Graduate School Newsletter
May 20, 2022
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- Associate Dean Search - Update
- Commencement Update
- Courses Taught by Non-Graduate Faculty
- Summer Semester
- Remind GTAs, GRAs, about re-enrolling in health insurance for summer
- Graduate Assistant Position in ISSS for 2022-2023 Academic Year
- Graduate Ambassadors Needed for Fulbright Short Program
- GSC Travel Awards - June 1 deadline to support events that begin in August
- USDA APHIS NBAF Scientist Training Program Now Accepting Applications
The speed and timing that we launched the search, at the end of a busy semester, led to procedural challenges for the search process. Given these challenges, the importance of the role of the associate dean as a thought partner to the dean, a change agent in the university, and a collaborative partner to the academic units, I thought it is best to cancel this search process.
We will re-launch this search process at a later time. The Graduate School and I are thankful to the members of the search committee for their support of graduate education, as well as for all our graduate constituents’ commitment to taking graduate education to a new height.
Please contact Dean Petrescu (email@example.com) if you have any questions about the steps that have been and will be taken to enhance strategically the role of the Graduate School at K-State.
The Graduate School saw a record number of student and faculty participation during the spring 2022 ceremony. We want to thank all of those who participated in making this a successful event for our graduates!
We have received a lot of positive feedback and we will continue to make this a great experience for everyone involved. If you have additional feedback for us, please send it to Miranda Schremmer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Courses 600-level and above must be taught by members of the Graduate Faculty. Personnel challenges arise, though, and it may become necessary to employ an instructor who does not have graduate faculty membership but is otherwise qualified. An emergency exception can be requested via the Non-Graduate Faculty to Teach Graduate Courses form and sent to email@example.com. The form can be found on the Graduate School’s website. Get your emergency requests in before the summer semester begins!
The Graduate School wishes everybody a good, relaxing, as well as productive, summer!
During the academic year 2021-22 the Graduate School, just like you, went through a period readjustment to the post-pandemic time, implemented several changes for the purpose of enhancing our partnership with the all units on campus, and to better serve our graduate students, faculty and academic units’ constituents.
This summer, the Graduate School team will be focusing on preparing the new academic year, but also on taking care of ourselves and our families. The team members will be taking vacations and time off on a rotation basis. We will have staff coverage in each area. We appreciate your understanding if we will be in the situation to provide you a less that usually expedient response to your email or request.
Enjoy the summer and the time between the two academic years!
Graduate students employed on a .5 FTE assistantship (GTA, GRA, or GA) are eligible to enroll in option 3 of the KBOR Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan. GTAs, GRAs, and GAs who wish to enroll in this option of the health insurance plan must enroll each fall, spring, and summer term that they want coverage.
Summer health insurance coverage
- To enroll in the GTA/GRA/GA health insurance option for the summer, graduate students must be on a .5 FTE GTA, GRA, or GA for at least four consecutive weeks between June 1 and July 31. The open enrollment period for summer is May 1-July 1, with a coverage period of June 1-July 31. Read more information about this option.
- Domestic graduate students who are not on an assistantship appointment during the summer but wish to enroll in the KBOR health insurance plan may enroll in option 1 if they are a domestic student.
- International graduate students who are not eligible for enrollment in the GTA/GRA/GA health insurance option for the summer will be automatically enrolled in option 4 of the student health insurance plan if they are enrolled in courses during the summer term. If not on an assistantship and not enrolled in courses for the summer, international students are not required to have health insurance but may contact Maria Beebe (firstname.lastname@example.org) if they would like to enroll in option 4.
The Graduate School is requesting all programs to review their program specific area of the online graduate application for annual updates. Changes should be submitted to Joe Horan, the admissions coordinator, at email@example.com
The Graduate School looks forward to welcoming new graduate students to K-State in summer and fall 2022. We will soon be communicating with incoming students and directing them to “getting started” information and to inform them about welcome and orientation activities. Below are dates for sessions scheduled in August.
- Required orientation for new international students (hosted by ISSS) – August 15
- Welcome and Orientation for New Graduate Students (hosted by Graduate School)
- August 17, 1-4pm – in-person session
- August 18, 1-4pm – virtual session
- Orientation for Graduate Students with Teaching Responsibilities (hosted by Teaching and Learning Center) – August 18, 8am-noon
International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is accepting applications for a graduate assistant to provide support with programming coordinated by ISSS. The position is a 9-month, .5 (equivalent to 20 hours/week) appointment with a stipend of approximately $8,132 including 4 weeks of unpaid leave (typically fall break, spring break, and two weeks at winter break). The appointment also carries eligibility for GA health insurance as part of the stipend package. The appointment has an expected start date of August 15, 2022. Interested students should submit a resume, cover letter and names/contact information for three professional references (not friends) electronically all in one pdf file to David Hebing, International Student Advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions about position responsibilities should be directed to David Hebing. Priority date for application review is May 18th, 2022 at 11:59pm, but applications will be considered until position is filled.
The English Language Program from July 21-Aug. 11 will host a group of Fulbright graduate students from around the world for a pre-academic program. While at K-State, the participants will study English and learn about the U.S. academic system and culture before beginning graduate programs at other universities across the country. The English Language Program is seeking three to four graduate students to act as graduate student ambassadors and assist the visiting group of students, beginning July 11. The overarching responsibility of the graduate student ambassadors is to help the Fulbright students become acquainted with the American university campus and city life while also representing the Fulbright mission and the values of Kansas State University. Interested graduate students should apply via Handshake through the K-State Career Center. The job posting number is #6408118.
The Graduate Student Council (GSC) supports graduate student travel to professional events. The priority of GSC Travel Awards is to provide travel support to students presenting research or scholarly/creative work at professional conferences and meetings, but students who are not presenting work at a conference or engaging in travel for other academic purposes may apply for travel funding. GSC travel awards are distributed on a competitive basis through a formal application process. The application deadline is the first of the month, two months prior to the month in which the event begins. June 1 is the application deadline for students planning to attend an event that begins any time in August. NOTE: Students who plan to present research/scholarly at a conference should not wait until they receive their presentation acceptance notification to apply for a GSC travel award; they must still apply for the travel award by the application deadline. In the application, students should report that they plan to give a presentation but that they do not yet have proof of presentation acceptance. Questions about GSC travel awards may be directed to email@example.com.
Applications are now being accepted for the USDA APHIS NBAF Scientist Training Program. Applications for Fall 2022 enrollment will be due by 5 p.m. on June 10, 2022 to Miranda Schremmer, K-State Graduate School at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The purpose of the USDA APHIS NBAF Scientist Training Program, or NSTP, is to build the necessary technical and subject matter expertise to support the Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, or FADDL, at the new National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kansas. In addition to serving as an international reference laboratory for foot and mouth disease virus and a national reference laboratory for other foreign animal diseases such as classical swine fever and African swine fever viruses, FADDL’s mission will expand to include emerging and zoonotic diseases, including biosafety level-4 pathogens.
Additional information and application instructions can be found on the K-State Research website.
New Student Welcome & Orientation: In person, 1pm-4pm
New Student Welcome & Orientation: Virtual, 1pm-4pm