Graduate School Weekly Newsletter

December 11, 2018    Events and Deadlines

This newsletter is distributed to dept. heads, graduate program directors, contact staff, and graduate faculty. 

Graduate Program Directors  

Encourage your students to complete graduate student resources survey

Alisa Pajser, Graduate Student Council Liaison to the Student Governing Association, has developed a survey to assess knowledge of resources available to graduate students and to address unmet needs. A link to the survey has been shared directly with graduate students through the weekly GSC email that is distributed on Mondays. The GSC appreciates your assistance with encouraging your graduate students to complete the survey if they have not done so already. This survey will close at 11:59pm on December 17, 2018. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Alisa at

Spring Graduate Student Orientation 

The Graduate School and other campus support units will host welcome and orientation activities for new graduate students admitted to graduate programs for the spring 2019 term during the week of January 14th. A schedule of sessions and activities is available on the Graduate School website, and an online registration form is now available. Last week, incoming graduate students who have accepted their admission offer in CollegeNet were sent a direct email notification about orientation. To ensure that all students receive this information, graduate programs are encouraged to promote graduate student orientation activities to their new and current graduate students. 

Graduate Faculty

Howard Hughes Medical Institute- 2019 Program Announcement

The Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program supports early career life scientists in academic labs across the U.S.
The HHMI seeks to increase diversity in the biomedical research community. We know that the biggest challenges in science call for diverse perspectives and original thinking. The goal of the Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program is to recruit and retain individuals from gender, racial, ethnic, and other groups underrepresented in the life sciences, including those individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Competition opened September 12, 2018, the due date is January 9, 2019.

Graduate Students

2019 Graduate Student Leadership Development Program-Deadline has Extended

Through this semester-long experience, graduate students will work with Leadership Studies faculty and their peers to dive into challenges that are most important to them. The program provides an opportunity to develop leadership skills to make a positive change in work, studies, and student organizations, and move beyond technical expertise to solve problems. Application deadline: December 14, 2018.

Graduate Student Travel Award – January 1 application deadline

January 1 is the deadline for graduate students to apply for GSC travel awards to attend academic and professional events that begin anytime in March. The deadline to apply for GSC travel awards is always the first of the month, two months prior to the month in which the event begins, regardless of whether or not the first of the month is a working day. As a reminder, by the respective application deadline, students must upload a completed major professor endorsement form that includes a signature from their major professor. It is the student's responsibility to plan accordingly for time they or their major professor will be away in December in order to submit this completed form with the rest of the application by the January 1 deadline. A signature from the student's department head or graduate program director is acceptable if the major professor is unavailable. No exceptions are made to accept late travel award applications. 

DOE Scholars Program

The DOE Scholars Program introduces students and recent college graduates to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) mission and operations and is currently accepting applications. Application deadline: December 17, 2018, 5:00 PM EST

Being selected as a DOE Scholar offers, Stipends starting at $600 per week for undergraduates and $650 per week for graduate students and post graduates during the internship period, Limited travel reimbursement to/from assigned location, Direct exposure to and participation in projects and activities in DOE mission-relevant research areas, Identification of career goals and opportunities and Development of professional networks with leading scientists and subject matter experts

Eligibility requirements include being a U.S. citizen, being an undergraduate, graduate student, or recent graduate of an accredited institution of higher education majoring in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and related areas. Must be pursuing a degree or have received a degree within 5 years of their starting date in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) discipline or have demonstrated interest or experience in a STEM field that supports the DOE mission. Applications and supporting materials must be submitted HERE

DOE Computation Science Graduate Fellowship Opportunity

The DOE CSGF provides opportunities for students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields that use high-performance computing to solve complex problems in science and engineering.  The program was expanded in 2018 to include doctoral candidates research applied mathematics, statistics and computer science advances that will contribute to the effective use of high-performing systems. DOE CSGF Deadline: January 9, 2019