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News from the Graduate School, December 8, 2017

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

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

Degree Enhancements

For as little as 10 credits, graduate students can enhance their Ohio State graduate degree with over 50 graduate minors, interdisciplinary specializations, and certificates. Topic areas include bioethics, nonprofit studies, public policy and management, college and university teaching, disability studies, and many more. One of these might be just what students need to develop or strengthen another area of expertise.



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Commencement (more)—December 17

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Funding Deadlines

Ford Foundation Fellowships Programs (more)—December 7, 14

CES Dissertation Fellowships (more)—December 15

Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme in the Humanities (more)—January 8, 19

I-Corps@Ohio Grant (more)—January 18

Report Released, Campus Conversation on Graduate Education

On Nov. 16, Provost Bruce McPheron released the report from last year's Campus Conversation on Graduate Education. The report is available in PDF format. If you are a graduate studies committee chair or department chair, you will also receive a hard copy from the Graduate School.

Contact: Scott Herness

Schedule an Academic Integrity Workshop for Spring Semester

The Graduate School's academic integrity workshop is available to any graduate program or university student support unit. The workshop focuses on the needs of international students, provides real examples of academic misconduct (especially regarding the use of outside sources and citation practices), and provides guidance about resources.

Contact: Ruth Lu


I-Corps@Ohio Grant Program

Deadline: January 18

I-Corps@Ohio is a grant program to help faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students launch startup companies. Grants are $15k and provide funding to participate in the seven-week summer program.


Contact: Nikki Modlich, Program Manager

2018 Community Engagement Conference

January 24–25

Registration is now open for Ohio State’s inaugural Community Engagement Conference, featuring keynote speaker Donna Shalala. The conference will bring together faculty, staff, students and community partners for professional development and networking while exploring possible engagement partnerships. The theme of the conference is Partnering to Advance Health and Wellness. Special registration of $30 for the first 200 Ohio State students to register.


Contact: Ben Lewis, Program Director, Office of Academic Affairs

New Commencement Ticketing

There is a new ticketing process to accommodate the increasing number of guests who wish to attend Ohio State's Autumn Commencement in the Schottenstein Center. Admission tickets are free but must be ordered online through the "My Ohio State Student Account" portal.


Graduate/Professional Student Trustee Position

Deadline: January 8

The Board of Trustees is searching for a graduate or professional student to serve from May 2018 to May 2020. Graduate/professional student trustees attend board executive sessions and vote at the committee and board levels.

Eligible candidates must be

  • an Ohio resident
  • planning to remain an Ohio resident/attend Ohio State for at least the next two years
  • in good academic standing

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Professional Development

Research Commons Workshops

Advancing Alternative Metrics
National Information Standards Organization Virtual Conference
December 13, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Learn to use alternative metrics to gauge research impact.

How to Successfully Apply for a Council of Graduate Students Grant Workshop
January 19, 12–1:30 p.m.
Learn how to apply for the Global Gateway Grant, Ray Travel Award, Career Development Grant, and Hayes Research Forum. A light lunch will be provided.

The Research Commons is a space where researchers can connect with each other and with services that support and enable their work. They offer group study room rentals, research consultations, and more.

New ESL Course:

Spoken English for Academic Contexts

The Department of Teaching and Learning will begin offering EDUTL 5030, Spoken English for Academic Contexts. The 2-credit, undergraduate and graduate course provides practice in participating in class discussions, group work, conversations, and public speaking.

Contact: English as a Second Language Programs