From the Graduate School

Spring 2022 GRAD courses

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GRAD 515: Creating Happiness
1 credit, Corvallis: 60196
One-credit course for students to examine theories and practices of well-being and explore application of these concepts to their academic course of study, career planning, and as a general blueprint for ongoing health and healing.

GRAD 520: Responsible Conduct of Research
2 Credits, Online: 53539, Corvallis: 53459
Covers 10 topics in responsible conduct of research: ethical decision making; human subjects; animal welfare; data acquisition, sharing and ownership; research misconduct; conflicts of interest; authorship; peer review; mentor/trainee responsibilities; and collaborative science. Weekly writing assignments. Useful to all students who conduct scholarly activity. 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 521: Research Data Management
2 credits, Corvallis: 57056
Careful examination of all aspects of research data management best practices. Designed to prepare students to exceed funder mandates for performance in data planning, documentation, preservation and sharing in an increasingly complex digital research environment. Open to students of all disciplines.

GRAD 542: The Inclusive Classroom: Difference, Power and Discrimination
3 credits, Online: 54343
An examination of multidisciplinary scholarship on difference, power, and discrimination; critical pedagogies; and curriculum transformation. Discussions of theory and research are coupled with practical hands-on opportunities for students to develop and hone their teaching and course development skills. Cross-listed as GRAD 542 and WGSS 542.

GRAD 599: Graduate Teaching Seminar
1 credit, repeatable, Online
This is a 1-credit, just-in-time pedagogy and teaching support course for Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) at Oregon State University. This course will provide support for GTAs and other graduate students across OSU's academic disciplines who teach site-based, hybrid, and online courses. The course focuses on evidence-based pedagogical practices with an emphasis on practical strategies and problem-solving, and will be tuned to graduate students' needs and the classes they are instructing.

GRAD 599: Interdisciplinary Teams
3 credits, Online
Relationships are the backbone of a successful interdisciplinary team. In this course, students will learn key attributes and leadership dynamics to be successful on interdisciplinary teams in industry, government, and research organizations, informed by experienced experts across these areas.

WR 599 - Dissertation Writing
3 credits, repeatable, Corvallis
This course assists students who are in the writing stages of their thesis or dissertation. We will first identify the expectations in your respective fields, analyze the ways they are met through writing, and finally, 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. We will engage in some group discussion, two workshops, and many individual conferences with the instructor.

Thesis and Dissertation Completion Awards open for spring 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.

Nomination period: Jan. 31 to Feb. 28, 2022

Find a complete list of Graduate School competitive awards.

SYLFF award accepting nominations

The Oregon Sylff Fellowship for International Research program aims to identify and nurture leaders who will overcome differences in nationality, language, ethnicity, religion, and political systems to tackle global issues, and whose high integrity and drive to address issues unique to their respective countries can make a real difference. Award recipients must be doctoral students who have matriculated at Portland State University, Oregon State University, or the University of Oregon and who have high potential for leadership in international affairs, in public life or private endeavor.

Outstanding doctoral students will be considered through nomination by their respective graduate department or program. Departments and graduate programs must state their own (or their institution's) commitment to financial support of nominees.

On average, 6–10 awards in total are made annually across the three eligible institutions.

Sylff recipients receive annual stipends of $15,000 to aid with educational and research-related expenses.

All nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m., Monday, May 2, 2022.

Learn more about the Sylff award.

Step up your teaching and facilitation game with the GCCUT graduate certificate

The Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching provides advanced coursework and experiential learning opportunities for students who plan to teach in higher education settings or in other fields requiring similar skills. Students completing the 18-credit program will receive a transcript-visible credential.

Applications for the fall 2022 on-campus cohort are now open until June 1, 2022. Students can expect to receive an admissions decision within two weeks of their application submission.

Ecampus accepts applications to the online version of the program on a rolling basis throughout the year. Applications for the online spring 2021 term are due by Feb. 28.

Visit the GCCUT website to learn more and apply. Current students do not need to pay an application fee.

From our partners

Call for Applications - CAAI Faculty Learning Community, Spring ‘22

The Community for the Advancement of Antiracist Instruction (CAAI)is a learning community in which instructors and TAs engage in antiracist work related to their teaching. This grassroot project was designed and will be facilitated by a team of instructors and TAs from programs across campus. The intention is to create a space where instructors and TAs have agency and are empowered to explore antiracist teaching in community. The learning community will culminate in the creation of an individualized antiracist teaching action plan. This professional development opportunity is sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning and Faculty Affairs.

Learn more the spring learning community.

Oregon State University's comprehensive approach to interpersonal and gender-based violence prevention, response and support

OSU is working to build a trauma-informed university, where all members of the OSU community have a role to play in recognizing the signs and impacts of trauma and respond to survivors in a compassionate and trauma-informed manner.

There are several community opportunities coming up for you to engage with this work:

Interpersonal and Gender-based Violence Prevention: A Community Approach
Feb. 9, 11 to noon PST | Register
Lead: Elizabeth Kennedy, Assistant Director, Interpersonal Violence Prevention

Panel Discussion: Building a Trauma-informed University
Feb. 24, Noon to 1 p.m. PST | Register
Lead: Dr. Kathryn Becker-Blease

Compassionate Response and Referral for Survivors of Interpersonal Violence
March 16, Noon to 1 p.m. PST | Register Lead: Allison Wilson Riser, Interim Director of Survivor Advocacy and Interpersonal Violence

President's Commission on the Status of Women invites applications

The President's Commission on the Status of Women invites applications for funding to faculty, students and staff who are pursuing professional development, research or other opportunities that support PCOSW's mission.

Deadline: Friday, Feb. 4.

Questions? Contact [email protected].

OSU Library Zoom trainings for graduate students

All times are PST.

Visit the full workshop calendar.

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, please reach out to Karl Mundorff, Executive Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at [email protected].

Build Your Own Career + Change the World: Tell us about your ideas in OSU's Next Great Startup

The Next Great Startup is OSU's university-wide competition for students looking for support to develop and advance a new business idea. You'll receive friendly support from OSU business faculty and industry mentors, meet other students who are excited about getting new ideas off the ground, and have the chance to win cash prizes and recognition. Attend an info session, workshop or drop-in office hours for support. Submit your idea by 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 21.

Addressing Educational Inequities: Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks from the Center for Teaching and Learning

T4 is a certificated series of interactive teaching workshops that introduce a wide range of pedagogical techniques and educational technology. T4 is open to all OSU community members. Whether your course is remote, blended, on-campus only, or Ecampus our sessions will have something for you!

Winter 2022 sessions are held via Zoom every Tuesday, 10-11:50 a.m. Recordings will be available the following Friday. Registration is not necessary, attend one, some, or all.

In February, learn how to apply principles of Universal Design for Learning to address educational inequities at the intersections of ability, race, language, gender, and class differences.

Check out the T4 Website for the schedule, Zoom and resource links, and information on how to earn a non-credit certificate of completion!

Upcoming webinar from Aurora and Beyond the Professoriate

Did you know? Oregon State University has partnered with Beyond the Professoriate and Beyond Graduate School to provide graduate students and postdocs on our campus with on-demand courses and live webinars to help them prepare for nonacademic and academic job searches. All event information can be found at Beyond the Professoriate and Beyond Graduate School.

Webinar: How master's students can communicate their value to employers

9 a.m. PST, Feb. 4

You started your master's to get ahead in your career, but job searching has been a struggle. How do you talk about your degree with employers so they see your skills and value?

Much of the job search process is about persuasive communication: you want to convince a hiring manager that you're the right fit for the job. To do this, you need to provide evidence to the employer that they'll find convincing, and present that information in a way that will make sense to them.

In this webinar, L. Maren Wood, PhD (Founder of Beyond Graduate School) will walk you through how you can leverage your education and confidently communicate your value to employers. After attending this webinar you'll be able to:

  • Recognize the challenges Master's students have when communicating their skills to employers.
  • Describe the importance of translating your experience into the language of employers.
  • Apply strategies to effectively communicate value and skills to employers.

This webinar is sponsored by the Global Higher Education division of ETS®.

Register for the webinar.

Webinar: How Ph.D.s can find and build meaningful nonacademic careers

9 a.m. PST, Feb. 16

Many Ph.D.s worry that a nonacademic job will be less rewarding and intellectually stimulating than being a professor. Beyond Prof's research shows that PhDs are able to forge meaningful and impactful careers in all industries and sectors.

Join the Beyond Prof team for this webinar and learn how you can find a nonacademic career where you will thrive, engage in meaningful work, and be connected to people and projects that matter to you.

After attending this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Describe how nonacademic careers provide intellectual and rewarding work for PhDs.
  • Illustrate how values and motivators can be career hooks.
  • Recognize the importance of identifying your Optimal Career Pathway.
  • Identify resources in Aurora that can help you identify nonacademic career opportunities.

This webinar is sponsored by the Global Higher Education division of ETS®.

Login to Aurora and then register for the webinar.