Graduate School Weekly Newsletter
February 2nd, 2021    Events and Deadlines

This newsletter is distributed to department heads, graduate program directors, graduate program contact staff, and graduate faculty.

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Town Hall Meet and Greet with Dr. Claudia Petrescu

Feb. 11, 10:00am

Department heads, graduate program directors, and graduate faculty are invited to a virtual town hall with Dr. Claudia Petrescu, new Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School. Join the town hall via Zoom.


Graduate Program Directors

Accepting Nominations: Timothy R. Donoghue Graduate Scholarship Program

The Graduate School is accepting nominations for the Timothy R. Donoghue Graduate Scholarships for the 2021-2022 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 2021-2022 academic year to support a maximum of 10 masters and 20 doctoral applicants.  The scholarship is renewable for a second academic year. Nominations are due February 19, 2021Learn more about the nomination process and scholarship guidelines.


Graduate Faculty

'Graduate Students Research in the Age of COVID' panel discussion

The Center for Pure and Applied Mathematics (CPAM) will host a panel discussion examining "Graduate Students' Research in the Age of COVID: How Leadership Methods Have Adapted to the New Research Environment." It will take place from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, via Zoom. Contact us at if you have any questions.

If you are interested, please register through Google Forms by 5 p.m. Feb. 3


Nominate Graduate Students for Alumni Association Awards

The Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for 2021 awards programs. Graduate students may be nominated for many of these programs and are eligible if they plan to graduate in May, August, or December 2021. If you have graduate students who have excelled in academics or made significant contributions in leadership and service, you are encouraged to nominate them for an Alumni Association award to help recognize their accomplishments. The nomination deadline for all awards is February 16. Learn more on the Alumni Association website.


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 31 and April 1, 2021. If interested in serving as a judge, please complete a brief online form to express your interest and provide your availability for the day.


Commerce Bank 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 leadership and contributions to graduate education at K-State and their outstanding scholarly achievements. 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. Nomination materials should be submitted as one Word or PDF file to by May 3, 2021.


Graduate Students 

New International Student Check-In

All new international graduate students are required to check in via email with International Student and Scholar Services at upon their arrival.

They should also email the Graduate School at to make an appointment to bring their official transcripts to the Graduate School.  Graduate School needs to limit the number of people in the lobby due to COVID-19.

New students are required to complete the TB questionnaire on Lafene Health Center’s patient portal at and click on myLafene+ patient portal.  They will not be able to enroll until they complete the questionnaire and Lafene Health Center officials have removed the hold on the enrollment.  Any questions regarding this matter, please contact Lafene Health Center.


Complete a Survey to Help Create a Grad Student Housing Guide

The Graduate Student Council and Graduate School encourage graduate students who live in Manhattan to complete a brief survey about their housing experiences. Survey responses will be used to create a housing guide, which will be a valuable resource for incoming students. Securing housing can be one of the most challenging aspects of the transition to a new institution for graduate school. Those who complete the survey may record their name and email address at the end of the survey (on the “confirm identity” page) for a chance to win a gift from Radina’s. Complete the survey.


“The Library and Your Research” workshops for graduate students

The K-State Libraries research workshop series for graduate students begins Monday, February 8, with weekly workshops every Monday through March 29 at 1:30pm. Workshop will cover literature reviews, citation and reference management, copyright, and more.  All sessions will be held via Zoom. A full schedule and Zoom link are available on the K-State Libraries website.


GSC Professional Development – Grant Writing 101 Workshop

Feb. 18 – 1:00-5:00pm

This training is aimed at informing graduate students and post-docs about various aspects of the grant writing process. Whether you are new to grant writing, or have some experience, information presented will be very relevant and valuable for you. This workshop will include: Grant writing orientation, writing the narrative and project summary, budget justification, reviewing criteria and evaluation, and developing your objectives and goals. Register in advance to receive Zoom meeting information.


Graduate Student Coffee Chat with the Dean

K-State graduate students are invited to monthly Coffee Chat sessions with Dean Petrescu. These informal sessions are a great opportunity for graduate students to connect with Graduate School leadership to share their experiences, express concerns, and ask questions to facilitate student success. Chat sessions will be held virtually via Zoom. The first Coffee Chat will be February 23 at noon.


Graduate Student Council Travel Awards

The GSC continues to accept travel award applications, and applications must be submitted by the appropriate deadline. However, per the announcement made on March 14, 2020, all university-affiliated or sponsored travel is banned until further notice, and students should not make travel arrangements until the ban is lifted, unless granted special university approval. At this time, GSC travel awards may be used to reimburse registration fees associated with conferences being held in a virtual format. March 1 is the deadline for graduate students to apply for GSC travel awards for travel to academic and professional events that begin anytime in May.


Accepting Applications for Sarachek Predoctoral Honors Fellowship

The Graduate School is accepting applications for the Sarachek Predoctoral Honors Fellowship in Molecular Biology.  The fellowship provides an award of $17,000 to assist with the recipient’s transition to the next stage of their career. This award is 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. Applicants 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 website.  The application deadline is March 2, 2021.


NSF Insights on Fellowships, Internships, and Funding STEM Pathways Webinar

This webinar specifically focuses on research and professional development opportunities for students and early career professionals. An AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow and NSF Program Officers will share the criteria and processes required to receive NSF supported fellowships and internships through programs such as the Graduate Research Fellow Program, NSF EPSCoR, and NSF INTERN, and AAAS. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2021, at 3 p.m. CSTRegister for the webinar.


Registration open for annual Three Minute Thesis Competition

Masters and doctoral students completing research as part of their graduate program of study are invited to participate in the annual Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT). In this year’s virtual format, participants will submit a video of their three-minute presentation with a single, static slide. The competition consists of two rounds, in which video presentations will be played live in a Zoom session. Final round judges will select first and second place winners, and the audience will select a people's choice award winner. The first-place presenter will represent K-State in the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) 3MT® Competition. Students must register by February 8 and submit their video by February 17. Competition dates are February 19 (first round) and February 24 (final round). Visit K-State’s 3MT website for more information.


Registration open for K-State Graduate Research, Arts, and Discovery Forum

Registration is open for the Graduate Student Council's annual K-State GRAD Forum. Graduate students from all disciplines are invited to participate and may register to give either an oral presentation on March 31 or a poster presentation on April 1. Presentations will be grouped into sessions by broad research areas. Judges will select the most outstanding presentation in each session to receive an award. Registration and abstract submission deadline: February 12, 2021, at 11:59 pm CST. Registration and more event information is available on the K-GRAD webpage.