Graduate School Weekly Newsletter

February 17th, 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.

New Format! Share your feedback

Based on faculty and staff feedback, you’ll see a revised format for this week’s newsletter. We welcome your feedback on these changes, as well as other suggestions for improvements. Share your feedback in a brief survey.

Graduate Program Directors

Recruit top applicants to your program – Accepting nominations for Donoghue Scholarship

Nomination Deadline: Feb. 19

The Graduate School is accepting nominations for the Timothy R. Donoghue Graduate Scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year to support a maximum of 10 masters and 20 doctoral applicants.

Graduate Faculty

Recognize outstanding graduating students with Alumni Association Awards

Nomination Deadline: Feb. 16

Cheer on your students – Attend the Three Minute Thesis Competition

Thirty-six graduate students representing 21 programs are registered for the annual 3MT! Visit the 3MT website to view presentation titles for the first round of competition on February 19. Zoom links for first round heats coming soon!

Engage in service - volunteer to be a Judge at the K-State GRAD Forum

Recognize outstanding faculty – Nominations open for Commerce Bank Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award

Nomination Deadline: May 16

Graduate Student Success

Encourage participation – Deadline extended to share research at K-GRAD

The registration deadline for the K-State Graduate Research, Arts, and Discovery Forum has been extended to February 17, 11:59pm. Encourage your students to register to share their research and gain presentation experience.

Facilitate Timely Degree Progress

To ensure a smooth route to graduation, please work with your students to submit a program of study by completion of 9 graduate hours. Having a program of study on file early in their graduate career makes degree expectations clear for the student and supervisory committee. This also makes processing more efficient for Graduate School degree analysts when the student has several forms and documents to submit for graduation. Access the Program of Study and other electronic forms.

Results of Student Success Survey

In January, the Office of Student Success distributed a brief survey to K-State students asking about their K-State experience during the pandemic and how confident they are in continuing their studies at K-State for spring 2021. Here we provide a summary of graduate student* survey responses.

  • 694 graduate students completed the survey (approx. 17% of graduate student population)
  • In response to the statement, “I am confident that I will continue my studies at K-State for the spring 2021 semester,” 92% of graduate students responded “strongly agree” or “agree”.

*College of APDesign students were not included in this survey because they received a similar survey from their college prior to distribution of the Office of Student Success survey.

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

View the Graduate School’s full calendar of events.

Register for the K-State Graduate Research, Arts, and Discovery Forum

Registration deadline: Feb. 17

Grant Writing 101 Workshop, GSC Professional Development Event

Feb. 18, 1:00-5:00pm

Capitol Graduate Research Summit

Feb. 18-25

Three Minute Thesis Competition

First round - Feb. 19, 11:00am
Final round - Feb. 24, 3:00pm

Managing Citations and References library workshop

Feb. 22, 1:30pm

Graduate Student Virtual Coffee Chat with the Dean

Feb. 23, noon-1:00pm

Graduate Student Leadership Development Workshop – Leading with Your Strengths

February 24, 7:00-8:30pm

Graduate Student Town Hall with the Dean

Feb. 25

Graduate Student Council Travel Awards

Application deadline: March 1 for events that begin anytime in May

Starting Your Literature Review in the Sciences library workshop

March 1, 1:30pm

Financial Support for Career Transition – Sarachek Predoctoral Honors Fellowship

Application deadline: March 2