Graduate School Newsletter
May, 2017

News and events for the graduate community.

Oregon State University

Graduate Student Appreciation Week starts today!

Graduate students, you power this university through your contributions to world-leading research, discovery and academic teaching. We value your hard work and want to say thank you through #osugradweek. We hope you can attend the fabulous events this week. And for those who cannot attend, please know we appreciate all your hard work and determination. We are here to celebrate you!

  • May 1 - Freebies and button making at the Graduate Student Success Center. MU 203, 11-2 p.m. Online raffle begins! Enter your name for prizes here.
  • May 2 - Grad social at the Dam. Relax and have fun with other grad students Tuesday night. Corn hole tournament! Drink and food specials for the whole event plus free chips and salsa! 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 and give-aways at the Graduate Student Success Center. MU 203, 11-2 p.m. Online raffle winners announced!

Visit the #osugradweek website for more information.

Graduating this term?

Don't forget to schedule your final exam with the Graduate School at least two weeks before your defense. Visit our deadlines page to find links and other Graduate School requirements about completing your degree.

Money skills for today and tomorrow - A financial planning workshop for graduate students

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—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. Refreshments provided.

When: Tuesday May 16, 2017, 2-3 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Where: MU 206 - in person (Corvallis campus). Also offered via webinar.
Registration: Register for the in-person or webinar.

Spring Grad Trip to Sisters on 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.

Developing a CV or resume online workshop

In this two-part online workshop, participants will learn how CVs and resumes vary for academic positions, non-academic positions, and grant applications. After learning about strong CV content, style, and organization, participants will develop long form academic CVs and short form resumes, and then refine them through a collaborative peer review process. Registration will be open from 11 a.m. Central Time on May 29 through June 14. Cap of 60 students.

Requires a CIRTL account to register. All OSU grad students and postdocs can sign up for free.

When: Thursday, June 22, 2017, 8-9:30 a.m. and Thursday, June 29, 8-9:30 a.m.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program info session

The OSU Graduate School is hosting an informational session about the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF-GRFP) at OSU. The NSF-GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. Successful applicants can receive $34,000 a year for three years. OSU currently has 47 NSF-GRFP award winners. You could be next!

Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 Time: 5-6:30 p.m. Location: Learning Innovation Center Room 307

At this session, you will hear from:

  • The OSU Coordinating Official for the NSF GRFP
  • A former reviewer of GRFP applications
  • Past and current GRFP award winners

At this session, you will learn about:

  • GRFP program requirements and benefits at OSU
  • GRFP application time lines and components
  • GRFP review criteria

As seating is limited, please register at

Coming this fall, the Graduate School is offering a two-day intensive workshop for preparing to submit an NSF GRFP application.

Grad resources spotlight: Health and wellness

Spring is in the air! Use these resources to keep in tip-top shape and enjoy the season’s beauty.

Find even more health and wellness resources on our website.

Library workshops

The OSU Valley Library offers workshops for graduate students and faculty. Check their website for descriptions and links to register.

  • Intro to Zotero: A Web-Based Way to Manage Your Citations, Thursday, May 4, 9-10 a.m., Autzen Classroom
  • Intermediate/Advanced Zotero, Thursday, May 4, 10-11 a.m., Autzen Classroom
  • Mendeley: reference manager and academic social network, Tuesday, May 2, 1-2:30 p.m., Autzen Classroom
  • Oral History Training, Friday, May 5, 2-3:30 p.m. Willamette East Classroom
  • Intro to LaTeX, Tuesday, May 9, 10-11:00 a.m., Autzen Classroom

Pursuing a career in industry

Local professionals with a background in research and experience with industry will answer your questions during a panel discussion. Organized by the OSU Postdoc Association through its Industry Exploration Program. They will answer questions about career paths outside of academia. See this on the calendar.

Limited lunch available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Where: Kelley Engineering Center, room 1005
When: Tuesday, May 2, noon-1:30 p.m.

Workshops on using the statistical software R

The College of Forestry is offering several workshops on the popular open source R in May. For non-forestry graduate students the cost is $40 per workshop.

  • Data Manipulation in R, Monday, May 8, 2017, 8-10 a.m. Register
  • R: Using ggplot2 to create graphics, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 2-4 p.m. Register
  • R: Notebook/Markdown workshop, Date/time is TBD, Register

Take part in a doctoral research project on graduate student writing needs

Shampa Biswas, doctoral candidate in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Washington State University invites students to contribute to a research project on graduate writing needs. The study, entitled Evaluating a Graduate Writing Support Model: An Exploratory Study, explores graduate students’ perceptions of the types of writing support they most value and seek out. The survey only takes 5–10 minutes. Feel free to email Shampa with any concerns, comments, or questions at shampa_biswas at or Dr. Tom Salsbury, tsalsbury at Begin the survey.

Free basics of grant writing course

Oregon State graduate students have the exclusive opportunity to complete a free, web-based training on the basics of grant writing. This self-paced course provides information and resources to help you on the path to writing competitive grants.

After completing all modules online, you’ll receive a certificate of completion. This course’s target grant module is for the National Institutes of Health, but the curriculum is widely applicable to applying for funding at various agencies.

To learn more or enroll, please email Dianna Fisher, Director of Open Oregon State.

Research in Action (RIA) podcast

Being an actively engaged researcher – Research in Action (RIA) podcast Ep. 54

While it’s important to create your own research identity, it often doesn’t come naturally for everyone. On this episode of “Research in Action,” Raul Pacheco-Vega, assistant professor in the Public Administration Division of the Center for Economic Teaching and Research (Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas) in Mexico, shares how he stays engaged with associations, his audience and peers, and offers tips for those starting out who may be looking to find their own niche and voice. 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.

Earn up to 7 graduate credits in two weeks this summer at OSU’s Natural Resources Leadership Academy

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

Featured track: Water Conflict Management and Transformation
The complexity of 21st century water demands calls for new strategies to foster long-term stewardship among people, their communities and the environment. This track offers you the opportunity to learn about current and leading-edge ways to work effectively in contentious water situations. It explores conflict tolerance, prevention, management and transformation through collaborative structures, as well as models of negotiation and dialogue. This track emphasizes experiential learning and offers a place to practice new skills applicable in a variety of real-life situations. Watch a brief introduction from Oregon State Professor Aaron Wolf.

OSU sexual violence climate assessment

Were you invited to be involved in the OSU Sexual Violence Climate Assessment? Check your OSU email for your invitation to participate in this initiative!

Your Voice. Your Campus. Be Heard. And have a chance to win one of 100 $50 deposits to your Orange Rewards account.

Sharing your perspective will help OSU…

  • To understand students' experiences and attitudes related to sexual violence
  • To improve the way the University responds to incidents of sexual violence
  • To shape sexual violence policies, prevention messages and programs

For more information about the Sexual Violence Climate Assessment visit: 

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