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News from the Graduate School, December 6, 2016

Resources after Violence

Scott Herness
Interim Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and
interim-dean-of-the-graduate-school">Interim Dean of the Graduate School

Last week, we experienced a violent and frightening act. Two graduate students were among those injured, and I am glad that they are recovering. Our top priority remains the safety and security of our entire campus community. If you need support or assistance, please access the resources available through .

Graduate students may need additional support in their roles as fellows, graduate teaching associates, graduate research associates, and graduate administrative associates, especially where they have responsibilities for others. The Graduate School is working with colleagues across campus to identify these needs and to help make sure that graduate students are informed about available resources and best practices.

In the meantime, please encourage your graduate students, faculty, and staff to familiarize themselves with the resources available through Ohio State’s Department of Public Safety, including the active shooter training video, and the tips and resources compiled by the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching and the Counseling and Consultation Service.


Graduating Students' Grades due—December 18

Non-Graduating Students' Grades due—December 19

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

see full academic calendar


Commencement (info)—December 18

see full event calendar


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

AAUW Selected Professions Fellowships (info)—January 10

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

Free Webinar: Learn all about Versatile PhD

Friday, Dec. 9

This webinar by Ohio State alumnus and Versatile PhD founder Dr. Paula Chambers will help current graduate students and graduate student alumni of Ohio State learn how this web-based resource can help them apply their skills and interests in a wide range of careers.

To register

Ohio State's subscription to the Versatile PhD is paid for by the Graduate School and the Bill and Susan Lhota Office of Alumni Career Management. The Alumni Career Management Office is sponsoring this webinar. Questions: or 1-800-635-8944.

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.

2017 Graduate School Fellowship Guidelines

The fellowship guidelines have been updated for 2016–17. No major changes have been made for 2017.

Contact: Theresa Hazelwood, Director, Fellowship Services

Judges Needed for Hayes Research Forum

The Hayes Research Forum is seeking faculty judges to review abstracts, papers, and presentations. If you are interested in serving as a judge, please visit the CGS website .

The Hayes Forum presents exemplary research by graduate students across the full range of Ohio State’s graduate degree programs and facilitates fruitful exchanges between students, faculty, the administration, and the public.


Versatile PhD Career Panel:

PhD Careers in Cultural Resource Management (Humanities)

The next Versatile PhD career panel is on careers in cultural resource management. Humanities and Social Science PhDs can find interesting careers in identifying and preserving culturally important sites and resources. PhDs in history, archeology, anthropology, art history, and more have made marks in this field.

Other upcoming panels include:

  • February 6-10: PhD Careers in Conservation, STEM Forum
  • March 6-10: PhD Careers in Think Tanks, Humanities/Social Science Forum
  • April 3-7: PhD Careers in Think Tanks, STEM Forum

Versatile PhD is the oldest, largest online community dedicated to non-academic and non-faculty careers for PhDs in humanities, social sciences, and STEM.


Effective Strategies for Classroom Civility

December 15

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is hosting an upcoming workshop with Dr. Chavella Pittman, associate professor of sociology at Dominican University. Dr. Pittman will be addressing the classroom experiences of marginalized undergraduate and graduate students and effective strategies for faculty, staff and graduate students to promote classroom civility.

RSVP to Yolanda Slade by December 12.

Scarlet and Gray Financial Resource

Credit Cards

This month’s featured online resource is Credit Cards .

Scarlet and Gray Financial (SGF) is a nationally recognized peer financial coaching program housed in the Student Wellness Center in the RPAC. SGF offers one-on-one financial appointments, presentations, and online modules —all free and with options intentionally created for graduate and professional students.

Contact: Scarlet and Gray Financial

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 4 to 9 months.