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News from the Graduate School, July 27, 2017

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

Carolyn Morales Joins Graduate School as Director of Diversity Initiatives

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

I am pleased to let you know that Carolyn Morales will join us as director of diversity initiatives beginning August 1. Carolyn brings a wealth of experience in diversity and inclusion, including prior positions as associate vice president for diversity at the College of Charleston and assistant dean of students, intercultural programs and services at Wells College in Aurora, NY.

I know you join me in welcoming Carolyn. Please feel free to reach out to her directly. We will also facilitate introductions over fall semester.


Student-specific requests for matching tuition (more)—August 1

Commencement—August 6

Fellowship Acceptance/Appointment Deadline—August 11

see full graduation calendar


SROP Symposium—July 27

GIS for the Rest of Us Workshop (more)—July 28

Graduate and Professional Student Involvement and Resource Fair (more)—August 20

Graduate Student Welcome Picnic (more)—August 25

see full event calendar

Annual SROP Symposium

July 27, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Fawcett Center
The annual SROP symposium on July 27 is open to anyone in the university community.

The Summer Research Opportunities Program is designed to help historically underrepresented students explore graduate education through mentorships with Ohio State faculty mentors. SROP participants conduct research with a faculty mentor and present their findings at the annual symposium.

Graduate Student Welcome Events

Graduate and Professional Student Involvement and Resource Fair
August 20, 4–7 p.m.
Ohio Union More than 50 university resource providers in one place.

Graduate Student Welcome Picnic
August 25, 4–7 p.m.
Faculty Club Meet your fellow new graduate students. Families welcome!

Contact: Samuel Jordan, Director, Registration Services

Graduation Survey-Master's Students

Ohio State master's students graduating this semester are encouraged to take the graduation survey facilitated by Student Life. Survey results will assist Ohio State in understanding your experience at Ohio State, your plans after graduation, and will help us make improvements that will help future graduate students.


Contact: Center for the Study of Student Life

Ask Me Anything Events, hosted by Versatile PhD

Professional Development

Versatile PhD is hosting a series of opportunities for graduate students, postdocs, and others to connect with experts who can help them see the possibilities in a non-academic career path.


Contact: David D. LaCroix, Director of Operations, Versatile PhD

Research Commons Workshops

IRB Training for Graduate Students
August 30, 2:30–3:30 p.m.
The Office of Responsible Research Practices guides graduate students on navigating the Institutional Review Board (IRB) process.

University Libraries
August 30, 4–6 p.m.
Librarians share how they can help you through your research process and customized library services for graduate students, including tools and access to experts.

The Writing Center
September 6, 4–6 p.m.
Writing Center staff provide an overview of services. Come with questions that arise in your role as a GTA, and your own writing needs.

University Institute for Teaching and Learning
September 13, 4–6 p.m.
Institute staff and partnering offices will focus on topics that will enhance your teaching, including strategies for enlivening class discussion, creating assignments and designing assessments to meet course learning objectives, and documenting teaching.

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 Council of Graduate Schools Program

With support from the National Science Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, CGS has launched Understanding PhD Career Pathways for Program Improvement, a project to help universities collect data on the career pathways of STEM and humanities PhDs.

Twenty-nine doctoral institutions have been selected for sub-awards from CGS to gather information about the professional aspirations, career pathways, and career preparation of their PhD students and alumni.


Registration and Fee Deadlines Calendar

Graduate School Website

Starting in summer 2017, the Graduate School no longer posts registration and fee deadlines on its website. Those deadlines are posted by the Registrar on its website.

Dates related to graduation—applications to graduate, end-of-semesters deadlines, etc.—and Graduate School events will continue to be posted on the Graduate School website.

Contact: Samuel Jordan, Director, Registration Services

Reminder: Graduate Student Appointments Impact on Financial Aid

In accordance with federal guidelines, graduate fellowship stipends and tuition/fee authorizations must be counted as financial aid resources toward students’ annual cost of attendance. As financial aid resources get closer to meeting the cost of attendance, eligibility for federal loans decreases. Therefore, most graduate fellows are not eligible to borrow loans.

Graduate Associates (GAs) may be eligible to borrow loans since only the tuition/fee authorization portion of their appointment is counted toward the annual cost of attendance; the stipend is not counted as financial aid. In this instance, GAs are considered employees and are working in exchange for their stipend whereas fellows are not working and instead are getting their stipend as a scholarship.

Please be aware that as graduate students transition from fellowship to GA appointments, or vice versa, their eligibility to borrow loans may be impacted. Questions regarding financial aid should be directed to Buckeye Link at or 614-292-0300.

Reminder: GA Minimum Stipend and Merit-Based Compensation

  • The minimum stipend for students on nine-month, 50 percent GA appointments should be $15,750 ($1,750/month) beginning fall semester. Other FTEs should be prorated accordingly (e.g., $875/month for 25 percent appointments). This increase was announced to the graduate community on March 24.
  • All graduate associates returning to equivalent appointments should receive merit-based compensation increases consistent with the guidelines used for faculty and staff.

Contact: Lori Bowman, HR/Finance Manager