Graduate School Weekly Newsletter

September 25, 2018    Events and Deadlines

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

Graduate Program Directors

Spring 2019 admission reminder – submit program recommendation for applications in CollegeNet

September 1 was the due date for programs to submit their recommendation for international applicants living outside the U.S. seeking spring 2019 admission. For international applicants currently in the U.S., (transfers), program recommendations are to be submitted in CollegeNet by October 1.

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 perspective 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

Call for Graduate Student Teaching Award Nominations

Departments are encouraged to nominate outstanding graduate teaching assistants for the GSC/MAGS Award for Graduate Student Teaching Excellence. Each department may nominate one GTA for the teaching award. Nominations are due to College Deans offices by September 28. Also be sure to explore other graduate student award opportunities available throughout the year. 

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 - 3:00pm.  Volunteers must be available at 12:45pm 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
Fall 2018 Graduation Degree Check Walk-In Sessions

Graduate School degree analysts will host walk-in degree check sessions September 24-28 from 9:00-11:00am and 2:00-4:00pm. This is a great opportunity for graduate students who plan to graduate this semester to ask questions about requirements and deadlines for graduation, ETDR submission, and commencement, and to make sure they are on track to graduate this semester.

Identifying Graduate Fellowship Opportunities

Key funding opportunities will be discussed from NSF, DoD, DoE, Hertz Foundation, and the American Association of University Women. Opportunities in the humanities and social sciences will also be specifically addressed — plus learn to search for fellowships on your own. This session will be held on September 27 from 3:30-5:00pm in room 207 of the K-State Student Union. Advanced registration is requested.

The Library and Your Research –  Copyright & Your ETDR

This workshop will cover how to understand publisher copyright contracts, author rights, and how to potentially retain more rights when publishing. Students will learn how to reuse their own work in their ETDR or publications and how to legally and ethically reuse others' works, all while getting a crash course in copyright. This session will be held October 1, 10:30-11:30am, 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 Librarieswebsite.

Graduate Student Council Travel Awards

Recipients of GSC travel awards for November are posted on the GSC travel awards website. October 1 is the deadline for graduate students to apply for GSC travel awards to attend academic and professional events that begin anytime in December.

Student Research Grants from Sigma Xi

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society, invites undergraduate and graduate students to apply for a research grant from the Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) program. The GIAR application deadline is October 1, and awards are dispersed in January 2019. All K-State students who apply for the national GIAR are also eligible to apply for a local award from the K-State chapter of Sigma Xi. To apply for the local award, please send a PDF copy of the entire national award application to Dr. Saugata Datta ( The letter of recommendation should also be sent directly to Dr. Datta.

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 - Call for Abstracts

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 is September 28, 2018 at 11:59 pm, CST

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.