Graduate School Weekly Newsletter

September 4, 2018    Events and Deadlines

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

Graduate Program Directors

Mark Your Calendar for Meetings with the Graduate School

New graduate program directors meeting

September 6, 9:30-11:00am, 121 Eisenhower Hall
September 10, 3:30-5:00pm, 121 Eisenhower Hall

New graduate program directors need to attend only one of the meeting times above. If unavailable for both meeting times, please contact Dean Shanklin to schedule a separate meeting.

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. 

Graduate Faculty

Notable Scholarly Achievements Newsletter – new issue and call for fall submissions

A new issue of the Notable Scholarly Graduate Student Achievements newsletter is available for viewing. Created by the Graduate Student Council, the newsletter serves to showcase and recognize graduate student scholarly accomplishments. The current issue recognizes achievements made from March 28 through July 13, 2018. 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.

Fall Series of Raising Your International Profile

Created by Marcellus Caldas, assistant provost for international faculty collaboration and educational programs in the Office of International Programs, “Raising your International Profile” speakers will highlight those K-State faculty, staff and K-State related organizations who are doing exceptional work in our campus community to elevate the level of international awareness. The first presentation of the series will feature Peter Dorhout, K-State vice president for research and president of the American Chemical Society, on September 5 at noon in room 305 of the K-State Student Union.

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. 

Plan for Fall 2018 Graduation Deadlines
Faculty who have graduate students planning to graduate in fall 2018 are encouraged to review the calendar of graduation and commencement deadlines and work with their students to develop a timeline for completing requirements on time. In addition to the deadlines calendar, faculty and students are encouraged to use the Deadlines for Graduation and ETDR Submission guide for their degree type, which provides detailed instructions for completing each requirement for graduation, ETDR submission, and commencement registration.

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

The Library and Your Research – Starting Your Literature Review

In this first session of the fall series workshops, graduate students will learn why a literature review is important, how to use K-State Libraries’ databases to select articles, how to evaluate the articles, and how to organize the review. Article searching will be demonstrated using education and social sciences databases, but the concepts will be applicable to all disciplines.  This session will be held on September 10, from 10:30-11:30am. All sessions will be held in the College of Business, room 3114. All sessions are also available by Zoom. The Zoom link and full workshop series schedule is available on the K-State Libraries website.


NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Information Session

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s or doctoral degrees. This session will take an in-depth look at the requirements for an NSF GFRP submission. A panel of faculty members who have served on review panels for this program will discuss tips and provide advice that will not be found in this program’s Request for Proposals. GRFP student awardees will also be part of the panel to provide insight on their experience in submitting to this program. Students who are serious about submitting to this program should not miss this session, which will be held on September 11, from 3:30-5:00pm in 207 K-State Student Union. Advanced registration is requested.


CIRTL – Writing an Effective NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Proposal

In addition to the NSF GRFP information session hosted at K-State, students also are encouraged to participate in online workshops hosted by CIRTL (the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning). Students must create a CIRTL account and register to participate in this and other online workshops. Learn more about CIRTL.


Accepting Applications - Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science is now accepting applications for the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program (2018 Solicitation 2). The SCGSR program provides doctoral dissertation/thesis research opportunities for graduate students at DOE national laboratories. View details about the program and application. Applications are due 5:00pm Eastern Time on November 15, 2018.


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 - 3:00pm. 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 11:59pm, CST