Graduate School Newsletter
January, 2018

Happy start of term! This month's issue includes our winter term professional development events, writing groups and writing workshops, new stats consulting at the GSSC, GRADx save-the-date and much more!


Offices have moved

Bye-bye Kerr Admin, the Graduate School offices are now located in Heckart Lodge at 2900 SW Jefferson Way. Most of our professional development events are also held in Heckart Lodge Classroom now too. Stop by and say “hi!”


Professional development Wednesday in winter term

Get our professional development schedule (plus some other exciting events) for winter term.

Please register for the following events by clicking on the title. Most events are also streamed live and recordings are posted to our OSU Media channel soon after the event.

  • Jan 31 - International Communications - Through experiential exercises, international graduate students can learn intermediate communication techniques to use in the classroom, lab and meetings. No prerequisite. 3 to 4:30 p.m., Heckart Lodge classroom.
  • Feb 7 - Research Best Practices in Action - Advancing your research requires savvy and a critical edge. This hands-on workshop uses case studies to explore best practices for authorship, supervision and peer review, while incorporating strategies to avoid costly mistakes. 2 to 3:30 p.m., Autzen Classroom and online.
  • Feb 14 - Job Search Strategies - Ready to find a job? Our expert employer panel will teach you how to access hidden job markets and help you save time on your search. Noon to 1 p.m., Heckart Lodge Classroom and online. Free lunch!
  • Mar 7 - Elevate Your Professional Networking Skills - Growing your professional network is essential in today’s job market. Get expert advice from postdocs and career development professionals on topics like: online networking, how to make a great first-impression, and perfecting your “elevator pitch”. 2 to 3 p.m., Heckart Lodge Classroom and online.

Special Event: Monday, Feb 12 - Three Minute Thesis (3MT) and Showcase Information and Inspiration Session - Come and learn the rules and requirements for the 3MT and Graduate Showcase. Learn how to make a winning presentation with Francisco Guerrero, OSU’s 2015 3MT first place winner, sharing their LaRGe communication model. 3 to 4 p.m. Heckart Lodge Classroom and online. Registration is only required for attending online.


NEW! GRADx - Ideas in Action

The GRADx event explores ideas in action inspired by the lives of graduate students and the questions motivating their work. Student presenters will share stories that frame their research in an 8 to 10 minute engaging format inspired by TEDx and OSU’s Inspiration Dissemination radio show.

GRADx highlights the unique academic and personal journeys of Oregon State University graduate students. These stories represent the diverse, human element of graduate research, often hidden from the public view. Presenters will communicate their ideas in ways that reach beyond an academic audience and provoke conversations that matter.

The night will end with a short networking/discussion event, including hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. The event is free and open to all.

February 22, 6 to 8 p.m., location TBA


Writing support from the Graduate Writing Center

The Graduate Writing Center (GWC) offers many opportunities to help improve your writing, including writing groups, a research writing series, and scheduled one-on-one appointments.

Writing groups - 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 in Week 2. The master's writing group meets Thursdays 10 to 11 a.m., Jan 18- March 15. The Ph.D. group meets Tuesdays 4 to 5 p.m., Jan 16 - March 13. Space is limited to 12 students. 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 this term includes a seminar and workshop for the results and discussion/conclusion sections in a research article.

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.

Research Writing Series Schedule, all times 1 to 3 p.m. at Heckart Lodge.

  • Results Seminar: Monday, Jan 22
  • Results Workshop: Wednesday, Jan 24
  • Discussion/Conclusion Seminar: Monday, Jan 29
  • Discussion/Conclusion Workshop: Wednesday, Jan 31

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.

At the Graduate Student Success Center - Join GTA Tucker Farris from the Graduate Writing Center for expert writing help in MU 203 on Thursdays, 2 to 5 p.m. Please make an appointment before showing up.


New statistics consulting at the Graduate Student Success Center

Stats got you stuck? Statistics consulting is available to students working on projects. Get help designing or analyzing your study from Ph.D. statistics student Mike Dumelle. Sign up for an appointment online. Wednesdays, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the GSSC in MU 203.


Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition and Graduate Showcase 2018 registration opening soon

As part of the Graduate Student Appreciation Week 2018 we are offering the 3MT and Graduate Showcase on Thursday, May 3.

Selected 3MT entries will compete for $2,000 in cash prizes and a chance to represent Beaver Nation at the statewide 3MT competition.

Want to learn more? Check out the finalists from last year, visit our website, and attend the info session on Feb 12 (see below for those details.)

Registration is open January 29 to March 30.


How to create a winning presentation, plus 3MT and Graduate Showcase information and inspiration session - FEB 12

Learn how to make a winning Three Minute Thesis (3MT) presentation with Francisco Guerrero, OSU’s 2015 3MT first place winner. Francisco will share their LaRGe communication model: making your presentations Likable, Reliable, and Gettable.

Dr. Steph Bernell, Graduate School Associate Dean, will also cover requirements and judging criteria for both the 3MT and the Graduate Showcase. 3 to 4 p.m. Heckart Lodge Classroom.

Join us in person or register for the webinar.


Courses offered by the Graduate School

Earn graduate credits this winter while learning to write better, research ethically, and learn theories of teaching. Our student success courses are designed to support you as a graduate student. Some of these classes are full, but check back for upcoming terms. We also now keep a list of our courses on our website.

  • GRAD 520 - Responsible Conduct of Research. 2 credits. Online and Corvallis campus. Covers 10 topics in responsible conduct of research. Useful to all students who conduct scholarly activity.
  • GRAD 521 - Research Data Management. 2 credits. Corvallis campus. Designed to prepare students in data planning, documentation, preservation and sharing in an increasingly complex digital research environment.
  • GRAD 522 - Preparing an IRB Submission. Spring term. 1 credit. Corvallis campus. Workshop-style course resulting in applications that are ready for IRB review. Meets for only two days in the term.
  • GRAD 512 - Current Issues in Higher Education. 3 credits. Online. Explores current, work-relevant issues in higher education nationally.
  • GRAD 560 - Theories of Teaching and Learning. 3 credits. Online. Examination and analysis of theories and research related to teaching and learning in higher education contexts with emphasis on theoretical applications for GTAs, instructors, and other who teach in the college and university classroom.
  • GRAD/WR 599 - Writing Workshop for Thesis and Dissertation Writers. 3 credits. Corvallis campus.

Teaching development opportunities

GCCUT: Interested learning more about college and university teaching? In honing your skills for your work as a GTA or for your future career pursuits? The 18-credit Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching (GCCUT) is designed to provide advanced course work and experiential learning opportunities to students who plan to pursue careers in teaching in higher education settings, or who plan to pursue careers in other fields that may require similar facilitation skills. We are now accepting applications for our fall 2018 cohort. Please visit our website for information about the curriculum, application process, and testimonials from past students. Questions can be directed to Jessica Beck, Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Development and GCCUT Director.

CIRTL: On our Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) 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 offered by CIRTL, the CTL, and other OSU partners.

Some upcoming CIRTL opportunities include:

Tuesday Teaching Talks: Join colleagues and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) in a certificated series of teaching workshops designed to support you in the classroom as you advance your teaching skills. Attend one, some, or all. The 90 minute workshops are every Tuesday and will be facilitated twice in Milam 215 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Refreshments are provided. No need to register – just come on by! Learn more about the Tuesday Teaching Talks.


Graduate student coast trip

Visit Newport, one of the seven wonders of Oregon, and learn more about the impact OSU has around the state! Saturday, February 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $29 per person.

  • Tour the Oceanus, one of the OSU research vessels
  • Visit the beach and see the natural beauty of the coast
  • Explore the Old Bay front historic district of Newport

Sign up for the trip online.


Global Beavers

The work you do as a graduate student has global implications. Join the Global Beavers Team at OSU for a conversation about how to connect your graduate studies and research to a global mission.

The Global Mindedness Luncheon is coming to a college near you! During lunch, we will explore questions such as: What is global citizenship? How do we improve our cultural intelligence? What is our global impact/legacy as scholars? RSVP, and lunch is free! Don't see your college on the list below? Please pick any of the dates and join us.

All luncheons are noon to 2 p.m. in SEC 354.


Get your text on! Center for Teaching and Learning winter symposium

The Center for Teaching and Learning invites faculty and graduate students to their winter symposium, TEXTtalks. TEXTtalks is a fun event using texts as a springboard to facilitate powerful talks. 'Texts' is any means of communication: a book, a journal article, a DVD, pod-cast, etc.

TEXTtalks is happening on Wednesday, January 31, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and includes continental breakfast and lunch.

If you (faculty and/or students) would like to showcase a text, please complete the short application proposal. Don’t be shy and apply!


Drop-ins for winter term at the Graduate Student Success Center

The Graduate Student Success Center, located in the Memorial Union 203 (above the Javastop Café) 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. Drop-ins run weeks 2 to 10.

Mondays, 1:30 to 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 drop-in IRB student advising hours.

Tuesdays, 12 to 1 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!

Wednesdays, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Statistics Consulting Appointments
Stats got you stuck? Consulting is available to students working on projects. Get help designing or analyzing your study from Ph.D. statistics student Mike Dumelle. Sign up for an appointment online before you arrive.


Library professional development events

Get dates and times of professional development events for graduate students and faculty on the library website.

Workshops in winter term include:

  • Intro to Qualtrics - Making Great Surveys
  • Advanced Qualtrics
  • Introduction to Git
  • Intro to Zotero: A Web-Based Way to Manage Your Citations
  • Intermediate/Advanced Zotero
  • Basic EndNote Workshop
  • Intermediate/Advanced EndNote
  • Intro to LaTeX
  • Mendeley
  • Showcasing Your Research
  • Researching for the Literature Review Workshop
  • Copyright and Fair Use in Research and Teaching

Grad resources spotlight: Academic help

New Year’s resolution number 1: “I will make progress on my research and writing.” You can do it with these resources:

Find even more resources on our website.


Research in Action (RIA) podcast

Researching without a Ph.D. – Research in Action (RIA) podcast Ep. 89

Contrary to what you might believe, you don’t have to hold Ph.D. credentials to actively engage in research. On this episode of “Research in Action,” Heather Roberts, coordinator for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the OSU College of Forestry and information manager for Landscape Ecology, Modeling, Mapping and Analysis (LEMMA) collaborative research group at Oregon State University, shares her pathway to a research position without earning a Ph.D. She also dives into ways in which she’s able to use her diverse, yet specialized, skills to contribute to her team’s overall research efforts. 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.


Meningococcal B disease vaccination clinics

All OSU Corvallis students age 25 and under must be vaccinated against Meningococcal B disease. Mass vaccination clinics for meningococcal B disease continue on campus this week in partnership with Fred Meyer Pharmacy. Learn more on the SHS website.

Clinic information:

Through Saturday, Jan. 13
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, no appointment necessary
Check-in: SEC Plaza outside the Memorial Union

In addition, Samaritan Health Services will offer the following vaccination clinics:

Samaritan Urgent Care, 5234 S.W. Philomath Boulevard, Corvallis

  • Friday, Jan. 12, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 13, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Samaritan Athletic Medicine, 845 S.W. 30th St., west end of the Reser Stadium parking lot on the OSU campus

  • Monday, Jan. 15, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 16, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 17, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.