Graduate School Weekly Newsletter

May 4th, 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.


Graduate School Commencement Updates

While the Graduate School is involved in some aspects of coordinating Graduate School commencement, overall planning and decision making regarding the commencement ceremonies is being handled by the Office of Enrollment Management. Per the announcement made in K-State Today, there will be a single Graduate School commencement ceremony on May 14 at 9:00am in Bill Snyder Family Stadium for all 2020 and spring 2021 masters and doctoral graduates. Previously, graduates who completed the RSVP form by April 26 were allocated six guest tickets. Those students will receive two additional tickets in their K-State email by Monday, May 10.

The Graduate School is sending information to hooding faculty and terminal degree students. The University Commencement Coordinating Committee will send logistical instructions to registered students next week. Full details about commencement can be found on the commencement website. Students should direct questions about logistics and guest tickets should be directed to

Department Heads

Graduate Pathway Information Session

The Graduate School and the English Language Program will hold an information session for Graduate Program Directors, Department Heads, and Contact Staff who might be interested in admitting graduate students under the recently approved Graduate Pathway program. Click here to refer to the policy in the Graduate Handbook Chapter 1, Section B4 on the website. 

Date/Time: May 12th 2:30 pm
Zoom link:


Annual CollegeNet Updates

Annual CollegeNet Updates are due May 31st. The Graduate School requests all programs to review their program-specific area of the online graduate application for updates.

Changes should be submitted to Joe Horan, the admissions coordinator, at


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 Student Success

GSC Awards and Recognition Reception

The annual GSC Awards and Recognition Reception serves to recognize accomplishments of K-State graduate students from across the university.

The 2021 reception will be held on May 7 at 1:00pm, CST, via Zoom. Visit the event website to view a list of students and faculty who will be recognized and to RSVP for Zoom access


Promote Science Communication Fellows Program

Applications are being accepted for the 2021 cohort of the Science Communication Fellowship program. The Fellowship is specifically designed for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers, and is Sunset Zoo's flagship program of it's Behind the Science initiative. Fellows will enhance their science communication skills, develop a hands-on educational activity to engage with the public, and expand their professional network. Application deadline is May 9.


The Histochemical Society Cornerstone Grants

Application Deadline: June 30, 2021

The Histochemical Society’s Graduate Medical Trainee and Graduate Student Cornerstone Grant is encourages interest in histochemistry and histochemical-based research techniques in early-career physicians and scientists. This grant will provide funds to assist graduate medical trainees and graduate students in conducting research involving immunohistochemistry or histochemical techniques and in situ hybridization. The 2021 grant amount is $2,000. Applicants must be graduate medical trainees (residency or fellowship), graduate students (PhD or thesis-based Master’s), or combined degree program students. Click here to submit an application for a Cornerstone or Capstone Grant.

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

View the Graduate School’s full calendar of events.

May 7 Application deadline, Nominated students for Distinguished Thesis and Distinguished Dissertation Awards
May 7

GSC Awards and Recognition Reception, click here to RSVP for access.

May 9 Application deadline, Science Communication Fellowship program
May 25 Graduate Student Virtual Coffee Chat with the Dean, Noon. Register here
May 31 Deadline, Annual CollegeNet updates, send to