November 2022 Edition

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November 2022

“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.”

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Formatting Your Electronic Thesis or Dissertation (ETD) Presentation

Thursday, November 3, 2022 from 3:30-5:00PM in Reid 333.

All graduate students writing a thesis or dissertation are required to format their paper according to the Graduate School's requirements and then have it approved before it is uploaded to ScholarWorks.

Come to a presentation with the MSU Graduate School, Library, Writing Center, and Counseling and Psychological Services about formatting, publishing, copyright, writing, and submitting your final ETD. After attending the workshop, consider submitting an early draft of your ETD for preliminary feedback.


Tuesday, Nov. 8: Election Day. No classes, offices closed.

Friday, Nov. 11: Veterans Day. No classes, offices closed.

Friday, Nov. 18: Please submit a draft of your ETD by today if you plan to graduate Fall 2022.

Monday, Nov. 21 - Friday, Nov. 25: Fall Break. No classes all week. Offices closed Thurs. & Fri.

Friday, Dec. 2: Last day for master's/doctoral comp exam and thesis/dissertation defense if planning to graduate Fall 2022.

Friday, Dec. 9: Last day for formatting approval of thesis/dissertation if planning to graduate Fall 2022.

See here for a full list of Graduate School Dates & Deadlines.


Grad Students, Got Questions? We Have Answers! Pop-Up Event

Monday, Nov. 14 from 1:30-2:30PM in Leon Johnson Hall Annex (by Room 346)

Join staff from the Graduate School for any and all questions you have about navigating graduate school and MSU. Do you want to know what a comprehensive exam is? Are you looking for resources to help pay for childcare? Stop by our pop-up table in the annex of Leon Johnson Hall to grab a free cup of coffee and a snack and ask any questions you might have about grad school.

Counseling and Psychological Services Drop-In Hours

This is typically the time of the semester where students can begin to feel an increase in stress and overwhelm from the pressure of school, relationships, homesickness, and/or other demands in their lives. We also know that not everyone may need ongoing counseling to address such issues AND it can be very helpful to talk to a professional for some support and guidance. The Let’s Talk Drop-in hours through Counseling and Psychological Services may be the perfect fit for students who simply need to check in about a specific problem, want resources to support self-care, or are wondering if counseling would be a good fit. No need to make an appointment, just show up at the designated time/location and a CPS staff member will be there to assist you.

Bounty of the Bridgers Food Pantry

The Bounty of the Bridgers Campus Food Pantry provides supplemental and emergency food assistance to students, faculty, staff, and family members at no cost.

Funding and Fellowships

Graduate School Child Care Grant

Student parents are encourage to apply for a childcare award made possible through MSU's recent Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program (CCAMPIS) grant. The funds available to student parents are significantly higher than previous semesters. Awards will be made on a sliding scale with an estimated average of $250 per month during the Spring semester. Please submit the Child Care Grant form by November 18, 2022.

TL1 Translational Research Program 2023 Cohort

The Institute of Translational Health Sciences TL1 program is a one-year NIH funded program that offers rigorous training in clinical and translational research for PhD students in an interdisciplinary cohort environment. While in the program, participants will receive a stipend, research funds, and tuition support.

We would like to encourage applicants interested in all types of research, including patient-oriented research, translational research, small- and large-scale clinical investigation, and trials, epidemiologic and natural history studies, health services research, and health behavior research to apply. The application deadline is December 16, 2022. Learn more and apply on the ITHS website.

We’ll be having a few information sessions for anyone interested in attending and learning more about the program.

  • Thursday, November 3rd, 2022 from 12-12:30PM (PST); Register Here

Native American Natural Resource Research Scholarship

The Intertribal Timber Council (ITC), in partnership with the USDA Forest Service Research and Development is pleased to announce scholarship opportunities for Native American students who are planning or currently conducting tribally relevant research in a natural resource issue. The ITC Research Scholarship is designed to support tribally relevant, natural resource-based research being conducted by Native American scholars enrolled in a graduate program. All requested material must be received by close of business (5:00 p.m. PST) November 30, 2022. Incomplete applications will not be considered. For complete application requirements, please see the Intertribal Timber Council website.

Identify scholarships and research funding for your graduate education!

The MSU Graduate School maintains a Funding & Fellowships webpage listing various ways you may find funding throughout your time at MSU.

The University of Illinois has an excellent Fellowship Finder featuring awards that are open to grad students from any university. It features several filters to aid your search.

The National Research Council postdoctoral program Is used by federal agencies across the country to support postdoc searches. This is a great place to look when you are close to finishing your PhD and the salaries are quite good. Quarterly application deadlines.

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

Workshops and Events

Professional Development: GradCat 360

GradCat 360 is a comprehensive professional development program for graduate students at Montana State University. It is a series of programs and events designed by the Graduate School and departments across campus that center around nine focus areas. These areas are tailored to help students cultivate a unified set of skills and knowledge for educational success and professional preparation.

Check out our GradCat 360 Event Calendar, specifically curated for Graduate Students. We are constantly updating the GradCat 360 calendar with workshops and events that are uniquely useful for Graduate Students.

Featured November Events:

Wednesday, Nov. 9 from 4:00-5:00PM in SUB Ballroom C

Join us for a panel discussion highlighting first-gen student experiences at MSU. Panel will consist of first-gen undergraduate and graduate students, with 45 minutes of structured questions followed by a Q&A. Open to MSU students, staff and faculty.

Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 1:00-2:30PM in Reid Hall 124

The purpose of the Inclusive Pedagogy workshop series is to engage faculty in creating a supportive learning environment that removes barriers for students. In this workshop, participants will learn from a faculty panel about how to implement trauma informed pedagogy into their teaching and interactions with students. Trauma informed pedagogy is not a set of prescribed strategies, or one more thing you need to do. Instead, it is an inclusive lens to help you build meaningful relationships and promote equity in the classroom.

MSU Writing Center

The MSU Writing Center offers ongoing support to students working on graduate-level writing.

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