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News from the Graduate School, January 19, 2017

Emergency Processes and Resources

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

I want to encourage you to take a moment and learn about Ohio State’s emergency processes and resources. If you haven’t already done so, register with Buckeye Alert so you receive messages from the Department of Public Safety and watch the “Surviving An Active Shooter” video to learn about the national best practice “Run. Hide. Fight.” There are more fact sheets and safety information available from public safety, and you can follow Emergency Management (@OSU_EMFP) and University Police (@OSUPOLICE) on Twitter for safety tips or crime information. Safety is our first priority, and Ohio State is committed to the timely sharing of information when there is an emergency situation. Please let your graduate program or me know if you have concerns that are not addressed by these
resources. Contact.


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


Prepare, Present, and Preserve: Moving Your Research from Physical to Digital (register)—January 30

Graduate Studies Committee Chairs meeting (spring) (register)—February 2

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

Commencement (spring)—May 7

see full event calendar


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

Finding Funding: SPIN (workshop) (info)—January 26

Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships (info)—February 1

Connect and Collaborate Grants (info)—February 1

Academic Enrichment Grants (info)—February 6

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

Research Commons Events

Finding Funding: SPIN
January 26, 12:30–1:30 p.m.
Learn more about using the SPIN funding opportunities database. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own device for hands-on participation.

Prepare, Present, and Preserve: Moving Your Research Posters from Physical to Digital
January 30, 4–5:30 p.m.
Learn more about best practices for presenting your research with posters and opportunities to preserve them digitally.

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.


Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships

Deadline:February 1

Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships in European Studies are targeted towards late-stage humanities graduate students. Fellowships include a $25,000 stipend and fee waivers.

Buckeye Alert system signup

All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to sign up for the Buckeye Alert system, which supports the timely sharing of safety information—including severe weather alerts—to the campus community. If a Buckeye Alert is issued, information also will be posted at


Academic Enrichment Grants

Deadline: February 6

Applications are now being accepted for Academic Enrichment Grants, which support activities with lasting impact across the globe. The competition is open to faculty, graduate and undergraduate students.

Contact: Office of International Affairs


Connect and Collaborate Grants

Deadline: February 1

The Connect and Collaborate Grants Program incentivizes faculty, staff, students and their public/private sector community partners to submit pre-proposals, which have the potential to catalyze engaged, collaborative teaching and research activities benefiting the community and university. Grants up to $70,000 are available.


Academic Integrity Workshop Available for Graduate Programs

The Graduate School, in conjunction with the Office of International Affairs and Committee on Academic Misconduct, offers one-hour academic misconduct workshops to graduate programs. The workshop gives guidance on behavior that can undermine academic integrity. The workshop provides real examples of academic misconduct (especially the use of outside sources and citation practices) and recommended tips and resources for graduate students.

Contact: Ruth Lu

Graduate Associate and Graduate Fellow Appointment Dates, 2017–18

The Graduate Associate and Graduate Fellow Appointments document has been updated for 2017–18 (web, PDF).

Contact: Lori Bowman ( , HR/Finance Manager

Graduate School Meetings

Graduate Studies Committee Chairs meeting
February 2, 3:30–5 p.m.
140 Pfahl Hall
The Graduate Studies Committee Chairs meeting is intended to relay specific Graduate School rules, policies, and initiatives to GSCCs. A designee from the graduate studies committee or faculty member is welcome if the chair is unavailable.

Graduate School Semester meeting
March 28, 3–4:30 p.m.
Blackwell Ballrooms B&C
The Graduate School Semester meeting is for department chairs, graduate studies committee chairs, and graduate program coordinators. An agenda will be sent prior to the meeting.

Contact: Susan Reeser

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 from the Graduate School to subsidize Spring 2017 GAs affected by the minimum stipend increase that was instituted autumn 2016.

Submit one spreadsheet per college to Lori Bowman . 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. Please modify only the khaki-colored cells; all others are formula driven.

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