October 2021 Edition

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William C. Bryant called autumn “the year’s last, loveliest smile.” As cooler days give way to cold nights and crisp mornings, enjoy the changing of the season!

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

Oct. 12 & 21 Flu shot clinics (see below for info)

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

Dec. 3 Last day for master’s and doctoral comprehensive examination or thesis/dissertation defense if the student plans to graduate Fall 2021

Dec. 10 Last day for approval of thesis, dissertation, or professional paper (if the professional paper is submitted to the library) by the Formatting Advisor


Free Professional LinkedIn Profile Photos

Tuesdays, Oct. 5-12-19-26, 3-5 p.m.
Where: SUB 177

Students can get a professional LinkedIn profile photo taken for free at the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success (SUB 177) on Tuesdays from 3-5 p.m. No appointment required; brought to you by Career, Internship & Student Employment Services.

Fall Career Fair

Thursday & Friday, Oct. 7-8

Over 170 employers from across the country will send recruiters to Bozeman in October for MSU’s 2021 Fall Career Fair on Thursday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. For graduate students, university career fairs are a chance to selectively visit with recruiters who know the value a graduate student brings to their company. You can learn more about the types of opportunities available when you graduate. Or if you are close to graduating, you can ask about specific opportunities with their companies. In both cases, do your research ahead of time.

Sleepin’ Bobcats Week

Oct. 11-15

The Graduate Wellbeing Champions are hosting Sleepin’ Bobcats WeekOctober 11-15. Join the sleep challenge during this time for a chance to win a weighted blanket! Registration for this event will begin on Thursday, Oct. 7. You can register onlineor in person at our booth in front of Montana Hall on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 7 and 8.

Workshop: Responding to Student Writers

Tuesday, Oct. 12 from 12 noon-1 p.m.
Where: Writing Center 1-115

Does your work as a GTA require grading and/or responding to student writing? While grading criteria vary from course to course, there are guiding principles that can make commenting on student writing easier and more efficient. This workshop will cover underlying theory on how novice writers respond to instructor comments and provides suggestions for how to approach that stack of papers waiting for your feedback. Bring your lunch and your questions. 

Flu shot clinics

Thursdays, Oct. 12 and Oct. 21, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Flu shot clinics sponsored by University Health Partners.

  • Free to students with MSU Student Insurance.
  • Free with most other insurances.
  • $30 cash price (may be billable to student account).

Bring your insurance card or have a picture of it on your phone. 

Tuesday Oct. 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. – SUB Ballroom B

Thursday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. – outside of UHP

994-Calling! featuring Dr. Omar Shehryar

Monday, Oct. 25 from 4-5 p.m.
Where: SUB 235 OR via WebEx

Join Omar Shehryar, Professor of Business, as he “tells his story,” including some fun background, where he trained, how he came to MSU, and a few key highlights on his research and scholarship. Read more about Dr. Shehryar and 994-Calling!

Dyslexia and Innovation Symposium

Thursday, Oct. 28, 5-8 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 29, 9 a.m.-12 noon
Offered fully online

Montana State University will host a two-day symposium spotlighting the strengths of the dyslexic mind. Organizers say the event goes beyond the challenges of spelling and reading to focus on the advantages of dyslexia, including out-of-the-box thinking, 3D spatial processing and recognition of complex patterns. Free and open to the public.

Space Public Outreach Team

TheSpace Public Outreach Team (SPOT) is an organization funded by NASA that offers free presentations about current NASA missions and research to inspire K-12 students about new discoveries in space and science. This year’s presentation is called the Sun-Earth connection. Interested students will develop professional training through mentorship by STEM graduate student managers. Once certified, SPOT presenters will get paid for their time while giving SPOT presentations to schools across Montana.

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.  

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.  

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



Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices


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

FY 2021 STEM Talent Challenge Program through the Dept. of Commerce


EDA is seeking applications from eligible applicants to create and implement innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) apprenticeship models that complement their respective region's innovation economy. TheSTEM Talent Challengeseeks to develop or expand regional workforce capacity to support high-growth, high-wage entrepreneurial ventures, industries of the future (which usually includes industries that leverage emerging technologies), and other innovation-driven businesses that have a high likelihood of accelerating economic competitiveness and job creation in their respective regions and in the United States.

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

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