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Monday Memo - September 24, 2018

Monday, September 24, 2018

Disclaimer: Many links in these previous Monday Memos will no longer work due to the Graduate College website migration.

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Honorary Graduate Commencement Marshal

The Graduate College is pleased to continue the Honorary Graduate Commencement Marshal award program. Up to two doctoral and two master’s graduates will be selected through nomination process to serve as honorary graduate marshal for the Fall 2018 Commencement Ceremony.

Learn more about the award and how to nominate herearrow

Graduate Student News

Counseling Services

If you are having any problems on campus or ever in need of someone to talk to, know that OSU has plenty of resources that can help you get through whatever you may be going through. Find a list here of helpful services herearrow


Diversity Award

Greetings Cowboys,

For the seventh year in a row, Oklahoma State University is being recognized for its commitment to creating a culture of inclusion.

INSIGHT Magazine has named OSU a 2018 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award recipient and a 2018 Diversity Champion.

Read more herearrow


Cowboys Coming Together

Greetings Cowboys,

Reminder, Cowboys Coming Together is still looking for participants and facilitators for its fall campus dialogues. If you’d like to see what the dialogues are like prior to the weekly series, there is a deliberation event September 27 at 5:30 p.m. in Human Science’s North Wing Jorns Hall.

To sign up as a participant, click herearrow

To sign up as a facilitator and get information on the facilitator training, click herearrow


Wally Is That You?

Greetings Cowboys,

Wally’s adventure this week is much like your college experience in general – whatever you make it.

I wish he would make a conscious effort to remember the name of these places. That would be helpful. As always, good luck unscrambling.

Congratulations to Unscrambler of the Week, Sathisskumar Udayakumar, for being the quickest to find Wally last week.

Last Week’s Adventure: Last week Wally visited the new Central Plant where he learned how Energy Management and Energy Services operate to reduce the university’s environmental footprint as well as what graduate students can do to help.

Learn more herearrow

Professional Development


Research Badge Highlight

Understanding information, concepts and having the ability to utilize technologies to support research endeavors will help ensure that you are prepared for the next steps in your research career. Professional development activities designed to enhance your research services skills range from workshops on how to use EndNote, making literature review research easier, to creating a data management plan or a course on grantsmanship. These experiences aim to prepare you to be effective in your research.

See activities by level, where to report activities and petition for new activities herearrow

Professional Development Opportunities

Mapping 101

Interested in learning about Geographic Information Systems (GIS)? Come to this five-hour workshop to get an instructor-led taste of GIS before committing to a full length course.

Register herearrow

Coffee Conversation

September 28 | ITLE Room 126

The topic for this conversation is “Classroom social interactions and STEM confidence and competence.” This come-and-go event requires no registration, so grab a couple of friends and join the conversation

More informationarrow

Oklahoma Supercomputing Symposium (Space)

September 26 | University of Oklahoma – Norman Campus

This symposium is a great way to learn what’s happening on the advanced computing side of your research and teaching areas. The Symposium is free and comes with meals and snacks as well as a free reception and poster session on September 25 which is also at OU.

List of speakers and registration herearrow

Research Writing For Public Audiences

October 1 | 4 p.m. | Edmon Low library Room 206

October 4 | 5 p.m. | Edmon Low library Room 206

This workshop will focus on written communication and emphasize the importance of writing about research, often heavy with technical terminology and/or dense theory, in an accessible way to a public audience.

Participation is mandatory if considering entering the Public Writing Contest.

Register by clicking the links above.


3M Presentation Training

Career Trek: Job Search

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Important Information for Graduate Students


There will be no classes held on Friday, October 19th due to Students’ Fall Break.

Students planning to graduate in December (Fall 2018) must submit a revised plan of study (if needed) and a Graduation Clearance Form to the Graduate College by Friday, October 26th.

As a reminder, an original plan of study must be submitted to the Graduate College by the end of the second semester for Master’s students, and by the end of the third semester for Doctoral students. If you do not submit your original plan of study on time, a hold will be placed on your account blocking future enrollment until a plan of study is submitted.

Students planning to graduate in December should review the Graduation Checklist and the Graduate College Academic Calendar for important deadlines.

For students completing a thesis or dissertation, the “Guide to Graduation and Required Thesis/Dissertation Format Review” is required to be completed by Friday, October 19th, either in person or by watching the webinar. All other students are recommended to watch the “Guide to Graduation for Non-Thesis Students” webinar. Both webinars are available through Graduate College Round-Up. Students completing a thesis or dissertation should review the appropriate Model Document PDF for important formatting requirements.

The Office of the Registrar has a lot of helpful information on their website, such as a list of Common Registration Issues, and how to Change Credit Hours in a Variable Credit Class. The last day to drop classes with a guaranteed W is Friday, November 9th. For more information, please refer to the Office of the Registrar Academic Calendar and the Graduate College Academic Calendar.

Doctoral students planning to graduate in May (Spring 2019) must have an approved Admission to Doctoral Candidacy Form by Friday, November 9th.

Please review our “Frequently Asked Questions” link. Feel free to email with any further questions.

Grants & Fellowships Opportunities


Yale Ciencia Academy for Professional Development 2019

This NIH-funded initiative for doctoral students in the life and behavioral sciences, particularly those of Latinx backgrounds, provides students with opportunities for mentoring, peer support and networking. In addition to video-chats and online professional development workshops, participants will attend the Annual American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) conference in February 2019 (all expenses paid).

Application period closes November 2.

Apply herearrow


2019 Ford Foundation Fellowship

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is seeking to increase diversity among the nation’s college and universities faculties through its 2019 Ford Foundation Fellowship. Stipends are being offered for all stages of the doctoral process.

Find all the important deadlines herearrow

The Graduate and Professional Student Government Association


Meet the Officers

Name: Conn Wethington

Position: Treasurer

What is your goal for GPSGA?

“Our organization is dedicated to building a stronger society through outreach and education by way of assisting our constituents with lab expense, conference travel, and cost sharing of outreach events. We support a positive way of life and happily accept those who wish to make our home better.”

Next Meeting: October 3, NRC207 at 5:30 p.m.

Wally’s Adventures Previously on MM

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