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Graduate School Newsletter - January 2023

Virtual Spring 2023 Graduate School Fair

Virtual Spring 2023 Graduate School Fair

      Wednesday, January 25, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.  CST

The Graduate School, in partnership with the SDSU graduate programs, will be hosting a virtual graduate fair open to all prospective graduate students. Whether you're just weighing your options about attending graduate school or trying to find the perfect graduate program for you, plan to attend the virtual fair and speak to department representatives who can answer your questions and determine if SDSU is the right fit for you. A web link to the fair with a listing of all participating programs can be found below.

Participating Programs for 2023 Virtual Grad Fair

To start the new year, we want to highlight a new, unique graduate program here at South Dakota State University - The Professional Science (M.S.) is a professional science master’s (PSM)!

It is a great program opportunity for individuals who are interested in advancing their careers in business, government, nonprofit organization, or other workforce areas where needs in leadership and STEM backgrounds are increasing.

Professional Science (PSM)

For only 30 credits (no thesis required), you can earn both a master’s degree and at least two graduate certificates that will equip you with skills in Professional Management and one of the following STEM emphasis areas:

  • Applied Physics
  • Biotechnology
  • Environmental Policy
  • Food Technology
  • Geographic Information Sciences
  • Precision Agriculture

Working a full-time job in industry? Not in South Dakota? The PSM program is designed to be accessible and flexible for students – we are currently working to make all courses online!

For more information, go to our PSM Information Page on our website or contact the Program Coordinator, Kerry McDowell

To apply, complete a general application on our website for the PSM degree

This year’s 3MT competition will be held in the Lewis and Clark Room, Student Union, on February 9, 2023 at 5 p.m. We encourage all graduate students to participate. Interested students must register no later than Friday, February 3, 2023. More detailed information will be sent out to registered students after that date.

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

The SDSU Graduate School is seeking to recognize outstanding creativity, impact, and innovation in all disciplines offered at SDSU. This award includes original works accepted by the university "in lieu of thesis" - including non-thesis papers, projects, portfolios, media, computer software, etc. Nominations should be made by the student who is completing either B, C or D options or a DNP student.  

Nominations must be submitted electronically using the online link (will be posted soon!). Deadline: April 7, 2023. 

The SDSU Distinguished Dissertation Award recognizes a doctoral student who has completed a dissertation representing original work that makes an unusually significant contribution to their discipline. There are two broad fields of competition: Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Engineering; and the Social Sciences. If a dissertation is multi- or interdisciplinary in nature, a significant portion of the work must be comprised by at least one of the 2022 fields of competition. The effective date of the degree awarded, or the completion of doctoral degree requirements and dissertation, must be within the period of July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2023, inclusive, for each nominee selected. Such degree award or completion is to be confirmed by the Graduate School. The award recipient will be selected by a committee of graduate faculty. SDSU awardee’s dissertation will also be submitted to the national CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards competition. Deadline: April 13, 2023

Submit a nomination

 Professional Development Spotlight: Teaching

The teaching competency area provides a unique opportunity to earn modules for the PDP as well as towards the Certificate of College Teaching Development – Foundational Knowledge hosted by the Center for Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL).

Professional Development Teaching

This free, online program gives you the following education-focused modules to explore:

  • How People Learn
  • Learning Goals/Expectations
  • Inclusion Practices
  • Assessment
  • Evidence-Based Pedagogies
  • Self-Reflection
  • Teaching Philosophy

For the PDP, you will have the option to choose from any of these areas to build towards module completion.

Also, be on the lookout for other live event opportunities related to teaching, or if you find your own, submit an Event Participation form.

If you have any questions about any of the teaching modules or the professional development program in general, please reach out to Kerry's email.

Don’t Forget to Check Out These Live Events!

  • How to Discuss Consent with Youth (Wellness Module) – January 24 (register online)
  • Lit Review 101 (Research Module) – February 2, in person at Briggs Library (register online)
  • 3MT (Communication Module) February 9, Student Union (more details on D2L) – (*Sign up to present by February 3)
  • Adult Mental Health First Aid Training (Wellness Module) – March 2, 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (*Sign up by February 17, 2023)


Thursday, January 26 at 4pm -

Thursday, February 23 at 4pm -

Thursday, March 23 at 4pm -

The 2023 SDSU Data Science Symposium will be hosted on the SDSU campus on February 6-7, 2022. The symposium included pre-conference workshops, oral presentations, poster presentations, student job fair, and keynote addresses.

The South Dakota State University Department of Mathematics and Statistics hosts Data Science Symposium on the SDSU campus annually. The symposium brings together hundreds of people from various backgrounds providing a mix of academic and industrial learning opportunities to the region. All participants can expect to gain a larger perspective of data science through connecting the education, research, and use cases in the industry. By attending, you can expand your knowledge, share your experiences, and develop relationships with students, faculty, and companies. Business leaders, recruiters, Professionals, and Practitioners will have the opportunity to promote their business, recruit talent, and receive training.


We are excited to announce that we have opened submission for talks and posters for the 2023 SDSU Data Science Symposium which takes place Feb 6-7, 2023 on the SDSU campus. Students, faculty, and industry representatives can submit their proposals on the conference website.


We are excited to announce that we have been able to secure funding for travel reimbursement for faculty and student participants for the 2023 SDSU Data Science Symposium. This is thanks to our many generous sponsors.

Limited travel reimbursements of at most $200 per person are available to students and faculty to attend the symposium. A faculty advisor/mentor should contact Dr. Semhar Michael for further information. Application deadline is 12/16. Priority will be given to students. The eligibility criteria are

Undergraduate student attendees or Graduate student/faculty attendees presenting a poster or oral presentation. The abstract must be submitted before the deadline and accepted.


Several of our generous sponsors will be available for recruiting students for internships and permanent positions.  Many are recruiting for several positions.  This is a unique opportunity to network with the hiring managers and executives of some of our best regional employers. 

Important Upcoming Dates:

January 9, 2023 - Spring 2023 Classes begin

January 16, 2023 – Add/drop date

February 10, 2023 - Graduation Application Deadline

The Graduate School office will be closed on January 2 and 16.

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