Graduate School Newsletter
August, 2017

Get help with your writing this summer

The Graduate Writing Center offers one-on-one writing consultations through the summer. Make an appointment to talk with a writing specialist about your project.


Boost your graduate experience with courses from the Graduate School this fall

  • GRAD 511 (1 credit). Corvallis. Designing a path for success. Graduate student learners will be oriented onto paths to help lead them toward degree completion and success. Students receive foundational knowledge about graduate school requirements, effective mentor/mentee relationships, financing their education, research integrity and professional conduct, innovation and commercialization, and other soft skills essential for their progress through their graduate program.
  • GRAD 520 (1 credit). Corvallis and online. Responsible conduct of research. Covers 10 topics in responsible conduct of research: ethical decision making; human subjects; animal welfare; data acquisition; sharing and ownership; research misconduct; conflicts of interest; authorship; peer review; mentor/trainee responsibilities; and collaborative science. Useful to all students who conduct scholarly activity.
  • GRAD 550 (2 credits). Online. Introduction to online course development and facilitation. Prepares students to develop and teach distance courses. Students explore practical aspects of course development and facilitation: a brief history of distance education and pedagogical theory; course design principles; engagement of adult learners; active learning; and investigation of how online instruction, in addition to offering flexibility and convenience, also offers distinct pedagogical benefits. Open to students in all disciplines.
  • GRAD/WS 599, 3 credits Corvallis and online. Graduate writing course for English-language learners. For students with TOEFL scores above the OSU minimums but who lack confidence in English composition for advanced academic purposes, this course focuses on graduate-level writing for English-language learners in all disciplines.
  • GRAD 522 Corvallis. Preparing an IRB submission. Workshop-style course resulting in applications ready for IRB review. Ethical issues in research will be discussed. There are some prereqs to follow the link to learn more.

Grad Welcome Week starts September 11 with Graduate School Orientation

Start building a solid graduate career with Grad Welcome Week. Attend orientation to learn about the amazing resources available to you. Have a teaching assistantship? Great! Come to our GTA teaching training to get ready for the classroom. Our partners at the library will help you master your research during Library Day. And don't forget to meet some new friends at the all-grad student and family barbecue. Let's go!

All new graduate students will receive an email invitation to register for the week’s events.


All students and families are invited to the Graduate School BBQ

The Graduate School is hosting a networking BBQ for all graduate students and their families. Come to enjoy good food and conversation, connect with old and new peers, catch up with the Graduate School and welcome the newest group of graduate students to OSU. Student Experience Center Plaza, September 11, 5:30-7 p.m.


OSU Library workshops

Workshops for graduate students and faculty continue in August.

Preservation and curation of your thesis and dissertation research data: storage and version control. Michael Boock. Monday, August 7, 3-4 p.m., Autzen Classroom.

Where and how you choose to store and organize your research materials and writings decide how long they survive. The risks to your digital files are many and varied: from file corruption, viruses, storage device malfunctions, accidental or malicious deletions to not knowing what version of your work is the most current. In this workshop, you will learn how to understand the range of threats to storage stability in the digital environments you are using for your research outputs, gain familiarity with storage options for your research, and learn to use naming/storage conventions to “version” your research files, making it easier to know your research history.

Statistics basics with SPSS. Brooke Robertshaw. Wednesday, August 9, 10-11:30 a.m., Autzen Classroom.

This hands-on SPSS workshop will cover the basics of SPSS - including opening different file types into SPSS, manipulating and transforming data, and running basic descriptives. If time permits, t-tests and chi-square will also be covered. Those who have had limited or no experience using SPSS should attend this workshop.

SPSS intermediate. Brooke Robertshaw. Thursday, August 10, 10-11:30 a.m., Autzen Classroom.

This intermediate SPSS workshop will cover how to run ANOVAs, repeated measures ANOVAs, linear regression, and non-parametric tests in SPSS. It is for those who already have some experience with SPSS, such as having attended Statistics Basics with SPSS.


Research in Action (RIA) podcast

Unexpectedly transitioning to a new research area – Research in Action (RIA) podcast Ep. 69   Changing from one research area to another can be a challenge. But it can also be an opportunity you don’t want to miss. On this episode of “Research in Action,” Tasha Wyatt, educational researcher at the Educational Innovation Institute at the Medical College of Georgia, discusses her experience shifting to medical education research, and provides recommendations for others who find themselves in similar situations. 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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