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News from the Graduate School, November 17, 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

H.R. 1, Taxes, and Fee Waivers

There has been considerable concern over the proposed changes that would make graduate student tuition waivers taxable income. I share that concern, as does President Drake. President Drake has written a letter outlining his views on H.R. 1, the legislation that would tax graduate student tuition waivers. On a related front, the Senate bill does not contain provisions related to tuition. The situation is fluid, but I want you to know that I will continue to work with my Ohio State colleagues to ensure that graduate education remains within financial reach of those who pursue it. I will keep you informed as this issue moves forward.

President Drake's letter


Committee Approval of Master’s and Doctoral Examination Report Forms—November 22

Final Approved Thesis/Dissertation—December 1

Student Specific Request (spring)—December 1

see full graduation calendar


Scraping Humanities Data (more)—November 28

Commencement (more)—December 17

see full event calendar

Funding Deadlines

Office of Energy and Environment Sustainability awards (more)—November 19

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

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.

Questions or comments: Scott Herness, interim vice provost for graduate studies and dean of the Graduate School.

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

More… .

Graduate School

New GRA-GS Match Instructions

Units with students appointed on the GRA-GS Match job code (#4895) are now required to create their own positions for this job code in place of using the Graduate School's GRA-GS Match position.

Please work with your human resources professional and/or HR Service Center to create new position numbers and transfer students onto the new positions effective immediately. All students should be moved off of the Graduate School GRA-GS Match position by December 1, 2017.


Graduation Survey

Deadline: December 18

The Office of Student Life's graduation survey is open from November 27–December 18. Students should have received an invitation to take the survey via email.


Contact: Student Life Survey

Opportunities for Violinists

The Ohio State Symphony Orchestra is seeking graduate students who are experienced orchestral violinists for spring 2018. Students can be from any graduate program, and individual auditions can be arranged until November 20.



Sustainability Funding

Deadline: November 19

The Office of Energy and Environment is accepting applications for sustainability scholarships for students interested in studying or pursuing a career in energy, environment, or sustainability. The scholarships are $1,000 per award and will be applied to 2018 spring semester tuition and fee expenses.


Sexual Civility and Empowerment Classes

Sexual Civility and Empowerment (Office of Student Life) is offering dance and yoga courses for survivors of sexual violence and relationship violence. Trauma-Healing Focused Yoga and Expressive Dance: A Class for All Levels are both open to all levels and require no registration.

Contact: Sexual Civility and Empowerment

Professional Development

Research Commons Workshops

Scraping Humanities Data
November 28, 3:30–5 p.m.
Learn about retrieving useful web content—metadata, electronic journal articles, etc.—more efficiently.

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