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Professional development Wednesdays

Please register for the following events by clicking on the title. Most events are also streamed live and recordings are posted to our OSU Media channel.

  • Apr 18 - Motivating yourself as a writer - Feeling stuck on your thesis or dissertation? In this session, learn strategies for overcoming common writing obstacles like procrastination and self-doubt. Identify ways to make serious progress toward your writing goals. Facilitated by Chris Nelson, Graduate Writing Center; Todd Gibbs, Prevention and Wellness. Also available as a live webinar. Follow the registration link to sign up for the webinar. Wednesday, April 18 at 2 to 4 p.m., Heckart Lodge, 110.
  • Apr 25 - Networking in the U.S. - Prepare for your next conference, job interview, or other professional engagement in this networking practice session designed especially for graduate students. Learn how to navigate networking situations within the United States professional context. Facilitated by Claire Wu, Career Development Center, Shaznin Daruwalla, Counseling and Psychological Services. Wednesday, April 25 at 2 to 3 p.m., Memorial Union Building, 208.
  • May 16 - Writing for grants and fellowships - Writing effective funding proposals is a crucial skill for scholars who intend to pursue research, faculty, and administrative career paths. Discover the types of funding opportunities available to graduate students, and learn the writing expectations proposals must meet for specialist and generalist audiences. Facilitated by Chris Nelson, Graduate Writing Center. Also available as a live webinar. Follow the registration link to sign up for the webinar. Wednesday, May 16 at 2 to 4 p.m., Heckart Lodge, 110
  • May 23 - Negotiating your job offer - Learn strategies and skills to master the negotiation process, from experts across academic and non-academic fields in a panel discussion format. Moderated by Claire Wu, Assistant Director, OSU Career Development Center. Also available as a live webinar. Follow the registration link to sign up for the webinar. Wednesday, May 23 at 3 to 4 p.m., Heckart Lodge, 110.

Graduate writing development

The Graduate Writing Center offers many opportunities to help improve your writing this spring, including writing groups, two professional development workshops (see above in Professional Development Wednesdays section) scheduled one-on-one appointments, plus drop-ins at the Graduate Student Success Center.

Writing groups

Reviewing writing with a small group of peers helps to build familiarity with writing conventions and feedback skills that are necessary for success in higher education. The purpose of the writing groups is to enhance your ability to identify and implement purposeful writing conventions, and to use that understanding with your own writing and for providing peers with constructive feedback.

As a member of a Graduate Writing Group, you will spend an hour each week with Chris Nelson from the Graduate Writing Center. Activities for each week vary based on students’ needs, but are limited to:

  • Guided peer review of your own writing
  • Guided peer review of published writing from your discipline
  • Individual writing time

The groups meet weekly starting in Week 2. The master's writing group meets Thursdays 3 to 4 p.m., April 12 - June 7. The doctoral group meets Wednesdays 4 to 5 p.m., April 11 through June 6. Space is limited to 12 students. You will be asked to commit to attending every week of the term and to bring a long-term writing project you are working on. Plan on spending two hours each week on Writing Group Activities: one hour for group meetings, and one hour of review outside of meetings.

Register for the writing groups today.

One-on-one writing appointments

The GWC serves graduate students by assisting with job applications, IRB materials, proposals, seminar papers, conference presentations, and – last, but not least – theses and dissertations. They provide one-on-one writing center sessions with fellow graduate students. Learn more and schedule an appointment.

At the Graduate Student Success Center

Join the Graduate Writing Center for expert writing help in MU 203 on Thursdays, 12 to 3 p.m. Please make an appointment before showing up.

Student success courses

Earn graduate credits this spring while learning to write better, research ethically, and learn theories of teaching. Our student success courses are designed to support you as a graduate student.

  • GRAD 520 - Responsible Conduct of Research. 2 credits, online and Corvallis campus. Covers 10 topics in responsible conduct of research. Useful to all students who conduct scholarly activity.
  • GRAD 530 - Introduction to Scientific Diving. 4 credits, Corvallis campus. Incorporates academic, confined water and open water training to prepare the student to manage the task loading associated with performing scientific tasks underwater. Introduces the diver to basic techniques and equipment used in underwater data collection. Qualifies the student for acceptance into the OSU Scientific Diving Program as a Scientific Diver-in-Training, at the discretion of the DSO and OSU Diving Control Board. Includes field trips.
  • GRAD 542 - The Inclusive Classroom: Difference, Power and Discrimination. 3 credit, online. 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.
  • GRAD 561 - Course Design and Methods for College and University Teaching. 3 credits. Online. Students will explore research and best 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.
  • GRAD 599 - Creating Happiness. 1 credits, Corvallis campus. Life is busy and hectic. Have you stopped to intentionally find ways to slow it down or learn ways to increase your happiness with life? This course provides a one hour-intentional pause to take stock of your well-being and apply theories of positive psychology and mindfulness more readily into your life and course of study/profession.
  • GRAD/WR 599 - Scientific and Technical Research Writing 3 credits, Corvallis campus. Scientific and Technical Research Writing is for graduate students who are looking to practice writing and communicating about their research and learn more about how writing is accomplished in their field of study. Students do not need to come into the course with a data set and can be at any place in their graduate program.

Drop-ins at the Graduate Student Success Center

The Graduate Student Success Center, located in the Memorial Union 203 (above the Javastop cafe) features study and work spaces for graduate students in a quiet location. The GSSC is a joint project of the Graduate School and the Memorial Union. Drop-ins run weeks 2 to 10.

Mondays, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Institutional Review Board (IRB)
Does my study require IRB review? What are some common mistakes I should avoid in my application? Get your questions answered at the drop-in IRB student advising hours.

Tuesdays, 9 to 11 a.m., Statistics Consulting Appointments
Stats got you stuck? Consulting is available to students working on projects. Get help designing or analyzing your study from Ph.D. statistics student Mike Dumelle. Sign up for an appointment online.

Tuesdays, 1 to 3 p.m., Library Research Consulting
Do you have questions about your literature or systematic review? Not sure how best to manage and organize your sources and data? Drop in for help with a wide range of library research questions.

Thursdays, 12 to 3 p.m., Writing Help Appointments
Need writing help? Schedule a writing appointment with the Graduate Writing Center and meet them at the GSSC. Make an appointment.

Thursdays, 1 to 2 p.m., Mindful Grad Meditation Series
Graduate school can be overwhelming. Making mindfulness part of your routine can help reduce some of this stress and encourage a healthier, more focused you. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) invites all graduate students to a weekly drop-in meditation session. Drop in and de-stress!

Grad Appreciation Week, Apr 30 - May 4

Help us celebrate the contributions made by graduate students to our university all week long. Students can enter online prize raffles, enjoy lunch with the dean, take part in trivia night, free bowling and more! Check our website for details.

Spring grad trip May 12

NOTICE: Grad trip cancelled.

Explore the largest city in Oregon!

  • Check out the Saturday Market along the waterfront
  • Explore the downtown area with shopping, museums, landmarks restaurants, and more
  • View the beautiful Portland skyline from the West Hills (weather allowing)

Graduate student trips are a great way to see Oregon and meet other students.

CIRTL teaching development opportunities for grad students and postdocs

On our website you can find a hand-picked selection of teaching development opportunities for this term, the list includes credit-based courses, online non-credit courses, special events, webinars, and local workshops.

Oregon State University is a member institution of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Network. The CIRTL Network is a consortium of research-intensive institutions committed to preparing future faculty, primarily—although not exclusively—those in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines. Focused on graduate student and postdoc teaching development but open to any OSU student or employee, CIRTL offers centralized courses, MOOCS, workshops, and webinars related to teaching effectiveness to those in any discipline.