Graduate School Weekly Newsletter

January 29, 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.

Encourage your students to complete graduate student resources survey

Alisa Pajser, Graduate Student Council Liaison to the Student Governing Association, has developed a survey to assess knowledge of resources available to graduate students and to address unmet needs. A link to the survey has been shared directly with graduate students through the weekly GSC email that is distributed on Mondays. The GSC appreciates your assistance with encouraging your graduate students to complete the survey if they have not done so already. Their responses are valuable in assessing graduate student knowledge of resources and identifying unmet needs. This survey will close at 11:59 pm on February 4, 2019. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Alisa 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

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 

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.

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 websiteApplication 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! 

Graduate Students

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 5:00 pm 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

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. 

The Library and Your Research – Starting Your Literature Review in Social Sciences and Education

February 4, 1:30-2:30 pm, 1053 College of Business Building
In this workshop, 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. For this session, article searching will be demonstrated using social sciences and education databases; however, the concepts will be applicable to all disciplines. Those who are unable to attend in person may join by Zoom.

GSC Professional Development Seminar – Presenting Your Thesis in Three Minutes or Less

February 5, 2:00-3:30 p.m., K-State Student Union Wildcat Chamber
Learning how to summarize your research in just a few minutes in a way that non-expert audiences can understand will help you refocus on the big picture of your work and why it matters.  The ability to communicate the purpose and importance of your research in three minutes can increase your confidence and the impact you have when networking at conferences, giving poster presentations, and when working with researchers from other disciplines.  Your written communication also might improve, which can be beneficial when applying for grants, fellowships, and jobs.  This session will cover basic messaging, answering the “so-what” question, pitfalls to avoid, using storytelling as a strategy for communicating to non-expert audiences, and tips on effective visual communication.  

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.