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Graduate School Newsletter - January 2021

Due to the impact of COVID-19, all faculty, staff and students are required to wear a face covering when entering any building on campus. This includes all classrooms, offices, labs, etc. Students who have questions should contact the Graduate School whenever possible as opposed to physically coming into the office. Students needing to speak to someone in person, are highly encouraged to set up an appointment in advance. SDSU will closely monitor the situation and provide any updates via email and through the official COVID-19 Management website.  

JF Nelson - Congratulations

Student Spotlight

South Dakota State University graduate student Balawanth Jadhav is not only trying to figure out how to complete his coursework and research in light of the changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic but also how to help fellow students.

Read Balawanth's article

Interested individuals should type “International Student Support” after clicking the Give Now button to direct their funds toward international students. To donate, visit the SDState Foundation site or the Rabbit Raisers emergency fund.


Upcoming Events

Professional Development Program

The 2020-21 Graduate School Professional Development Program will be completely online with recorded videos and supporting materials on D2L. To receive a professional development certificate, graduate students must participate in at least one workshop for each competency as well as the mandatory Self-Advocacy Workshop for a total of seven (7) workshops and complete a short evaluation component over each workshop completed. All graduate students should have been given access to the Graduate Professional Development Series course on D2L. If you do not see the course on your D2L, please contact the Graduate School via email.

For more information about the professional development program or earning the professional development certificate visit the Graduate Student Professional Development page.


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.

Visit the guidelines page for more information. 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 virtually, February 2-4. We would like to encourage all students to participate. Interested students must register no later than Thursday, January 28. More information will be sent out to interested students. Winners will be announced Friday, February 19.

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."

Sigma Xi Research Competition

An award certificate and cash prizes will be presented to award winners and runners up. Award winners and their advisors will be invited to the annual Sigma Xi Banquet and Award Ceremony to receive awards and be recognized.

Awards will be given for:

  • An original research proposal from a M.S. level student.
  • An §original research paper from a M.S. level student.
  • An original research proposal from a Ph.D. or DNP level student.
  • An §original research paper from a Ph.D. or DNP level student.

Sigma Xi

Sigma Xi Award Application (All SDSU graduate students are eligible)

The deadline for receipt of written materials is 5 p.m., February 17, 2021 (Wednesday). All application materials should be submitted to Dr. Bishnu Karki with the phrase “Sigma Xi Application” in the subject line of the email. Contact Dr. Bishnu Karki with any questions.


Upcoming Dates for Graduation Candidates:

  • January 20, 2021 – last day of add/drop
  • February 12, 2021 - Graduation Application Deadline

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