From the Graduate School

Questions about performing research involving human subjects or IRB?

Please join the Research Office for this month's Research Integrity Forum titled Human Research Protections: Streamlining Submissions and Reviews. This forum will describe how OSU helps to protect the rights and welfare of human research participants. Learn about the programmatic changes that are underway in OSU's Human Research Protections Program with a focus on changes to how exempt studies are handled, which is simplifying the process for researchers. These forums are open to all, with research faculty, students, and staff as the primary intended audience.

When: 1 p.m. (PT), Thursday, June 9
Where: Register for the online session

For additional information about the forums, please email Gretchen Cuevas.

NEW: Summer 2022 GRAD courses

The Graduate School is pleased to announce two online courses it will be offering during summer session 2022: GRAD 514 and GRAD 520. Find a list of all GRAD courses on our website.

GRAD 514 – Introduction to Graduate Writing (3 credits, online)

Covers the expectations for writing at the graduate level. Examines features of successful, graduate-level academic writing to produce documents for program, courses, advisors, and colleagues. Explores topics related to information literacy, proposal and grant writing, and general graduate writing strategies.

GRAD 520 – Responsible Conduct of Research (2 credits, online) – Offered during summer session for the first time.

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. 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 Inspire recording

If you missed Grad Inspire, you can head over to our website to watch the recording. Thanks to Inspiration Dissemination and all the presenters for an amazing Grad Inspire 2022!

Watch the recording.

Graduate Research Photo Competition winners

Thank you to everyone who submitted a photo for this year's contest. The winners are…(drum roll please)

1st Place - A Taste For Science, Suzanne Winquist, M.S. student, College of Agricultural Sciences

2nd Place - We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat…and a Better Understanding, Jessica Schulte, Ph.D. student, College of Agricultural Sciences

3rd Place - Bigleaf Maple Flower in Bloom, Under 10x Magnification, Melanie Douville, M.S. student, College of Liberal Arts

Check out the winners here!

We will be featuring the photos of those who didn't make the top three over on our Instagram page in the coming weeks.

Graduate Writing Center is hiring

The Graduate Writing Center is seeking applications for multiple openings in the Graduate Writing Consultant graduate student position.

Applications from all disciplines are encouraged and hours are flexible. Graduate Writing Consultants receive training to work with peers on a wide range of scholarly and professional documents and writing tasks. Additionally, Graduate Writing Consultants are trained to address general academic writing, disciplinary, and research writing conventions in one-on-one and group settings, and in online and in-person formats.

If your career trajectory involves scholarly or other communication-focused work, training as a Graduate Writing Consultant can provide you with tools to be an effective collaborator and reviewer while you support the academic work of your peers at Oregon State University.

To apply, visit the OSU Jobs website.

Please contact Chris Nelson, Graduate Writing Center Coordinator, if you have any questions.

Graduate School IT open office hours

Are you having a technical issue with a Graduate School service, page or form? Are you a current Oregon State student, faculty or staff? Join us for real-time help.

When: Every Thursday, 9 to 10:30 a.m. (PT) Where:

From our partners

Thesis and dissertation writing course this fall

WR 573 assists students who are in the writing stages of their thesis or dissertation. We will identify the expectations in your respective fields, analyze how they are met through writing, and develop achievable plans to meet those expectations. The course also emphasizes the cultivation of productive, healthy habits of writing, including strategies for self-assessment and for managing the mental and physical stresses that accompany such a major project. We will have group discussions, workshops, and individual conferences with the instructor. 3 credit hours, remote, CRN: 19632.

GTA Position available starting this summer at the CTL

The OSU Center for Teaching & Learning is seeking a graduate assistant to start this summer! CTL supports those who teach at OSU with the advancement of their teaching. We are offering a 12-month full-time contract. The position requires both on and off campus responsibilities (as in hosting Zoom and/or in-person presentations). Applicants from all disciplines are encouraged. Application deadline: June 5, 2022. If you have questions or to apply, please contact Jeanna Towns at [email protected].

Winners of this year's Visualize Your Bibliography Competition

The Visualize Your Bibliography Competition is open to all currently enrolled graduate students at OSU. The challenge is to creative display more than 20 sources used in a thesis, dissertation, or other long-form project. Check out the 2022 winners!

Research Office Campus Conversations

The Research Office is launching a series of Campus Conversations (ROCC) geared toward researchers. Our first two conversations are focused on providing answers about NIH and NOAA from a panel of experts. Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch. Beverages and cookies provided.

Session 1 (past event): Demystifying the National Institutes of Health
When: Tuesday, May 10, 2022, Noon to 1:30 p.m. (PT)

Session 2: Demystifying the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
When: Friday, June 3, 2022, Noon to 1:30 p.m. (PT)
Where: Linus Pauling Science Center room 402 and Zoom
Organizers: Francis Chan ([email protected]) and Anthony Koppers ([email protected])

An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching

An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching is a massive open, online course (MOOC) designed to provide graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and other aspiring faculty in STEM disciplines with an overview of effective college teaching strategies and the research that supports them. This course is also suitable for other interested university staff, faculty, and administrators. The goal of the eight-week course is to equip the next generation of faculty to be effective teachers, thus improving the learning experience for the thousands of students they will teach. Past participants are overwhelmingly satisfied with the course (nearly 90% of Summer 2019 students were satisfied or extremely satisfied).

Start Date: June 20, 2022
Where: CIRTL Network, Learn more and register

Army Research Laboratory Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Army Research Laboratory (ARL) invites exceptional young researchers to apply for an ARL Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship. This fellowship provides recipients the opportunity to pursue independent research while working alongside some of the nation's best scientists and engineers. Applicants must display extraordinary ability in scientific research and show clear promise of becoming outstanding leaders. Successful candidates will have already tackled a major scientific or engineering problem or will have provided a new approach or insight, evidenced by a recognized impact in their field. Benefits include an annual stipend of $115,000 and health insurance. Deadline is June 15, 2022.

Introduction to Research Data Management Planning

Do you create or use data in your research? Looking for tips and tools to better help you manage and share your data? The OSU Library is offering Introduction to Research Data Management Planning, an asynchronous online workshop for OSU community members. There will be two workshops this summer: July 11–14 and Aug. 29 to Sept. 1. Register at

Free Webinar by Beyond the Professoriate

3 common mistakes Ph.D.s make when starting their job search

When: 9 a.m. (PT), June 15
Where: Register for the online session

Over the past five years, the Beyond Prof team has interviewed hundreds of Ph.D.s about how to make a successful career transition. Through this research, we've learned what makes, and breaks, a non-academic job search.

In this webinar, the Beyond Prof Team will share with you these results. After attending this webinar, you'll be able to:

  • Identify common mistakes PhDs make when applying for nonacademic jobs.
  • Apply proven strategies so that you can avoid making these mistakes.
  • Recognize the most critical piece of a nonacademic job search.
  • Identify resources in Aurora that can help you in your job search.