In this issue:

  • Deadlines for graduating students
  • Photo contest 2022
  • Writing groups
  • GRAD courses in spring term
  • Undergraduate Research Mentoring Awards
  • Group wellness coaching
  • Visualize Your Bibliography Competition
  • Mutual Mentors invitation
  • Difference, Power, and Discrimination Academy
  • Rec Sports advisory board seeking graduate students
  • Community for the Advancement of Antiracist Instruction
  • Compassionate Response and Referral for Survivors of Interpersonal Violence
  • Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks from the Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Prepare for nonacademic and academic job searches with Aurora

From the Graduate School

Deadlines for graduating students

If you're planning to graduate in the coming months, please visit the Graduate School's Degree Completion Steps and Deadlines page for graduation timelines and required tasks such as submitting your program of study, diploma application and final exam scheduling forms. Avoid last-minute surprises and set yourself up for a smooth finish to your well-earned degree! Commencement dates and deadlines have also been published on our website. Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions.

Grad Research Photo Competition

Capture your research with a click.

Enter the 2022 Graduate Research Photo Competition to win up to $500, 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.

See last year's winners, get more details, and enter.

Spring term writing groups with the Graduate Writing Center

As a member of a graduate writing group, you will spend an hour and a half each week with consultants from the Graduate Writing Center. Activities for each week vary based on students' needs, but mainly focus on guided peer review of your own writing, individual writing time, and conversations about scholarly writing.

Register here for all spring writing groups.

A Kaku-Ixt Mana Ina Haws Writing Group: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Fridays, with GWC Consultants available 2 to 3 p.m. The Ina Haws Writing Group provides space for Indigenous graduate students to collectively work on writing projects, receive feedback as needed from peers and Graduate Writing Center consultants, and create a sense of community.

Master's Writing Groups

  • Writing Group 1 (Valley Library 6420: Paddletail Room) with Chris Nelson, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Mondays
  • Writing Group 2 (Valley Library 6420: Paddletail Room) with Dennis Bennett & Valerie Goodness, Noon to 1:30 p.m., Tuesdays

Ph.D. Writing Groups

  • Writing Group 1 (Valley Library 6420: Paddletail Room) with Chris Nelson, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Tuesdays
  • Writing Group 2 (Valley Library 6420: Paddletail Room) with Adam Haley, 4:15 to 5:45 p.m., Mondays
  • Writing Group 3 (Valley Library 6420: Paddletail Room) with Adam Haley, 10:15 to 11:45 a.m., Fridays

Spring 2022 GRAD courses

Visit the GRAD courses in the Class Search.

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 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.

Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring Awards

The Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and the Arts; the Graduate School; the Research Office; and Faculty Affairs invite nominations for the 2022 Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring Awards (one each for a faculty member, a graduate student, and a post-doctoral researcher). This award recognizes outstanding undergraduate research mentoring by members of the OSU community.

Recipients will have direct and significant involvement with undergraduate researchers, a demonstrable commitment to the research mentorship of undergraduates, and a record of effectiveness and impact toward undergraduate research and success.

The recipient of each award will receive a plaque with their name engraved on it and an award for $1,000 in fall 2022. All nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m., April 18, 2022. Awards will be determined by May 2022.

Learn more about this award

From our partners

New! Group wellness coaching in Corvallis for graduate students

Group wellness coaching relies on peer interactions, holistic well-being, personal strengths, and goal setting to help you improve your well-being. Join a group for weekly conversation, support and accountability for your wellness goals in a safe and welcoming environment. Groups are facilitated by RecSports staff and are free to attend. Individual wellness coaching is also available.

When: Mondays, 3 to 3:50 p.m., spring term weeks 3-9
Where: MU 213

Visualize Your Bibliography Competition

All OSU graduate students are welcome to compete in the Visualize Your Bibliography Competition. Display the sources you've been finding for your thesis, articles, or other scholarly work in a creative way and win fantastic prizes! Ever wonder what your bibliography would look like as a mobile? Book dominoes? Video? Fabric art? Erasure poem? Cake? Us too!

Submissions – due April 15. Questions – appropriate anytime. For more details and to enter the contest, visit the website or email Hannah Rempel with any questions.

Need inspo? Check out these examples.

Mutual Mentors invitation for graduate students from the CTL

Extended Deadline! Join the Center for Teaching and Learning this spring for Mutual Mentors! Trios of faculty engage in: 1) intellectual peer coaching practices; 2) reciprocal classroom observations; 3) data collection; and 4) structured reflective dialogue – all designed to enhance teaching practices. This work is not evaluative but rather voluntary, supportive, and collaborative. Mutual Mentors will use a mixed learning modality; learn content via Canvas, practice skills during synchronous Zoom sessions, and apply each during peer teaching observations. Graduate students welcome!

Complete the registration by March 18!

Graduate Student Difference, Power, and Discrimination Academy - Now accepting applications

Based on the existing DPD faculty development program, this new site-based pilot program offers graduate students the opportunity to engage with contemporary, multidisciplinary scholarship on difference, power, and oppression; critical pedagogies; and curriculum transformation. While this program is open to all OSU graduate students, priority will be given to those graduate students who are current DPD course instructors or teaching assistants in DPD courses, or who are scheduled to teach such a course in the future. If sufficient room in the program exists, we will make space for additional graduate students who are interested in completing the Graduate Student DPD Academy.

Learn more and apply.

Application due by March 11, 2022.

Rec Sports advisory board seeking graduate students

The Recreational Sports Student Advisory Board is seeking active fee-paying graduate students members who have an invested interest in building the Recreational Sports community for the 22/23 academic year. This is a great experience for students who are interested in learning more about how a campus organization is run, budgeting, campus construction process and projects.

All appointments are unpaid volunteer positions except the SFC Liaison. Students will be asked to make a minimum 1 and maximum 3-hour time commitment per month. Completed applications are due no later than Friday, March 25 at 5 p.m.

Learn more or sign up.

If you have any questions, please email Jasmine Womack.

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 grassroots 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.

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

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

In March, join the CTL for Mini-Series 3: +1 Frameworks. Thomas Tobin (2018) is known for the 'plus-one' approach for implementing UDL – taking what may otherwise seem like an insurmountable amount of effort and breaking it down into manageable chunks. In this mini-series, learn various frameworks and quick strategies to +1 your course.

When: Tuesdays, 10 to 11:50 a.m.
Where: Zoom, get the link to the meeting and materials on the CTL website

  • March 1. Curriculum Frameworks & Examples of Implementation: A Panel Discussion - Emily Bowling M.S.; Lynn Dierking, Ph.D.; Sue McGrory, M.A.; Brenna Gomez, M.F.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.
  • March 8. Reading & Low Stakes Writing Across the Curriculum - 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.
  • March 15. Providing Student Feedback: A Fishbowl Conversation - 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.

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 webinars 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: Why your resume isn't getting you interviews

9 a.m. PST, March 4

Are you submitting resumes to online job postings but hearing nothing back? You're not alone. Research shows that only 8% of resumes submitted to online job posts receive a request for an interview.

Why is that? Chances are, it's not your resume that's failing you — it's your job search strategy.

Join Beyond Graduate School Founder L. Maren Wood, PhD, for this webinar on why your resume isn't getting you interviews (and what you can do to change that). After attending the webinar, you will be able to:

  • Identify common mistakes Master's students make in their job search.
  • Describe the components of an effective job search strategy.
  • Develop a strategic plan for your job search.

Register for the webinar.

Webinar: How to identify a career that's right for you

9 a.m. PST, March 11

You know that Ph.D.s can be happy in a nonacademic career, but will you be? How can you find a career that will be intellectually engaging, rewarding, and challenging. Join Beyond the Professoriate for a conversation with 3 Ph.D.s to learn how to find a job that's right for you.

After attending this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Articulate the importance of values and motivators in a career.
  • Conduct your own research using LinkedIn, job advertisements, and networking.
  • Develop criteria for evaluating nonacademic career options.
  • Recognize how Beyond the Professoriate programming helps you in your job search.

Register for the webinar.

Webinar: How Ph.D.s can identify and communicate their marketable skills to employers

9 a.m. PST, March 16

The job search process is 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.

If you're struggling in your job search, chances are you're not making that connection for the employer. Join the Beyond Prof team to learn how you can be a stronger job search candidate. After attending this webinar you'll be able to:

  • Recognize the challenges PhDs have when communicating their skills to employers.
  • Describe the importance of translating academic skills into the language of employers.
  • Apply strategies to effectively communicate value and skills to employers.
  • Identify resources in Aurora that can help you.

The webinar will be held via Zoom webinar in Aurora and will be recorded. Advanced registration is required.

Register for the webinar.