Graduate Newsletter Issue 1

Issue No 1                      October 2, 2013 


Johanna Santos

International and Comparative Law (LLM)

Quotes from

Class of June 2013

"If someone asks me these days where are you from and what do you do, my answer won't be the same. Now I am Colombian lawyer working in Africa and the Middle East, with a master's degree from The American University in Cairo. This is the world today, with no barriers or frontiers to achieve our goals."

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GradNews    Welcome to the first issue of Grad News! 


The e-newsletter for graduate students and alums is published on a periodic basis. Each issue includes information about upcoming workshops, opportunities and deadlines and highlights pertaining to graduate studies. Each issue also features stories about your fellow graduate students, alums, faculty, and staff.

Amr Shaarawi, provost and dean of graduate studies, and the Office of Graduate Student Services welcome all new and returning students for the 2013 - 2014 academic year. 


Coffee and Chat for Graduates:   

The Office of Graduate Student Services is pleased to announce the launching of the bimonthly Coffee and Chat for Graduates at L'Aroma cafe, located in the garden between the library and the food court.


The purpose of this informal gathering is to allow graduate students from all disciplines to network, exchange ideas and provide peer support to many in the long run. The rotating Coffee and Chat for graduates will be held at different days of the week and different times to allow as many graduate students to join despite their busy work and study schedules.


Join us for the upcoming Coffee and Chat at L'Aroma scheduled in the month of October:

  • Wednesday, October 9 from 11 am - 12 pm
  • Sunday, October 27 from 4 - 5 pm


Sign up for Workshops at    Coming up in October The Data Sets in Social Sciences for Graduate Student Theses Workshop:          

Wednesday, October 9 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm in the Research Centers Building, room P005, entrance from AUC Portal and Gate 1


The Social Research Center (SRC) and the Sociology-Anthropology Department (SAPE) are inviting graduate students in Social Sciences to attend. The goal of the workshop is to expose graduate students to secondary data collected by reputable social science organizations that they can use and analyze for their own thesis projects.

Library Guide to Graduate Research:       

These workshops will allow graduate students from all disciplines to learn about library resources and services. You will be introduced to subject liaison who can help with in depth inquiries.


Sign up for one of the four scheduled sessions on three different days:

  • October 7                   2 - 3 pm or 5 - 6 pm
  • October 9                   2 - 3 pm or 6- 7 pm

AUC Library, rooms P015 and P016

Introduction to Refworks Workshop


Online bibliographic management program that allows users to create a personal database of references and generate bibliographies in a variety of formats


Sign-up for a Refworks session October 20 from 5 to 6 pm in the AUC Library, room P015.



Get to Know Zotero Workshop:


Zotero is a powerful, easy-to-use research tool that helps you gather, organize and analyze sources and then share the results of your research.


Sign-up for one of these Two Zotero sessions on October 21 from 2 to 3 pm or 5 to 6 pm in the AUC Library, room P016.


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Need help with your writing? Check out the Mohamed Taymour Writing Center's Services


The writing center aims to help graduate and undergraduate students improve their writing skills and communication abilities. Individual tutoring is provided through 30-minute sessions to aid students in various areas of their assignments, including writing essays, abstracts, theses, literature reviews, brainstorming, outlining and researching. 


Instructors at the writing center:

  • Work with students on their ideas and writing at any stage of the process
  • Provide constructive feedback and practical strategies
  • Help students develop their written and verbal communication skills
  • Assist students in all assignments across various disciplines 

Appointments and Working Hours

Working hours can be viewed when scheduling an online appointment. Late afternoon and evening hours are available to suit the needs of graduate students.  


To schedule a tutoring appointment, click here. Papers of graduate students may also be submitted electronically to the Online Writing Lab. Feedback is provided to students within three working days.

(sciences and engineering students who need help with their theses should send an email to


Writing Center Locations

The writing center is located at:

  • AUC Library, Learning Commons, Writing Center annex
  • Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Hall, Room P112 


Job Opportunities on Campus for Graduate Students   

Position 1: Academic Integrity Newsletter Assistant

Must be enrolled in courses to be eligible. Check the job description and eligibility for this work-study position. Contact for more details


Position 2: Assistant Position in the Office of Graduate Student Services

Must be enrolled in courses to be eligible to apply for assistantships. The job entails attending focus groups, assisting in events and helping create a graduate student community. Contact for more details.



Available Graduate Support Grants:   

The upcoming deadline is November 10


Did you know that you have the opportunity to apply for graduate support grants? If you are presenting a paper at a conference, if you need funding for thesis research or data collection or If you intend to study abroad, apply to one of the four cycles. Check the guidelines and plan ahead!



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