From the Graduate School

In this issue:

  • Grad Inspire 2023 is tomorrow!
  • Graduate Research Photo Competition
  • GRAD courses in spring term
  • Career workshops
  • Mental health and wellness counseling
  • Become a radio host!
  • Visualize Your Bibliography Competition
  • Library workshops for grads & faculty
  • Teaching support
  • Alumni Fellows Online Celebration
  • 3M RISE Symposium


Grad Inspire 2023

Join us as four current graduate students from Oregon State University share the questions and motivations framing their research in an 8 to 10-minute engaging format.

Grad Inspire combines scholarship communication with personal narrative, giving us a glimpse of not only "how" these students perform their work, but also the motivations and commitment behind it. This event introduces the phenomenal breadth of research, teaching, and discovery undertaken by graduate students at Oregon State.

When: 3:30 to 5 p.m., Thursday, March 2, 2023
Where: LaSells Stewart Center, Construction & Engineering Hall or live stream

This year's presenters

Madison Phelps, M.S. '22, 3rd year Ph.D. candidate in mathematics. Madison developed a deep passion for learning in her late 20's and decided to see how far it could take her. Her "math" journey has not been the typical path, and she will share her ups and downs to inspire you to follow your dreams.

Kamana Poudel, 3rd year Ph.D. student in sustainable forest management. Kamana uses a socio-economic, policy, and equity lens to study communities dependent on forestry. She will share about her upbringing in Nepal and the experiences leading her to study forest-dependent communities.

Sarah Wolf, 5th year Ph.D. candidate in microbiology. Sarah studies how marine bacteria respond to changing climate conditions, such as seasonal hypoxia off the Oregon Coast, to increase our ability to predict change and build resilient coastal communities. She will share how her connection to coastal communities influences her work and how her Christian faith fuels wonder and awe in her science.

Ryan Younker, 1st year M.A. student in applied anthropology. Ryan's research focuses on providing culturally informed care for trans and two-spirit Native Americans, along with studying the rights, roles, and responsibilities of two-spirit individuals pre-European contact. Ryan will share his experiences during undergrad that led to him dropping out of college for two years, his mental health struggles, gender transition, finishing his undergraduate degree, and ultimately coming to OSU.

Graduate Research Photo Competition

The Graduate Research Photo Competition provides an opportunity to win a cash award. First place = $500, second place = $250, third place= $100. Degree-seeking (master's or doctoral) graduate students can submit a maximum of one photo per competition year. In addition to your photo submission, please provide the following information through the online submission form.

  • Your name and email
  • Degree (Masters or Ph.D.)
  • Major
  • A title for your photo (7 words max)
  • A brief non-technical abstract describing your image and how it relates to your project (max 250 words)

The abstract must explain your photo to a general audience outside of your field of study.

To be considered in the competition, all submissions must be:

  • Original, unpublished photos
  • Taken by the student submitting the photo
  • Digital, high resolution photographs in JPEG format
  • Smartphone photos should be taken with the native camera applications and not through an app such as Instagram for better quality
  • Cameras can be checked out from OSU's Media Hub to take high resolution photos
  • Printable as 8” x 10” prints

Note: The Graduate School is required to report all awards to the Office of Financial Aid. This may cause your financial aid award to be revised.

Spring 2023 GRAD courses

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Visit the GRAD courses in the Class Search.

WR 573: Thesis and Dissertation Writing
3 credits, repeatable, Corvallis: 60470
If you'd like to alleviate some of the drama and mystery associated with writing your thesis or dissertation, then look no further. This course will assist students who are in the writing stage of their thesis or dissertation (or who might be writing the proposal for this work). We will first identify the expectations of a quality thesis/dissertation in your respective fields, analyze the ways they are met through writing, and execute an achievable plan to meet—and ideally, exceed—those expectations.

GRAD 515: Creating Happiness
1 credit, Corvallis: 58545
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 516: 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 520: Responsible Conduct of Research
2 credits, Online
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.

GRAD 521: Research Data Management
2 credits, Corvallis: 56277
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: 53924
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 561: Course Design and Methods for College & University Teaching
3 credits, Online: 53925
Exploration of research and research-based practices related to teaching and learning in higher education contexts with emphasis on course design, facilitation, and other instructional techniques for GTAs, instructors, and others who teach in the college and university classroom.

Career workshops from Beyond the Professoriate

Throughout March, Beyond the Professoriate is hosting a series of short webinars entitled "How to Decide Between an Academic or Nonacademic Career." This virtual workshop series is designed to take doctoral students and Ph.D.s through a series of exercises to help them evaluate career options and identify next steps in building their career either as faculty or beyond the professoriate.

These webinars are free for you to attend, thanks to our institutional membership with Beyond the Prof.

When: Every Wednesday in March from 9 to 9:30 a.m. PT

Where: Inside Beyond the Prof's Ph.D. Career Training Platform.

Format: The virtual webinar will include instruction, reflective prompts and exercises, and opportunities for participants to ask questions directly to the Beyond Prof team.

Who should attend: This webinar series is uniquely designed for doctoral students, Ph.D.s, and postdocs from all academic disciplines who are wondering:

  • What career options are available to Ph.D.s in my discipline?
  • How do I identify career pathways that are right for me?
  • What are my most marketable skills for careers outside of academia?
  • What can I do with my Ph.D.?

Advance registration is required. Register here.

From our partners

Free and confidential mental health and wellness counseling

Anytime Anywhere: MySSP @ Oregon State is an app that provides free and confidential mental health and wellness counseling anytime from anywhere in the world, 365 days a year. You can request a counselor that matches your identity by sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity, language, and more. (Unavailable for students with OSU Portland Center as their primary location.)

Become a host on Inspiration Dissemination

Do you have a passion for storytelling? Are you looking for a great volunteer opportunity to hone your communication skills? Want to meet awesome grad students and help them tell their stories?

The longest running and most prolific OSU radio show and podcast hosted on KBVR Corvallis 88.7FM, Inspiration Dissemination (ID), is looking for 3-4 new graduate student hosts!

What is ID?

ID is a weekly radio show (Sundays at 7 p.m.) and podcast that features the research and personal story of a different graduate student each week. ID is not just a science show, we have interviewed graduate students from all academic colleges. ID hosts recruit guests, prep them for interviews, write blogs, and edit podcasts. We are looking for dedicated hosts to join our crew. If you are interested email us at [email protected].

Time commitment

After training to become a KBVR DJ and ID host (typically 4-5 weeks), our hosts estimate a time commitment of less than 6 hours per assigned show. With our current numbers, that means 3 shows a term or less than 20 hours a term. And our hosts agree that getting to know other phenomenal graduate students and helping them share their work with a broad audience is well worth our time. If you have questions about ID, email [email protected] or get details from our current and past hosts.

If you're not interested in becoming a host but would like to come on the show to share your research and your story, we invite you to sign up!

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? Wearable art? Poem? Collage? Edible art? Us too!

Submissions – due April 16. Questions – appropriate anytime. For more details visit the website or email Hannah Rempel.

Library workshops for grads & faculty

Attend a free workshop from the OSU Valley Library to help you get started with your literature review, learn how to use citation management software tools, or how to manage your data responsibly.

Teaching support from the Center for Teaching and Learning

Quality Teaching (QT) Tips. GTAs and all those who teach (or plan to teach) are welcome to join our open and casual community conversations about teaching. Bring a lunch, your questions, and your teaching-related successes to share! We will meet in the LINC Lounge (LINC 468) every other Tuesday, starting noon to 1 p.m., Jan. 10. No registration required, come as you please. Snacks and beverages provided. Email Brooke Howland with questions. Remaining meetings for winter term: March 7, 2023.

Alumni Fellows Online Celebration features graduate student alum

Join an online discussion April 11 with the 2023 Alumni Fellows and Oregon State's 2023 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Alumni Legacy Award honoree. OSU President Jayathi Murthy and OSU Alumni Association Executive Director John Valva will lead the discussion, with an opportunity for the audience to talk directly with each fellow in breakout sessions after the main program.

When: April 11, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. PT.
Where: Register for Zoom link

Keith Dempsey, '93, M.S. '96, Ph.D. '10 - With more than 20 years of experience in the fields of counseling, therapy and health care advocacy for African Americans, Keith Dempsey leads his own counseling and consulting practice in the Portland area. He is a founding member and chair of the OSU Black Alumni and Friends Network and has served on the Oregon State University Alumni Association Board of Directors, the OSU Alumni Council and the OSU Alumni Undergraduate Scholarship Committee.

Kim Fritz-Ogren, M.S. '12, Ph.D. '15 - Through her work at the Oregon Water Resources Department, Kim Fritz-Ogren has played important roles shaping water policy through years of challenging drought, supporting the director of OWRD and the Water Resources Commission in strategic planning, managing the contentious issue of water rights, working for interstate and intertribal negotiations, serving as lead on Columbia River issues and leading the formation of a new section of the agency focused on partnering with Oregonians on innovative solutions to water management challenges. As a testament to her bright future as a public servant, she was also selected to participate in Leadership Oregon, an executive leadership program.

Matt Morton, Ed.M. '98 - Matt Morton has dedicated years to improving educational opportunities in the Pacific Northwest. He is the president of the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, which funds student scholarships and nonprofit grants. Previously, he led Oregon's largest private philanthropic grantmaking strategy focused on K-12 public education with the Meyer Memorial Trust. Morton became the first Native American to be elected to the Board of Education for Portland Public Schools, the region's largest school district, and served as the executive director of Portland's Native American Youth and Family Center and as the deputy director of the National Indian Child Welfare Association.

Julia Rosen, Ph.D. '14 - As a journalist and writer, Julia Rosen has applied her deep understanding of the planet — based in geology doctoral work studying polar ice cores — to create an all-important bridge between science and humanity. She writes about how the world works and how humans are changing it. Her award-winning work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Science, Hakai, High Country News and The Los Angeles Times, where she was a former climate reporter. She is currently working on her first book, for Ecco, about grass and humans and our relationship to nature. Rosen has also shined a spotlight on Portland and the Pacific Northwest itself, bringing national attention to environmental issues in our state.

David Vernier, M.S. '76 - David Vernier is a steadfast advocate for science education across Oregon and the world. The company he co-founded, Vernier Science Education, has products in 60% of high schools and 40% of K-8 schools and offers numerous workshops for science educators. Vernier's work at Oregon State includes supporting the College of Science's Learning Assistants program, which trains high-achieving undergraduate students to support large enrollment courses. The Vernier Promise Fund also supports a range of programs designed to create opportunities for students from underserved communities.

3M RISE Symposium

The 4th annual 3M RISE Symposium (Raising Influence in Science and Engineering) is now accepting applications. The purpose of the symposium is to introduce emerging underrepresented doctoral students in science and engineering to the wide range of rewarding careers in research and development at 3M. This is a virtual event that will be hosted from July 17—19, 2023.

Ideal applicants are expected to complete their graduate degree appointment within 12 months of the RISE event. They will accept applicants from any STEM field. The RISE Symposium application deadline is May 1, 2023.

3M is also conducting application reviews for a limited number of candidates before the 3M Rise application deadline. If interested, please fill out the Application Review form by March 27.

RISE Event
RISE Application Review

If there are any questions, contact Alexander Horn at [email protected].