Graduate School Newsletter
December 14, 2021
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The Graduate School is pleased to share that over $5,500 has been raised for our Giving Tuesday campaign to generate support for graduate students raising families. We are working with the Foundation to continue work on this important initiative to assist graduate students with childcare expenses, helping relieve a financial burden to facilitate their academic success. Contributions can be made at any time in the online giving platform. Gifts made to the Graduate School (C26500) will support childcare scholarships for graduate students.
The Spring 2022 Graduate School Brown Bag series will kick-off on January 26 at 11:30am. In this session, we will take a deeper dive into the Graduate Milestones dashboard with discussion focused on pilot reports for program of study completion. The Brown Bag will be held in 121 Eisenhower Hall and via zoom.
- Meeting ID: 999 1943 0807
- Passcode: BrownBag
- Graduate student enrollment at the Manhattan campus is currently down about 9% (168 students).
- Compared to this time last year, applications have increased by 11.7%. Domestic applications have increased by 8.7% and international applications have increased by 14.1%.
- For the Spring 2022 semester, 113 international students were offered admission.
On December 8, the Graduate School reached out to approximately 100 incoming international graduate students to share important travel-related information and checklists to prepare for their arrival and start of their graduate program. We also asked the students to complete a brief survey to share information about their arrival plans and about support they might need. At this time, just over 20 students have responded. All but one student has obtained their visa. The Graduate School is sharing information with these students about options for transportation from the MHK airport to campus.
The Graduate School graduated 587 students this past Saturday at Bramlage Coliseum. These are the statistics for the class:
- There were 477 masters and 110 doctorial graduates
- 350 identify as females and 237 identify as males
- 287 are from Kansas and 370 are from other places
- 269 international students
- The graduate students who traveled the furthest to pursue graduate students at K-State are from Vietnam (8432 miles) and Zimbabwe (8936)
With all of the new processes and procedures for the fall 2021 ceremony the feedback we have received has been positive. We will continue to work to make this a great experience for everyone involved. If you have feedback for us, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Graduate School would like to thank all of those that participated in making this a successful event for our graduates!
The Graduate School will host a welcome session for all new graduate students on January 12 from 1:00-4:30pm in the Leadership Studies Town Hall. Additionally, new international students must attend an orientation hosted by International Student and Scholar Services, and the Teaching and Learning Center will offer a session for new GTAs. Details of some of these sessions are still being finalized. Information will be posted on the Graduate School’s orientation webpage, and the Graduate School will share information directly with new graduate students within the next week.
Within the last month, the Graduate School has provided checklists to admitted international students to help them prepare for their arrival and to help them get started when they arrive to campus. These checklists are posted on the Graduate School website, and by the end of the week, we'll also have checklists for domestic students. We are also in the process of posting “Getting Started” tutorials to our website to provide new graduate students guidance on logistics related to technology access, enrolling in classes, billing and making payments, preparing for an assistantship appointment, and more. We expect these tutorials to be available by December 22. The Graduate School will send a message directly incoming students and will notify graduate programs when these resources are available.
The Three Minute Thesis competition gives graduate students an opportunity to share their research, develop presentation and communication skills, and compete for a chance to be named K-State’s next 3MT champion! K-State masters or doctoral students conducting research as part of their graduate degree program are invited to participate in the competition being held in February 2022. Registration is open and closes February 3. The dean from the college with the most students participating will be invited to serve as a judge in the final competition. Learn more about the 2022 3MT.
The Graduate School is acquiring several tables and chairs from Hale Library for the Graduate Student Space on the third floor of Eisenhower Hall. We are excited to have additional furniture to complete a couple of unfinished rooms, providing more workspace dedicated specifically for graduate students. Several volunteers are needed to help move the furniture on the morning of December 20. One or two volunteers with trucks or large vehicles that can transport the furniture would be appreciated, along with several other volunteers. We appreciate you sharing this message with your students. Anyone interested in helping should contact Dr. Megan Miller (email@example.com).
Current and incoming graduate students seeking an assistantship are encouraged to explore student affairs-related assistantship positions available across campus. Students can submit a single application to apply for multiple positions. The application deadline is February 7. The Office of Student Success is coordinating the application and interview process for these specific positions. Questions about the positions and application process should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The new initiative to provide Donoghue Scholarships to spring 2022 applicants has been a success! Four nominations were received, and all four nominees were offered funding. Within a couple of days of sending award notices, three of the nominees responded to accept the scholarship. A response from the fourth nominee is pending.
GSC travel award application deadline for events beginning in March
Spring 2022 Welcome & Orientation for New Graduate Students
Graduate School Brown Bag
Three Minute Thesis deadline
Graduate Assistantship application deadline
Graduate School Brown Bag - Student Forms