Graduate School Weekly Newsletter
February 9th, 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, 2021. Learn more about the nomination process and scholarship guidelines.


Graduate Faculty

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.


Attend the Virtual Three Minute Thesis Competition

The first round of competition for the Three Minute Thesis will be held February 19. Presentation times and access to join Zoom presentation sessions will be posted on the Three Minute Thesis webpage. Judges will select 6-10 presenters for the final competition on February 24, at 3:00pm via Zoom.  All are welcome to join both rounds of competition.


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

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.


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 Leadership Development Workshop Series – Leading with Your Strengths

February 24, 7:00-8:30pm

Offered in partnership by the Graduate School, the Staley School of Leadership Studies, and the Leadership Communication Doctoral program, this leadership workshop series is open to any K-State graduate student who desires to develop their capacity to work with others and make positive change through their work, studies, and professional organizations. In this session, participants will learn a strengths-based approach that supports personal well-being, building positive relationships, improving engagement and fostering a positive workplace culture. Learn more and register.


Graduate Student Town Hall with the Dean

On February 25, Graduate students are invited to a virtual town hall with K-State’s new Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Claudia Petrescu. This session will provide an opportunity to meet Dean Petrescu and engage in open discussion on topics related to the K-State graduate student experience. 

  • Masters student session - 11:00am
  • Doctoral student session – 3:00pm

Register to receive Zoom meeting information.


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.