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News from the Graduate School, October 26, 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

Nominate a Great GTA Today

The deadline to nominate a GTA for the Graduate Associate Teaching Award is coming up in a couple of weeks (November 13). If you know a GTA who is a great teacher or if you are a great GTA, now is the time to submit your nomination. Encourage your undergraduates to nominate, too.

The Graduate Associate Teaching Award is Ohio State’s highest recognition of the exceptional teaching provided by graduate students, and presenting the awards to the recipients is one of the highlights of my year. The nomination process indicates just how much great teaching is done by graduate students at Ohio State. To all nominees, and to all GTAs working hard to provide great teaching, thank you.

More information about the GATA


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


Graduate School Autumn Semester meeting (rsvp)—October 31

Environmental Career Conference (rsvp)—October 31

Frances FitzGerald (info)—November 6

J.D. Vance (info)—November 7

Commencement (more)—December 17

see full event calendar

Funding Deadlines

Tech Hub Student Project Grants (more)—October 29

Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program (more)—November 1

Opioid Innovation Fund (more)—November 3

Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program (more)—November 16

Ford Foundation Fellowships Programs (more)—December 7, 14

Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme in the Humanities (more)—January 8, 19

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.


Change to Commencement Ticketing

To accommodate the increasing number of guests who wish to attend Ohio State's Autumn Commencement in the Schottenstein Center, there is a new ticketing process for commencement. Admission tickets are free but must be ordered online through the "My Ohio State Student Account" portal used to request athletic and other tickets.


University Systems

Effective November 5, students will be required to use the multi-factor authentication services BuckeyePass and Duo to access the Student Information Systems behind Buckeye Link. Graduate students on appointment are already using this multi-factor authentication to access their pay stubs.

Instructions for using BuckeyePass

J.D. Vance

November 7
4:30–5:45 p.m.
Mershon Auditorium

J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Ellegy and Ohio State alum, has been chosen for the Provost’s Discovery Themes Lecturer Program. Vance will propose a hands-on approach to problems facing Ohio: opioid addiction, under-preparedness of the workforce, and domestic instability.


Opioid Innovation Fund

Deadline: November 3 (pre-proposals)

The Autumn 2017 Opioid Innovation Fund (OIF) grants are designed to encourage faculty, staff and students, and, if appropriate, their respective public/private sector community partners to find ways of reducing the burden of the opioid crisis in Ohio. Pre-proposals are due November 3.


Graduate School

Theresa Hazelwood on Leave

Theresa Hazelwood, director of Fellowship Services, is out on maternity leave and will be away from the Graduate School until after the new year.

Questions about Graduate School fellowships, Presidential fellowships, or the Matching Tuition and Fee Awards should be directed to Fellowship Services email address .

COMPAS Lecture: Frances FitzGerald

November 6
7–8:30 p.m.
Conference Theater, Fawcett Center

The Center for Ethics and Human Values latest COMPAS event will be a lecture by Frances FitzGerald, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Fire in the Lake. The title of the lecture will be “Evangelicals: A new way to look at American history.” A panel discussion will follow.


Graduate School

Graduate School Semester Meeting

Graduate School Autumn Semester meeting
October 31, 3–4:30 p.m.
Blackwell Ballrooms B&C

The Semester Meeting will feature University Marketing’s Alida Smith. Alida will join us at the beginning of the meeting to update us about the work going on regarding the university’s brand narrative work, audience research in progress, and how it includes graduate and professional students as a key input.

Professional Development

Research Commons Workshops

Publishing: Understanding and Negotiating the Terms of Your Agreement
October 31, 1–3 p.m.
Learn about negotiating terms of your publishing agreement, including common phrases found in scholarly journal publishing agreements.

Managing Humanities Research Content and Data: Practices, Protocols, and Perspectives
November 2, 3–4 p.m.
Learn how to keep digital research material organized. Experts from data management and the humanities will present best practices and protocols.

Grant Writing: An Introduction
November 7, 1–3 p.m.
Learn about the differences between federal/state and private funding processes, best practices for seeking funding, and examples of effective writing.

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.