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News from the Graduate School, December 21, 2016

Nearly 700 Graduate Students Receive Degrees

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

Congratulations to the nearly 700 master’s and doctoral students who graduated during last Sunday’s commencement. As ever, I am inspired by the drive and creativity of these graduate students. They are a tremendous testimony to what we do at Ohio State, and their work as alumni will continue to reflect well on them and everyone who helped them prepare for their next steps. Encourage them to stay in touch and to let us know about the work that they are doing.

Happy Holidays.


End-of-Semester deadline (autumn)—January 6

Application to graduate (spring)—January 27

Committee approval of master's and doctoral examination report forms (spring)—April 14

Final approved dissertations/theses due (spring)—April 21

see full academic calendar


Commencement (spring)—May 7

see full event calendar


Micah and Ahmet Ertegun Graduate Scholarship (info)—January 6, 20

AAUW Selected Professions Fellowships (info)—January 10

Alumni Grants for Graduate Research and Scholarship (spring 2017) (info)—March 13

Autumn 2016 AGGRS Recipients Announced

The Graduate School Awards Committee recently awarded the autumn 2016 Alumni Grants for Graduate Research and Scholarship. Twenty-three graduate students from a variety of disciplines were awarded a total of nearly $74,000.

The Graduate School’s Alumni Grants for Graduate Research and Scholarship (AGGRS) Program provides small grants up to $5,000 to support the research and scholarship of doctoral or terminal master’s degree candidates for their dissertations or theses.

The spring deadline is March 13.


Contact: Ben Reder, Communications Coordinator

Bartow J. Elmore Wins 2016 Arlt Award in the Humanities

The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) has awarded the 2016 Gustave O. Arlt Award in the Humanities to Dr. Bartow J. Elmore, assistant professor of environmental history at Ohio State. The awards ceremony was held during the CGS 56th Annual Meeting.

The Arlt Award is given annually to a young scholar-teacher who has written a book deemed to have made an outstanding contribution to scholarship in the humanities.



Maintenance Screens

Graduation Services at the Graduate School has worked closely with the the OCIO to implement a new feature in GRADFORMS : maintenance screens.

These screens serve two important functions.

  1. The contacts maintenance section allows programs to maintain the list of important contacts in their program, and
  2. The faculty maintenance section provides an up-to-date list of a program's graduate faculty

The information on these screens is foundational to GRADFORMS workflows, so it is important for programs to keep this information up to date.


Preparing Future Faculty

Deadline: March 13, 5 p.m.

Applications for the 2017–18 Preparing Future Faculty program are now being accepted. Please encourage your students to apply.

The Preparing Future Faculty program is a mentorship and career development program that helps graduate students from any discipline discern whether they are interested in pursuing faculty careers in liberal arts colleges or small universities.


Request for SP17 Funding for Minimum Stipend Increase

Deadline: January 20

Appointing units need to complete and return the GA Minimum Stipend Support Template with Benefits spreadsheet by January 20 in order to secure funding for SP17 GAs from the Graduate School to subsidize the minimum stipend increase that was instituted effective AU16.

The spreadsheet must include students who were brought up to the new mandated minimum, their original offered pay rate for SP17, and the funding source that is being charged to bring them up to the new minimum. Only modify khaki-colored cells; all others are formula driven. Submit one spreadsheet per college to Lori Bowman .

Appointing units are required to pay the minimum stipend upfront and then submit the spreadsheet to request cash to cover the difference between each GA's offered amount and the new minimum. The Graduate School will transfer cash to the funding source as indicated on the spreadsheet.

Spring 2017 is the last term that the Graduate School will subsidize the increase.

Contact: Lori Bowman, HR/Finance Manager

Tuition Structure, Summer 2017

No change to GA summer fee authorization policy

Provost Bruce McPheron has announced the tuition structure for summer 2017. Summer term update

We want to clarify that there is no change to the Graduate School's policy on summer fee authorizations. That benefit remains the same:

"Graduate students holding a 50 percent or greater GA appointment for two consecutive semesters are entitled to a full fee authorization during the immediately following summer term without being on appointment. Students holding a 25 percent or less GA appointment for two consecutive semesters are entitled to a summer fee authorization at half the full fee authorization rate." Graduate School Handbook, 9.5.2 .

Contact: Samuel Jordan, Director, Registration Services

Master of Health Care Innovation

New Degree Approved

The Master of Health Care Innovation degree was approved by the University Board of Trustees and the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

This is a 34-35 credit hour master’s degree administered by the College of Nursing that requires two practicum experiences and a final capstone project. It is an online program.

New Graduate School Website Update

Handbook Index & Fellowship Guidelines PDF

The PDF version of the Graduate School Handbook now includes an index.

For those who prefer a printed version of the fellowship guidelines, a PDF version is now available at the top of the Fellowship Guidelines page .

Contact: Ben Reder, Communications Coordinator

Chateaubriand Fellowship

Deadline: January 27

The Chateaubriand Fellowship is a grant offered by the Embassy of France in the United States. It supports PhD students from American universities who wish to conduct research in France for a period ranging from four to nine months.