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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Graduate School Newsletter Announcements for September 2020

Graduate School office reopens two days a week for student visitors

The Graduate School office has walk-in hours 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Heckart Lodge for fall term starting September 23. Please follow posted instructions for entering and exiting the building and where to wait for our customer service representatives. Thank you for your continued cooperation, and we look forward to seeing you in person again! For remote students, please continue to use our email address to reach us,


Writing groups for fall term

As a member of a graduate writing group, you will spend an hour each week with professionals from the Graduate Writing Center. Activities for each week vary based on students’ needs, but are limited to: guided peer review of your own writing, guided peer review of published writing from your discipline and individual writing time.

Graduate Writing Groups with Chris Nelson. Register here for Chris’ groups.

  • Ph.D. Writing Group 1: Tuesdays, 3 to 4 p.m., Oct. 6 to Dec. 1
  • Master’s Writing Group 1: Mondays, 3 to 4 p.m., Oct. 5 to Nov. 30
  • Master’s Writing Group 2: Wednesdays, 10 to 11 a.m., Oct. 7 to Dec. 2

Ph.D. Writing Groups with Adam Haley. Register here for Adam’s group.

  • Ph.D. Writing Group 2: Wednesdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Oct. 7 to Dec. 2
  • Ph.D. Writing Group 3: Thursdays, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Oct. 8 to Dec. 3

Students are encouraged to contact Chris Nelson (email Chris at if added to the wait list. Additional groups may be created if enough interest.

All sessions will take place via Zoom. Group facilitators will send Zoom invitations at the end of Week 1 of the term.

CAPS single session clinic for graduate students

Meet with a counselor for a one-time only session to discuss a current problem or concern. The counselor will help you clarify your problem and work with you to develop skills and strategies to create a personalized action plan. When you go to the Single Session Clinic web page, find the link “Click here to schedule graduate students.”

Blocks of time are reserved for grad students, Thursdays 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and Fridays 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Grad students can schedule for any available appointment throughout the week, but these blocks of time are reserved only for them.

EPA Internship Application Opportunities With Upcoming Deadlines

EPA’s Office of Research and Development – Fellowships and Internships Closing Soon  DEADLINE: Sept. 22, 2020
Computational Chemistry and QSAR Models Fellowship
Office of Research and Development | Research Triangle Park, NC | Full-time with Monthly Stipend

DEADLINE: Sept. 23, 2020
Computational Biology Fellowship
Office of Research and Development | Research Triangle Park, NC | Full-time with Monthly Stipend

DEADLINE: Sept. 23, 2020
Ecological Monitoring via Metabolomics & Lipidomics Fellowship
Office of Research and Development | Athens, GA | Full-time with Monthly Stipend

DEADLINE: Oct 1, 2020
Recreational Use of Natural Areas Data Analysis Internship
Office of Research and Development | Research Triangle Park, NC | Full-time with Monthly Stipend

DEADLINE: Oct 9, 2020
Ecological Effects of Per- and Poly-Fluorinated Alkyl Substances (PFAS) Fellowship
Office of Research and Development | Duluth, MN | Full-time with Monthly Stipend

DEADLINE: Oct 9, 2020
Lead in Drinking Water Research Fellowship
Office of Research and Development | Cincinnati, OH | Full-time with Monthly Stipend

DEADLINE: Oct 9, 2020
Environmental Economist Fellowship
Office of Research and Development | Corvallis, OR | Full-time with Monthly Stipend

DEADLINE: Oct 19, 2020
Industrial Wastewater Reuse Fellowship
Office of Research and Development | Cincinnati, OH | Full-time with Monthly Stipend

DEADLINE: Oct 20, 2020
Health Impacts of Environmental Exposures Fellowship
Office of Research and Development | Chapel Hill, NC | Full-time with Monthly Stipend

DEADLINE: Oct 22, 2020
Neurotoxic Chemicals Internship
Office of Research and Development | Research Triangle Park, NC | Full-time with Monthly Stipend

DEADLINE: Oct 21, 2020
Oil Spill and Response Fellowship
Office of Research and Development | Cincinnati, OH | Full-time with Monthly Stipend

ForestSAT 2018 Conference in MD Oct 2-5, 2018

ForestSAT 2018: Entering a New Era in Forest Observation and Analysis

October 2-5, 2018 in College Park, Maryland

Abstracts due April 15, 2018

ForestSAT is the pre-eminent conference on the application of spatial analysis and remote sensing technologies for forest monitoring and modeling. New remote sensing missions, airborne and in-situ platforms, and the explosion in data fusion and cloud computing technologies are revolutionizing how we monitor and model forests around the world. These technologies are also helping us confront new management challenges within forested ecosystems, including human and natural stressors. ForestSAT 2018 brings its participants to the forefront of this revolution, continuing the legacy of previous ForestSAT conferences that first began in 2002.

Conference themes for ForestSAT 2018 build on these concepts:

(1) Global forest observation
(2) New approaches to forest ecosystem modeling
(3) Remote sensing fusion
(4) Forest mapping and inventory
(5) Forest Management and Policy

The technical program will include plenary presentations, parallel oral sessions, invited sessions focusing on special topics of interest, and a poster reception. In addition, a range of social events and field trips around the local area are being planned. Please consider submitting an abstract for an oral or poster presentation.

Submit an abstract to the ICA’s conference in GA this Fall

The University of Georgia’s Center for Integrative Conservation in Athens is debuting a conference this fall (September 20-23, 2018) focused on integrative/interdisciplinary conservation science.

The conference will bring together academics, practitioners, researchers, resource managers, and students to address current and emerging conservation challenges. By bridging diverse perspectives across disciplines and sectors, participants will explore challenges and benefits of synthesizing methods, frameworks, and conceptual approaches within social and ecological sciences.

Topics will include key issues associated with simultaneously preserving ecosystem integrity while addressing human needs and increasing adaptive capacity in a constantly changing world. By embracing the complexity inherent in human-environmental systems, the Integrative Conservation Conference will create space for the process of constructive engagement across disciplines and between research and practice, resulting in new insight for conservation.

Submit an abstract here: