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Graduate School Newsletter - February 2020

                                                                                                  The Graduate School Office will be closed on February 17th.

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Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring award winner, Brian Logue!

Congratulations to Shuang Li for being selected as the 2019-2020 recipient of the Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching Award!

Student Spotlight

Amber Alvey

Congratulations to Amber Alvey who has been named the winner of the 2020 Central States Communication Association (CSCA) Pamela Cooper Award for Excellence in Teaching! The prestigious Cooper Award is named after former CSCA (Central States Communication Association) President Pamela J. Cooper and is presented to one M.A. level graduate teaching assistant and one Ph.D. level graduate teaching assistant in recognition of excellent teaching by a graduate student. Amber is earning her Master of Arts in Communication and Media Studies.

This recognition is a fabulous honor for Amber and a testament to the outstanding mentorship she has received and to the quality of the graduate teaching assistant program in the School of Communication and Journalism (COJO). This is the third year in a row that a COJO student has received this award and the fourth time in the past six years for SDSU. Rikki Roscoe won last year, Ashley Pikel received this award in 2018, and Hanna (Larson) Holmquist received this award in 2015. 

Awards and Scholarships

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.

Upcoming PDP Events

EndNote Workshop  (Research)

     Tuesday, February 4th  4:00-5:30

     Briggs Library

Registration is at


3MT Competition  (Communication)

     Tuesday, February 4th  5:00-7:00pm

     Union Lewis & Clark Room

Register here  (to attend, not to compete)


Writing Webinar: Here Comes the Foundation  (Communication)

     Thursday, February 13th 4:00-5:00pm

     Webinar  - Register for the Writing Webinar: Here Comes the Foundation


Thesis/Dissertation Workshop  (Communication)

     Tuesday, February 18th  3:30-4:30pm

     Solberg 009

Register for the Thesis/Dissertation Workshop


Writing Webinar: Results  (Communication)

     Friday, February 21st  3:30-4:30pm

     Webinar - Register for the Writing Webinar: Results


Stress Management Presentation  (Wellness)

     Wednesday, February 26th  1:00-1:50pm

     AME 220

Register for the Stress Management Presentation 

Additional Announcements

Graduate Council Meeting

     Tuesday, February 4th 3-5p

     Morrill Hall 104


SDSU Grad Fair

     Wednesday, February 26th 11-1p

     Main St in the Union

Open to all interested undergrad students looking to pursue Masters and PhD.


BEDC Idea Competition

The 2020 Idea Competition, hosted by Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC), encourages entrepreneurs, innovators, creative thinkers, and basically anyone with a good idea to participate by submitting a one-page description simply explaining what your idea is, who would benefit from it and where are you at in the process of developing your idea into a potential product or business. Finalists will be asked to give a five-minute pitch of their idea to a panel of judges. Entries will be placed in either the General Business or Science/Technology categories, and a total of $2,500 in prize money will be awarded with receipt of money subject to winners reaching business milestones.
“Brookings is a very creative and innovative community,” said Quail. “We are looking forward to seeing what the next big idea will be!” Questions about the contest may be directed to Quail at or 605-697-8103.

For more information visit the Brookings Start-up Hub at

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