Graduate School Weekly Newsletter

March 5, 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 the 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 changed in these roles, please send updates to Julie Eisenhut at 


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.  

SciComm 2019 early registration extended to March 8

The Kansas Science Communication Initiative (KSCI) is hosting the SciComm 2019 conference in partnership with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, March 22-24, 2019 in Manhattan!  The deadline to register at early registration prices has been extended to March 8 ($150 for faculty/professionals, $50 for students). After March 8, registration costs increase to $200 for faculty/professionals and $75 for students.  Attendees also have until March 8 to sign up for specific conference events.

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.

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 

K-State CliftonStrengths for Students! 

In order to increase the engagement and overall well-being of students at Kansas State University, we have become a Strengths-based campus! We encourage all students to know their CliftonStrengths and engage their Strengths holistically in their life. Check out our informational PDF Flyer and share it with others! Strength Week March 4 - March 8th. Register for the workshop here. 

International Student Scholarship - Deadline Approaching! 

The application for a Fall 2019 International Student Scholarship is still open! There are multiple scholarships available for both undergraduate and graduate students. The deadline to apply is Thursday, March 7th at 11:59 pm.  

Eisenhower Hall restricted building access during spring break

During the week of spring break, due to construction taking place on the second floor, Eisenhower Hall will be accessible only from the north entrance (the entrance closest to Hale Library). The second floor will not be accessible. The graduate student space on the third floor of Eisenhower will be open but will be accessible only by the stairwell located in the building’s north entrance.

The Library and Your Research – Starting Your Literature Review in the Sciences

March 18, 1:30-2:30 pm, 1053 College of Business Building.  The workshop, attendees 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.  Those who are unable to attend in person may join by Zoom.

Spring 2019 Graduation and Commencement Deadlines

Masters and doctoral students planning to graduate this semester should be familiar with graduation and commencement requirements and deadlines. Graduates who would like their name to appear in the spring 2019 commencement program must complete the KSIS graduation application form and submit the Approval to Schedule Final Examination form to the Graduate School by March 29.  All other requirements (submission of final exam ballot, ETDR ballot, and ETDR) must be completed by April 19 for a student to be a spring 2019 graduate and to participate in the spring commencement ceremony on May 17.  Students should refer to the appropriate Deadlines for Graduation and ETDR Submission Checklist  for instructions on completing all graduation requirements.

Airport Cooperative Research Program 2019-2020 Graduate Research Award Program

The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP), a program of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, offers $12,000 Graduate Research Awards that include mentoring by national experts assigned by the ACRP, facilitation of access to ACRP resources, an expense-paid research presentation at the Transportation Research Board annual meeting in Washington, DC, and publication in the Transportation Research Record.  U.S. and Canadian citizens and permanent residents are eligible as are students who have an active student visa throughout the award period. Eligible disciplines are wide-ranging and include, but are not limited to:  engineering, computer science, economics, psychology, human factors, safety, management, science, social science, and mathematics.  The goal of the research is to help the public sector continue to improve the quality, reliability, safety, and security of the U.S. civil aviation system well into the foreseeable future.  Applications are due on May 15, 2019.