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Joseph F. Nelson Graduate Scholarship

The Joseph F. Nelson Graduate Scholarship Award is open to graduate students at South Dakota State University who are in good standing (a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above) and meet the specified criteria for the award (see guidelines).  This year, the Joseph F. Nelson Endowment Fund will provide for two graduate student scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each, split between Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters.  Graduate student applicants must have successfully completed 15 semester credit hours of academic work toward a Master’s or PhD degree.  Students must be completing, as part of their degree, original research; preferably in one of the following sciences:  Physics, Chemistry, Physical Geography, Biology, Soil Science, Geology, Mathematics or other Physical Sciences.  Awards for M.S. students are restricted to students pursuing a thesis (option A).  These awards are to be made in addition to any graduate assistantship students may have, and may not be used to substitute for or partially replace an existing assistantship.

Applications must be submitted electronically. Deadline is November 21, 2018.


SDSU Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award

The SDSU Graduate School is pleased to announce the 2018-19 Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award, in recognition of graduate students who exemplify excellence in the teaching/learning mission of SDSU. The purpose of this award is to raise the attention given to excellence in teaching and mentoring as a component of graduate education and the preparation of graduate students for future service as college and university faculty.

The selected recipient will receive a citation and monetary award.  The SDSU Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award competition is open to all graduate students who have graduate assistantships and are actively enrolled students. Nominations must include a letter of support from the department head, a current curriculum vitae, the nominee’s teaching portfolio, which includes: statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of instructional design, delivery, course management and student learning, video clip of “teaching in action,” student evaluation of teaching, evidence of student mentoring and teaching/learning scholarship. Nominations are limited to six pages double spaced. Excluding the nomination form, letters of nomination, letters of support and curriculum vitae, the nomination is limited to six (6) pages double-spaced.

Primary consideration will be given to nominees with an excellent teaching portfolio and student evaluations.

The award recipient will also be nominated for the annual Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools Excellence in Teaching Award.  This award includes a citation and an honorarium that will be presented at the 75th Annual MAGS meeting, March 20-22 in St. Louis, MO. 

Nominations must be submitted electronicallyDeadline: December 17, 2018.

Please see attached documents for evaluation criteria and video guidance.


Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring Award

The Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring Award was established by the Graduate Council in 2010 to honor faculty members who have truly shown excellence in mentoring graduate students. The award honors faculty for efforts in supporting, encouraging, and promoting their graduate students' research, education, professional and personal development, and career plans. Nominate a faculty member for this award. Deadline: December 3, 2018.


Graduate Student Wokini Scholarship

Scholarships will be awarded by the Admissions Office in collaboration with the American Indian Student Center.  These scholarship opportunities exist for enrolled members of a South Dakota tribe who are full-time, degree seeking students that graduated with their Associates or Bachelor’s degree from a South Dakota Tribal College or University and attend South Dakota State University.  Priority is given to those students who submit a completed scholarship application, including tribal enrollment verification.  Selected Wokini Scholars will be awarded an annual $5,000 scholarship that can be renewed for two additional years.

Click here to see the guidelines. Please complete and submit the application to be considered for the Wokini Scholarship.


Three Minute Thesis Competition

South Dakota State University invites you to participate in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition. The 3MT is an academic competition that challenges PhD and Master's students to describe their research within three minutes to a general audience. 3MT celebrates the discoveries made by research students and encourages you to communicate the importance of your research to the broader community.

The competition will be held from 5-9pm, Tuesday, February 5, 2019, in the Student Union. We would like to encourage all students to participate.

For more specific details about the competition, view the 3MT PowerPoint.

Register for the competition. If you are not already logged into MyState, you will have to enter your MyState credentials in the top right corner of the screen, click "My Resources," followed by "Forms," and you'll find "3 Minute Thesis Competition Registration.