The Graduate School is hosting Hugh Kearns from Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia to present five workshops on February 20th to February 22nd, 2012.

Hugh Kearns is best known as a lecturer and researcher with international expertise in the area of self-management. He draws on the latest research in psychology and education and applies this to high performing groups such as Ph.D. students, academic staff, medical professionals and senior executives. He has lectured regularly at universities across Australia, the UK, Ireland and the U.S. He has received a national teaching award in recognition of his innovative approach and outstanding outcomes.

Three of these workshops are designed for only Ph.D. candidates at any point in their candidature

  • The 7 Secrets of highly successful doctoral candidates (offered twice)
  • Turbocharging Your Writing

The other two workshops are designed for all graduate students:

  • Presenting Your Research with Confidence
  • Using Idea Maps/Mind Maps in Your Research

Mr. Kearns is also offering one workshop for PhD advisors on February 20th, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm:

  • Creating the 7 Secrets for PhD advisors

Attached are five flyers with descriptions of the workshops.  Emails have been sent to graduate students.  Please share this email with your faculty advisors. Please print and post the flyers in your common areas for everyone to notice.  Thank you for spreading the word.  For registration, please go to as soon as possible as seating is limited.   Thank you.

Creating The 7 Secrets for PhD Advisors

Presenting Your Research With Confidence

The 7 Secrets for PhD students

Turbocharge Your Writing

Using Idea Maps-Mind Maps in Your Research


On behalf of the Division Director of the Division of Materials Research, Dr. Ian Robertson, I would like to ask you to respond to the request below if your research is at the interface of Materials Research and Chemistry.

In response to the 2011 Committee of Visitors report on the Division of Materials Research, the Advisory Committee of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate at the National Science Foundation has charged a subcommittee with looking at future instrumentation and facility needs in the materials research community. As member of the chemistry community, we ask you to respond to this request only if your research is at the interface of Materials Research and Chemistry.

If your research meets this criterion, the subcommittee seeks your input.  With this email I invite and encourage you to participate in the upcoming public webinar on this topic.  The webinar is Wednesday Feb. 8 at 3:30-5 pm Eastern.  Please see the below link for a full explanation and for instructions how to register for the webinar.  It is important to register at least one day in advance.   Please circulate to anyone who may be interested, especially the heads of your instrument facilities or anyone with particular interest in instrumentation and instrumentation development in the area of materials chemistry.  Your input is essential as it will help shape the direction of future programs and investments in these areas.

If you cannot make the webinar, I encourage you to send your questions to before March 5, 2012


Dear Colleague,

The Chemistry Department at Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA is currently searching for a full time temporary instructor, beginning August 2012, to teach general chemistry as a sabbatical leave replacement. The position requires a Ph.D. in Chemistry by the time the person is hired. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Applications are due March 2, 2012. If you know of anyone in your department that may be interested they may see the online vacancy announcement to apply:

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Applications are due March 2, 2012.

Thank you for your time, have a nice day,


Josh Smith

Joshua R. Smith, Professor

Chemistry Department

Humboldt State University

One Harpst Street

Arcata, CA 95521

Ph 707.826.4882

Fax 707.826.3279




On behalf of the Provost and the OSU Faculty Senate, I am pleased to announce the following new degree program:

Master of Business Administration and Accountancy (MBAA)

The Master of Business Administration and Accountancy (MBAA) graduate degree program at Oregon State University has been designed to create a seamless and integrated program that will allow accounting students to receive an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree during their five years of university study required to become a CPA.  To be licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Oregon, a student is required to complete a university degree and the equivalent of five years of higher education course work (225 quarter credits). Given the minimum coursework requirement of five years to enter the public accounting profession, this graduate degree program provides an opportunity to enhance the education of Oregon State University’s students in a manner that will enrich all stages of their careers. The MBAA has also been designed to accommodate post-baccalaureate students wishing to prepare for accounting careers, and to provide an opportunity for MBA students to specialize in accounting.  The MBAA is unique among Oregon Colleges and Universities.

This degree program was approved on February 2, 2012 and will be available fall quarter, 2012.

February 2, 2012

To:                        The OSU Community

From:                   Jeri Hemmer, Associate Director for Employee and Labor Relations

Subject: Call for Exemplary Employee Award Nominations

Employee Award Program for Professional Faculty and Classified Employees

Start early to get your nomination packets in by the deadline.

Do you know a professional faculty or classified employee who goes above and beyond the call of duty?  If you would like to recognize someone in your unit or elsewhere on campus who exemplifies great service to OSU, please review the website below and/or attached Word file for information on how to nominate an exemplary employee for 2012.  Nomination packets must be submitted to the Office of Human Resources by Friday, March 30, 2012.


For clarification or questions regarding these materials, please contact Jeri Hemmer, Associate Director for Employee and Labor Relations, at 541-737-0547; or by e-mail: .


Dear OSU friends and colleagues,

Do you have in mind a fellow Beaver who deserves some recognition?

You have until February 10th to submit nominations for Oregon Staters who have excelled in their field of study, been dedicated to serving Oregon State University or have served their community in an exemplary way. We will soon start reviewing nominations for the E.B. Lemon Distinguished Alumni Award, the Jean and “Scram” Graham Leadership Award and the Honorary Alumni Award.

Past nominations have yielded such recipients as Al Reser (E.B. Lemon ), Eric Schoenstein (Jean and “Scram” Graham) and Mike Parker (Honorary Alumni). Don’t miss this final opportunity to include another great Oregon Stater alongside these remarkable people.

The spring awards celebration is on April 27th, so to find out more about these awards and past recipients please click here.

Thanks so much.


Julie Schwartz

Associate Executive Director, Programs
Oregon State Alumni Association
(541) 737-7916 –direct
877-OStater (877-678-2837) – toll free


Our scholarship application for academic year 2012-13 is now live. The application will remain open until March 16th. Current COS students with 28 cumulative OSU credits through winter are eligible to apply.

There has been a change from previous years and now the process is entirely online. There is no paper application. Refer to for more information and a link to the online application.

Below please find some FAQ’s that may help you field questions from students. You are also welcome to refer students to the Dean’s Office. We are happy to help.


What is the GPA cut off?

Most scholarships require a 3.5 GPA. There are scholarships that have lower GPA requirements. Encourage students to apply. It doesn’t cost anything but time to fill out the application. In general, 3.0 is the lowest GPA threshold for scholarships.


When is the deadline?

March 16th 11:59 pm


What is the credit hour requirement? Does it include Winter term? What if I don’t have 28 credit hours?

We require 28 OSU credit hours completed by the end of winter term. The 28 credit hours is a firm requirement as we review applications. *Note, the online system will not preclude students with less than 28 from filling out an application.


When will we be notified?

Students notified in early May.


When is the Scholarship Reception?

Wednesday, May 23rd 3 – 5 pm


Which scholarships will I be reviewed for?

Each applicant will be evaluated for any scholarship for which they qualify i.e. major, research interest, or career goal specific


Below is the email that went to students today:


Dear College of Science Students,

Applications for College of Science scholarships for continuing students for academic year 2012 – 13 are now available!

Complete information on eligibility along with a link to the application link can be found here:

The 2012-13 application is open on February 1, 2012 and closes on March 16, 2012. If you have previously applied for scholarships through the College of Science, please note that there is no longer a paper application and you’ll need to apply entirely online.

We look forward to awarding this year’s scholarships to our many bright and talented students.

Thank you & sincerely,


Claire Colvin, Ed.M.

Head Advisor


Oregon State University | College of Science

128 Kidder, Corvallis, OR  97331

Appointments: 541-737-4811



Respect is a core value and is widely honored by the members of our University community.  The University is committed to sustaining a respectful community environment that is, as much as possible, experienced by all as safe, inclusive and welcoming.

While we realize that the core value of respect is widely reflected in most of our day-to-day interactions, the University provides resources to assist employees who may be subjected to inappropriate conduct such as abusive, threatening, discriminatory or harassing behaviors.

By agreement with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 503, the University has committed to remind employees each year of resources available to assist them with inappropriate conduct.  Any employees subjected to inappropriate workplace conduct should feel free to take their concerns to their supervisor or unit head, the Office of Human Resources, or for concerns of discriminatory or harassing conduct to the Office of Equity and Inclusion.

Of course the most effective way to sustain a respectful community is through the good faith efforts of each and every one of us.  We appreciate and thank you for your efforts to create, foster and sustain a respectful and inclusive work and learning environment at OSU.


FY2013 RFP for Technology Resources Fund Grants

Through the University’s Technology Resources Fund (TRF), more than $7.4 million will be available for FY2013 projects that improve student learning at OSU through better access to information technology and technology services.  Past grants have ranged from $5,000 to $1.2M. Faculty, staff and sponsored student organizations are invited to submit proposals.


Lois Brooks, Vice Provost for Information Services, has released the Request for Proposals for the Fiscal Year 2013 (July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013) round of funding and invites the university community – students, faculty and staff – to submit proposals.

Proposals are due February 21, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.


In response to campus input and advice on the TRF, to better meet the needs of students and to realign the Technology Resource Fee process with the institutional strategic plan and IT governance structure, the approach to awarding and managing TRF funds has been modified.


Types of Grants Available

Two types of grants are now available:

1.            Start-up projects – one-time projects are sought, with a special interest in new and innovative ideas.

2.            Recurring programs – programs that have previously received TRF awards or anticipate requesting TRF awards in future rounds of funding

No less than 10% of the available funding will be reserved for start-up grants.


Use of Funds

TRF funds may be used for the following purposes:

•             New applications of information technology, e.g. interactive courseware, that improve student access to learning and the tools required for learning or that improve the student learning experience, including through improved pedagogy.

•             Spaces where students use computers, including, but not only, traditional facilities like classrooms and computer labs.  Or, equivalent forms of computer access through such mechanisms as virtual desktops or pools of loaned equipment that broaden access to IT resources beyond traditional labs and classrooms.

•             Other supporting services, software and systems, for example: providing e-mail and minimal electronic storage space for students; workshops and courses to enhance student use of information technologies; audio-visual or multimedia support of student projects/presentations; student software licenses


Review of Proposals

Proposals will be reviewed by a committee of faculty, staff and students that will make advisory recommendations to the University’s Instructional IT Committee and IT Infrastructure Committees and ultimately to the Vice Provost for Information Services who will make final funding determinations.  Reviewers will consider factors such as the following: alignment with the University’s strategic directions; evidence for the quality and likely effectiveness of pedagogy or service delivery models; collaboration and cooperation among campus units; number of students affected relative to the amount requested, co-investment and/or non-financial support by project sponsors; cost-effectiveness; past successes with similar projects and sustainability of the project.



For more information, consult the Fiscal Year 2013 TRF Request for Proposals,

TRF Online Application:

To submit a proposal:


Contact Information:

David Barber,

TRF Administrator &

Senior Program Manager

Information Services

Phone: 737-2367


[Updated: Thursday, January 9, 2012]