March 23rd, 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.
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.
Encourage graduate students to complete survey from Graduate School
On March 17, all K-State graduate students received an invitation to share their experiences in a brief survey. Survey responses will guide strategic planning by the Graduate School to support student success and well-being. We appreciate graduate program faculty and staff encouraging students to complete the survey. The survey will remain open through March 31. Share the survey with students.
To ensure formatting requirements are followed when writing and electronic thesis, dissertation, or report, it’s recommended that students use an ETDR template when they begin writing. Students should access an original template from the ETDR website, rather than inheriting a template from another graduate student because the template can be outdated or have other functionality issues.
A few more judges are still needed for virtual K-GRAD presentations on March 31 and April 1. If interested, view the presentation session times and notify Adelaide Klutse (GSC Research Forums Committee co-chair, firstname.lastname@example.org) of your availability and interest. Your involvement is greatly appreciated!
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.
Plan for graduation and commencement
Graduate faculty should be familiar with graduation requirements and deadlines and work with their students to meet the deadlines in their intended semester of graduation. Visit the Graduation and Commencement section of the Graduate School’s website for checklists and more information. Details for May commencement ceremonies to recognize all 2020 graduates and spring 2021 graduates are still being finalized. More information will be shared throughout the semester.
Graduate Student Success
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.
Applications are being accepted for the following executive officer positions. Terms for these positions begin in May 2021. Application deadline is March 26, 2021.
Upcoming Events and Deadlines
View the Graduate School’s full calendar of events.
Graduate Student Leadership Series: Intercultural Leadership
GSC Professional Development Seminar: Using LinkedIn for Industry Jobs
The Library and Your Research Workshop: After Graduation: Accessing Research on the Job
GSC Professional Development Seminar: Promoting Your Research on the Web
Graduate Student Support Scholarships priority application deadline
Graduate Student Leadership Series: Civic Leadership and Citizen Scholarship
GSC Professional Development Seminar: Building Professional Skills for Diverse Career Paths
Webinar: Getting Started with ETDR Templates
Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Distinguished Graduate Faculty Lecture: Thomas Phillips