Graduate School Weekly Newsletter

October 2, 2018    Events and Deadlines

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

Graduate Program Directors

Update meeting with departments and graduate programs

October 5, 2018
10:30am - 12:30pm
Town Hall, Leadership Studies Building
All department heads, graduate program directors, and graduate program contact staff are encouraged to attend the Fall 2018 update meeting with the Graduate School administration team. 

Interested in Recruiting McNair Scholars to your graduate program

The Graduate School has access to the 2018-2019 McNair Scholars Directory to use specifically for recruiting new graduate students. The directory includes contact information for McNair Scholars who have expressed interest in graduate studies and includes information on recent graduates, seniors and rising seniors. The directory was developed through a collaboration between the Council for Opportunity in Education and the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS).

For those not familiar with the McNair Program, the following information was included in the communication I received from CGS. "The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is the single largest federal effort aimed at preparing low-income, first-generation in college and minority students to pursue graduate studies. The McNair Program is funded through the U.S. Department of Education's TRIO programs and provides participants with research internships, faculty mentors, opportunities to present and publish results of their research, undergraduate teaching experience, and assistance with applying to and preparing for graduate school."

If your graduate program would like to use the directory to send information to prospective graduate students who would have had research experience as part of their undergraduate program, please contact Associate Dean Dissanayake at This is a good opportunity to increase the diversity among your graduate students.

Spring 2019 Recruitment Weekend Funding Availability

Graduate School is offering a funding opportunity to assist programs desiring to bring admitted doctoral students to campus for a spring 2019 visit.  The Graduate School will fund a limited number of graduate programs up to $5000.  To receive the maximum award, a program must have 10 or more admitted doctoral students participating in the event.  Programs that plan to bring fewer than 10 students to campus would request funding of up to $500 per student.  Programs will be expected to make the travel arrangements and provide any additional funding necessary to support activities.  Funding will be provided for doctoral applicants. Deadline for submission of the application materials is 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, 2018.

Graduate Faculty

Science Communication Week

Save the date for the second annual Science Communication Week, coordinated by the Kansas Science Communication Initiative (KSCI). The week will feature a variety of workshops, talks, and research presentations. All K-State students, faculty, and staff, as well as community members, are invited to take part in the events. KSCI also coordinates workshops and promotes science communication activities throughout the year. As part of the KSCI Works series, two sessions on infographics are being offered on October 3 and 15. 

Notable Scholarly Achievements Newsletter – call for fall submissions

Submissions for the fall 2018 newsletter are being accepted for accomplishments completed from July 14, 2018-October 26, 2018. Faculty members are invited to complete a brief online form to recognize their students in the next newsletter.

AAUW Fellowships and Grants

One of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, American Association for University Women (AAUW) is providing $3.9 million in funding for fellowships and grants to 250 outstanding women and nonprofit organizations in the 2018–19 academic year. The following funding opportunities have application deadlines in November:

American Fellowships (Deadline: November 1, 2018)
International Fellowships (Deadline: November 15, 2018)
Career Development Grants (Deadline: November 15, 2018)

Volunteer to be a Poster Judge at Research and the State

The Graduate Student Council is calling for faculty and post-doc judge volunteers for the annual Research and the State graduate student poster session, which will be held on November 8, 2018 in the Engineering Complex atrium from 1:00 - 3:00 pm.  Volunteers must be available at 12:45 pm for at least 1.5 hours on November 8. If interested in serving as a judge, please complete a brief online form to express your interest and provide your availability for the day.

Graduate Students

The Library and Your Research –  Using a Writing Template

Using the ETDR template when graduate students begin writing a thesis, dissertation, or report will save large amounts of time and effort. This workshop covers how to use the template, special features in Word, and related citation management and copyright questions.This session will be held October 8, 10:30-11:30 am, in 3114 College of Business Building and will be available by Zoom. The Zoom link and full workshop series schedule is available on the K-State Libraries website.

Women in Science Manhattan – “Enhancing Career Success Through Networking”

On October 9, join BioKansas and Kansas State University as women leaders in STEM and entrepreneurship share their experiences and discuss the importance of networking to enhance career success. Network with students and regional industry members! Advanced registration is required and space is limited. $10 registration fee. Partial subsidy for students available through the KAWSE office (contact for discount code). Register Here

Research and the State – Abstract Submission Deadline Extended

The Graduate Student Council is now accepting abstracts for the annual Research and the State graduate student poster session, which will be held on November 8, 2018 in the Engineering Complex atrium from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Students from all disciplines are invited to register to give a poster presentation of their research or scholarly work. Participants must discuss the implications their work has on issues that are of interest to the Kansas Legislature and must present their work in a way that can be understood by a broad audience. The deadline to register and submit an abstract for participation has been extended to October 3, 2018 at 11:59 pm, CST.

Translating Science and Speaking in Images: Graduate Student Workshop

As part of the 2018 Science Communication Week, graduate students are invited to participate in an interactive workshop with Jim Richardson, photographer for National Geographic and contributing editor to its sister publication, Traveler magazine.  Participation is limited to 10 graduate students. Interested students must complete a brief online application, in which they will be asked to briefly comment on why they would like to participate in the workshop and how they expect to benefit. Applicants must upload the presentation that they plan to revise in the workshop. Application deadline: October 19, at 5:00pm.

2019 Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Small Grant Program for K-State Graduate Students

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the fifth year of the Small Grant Program to support research expenses for master's and doctoral students in their final year. Grants will be up to $1,000 for research costs with funds available after January 15, 2019. Applications are due by 5 pm on November 9th. 

Building Future Faculty Program Now Accepting Applications for 2019

The 2019 Building Future Faculty (BFF) program will be offered by NC State University on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - Friday, April 5, 2019. This all-expenses paid workshop is designed for diverse graduate students and post-doctoral students who are preparing for a career as a faculty member. 

Workshop topics include information regarding what to expect as a faculty member, a discussion of the wealth of resources available to faculty for teaching, and expectations of productivity for faculty engaged in research. During the workshop, participants will spend time with current faculty and department chairs in their discipline discussing effective strategies to prepare for an academic career, and the realities of life as a faculty member, as well as receiving personal tips and feedback. This program aims to increase faculty diversity and inclusion and to create a faculty that mirrors the increasingly diversified student population. Applications are due by Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 11:55 pm EST.