Graduate School Weekly Newsletter

January 22, 2019    Events and Deadlines

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

Graduate Program Directors 

Spring Graduate Student Orientation Video Recordings 

If new graduate students in your program were unable to attend the Graduate School’s orientation sessions held on January 16th, please encourage them to view the video recordings of these sessions.

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

Updated changes to the Graduate Catalog "In Progress 2019-2020 Graduate Catalog"

Please select the correct catalog for changes that have been made by selecting in the drop down arrow "In Progress 2019-2020 Graduate Catalog". The program automatically defaults to the Archived version, this will need changed each time you are viewing the most current changes to the catalog. 

Call for graduate student nominations: Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) workshop

The Graduate School is accepting nominations for two graduate students in STEM-related fields to attend the AAAS Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) workshop March 24-27 in Washington, DC. For more details, see the full announcement in K-State Today. To nominate a student, the graduate program director or department chair must provide a short — approximately 100 words — paragraph on why they are nominating the student. The student also must provide a short — approximately 100 word — paragraph addressing why he or she would like to attend the workshop, what they expect to gain from the experience, and how it would fit into their career plans, as well as a short CV. Please send nomination documents to Megan Miller ( by 5:00pm on February 10.  Questions can be directed to Carol Shanklin (, dean of the Graduate School. 

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

Graduate Faculty 

Accepting Applications for Sarachek Predoctoral Honors Fellowship and Travel Awards

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. These awards are intended to recognize exceptional achievement in scholastics and research. Students must show evidence of effective communication of research results through publications in leading journals and presentations at national and international meetings. In order to be eligible, a student must have completed preliminary exams, been admitted to candidacy, and their research must rely significantly on one or more contemporary molecular biological techniques. Additional information and application instructions are available on the Graduate School’s website.  Application deadline: March 1, 2019.

The Graduate School is accepting nominations for the Timothy R. Donoghue Graduate Scholarships for the 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.

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 5:00pm on March 5, 2019.  

Save the date 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! Registration information and a call for abstracts will be coming soon.

Graduate Students

Graduate Student Council Travel Awards 

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

Three Minute Thesis Competition Registration Open

Registration is open for the Graduate School's 2019 Three Minute Thesis competition, which challenges graduate students to present a compelling oration on their thesis/dissertation topic and its significance in just three minutes using just one slide. 3MT® facilitates development of academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition focuses on the students' ability to communicate the importance of their research to the broader community. Heats, or preliminary competitions will be held on February 13. Judges will select participants from each heat to compete in the final competition on February 21. Registration deadline: February 1, 2019 at 5:00pm CST.

K-State Graduate Research, Arts, and Discovery (GRAD) Forum Registration Open

Registration is open for the Graduate Student Council's 2019 K-State GRAD Forum. Graduate students from all disciplines are invited to participate and may register to give either a poster presentation on March 26 or an oral presentation on March 27. Judges will select the most outstanding presentation in each session to receive an award. Registration and abstract submission deadline: February 1, 2019 at 11:59pm CST.