Graduate School Announcements

Thesis and Dissertation Completion Awards open for winter term nominations

The Graduate School is pleased to offer the Thesis Completion Award and the Dissertation Completion Award to support outstanding domestic or international master’s or doctoral students who are in the final stages of their work.

These awards are offered on a quarterly basis and are useful in situations where graduate assistantship opportunities do not exist or where grant funding is insufficient to fund the student’s final term. The intent is to enable students to focus on research and writing with the goal of improving the quality of their work and expediting time to degree completion. Previously offered as the Thesis or Dissertation Completion Award, the award has been separated into two separate awards: the Thesis Completion Award (for master’s students) and the Dissertation Completion Award (for doctoral students).

Nomination period: November 2–29, 2021

Find a complete list of Graduate School competitive awards.


New! Financial Impact Hardship Award

OSU’s Graduate School coordinates the Financial Impact Hardship Award to aid graduate students experiencing unexpected financial hardship that impedes, impacts, or interferes with academic progress. This funding is being provided to help ensure that graduate students with demonstrated financial need can continue their education at OSU.

Learn about eligibility on our website.


GRAD courses for all majors in winter term

GRAD 512 - Current issues in higher education. (3 credits, online.) Designed for students who are pursuing careers in a university setting, this course exposes current, relevant issues in higher education.

GRAD 513 - Professional development in college and university teaching. (1–3 credits, online.) Self-directed learning experience, providing structure and context for professional development opportunities in teaching, such as workshops, seminars, webinars, symposia, and other relevant programming.

GRAD 514 - Introduction to graduate writing. (3 credits, online.) Examines features of successful, graduate-level academic writing to produce documents for program, courses, advisors, and colleagues.

GRAD 520 - Responsible conduct of research. (2 credits, Corvallis.) Provides transcript-visible training in research ethics relevant to the Graduate Learning Outcome established by Faculty Senate to be able to conduct scholarly and professional activities in an ethical manner.

GRAD 560 - Theories of teaching and learning in higher education. (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 599 – Interdisciplinary teams. (3 credits, online.) Explore the attributes and leadership dynamics to be successful on an interdisciplinary team.

GRAD 599 – Grad teaching seminar. (1 credit, repeatable, online.) A just-in-time pedagogy and teaching support course for Graduate Teaching Assistants.

WR 599 – Dissertation writing. (3 credits, online.) For grad students who are ready to write a thesis or dissertation.


Graduate Student Commons

Located on the sixth floor of the Valley Library, the Graduate Student Commons provides a place to meet-up, work together, and relax. The Grad Commons also coordinates services for grad students from our in-house and campus partners.

Looking for a meeting room or classroom to reserve? Learn about room reservations on our website.

Services offered fall term (week 2 to week 10):

  • Graduate Writing Center support - Graduate Writing Consultants are available remotely during the fall term for Zoom or written feedback sessions. 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. Get help designing or analyzing your next study. To learn more and sign up for a consultation, please visit the statistics consulting website. Consultations take place 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Grad Commons.

  • CAPS single session clinic for graduate students - Meet with a counselor for a one-time only session. The counselor will work with you to develop skills and strategies to create a personalized action plan. Reserved single session clinic appointments for grad students are Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Visit the Single Session Clinic webpage to sign up for a time. All sessions are remote and graduate students can also sign up for other SSC appointments open to all students.


NEW! Mentoring training for graduate faculty

The Entering Mentoring curriculum accelerates the process of becoming an effective mentor by introducing a mentorship framework and providing opportunities to experiment with different methods of mentoring. The training allows new and experienced mentors to benefit from each other’s perspectives as well as extended time for reflection on fundamental principles of mentoring.

Join a workshop in fall or winter term.


From our partners

Open graduate research assistant position

The CHARTER Fellows Program is overseen by three faculty members: Professor Plaza and Dr. Gaines from OSU, and Professor Meléndez from the UO. They are seeking to hire a full-time enrolled graduate student who will work with the Broader Impacts Team to help with the project development, recruitment, instruction, and mentoring of the first cohort of undergraduate students who will come from OSU, UW and UO.

This position is 19 hours per week (.49 FTE) for the academic year 2021-2022 and comes with a full tuition remittance. Preference will be given to candidates who are looking to grow with the program, who can commit to availability year-round, and those located near western Oregon.

Read the full description.


Advantage Accelerator paid internships

The Advantage Accelerator is hiring 5 to 7 interns this fall to help clients with market overviews, competitive analysis, value chain analysis and more. Don’t worry that these terms may not be familiar to students across campus. They will be trained on how to do the work. The Accelerator is looking for a wide variety of students from all disciplines to apply.

These are paid internships. The interns work up to 10 hours per week during the school term and can work up to 30 hours per week during breaks. Final hiring decisions will be made at the end of Fall term.

Check out the job posting.


RAND summer associate paid internship

RAND provides a unique opportunity for graduate students to apply their research skills to important, policy-relevant research projects. Available positions encompass a wide variety of policy-relevant substantive areas (e.g., education, health, justice policy, social and economic policy, labor, national security, cyber policy, data science, etc.) and methodological skills (e.g., quantitative analysis, qualitative analysis, machine learning, etc.).

Summer Associates are mentored by an experienced researcher and typically work in an interdisciplinary team. The program is typically 12 weeks of full-time research; students receive a bi-weekly paycheck.

Application Deadline: December 1, 2021

Read more important details and FAQs


Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks from the Center for Teaching and Learning

Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks (T4) supports the development of knowledge and skills in the: 1) planning of curriculum; 2) facilitation of instruction; 3) assessment of learning; and 4) use of educational technology.

This year, T4 is broken down into 3 mini-series of teaching workshops. Each mini-series focuses on pedagogical techniques and educational technology that address the unique needs of higher-education in the 2021-2022 academic year. Participants are welcome to attend one, some, or all the sessions.

Sessions: Tuesdays, 10 to 11:50 a.m. Get the Zoom link and materials.

  • Nov. 9 - Using UDL to Address How we Assess with Raven Chakerian, M.A. & Amy Hunter, M.A. In this session, we will explore together what it means to assess student learning in today’s classroom. Let’s discuss why and how we assess learning and which assessment methods might help us do so more authentically!
  • Nov. 16 - Curriculum Frameworks & Examples of Implementation: A Panel Discussion with Emily Bowling M.S.; Lynn Dierking, Ph.D.; Sue McGrory, M.A.; Johnathan Stoll, M.A.; & Julie Walkin, M.A. Do your values and desired student outcomes drive your instructional choices? In this session, we will explore four pedagogical frameworks for teaching and basics of how to implement them.
  • Nov. 23 - Reading & Low Stakes Writing Across the Curriculum with Kristy Kelly, Ph.D. & Katherine McAlvage, Ph.D. Have you ever struggled to get your students to actually do the reading? Have you wondered how to assign writing in your class without overwhelming yourself with grading? This session is for you! We'll chat about low stakes, interactive, and time-managable ways to weave reading and writing together in your classes.
  • Nov. 30 - Providing Student Feedback: A Fishbowl Conversation with Benita Blessing, Ph.D.; Liz Delf, M.A.; Kenton Hokanson, Ph.D.; Nathan Kirk, Ph.D.; Caity Smyth, Ph.D.; Weiwei Zhang, Ph.D. Join us in a fishbowl conversation on providing feedback to students in teaching. Together we will reflect on what we learned through our experience and explore new ways in providing feedback that may help students learn.

Upcoming webinars and conference from Aurora/Beyond the Professoriate

All event information can be found at Beyond the Professoriate. The Graduate School is an institutional partner and provides these resources to everyone at OSU for free.

5 steps to take now and improve your online professional profile

November 4, 9 a.m. PDT

LinkedIn is one of the fastest growing social media platforms. It’s the number one place companies post jobs, and it’s where recruiters look for talent. You want to be on LinkedIn, confidently connecting with professionals, sharing resources, and connecting with recruiters. How can you make the most of your LinkedIn profile?

In this webinar, L. Maren Wood, Ph.D. (Founder Beyond the Professoriate) will share with you 5 action steps you can take today to build a LinkedIn profile that will get you noticed by and connected to professionals in career fields of interest.

After attending this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Identify the purpose of an online professional profile.
  • Apply successful strategies to build your personal brand online.
  • Develop a plan to maintain and enhance your presence online.
  • Identify resources in Aurora that can help you.

Login to Aurora and then register.

How to answer: “What can I do with my Ph.D.?”

November 11, 9 a.m. PST

All graduate students and Ph.D.s are invited to attend this webinar with Dr. L. Maren Wood, founder of Beyond the Professoriate.

Register.