Graduate School Weekly Newsletter

January 8, 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 

The Graduate School and other campus support units will host welcome and orientation activities for new graduate students admitted to graduate programs for the spring 2019 term during the week of January 14th. A schedule of sessions and a registration form is available on the Graduate School orientation webpage. Direct email notifications have been sent to incoming graduate students who have accepted their admission offer in CollegeNet. To ensure that all students receive this information, graduate programs are encouraged to promote graduate student orientation activities to their new and current graduate students. Advanced registration is requested by January 11, but students are still welcome to attend if they do not register in advance. 

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

Howard Hughes Medical Institute- 2019 Program Announcement

The Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program supports early career life scientists in academic labs across the U.S. The HHMI seeks to increase diversity in the biomedical research community. We know that the biggest challenges in science call for diverse perspectives and original thinking. The goal of the Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program is to recruit and retain individuals from gender, racial, ethnic, and other groups underrepresented in the life sciences, including those individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. The competition opened September 12, 2018, the due date is January 9, 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

DOE Computation Science Graduate Fellowship Opportunity

The DOE CSGF provides opportunities for students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields that use high-performance computing to solve complex problems in science and engineering.  The program was expanded in 2018 to include doctoral candidates research applied mathematics, statistics and computer science advances that will contribute to the effective use of high-performing systems. DOE CSGF Deadline: January 9, 2019 

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. 3MTĀ® 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.