Graduate School Weekly Newsletter

February 18, 2019    Events and Deadlines

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

Graduate Program Directors 

Updates to Department and Graduate Program Contact Information

Please keep the Graduate School informed of department head, graduate program director, and graduate program contact staff changes in your unit so that we may keep our internal directory updated accordingly. We also maintain listservs for each of these groups: department heads (gdh-l), graduate program directors (gpd-l), and graduate program contact staff (gpc-l). The lists must be manually updated, and we want to be sure to add or remove the appropriate individuals as there are administrative and staffing changes. As your unit has changes in these roles, please send updates to Julie Eisenhut at 

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

All are invited to attend the Three Minute Thesis final competition this Thursday, February 21 in the K-State Alumni Center. The event will begin with a social period at 5:30 pm, and the formal program will begin at 6:00 pm. Final competition participants and their presentation titles are listed on the Three Minute Thesis webpage. Judges will select first and second place winners, and the audience will vote for their favorite presentation for the People’s Choice award. The first place presenter will represent K-State at the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools 3MT competition in St. Louis, Missouri on March 22.

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.

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

Capitol Graduate Research Summit

Ten graduate students will represent K-State at the 16th annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit (CGRS). The CGRS is an annual showcase of research conducted by graduate students from Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Kansas State University, Pittsburg State University, University of Kansas, the University of Kansas Medical Center, and Wichita State University. Participants share their research posters with state legislators and members of the Kansas Board of Regents. The top presenters from each university will receive $500 scholarships sponsored by the participating institutions and BioKansas. February 26, 2019, 2nd Floor Rotunda of State Capitol Building, Topeka. View a list of those presenting from Kansas State University.

The Library and Your Research – Retaining Rights to Promote Your Research 

February 25, 1:30-2:30 pm, 1053 College of Business Building Writing and publishing your scholarly work can be an exciting undertaking but also a daunting task. This workshop will cover how to understand publisher copyright contracts, your rights as an author, and how to potentially retain more of your rights when you decide to publish. Those who are unable to attend in person may join by Zoom.  

GSC Professional Development Seminar: Blogging and Disseminating Your Research Digitally 

February 26, noon-1:00 pm, Cottonwood Room, K-State Student Union. Offered in conjunction with the Kansas Science Communication Initiative (KSCI), in this session, attendees will hear from K-State student and faculty researchers who use blogs to disseminate their work and will learn how to begin their own research blog or how to contribute to existing blogs, such as Science Snapshots.  

GSC Professional Development Seminar Video Recordings 

Video recordings from 2018-2019 GSC Professional Development seminars are now available on the GSC website. Students who are unable to attend seminars in person may earn the GSC Professional Development certificate by viewing seminar video recordings and completing the seminar feedback survey. Graduate students must attend (or view recordings) and complete feedback survey of five events within the academic year to be presented with the GSC’s Professional Development Certificate.  

Deadline for Master's and Doctoral students planning to graduate in the spring 2019 

February 28 is the deadline for master's and doctoral students to complete the Graduation Application in KSIS if they plan to graduate in spring 2019. NOTE: Completing the Graduation Application will NOT register you for commencement. If you wish to attend commencement, a link to register for the ceremony will be sent to you later in the spring semester if an approval to schedule final examination form is on file in the Graduate School. 

Graduate Student Council Travel Awards 

March 1 is the deadline for graduate students to apply for GSC travel awards for travel to academic and professional events that begin anytime in May.  

Dr. Michaeline Chance-Reay Community Woman Scholarship 

The Dr. Michaeline Chance-Reay Community Woman Scholarship is designated for a non-traditional, female graduate student. It was established in 2006 with the first scholarship being offered in 2007-08.  Applicants must demonstrate financial need, academic commitment, and community service. The recipient must meet one or more of the following criteria: 25 years of age or older, married, a parent, a veteran, or returning to graduate school after an absence of three years or more. The application deadline is April 1, 2019.