Graduate School Newsletter
November, 2017

In this issue: communication workshops, lunch with the dean, GRAD courses in winter (!), paid internships for grad students, and more!

Also, by the time you read this newsletter, the Graduate School has relocated to Heckart Lodge. Please visit us in our new space! Thank you for your patience during the move.

If you plan on completing your degree in fall term, please check our deadlines page.

Professional Development Wednesdays in November

Find all our professional development programing for fall term on our website.

Communication and conflict resolution workshop - NOV 1

In addition to the accomplishments and challenges students experience on their road to success, graduate students take on various roles which need a unique set of communications skills. You may need these skills in your role as an educator, researcher, co-worker, committee member, or to create and support professional relationships important to your future.

What are the basic skills needed to manage difficult or sensitive communications? Participants at the University Ombuds Office (UOO) training will learn communication and conflict concepts and theory, active listening skills, and a collaborative model for identifying diverse interests and mutually beneficial outcomes. This session will include interactive activities and opportunities for an open-dialogue, all focused on managing communication, preventing and addressing conflicts, and helping you navigate the occasional obstacles graduate students can face.

This session is available in person and via webinar.

Where: Memorial Union 208
When: November 1, 1-3 p.m.

Register for the workshop today!

Research integrity workshop - NOV 8

In this two part workshop series, you will learn best practices for research integrity and the impact of research misconduct and detrimental research practices on responsible researchers. Keep your work from suffering from lost years, high cost, loss of funding, or even legal consequences.

Part 1 focuses on research process issues including the best practices for research integrity, research compliance, and data handling. Research misconduct will also be covered including fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism. November 8, 2017. 4-5:30 p.m. Autzen Classroom, 2082 Valley Library and online. Register at

Part 2 focuses on best practices for authorship and communication, mentoring and supervision, and peer review. February 7, 2018. 4-5:30 p.m. Autzen Classroom, 2082 Valley Library and online. Registration will open closer to the event date. See this event at

International communications workshop - NOV 15

International graduate students are immersed in a world of new conversations --in the classroom, the lab, and beyond. At this session, we will discuss conversational skills within the U.S. academic setting. Participants will begin to gain confidence through experiential exercises. Facilitated by Shaznin Daruwalla, PsyD.

Where: Memorial Union 208
When: November 15, 4-5:30 p.m.

Registration link:

Lunch with the Dean - NOV 29

Please join Dr. Jennifer Brown, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School, on Wednesday, November 29 at noon in Memorial Union room 206. Dr. Brown would like to share her vision of graduate education at OSU with students and answer any questions you may have. Lunch is free!

Register at

Accommodations for disabilities or dietary restrictions may be made by November 15 by contacting 541-737-4881.

GRAD courses in winter term

The Graduate School, and its partners, offer for-credit courses in various subject areas including writing, research, and teaching.

Teaching and facilitation development opportunities from CIRTL

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 at OSU on our website.

These links require an active CIRTL account. CIRTL accounts are free for OSU students and staff. Create a CIRTL account.

  • Introduction to STEM Project-Based Learning - This workshop has two online sessions, and participants are required to attend both. Sessions are Thursday, November 9 and 16 at 5-6:30 p.m.
  • Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement - Teaching philosophies are a powerful tool for faculty and future faculty alike. By defining your approach to instruction, a teaching philosophy gives you a benchmark for demonstrating your impact in the classroom. Thursday, November 30, 11-noon.
  • Teaching Inclusively - This workshop is designed to build your confidence in dealing with “hot moments” or “difficult discussions” in the classroom by giving you practice navigating these situations. Tuesday, December 5, 11-1 p.m.

Need help with writing? One-on-one writing appointments available

The Graduate Writing Center 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.

OSU Accelerator hiring graduate student interns

Paid interns will work with the Office of Commercialization and Corporate Development to analyze and evaluate intellectual property. With the Advantage Accelerator, interns will get an opportunity to work with the latest spinouts coming out of OSU and the broader community.

OSU Advantage program will bring pizza and let you ask all your questions!

You must log into Handshake and then the event is at Link to Handshake login:

When: 5-6 p.m., Wednesday, November 15th
Where: Strand Agriculture Hall 162

Grad resources spotlight: Professional development

What have you done for yourself lately? Build your professional-self up with these resources:

Find even more resources on our website.

Research in Action (RIA) podcast

When academia isn’t your calling, but you want to conduct research – Research in Action (RIA) podcast Ep. 80

So you want to be a researcher, but you don’t necessarily want to work in academia. What are your options? On this episode of “Research in Action,” Daniel Ginsberg, manager of education, research and professional development at the American Anthropological Association, shares his personal experience working in an alt-ac (Alternative Academic) role, how he got into the position, the types of projects he works on and the benefits of the field. He also discusses his experience becoming a parent while in graduate school and the pros and cons of starting a family while in the midst of working on a doctorate degree. Listen to podcast episode 80.

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.

Update (November 7, 2017): GRAD 520 was originally listed as 1 credit, it is now 2 credits.