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Student Success

The Graduate School and Graduate Student Council (GSC) partner with other K-State student support units to ensure graduate students have the necessary information, services, and resources available to succeed.

Career Center

It is never too early to start planning for life after graduate school. Whether you need guidance on finding job opportunities or would like assistance with preparing job application materials, K-State’s Career Center is here to support your career development.

Some of their services include:

  • Job search training
  • Career advising
  • Employer connections
  • CV critique
  • Mock interviews
  • Space for conducting video or phone interviews
  • Career closet
  • Free professional portraits
  • Career fairs
  • Career development workshops

Visit the Career Center website to learn more about their services, resources, and events.

Meet with a Career Advisor

Currently enrolled graduate students can request free appointments with a Career Center advisor to discuss career planning, have application materials critiqued, prepare for interviews, and more. Visit the Career Center appointment site to schedule an appointment in person at the Berney Family Welcome Center or to schedule a video or telephone consultation.

In addition to meeting with an advisor in the Berney Family Welcome Center, graduate  students may schedule an appointment with Andrew Kohls in 312 Eisenhower Hall from 9:00-11:00 a.m. every other Thursday during the fall 2017 semester. View the calendar for dates when Career Center counseling is available in 312 Eisenhower. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Andrew during his Thursday satellite hours in Eisenhower Hall, please email Andrew at least 24 hours in advance to schedule an appointment.

The Library and Your Research Workshops

The Faculty and Graduate Services unit of the K-State Libraries offers free hour-long "The Library and Your Research" workshops designed to provide graduate students with a solid foundation for a successful academic experience. All sessions take place 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Hale 407.  Visit the K-State Libraries Faculty and Graduate Services website for a full schedule or download the schedule here

Graduate School Student Success Seminars

The Graduate School team strives to support graduate students throughout their time at K-State. The Graduate School offers seminars and workshops to help students understand important requirements, deadlines, and procedures and to make the journey to degree completion as smooth as possible.

Materials from Past Semester Seminars

Student-Advisor Relationship: Good Communication Practices Are Your Path To Success! - October 29, 2015

Graduate students and faculty advisors share common goals for student success. Clear and frequent communication from both parties is essential for successfully achieving those goals. In this session, learn how to map your path to success by working with your advisor to establish expectations, build and maintain strong communication with your advisor, and use strategies for addressing disagreements before they take your journey on an unexpected detour.

Presented by: Dr. Michael Herman, Graduate School Associate Dean and Ms. Tonya Ricklefs, Riley Geary Mediation Program Coordinator

Review the Powerpoint and handouts from the Student-Advisor Relationship presentation. 

Review the Powerpoint from the Committee Selection presentation and learn how to select your committee members. 

Writing Workshops

In collaboration with the Graduate School, and International and Student Scholar Services, The English Department's Writing Center offers workshops to help graduate students develop effective writing skills.

Graduate Student Writing Retreat – May 2017
The Writing Center is hosting its annual Graduate Student Writing Retreat this May, with sponsorship from the English Department and the Graduate School. The Retreat’s purpose is two-fold: First, graduate students will be given time and space to write in a supportive atmosphere, amongst other writers. A second goal is to promote effective writing practices and to boost the writing process, thereby reducing time to graduation. 

Learn more about the May 2017 Retreat!

Acclimating to American Graduate-Level Writing
January 11, 2017, 9am-noon
International Student Center
This workshop is designed for international and English Language Learner (ELL) graduate students. The workshop focuses on transitioning to American graduate-level writing expectations and on writing issues and frustrations frequently encountered by ELL and international students. Participants discuss the impact culture has on writing norms, faculty writing expectations, and much more. Students should expect to leave the workshop with a greater understanding of cultural expectations around writing and increased confidence about their positions on and contributions to a U.S. university campus. 

Writing Support throughout the Year
In addition to workshops offered throughout the year, graduate students may seek guidance on writing projects from Writing Center tutors throughout the year. Students may schedule one-to-one consultations with trained writing tutors (most of whom are fellow students) to receive feedback at any stage of the writing process. The Writing Center strives to enable students to gain awareness of writing strategies; improve writing assignments or non-academic writing; and increase their sense of competence, confidence, and ownership in writing.

Campus Resources

Below are links to additional campus resources to help you have a successful and safe graduate school experience.

Office of Student Life
Provides support and services to graduate students, including:
• Advocating for students
• Connecting students with accurate referrals for academic and personal problems
• Assisting students with medical, mental health, or personal issues that affect their academic progress
• Coordinating the university response to campus and student crises
• Monitoring the campus environment and safety issues
• Administering and advising the student judicial program
• Supporting and serving as a resource for student's family members

International Student and Scholar Services

The International Student and Scholar Services office (ISSS) provides essential immigration services for over 2200 international students and scholars from over 100 countries who are involved in educational programs or research at K-State. ISSS also hosts programs throughout the year to help international students and scholars adjust to life in the U.S.

Office of Diversity

The Office of Diversity is committed to promoting diversity in every sector of Kansas State University. The Office of Diversity provides vision and leadership in diversifying all university functions as well as students, faculty, staff and the curriculum.

Information Technology Services

The university provides technology resources and facilities for faculty, staff, and student use on and off campus. K-State’s high-speed data network allows access from residence halls, the K-State Student Union, the library, university computing labs, technology classrooms, and locations equipped with wireless access points.

K-State Police Department

The University Police Department is responsible for providing physical security on campus property. The department also answers and responds to 34 emergency telephones strategically located throughout the university. The University Police Department is open 24 hours a day. It provides a contact for emergency repairs and acts as the university operator outside normal business hours.

Office of Institutional Equity

The Office of Institutional Equity is available to students on matters of equal opportunity in admissions, access to programs and activities, and employment due to race, color, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, ancestry, disability, military status, or veteran status. Students with concerns about discrimination or harassment due to any of the bases listed above or retaliation for filing a complaint or participating in the resolution of a complaint may also contact the office.

Speech and Hearing Center

The K-State Speech and Hearing Center provides evaluation, intervention, and consultation services to individuals with articulation, fluency, voice, language and swallowing, or hearing impairments. These clinical services are available to university students, children, and adults of the surrounding communities. The Center provides educational and clinical experiences for students preparing for careers in speech-language pathology and audiology.

Additional Resources

Community of Science

This commercial database provides the KSU students and faculty with access to over 12,000 descriptions of funding opportunities. K-State's COS website.

Council of Graduate Schools

Policy discussions on a wide range of issues impacting the quality of graduate education.