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Graduate School Newsletter - November 2018

The Graduate School Office will be closed for Veterans Day on November 12th and for Thanksgiving November 22-23rd.

Graduate Faculty Training Workshops

  • Wednesday, November 14, 2018 10:00 am - Noon
  • Wednesday, February 13, 2019 3:00-5:00 pm
  • Thursday, April 11, 2019 10:00 am - Noon

Morrill Hall 104
Explanation of Graduate School policies, procedures, and expectations of graduate faculty. 

Please click hereto register.

Upcoming Events

Entrepreneurship & Leadership (Leadership Competency)

  Tuesday, November 6th  4-5pm

  Wagner 157

Please RSVP here.


Implementing the Power of Positivity  (Teaching Competency)

  Tuesday, November 6th  10-11am or

  Wednesday, November 7th  1-2pm

  Both sessions will be in Briggs Library Room 125

Registration Link:


Advancing Your Sustainable Lifestyle  (Wellness)

  Thursday, November 8  4-5pm 

  Honors Hall 118

Please register here to attend the workshop


3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Preparation Session (Communication Competency)

  Thursday, November 15th  4-5pm

  Avera 280

Please RSVP here.


Revisions to the Common Rule  (Research)

  Tuesday, November 20th  2-3pm

  Morrill 104

Please RSVP here.

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 (see guidelines).

Applications must be submitted electronically using this linkDeadline is November 21, 2018.


SDSU Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award

The SDSU Graduate School is pleased to announce the 2018-19 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, 2018.

Please see attached documents for evaluation criteria and video guidance


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. If you would like to nominate a faculty member for this award, please use this linkDeadline: December 3, 2018.


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 5, 2019, in the Student Union. We would like to encourage all students to participate.

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

To register for the competition, click here. 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.


U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

Applications are now being accepted for the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program at

Applications are due Tuesday, November 27, 2018 by 8:00pm EST.

The CLS Program is a fully-funded intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.  Most CLS languages do not require previous study of the target language.

Download a one-page CLS flyer here.

CLS Website:

CLS Facebook page:

CLS Twitter page:

Questions? Email

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