February 2020 Edition

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Fun Fact: February 2020 marks another leap year, but did you know there are occasionally leap second too? Leap seconds are intermittently applied to the Coordinated Universal Time to accommodate for the slowing down the Earth’s rotation!

The Grad School Help Desk Newsletter is here to help you with dates, funding opportunities, upcoming workshops, and graduate events. Let us know if there is anything you’d like to see or anything we missed.


The Graduate School


 Feb 5 Graduation Applications Due

Feb 17 President’s Day Holiday (no classes)

Mar 16-20 Spring Break (no classes)

Apr 10 University Day Holiday (no classes; offices open)

Apr 21  Deadline for comps exam/deadline defense for Spring 2020 graduates

Apr 21 ETD Approval Deadline


Free Tax Help: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program

February 5, 12, 19, 24; March 4, 9, 11
Where: Jabs Hall 211

Accounting students from Montana State University’s Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship are offering free help preparing tax returns for MSU students and individuals who made less than $54,000 last year.

You can schedule a VITA session on Schedulicity.

Women’s Basketball vs. Eastern Washington

Saturday, February 8 from 2pm – 4pm
Where: Brick Breeden Fieldhouse

MSU Bobcats vs. EWU! Tickets are available at any of the Fieldhouse ticket offices. Students can claim their free ticket with their Cat Card.

Off-Campus Living Fair

Monday, February 10 from 2pm – 5pm
Where: SUB Ballroom A

The Off-Campus Living Fair provides the opportunity to find all the resources you need to live off campus, from where to find a rental to how to sign up for utilities. Food and door prizes available!

Inclusive Teaching, Mentoring, and Research

Tuesday, February 11 from 11am – 6:30pm
Where: SUB Ballroom C & D

MSU’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion, in conjunction with the Department of Native American Studies and other key partners, invites all faculty, staff, and students to a series of sessions focused on embedding inclusive practices, Indigenous knowledge, and cultural understandings into their work with students to foster inclusive learning environments. Registration is encouraged.

ETD (Electronic Theses & Dissertations) Workshop

Tuesday, February 11 from 12pm – 1pm
Where: Innovative Learning Studio (1st Floor Library)

For those writing a thesis or dissertation – join a discussion with the MSU Library, The Graduate School, and The Writing Center to learn about how your research is archived at the Library and other library data services. To register, please visit the Library Website.

Drop-In Resume Critiques

Wednesday, February 12 from 11am – 2pm
Where: Strand Union Building 177

Drop-in resume critiques on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 from 11am to 2pm in SUB 177.

Focus Fridays with the Writing Center

February 14, March 13, & April 17 from 9am – 3pm
Where: Wilson 1-115

Focus Fridays are open writing times and drop-in tutoring for graduate writers. Writing Center tutors will be available. We will have bagels and coffee and tea, and students can come sit and write with us, ask questions, and get feedback on their work from graduate tutors!

Men’s Basketball vs. University of Montana

Saturday, February 22 from 7pm – 9pm
Where: Brick Breeden Fieldhouse

MSU Bobcats vs. University of Montana! Tickets are available at any of the Fieldhouse ticket offices. Students can claim their free ticket with their Cat Card.

NCUR 2020 Needs Graduate Student Moderators!

Moderator Application Deadline: Ongoing
NCUR 2020: March 26-28

Consider applying; it could look great on your CV! A moderator’s primary function is to ensure that an oral presentation session runs smoothly. This means keeping every presenter on schedule, facilitating the question and answer section as necessary, and acting as the primary point of contact to resolve any issues that may arise.

Each session is 1 hour, made up of three 20-minute presentations; with specific timeslots for each presenter. Typically a Q&A session occurs for the last five minutes of each session. Presenters may cut their talk short, but cannot take more time. Your job will be to enforce time limits when necessary. Attendees are encouraged to stay for an entire hour-long timeslot, but realistically, many attendees quickly move from room to room to see particular presentations. This is acceptable.

Please follow the link to sign up for a role as a Moderator. If you have any questions, feel free to email Gregory Young. Follow the link for further information on NCUR 2020.


Idaho National Lab (INL) Graduate Fellowship Program

DEADLINE: February 15, 2020

Idaho National Laboratory (INL) has two open call INL Graduate Fellowship postings. One is a fellowship awarded to Ph.D. students with interest in advancing nuclear energy and clean energy deployment. The other is specific to National and Homeland Security research and is for Ph.D. students or students pursuing a master’s degree in cyber security. Attached is a flyer with additional information on the program. Applicants are invited to apply online through inl.gov/careers internship posting numbers 14123 and 14124.

Interprofessional Education Research Seed Grants

DEADLINE: March 1, 2020

The MUS Institute for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (MUS-IPE Institute) requests proposals for research in IPE. The goal of the IPE Research Seed Grant program is to promote collaboration between and among unique educational disciplines to acquire data that will support extramural grant acquisition. The award will provide up to $5,000 - $7,500. The project must be completed within 12 months of the award date.

For more funding opportunities, visit MSU’s Research Funding Opportunities or the Graduate School’s Funding & Fellowships webpage.

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February 2020 - tax help, NCUR volunteers

January 2020 - newsletter re-launch