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Graduate School Newsletter - August 2019

                                                                                               The Graduate School Office will be closed on September 2nd.

Welcome back to South Dakota State University! 

Go Big, Go Blue, Go Jacks Penant

Upcoming Events

2019 Graduate Teaching Assistant Orientation                                                          

     Thursday, August 22, 2019 from 8:30am – 12pm in Ag Engineering 100

The focus of the orientation will be effective classroom management and teaching strategies. This year’s orientation will offer content specifically for new graduate teaching assistants, as well as for those who are returning in their GTA role. Everyone should leave the orientation with practical knowledge and strategies to apply to their first few weeks in the classroom, as well as an understanding of the resources and services that CETL can provide throughout the year.


Graduate School Orientation 

     Friday, August 23, 2019 from 3:00-5:00 pm in Rotunda A

     Zoom link -

Orientation is open to any new graduate student. The two hour session will cover the basics of graduate school, current policies and procedures that impact students, and professional development opportunities. There will also be time set aside for students to ask questions of the staff. Light refreshments will be provided. Information will be electronically available following the orientation session. Supplemental material, not covered during the orientation session, will be offered as part of the Graduate School Professional Development Program.   


Fall Graduate Coordinator Meeting

     Thursday, September 5th at 3:00 pm in  Morrill Hall 104


GRADUATE SCHOOL AND BEYOND, GSR 701 – offered Fall 2019!!

1 credit graduate level course (6-7 PM, on Wednesdays) focuses on successfully navigating the challenges of graduate school and beyond.

Please contact Charles Fenster with any questions. 


Professional Development Program

For more information about the professional development program or earning the professional development certificate visit the Graduate Student Professional Development page. **Workshops for the 2019-2020 academic year will be coming SOON!

Awards and Scholarships

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.

Applications must be submitted electronically. Deadline: November 21, 2019.


Distinguished Master's Thesis Award

The SDSU Graduate School is soliciting nominations for the Distinguished Master's Thesis Award. The award is to recognize and reward distinguished scholarship and research at the master's level.

To submit a nomination, please use this link:  Deadline: October 15, 2019.


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, 2019.


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 4, 2020, 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. 

The Graduate School Admission Application has changed. Please go to for the new application.

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