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News and updates, October 5, 2016


M. Scott Herness, interim vice provost for graduate studies and dean of the Graduate School

Graduate Associate Teaching Award Nominations

Scott Herness
Interim Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and
Interim Dean of the Graduate School

Nominations are now open for the 2016–17 Graduate Associate Teaching Award.

The GATA is Ohio State’s highest recognition of the exceptional teaching done by graduate students.

Each year the awards committee chooses just 10 graduate students from the thousands of GTAs doing great work in the classroom. Now is the time to recognize them for that hard work. Nominate one (or more) now. And GTAs shouldn’t wait to be nominated by someone else; if you’re a great GTA nominate yourself today. Self-nominations are welcome. The selection committee never knows how a GTA was nominated.

Nominations are due November 14

Read about last year’s winners



Master’s and Doctoral Report Forms due (info)—November 23

Final Approved Theses/Dissertation due (info)—December 2

see full academic calendar



Implicit Bias Training (rsvp)—October 5

Graduate Studies Committee Chairs Orientation (rsvp)—October 11

An Exploration of the RNA Universe within the Brain (rsvp)—October 13

Graduate School Semester Meeting (rsvp)—October 20

Commencement (info)—December 18

see full event calendar


Recruitment and Diversity Workshops

The Graduate School is committed to supporting the preparation, recruitment, and retention of historically underrepresented students for graduate study and graduate academic careers.Our Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives area offers workshops and information sessions on:

  • the benefits of summer internships
  • the importance and opportunities of graduate school
  • the graduate school application process
  • Summer Research Opportunities Program
  • and others

Contact us if you or your graduate program are interested in hosting a workshop or would like more information.

Contact: Ana’ Brown


International Student Focus Group

October 19
2:30–3:30 p.m.
226 University Hall

The Graduate School is looking for first-year international students who are interested in sharing their ideas on how to better facilitate future international graduate students' transition to graduate school and to Ohio State.

Help us spread the word to your students. Students can sign up to participate here or by going to

Contact: Ruth Lu


Presidential Fellowship Nominations Open

Deadline: October 21, 5 p.m.

The Presidential Fellowship nomination system is now open for graduate program nominations. Submitted nominations may be edited until 5 p.m., Friday, October 21, 2016. Programs are responsible for making sure that their submissions contain all required documents in the order requested. Programs should also inform students to follow the style guidelines for their abstracts and research statements.

System access is limited to graduate studies chairs and program coordinators. If you should have access but do not, please contact Fellowship Services.



Big Ten Academic Alliance Smithsonian Fellowship

Deadline: December 1, 11:59 p.m. EST

The BTAA-Smithsonian fellowship (formerly CIC) provides one year of support for research at Smithsonian Institution facilities in association with members of its research staff. To be eligible, students must be currently enrolled in one of the Big Ten Academic Alliance member universities, have passed their candidacy exam, and have completed all course work for their programs.



Suicide Prevention Resources

RUOK? Buckeyes is an anonymous screening program designed to identify and help graduate and professional students at risk of suicide. The online screening provides confidential feedback on stress and depression levels, and anonymously connects students with a counselor who provides links to campus resources. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, students who speak with a counselor online are three times more likely to participate in mental health treatment.


Contact: Gayle Garcia


REACH is a 90-minute training that teaches participants about suicide risk and how to engage an individual who may be in distress. Nearly 10,000 students, staff, and faculty have already participated in this training.



Audited Hours and Erroneous Fee Authorizations

Peoplesoft 9.2 is erroneously applying fee authorizations to students who meet the enrollment requirement for GAs and fellowships with audit hours. Audited hours do not count toward the minimum number of credit hours needed to maintain GA appointments and fellowships. Please let your students know that if they choose to audit a course, it will need to be in excess of the minimum credit hour requirement for their appointment. Students who need to add a course can do so online for the second session through October 21 and with instructor and advisor permission through October 28.

Contact: Samuel Jordan, Director, Registration Services


Graduate School Meetings

Graduate Studies Committee Chairs Orientation
October 11
This meeting is for newly appointed graduate studies committee chairs. Topics may include student mentoring, recruiting, fellowships, GA issues, dealing with serious student problems, and program changes.

Graduate School Semester Meeting
October 20
This meeting is for graduate studies committee chairs, department chairs, and graduate program coordinators. An agenda will be sent out in advance of the meeting.


An Exploration of the RNA Universe within the Brain

This Kavli Foundation-sponsored event will feature a keynote presentation from Dr. Melissa J. Moore from HHMI/University of Massachusetts Medical School, two short presentations from Ohio State faculty members, and a "Brain and RNA-Seek” session. Free and open to all Ohio State faculty, students and post-docs.