October 2020 Edition

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OCTOBER 2020

We hope you are enjoying the cool fall weather, the changing of the leaves, and the apples that are in season. Thank you for all you are doing with social distancing, wearing your masks, and washing your hands.

To keep up with updates and messages from the Graduate School, visit our Announcements page.


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.

Sincerely,

The Graduate School

Nov 3 Election Day (no classes; offices closed)

Nov 11 Veteran’s Day (no classes; offices closed)

Nov 24 Last day for master’s and doctoral comp exam or thesis/dissertation defense if planning to graduate in Fall 2020.

Nov 24 Last day to withdraw Graduation Application and file for One-credit extension.

WORKSHOPS, EVENTS, &  ANNOUCEMENTS

Announcement: DegreeWorks down

Oct 3 – Oct 19

DegreeWorks will be down for scheduled maintenance from October 3rd - 19th. Please plan accordingly.

Announcement: PhD Completion Awards are open

Due: Oct 5, 2020

The PhD Completion Award application period is now open until Oct 5. MSU PhD students who will be in their final term of PhD research and dissertation writing can apply for a PhD Dissertation Completion Award. The expectation is that recipients of this award will graduate at the end of the term of the award. This will be a competitive process with a limited number of these awards for Spring 2021. For more information and the application link, visit the Graduate School’s Funding & Fellowship page under Student Initiated Opportunities for internal funding opportunities.

Connection & Community for Graduate Students

Fridays at 3pm
Where: WebEx

Uncertain about funding and research opportunities for the summer and fall? Struggling with loneliness, a lack of structure, or frustration at not knowing what the future holds? Join the WebEx link below at 3pm on Friday afternoons to connect with peers and discuss ways to navigate this uncertain time. The space will be facilitated by a counselor from Counseling and Psychological Services.

EDLD 529: Post-Secondary Distance Delivered Education course begins

Monday, Oct 5 through Nov 25

The Department of Education invites all graduate students to enroll in EDLD 529-Post-Secondary Distance Delivered Education, CRN 25624, taught by Dr. Marilyn Lockhart from 10/05-11/25. This 100% online, asynchronous course provides excellent training for teaching in a virtual/distance environment. The course can also count as an elective in the Department’s 12-credit  College Teaching Certificate, which has rolling admissions and is a valuable additional credential in any graduate program of study. For those who intend to pursue post-secondary faculty careers, the Department of Education encourages interested students to apply. Please contact edgrad@montana.edu for questions about the College Teaching Certificate or assistance in enrolling in EDLD 529.

GradCat 360 highlight: Safe Zone Module 1

Wednesday, Oct 14 from 3pm-5pm

The Safe Zone program offers trainings each semester to help educate our community and promote an inclusive campus environment. Safe Zone is a program that appears on campuses across the nation to build awareness and support of LGBTQIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and questioning) individuals. These workshops educate and raise awareness about LGBTQIQ issues and provide training, resources and tips for being an ally.

View other GradCat 360 events and resources.

ETD Workshop

Thursday, Oct 15 from 9am-10am
Where: WebEx

Are you writing a thesis or dissertation? Whether you’re are just getting started, or are in your last semester, join a discussion with the MSU Library, the Graduate School, and the Writing Center to learn about the ETD writing and submission process, and how your research is archived at the Library and other library data services. Join us on our ETD Virtual Workshop.

Intermediate R

Thursday, Oct 15 from 3pm-5pm
Where: Online

Extend your knowledge of R with relational and logical operators, conditional statements, loops, and functions. These concepts will be first presented conceptually, with computational practice afterward. Register at montana.edu/datascience/training. The Online R Workshops are co-organized by the Library, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Statistical Consulting & Research Services.

UHP Influenza Immunization Clinic

Thursday, Oct 15 from 10am-3pm
Where: Swingle UHP building

UHP is hosting walk-up immunizations. Students do not need a scheduled appointment and immunizations are being administered in tents on the lawn just outside the Swingle UHP building east of the SUB. If you are unable to attend the clinic, please call for a nurse appointment to get your flu immunization, or request at the time of any other visit. Most insurances (including the MSU BCBS plan) fully cover the cost of influenza immunization, but if you must pay for it out of pocket the cost is $25.

MSU Writing Center services for Graduate Writers

Where: Online

The MSU Writing Center is here to support graduate students!

Graduate writing groups offer the opportunity to collaborate on your writing with graduate students across disciplines. The groups will be asynchronous and online allowing students to receive feedback over the course of a week. Groups will be facilitated by a writing center staff member for four weeks, and up to fifteen students will be accepted for each four-week session. Students on the waitlist will be contacted as spaces open up.

Focus Friday is an opportunity for graduate writers to participate in a writing community while working from anywhere. This is a chance to connect with other graduate students working on major writing projects—arguably the best people to have in your corner because they cheer you on while holding you accountable. Every Friday this semester (excluding holidays) you can write with this online community between 9am and 3pm.

Erin Strickland, the Graduate Program Coordinator at the Writing Center, will be available for one-on-one tutoring appointments for a limited number of hours beginning in October. Please use the online scheduler to make an appointment with her or any of the Writing Center's undergraduate tutors!

For more information and or to register for a writing group, visit the Writing Center’s page for Graduate Writers.

FUNDING & FELLOWSHIPS

PhD Dissertation Completion Award

DEADLINE: Oct 5

The PhD Completion Award application period is now open until Oct 5. MSU PhD students who will be in their final term of PhD research and dissertation writing can apply for a PhD Dissertation Completion Award. The expectation is that recipients of this award will graduate at the end of the term of the award. This will be a competitive process with a limited number of these awards for Spring 2021. For more information and the application link, visit the Graduate School’s Funding & Fellowship page under Student Initiated Opportunities for internal funding opportunities.

American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) Inclusivity and Childcare grants

DEADLINE: Oct 21

The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) is offering grant opportunities. The inclusivity grants will be made available to members who fall under NIH’s Interest in Diversity Notice and are underrepresented within the Society. The ASCB Women in Cell Biology (WICB) Committee, with funding from Springer Nature, is accepting applications for grant support to help offset the cost of childcare, enabling scientists with dependent children to attend the Cell Bio 2020 Virtual-an Online ASCB|EMBO Meeting.

Number of newly listed external scholarships

DEADLINE: Varies

There are a number of external prestigious scholarships and fellowships listed on our Funding & Fellowships page under External Funding Opportunities > Fellowships. These prestigious scholarships include:

  • The Rhodes Scholarship – Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead.
  • The Marshall Scholarship – The Marshall Scholarship finances young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom in a system of higher education recognized for its excellence.
  • The Gates-Cambridge Scholarship – The Gates-Cambridge Scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time post-graduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.
  • The Schwarzman Scholarship – The Schwarzman Scholarship Program is designed to help future leaders meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond by preparing them to better understand China's culture, economy, governance and evolving role in the world.
  • Fulbright US Student Program – The Fulbright US Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs.
  • The George Mitchell scholarship – The George Mitchell Scholarship enables American graduates to pursue a year of post-graduate study at institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. 

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

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Archive

September 2020 - Virtual Fall events

August 2020 - GradCat 360 and WebEx open-hour

June 2020 - new dates for Fall 2020

May 2020 - virtual graduation celebration

April 2020 - online opportunities

March 2020 - Three Minute Thesis

February 2020 - tax help, NCUR volunteers

January 2020 - newsletter re-launch