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Welcome to the Spring 2021 semester!

Today is the first day of the Spring 2021 semester. We wish you a productive semester ahead. Remember, all students are required to test negative for COVID-19 before attending any in-person classes, programs, or work shifts on any University of Miami campus. For more information on what you need to know before arriving on campus, click here.



Inaugural Frost Institute takes shape

With the first elevated concrete floor deck poured last week, the Frost Institute of Chemistry and Molecular Science is on pace to open in the summer of 2022.


Graduate student delivers a new twist on weather forecasts

Inspired by a Rosenstiel School course, Touri White has found a way to incorporate information about climate change into UMTV’S CanesCast weather reports.


Meet the 2021 3MT® competitors!

Meet the 10 master's and doctoral students who will compete in the Fifth Annual Three Minute Thesis Competition on February 4, 2021. Register for the webcast!


Apply to present at the virtual Research Symposium for 2021

The Third Annual Graduate + Postdoctoral Research Symposium will take place on April 16, 2021. The deadline to apply is February 8, 2021.


Important Reads

Graduate Research Assistant position in HIV-prevention research

Dr. Audrey Harkness, Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences is seeking a part-time Graduate Research Assistant beginning immediately through the end of Summer 2021. The position is potentially renewable through the next academic year. Qualified applicants will have an interest in HIV-prevention, LGBTQ mental and sexual health, and health disparities. Ideal qualifications include experience with study coordination, qualitative and/or quantitative research, and being bilingual (English/Spanish). The position is 20 hours per week, $15 per hour. Interested students should submit their CV and cover letter to Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until a candidate has been selected.

Climate and Racial Justice Talk Series: Cascading Disasters at the Intersection of Underserved Communities, February 1

This is the inaugural event for a series of dialogues that takes an in-depth look at climate change and racism, and how they impact underserved communities. The featured speaker, Harriet A. Washington, is an award-winning science writer, author of A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind. Miami experiences disasters every year, and these disasters exacerbate problems that were already at crisis levels. This will be the first of a series of community collaboratives that explore the impacts of racism through the lens of climate change.

New NCI T32 postdoctoral training in cancer control disparities and equity

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Miller School of Medicine are accepting applicants for a 2-year mentored postdoctoral fellowship in cancer disparities and equity across the cancer control continuum. C-TIDE is an interdisciplinary program that targets training in multilevel determinants (e.g., biological, medical, social, psychosocial) of cancer etiology, prevention, risk, progression, adjustment, health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and other health and patient-reported outcomes (PROs). The program is supported by an NCI T32 award with the goal to develop the next generation of cancer disparities researchers. The deadline to submit application materials to is February 15, 2021.

Looking for an online elective on Fridays? Enroll in EPH 684-14: COVID-19’s Cascading Impacts on Population Health

The Department of Public Health Sciences is offering this unique, relevant, and timely course in Spring 2021, titled COVID-19’s Cascading Impacts on Population Health. Topics include: COVlD-19 epidemiology, viral transmission, surges on healthcare systems, health inequities, impacts on education, and complex risk dynamics including superimposed risks from disasters and climate change. For more information, please contact Dr. James Shultz at

Apply for Head Start and child care dissertation research grants

The Early Care and Education Research Scholars grants support doctoral dissertation research addressing issues related to Head Start and child care. Both grant programs support work that informs policy and practice decisions and solutions, particularly for underserved/understudied populations, and utilizes the most rigorous research methodology. The full announcement for “Early Care and Education Research Scholars: Head Start Dissertation Grants” is available here. The full announcement for “Early Care and Education Research Scholars: Child Care Dissertation Grants” is available here.

Deep Dives into Special Collections: "Book of Fate", January 28

Journey to the intersection of faith, politics, and fate with Chelsea Jacks through Book of Fate, a Special Collections treasure. This bound manuscript from 1800s England showcases the strategic superstition of the time and the evolution of the concept of destiny and predetermination. Covering everything from political fortune in the Elizabethan court to the weather in the upcoming year, this hand-penned book claims to be an essential key to understanding what lies ahead in life.

“Per Grazie Ricevute” Prize on the ex-voto phenomenon

The Fondazione P.G.R. announces the first edition of its “Per Grazie Ricevute” Prize. The prize of €2,000 will be awarded biennially to the best thesis/dissertation on the ex-voto phenomenon (from either the artistic, historical, socio-economical, cultural, anthropological or devotional point of view, in any religious tradition, and with no chronological limitations).  The deadline for applications is July 15, 2021.

Activate your free NCFDD account now!

The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) is an independent professional development, training, and mentoring community of faculty, postdocs, and graduate students, which supports academics in making successful transitions throughout their careers. By becoming an Institutional Member, all faculty, postdocs, and graduate students at the University of Miami have access to a free personal membership account that provides members-only resources on mentoring and professional development training. 


Important Dates


2:00 pm

Turning Chutes into Ladders for Women Faculty: A Roadmap to Equity in Academia


9:30 am

ETD Writing Resources Workshop Spring 2021: Morning session


4:30 pm

ETD Writing Resources Workshop Spring 2021: Afternoon session


12:00 pm

The Art of Effective Networking


6:00 pm

Fifth Annual Three Minute Thesis Competition


8:30 am

Flash Writing Friday


11:59 pm

Deadline to apply for the Research Symposium


12:00 pm

Job Search in the Era of COVID


2:00 pm

How to Align Your Time with Your Priorities


2:00 pm

Developing Your Personal Brand