Graduate School Newsletter
April, 2017

News and events for the graduate community.

Oregon State University Graduate School

Commencement information with deadlines

For students completing spring or summer term and want to take part in commencement there are deadlines approaching. See the full list and additional details on our website.

Spring-completing student deadlines:

  • April 7 - File a diploma application through myOSU.
  • April 20 - Doctoral students send in the title of their dissertation and major professor's name(s).
  • April 28 - Confirm your commencement attendance through MyOSU.
  • May 8 - Successfully complete your final defense.
  • June 2 - Upload final copy of thesis/dissertation to ScholarsArchives.
  • June 2 - Non-thesis students complete your final defense.
  • June 9 - Clear all remaining degree requirements

Please read all the details on our website »

Graduate Student Appreciation Week May 1-5, 2017

Celebrate the contributions made by graduate students with events all week long.

April 12 is the deadline for students to register for the Graduate Showcase and Three Minutes Thesis competition ($2,000 in prizes!) Sign up today »

Stop by the Graduate Student Success Center (MU 203) on April 11, 9-1 p.m. with your single PPT slide and we will record your video submission for you!

  • May 1 - Freebies and craft making at the Graduate Student Success Center. MU 203, 11-2 p.m.
  • May 2 - Grad social at the Dam. Relax and have fun with other grad students Tuesday night. Corn hole tournament! Drink and food specials! The Dam, 349 SW 4th St. Corvallis, 4-7 p.m.
  • May 3 - Lunch with Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Jennifer (Dennis) Brown. Join Dr. Brown for lunch and conversation. If you have ideas about how to improve graduate education or the graduate student experience at OSU, please attend! Lunch is free! Register today! MU 213, Noon-1 p.m.
  • May 4 - Grad night! An evening of food (free tacos!), fun, and scholarship, with the Graduate Showcase featuring student work from all over OSU, and the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. LaSells Stewart Center, 4-7 p.m.
  • May 5 - Snow-cones, give-aways and online raffle (link opens May 1). Come join us at your Graduate Student Success Center on Friday for some networking and freebies. Online raffle winners will also be announced. MU 203, 11-2 p.m.

Visit the #osugradweek website for more information »


New workshop! The importance of entrepreneurial thinking for startups, academics and industry

Entrepreneurial thinking is not only for startups. The uses of tools presented in this workshop have proven to significantly increase approvals for grants, improved research impact and are part of an important skill set employers want. Success starts here. Co-presented by OSU's Chief Startup Office Mark Lieberman and Karl Mundorff, Senior Program Manager.

Date: April 25
Location: MU 208 and online
Time: 1:30-3 p.m.
Registration: Sign up today »
See this on Facebook or OSU Calendar.

New workshop! Financial planning for graduate students: Money skills for today and tomorrow

Finances got you down? Unsure what you should be doing now to plan for a successful financial future? Managing your personal budget and making decisions with your finances now can have a lasting impact on your financial future.

At this one-hour workshop we will cover budgeting, student loans, emergency funds as well as other critical components of financial success and goal setting, strategies, focus, and motivation. Whether you’re an expert at personal finance already, or perhaps could use some motivation, we hope this workshop will leave you with a new strategy or renewed determination to reach your financial goals. Designed especially for graduate students, this workshop will be led by local financial expert from Oregon State Credit Union, Amanda Brenneman-Brown, and is brought to you by ASOSU, the Graduate School and the Graduate Student Success Center.

When: Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 2-3 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Where: MU 206 - in person (Corvallis campus). Also offered via webinar.
Refreshments will be provided.

Register today »

Lunch with the Dean

Please join Vice Provost and Dean Dr. Jennifer Brown on Wednesday, May 3 at noon in Memorial Union room 213. Dr. Dennis would like to share her vision of graduate education at OSU with students and answer any questions you may have. Lunch is free and seating limited so register today. »

Writing support and events for graduate students in spring term

Writing support groups

The Graduate School, in collaboration with the Graduate Student Success Center (GSSC) and the Graduate Writing Center, presents two writing support groups in spring term. Groups will meet weekly, starting Week 2:

  • Master's Group: Mondays 2-3 p.m., April 10 - May 22
  • Doctoral Group: Mondays 1-2 p.m., April 10 - May 22

Participants must commit to attending every week and have a long-term writing project to work on. Space is limited, with priority given to the first twelve (12) Graduate Students to register. These workshops are in-person only.

Register today »

Writing workshop series

The Graduate School, in collaboration with the Graduate Writing Center and the Graduate Student Success Center (GSSC), presents our Spring Writing Workshop Series with Chris Nelson. These events are in-person only.

The Research Writing Seminars, "Introductions” and "Methods" presents you with writing strategies to carry out the goals of these sections or chapters successfully.

The Peer-Review Workshop following each seminar is designed to give you the opportunity to incorporate your understanding of the seminar material and use peer-review strategies to offer substantive review of academic research writing. To get the most out of the experience, bring a current draft of your own writing to the review workshops.

Tuesday 4/25 4-6 p.m., Seminar, MU 206
Thursday 4/27 4-6 p.m., Peer review, Location TBA

Tuesday, 5/9, 4-6 p.m., Seminar, MU 208
Thursday 5/11, 4-6 p.m., Peer review, MU 208

Participants are strongly encouraged to attend both segments—the seminar and the peer review—for maximum benefit.

Register today »

Graduate Writing Center drop-ins are back for spring term

Writing appointments and drop-ins with the Grad Writing Center (GWC) take place at the Graduate Student Success Center (GSSC) on Friday's 12-3 p.m. in MU 203. You can also schedule an appointment. throughout the week to meet at the GWC office, or get help online with the OWL: Online Writing Lab.

All spring-term drop-ins at the Graduate Student Success Center (MU 203)

  • "Ask the Graduate School" on Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. April 4 - June 6. Bring your questions about your Program of Study, commencement, and more for the grad school staff.
  • CAPS: The mindful grad group. Tuesdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m. April 4 - June 6. Counseling and Psychological Services invites all graduate students to a weekly drop-in meditation session at the GSSC. No sign-up is required. Drop in and de-stress!
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB) on Mondays, 1-4 p.m. April 3-June 5. If you have human subjects in your research stop by with your IRB review questions.
  • Graduate Writing Center on Fridays, 12-3 p.m. Tucker from the GWC will be on hand to answer your writing questions.

Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching applications closing soon on April 15

The Graduate School is accepting applications for fall 2017 enrollment in the Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching (GCCUT) program. This 18-credit hour graduate certificate provides advanced course work and experiential learning opportunities to current OSU graduate students who plan to pursue careers in teaching and instruction in higher education settings, or those who plan to pursue careers that need similar skill sets in facilitation. While seeking their respective degrees, OSU graduate students can earn a transcript-visible credential that certifies their teaching and facilitation skills. Please visit the GCCUT website for more information and online application.

Read how some of our recent graduates landed tenure-track positions.

Teaching professional development opportunities in spring term

We've complied a list of teaching professional development opportunities for students, faculty, and postdocs offered by Graduate School partners in spring term. See the list on the CIRTL @ OSU website.

Communication workshop starts April 5

Communicating your work is imperative in academia and the professional world. Join 2015's winner of OSU's Three Minute Thesis competition Francisco Guerrero in a workshop series design to teach you how to communicate your work to a general audience. Guided by experts, you will learn Guerrero's LaRGe communication model: making your presentations Likable, Reliable, and Gettable. Begins on April 5.

Learn more and register today »

Spring grad trip to Sisters is scheduled for Saturday, May 13

Join other Graduate Students in visiting the stunning Central Oregon area. This trip will visit in and around Sisters, Oregon to check out both the breathtaking lakes, mountains, forests, and other sights, as well as the rustic city itself.

The cost of the trip includes transportation and trip leaders to help guide the experience. $33 per person.

Sign up soon, space is limited »

Grad resources spotlight: Professional development

Are you ready to face the post- grad school world? Use these professional development resources to get yourself there.

Find even more professional development resources on our website.

Tuesday Teaching Talks

Join colleagues and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) every Tuesday for just-in-time-teaching workshops. Discuss research-based teaching approaches identified as effective in the scholarship of teaching; enhance teaching and learning through the use of instructional technology; and share and discuss just-in-time teaching needs, challenges, and successes experienced in the classroom. Attend one or all. Certificates are provided to those who complete the series. These 90-minute workshops are facilitated twice in Milam 215 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. No need to register – just come on by! Learn more here. Contact CTL here.

Western Forestry Graduate Research Symposium Friday, April 21st!

The annual Western Forestry Graduate Research Symposium (WFGRS), hosted by Oregon State University’s College of Forestry (CoF), showcases current graduate student research. The purpose of this symposium is to promote academic excellence by challenging students to present their work to and receive feedback from their academic and professional peers on their proposed and current research from a diverse audience, fostering student engagement, enthusiasm, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Topics stretch across the realm of forests including ecology, forest management, forest products, human uses, and interconnections between the two in forest settings. WFGRS works to communicate an array of research projects spanning all three departments of OSU’s CoF: Forest Ecosystems & Society, Forest Engineering, Resources & Management, and Wood Science & Engineering. Visit the website.

US Student Fulbright information meeting

The 2018-19 US Student Fulbright competition opens on April 3, 2017. Fulbright offers grants for individually designed study/research projects and English Teaching Assistantships for one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S. Applicants for the Fulbright US Student Program include master’s and doctoral candidates in all disciplines.

Lora Seery, Senior Program Officer for the US Student Fulbright Program at the Institute for International Education, and LeAnn Adam, OSU Advisor for Prestigious Scholarships will present an information session on Fulbright opportunities. Please join them to learn more about Fulbright, hear from past Fulbright recipients and current semi-finalists, and start your own Fulbright journey! For more information, please contact LeAnn Adam

When: Thursday, April 6, noon-1 p.m.
Where: Bexell 208

Join Oregon State’s Natural Resources Leadership Academy this summer and earn up to 7 graduate credits in two weeks

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: Social Aspects of Sustainable Natural Resource
Using readings, personal experiences and class discussions, you will explore five principles of socially sustainable natural resource management and review the role they play in creating natural resource-based sustainable communities. This track may be an ideal fit for someone interested in the social aspects and community components within the fields of climate change, engineering, environmental policy, fisheries and wildlife management, forestry, GIS, professional sciences, public health/policy, recreation management, sustainable natural resources and water conflict management, to name a few. Watch a brief introduction to Social Aspects of Sustainable Natural Resources.

Research in Action (RIA) podcast

Propelled in the public eye, the costs of media attention – Research in Action (RIA) podcast Ep. 51

It can be a tricky task to master: Not attracting unnecessary attention based on your appearance while maintaining a certain level of professionalism to reflect your work. On this episode of “Research in Action,” Sara Goldrick-Rab, Temple University professor, author and Twitter extraordinaire, recounts how she prepares for the gendered dynamics of major media interviews on her book tour, including changing her outfit, hair and makeup in order for her viewers to focus on the content instead of her looks. You’ll also hear how she “creates her own luck” with research in pursuing funding opportunities, and learn techniques of how to do the same and roll with the punches, when needed. 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.

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