Building strong leadership skills through engagement with opportunities and initiatives beyond the lab is a cornerstone of the educational experience for all students in the IME. In addition to conducting research with and taking courses from our exceptional faculty, our graduate program provides many opportunities to build the leadership, communication and collaboration skills necessary for becoming a leader in science and technology.
Dean’s Advisory Council
The Dean’s Council consists of both students nominated by their peers, and appointed by the Dean of Students who convene to discuss issues or of concern for IME students not addressed by other bodies such as the University’s Graduate Student Council.
The First-Year Representative provides the first-year graduate student perspective to the Dean's Advisory Council and serves as a leader for their cohort on any issues that may arise over the course of the first year.
Graduate Student Council
The GSC is the graduate arm of Student Government. Each graduate division at the University of Chicago is invited to choose at least one graduate student to represent that division on the GSC. The Graduate Council has many roles, including bringing graduate students together from across the divisions, providing financial support for graduate travel, planning events for grad students, and serving as the intermediary between grad students and the university administration. You may read more about the Grad Council here.
Intramural Sports Coordinator
IME students field a variety of intramural sports teams each year, including flag football and soccer. The Intramural Coordinator fosters a sense of collaboration and teamwork in organizing the intramural team sign-up, conferring with team leaders to determine their needs (paying any registration fees, purchasing team t-shirts, etc.) for the season, and encouraging students to participate.
At the departmental level, there is a student-faculty liaison who will serve as the main intermediary between students and faculty for administrative and other policies affecting the entire body of IME grad students. The student-faculty liaison may also have the opportunity to attend faculty meetings
Student Seminar Series
This lecture series provides a vector for IME graduate students and postdocs to preview presentations, improve presentation skills, and obtain feedback from a diverse audience in a low-pressure setting. Specific examples of individuals who would benefit from this series are those about to present at group meeting or at a conference, as well as students interested in practicing Candidacy presentations. Serving as the organizer for these talks is also a great way to build experience with the important tasks of managing a seminar series such as this while providing an important service to your fellow students.
The IME Social Circle plans social and cultural events for the students in the Division. Three IME graduate students are elected each year to serve as officers for Social Circle: two co-chairs and one treasurer. The officers work together to plan events for students that are inclusive and varied. Funding is provided through the Dean’s Advisory Council and can be supplemented by making funding requests through Grad Council. Any student in the IME may propose an event to the Social Circle officers.