Graduate School Newsletter
September, 2017

Greetings from the Graduate School to all students, faculty and staff! This September issue of our monthly newsletter features many opportunities for new and continuing students, including: for-credit courses, drop-ins at the Graduate Student Success Center, graduate writing development from the Graduate Writing Center, CIRTL events, our fall grad trip, and other opportunities from our campus partners. Start planning your fall term enrichment now!

Grad Welcome Week starts September 11

By now, all new student should have received their invites for welcome week activities. We know not everyone can make it due to their own programs/college orientation activities. If you have any questions or comments, please direct them to

Professional development Wednesdays in fall term

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

  • Oct 18 - Transferable Skills And Resume/CV Review - Jackie Wirz, Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies and Director of the Career and Professional Development Center at OHSU will help you define transferable skills to help you succeed in any profession. 1-4 p.m., MU 208 and online.
  • Oct 25 - Career Panel: Beyond Tenure Track - Hear about jobs in and outside of academia that are not tenure-track positions. Local professionals will discuss their career path. Lunch provided. Noon-1 p.m., MU 208 and online.
  • Nov 1 - Communication and Conflict Resolution Workshop - Graduate students take on various roles requiring a unique set of communications skills. You may need these skills in your role as an educator, researcher, co- worker, committee member, or to establish and maintain professional relationships important to your future. 1-3 p.m., MU 208 and online.
  • Nov 8 - Research Integrity Best Practices - Keep your work from suffering high cost, lost years, loss of funding, or even legal consequences. Part 1: Research Integrity, Research Compliance, Data Handling. 4-5:30 p.m. Autzen Classroom, 2082 Valley Library, and online. Part 2 in spring term.
  • Nov 15 - International Communications - International graduate students are immersed in a world of new conversations in the classroom, the lab, and beyond. Learn conversational skills within the U.S. academic setting. 4-5:30 p.m., MU 208. Part 2 in winter and part 3 in spring term.
  • Nov 29 - Lunch with the Dean - Join Dean and Vice Provost Dr. Jennifer Brown for a free lunch and a discussion about the graduate student experience. Noon-1 p.m., MU 206 and online.

Graduate writing development in fall term

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 on Wednesday, October 4 through November 29. The master's writing group meets 3-4 p.m. The Ph.D. group meets 4-5 p.m. 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 introduction, literature review, and methods 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 3-5 p.m.

  • Introductions Seminar: Tues., Oct. 10, MU 208
  • Introductions Workshop: Thurs., Oct. 12, MU 208
  • Literature Review Seminar: Tues., Oct. 24, MU 208
  • Literature Review Workshop: Thurs., Oct. 26, MU 208
  • Methods Seminar: Tues., Oct 31, Waldo 400
  • Methods Workshop: Thurs., Nov 2, Waldo 400

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.

Drop-ins at the GSSC

Join GTA Tucker Farris from the Graduate Writing Center for expert writing help in MU 203 on Thursdays, 2-5 p.m. No appointment necessary.

Student success courses this fall

Earn graduate credits this fall while learning to write better, research ethically, and how to develop online courses. Our student success courses are designed to support you as a graduate student and, with GRAD 511, how to become one.

GRAD 511 (1 credit). Corvallis. Designing a path for success. Graduate student learners will be oriented onto paths that will help lead them toward degree completion and success. Students will 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.) Responsible Conduct of Research. Corvallis and online. New section just opened! Covers 10 topics in responsible conduct of research: ethical decision making, human subjects, animal welfare, data management, research misconduct, conflicts of interest, authorship, peer review, mentor/trainee responsibilities, and collaborative science. Useful to all students who conduct scholarly activity. Satisfies Faculty Senate and NSF grant proposal requirement for RCR training.

GRAD 522 (1 credit). Corvallis. Preparing an IRB submission. Workshop-style course resulting in applications ready for IRB review. Ethical issues in research will be discussed. Course is held for only two days during the entire term!

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.

Drop-ins at the Graduate Student Success Center (GSSC) are back for fall term

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.

Mondays, 1:30-4:30 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 IRB student advising hours.

Tuesdays, 1:30-2:30 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!

Thursdays, 2-5 p.m., Grad Writing Center
Join GTA Tucker Farris from the Graduate Writing Center for expert writing help. No appointment necessary.

Fall grad trip October 14

Connect with peers from across the university on this fun trip for graduate students.

  • Visit the stunning waterfalls at Multnomah Falls
  • Take in the gorgeous views from the Vista House
  • Ride along one of the most beautiful highways in the U.S.

Sign up for trips online at

When: October 14, 8-4 p.m.
Cost: $17

For alternative formats or accommodations please contact Rylan Wall at

Sponsored by INTO OSU and the Graduate School.

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.

NSF-GRFP workshop for applicants

The Graduate School is offering an intensive two-day workshop to help OSU students prepare competitive applications for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award.

Session 1 - September 26, 5:30-7 p.m.
Session 2 - September 28, 5:30-7 p.m.

Both sessions held in LPSC 125. Seating is limited. So please follow this link to register for the workshop:

Please plan on attending both sessions.

Got a Business Idea?

Iterate is a four-session workshop to help you evaluate your idea. It’s only two hours per night, one night per week for four weeks.

You will learn:

  • Basic understanding of what entrepreneurship is and what it means to be an entrepreneur
  • Basic understanding of the Business Model Canvas
  • Understanding of the customer discovery process
  • Understanding of Total Available Market (TAM), Serviceable Available Market (SAM), and Target Market (TM).
  • Understanding of the Value Proposition and a better-defined Value Proposition for your concept
  • Teams will leave the session ready to move forward with their idea

Registration is now open. Learn more and apply.

First session is October 24, 4-6 p.m. at OSU's Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Institute (ATAMI) at 1110 NE Circle Blvd in Corvallis on the HP campus.

Grad resources spotlight: New students

New to OSU or getting reacquainted after the long summer? Get connected to these resources to serve your most basic needs:

Find even more resources on our website.

Research in Action (RIA) podcast

Combining the personal and the professional in research – Research in Action (RIA) podcast Ep. 71

Connecting to your research is always important, but having a personal connection can take that research to the next level. On this episode of Research in Action, Marleah Dean Kruzel, assistant professor in health communication at the University of South Florida, shares her personal experience of being BRCA-positive and the daughter of a breast cancer survivor, and how that impacts her work in researching patient-provider health communication, including various benefits and drawbacks. She also discusses methods she uses to share her research with diverse audiences. 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.