Graduate School Newsletter Announcements for September 2020 (Cont.)

Online career conference for Ph.D. STEM students this weekend by Aurora

 If you are a STEM Ph.D. pursuing an academic career, Aurora’s Academic Career Success Conference this Saturday will equip you with the tools you need to thrive in your research and professionalization. Topics: Advance your STEM research, despite Covid-19 restrictions. Successfully navigate the academic scientific publishing process. Manage your work, life, and career with proven time management strategies. Confidently apply for postdocs at elite research universities and institutes. A team of academic experts will give you the answers to your questions on September 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET (8 a.m. to 1 p.m. PT), all online. Replay option is also available. Free for OSU students and staff.

Register by logging into Aurora and then visiting the registration page. You can learn more about Aurora on our website. 

AAHHE Graduate Student Fellowship Program 2021 

The primary goal of the AAHHE Graduate Student Fellowship Program is to prepare Latina/o/x doctoral scholars for successful careers in academia. The program also provides support to Latina/o/x scholars interested in pursuing careers within administration and policy in postsecondary education. Towards this end, program sub-goals include to:
+Provide strategies to assist scholars in achieving their educational and professional goals
+Provide constructive feedback on graduate student fellows’ research
+Build community and network with other Latina/o/x scholars 


To be considered for the GSFP applicants must:
+Be a Hispanic and/or Latina/o/x enrolled in a doctoral program
+Aspire to enter postsecondary professoriate and/or administration
+Exhibit a track record of service to the Hispanic and/or Latina/o/x community 

Applications are due by October 16, 2020.

 Professional development award for master’s and doctoral students

 Need a way to help pay for professional development activities? Apply for up to a $500 reimbursement to cover expenses from a training or other resource you are using to boost your skills. The $500 amount is up from $250 we offered last year and starts Oct. 1.

Students may receive up to three Professional Development Awards per academic year. Recipients must be enrolled in a master’s or doctoral degree program, with a minimum registration of three graduate credits during the term of the proposed activity.

Get all the details and apply today! 

 Benefits open enrollment notice for graduate employees and graduate fellows

 October is open enrollment month! This is your once-a-year opportunity to make changes to your health insurance without having a qualifying life event (marriage, birth, divorce, loss of other insurance, etc.). Open enrollment is not mandatory for the grad health plan, and you only need to submit forms if you plan to enroll a dependent or terminate a dependent’s coverage. However, new graduate fellows must submit an enrollment form during October to enroll yourself and any dependents.

If you had an approved waiver during the 2019-2020 school year and had opted out of coverage, you must resubmit a waiver application and documentation to be approved for the 2020-2021 school year.

Please contact Alex Martino, Graduate Benefits Consultant, with any questions at  

Graduate School Funding Opportunities For students interested in funding opportunities for the fall 2020 term, work with your department to submit a nomination(s) by the October 5, 2020 nomination deadline for either of the following Graduate School Awards.

Delson Bridge to the Future Fund
The Delson Bridge to the Future Fund assists domestic and international graduate students in the final phase of their graduate education to pay research expenses, publication costs, and other incidentals standing in the way of completing their graduate studies at OSU. Awards up to $1,000!

Jesse M. Bell Memorial Graduate Student Loan
The Jesse M. Bell Memorial Graduate Student Loan provides loans for meritorious graduate students. These non-need-based loans, up to $5,000, are available on a one-time basis to domestic and international enrolled graduate students to help with educational expenses associated with their advanced degree.  

Center for Teaching and Learning: Tuesday Teaching Plus Tech Talks CTL has announced a fully remote Tuesday Teaching +Tech Talks (T4). T4 is a certificated series of interactive teaching workshops that introduce a wide range of pedagogical techniques and educational technology. T4 is open to all. Supporting all teaching modalities, sessions are held via Zoom every Tuesday, 10 to 11:50 a.m. Recordings will follow. Registration is not necessary. Attend one, some, or all.

Visit the T4 Website for more information. First session is Tuesday, Sept. 22. Concentric Circles of Care: Teaching in Tough Times.  

Child care for students 

For students with child care needs, please visit the Family Resources webpage on child care to learn about available resources, including:The Our Little Village short term child care program, OLV child care remains free at time of service for studentsThe Family Network (coming soon), to facilitate connections between employee and student families in need of dependent careKidSpirit virtual and in-person day – OSU’s portal to search for care providers near you

Commercialization funding available 

The OSU Advantage Accelerator is seeking proposals for projects that further develop technologies invented by OSU faculty, staff, and/or graduate students in any research discipline (i.e., ag science, pharmacy, vet med, education, public health, engineering, forestry, earth, ocean, atmospheric science, etc.). Proposals should indicate how the project will move the technology closer to commercialization and will be accepted now through Wednesday, September 23.

Each project may be awarded up to $15,000 and should span 9 months or less, beginning October 2020.

Funding can be used to fund student time, gather additional data, pay for prototyping expenses (materials and supplies), customer discovery, and more. Award recipients are required to participate in the OSU Accelerate program in order to receive training and guidance with respect to tech commercialization. Successful projects are eligible to receive additional funding. Read the full RFP.   

Questions or comments? Please contact John McQueen. This newsletter information was sent to all graduate students, graduate faculty, staff, and coordinators. Submissions are due by the 15th of each month. For more timely updates, join us on FacebookTwitter or Instagram
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