Graduate School Newsletter
December, 2017

Save-the-date for Grad Appreciation Week 2018

Grad Appreciation Week is on for 2018! Festivities will take place April 30 - May the 4th.

Highlights include the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition where the winner takes home $1,000, plus the Graduate Showcase. The judged showcase gives students a chance to work on their visual and presentation skills right here on campus. Learn more by attending the 3MT and Showcase Information and Inspiration Session on Monday, February 12 from 3-4 p.m in the Heckart Lodge Classroom.

We'll have other giveaways, discounts, and fun activities during the week, with opportunities for online students too. Mark your calendars!


Welcome reception for new graduate students

All new graduate students starting winter term in Corvallis are invited to our welcome reception! Please join us for conversation, networking and refreshments on Wednesday, January 10, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Graduate School in Heckart Lodge.

Dr. Jennifer Brown, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School, will be there to welcome you along with Graduate School leadership and staff.

Register today for the reception.


GRAD courses in winter term

The Graduate School, and its partners, offers credit courses applicable to many disciplines.


OSU Library's winter break workshops

See the list of professional development events for graduate students and faculty on the library website.

  • Intro to Qualtrics - Making Great Surveys, Monday, December 11, 9-10:30 a.m., Autzen Classroom. If you are doing program/event assessment or research involving data gathering, then you'll want to learn about Qualtrics.
  • Advanced Qualtrics, Monday, December 11, 11 a.m.-noon, Autzen Classroom. Learn how to create more sophisticated surveys and data gathering strategies using Qualtrics. Requirement: Introduction to Qualtrics or significant experience.
  • Introduction to Git, Monday, December 11, 1-3 p.m., Autzen Classroom. Registration Required. This workshop is designed for people who have never used Git or a version control system before, and want to learn more about what version control systems can do for them and their research.
  • Intro to Zotero: A Web-Based Way to Manage Your Citations, Tuesday, December 12, 12-1 p.m., Autzen Classroom. Learn the basics about this free web-based citation management tool you can use to save citations and PDFs, as well as incorporate citations into a Word document.
  • Intermediate/Advanced Zotero, Tuesday, December 12, 1-2 p.m., Autzen Classroom. Learn more advanced features of this free web-based citation management tool.
  • Basic EndNote Workshop, Tuesday, December 12, 2-3:30 p.m., Autzen Classroom. Learn to use basic but powerful features of the reference management tool, EndNote. This workshop is intended for novice EndNote users and is intentionally slow-paced and interactive.
  • Intermediate/Advanced EndNote, Tuesday, December 12, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Autzen Classroom. Learn more advanced features of EndNote.

NCFDD Faculty Success Program registration open

The National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity's Faculty Success Program is all about learning the secrets to increasing your research productivity, getting control of your time, and living a full and healthy life beyond your campus.

As the NCFDD's signature program, the Faculty Success Program is specifically designed to transform your personal and professional life.

The program is for tenure-track and tenured faculty who are looking for the perfect combination of empirically tested methods to improve research productivity through intense accountability, coaching, and peer support and to propel their work-life balance and personal growth to a whole new level.

Learn more and register for the Faculty Success Program


Mental health resources for graduate students

As the holiday season approaches, GradResources and the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students would like to remind you that the National Grad Crisis-Line (877-GRAD-HLP) is available to graduate students as a supplement to existing mental health services on campus. Visit the GradResources website for more information.


OSU Grad resources spotlight: Health and wellness

The weather may be dreary, but you can beat those winter blues! Stay healthy and well with these resources:

Find even more resources on our website.


The Next Great Startup competition applications are open

Submit your Next Great Startup application today! A campus-wide competition in January, student-led teams compete to win cash prizes, in-kind services and the chance to turn their startup idea into a real company. Open to all teams led by a currently-enrolled OSU student. For more information and to apply visit the Next Great Startup website.


Research in Action (RIA) podcast

Interpersonal communication is more than just words – Research in Action (RIA) podcast Ep. 85

Whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, interpersonal communication skills are key to forming and maintaining successful relationships. On this episode of “Research in Action,” Colin Hesse, assistant professor in the School of Arts and Communication at Oregon State University, shares their research on interpersonal communication and how it impacts both mental and physical health. They also dive into the differences between introverts and extroverts, and how both types of individuals can be successful in environments that are comfortable to them. 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.