Graduate School Weekly Newsletter
January 26th, 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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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.


Canvas Graduate Student Success Guide

The Graduate School adds new graduate students to our Canvas Graduate Student Success Guide (previously named “Graduate School Orientation”). In the fall 2020 semester, all current graduate students were added to the course. We have found some returning students who were not added to the course in the fall (likely because they were not enrolled in the fall semester or enrolled late). Continuing students who were not added to the course in the fall and are enrolled for the spring semester are being added to the Canvas course. Any students who were not added to the course in the fall will not be added until they enroll for the spring semester. We will continue adding students after the spring semester beings. Students are encouraged to utilize the course content and resources throughout their graduate career. Department heads, graduate program directors, program staff, and graduate faculty may request access to the course by contacting Megan Miller (


Graduate Faculty

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.


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.


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. February 1 is the deadline for graduate students to apply for GSC travel awards for travel to academic and professional events that begin anytime in April.


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. CST. Register 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.