Graduate School Newsletter
February, 2018

GRADx - Ideas in Action

GRADx Ideas in Action

GRADx explores ideas in action inspired by the lives of graduate students and the questions that motivate their work.

GRADx is February 22, 2018, 6 to 8 p.m. in Milam Auditorium Room 026. Let us know you're coming on our GRADx Facebook event!

Six students will present in an 8 to 10-minute engaging format inspired by TEDx and Inspiration Dissemination. 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 are challenged to communicate their ideas in ways that reach beyond an academic audience, and provoke conversations that matter.

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

How to create a winning presentation and learn about the 3MT and Showcase

How to create a winning presentation

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. Learn more about Francisco's model.

The Graduate School's Dr. Steph Bernell, Associate Dean, will also cover requirements and judging criteria for both the 3MT and the Graduate Showcase.

When and where: Monday, February 12, 2018, 3 to 4 p.m. Heckart Lodge Classroom

Join us in-person at Heckart Lodge or attend online. Please register for the webinar.

Learn more and register for the Graduate Showcase and the Three Minute Thesis competition.

Professional Development Wednesdays in February

Professional Development Wednesdays

Follow the link to register for these upcoming events.

Research Best Practices in Action on February 7 - 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.

Job Search Strategies on February 14 - 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. Free lunch!

In March we'll have one more professional development event:

Elevate Your Professional Networking Skills on March 7 - 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.

Take some time to relax at the Mindful Grad meditation session

The responsibilities of graduate school can sometimes 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 at the Graduate Student Success Center in the Memorial Union, room 203. No sign-up is required. Drop in and de-stress!

When and where: Wednesdays during winter term, noon to 1 p.m., Memorial Union room 203

Graduate student coast trip

Visit one of the seven wonders of Oregon and learn more about the impact OSU has around the state! Saturday, February 17, 10 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 Bayfront historic district of Newport

Sign up for trips online at

Save-the-date for Grad Welcome Week 2018

Mark your calendars for September 10 - 12, 2018, our three days of orientation and welcome activities for new graduate students. New this year is a condensed, three-day format including Graduate School Orientation with an international student component, Library Day, and GTA orientation with a special component for new international GTAs. We'll be updating the Grad Welcome Week website as more details are finalized.

Jorge Cham of PHD Comics to speak at Oregon State

Jorge Cham is the creator of Piled Higher and Deeper (PHD Comics), the online comic strip about life (or the lack thereof) in academia. They are also the co-founder of PHD TV, a video science and discovery outreach collaborative, and a founding board member of Endeavor College Prep, a non-profit school for kids from disadvantaged communities in East Los Angeles. Learn more about this event.

When and where: Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, LaSells Stewart Center, 9 to 10:15 a.m.

Jorge will also be giving a lunch keynote open exclusively to College of Engineering graduate students who register, called The Academic Stimulus Package/Power of Procrastination.

Grad resources spotlight: New students

Will Punxsutawney Phil say winter’s over? Take care of the essentials with these resources now, and we promise you’ll soon see the sun.

Find even more resources on our website.

ComSciCon applications open

For all graduate students in STEM and related fields, applications are now open for ComSciCon 2018, the 6th annual Communicating Science workshop, held in Boston, MA on June 14-16, 2017. Graduate students at U.S. and Canadian institutions in all fields of science, technology, engineering, health, mathematics, and related fields are encouraged to apply. The application will close on March 1st.

Acceptance to the workshop is competitive. Attendance is free and travel support and lodging will be provided to accepted applicants.

Participants will build the communication skills that scientists and other technical professionals need to express complex ideas to the general public, experts in other fields, and their peers. In additional to panel discussions (on topics such as Creative Storytelling, Science Journalism, Diversity/Inclusivity, and a Case Study on Scicomm in Medicine), ample time is allotted for networking with science communication experts and developing science outreach collaborations with fellow graduate students.

Learn more and apply on the ComSciCon website.

Setting research goals - Research in Action (RIA) podcast Ep. 93

If you're feeling overwhelmed with the task of setting research goals for the upcoming year, we've got you covered. On this episode of "Research in Action," Katie Linder, director of the Oregon State Ecampus Research Unit, shares ideas for setting research goals that are both reasonable and challenging, tips for setting yourself up for success and strategies for staying accountable throughout the year. 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.