Graduate School Weekly Newsletter

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

Nominate students for Distinguished Thesis and Distinguished Dissertation Awards

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.

Graduate Faculty

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.


Promote use of original ETDR templates to prevent technical problems

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.


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

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, 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


Nominate doctoral candidates for the University Distinguished Professors Graduate Student Award 

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

Accepting Applications: Graduate Student Support Scholarships

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.


2021 Graduate Student Council Executive Officer Elections

Applications are being accepted for the following executive officer positions. Terms for these positions begin in May 2021. Application deadline is March 26, 2021.

  • President Elect (two-year term; serves as president in second year)
  • Treasurer (one-year term)
  • Secretary (one-year term)

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

View the Graduate School’s full calendar of events.

Graduate Student Leadership Series: Intercultural Leadership

March 25

Graduate Student Virtual Coffee Chat with the Dean

March 25

GSC Professional Development Seminar: Using LinkedIn for Industry Jobs

March 25

Deadline to submit Approval to Schedule Final Exam form for Spring 2021 graduation

March 26

2021 Graduate Student Council Executive Officer Application Deadline

March 26

The Library and Your Research Workshop: After Graduation: Accessing Research on the Job

March 29

K-State Graduate Research, Arts, and Discovery Forum Oral Presentations

March 31

GSC Travel Award Application Deadline for June 2021

April 1

K-State Graduate Research, Arts, and Discovery Forum Poster Presentations

April 1

GSC Professional Development Seminar: Promoting Your Research on the Web

April 7

Graduate Student Support Scholarships priority application deadline

April 9

Graduate Student Leadership Series: Civic Leadership and Citizen Scholarship

April 12

GSC Professional Development Seminar: Building Professional Skills for Diverse Career Paths

April 15

Deadline: Complete degree requirements for Spring 2021 graduation

April 16

Webinar: Getting Started with ETDR Templates

April 26

Graduate Student Virtual Coffee Chat with the Dean

April 27

Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Distinguished Graduate Faculty Lecture: Thomas Phillips

April 27