April 23, 2019 Events and Deadlines
This newsletter is distributed to department heads, graduate program directors, graduate program contact staff, and graduate faculty.
Graduate Program Directors
2018-2019 Commerce Bank Distinguished Graduate Faculty
The Graduate School is pleased to recognize Dr. Kimberly Kirkpatrick, professor of Psychological Sciences at the 2018-2019 Commerce Bank Distinguished Graduate Faculty. Please save the following date for their upcoming lecture. Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 3:30 p.m. 4061 Business Building, Executive Conference Room.
Call for nominations: Distinguished Thesis and Distinguished Dissertation Awards
The Graduate School is now accepting nominations for the MAGS/ProQuest Distinguished Thesis Award and the CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award. This year’s award categories are 1) Biological/Life Sciences and 2) Fine Arts and Humanities. These awards serve to recognize theses and dissertations that make an unusually significant contribution to their field. Each graduate program may submit one nomination for the thesis award and one nomination for the dissertation award. Please visit the award webpages for more information. Nominations must be submitted to the Graduate School, 113-119 Eisenhower Hall, or via email to Megan Miller (email@example.com) no later than 5:00 pm on May 3, 2019.
Graduate School student forms can now be submitted electronically via the student forms dashboard on the Graduate School website. Forms submitted electronically through the forms dashboard will be sent through an approval workflow using Decisions which is a business workflow and rule platform administered by the K-State Office of Mediated Education. Students, faculty and staff can access the forms dashboard by navigating to “Academics” on the Graduate School homepage and selecting the “Form Finder”. The direct URL for Graduate School forms: https://www.k-state.edu/grad/academics/forms/
After opening the form finder page, click on “Electronic Form Submission” to get to
the forms dashboard. You will be required to log in/authenticate with your K-State
eID and password in order to access the forms dashboard:
Most forms will be routed to the major professor, committee members, and department head or graduate program director for review. Each of these individuals will receive an e-mail from <firstname.lastname@example.org> with a link to the form to be reviewed in Decisions. After clicking the link to the form, the reviewer must log in/authenticate with their K-State eID and password to open the form. The reviewer can either approve the form or return it to the student for suggested changes.
After all required committee member approvals are complete, the form will be forwarded to the Graduate School for final review and processing by the appropriate degree analyst. If approved, a copy of the final form will be e-mailed to the student, major professor and program contact/coordinator after graduate school processing is complete.
The Graduate School will conduct training sessions for graduate program directors, faculty, and support staff by request. Please send an e-mail to Scott Schlender <email@example.com> to request a training session. Training sessions for groups can be scheduled in the Graduate School classroom space (EH121) or for individuals in their office or Scott Schlender's office (EH114).
Celebrate the final weeks of the spring semester by participating in the Graduate Student Council’s Grad Dash 5k. Race day is Saturday, May 11 and will be held on the K-State campus. Registration fee is $18 for race participation and a t-shirt, but there also are options for race registration or t-shirt only. Registration and payment must be submitted by April 25 to secure a t-shirt. Event proceeds will support GSC initiatives and activities.
The Graduate School is accepting nominations for the Commerce Bank Distinguished Graduate
Faculty Award. The award honors current members of the graduate faculty who are recognized
nationally and internationally for their outstanding scholarly achievements and for
their contributions to graduate education at the university. Recipients of the award
will receive an honorarium and will be recognized during the fall Graduate School
commencement ceremony and during a public lecture to the campus community. The link provides information to be submitted as one Word or PDF file to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 3, 2019.
Through the generosity of Dr. Ron and Mrs. Rae Iman, the K-State Alumni Association
annually honors K-State faculty for outstanding accomplishments in teaching and research.
Nominations are accepted from current K-State faculty and staff, so we encourage you
to promote this award to your staff. The Dr. Ron and Rae Iman Outstanding Faculty Award for Research will be awarded to a full-time K-State faculty member who has distinguished him or
herself in their chosen profession and who have contributed significantly through
research to improve the betterment of the educational experience or whose research
has had a significant impact on their area of study. The Dr. Ron and Rae Iman Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching will be awarded to a full-time K-State faculty member and is designed to honor excellence
in high quality of instruction, strong relationships with students inside and outside
of the classroom, and reputation for scholarship and distinguished service to the
To secure a transcript at the end of the Spring 2019 term with final grades included, there are important actions graduating students must take. Diplomas for Spring 2019 graduates will be mailed approximately eight weeks after spring commencement. Graduates must be sure their desired mailing address is listed for their degree/diploma address in KSIS.
Mock Interviews for International Students
On Thursday, April 25th, the Career Center will be conducting individual mock interviews for international students to practice their interviewing skills. Interested students should select an interview time in via the Sign-Up Genius Form. Prior to their mock interview, students should watch the “Preparing for an Interview” presentation facilitated by Mary Ellen Barkley, Assistant Director in the Career Center. Students should arrive at the Berney Family Welcome Center at least 5 minutes prior to their scheduled interview time on April 25th. If interested but unable to participate on April 25th, students can schedule a Mock Interview Appointment anytime with their Career Advisor through their Handshake account.
De-Escalation Techniques in the Classroom
April 26, 2-4 pm, 127 Leadership Studies
As citizen and community science initiatives build momentum around the world, this year's fourth annual City Nature Challenge will expand to more than 150 cities across six continents. Kicking off April 26 at 12:01 a.m. in each time zone, the challenge runs through 11:59 p.m. April 29. The student chapter of the Wildlife Society at K-State is helping to bring the City Nature Challenge to Riley County. K-State students challenge citizens of Riley County to participate and document wildlife in their backyards.
May 1 is the deadline for graduate students to apply for GSC travel awards for travel to academic and professional events that begin anytime in July.
The Science Communication Fellowship is specifically designed for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers and is Sunset Zoo's flagship program of it's Behind the Science initiative. Fellows will enhance their science communication skills through a dynamic, engaging, and participatory workshop series. They also will develop a hands-on educational activity to use in multiple settings at Sunset Zoo and beyond, as well as a personalized webpage to engage multiple audiences with their work on Sunset Zoos Behind the Science website. Application and more information available on the Sunset Zoo website. The application deadline is May 3rd at 5:00 pm.
The K-State Alumni Association and Student Alumni Board invite all students graduating in May or August to the Grad Bash at the K-State Alumni Center on Thursday, May 9th, from 4-6 p.m. Enjoy a free food served by members of the K-State administration. There will also be a free gift from the Alumni Association(while supplies last), prize drawings, and the opportunity to network with other graduates.