In this issue:

  • Grad Research Photo Comp winners
  • Deadlines for graduating grad students
  • Online Career Conference for doctoral students and Ph.D.s
  • Summer GRAD courses
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory applications
  • CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award
  • Graduate Writing Center is hiring
  • Thesis and dissertation writing course this fall
  • Bring Your Kids to Campus Day
  • Spring library workshops
  • Getting a Dam Job career series

From the Graduate School

Grad Research Photo Competition winners

The Grad Research Photo Competition gives us a glimpse into the wide-variety of research performed by graduate students at Oregon State. Congratulations on this year's winners!

  • 1st Place, $500: M. Kelsey Lane, College of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
  • 2nd Place, $250: Sharon Salgado Martinez, College of Liberal Arts
  • 3rd Place, $100: Suzanne Winquist, College of Agricultural Sciences

View the photos and read the abstracts.

Deadlines for graduating students

If you're planning to graduate in the coming months, please find the Graduate School's degree completion steps and deadlines on the certificate, master's and doctoral degree pages. On those pages you can find 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! Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions.

Graduating master's and doctoral students are invited to celebrate their accomplishments with family and friends at OSU's annual commencement ceremony. All graduate students must RSVP for commencement by May 17. This year's ceremonies will be held on Saturday, June 17 in Corvallis, and Sunday June 18 at OSU-Cascades. Visit the commencement participation and deadline information. For doctoral students only: Please email your major professor(s) names or other designated faculty member who will serve as your escort to the Graduate School no later than May 17, 2023.

Beyond the Professoriate's 10th Annual Online Career Conference for PhDs

Leaving academia can feel like a big, mysterious step into the unknown. After years of being successful in academia, it can be daunting and overwhelming to launch a professional job search.

To help you prepare for a job search, we invite you to take part in the 10th Annual Online Career Conference for PhDs. This conference has helped nearly 10,000 doctoral students and PhDs confidently explore career options and begin their job search.

By attending this conference, you'll build foundational knowledge you need to be successful in your job search. You'll also have the chance to hear directly from PhDs about their experience job searching, interviewing, and building new professional communities.

Attend Live: May 1-5, 9 to 10 a.m. PT each day, May 6 - career panels based on academic focus, 8 to 11:45 a.m. PT

Where: Online! Login to register and attend.

Price: No cost to attend!

Summer GRAD courses

The Graduate School is pleased to announce two online courses it will be offering during summer session 2023: GRAD 514 and GRAD 520.

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)

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.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - Oregon State University Distinguished Graduate Research Program applications extended through May 15

The PNNL-OSU DGRP is a four-year opportunity designed to provide collaborative research and training to OSU graduate students. Students selected to take part in the program will benefit from having the expertise of graduate committee members from both organizations and access to the world-class research infrastructure at OSU and PNNL.

Nominations are considered on a rolling basis through 5 p.m., May 15, 2023, subject to award availability. Full consideration awards will be determined and nominees notified in mid-March 2023, and on an on-going basis for nominations received after Feb. 20.

CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award

The Graduate School seeks nominations for the 2023 CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards in the following fields:

  • Biology and Life Science: biology; botany; zoology; ecology; embryology; entomology; genetics; nutrition; plant pathology; plant physiology; anatomy; biochemistry; biophysics; microbiology; pathology; pharmacology; physiology; and related fields (health sciences). Also included are agriculture, forestry, zoology; and related fields.
  • Humanities and Fine Arts: history; philosophy; language; linguistics; literature; archaeology; jurisprudence; the history, theory and criticism of the arts; ethics; comparative religion; and those aspects of the social sciences that employ historical or philosophical approaches.

Learn more and how to submit a nomination.

Become a Graduate Writing Center Consultant

The Graduate Writing Center is seeking applications from graduate students across the disciplines to fill multiple openings for the Graduate Writing Consultant position starting in the fall term.

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. Hours are flexible and can accommodate other existing part-time graduate employment.

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

To apply, visit the OSU Jobs website at

Please contact Chris Nelson [email protected], Graduate Writing Center Coordinator, if you have any questions.

From our partners

Thesis and dissertation writing course this fall

WR 573 supports students who are in the writing stages of their thesis or dissertation. You will learn rhetorical analysis of model texts, techniques for drafting and revising texts, strategies for overcoming writing blocks, and methods of self-care for managing stress.

Bring Your Kids to Campus Day

Bring Your Kids to Campus Day]( takes place May 12, 2023. This Corvallis campus event is a way to celebrate family, the importance of education, and to highlight the campus as a family friendly community where parents can share their work and studies and families may spend the day playing and learning together. There will be activities taking place across campus throughout the day including, arts and crafts, family Zumba, family trivia, and at the end of the day, we will be hosting a family BBQ back at the registration table in the MU Quad.


Spring library workshops

OSU Libraries provides free workshops throughout the term on various topics for graduate students and faculty. Visit the registration page to secure your spot.

  • Intro to LaTeX (Clara Llebot Lorente). Monday, May 1, 11:30 a.m. - 1p.m., via Zoom
  • Illustrator for Scientific Figures (Adam Lindsley). Thursday, May 4, 10-noon, in person in the Autzen classroom (Valley 2082)
  • Writing Data Management Plans (Clara Llebot). Monday, May 8, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., (via Zoom)
  • QGIS Intermediate (Adam Lindsley). Tuesday, May 16, 10-noon, (via Zoom)
  • Census Data Workshop (Diana Castillo). Thursday, May 18, 11-noon, in person in the Autzen classroom (Valley 2082)
  • Using Qualtrics to Make Great Surveys (Diana Castillo). Monday, May 22, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., in person in the Nishihara/West classroom (Valley 2052)
  • Illustrator for Scientific Figures (Adam Lindsley). Thursday, May 25, 2-4 p.m., in person in the Autzen classroom (Valley 2082)

Getting a Dam Job career series

"Getting a Dam Job" is OSU's signature career workshop series, designed to equip you no matter where you're at on the college to career journey. Workshop topics vary each term; attend one or the entire series.