) portal.

Follow the link and log in on the CAS page.

Use your existing CaneID and password to log in.

On the screen that appears, you will see a second login request. Select the ‘Register Here’ button. Establish a unique, non-UM password to register and log in to VPhD. Do not use your CaneID credentials.

VPhD Features
You can use this web-based resource anytime, and confidentially. UM graduate student get access to the Premium Content Area where you’ll find:

  • Examples of successful resumes and cover letters that resulted in humanities and social science PhDs and ABDs getting their first post-academic positions.
  • First-person narratives written by successful humanities and social science PhDs and ABDs who have gone on to non-academic careers.
  • With access to premium content, UM users can view past topics which include freelance writing and editing, higher education consulting, management consulting, federal government, and university administration.

Versatile PhD is an excellent resource for all graduate students, particularly those in the humanities and social science. Content for science, technology, engineering and math students also exists and is being further developed.

If you have any trouble accessing the site, please visit the ‘Help’ page or use the contact Dr. Paula Chambers, founder of VPhD, at

Stay tuned to our blog and your inbox for information on future events on VPhD!

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Register for “ETD Writing Resources: Across Disciplines, Across Campus”


Does your program have a thesis or dissertation requirement? Writing can be an arduous and lonely process. In addition to the guidance provided by your advisors, you can tap in to the various resources around campus that will support you in the completion of your document. Wherever you are in the writing process, from outlining your proposal to preparing to defend, this workshop is meant for you.

Register to attend this workshop today. You’ll learn more about what the Graduate School requires for your electronic thesis or dissertation (ETD) and what on-campus resources are available to help you get to the end.

The Graduate School’s Dissertation Editor and members from UM Libraries and the Writing Center will be attendance.

Tuesday, September 11
3pm – 4:30pm
Richter Library, 3rd Floor Conference Room
Flamingo Ballroom A, University Center


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Incoming MFA Graduate Student Art Exhibition

The Art and Art History Department at the University of Miami, presents the work of incoming Master of Fine Arts (MFA) graduate students, August 21 to September 14 at the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Gallery. To celebrate the exhibition’s opening, there will be a reception for the artists from 5pm to 8pm, Friday, August 24. It is open to the public.

The new students are Devin Caserta (painting), Natalya Kochak (printmaking), Dennis Loucks (ceramics), Skylor Swan (ceramics), Jena Thomas (painting), John Van Beekum (photography).

The MFA program is a 60 credit, three-year program resulting in a terminal degree that both prepares students to enter the professional, studio art world and qualifies them for college teaching. The program is highly competitive, with applicants coming from across the country and around the world.

A full schedule of exhibitions can be viewed at The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Gallery located at the Wesley Foundation, 1210 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables. Gallery hours are from Tuesday to Friday, 12pm to 4pm.

For more information about the exhibition or the CAS Gallery, call (305) 284-3161 or e-mail

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