January 2022 Edition

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“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves."

-- Bill Vaughn 

Invite the dean

Craig would like to get out and meet groups of graduate students in your labs, research, or study spaces. If you would like to host the dean for a ~30min. informal chat, please contact [email protected]


Wednesday, Jan. 19: Spring 2022 Classes begin. One-credit Extension deadline. Last day for non-degree applications to be submitted.

Saturday, Feb. 5: Last day for graduate students to file for spring graduation in MyInfo or via a Graduation Application (only used when a student has applied for the same degree in a prior term or is applying for an en route degree).

Monday, Feb. 21: President’s Day Holiday. No classes; offices closed.



Resources to Help with the Transition from Box to OneDrive

As the university gets closer to its transition away from the storage site Box, University Information Technology would like to remind the MSU community how they can play a part in the successful migration of their data.

  • Clean up your collaborators. To make it easier for UIT to assist individuals, use the Box Shares Report folder to review current collaborators on files and folders. Learn more by visiting Box Transition How-To prepare videos  
  • Reduce the number of files and folders. Delete any unnecessary documents or folders to expedite migration time. 
  • Learn more about OneDrive for Business (OneDrive) and SharePoint Document Libraries.

Review the Box Transition Resources

Workshops & Events

 Institute of Translational Health Sciences TL1 Informational Session

Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2-3 p.m.

Via WebEx

Announcing a unique opportunity for some of MSU’s health-oriented graduate students: In partnership with the University of Washington Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS), a one-year mentored research training program in translational science for predoctoral students. 

Six MSU students per year will be selected for grants, which provide one full year of funding for predoctoral students enrolled in a program leading to a PhD in a health science research-related doctoral degree program, or a combined doctoral level professional degree with a clinical research-related advanced degree. Selected students receive a one-year stipend at the NIH NRSA levels, tuition, and up to $1,500 in funding to support student-specific research activities.

There will be an informational session via WebEx on Wednesday, Jan. 5, from 2-3 p.m. to answer questions. 

Please note the short turnaround time for this year’s cycle.  The deadline for an application is Jan. 15, 2022.  The good news is the application process is not onerous. All interested students are welcome to attend the info session to learn more about this unique opportunity. 

Asian Student Interracial Assn. Research and Creativity Celebration

Tuesday, Feb. 1, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Where: Inspiration Hall

Bengal Tiger 2022 is the year of the tiger! To celebrate, the Asian Student Interracial   Association will share their research and creative work with the MSU   community. A networking event for attendees will follow the speaker session. Our goal for this event is to celebrate, elevate, and connect AAPI voices in creative and research fields at MSU. AAPI graduate students, faculty, and undergraduate students are encouraged to apply to present a 5-10 minute presentation on their work.

MSU Library Open House

Tuesday, Jan. 18, 3-6 p.m.

Where: MSU Renee Library

MSU Library invites faculty, staff, grad students and the Bozeman community to an Open House to enjoy food, beverages, and networking while learning about the resources and services offered by the library and campus partners. The event will celebrate the theme of reading, reflecting the joy and importance of reading in our personal, intellectual and professional lives.

Panopto Workshops:
Join these online workshops and learn how to use Panopto, MSU’s new institutionally-supported lecture capture service.

Panopto Basics

Wednesday, Jan. 5

11-11:45 a.m.

or Friday, Jan. 21

10-10:45 a.m.

In this workshop you will learn how to: 

  • Log into and explore your Panopto account. 
  • Record, edit, and share videos. 
  • Embed videos into D2L/Brightspace courses. 

Edit Videos with Panopto

Thursday, Jan. 13

10-10:30 a.m.

In this workshop you will learn how to improve your Panopto videos, and add the following to your Panopto videos: 

  • Presentation slides 
  • A table of contents 
  • Chapters 
  • Quizzes 
  • Revised captions

For more information about Panopto, please visit the Panopto page on the Academic Technology & Outreach website. 

Introduction to OER: a textbook review workshop

Tuesday, Jan. 11

10 a.m.-12 noon

Learn more about open education and why it is important to our students. This workshopwill provide an introduction and overview of open educational resources (OER), how to find them, understanding of open licenses, and answer questions you may have about this movement.

MSU Writing Center services for Graduate Writers

The MSU Writing Center offers ongoing support to students working on graduate-level writing in the following ways: 

One-on-one appointments, both in-person and online with graduate or undergraduate peer tutors: Make a tutoring appointment.   

Interdisciplinary graduate writing studios, a small group of graduate students who meet regularly to work on improving their own writing and give feedback to others. Read more and register to join a group at the MSU Writing Center’s website

Focus Fridays, a weekly “write with us” time for grad students to work alongside each other in the Writing Center on Fridays from 9 a.m.-12 noon. Tutors are available to answer questions. Can’t make it to campus? Join us online on MS Teams.

For more information, go to www.montana.edu/writingcenter/graduate_writers or contact our Graduate Program Coordinator, Erin Strickland, at [email protected] or call (406) 994-5315.

Funding and Fellowships

Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices


Check out the National Institute of Health (NIH) weekly funding opportunities page.

Alpha Lambda Delta honor society fellowship

DEADLINE: Feb. 1, 2022

A fellowship is available to current MSU graduate students who were in the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society as undergraduates, even if they attended a school other than MSU. Selection is based on academic records, recommendations submitted, essay questions, and campus and community activities. Please apply here.

NASA research opportunities

DEADLINE: Feb. 11, 2022.

Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST ROSES-2021 F.5) solicits proposals from accredited U.S. universities and other eligible organizations for graduate student-designed and performed research projects that contribute to SMD’s science, technology, and exploration goals. The graduate student shall have the primary initiative to define the proposed FINESST research project and must be the primary author, with input or supervision from the proposal’s Principal Investigator (PI), as appropriate. The proposal must present a well-defined research problem/activity and a justification of its scientific significance to NASA. FINESST awards are grants for up to three years and up to $50K per year.

Idaho National Laboratory Graduate Fellowship

DEADLINE: Feb. 13, 2022

The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Graduate Fellowship Program is designed to identify exceptional talent in research areas aligned with INL’s strategic agenda to enable the current and future mission of the Department of Energy and INL. The program, a collaboration between INL and universities, provides mentoring and financial support for outstanding students who plan to enroll in graduate degree programs. INL also offers jobs and internships. 

Summer Internship Program – biomedical research

DEADLINE: March 1, 2022

Summer programs provide an opportunity to spend a minimum of eight consecutive weeks performing full-time biomedical research under the guidance and direction of a National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases principal investigator. Open to U.S. citizens/permanent residents who are enrolled in college or graduate school at the time of application. Applications are accepted beginning in mid-December and acceptance is rolling once the portal opens.)

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

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