How much is your idea worth?

If you have an innovative, smart, or even wacky business idea, apply for the annual RvD IDEA Awards! The competition will take place on April 13, 2013 at Syracuse University. Over $150,000 in seed funding will be awarded to students with awesome business ideas. Awards will be given in the following categories:

Information Technology
Products & Services/Big Ideas

Any team with a student from SU, SUNY-ESF, and SUNY Oswego can apply, regardless of major or discipline. The top two winners in each category will have a chance to compete for more prizes at the New York State Business Plan Competition in Albany on April 26, 2013.

For more information and to apply visit

Deadline for applications is March 6, 2013.

Email us or call 315.443.7086 for questions.

Attention First Generation PhD Students and Postdocs

Greetings, First Generation PhD Students and Postdocs,

Once again, we’ll be gathering PhD students and postdocs who come from families in which they were not only the first doc student, but also in the first generation to graduate college. You may come from a background that was working class or a family that was distinctly non-academic in their orientation.

If you feel you fit in this group, come join us on Friday, Jan. 25, 3 p.m. (until 5 p.m.) in the Lundgren Room (106 Life Sciences Complex) for an opportunity to get to know each other.

If you plan to attend, please register:
• Open your MySlice Account using your netID and password
• Find Career Services and click on OrangeLink, right below
• Click on Career Fairs, Workshops & Information Sessions in the dark blue ribbon
• Select Workshops in the gray bar under “Events” (You can enter a keyword to find an event quickly)
• Find “First Generation PhD January Gathering”
• To register, just click the RSVP button

If you have any difficulty registering, just call Pam Latham between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. at 443.3616.

Hope to see you on Jan. 25th.

Grad Student Appreciation on the Quad

On Tuesday December 11, 2012 your GSO will be providing you with coffee, hot cocoa, and donuts on the quad from 2:00PM until 4:30PM! Stop by with your ID to partake in this great way to take a study break. The first 10 students to be there will receive a special prize. Hope to see you there!

Call for Action: Avoid the Fiscal Cliff

Hopefully, and likely, you’ve heard about what is being called the “Fiscal Cliff”, also known as Sequestration. The National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS) is driving a campaign to get legislators informed about the impact it will have to education, particularly graduate education. Many of us receive grants and funding in some way, either directly or indirectly, from the federal government. Be sure to visit to learn more about what is being done, sign the petition, and upload a video.

If you’re looking for more to do with legislative action involving graduate students, consider joining the Legislative Action Committee through the GSO. Any graduate student can join and have an impact. The Legislative Action Committee conducts advocacy at local, state, and federal levels of government and aims for improving graduate education for all graduate students. If you are interested in joining, click here to email Brandon Milonovich.

Summer Courses Abroad for Grad Students

If you are a TA or GA or spouse of an SU employee and have earned tuition credits that can be applied during the summer, you might want to consider a summer course or program outside the U.S. The following link takes you to a listing of both 3- and 6-credit courses/programs available for SU graduate credit abroad:

Earning credits during the summer can also accelerate completion of your graduate degree. Courses offered across the globe include options for graduate credit in Architecture, Engineering, Law, Management, International Affairs and other Maxwell MA programs (e.g., anthropology, economics, Middle East studies, political science), and Arts and Sciences disciplines (including ethnomusicology, English and textual studies, and religion).

Please consult your graduate director/program chair to confirm that course(s) of interest abroad will be approved toward your degree program. International students should also confer with SCIS about any travel restrictions that might apply.

Application deadline for summer 2013 is February 20th.

Free Shuttle for Fall Break

The Syracuse University Student Association will be providing a free shuttle bus to the Regional Transportation Center (RTC) and Hancock International Airport for students leaving campus for Fall Break. The times of operations are as follows:

From Campus:
Thursday, November 15, 4 pm to 10 pm
Friday, November 16, 10 am to 10 pm
Saturday, November 17, 6 am to 2 pm

To Campus:
Sunday, November 25, 10 am to 12:00 am (midnight).

Buses will leave the Schine Student Center on the hour. For the return trip, buses will depart the RTC 20 minutes after the hour and Hancock Airport 30-40 minutes after the hour with a drop off at the Schine Student Center.