Graduate School Weekly Newsletter

February 12, 2019    Events and Deadlines

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

Graduate Program Directors 

Nominate Graduate Students for K-State Alumni Association Awards

K-State Alumni Association is seeking nominations for three awards that graduate students are eligible to be nominated: Graduate Student Awards for Academics and Service and Leadership, and Tony Jurich Community Commitment and Leadership Student Awards. Nominations forms and information available on the Alumni Association website. Due by Wednesday, February 20 at 5:00 p.m

International Student Scholarship

The K-State Alumni Association invited international K-State students to apply for one of ten $500 International Student Scholarships. You must be a degree-seeking graduate or undergraduate Kansas State University student enrolled at the Manhattan, Polytechnic or Olathe campus. Your leadership experience at K-State has helped promote international involvement on campus.
Students applying for the fall 2019 scholarship must complete a scholarship application by March 4, 2019.

Attend the Annual Three Minute Thesis Competition

Heat, or preliminary, competitions for the Three Minute Thesis will be held February 13 between 1:00-5:00pm in 3094 College of Business. Heat schedules are available on the Three Minute Thesis webpage. Heat competitions are open to the public. Judges will select 8-10 participants to compete in the final competition on February 21, at 5:30 pm in the Alumni Center Banquet Room. The final competition also is open to the public.

Volunteer to be a Judge at the K-State GRAD Forum

The Graduate Student Council is calling for faculty and post-doc judge volunteers for the annual K-State Graduate Research, Arts, and Discovery (GRAD) Forum, which will be held March 26 and 27, 2019.  If interested in serving as a judge, please complete a brief online form to express your interest and provide your availability for the day.

Call for Nominations: Timothy R. Donoghue Graduate Scholarships for 2019-2020 academic year

This scholarship program was initiated by Timothy Donoghue, former Graduate School dean, as a way to recruit top candidates throughout the United States to K-State graduate programs by offering graduate assistantship packages that are highly competitive. Donoghue Scholarships enhance the maximum package a graduate program can offer to top candidates, making the total package a partnership between the graduate program and the Graduate School. Funding is available for the 2019-2020 academic year to support a maximum of 10 masters and 20 doctoral applicants. The scholarship is renewable for a second academic year.  Submit nomination form to including a strong and detailed justification for the nomination by February 15, 2019.

Update to application procedure for Sarachek Predoctoral Honors Fellowship and Travel Awards

As announced in previous weeks, the Graduate School is accepting applications for the Sarachek Predoctoral Honors Fellowship and Travel Awards in Molecular Biology.  The fellowship provides an award of $17,000 to assist with the recipient’s transition to the next stage of his or her career. Additionally, up to three Sarachek Scientific Travel Awards of $1,000 each may be awarded annually. The award webpage previously instructed students to submit application materials in the K-State Scholarship Network (KSN). The Graduate School was made aware of some issues with KSN and has revised the application process. Students should submit Sarachek application materials to An updated application form and instructions are available on the Sarachek Fellowship webpageApplication deadline: March 1, 2019.

Division of Student Life Graduate Assistant Campus Visit Day

During the Graduate Assistant Visit Day on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, prospective graduate students can visit K-State, interview with Student Life departments/offices that have openings for the 2019-2020 academic year, and meet faculty within their program of interest. If you have students who may be interested in this opportunity, please encourage them to visit the Student Life Graduate Assistantship Opportunities webpage. Students who wish to attend must register for the Campus Visit Day no later than 5:00 pm on March 5, 2019.  

Registration now open for SciComm 2019

The Kansas Science Communication Initiative (KSCI) is excited to host the SciComm 2019 conference in partnership with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Save the date: March 22-24, 2019 in Manhattan! 

University Distinguished Professors Graduate Student Award 

The Graduate School is accepting applications for the University Distinguished Professors Graduate Student Award. Eligible graduate students must be admitted to candidacy at the time of application, in their last year of his or her doctoral degree program, be enrolled in the fall of the academic year of the award. The award is available to eligible students who meet the above criteria in any K-State college, department or program. Students may nominate themselves. K-State faculty may also submit nominations. Application materials should be submitted as one Word or PDF file to  by April 1, 2019. 

Commerce Bank and WT Kemper Foundation Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award

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  by May 3, 2019 

Graduate Students

Master’s and Doctoral Degree Check Walk-In Sessions
February 11-15, 9:00-11:00 am and 2:00-4:00 pm
Masters and doctoral students planning to graduate in Spring 2019 are invited to attend degree check walk-in sessions. Degree analysts will be available to answer questions about graduation and commencement requirements and make sure students are on track to graduate this semester. Students are encouraged to review graduation and commencement information, especially their appropriate requirements and deadlines checklist, prior to visiting with a degree specialist. 

The Library and Your Research – Getting a Head Start on Using the ETDR Writing Template

February 18, 1:30-2:30 pm, 1053 College of Business Building workshop will help graduate students get started using the ETDR Template for their electronic thesis, dissertation, or report, which meets the Graduate School's formatting requirements.  Use of Word special features and some citation management and copyright will be covered. Don't wait until the last minute to learn the ropes on using the template documenting all your hard work. Those who are unable to attend in person may join by Zoom.

GSC-KPA Professional Development Seminar – Grant Writing 101

February 14, 1:00-5:00 pm, K-State Student Union Wildcat Chamber
This training is aimed at informing graduate students, post-docs, and early career faculty about various aspects of the grant writing process. Whether you are new to grant writing, or have some experience, the information presented will be very relevant and valuable for you, including: terminology and the grant writing process, writing the narrative and project summary, developing your budget, and understanding the review criteria and review process.