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News from the Graduate School, February 17, 2017

Participate in Shaping the Future of Graduate Education

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

This week, I sent out two important invitations to the graduate community. If you received one, please respond. Your involvement and feedback are essential, and I look forward to your participation.

Campus Conversation on Graduate Education Workshops (graduate faculty)

More about the Campus Conversation initiative

Campus Presentations: Finalists for Director of Diversity Initiatives (graduate studies chairs, college diversity officers, and others)

Each candidate has prepared a presentation on best practices in recruiting and retaining a diverse graduate student community and how to implement those initiatives. Please RSVP.


Input funding overrides into the GFA default page in the HR system—February 21

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


Metacognition: The Key to Accelerated Success for Graduate Students and their Students (register)—February 17

Fair Use in Research and Education (Workshop) (register)—February 21

PhD Careers in Think Tanks (HUM/SOCSCI) (info)—March 6–10

Graduate School Semester meeting (spring) (info)—March 28

PhD Careers in Think Tanks (STEM) (register)—April 3–7

Commencement (spring)—May 7

see full event calendar


Sonkin-Bergman-Wasserman Families’ Scholarship (info)—February 28

Phyllis Krumm Scholarship (info)—February 28

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

ICPSR Summer Program Scholarships (info)—March 31

Communicating Science Workshop

Deadline: March 1

Applications are being accepted for ComSciCon 2017 in Cambridge, MA. Participants will build the communication skills that scientists and other technical professionals need to express complex ideas to the general public, experts in other fields, and their peers. Graduate students in all fields of science, technology, engineering, health, mathematics, and related fields are encouraged to apply.

Acceptance is competitive; attendance is free and travel support and lodging are provided.


Payroll Deduct Form for GAs Updated

The Payroll Deduct form has been updated. It verifies that GAs and graduate fellows have been [info]rmed about student fee deductions from their stipend checks; the form must be signed by all GAs and graduate fellows.

Contact: Lori Bowman, HR/Finance Manager

Graduate/Professional Housing Sessions

Student Life, Council of Graduate Students and Inter-Professional Council are holding sessions to gather [info]rmation about the housing needs of graduate and professional students and students with families.


Graduate Funding for International Research/Travel

Deadline: February 28

The Sonkin-Bergman-Wasserman Families’ Scholarship supports students active in research or study that contributes to the pursuit of international understanding and peace.

The Phyllis Krumm Scholarship is awarded to graduate students for research or study in a European country or China. The scholarship is awarded for independent travel only to students pursuing a career in diplomatic or other governmental international service.


PhD Careers in Think Tanks

Versatile PhD Panel Discussions on Careers in Think Tanks

Humanities and Social Science Edition
March 6–10

STEM Edition
April 3–7


Alumni Needed for Hayes Research Forum Alternative Career Panel

The Hayes organizing committee is looking for PhD or master's degree alumni from any Ohio State graduate program to participate in a career panel during the Hayes Forum on March 3. Prospective participants should be pursuing a career outside the academy and live in the central Ohio area.

Contact: Tracey Walterbusch, vice president, Council of Graduate Students

Research Commons Events

Fair Use in Research and Education (Workshop)
February 21, 3:30–5 p.m.
Learn how to use copyrighted material confidently and legally in your research publications and teaching.

More events…

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.

Political and Social Research Summer Program Scholarships

Deadline: March 31

Scholarships from the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research Summer Program are open to graduate students in specified disciplines, fields, or areas of research. Scholarships cover registration fees for one or both four-week sessions.


2017 WAC Award for Outstanding Writing Instruction

Deadline: March 3, 5 p.m.

Current graduate students are encouraged to apply for the WAC Award for Outstanding Writing Instruction. The award honors graduate students who have used writing assignments and activities to help students overcome learning challenges.