Graduate School Newsletter
March, 2017

News and events for the graduate community.

Oregon State University Graduate School

Graduate Student Appreciation Week 2017

May 1-5, 2017

Graduate students make enormous contributions to OSU. To say thanks, we are celebrating with Graduate Student Appreciation Week May 1-5! #osugradweek

Visit the Graduate Student Appreciation Week website »

Students can enter prize raffles, blow off steam on Tuesday night, work on their presentation skills at the Graduate Showcase, and compete for $2,000 in cash in the Three Minute Thesis competition.

Please join us on March 16 for an information and inspiration session about the Graduate Showcase and/or competing in the Three Minute Thesis competition. 2015 3MT winner Francisco Guerrero will be there to share his LaRGe communication model: making your presentations Likable, Reliable, and Gettable. Memorial Union 206, 3-4 p.m.

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One-to-one writing appointments

Writing appointments with the Grad Writing Center (GWC) take place at the Graduate Student Success Center (GSSC) on Thursday's noon-3 p.m. MU 203, throughout the week at the GWC office, or online. You must schedule your in-person appointment ahead of time. Schedule online help with the OWL: Online Writing Lab.


GCCUT applications for fall 2017 are now open

The Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching (GCCUT) program applications for the fall 2017 on-campus cohort are open!

Please submit all application materials by the April 15 deadline. We notify candidates in early May about the status of their application.

Learn more about the program at an info session on March 13, 9-10 a.m. in Milam 215.

Read about the career pursuits and successes of some of our recent GCCUT graduates. Please also visit our How To Apply page to get all the details. Visit the FAQ page to learn more about the program. We look forward to working with you!


Trip to Portland for graduate students on March 4th

Join other graduate students in visiting Oregon's largest city! Go on a tour of the serene Lan Su Chinese Garden, explore the unique Powell's Books, and discover downtown's many shopping and dinning opportunities. The $37 cost of the trip includes transportation, tour tickets, and trip leaders to help guide the experience.

Limited seating available so register today!


GRAD 522 Preparing IRB submissions (1 credit) New intensive shorter format!

If your research involves human subjects, even as simple as a survey, you probably need IRB approval. Don’t wait until you begin to collect your data because it may be too late. Take this course instead!

The workshop-style class results in an application ready to submit for IRB review. Students will draft all submission materials and take part in the critique of each other’s protocols and consent forms. The class also discusses ethical issues in research.

In this new format, the class meets only for two Friday afternoons during spring term. Limited seats available so sign up today!

View the course in the catalog.


GRAD 599 Special Topics: Creating Happiness (1 credit)

The pursuit of happiness is a constant source of question, conversation and intrigue. What makes people happy? How do people who are happy act and think differently than those who aren’t? Can happiness be measured and is it felt the same way by everyone? In this course, we will use the fields of mindfulness, positive psychology and flourishing to explore these questions. You will also spend time learning more about yourself, discuss the stress that comes with being a graduate student and develop the tools you will need to find and keep happiness during your time at OSU and beyond. Open to all campus based graduate students. Register.


Grad resources spotlight: Campus and community

Spring is right around the corner! It’s a great time to connect with peers and friends, both old and new.

Find even more campus and community resources on our website.


CIRTL online teaching workshop

Intercultural Communication and Teaching: Understanding Each Other

When: Monday, March 13, 2017 8-9 a.m.

American universities host large numbers of international students pursuing doctoral degrees, many supported by teaching undergraduates. And, increasingly, those undergraduate students are themselves international students. These demographics require that we all think about intercultural communication and the role it plays in teaching. In this webinar, we will examine how intercultural communication theories can shed light on the interaction between teachers and students, particularly when differences in culture play a major role in the ways we teach and learn. Learn more and register. You may need to create a CIRTL account if you do not already have one.

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. Learn more about CIRTL @ OSU.


Earn up to 4 graduate credits in one week with the Natural Resources Leadership Academy this summer

Register today for OSU’s Natural Resources Leadership Academy (NRLA), which brings together professionals and graduate students from across the world to establish connections, enhance leadership skills and learn from experts on timely, relevant topics in today's changing world.

Featured track: Sustainability Assessment (SUS 514/599)
In this track, you will investigate a range of methodologies for measuring and evaluating performance toward established sustainability criteria and indicators at the individual and group levels. You will leave the course with the fundamental skills required to complete sustainability reporting assessments for businesses in accordance with globally relevant approaches. Watch a brief introduction to Sustainability Assessment.


Have kids? Check out the summer camp fair March 14

Childcare and Family Resources is hosting a summer camp fair on March 14, 11-1 p.m. in the Memorial Union Horizon Room. It’s time to start thinking about different camps and summer child care options before they fill up!


From scientific findings to digestible information – Research in Action (RIA) podcast Ep. 47

At some point in your career, you’re probably going to be asked to present your research findings. On this episode of “Research in Action,” Michael Alley, Penn State associate professor, shares practical tips that will help you master the art of turning your scientific findings into digestible information for non-scientists. You’ll also learn new ways to make the most of PowerPoint presentations and project confidence while speaking in front of others. Listen to the podcast.

Check out other episodes of the “Research in Action” podcast. They cover topics and issues related to research in higher education, hosted by OSU Ecampus Research Unit Director Katie Linder. Share feedback, ask questions or share research-related resources via Twitter (@RIA_podcast or #RIA_podcast), email or call RIA at 541-737-1111.


OSU Folk Club scholarship

The OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop has a scholarship opportunity for non-traditional aged domestic women pursuing bachelor’s, master’s or professional degrees (no doctoral). $3,000 for full-time students, $1500 for part-time. Application deadline is March 27. Learn more.


Interested in study abroad as a graduate student?

Join professor Dwaine Plaza on a trip to Canada this summer. This two week study 'beyond the U.S.' program, offers students a practical, interdisciplinary opportunity to study Canadian history, social conditions, environmental issues, economy and cultural values. The highlight of this class is living in Canada for twelve days this summer and being able to observe, listen and talk to Canadians about their social, cultural, political and economic life. Deadline to apply is March 15. Learn more.


7th Annual Pacific Northwest Water Research Symposium hosted by the OSU Hydrophiles

The Pacific Northwest Water Research Symposium, hosted by the Oregon State University Hydrophiles, is a two day, student-centric conference highlighting outstanding student research in the fields of water resources science, engineering, and policy. The conference aims to connect individuals, build skills, and share knowledge between students, university faculty, staff, and professionals. This symposium brings students from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and beyond to present their proposed, ongoing, or completed research. March 6-7 at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center.


Research Computing Seminar - Conflict Ecology: Large Volume Geospatial Accounts of Violent Conflict

Mainstream approaches to documenting violent conflict cannot capture a conflict’s tempo, geographic diffusion, or long-term effects. Pre-conflict base maps are overwritten by rubble. Conflict chronology is interpolated rather than observed. Populations are displaced beyond view. A single satellite image remains anecdotal – partial and relative. From the civil war in Syria to the drone campaign in northwest Pakistan to the diffusion of refugee camps across 60 countries, I use a diversity of large volume geospatial datasets, cross-scale satellite imagery, spatial statistics, and machine learning to provide a deeply contextualized account of immediate and cascading effects of violent conflict. - Jamon Van Den Hoek, Oregon State University. Learn more.

Where: Strand Ag Hall 361 - GAZE Facility
When: Monday, March 6 2-3 p.m.


Applications open for spring Advantage Accelerator courses

Have a business idea that you would love to pursue further? Check out these workshop series from OSU's Advantage Accelerator.

Iterate is a program of two-hour seminars/workshops held once a week for a month. The program is open to community members and OSU students, researchers, and staff to inform and prepare them on four essential aspects of starting a successful business venture. Starts April 4.

Launch is a 5-month intensive program designed to get your company to the Build and Sell level. It focuses on strong market and competitor knowledge, execution and operations, and fulfillment of a repeatable sales process. The application is open and closes on April 14, 2017.

Accelerate is a 10-week program for community members and OSU students, staff, and researchers who intend to establish a privately held, for profit organization. The focus of this program is to develop your product/service and accelerate into the marketplace. Please check in late spring to apply for the summer cohort.


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Questions or comments? Please contact John McQueen. This newsletter is sent to all graduate students, graduate faculty, staff, and coordinators. Submissions are due by the 15th of each month.

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