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News from the Graduate School, January 4, 2017


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


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 6, 20

AAUW Selected Professions Fellowships (info)—January 10

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

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

GATA Nominee Information Session #2

January 11, 2–3:30 p.m.
Younkin Success Center

Nominees for the Graduate Associate Teaching Award are invited to attend the second GATA information. The session will be led by Jessica Riviere from the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching. Jessica will review the portfolio requirements and best practices, and answer questions.


Contact: Ben Reder, Communications Coordinator

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 (GSCC), and graduate program coordinators. An agenda will be sent prior to the meeting.

Contact: Susan Reeser

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 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