Join us at Grad Inspire on Tuesday, March 3

At Grad Inspire, six graduate students take the stage to share the motivations behind their work. A combination of scholarly communications and personal stories, Grad Inspire reveals the commitment and dedication required by graduate students to advance new science, ideas, and innovation.

When: Tuesday, March 3, doors open at 5:30 p.m. for free drinks and refreshments with the program starting at 6 p.m.
Where: Memorial Union Ballroom and streamed live at

See the list of presenters.

Grad Research Photo Competition

Enter the Graduate Research Photo Competition to win a cash award, the opportunity and prestige of having your photo displayed at the Graduate Student Commons in the Valley Library and Heckart lodge, and bragging rights!

This contest is open to all enrolled Oregon State University master’s or doctoral graduate students in both thesis and course-based programs. The deadline to submit your photo is Friday, April 3.

First place = $500
Second place = $250
Third place= $100

Learn more and enter the photo contest.

Updates from the Graduate Writing Center

Spring writing groups

As a member of a graduate writing group, you will spend an hour each week with professionals from the Graduate Writing Center. Activities for each week vary based on students’ needs, but include guided peer review of your own writing, guided peer review of published writing from your discipline and individual writing time.


  • Master's writing group I: Mondays, 2 to 3 p.m., April 6 to June 1
  • Master's Writing group II: Tuesdays, 10 to 11 a.m., April 7 to June 2
  • Ph.D. writing group I: Mondays, 3 to 4 p.m., April 6 to June 1
  • Ph.D. writing group II: Wednesdays, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., April 8 to June 3
  • Ph.D. writing group III: Thursdays, 3:30. to 4:30 p.m., April 9 to June 4

Register for writing groups at these links:

Expanded appointments

The Graduate Writing Center has expanded their services with more appointments. Trained Graduate Writing Consultants are available to work with you at any stage of your program of study and with any academic and professional writing.

They can now provide next-day appointments for graduate students working on course work and have added thesis/dissertation appointments as well.

Appointments can be made by phone (541) 737-5640 or online.

Become a graduate writing consultant

Are you a graduate student with an interest in writing and supporting other students? The Graduate Writing Center is looking to hire graduate students from across disciplines as graduate writing consultants. Consultants receive ongoing professional development to work with peers on their writing and research.

Apply today.

Questions? Contact Chris Nelson, Graduate Writing Center Coordinator, at or 541-737-5385.

Visualize your bibliography competition

The OSU Libraries and Press invite enrolled graduate students to enter this year’s visualize your bibliography competition. Submissions must include at least 20 sources used in a bibliography that contributes in a substantial way to a thesis, dissertation, or other scholarly work. Displays could range from a series of erasure poems made for each source to a multimedia timeline of your sources. Prizes include 1st place: $750, 2nd place: $500, 3rd place: $250. Awards will be given as scholarships for the 2020 spring term. Submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

Learn more and submit your entry at

Health Insurance Q&A for Graduate Assistants and Fellows

Join the Office of Human Resources - Grad Health to get answers to your questions about health insurance enrollment, waiver applications, health plan benefits and premiums, and summer session coverage. Free refreshments. See this event on Facebook or

When: Noon to 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 1
Where: Valley Library 6420, Paddle Tail Classroom

For questions, please contact


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Upcoming career preparation webinars

March webinars from Aurora:

Find all upcoming webinars on the Beyond the Professoriate website.

Grad Welcome Week save-the-date

Programs and students, please add Grad Welcome Week to your calendars. We will continue to add details as we get closer to fall term.

  • Monday, September 14: Graduate School orientation, resource fair, and international student orientation
  • Tuesday, September 15: Library Day
  • Wednesday, September 16: Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Orientation

Cross-discipline spring courses

WR 599 Special Topics: STEM Dissertation Writing
CRN 55770, spring term, 3 credits, Corvallis

This course assists students who are in the writing stages of their thesis or dissertation. We will first identify the expectations of a quality thesis in your respective fields, then analyze the ways they are met through writing, and finally, we’ll execute an achievable plan to meet—and ideally, exceed—those expectations. This course also emphasizes the cultivation of productive, healthy habits of writing, which necessarily includes strategies for self-assessment and for managing the mental and physical stresses that accompany such a major project. The course also emphasizes group discussion, workshops, and conferences.

ENSC 543: Excelling in an interdisciplinary team
CRN 59744, spring 2020, 4 credits, Ecampus

Relationships are the backbone of a successful interdisciplinary team. Whether coming from a STEM field, social science or other background, this new course will help students understand the skills, key attributes and leadership dynamics to be successful on an interdisciplinary team.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Articulate the perspectives of one’s own and other disciplines, including their epistemology, assumptions, and data quality.
  2. Define and describe effective collaboration techniques and outcomes in teams.
  3. Identify and analyze communication and leadership styles that enhance success of interdisciplinary teams in diverse professional contexts.
  4. Apply creative and critical thinking to communication and problem- solving in interdisciplinary teams through case studies.
  5. Use a structured process to cultivate leadership and collaboration in an interdisciplinary team.

International graduate student focus groups

The Office of Institutional Diversity and the President and Provost’s Leadership Council are conducting focus groups with OSU international graduate students to understand experiences and perceptions about institutional support, advisor-advisee relationship, and barriers to success. If you’re interested in participating, please fill out a brief survey. Lunch will be provided for focus group attendees.

When: Noon to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 3
Where: 110 Heckart Lodge

Interested in participating? Please register.

If you have any questions, email Fatima Al-Ghadban at or Lan Doan at

Allyship in Academia: Mentorship

This year Women in Science is partnering with Women in Policy to run a series titled “Allyship in Academia”. Their goal is to learn how academics can support intersecting, minoritized identities. For this installment, Dr. Jeff Kenney, from OSU's Office of Institutional Diversity, will present a seminar and lead a discussion on culturally competent mentorship. Pizza and refreshments provided. Visit this event on Facebook.

When: Noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Pizza and refreshments provided.
Where: Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center

Quality Teaching Framework feedback session for graduate students

In fall 2019, the Advancement of Teaching Committee of the OSU Faculty Senate proposed a framework to represent principles encompassing multiple approaches and practices to instruction. The Quality Teaching Framework document is under review, and the AOT is seeking your input. We invite you to attend a public forum to provide comments. Fourteen forums are offered to request feedback about and influence revisions of the document. Each forum targets attendance from a specific interest group (based on roles at OSU), but any member of the community may attend any session.

Graduate student interest group feedback session:
When: 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26
Where: Milam 215, Liz Holzenthal facilitator

To participate via Zoom please check this Google Doc for the link.

Before electing to participate, please keep in mind the following:

  • The forums are intended to collect feedback about the document content as a product or tool.
  • The forums are not intended to discuss how the tool will be used (wrt: promotion, tenure, teacher evaluation, etc.).
  • Face-to-face forums are limited to 40 participants; Zoom 12.
  • Please review the QT Framework before attending a forum.

Community members may also complete a Qualtrics Survey to give input.

All feedback is sought by March 13 in which all substantive feedback will be incorporated. The final working draft of the QT Framework will be presented to Faculty Senate for discussion in spring 2020 with the intent to adopt the QT Framework university-wide by June 2020.

Beavers Belong for graduate students

The Beavers Belong Support Network empowers Oregon State University students to create an inclusive community and support each other’s identity, mental well-being, and day-to-day lives through peer-facilitated groups and community events.

When: 5 to 6 p.m., Wednesdays
Where: Lower Classroom, Dixon Recreation Center, childcare is available in Dixon