Grad Appreciation Week

Join us in celebrating the enormous contributions graduate students make to Oregon State University during the week of April 26. Get full descriptions of events and registration links on the Grad Appreciation Week website. Give us on a follow on Instagram to keep up with the week's events.

Monday, April 26

Tuesday, April 27

Wednesday, April 28

Thursday, April 29

Friday, April 30

  • Campus Discovery Tour - Get outside and explore the Corvallis and Cascades campuses through a self-guided tour. Are you an Ecampus student or at one of our centers in Newport and Portland? You can participate using Google Street View! Free donuts or swag for everyone who completes the tour.

All event descriptions and registration links are on the Grad Appreciation Week page.

Writing group wait list

The spring term writing groups have filled up, but if you’d like to still join please contact Chris Nelson to see about availability at [email protected].

Research photo contest voting is open!

The research photo contest submissions are in, and the finalists have been selected. Now's your chance to pick the winners and who gets the prize money. Vote by April 21!

Vote for the photo contest winners.

2021 graduation and commencement information

This year's virtual commencement ceremonies take place on June 12, 2021 for Corvallis and June 13, 2021 for OSU-Cascades. All eligible students are to participate and prepare a graduation slide to be shown during the virtual ceremony.

All spring completing graduate students should apply to graduate by April 2 whether or not they plan on participating in the virtual commencement. Summer completing graduate student who want to participate in the virtual commencement should also apply to graduate by April 2. You must upload your information to GradPak no later than May 15. GradPak is a third party service who is creating part of the virtual activities.

Apply to graduate by logging into MyOregonState. First, check your profile page to make Graduate Student is checked under "Affiliations." Next, navigate to the resources page and search the resources for "apply to graduate." Follow the link and fill out the form.

Get regalia, graduation announcements, and class rings online through the OSU Beaver Store starting April 1st.

Graduate Student Commons services in spring term

Appointments at the Grad Commons run week 2 through week 10. Currently, all appointments are being offered virtually.

Writing help - Representatives from the Graduate Writing Center are available for expert online writing consultations. Please make an appointment to schedule a time.

Short Format Statistical Consulting - Stats got you stuck? Online consulting is available to students working on projects 2 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays. Get help designing or analyzing your next study. To learn more and sign up for a consultation, please visit the statistics consulting website.

CAPS single session clinic for graduate students - Meet with a counselor for a one-time only session to discuss a current problem or concern. The counselor will help you clarify your problem and work with you to develop skills and strategies to create a personalized action plan.

When you go to the Single Session Clinic web page, find the link “Click here to schedule graduate students.” In winter term, blocks of time are reserved for grad students, Thursdays 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Grad students can schedule for any available appointment throughout the week, but these blocks of time are reserved only for them.

Join a peer support group

Remote learning can be tough and many students are facing unique challenges. Connecting, sharing experiences, and discovering new strategies with peers can help during these unprecedented times.

The Academic Support Center and Counseling & Psychological Services are here to support you in navigating success during times of uncertainty with peer support groups. The groups cover topics such as time management, focus and motivation. They will also discuss ways to maintain balance and self-care during times of stress. Drop-ins are always welcome!

Graduate students will meet via Zoom every other Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. in weeks 3, 5, 7, 9, and finals week during spring term. Use this link to join:

If you have any questions, and to request accommodations, please contact [email protected].

Grad Welcome Week 2021 save the date

Grad Welcome Week 2021 is September 13, 14, and 15. All graduate students are invited to attend. A detailed schedule and registration links will be made available this summer.

  • Monday, Sept 13 - Graduate School orientation, resource fair, and international student orientation
  • Tuesday, Sept 14 - Library day
  • Wednesday, Sept 15 - Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) orientation

Visualize Your Bibliography Competition

The OSU Libraries and Press invite currently enrolled graduate students to enter this year's Visualize Your Bibliography Competition. Submissions should creatively display 20+ sources used in a thesis, dissertation or other scholarly work. Displays may range from a series of erasure poems made for each source to a multimedia timeline of your sources. Prizes: 1st: $750, 2nd: $500, 3rd: $250. Deadline: April 1. For questions, contact [email protected].

Innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities

Oregon State University offers graduate students a wide array of opportunities to engage in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E). Engaging in and learning the skills of I&E can make you a more attractive candidate to employers and employers will typically pay higher wages to those employees with those skills. I&E skills can help you become career resilient.

If you'd like to explore the experiential programs and courses available to you this spring and next fall term, please reach out to Karl Mundorff, Executive Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at [email protected].

Grad health plan Q&A session for graduate assistants and fellows

Learn more about the grad health plan and get your health insurance and benefits questions answered. Please email [email protected] for more information.

When: 10 a.m. (PDT), Thursday, April 15
Where: Zoom meeting

Virtual information session for the Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching

The 18-credit Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching (GCCUT) provides 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 requiring similar facilitation skills.

Please join GCCUT at their upcoming virtual information session to learn more about the program and how to apply for the 2021-2022 academic year. Drop by at any time during the session time.

When: 11 to noon (PDT), Wednesday, April 28
Where: Register for the Zoom session

Introduction to research data management workshops for students, faculty, and staff

Do you create or use data in your research? Looking for tips and tools to better help you manage and share your data? From April 19 to 22, 2021 the OSU Library is offering Introduction to Research Data Management Planning, an asynchronous online workshop for OSU community members. Register here:

Center for Teaching and Learning spring workshops and learning credential

Looking for a flexible way to improve your teaching? Want a credential to exemplify your learning prowess? CTL's Tuesday Teaching +Tech Talks (T4) would be a perfect fit for you! T4 introduces a wide range of pedagogical techniques and educational technology. T4 is open to graduate students, faculty, and administrators alike!

Live Zoom sessions every Tuesday, 10 to 11:50 a.m. PDT. Registration is not necessary. Attend any 8 of the 11 sessions and complete a reflective activity to earn your T4 non-credit certificate. See the T4 website for the Zoom link, recordings, and more. The spring workshop series starts March 30.

Grad Clubs and Organizations Program Changes - 2021

Reminder to Recognized Student Organizations – Please submit your new RSO classification form by noon on April 12. You can find the form on Ideal-Logic in the yellow box on your club home dashboard. Information about the new structure can be found on the clubs and orgs website. Any questions can be asked at a Drop-In Q&A Session (times and zoom link noted on the website) or emailed to [email protected].

Upcoming webinars and conference from Aurora/Beyond the Professoriate

All event information can be found at Beyond the Professoriate.

April 9, 9 a.m. PST - Why leaving academia can be harder than it seems

Ph.D.s can work wherever smart people are needed. But leveraging your education to build a new career comes with a range of challenges. Some of these are obvious: you need a resume instead of a C.V. You have to learn the language of non-academic employers. You'll have to build a new community of practitioners who can help you build your new career.

Many of the challenges that keep Ph.D.s from successfully launching non-faculty careers have nothing to do with strategy. In this webinar, L. Maren Wood, Ph.D. will share with you what really holds Ph.D.s back from making the leap from academia to a professional career, and how you can become comfortable taking a risk to build a meaningful non-faculty career.

Register for Why leaving academia can be harder than it seems.

April 23, 9 a.m. PST - How I decided to leave academia

Are you considering a non-faculty career? Join Beyond the Professoriate Founder L. Maren Wood, Ph.D. as she speaks with 3 Ph.D.s about their decision to leave academia and how they built thriving careers in the professional workforce.

Register for How I decided to leave academia.

April 15, 9 a.m. PST - Exclusive: 3 mistakes Ph.D.s make in their nonacademic job search

Beyond the Professoriate's research shows that Ph.D.s approach their job search without a plan. This haphazard approach to job searching leads to frustration and failure. But there is a plan that you can follow to help you maximize your success of landing a job that will use your education and be intellectually engaging and rewarding!

Join Beyond the Professoriate founder Dr. L. Maren Wood for this live, interactive workshop. She'll share with you the 3 most common mistakes Ph.D.s make in their job search, how you can avoid them, and how the resources and programming in Aurora can help you succeed in launching a meaningful career.

Register for 3 mistakes Ph.D.s make.

8th Annual Online Career Conference for Graduate Students and Ph.D.s

Beyond the Professoriate is hosting its 8th Annual Online Career Conference for Graduate Students and Ph.D.s on May 1 and May 8, 2021. The conference teaches graduate students and postdocs proven job search strategies to launch non-faculty careers.

The program features 16 Ph.D.s from all academic disciplines, who will discuss networking, resume writing, online job search strategies, and how to manage a career transition. This year's conference will also directly discuss tips and strategies for navigating the job market during the Covid-19 recession and economic recovery.

As a subscribing institution to Aurora, students and postdocs can attend the conference free, and access a 30 day replay. Students will need to login to Aurora to register, and will attend the live conference and access the replays in the platform.

Register for the conference.