In this issue:

  • Grad Research Photo Competition
  • Grad Writing Groups
  • GRAD classes in the spring term
  • Career Prep Events Online
  • Deadlines for Graduating Students
  • Visualize Your Bibliography Competition
  • Open office hours for Grad School IT
  • Graduate Writing Center Live Help
  • Office of Science Graduate Student Research Awards
  • Winter Library Workshop
  • Center for Teaching and Learning Events

From the Graduate School

Grad Research Photo Competition

Submit your photos here. Submissions are open until midnight, March 20.

The Graduate Research Photo Competition provides an opportunity to win a cash award, the prestige of having your photo displayed at the Graduate Student Commons in the Valley Library, and bragging rights!

This contest is open to all currently enrolled Oregon State University master's or doctoral graduate students in both thesis and course-based programs.

Grad Writing Groups

Enrollment is open for spring 2024 Graduate Writing Groups in the OSU Graduate Writing Center. Facilitated by Graduate Writing Consultants, you will meet each week with other graduate students to work on your written projects. Activities vary based on student needs, but groups mainly focus on purpose-based peer review, individual writing time, and conversations about meeting formal expectations of scholarly writing and communication.

Writing groups start week 2 of the term. You will be contacted by the end of week 1 to confirm your registration.

Register for a spring 2024 writing group.

(Please note that if you have signed up for a Graduate Writing Group in the past, you may have to clear your browsing history or clear your cache to reach the spring enrollment form).

Master's Writing Group

  • Writing Group I: Mondays, 1 to 2:30 p.m. with Chris Nelson: in person, Valley Library 6420
  • Writing Group II: Mondays, 10 to 11:30 a.m. with Chris Nelson: remote via Zoom

Ph.D. Writing Groups

  • Writing Group I: Mondays, 3 to 4:30 p.m. with Chris Nelson: in person, Valley Library 6420
  • Writing Group II: Tuesdays, 2 to 3:30 p.m. with Adam Haley: remote via Zoom
  • Writing Group III: Wednesdays, 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. with Adam Haley: remote via Zoom

If you have any questions, please contact Chris Nelson at [email protected].

GRAD classes in the spring term

The Graduate School and its partners offer GRAD courses for students in all disciplines. View The courses.

GRAD 515 - Creating Happiness: Personal and Professional Applications of Well-Being for Graduate Students, Ecampus, 1-credit
Examines theories and practices of well-being and explores the 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, Ecampus, 1-credit
This course provides support for graduate students across OSU academic disciplines who teach site-based, hybrid, and online courses. The course focuses on evidence-based practices with an emphasis on practical strategies, problem solving, and the specific and timely instructional needs of those enrolled.

GRAD 520 - Responsible Conduct of Research, Ecampus & Corvallis, 2-credits
This course covers topics related to the responsible conduct of research including ethical decision making, working with human subjects, animal welfare, data acquisition and ownership, authorship, peer review, conflicts of interest, and general research misconduct issues.

GRAD 542 - The Inclusive College Classroom: Difference, Power and Discrimination, Ecampus, 3-credits
This course examines the multidisciplinary scholarship on difference, power, and discrimination, along with critical pedagogies and how those inform curriculum development and transformation. The course includes discussions of relevant theory and research coupled with practical opportunities for students to develop their instructional skills.

GRAD 561 - Course Design and Methods, Ecampus, 3-credits
This course explores research and research-based practices related to teaching and learning in higher education contexts with an emphasis on course design, facilitation, and assessment.

WR 573: Thesis and Dissertation Writing, Corvallis, 3-credits
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.

Career preparation events

Did you know you can access career training webinars through our institutional subscription with Beyond the Professoriate (doctoral) and Beyond Graduate School (master's)? Find answers to job search questions, register to attend a workshop, or browse their career video library to hear how other graduate students have moved into meaningful and rewarding careers.

See below for a list of upcoming March webinars, and register to attend live or receive the replay.

Beyond Graduate School (master's)

Finding People to Network with on LinkedIn - In this webinar, you will learn how to start building a network of professionals in your chosen career field using LinkedIn. You'll learn where to find people to connect with and how to reach out to new contacts. The webinar will include a live Q&A where attendees can receive answers to their specific questions.

When: 1 to 1:30 p.m. PT, March 13
Where: Online, Register

Beyond the Professoriate (doctoral)

How to Decide Between an Academic and Nonacademic Career Series - This special workshop series is designed to walk doctoral students, PhDs and postdocs 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.

When: Every Wednesday in March, 9 to 9:30 a.m. PT
Where: Online, Register

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 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.

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 Cash prizes: $750, $500, $250!

Ever wonder what your bibliography would look like as a mobile? Papier-mache? Video? Wearable art? Poem? Collage? Edible art? Us too!

Submissions — due April 15. Questions — appropriate anytime. For more details visit the website or email Hannah Rempel.

Open office hours for Grad School IT

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

When: Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. (PT)

Graduate Writing Center live help

Are you looking for writing help? The Graduate Writing Center is here to help! Join a Zoom drop-in session with the Graduate Writing Center and get answers to your questions about writing and research.

When: Tuesdays, 3-4:30 p.m. (PT)
Where: GWC Live Zoom Meeting

From our Partners

Office of Science Graduate Student Research Awards

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Science is pleased to announce that the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications for the 2024 solicitation 1 cycle. SCGSR is open to U.S. Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions who are conducting their graduate thesis research in targeted areas relevant to DOE's Office of Science.

There will be two application assistance workshops:

  • General Overview | March 7, 2024, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PT | Register
  • Application Process | April 18, 2024, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. PT | Register

Applications are due on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. ET.

More information on the SCGSR program can be found by visiting the SCGSR program website, attending the program's virtual office hours which are held every Tuesday between 4 to 5 p.m. ET via this Zoom link, or by emailing the SCGSR team.

Winter Library Workshops

OSU Libraries hosts free workshops throughout the term on various topics for graduate students and faculty.

Visit the registration page to secure your spot.

  • Illustrator for Scientific Figures. Monday, March 4, 10 to noon, in person in the Autzen classroom (Valley 2082)

Center for Teaching and Learning Quality Teaching Talks

QT Talks are 50-minute interactive presentations that focus on the research, pedagogical approaches, and exemplars to integrate the three principles in OSU's Quality Teaching Framework into teaching.

All presentations are from 11 to 11:50 a.m. PT, LINC 343 and Zoom.


  • April 16 - Are you (IN)Clusive? Read, Reflect, Reform
  • April 30 - Enhancing Teaching and Learning with Artificial Intelligence
  • May 14 - Trauma-Informed and Trauma-Specific Teaching in Classes Large, Small, Online, and Face-to-Face