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Graduate School Newsletter - December 2019

The Graduate School Office will be closed on December 23, 24 & 25th.

Winter shot of the campanile

Congratulations to Rikki Roscoe, winner of the Distinguished Master's Thesis Award! She was a 2019 Spring graduate who received her Master of Arts in Communication Studies and Journalism with a specialization in Communication Studies. Rikki was nominated for the award by her advisor, Dr. Jenn Anderson and selected due to her high quality thesis analyzing how veterans with PTSD manage stigma.

Awards and Scholarships

SDSU Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award

The SDSU Graduate School is pleased to announce the 2019-20 Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award, in recognition of graduate students who exemplify excellence in the teaching/learning mission of SDSU.

Nominations must be submitted electronically using this link:   Deadline: December 17, 2019.

Please see attached documents for evaluation criteria


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.


Student Spotlight

Mukesh Roy, a doctoral student from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Jerome J Lohr College of Engineering, SDSU got selected as “Indian Student Ambassador” for India Student Hub programme after clearing three stage selection process by the Embassy of India, Washington D.C. The India Student Hub is an official initiative of the Embassy of India in Washington D.C. to connect with, support, and identify opportunities for the 200,000 Indian students in the United States, the Indian diaspora, and interested U.S. persons or other international students at U.S. institutions. 

Also recently, Mukesh has finished his training and workshop for SDEPSCoR-Science Communication Fellowship and NASA@MyLibrary programme in association with Discovery Center, Pierre, SD.  With the help of this training and workshops, he is now sharing his SDSU’s research experience to the public audiences and school kids under the umbrella of Discovery Center (Pierre), SD and State Libraries of South Dakota and Minnesota.

On November 21, 2019, he delivered his talk in "Family Science Night" hosted by Yankton Community Library in partnership with the Discovery Center and NASA@ My Library. There he has discussed the importance and the function of plant stems in terms of mechanical perspective and NASA’s efforts to address the challenges of growing plants in microgravity.

His talk was also shared in Media Release: “Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan”



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