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Monday Memo - April 22, 2019

Monday, April 22, 2019

Graduate College

Ph.D. Student Awarded Durham Fellowship

For Radwa Hanafy, a Ph.D. student in the Microbiology & Molecular Genetics Department, being acknowledged by, first, her department and then all the way to the Graduate College provided a sense of needed validation.

Ironically, the fellowship that provided her this feeling is also named after a man who left a massive impact on multiple other graduate students in his time.

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Graduate College

Graduate College Awards Ceremony

April 24 at 2:30 p.m., Student Union Council Room

Celebrate numerous awards from the Graduate College and GPSGA.

Important Dates & Deadlines

Friday, April 26th

Final deadline to submit Electronic Thesis/Dissertation document online

Final deadline to submit (wet ink signed) Thesis/Dissertation Signature Approval Page

Student Affairs Town Halls

The Division of Student Affairs is launching a Strategic Planning process, and need your important feedback! Students are invited to attend one of the Town Hall meetings, where they hope to learn from you, in order to set their goals for the future.

At the meetings, participants will be asked about their perception of the student experience at Oklahoma State University:

• What does Student Affairs do well?

• What is missing?

• What has your experience been like at OSU?

Please join the Division of Student Affairs, and encourage your fellow students to attend one of the following Town Hall meetings. Your opinion is crucial! Please email for more information.


Thursday, April 25, 2019

2:00 to 3:00 pm Student Union Room 456A (Varsity Room)

6:00 to 7:00 pm Student Union Room 456A (Varsity Room)

Friday, April 26, 2019

2:00 to 3:00 pm Student Union Room 302 (Board Room)

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

2:00 to 3:00 pm Student Union Room 456B (Pioneer Room)

6:00 to 7:00 pm Student Union Room 456B (Pioneer Room)

Thursday, May 2, 2019

2:00 to 3:00 pm Student Union Room 460 (Regency Room)

6:00 to 7:00 pm Student Union Room 412 (Council Room)

Graduate Student News

Online GRAD 5193: Preparing Publishable Manuscripts Applications Open

This summer, the Grad College, in partnership with the English Department and the Office of Research, will offer “GRAD5193: Preparing Publishable Manuscripts.”

The 8-week, three-credit hour course will be taught by Dr. Stephanie Link as part of the Trailblazer program and enrollment is by instructor permission.

Students interested in receiving a framework for research writing and publishing that they can further employ to advance within their fields of scholarship should watch this video and fill out this form before May 10 to be considered.

Faculty research advisors will be asked to confirm students’ eligibility.

May ITA Exam Registration Now Open

Students needing to take the ITA exam (i.e. have a GTA appointment and appropriate language scores as outlined here) may now sign up for the May 14 offering.

Questions may be directed to

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Check out

This website provides listings of internships, experiential opportunities, academic fellowships and scholarships funded by government and private sector organizations. These programs are administered by ORAU and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE).

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Quick Tip

The top reason why non-thesis students fail to graduate: Grades Not Changed!

Any incomplete grades for courses on the plan of study will delay graduation. Thesis and dissertation research hours do not need to be assigned a letter grade. The grade of “R” may also be used for a creative component course if the project extends beyond one semester. However, that grade must be changed to a valid letter grade before the degree can be awarded.

The top reason why thesis/dissertation students fail to graduate: Failure to Complete Thesis/Dissertation Submission!

Uploading the thesis or dissertation document electronically does not equal being done with the submission. The Graduate College must have received the abstract and approval page. The submission must be reviewed and approved. Finally, all doctoral students must have completed the Survey of Earned Doctorates before they can submit.


Did You Know?

Young Professionals of Stillwater is an organization through the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce that connects members through educational, social and service opportunities, which foster personal and professional growth.

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Professional Development Opportunities

EndNote Assistance

Need some help with EndNote, especially utilizing its integration with Microsoft Word?

Come to the Graduate Student Success Center (GSSC) in 101 General Academic Building (the former business building) any of the following times to get some help.

This week:

Monday, April 22, 10 am-12 pm;

Tuesday, April 23, 1-3 pm

Wednesday, April 24, 11 am-1 pm

Thursday, April 25, 10 am-12 pm

Next week:

Monday, April 29, 10 am-12 pm

Tuesday, April 30, 1-3 pm

Wednesday, May 1, 11 am -1 pm

Thursday, May 2, 10 am-12 pm

Grants & Fellowships Opportunities


The next application deadline is July 1.

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Oklahoma Water Research Grants

Deadline: May 31 at 5 p.m.

The Oklahoma Water Research Grant invites pre-proposals for water research projects from graduate students (up to $5,000) at any institute of higher education in Oklahoma through the Oklahoma Water Research Grants Program.

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2019 Dr. Debbie Blanke Scholarship

Deadline: April 30

This scholarship was established by the Oklahoma Women in Higher Education (OKWHE) Board in 2014 and is open to individuals enrolled as a graduate student in a higher education related degree program and who have attended at least one OKWHE conference. Preference for the scholarship is given to applicants who have earned at least 12 credit hours towards a graduate degree, worked at least three years in a higher education institution, and intend to pursue a career in higher education.

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The Graduate and Professional Student Government Association

General Assembly Meeting

The next GPSGA General Assembly Meeting will be held on April 24 in NRC 207 at 5:30 p.m. Awards will be announced at this meeting as this will be the last meeting of the semester.

Don’t forget your Student ID.

GPSGA Positions

The position for GPSGA office of President is open. Elections will take place at the next meeting, so please nominate someone who can be excellent for leading GPSGA!

Before nominations, please check the following qualifications:

Clause D. Nominees for the office of President must have served as a GPSGA representative, liaison, or officer for atleast one academic year and have attended a majority of the General Assembly meeting that year.

If you have any questions, email Ravneet ( or Allison (

GPSGA Graduate and Professional Research Gala

April 24 at Noon, Exhibit Room 1 (Student Union 413)

Please invite your family, friends, colleagues, faculty, staff, etc. There will be a People’s Choice Award.

The competition winners will be announced during the Graduate College and GPSGA  Awards Ceremony (April 24, starting at 2:30 p.m.).

Winners will receive the following awards:

First place: $300 award

Second place: $200 award

Third Place: $100 award

People’s Choice Award: $300 award

GPSGA Social Event

Celebrate the end of the semester with GPSGA at Trivia Night at Iron Monk!

Starting at 7 p.m., trivia and light snacks provided by GPSGA. Please RSVP to

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