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.

Sociology Graduate Research Symposium

Investigating Inequalities
Linking Method and Theory

2nd Annual Sociology Graduate Research Symposium
Hosted by the Sociology Graduate Student Assemblage (SGSA)
Syracuse University
March 27-28, 2013

The SGSA invites abstract submissions from various disciplines on research that addresses social inequality through a range of methodological and theoretical approaches. We seek papers that work to evaluate and challenge popular beliefs, rhetoric and knowledge about class, race, gender, sexuality and more, here in the U.S. and abroad, through empirical research and analytic critique. Recent U.S. media attention and debate over issues such as the 99%, Occupy Wall Street, colorblind racism, immigration reform, LGBTQ rights and more has publically reasserted what we as researchers are acutely aware of, the ongoing need for the critical analysis of society’s structural barriers within the context of neoliberal governance. Just as importantly, however, are the range of struggles which are taking place around the globe related to issues such as fiscal crisis, battles over democracy, and struggles for civil, labor and human rights, which have direct implications on various groups within these societies and the types of inequalities that are shaped and transformed. Of great interest to the SGSA are continuously developing methodological tools and research tactics being used to unearth and capture these issues and the ways research data is integrated with theoretical analysis to make new contributions to research on inequality.

The symposium will kick off Wednesday, March 27 with keynote speaker Dr. Teresa Gowan, professor of sociology at the University of Minnesota, where she teaches and researches in the fields of Urban Sociology, Ethnography, Poverty & Inequality and Deviance & Social Control. She is the author of Hobos, Hustlers and Backsliders: Homeless in San Francisco (2010), winner of the ASA’s 2011 Robert E. Park Award for the Best Book in Community and Urban Sociology and co-winner of the ASA’s 2011 Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book in the Sociology of Culture. Dr. Gowan’s current research is on “Addiction Treatment as Neoliberal Poverty Management,” which informs American social policy by examining the crucial role of addiction and “rehab” within contemporary understandings of poverty and crime.

Thursday, March 28 will proceed with our graduate student symposium, where student’s will present their papers in paneled sessions at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs Public Events Room, followed by a Q&A session lead by a professor knowledgeable in each panel’s theme.

Submissions for this year’s Sociology Graduate Research Symposium may include, but are not limited to, research in the following areas that have a clear focus on inequality:

Class, poverty and economic policy
Crime and deviance
Race and ethnicity
Sex and Gender
Housing and planning
Community studies
Medicalization and health
Social movements and social justice
Diasporic and transnational communities
Environmental and health concerns
Geographic space and place

Please email abstracts (max. 500 words) to sociologysymposium[at]gmail[dot]com by Friday, December 21, 2012.