April 6th, 2021
This newsletter is distributed to department heads, graduate program directors, graduate
program contact staff, and graduate faculty. Graduate students receive a weekly email
on Mondays from the Graduate Student Council. Information about student events and opportunities are also shared here to keep
graduate program administrators, faculty, and staff informed.
Newsletter distribution reducing to every other week
Based on feedback received, distribution of the Graduate School newsletter will reduce to every other week. Special messages will be sent if critical information needs to be shared between newsletters. Faculty and staff are still welcome to share feedback on the newsletter in a brief survey.
Contribute to advancing graduate education and to supporting your work
The Graduate School will distribute brief surveys to constituent groups (department heads, graduate program directors, graduate faculty, graduate program staff, and associate deans of graduate/research). The surveys will help Graduate School leadership learn more about your roles and challenges you experiences, as well as identify opportunities for growth to facilitate graduate education success. Timeline: the survey will be sent out by Friday April 9, 2021. It will be open for three weeks, until Monday May 3, 2021. A reminder will be sent out a week before May 3rd.
We appreciate your participation and look forward to learning about your work in the graduate education area!
Graduate Program Directors
The MAGS/ProQuest Distinguished Thesis Award and CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award serve to recognize theses and dissertations that have made unique contributions to the student’s field of study. For both awards, each graduate program may nominate one student in each category: 1) Arts and Humanities, 2) Biological/Life Sciences. Nomination deadline is May 7.
Graduate Applications Processing
The internal deadline to recommend admission for International applicants for Fall 2021 was February 1st. This includes individuals who are: Living outside of the United States, applicants who are currently enrolled at an institution in the United States who plan to graduate in spring and plan to travel outside of the United States prior to August.
Departments are encouraged to submit their program recommendations for both International and Domestic applications for admission for Summer 2021 and Fall 2021.
Serve as a marshal or attend commencement as a non-hooding faculty member
Graduate faculty are invited to serve as marshals and/or to attend as non-hooding graduate faculty at one or both Graduate School commencement ceremonies on May 14, 2021. If interested in serving as a marshal or attending as non-hooding faculty, complete a brief online form by April 5.
Recognize outstanding faculty – Nominations open for Commerce Bank Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award
Nomination Deadline: May 3
Doctoral students from any discipline who have been admitted to candidacy and will be enrolled in the fall 2021 semester may apply. Applicants must demonstrate excellence in scholarship through publications and other accomplishments appropriate for his or her academic field. Application deadline is May 3.
Graduate Student Success
Celebrate your graduate students
April 5-9 is national Graduate Student Appreciation Week! Graduate students make valuable contributions to teaching, research, scholarship, creative discovery, and mentoring of graduate students. Many also engage in leadership and service to support the graduate student body and contribute to initiatives of the university. We hope you’ll express your appreciation to graduate students this week.
Anil Pant, doctoral candidate in biology, Nepal, was awarded the $17,600 Alvin and RosaLee Sarachek Predoctoral Honors Fellowship in Molecular Biology.
The Graduate Student Council and Graduate School are pleased to offer the following special Graduate Student Support Scholarships in spring 2021 to address some of the unmet financial needs among graduate students: 1) Technology Support Scholarship, 2) Course Fee Support Scholarship, and 3) Publication Support Scholarship. Priority application deadline is April 9.
Upcoming Events and Deadlines
View the Graduate School’s full calendar of events.