August 2021 Edition - Archive Edition

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Summer is wrapping up and we are rapidly approaching the start of a new academic year. We hope this newsletter will give you some ideas on how to kick off the new Fall semester strong!

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.


The Graduate School

Aug 25 Classes begin. One-credit Extension deadline. Last day for non-degree applications to be submitted.

Aug 27 Welcome / Welcome Back event – see below for details

Sept 6 Labor Day (no classes; offices closed)

Sept 15 Students who have not confirmed their bill will be dropped from classes.

Sept 20 Last day for graduate students to file for graduation in MyInfo or via a Graduation Application (only used when a student has applied for the same degree in a prior term).


MSU Student Vaccination Sweepstakes!

Weekly Drawings from Aug 30 – Dec 16

It’s your shot to win! Get a COVID vaccine and enter to win. All entries receive an instant $10 credit on your CatCard and will be entered to win prizes such as $5000 financial assistance awards, a season ski pass, and other valuable prizes. Drawings will be held weekly from Aug 30 to Dec 16 and are open to all vaccinated students. Read more on the MSU Student Vaccination Sweepstakes.

Graduate Assistant position with the Graduate School

Accepting applications until filled

Join the Graduate School team! The Graduate School is seeking a Graduate Assistant for Admissions and Recruitment. This position includes, but is not limited to, coordinating graduate fairs, marketing, social media, and an overall scope of admissions and recruitment at the graduate level. A full description of the position can be found on the Dept of Education’s Graduate Assistantship page.

Additional Graduate Assistantship opportunities

The Department of Education hosts a collection of various Graduate Assistantships across campus. If you are an MSU graduate student enrolled in 6-credits and not otherwise employed by MSU, you can be considered for a Graduate Assistantship.

Excel Basics & Beyond with the MSU Library

Thursday, Aug 12 from 12-1pm
Where: Heathcote Classroom at the MSU Library

Brush up on your Excel skills! The MSU Library is hosting an Excel Basics & Beyond workshop for graduate students in the Heathcote classroom. The workshop will cover topics such as formulas and functions, sorting & filtering data, and pivot tables. Start your journey to become an Excel wizard!

Welcome / Welcome Back event with the Grad School!

Friday, Aug 27 from 3:30pm-5pm

The Graduate School will again be hosting its annual Welcome / Welcome Back event for new and returning graduate students on Friday, Aug 27 from 3:30-5pm on the North/East side lawn of Montana Hall.

Join the Graduate School and your fellow graduate students in welcoming the Fall semester! This picnic-style event, with appetizers provided by the Graduate School, is a casual way to get to know your fellow graduate peers as well as introduce yourself to staff and faculty. So bring a blanket or something to sit on and help us in kicking off the new academic year - hope to see you there!

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 am-12 pm. Tutors are available to answer questions. Can’t make it to campus? Join us online on MS Teams.  

Looking for other ways to work on your writing this fall? What about a Science Writing Workshop or a Writing Retreat? The MSU Writing Center will be offering both in September: Details and instructions on registering.  

The Writing Center would also like to invite all PhD students to come to a Writing Center Open House on September 1 from 4-6 pm. Meet the tutors, tell us about your projects, and learn about how we might be able to help you start, finish, or manage the messy middle of your dissertation.  

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


Individual Grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts

DEADLINE: Stage 1 Inquiry form due Sept 15; Full application by invitation only

The Graham Foundation invites applications for its individual grants program. The foundation will award grants in support of key points in the development of an individual's career, including opportunities to create, develop, and communicate a project about architecture and the designed environment that will contribute to their creative, intellectual, and professional growth at crucial or potentially transformative stages in their careers; support their efforts to take positions, develop new forms of expression, and engage in debate; and help them communicate their work in the public realm and reach new and broader audiences. View the Graham Foundation’s Individual Grants page for more info.

Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Program: Early-Phase Grants

DEADLINE: Letter of Intent due Aug 17; Application due Aug 27

The EIR program provides funding to create, develop, implement, replicate, or take to scale entrepreneurial, evidence-based, field-initiated innovations to improve student achievement and attainment for high-need students; and rigorously evaluate such innovations. The EIR program is designed to generate and validate solutions to persistent education challenges and to support the expansion of those solutions to serve substantially larger numbers of students. Find out more on the types of grants and application information on the EIR’s Grant Opportunity page.

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

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