NERA GSIC

The Graduate Lounge

Matthew Speno
University of New England

Go figure, it’s May 2021. One cannot deny that the past year+ has been an exercise of survival in what I have been calling the “upside down”—yes, I am a big fan of the show Stranger Things! I recommend the soundtrack; you will not be disappointed! Nonetheless, the impacts of COVID-19 are “winding down” and our lives will begin to return to some sort of normalcy. I find this interesting in that so many things we take for granted on a daily basis became irrelevant when lockdowns, quarantining, mitigation sequences, and the such became the status-quo. I say, LET’S GET RELEVANT, RELEVANT—yes, this is a nod to Olivia Newton-John. Go ahead, sing it loudly—I double dog dare you!
 
Within the Graduate Student Issues Committee (GSIC), we have a solid foundation to provide relevant resources for our student membership!  While the academic journey has sustained its relevancy during the Upside Down, opportunities after degree conferment have become, in my humble opinion, a bit muddied with relevancy in limbo.
 
To address the concept of relevancy, the 52nd Annual NERA Conference, be it virtual or in-person, will provide opportunities for graduates to learn the skills to cultivate sustainability for their lives post-dissertation. The GSIC will again be sponsoring two sessions, that will be appropriate to the needs of our graduate student members as they nurture their present and post dissertation selves. Stay tuned!
 
GSIC Call for Proposals for the 2021 NERA Conference
 
GSIC encourages all graduate students to submit both completed and in-progress research to the 2021 NERA Conference, from October 13–15, 2021 at the Trumbull Marriott Shelton in Trumbull, CT. The online proposal submission system is open and will be available at through Monday, June 7, 2021 at 11:59 PM EDT at nera-education.org/annual_conference.php.
 
NERA is an exceptionally supportive environment for graduate students, which helps to reduce the stress of presenting at conferences. When presenting at NERA, you will receive positive feedback and constructive criticism on your papers from respected professionals in the field. Presenting takes practice, and because of NERA’s supportive attitude towards graduate students, it is a great place to present your work!
 
GSIC Call for New Members
 
Serving on the GSIC is a great way to get involved with NERA and build relationships with other graduate students. Responsibilities include collaborating with students from various institutions to plan GSIC sponsored conference sessions, and the GSIC student social. New members are selected each year after the NERA Conference.
 
While you are here, please make the time to fill out this very short Google Form which will provide the GSIC with important data in one of the sessions being planned:
 
https://forms.gle/NV13GykcrjNJrrJ58
 

 

Benefits of Serving on the Graduate Students Issues Committee
 
Serving on the GSIC is a great way to get involved with NERA and build relationships with other graduate students and professionals. Responsibilities include collaborating with students from various institutions to plan GSIC-sponsored, in-conference sessions and the GSIC student social. GSIC members also work with members of other NERA committees to help with additional tasks as needed. Members typically serve a 2-year term. If you are a graduate student and have questions about how to get involved with NERA, contact neragraduatestudents@gmail.com.
 
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