Graduate School Bulletin

November 1, 2022

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Faculty and Staff



Program Coordinators

Graduate Student Success

Opportunities for Graduate Students

Funding for Graduate Students

Upcoming Events and Deadlines


Faculty and Staff

Session description: The possibility of collaboration with colleagues in other fields is exciting, and we like the idea of bringing other perspectivity to our research. Nevertheless, we all know how difficult is to develop interdisciplinary research.

Taking this in consideration, we would like to invite the graduate faculty for the Know How titled "Interdisciplinary Research: What barriers exist and how to overcome them?" to be presented by Professor Stephen G. Perz and Professor Caterina Scoglio.” Dr. Perz is the Department Head of Sociology and Criminology & Law at the University of Florida. Dr. Scoglio is LeRoy and Aileen Paslay professor of Computer Engineering at Kansas State University.

The session is organized and led by Dr. Marcellus Caldas, Graduate Faculty Associate

Location: 121 Eisenhower Hall and via Zoom ( Passcode: GRAD).

For information about this event, please contact Bailee at or Miranda at

Please RSVP to this event by the end of the day on November 15, 2022 .

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Graduation regalia for Faculty are now in stock at the K-State Campus Store. The deadline for hood orders for Faculty is Monday, November 10, 2022 at 6pm. Any orders received after November 10 will incur a $20 expedited handling fee. No orders will be accepted after November 23. For information regarding pricing please visit the webpage.

For regalia questions or additional information contact Jennifer Brazzle at or call the store at 785-532-6583

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On October 27, 2022, 50 graduate students from more than 20 disciplines presented research posters in the annual Research and the State poster forum. Participants presented their research and discussed how their research impacts Kansas. The following students were selected as winners of this year’s poster forum. Each student receives a $250 scholarship and will represent K-State at the annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit (CGRS) on March 22, 2023 at the State Capitol Building in Topeka. Congratulations to these students for their outstanding presentations!

Endy Lopes Kailer, doctoral student in Agronomy, Brazil, for “The complex relationship between native mycorrhizal community and phosphorus addition in commercial mycorrhizal inoculant effectiveness.”

Rachel Keen, doctoral student in Biology, Manhattan, Kansas, for “Impacts of woody encroachment on grassland water yield.”

Tucker Graff, master’s student in Grain Science, Marienthal, Kansas, for “Grain sorghum as a sustainable ingredient in aquatic feed – grinding and processing energy studies.

Olivia Haley, doctoral student in Horticulture and Natural Resources, Columbia, South Carolina for “There’s a photon in my water! The application of ultraviolet light technology to enhance the safety of agricultural water on Kansas fresh produce farms.

Mayra Perez-Fajardo, doctoral student in Grain Science, Topeka, Kansas, for “Impact of cricket protein powder addition on wheat dough properties and bread quality.”

Kamilyah Miller, doctoral student in Pathobiology, Miami, Florida, for “Surveillance of Echinococcus multilocularis in coyotes in Midwest United Stated.

Lindsay Morris, doctoral student in Physics, D’lberville, Mississippi, for “Physics in the field: Application of field-deployable ultrafast laser to measure agricultural significant gasses.

Shiseido Robinson, master’s student in Industrial Engineering, East Islip, New York, for “Printable conducting layered materials for electronic and energy applications.

Nicholas Gallivan, doctoral student in Psychology, Philo, Illinois, for “Americans express blind optimism for overcoming climate change.”

Lindsay Howard, doctoral student in Human Ecology – Couple and Family Therapy, King City, California, for “Effectiveness of a brief filial therapy model on child, parent, and relationship outcomes.

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The Graduate School hosted the 2022 Fulbright Scholar reception on October 27, 2022 to welcome the seven new Fulbright students to campus and to rec-connect with the 11 current ones. Fulbright students from: Lebanon, Ecuador, Pakistan, Togo, Indonesia, Armenia, Ukraine, Swaziland, Cambodia, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, and Philippines are studying in 12 master’s and six doctoral programs.

The Fulbright Scholar Program enables graduate students, young professionals, and artists from abroad to research and study in the United States for one year or longer at U.S. universities or other appropriate institutions.

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Nov. 2

Recruitment webinar series: Why K-State for graduate education? 6:00pm, Zoom

Nov. 10

Deadline for hood orders for Faculty

Nov. 16

November Graduate School Know How, 11:30am – 1:00pm, Eisenhower 121

Topic: Interdisciplinary Research: What barriers exist and how to overcome them

Recruitment webinar series: First steps in pursuing graduate education, 6:00pm, Zoom

Nov. 30

Distinguished Graduate Faculty Presentation: Dr. Yoonseong Park

Time & Location: 1:30 pm, Leadership Studies 114

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If an international student requests a late arrival (To arrive after 01/06/2023) the department should contact the admission team to confirm if we can issue a late arrival, I-20. Late arrival may impact an assistantship, enrollment and classes. This is intended only for those who encounter travel/flight issues or visa issues.

For direct questions, please contact Joe Horan, Graduate Admissions Manager, at

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Students offered a graduate teaching assistantship are required by the Kansas Board of Regents to show proof of English proficiency, with no exceptions. KBOR requires the following minimum scores: 22 on the TOEFL IBT, 7.0 on the IELTS speaking portion or 50 on the SPEAK (SPEAK is offered through the English Language Program).

If a student who will be a GTA was admitted without test scores because they completed a US degree within the last two years and/or does not currently have an English proficiency test score, they must take the SPEAK test portion of the test. Students can take the SPEAK test through the English Language Program.

For questions, please contact Teresa Baughman, International Admissions Specialist, at

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Departments that wish to pay the application fee for graduate applicants may purchase fee waiver codes from the Graduate School. Purchased codes may be given to prospective students so that their application fee is waived. Codes are available in any quantity, but please order in batches if you plan to use several. When purchasing, please indicate the quantity of Domestic ($65) and/or International ($75) waiver codes that are required.

Requests and question should be sent to Joe Horan, Graduate Admissions Manager,

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The Graduate School launches on November 2nd a series of informational webinars for prospective graduate students.

All webinars will begin at 6pm CST for the following dates and topics:

Nov 2ndWhy K-State for graduate education?

Nov 16thFirst steps to pursuing graduate education – Point prospective students to their interest areas and programs of study, how to connect, and virtual campus tour

Dec 7thThe Application Process - Walk students through the process including lead time for letters of recommendation, etc

Dec 21stFunding Opportunities – Provide an overview of all funding opportunities

Jan 4thResources for Graduate Students – Including Research, Housing and Mental Health

Jan 18th - Student Services for Graduate Students – Overview of Clubs, Organizations, and Diversity and Inclusion efforts.

For direct questions, please contact Sarah Tortella, Director of Graduate Recruitment, at

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Program Coordinators

We noticed an increased interest from the departments in developing accelerated (4+1) programs. To support the development of these programs, we recommend the following:

  1. Use the accelerated program's template located in the Graduate Resources Team Folder, in the Course and Curriculum Folder.
  2. Submit the existing assessment plans or student learning outcomes (SLOs) plans for the undergraduate and graduate programs. The submission of existing assessment plans for accelerated programs will automatically result in an expedited review by the Graduate Council Assessment and Review Committee.

For questions, please contact Dr. Michael Young, at

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Graduate Student Success

The deadline for students to complete all degree requirements for Fall 2022 graduation is November 11, 2022. If students miss the deadline to graduate in Fall, but complete all the degree requirements by December 2, 2022, they will graduate in Spring 2023 without having to enroll in the Spring semester. For more information, please direct students to the graduation and commencement webpage.

For additional questions, please contact Angie Pfizenmaier, Lead Degree Analyst, at

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Opportunities for Graduate Students

Please share the following information with your graduate students

Interviewing for jobs can be stressful. The Graduate Student Council and Career Center want to help graduate students be as prepared as possible! Graduate students are invited to a workshop on November 2, from 3:30-5:00 pm in Wildcat Chamber of the Union, to learn all about interviewing with Jared Meitler from the K-State Career Center. Register in advance to attend.

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Applications are being accepted for the Spring 2023 cohort of the Graduate Student Leadership Development Program (GSLDP). This program provides K-State graduate students an opportunity to develop leadership skills to make positive change in their work, studies, and student organizations. Participants attend four required workshops and have the option to attend three additional workshops. They also participate in three peer coaching team sessions throughout the semester. There is no cost to students to participate. The application deadline is November 28, 2022.

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In addition to the recently concluded Research and the State poster session, graduate students have other opportunities to share their research and scholarly work and develop their communication and presentation skills in the spring 2023 semester.

  • Three Minute Thesis (3MT) – The Graduate School will host the annual 3MT competition in February. All graduate students conducting research are welcome to participate (the thesis, dissertation, or other research project does not have to be fully complete to participate). Learn more about the 3MT.
    • Dec 12, 2022 – deadline for students to register
    • Feb 6, 2023 – deadline for participants to submit presentation slide
    • Feb 8, 2023 – first round of competition (if needed, presentations will also be scheduled Feb. 9), all day, Union
    • Feb 22, 2023 – final found of competition, 5:30pm, Alumni Center
  • K-State Graduate Research, Arts, and Discovery Forum (K-GRAD) – The Graduate Student Council will host the annual K-GRAD Forum in March. All graduate students are invited to give either a talk or a poster presentation of research or scholarly work they are conducting as part of their graduate program. Learn more about the K-GRAD Forum.
    • January 31, 2022 – registration and abstract submission deadline
    • March 8, 2022 – poster presentations
    • March 9, 2022 – oral presentations

Questions about these events may be directed to Dr. Megan Miller at

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The Virginia Tech’s Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship program has expanded to include four distinct tracks and opportunities that may be of interests for late-stage Ph.D. students and recent graduates:

  • Research Frontiers
  • Cybersecurity
  • Innovation
  • Science Policy

To be eligible, applicants must expect to finish their Ph.D. prior to the start of the fellowship. If they have graduated, then they must be no more than three years past earning their Ph.D.

Postdoctoral fellows whom are selected for the program will receive:

  • Two-year appointment with nationally competitive salaries and benefits
  • $10,000 for training and professional development-related expenses
  • Mentoring and professional development support

We encourage you to share this opportunity to your doctoral students. More information can be found on the website. For additional questions, please direct them to Dr. Chris Smith, Postdoctoral Affairs Program Administrator, at

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K-State Libraries organizes every Monday from 1:30pm – 2:30pm, The Library and Your Research, a free workshop series co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Council that helps graduate students enhance and professionalize their scholarly pursuits. Forthcoming sessions:

Evidence Synthesis: An Overview for Non-Health Sciences Researchers, Nov. 7, 2022, register here

After Graduation: Accessing Research on the Job, Nov. 28, 2022, register here

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The Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) organizes another Professional Development Series. This is a great opportunity for graduate students who are interested in earning a TLC Professional Development certificate or in becoming a TLC Fellow over the course of this academic year. Application guidelines can be found on the Teaching and Learning Center website.

The “Academic Integrity” session is on November 2nd at noon, Zoom Link here

The “Narratives from First-generation Students on their Challenges in College: Exploring Teaching and Learning Implications” session is on November 9th at noon, Zoom Link here

For more information and the Fall 2022 Professional Development Series, please visit the website.

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Graduate students writing a thesis, dissertation, or report are encouraged to attend a session for guidance on using the ETDR formatting templates. The session will be held via Zoom on November 14th from 1:00-2:30pm. Learn more about the session.

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The Graduate School, Department of English, and Writing Center are pleased to offer another Graduate Student Writing Group this semester. Several students joined the group offered in September. On November 4, 10:00am-noon, graduate students will again be provided dedicated time and space to make progress on writing projects. The November writing group will be held in the Writing Center, located in 122D English/Counseling Services. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Students who plan to attend are asked to register in advance in OrgCentral.

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Funding for Graduate Students

The Graduate School is now accepting applications for the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Small Grant Program to support research expenses for master's and doctoral students in eligible disciplines.

  • Grants up to $1,000 will support direct research costs such as travel to an archive, data collection, or exhibition and performance expenses for graduate students conducting original research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
  • Applicants must provide a one-page summary of their research project; a detailed, itemized budget; one-page CV; and a cover letter with signature from the major professor/faculty member supervising the research.
  • Applicants who have a well-defined research plan (including a detailed project budget) that has been approved by their major professor/faculty supervising the research will be most competitive.
  • Students who were previously allocated a Small Research Grant are not eligible for funding a second time.
  • The application deadline is November 17, 2022.
  • Funds will be available after January 15, 2023.

Additional information, application instructions, and access to the online application form are available on Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Small Grant Program webpage. Please direct questions to Dr. Megan Miller (, Graduate Student Success Coordinator.

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The American Association of University Women (AAUW) has been one of the largest funders of women’s graduate education. For the upcoming 2023–24 cycle, award amounts have increased for most programs! An AAUW fellowship or grant may now provide up to $50,000! There are six opportunities for scholarly work, including American Fellowships, Career Development Grants, International Fellowships, International Project Grants, Research Publication Grants, and Selected Professions Fellowships. Depending on the opportunity, deadlines run from November 1 through December 1. Learn more about these funding opportunities.

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  • Homeland Security Professional Opportunities for Student Workforce to Experience Research 2023

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs sponsors the Professional Opportunities for Student Workforce to Experience Research (HS-POWER) Program for undergraduate and graduate students. HS-POWER is open to students majoring in a broad spectrum of homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines as well as DHS mission-relevant research areas. Participants in the HS-POWER Program will participate in quality research experiences with federal research facilities and other HS-STEM focused entities nationwide either onsite or in a virtual environment. This experience will provide students with a competitive edge as they apply their education, talent and skills in a variety of settings within the DHS enterprise. Participants will also establish connections with DHS professionals that facilitate long-term relationships between themselves, researchers, DHS personnel and research facilities. Application deadline is December 9, 2022. Learn more about the program and how to apply.

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Nov. 2

Recruitment webinar series: Why K-State for graduate education? At 6pm, Zoom

Nov. 4

Graduate Student writing group, 10am-noon, Writing Center (122D English/Counseling Services)

Nov. 11

Deadline to complete all degree requirements, submit signed exam and ETDR ballots and submit ETDR for Fall 2022 graduation

Nov. 14

ETDR template training session, 1:00 – 2:30pm, Zoom

Nov. 15

Virginia Tech Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowships deadline

Nov. 16

Recruitment webinar series: First steps to pursuing graduate education

Nov. 17

Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Small Grant Deadline

Nov. 18

Deadline to submit graduate certificate completion form (for graduate students completing a graduate certificate)

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