September 2021 Edition - Archive Edition

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Welcome to a new academic year! Below are some new ideas and opportunities to check out during the Fall semester.

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

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).


Announcement: Assistantship Position opening

The Graduate School is seeking a Graduate Assistant in our Office of Student Success. Please see the attachment for detailed information. Application deadline is Friday, Sept. 10, 2021.

PhD Open House with the MSU Writing Center

Wed, Sept. 1 from 4-6 p.m.
Where: The Writing Center, 1-114 Wilson Hall

The MSU Writing Center staff would like to invite all PhD students to come for an Open House. See our space, learn about what we do, and discuss your goals with your dissertation work. Let’s see if there’s a way we can help you with your dissertation writing process. Refreshments will be served.

Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) Workshops

Throughout September

CFE has a variety of workshops that may interest you, including:

For GTAs on Wednesday, Sept. 1 from 11 a.m.-12 noon: Active Learning Basics: Rethink Your Teaching to Promote Deeper Learning to learn about active learning pedagogies.

For GTAs on Thursday, Sept. 9 from 1-2 p.m.: Academic Advising: Tips for New Faculty and Those New to Advising.

For All Grad Students on Thursday, Sept. 16 from 10-10:30 a.m.: Improve Your Path to Success by Joining a Writing Group.

For All Grad Students on Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 10-11:30 a.m.: Intro to Grants and Finding Funding to introduce you to the grant writing process.

Introduction to R

Wednesday, Sept. 1 from 3:10-5 p.m.
Where: Cheever 214 and Online

This R workshop with the Library will start with the building blocks of using RStudio to create and explore the data structures available in R. Then we'll learn some basic tools for inspecting, extracting, manipulating, summarizing, and visualizing data. We will also discuss accessing and using R packages, and how to use R's built-in help interface. The event will be held in Cheever 214, with an online attendance option available. The WebEx connection details will be emailed prior to the event.

The next workshop, Data Visualization in R, will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 29 from 3:10-5 p.m.

Science Writing Workshop with the MSU Writing Center

Workshop 1: Story Structure on Wednesday, Sept. 8 from 3-4 p.m.
Workshop 2: Sentence Level Choices on Wednesday, Sept. 15 from 3-4 p.m.

Want to learn more about writing in the sciences? Joshua Schimel’s book Writing Science: How to write papers that get cited and proposals that get funded has become a go-to resource for writers across the sciences. This two-part Writing Center workshop will explore the sections of Schimel’s book that focus on story structure and sentence-level choices, both of which will activate your writing and engage your readers. Between workshops, you will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with Writing Center tutors to apply these concepts to your own writing.

Resume Writing Clinic

Wednesday, Sept. 8 from 11 a.m.-12 noon
Where: SUB 168

Career, Internship & Student Employment Services is hosting a Resume Writing Clinic to help you improve your resume.

Excel Basics (Level 1)

Thursday, Sept. 9 from 12 noon-1 p.m.
Where: Heathcote Classroom

Join the Library in an Excel Basics workshop. Learn the basics of Excel, from general spreadsheet formatting, data formatting (%, $, etc.), using formulas and functions, referencing cells in formulas, inserting and formatting charts, and printing.

Already past that stage? Join them also in an Excel Basics & Beyond (Level I & II) Workshop on Thursday, Sept. 23 from 12 noon-1 p.m.

Student Employment Job Fair

Tuesday, Sept. 14 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: SUB Ballrooms

Claim your account in to register and view attending employers.

Register today online for Student Employment Job Fair

Diversity Certificate Workshop: Exploring Cultural Identity

Tuesday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m.-12 noon
Where: SUB Ballroom D

The Level 1 Foundations of Diversity & Inclusion course offerings include three workshops that introduce participants to some fundamental concepts related to diversity and inclusion. Learn more about the Exploring Cultural Identity workshop.

Career Fair Prep Clinic

Thursday, Sept. 23 from 4-5 p.m.
Where: SUB 233

Join the Career, Internship & Student Employment Services in ensuring you are ready for the Fall 2021 Career Fair!

994-Calling! featuring Dr. Sara Rushing

Monday, Sept. 27 from 4-5 p.m.
Where: SUB 235 OR via WebEx

Join Sara Rushing, Associate Professor of Political Science, as she “tells her story,” including some fun background, where she trained, how she came to MSU, and a few key highlights on her research and scholarship. Read more about Dr. Rushing and 994-Calling!

Banned Books Trivia

Wednesday, Sept. 29 from 5:30-6:15 p.m. sign-in; event starts at 6:15 p.m.
Where: Bar 3 BBQ, 119 East Main Street, Belgrade

ACLU Montana, Belgrade Community Library, Bozeman Public Library, Country Bookshelf, Friends of MSU Library, and MSU Library partner to host an IN-PERSON Banned Books trivia event on Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 6:15 p.m. The event will be emceed by Chrysti the Wordsmith - she'll be providing interesting tidbits and facts about banned books, intellectual freedom, and your right to read!

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



Food Security Scholarship Application

DEADLINE: Friday, Sept. 10

The September 2021 (Fall semester) Food Security Scholarship Application is now available for all MSU students. If you are a student with barriers to accessing enough food or nutritious food, please consider applying. The MSU Food Security Scholarship provides a limited number of commuter meal passes (25-meal pass) in the form of a scholarship award. The application is open until Friday, Sept. 10. 

Scholarships for Childcare

DEADLINE: Wednesday, Sept. 15, 5 p.m.

If you have a child (or children) and are incurring childcare costs, please consider applying (application form) for a childcare assistance graduate scholarship. Degree-seeking graduate students are eligible to apply for this Fall 2021 scholarship, which will range from $200 to $500. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 5 p.m.

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. The STEM Talent Challenge seeks 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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