Events, courses, and more to help you on your graduate student journey.

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Professional development Wednesdays

Please register for the following events by clicking on the title. Most events are also streamed live and recordings are posted to our OSU Media channel.

  • Jan 31 - International Communications - Through experiential exercises, international graduate students can learn intermediate communication techniques to use in the classroom, lab and meetings. No prerequisite. 3 to 4:30 p.m., Heckart Lodge classroom.
  • Feb 7 - Research Best Practices in Action - Advancing your research requires savvy and a critical edge. This hands-on workshop uses case studies to explore best practices for authorship, supervision and peer review, while incorporating strategies to avoid costly mistakes. 2 to 3:30 p.m., Autzen Classroom.
  • Feb 14 - Job Search Strategies - Ready to find a job? Our expert employer panel will teach you how to access hidden job markets and help you save time on your search. Noon to 1 p.m., Heckart Lodge Classroom. Free lunch!
  • Mar 7 - Elevate Your Professional Networking Skills - Growing your professional network is essential in today’s job market. Get expert advice from postdocs and career develop.m.ent professionals on topics like: online networking, how to make a great first-impression, and perfecting your “elevator pitch”. 2 to 3 p.m., Heckart Lodge Classroom.

Special Event: Monday, Feb 12 - 3MT and Showcase Information and Inspiration Session - Come and learn the rules and requirements for the 3MT and Graduate Showcase. Learn how to make a winning presentation with Francisco Guerrero, OSU’s 2015 3MT first place winner, sharing his LaRGe communication model: making your presentations Likable, Reliable, and Gettable. Dr. Steph Bernell, Graduate School Associate Dean, will also cover requirements and judging criteria for both the 3MT and the Graduate Showcase. 3 to 4 p.m. Heckart Lodge Classroom and online. Registration is only required for attending online.

Graduate writing development

The Graduate Writing Center offers many opportunities to help improve your writing this fall, including writing groups, a research writing series, and scheduled one-on-one appointments, plus drop-ins at the Graduate Student Success Center.

Writing groups

Reviewing writing with a small group of peers helps to build familiarity with writing conventions and feedback skills that are necessary for success in higher education. The purpose of the writing groups is to enhance your ability to identify and implement purposeful writing conventions, and to use that understanding with your own writing and for providing peers with constructive feedback.

As a member of a Graduate Writing Group, you will spend an hour each week with Chris Nelson from the Graduate Writing Center. Activities for each week vary based on students’ needs, but are limited to:

  • Guided peer review of your own writing
  • Guided peer review of published writing from your discipline
  • Individual writing time

The groups meet weekly starting in Week 2. The master's writing group meets Thursdays 10 to 11 a.m., Jan 18- March 15. The Ph.D. group meets Tuesdays 4 to 5 p.m., Jan 16 - March 13. Space is limited to 12 students. You will be asked to commit to attending every week of the term and to bring a long-term writing project you are working on. Plan on spending two hours each week on Writing Group Activities: one hour for group meetings, and one hour of review outside of meetings.

Register for the writing groups today.

Research writing series

The research writing series includes a seminar and workshop for the major section in a research article, including the results and discussion/conclusion sections.

The seminar addresses communication goals and strategies for writing each section for academic and research audiences. We will discuss how explicit and accessible language enables scholars to write and read purposefully.

The workshop incorporates a structured review and peer response activity. Attendance at any prior seminar is a prerequisite for attending the workshop. You have the option of bringing your own work or an example of effective published research writing from your field. If you choose to bring your own written draft for review, please bring at least 4 pages of a finished rough draft of your section. The document you bring should be accessible either on a computer or as a hard copy.

Research Writing Series Schedule, all times 1 to 3 p.m. at Heckart Lodge

  • Results Seminar: Monday, Jan 22
  • Results Workshop: Wednesday, Jan 24
  • Discussion/Conclusion Seminar: Monday, Jan 29
  • Discussion/Conclusion Workshop: Wednesday, Jan 31

Register for the research writing series today.

One-on-one writing appointments

The GWC serves graduate students by assisting with job applications, IRB materials, proposals, seminar papers, conference presentations, and – last, but not least – theses and dissertations. They provide one-on-one writing center sessions with fellow graduate students. Learn more and schedule an appointment.

At the Graduate Student Success Center

Join GTA Tucker Farris from the Graduate Writing Center for expert writing help in MU 203 on Thursdays, 2 to 5 p.m. Please make an appointment before showing up.

Student success courses

Earn graduate credits this winter while learning to write better, research ethically, and learn theories of teaching. Our student success courses are designed to support you as a graduate student.

  • GRAD 520 - Responsible Conduct of Research. 2 credits. Online and Corvallis campus. Covers 10 topics in responsible conduct of research. Useful to all students who conduct scholarly activity.
  • GRAD 521 - Research Data Management. 2 credits. Corvallis campus. Designed to prepare students in data planning, documentation, preservation and sharing in an increasingly complex digital research environment.
  • GRAD 522 - Preparing an IRB Submission. 1 credit. Corvallis campus. Workshop-style course resulting in applications that are ready for IRB review. Meets for only two days in the term.
  • GRAD 512 - Current Issues in Higher Education. 3 credits. Online. Explores current, work-relevant issues in higher education nationally.
  • GRAD 560 - Theories of Teaching and Learning. 3 credits. Online. Examination and analysis of theories and research related to teaching and learning in higher education contexts with emphasis on theoretical applications for GTAs, instructors, and other who teach in the college and university classroom.
  • GRAD/WR 599 - Writing Workshop for Thesis and Dissertation Writers. 3 credits. Corvallis campus.

Drop-ins at the Graduate Student Success Center

The Graduate Student Success Center, located in the Memorial Union 203 (above the Javastop cafe) features study and work spaces for graduate students in a quiet location. The GSSC is a joint project of the Graduate School and the Memorial Union. Drop-ins run weeks 2 to 10.

Mondays, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Institutional Review Board (IRB)
Does my study require IRB review? What are some common mistakes I should avoid in my application? Get your questions answered at the drop-in IRB student advising hours.

Tuesdays, 12 to 1 p.m., Mindful Grad Meditation Series
Graduate school can be overwhelming. Making mindfulness part of your routine can help reduce some of this stress and encourage a healthier, more focused you. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) invites all graduate students to a weekly drop-in meditation session. Drop in and de-stress!

Wednesdays, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Statistics Consulting Appointments
Stats got you stuck? Consulting is available to students working on projects. Get help designing or analyzing your study from Ph.D. statistics student Mike Dumelle. Sign up for an appointment online.

GRADx Talks

GRADx explores ideas in action inspired by the lives of graduate students and the questions that motivate their work.

Six student presenters will share stories that frame their research in a 8 to 10-minute engaging format inspired by TEDx and Inspiration Dissemination. GRADx highlights the unique academic and personal journeys of Oregon State University graduate students.

These stories represent the diverse, human element of graduate research, often hidden from the public view.

Presenters are challenged to communicate their ideas in ways that reach beyond an academic audience, and provoke conversations that matter.

February 22, 2018, 6 to 8 p.m. in Milam Auditorium Room 026.

Winter grad trip February 17

Visit one of the seven wonders of Oregon and learn more about the impact OSU has around the state! Saturday, February 17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $29 per person.

  • Tour the Oceanus, one of the OSU research vessels
  • Visit the beach and see the natural beauty of the coast
  • Explore the Old Bayfront historic district of Newport

Sign up for trips online at

CIRTL teaching development opportunities for grad students and postdocs

On our website you can find a hand-picked selection of teaching development opportunities for this term, the list includes credit-based courses, online non-credit courses, special events, webinars, and local workshops.

Oregon State University is a member institution of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Network. The CIRTL Network is a consortium of 43 research-intensive institutions committed to preparing future faculty, primarily—although not exclusively—those in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines. Focused on graduate student and postdoc teaching development but open to any OSU student or employee, CIRTL offers centralized courses, MOOCS, workshops, and webinars related to teaching effectiveness to those in any discipline.