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Graduate School Newsletter - November 2019

The Graduate School Office will be closed on November 11, 28 & 29th.

Fall Leaves

 Upcoming Events

Taking Your Graduate Degree to the Work Environment  (Career Development)

     Monday, November 4th  9:30am Join webinar for Career Development here.

Entrepreneurship & Leadership  (Leadership)

     Monday, November 4th  3-4pm  Avera 380 or Online Zoom Session

Please RSVP here for Leadership Event. 

Sustainability Workshop (Wellness)

     Wednesday, November 6th  noon-1pm    Wagner 208 or Zoom

Please RSVP here for Wellness event.

Engaging Audiences  (Communication)

     Thursday, November 21st  4-5pm  SAV 027 or Zoom

Please RSVP here for Communication event. 

How to Increase Your Work-Life-Grad Balance & Decrease Your Anxiety  (Wellness)

     Monday, November 25th  10:45am Join webinar for Wellness 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.

Applications must be submitted electronically. Deadline: November 21, 2019.


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

Master of Architecture Students

Exciting things are taking place in the School of Design, particularly by the Master of Architecture students in Dr. Fang Xu’s design studio course. These students are programming an interactive design media, or literally a video game, that can assist architects to systematically explore design solutions and deliver compelling real-time graphics for evaluation and engaging the public. This particular design media is being built and used as a communication platform to involve Watertown, SD residents in the design process of a boutique hotel located in their historic downtown.

The course consists of 10 graduate students with various backgrounds, a few of whom do not hold a bachelor’s degree in architecture, but instead bring expertise from other academic fields. The students’ unique blend of career and educational paths make their learning experiences more dramatic. The students are also able to more deeply engage with the community. “A lot of the time, students are just given a project brief and, if you’re lucky, an interview with someone associated with your hypothetical site,” says Drew Doyle, one of the students in the course. “The fact that we’re designing something Watertown residents can immediately give feedback on and we can easily alter is incredibly unique. Not a lot of students have the chance to create a synthesis between architect and client.”

Students in the course also had no prior programming experience. “The learning curve is steep for them,” stated Dr. Xu. “They need to accomplish a major mind shift to develop what we called “algorithmic thinking” for defining and solving design problems systematically. I’ve seen lots of dramas of their struggles, frustrations, and moments of epiphany and excitement.” Doyle continues, “this semester has, in a good way, really taught me how to push back…even if something doesn’t work aesthetically or adhere to code or whatever the case may be, we’re generating things neither we nor Watertown residents have seen before and they serve as springboards to some really nice discussions. Architecture without that kind of communication isn’t really architecture.”

Students will be visiting Watertown to interact with the residents there. They will also be setting up an Experiencing Computational Architectural Design event on Monday, December 2nd from 1-5pm in the lobby of the Architecture, Mathematics, and Engineering building.  This event will allow for students from other departments to play the game and find out how architectural design can influence the urban visual environment of a historic South Dakota town.

Students in the course include Christopher Simmons, Kaitlyn Walker, Jared Mulder, Seth Varty, Tolulope Oyeniyi, Jacob Ugland, Alexandra Rausch, Colby McGinley, Chad Umlauf, and Drew Doyle.

Master of Architecture Student

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