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Graduate School Newsletter - November 2023

Student Spotlight

Makayla Griffin

Once a jackrabbit, always a jackrabbit rings true for MaKayla Griffin who is currently pursuing her Master of Education degree in Educational Administration. Originally from Kasson, MN, MaKayla had been visiting SDSU for many years prior to attending. “I had been coming on visits and to soccer camps at SDSU since I was a freshman in high school. I instantly fell in love with campus and the faculty here,” states MaKayla. “I can still say that campus and the faculty are the reason why I wanted to continue my education.” Griffin completed her BS from SDSU in Early Childhood Education in 2022 and was also a part of the women’s soccer team for two years.

While in graduate school, MaKayla has stayed busy and really tapped into her passion for education. She has organized and facilitated the SDSU Teacher Job Fair in 2023 and two Educators Rising Expos (Spring 2023 and Fall 2023), assisted with the Dakota Dreams Summer Camp event for middle schoolers, served as a temporary advisor during New Student Orientation and Jackrabbit Previews, and assisted in the Field Placement Office. MaKayla also serves as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the department and previously worked at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota. Dr. Anne Karabon, Director for the School of Education, Counseling, and Human Development, describes MaKayla as “internally motivated, cooperative, as having a positive attitude and a commitment to the education profession.”

As part of her graduate program, MaKayla has been completing one of her internships at Hillcrest Elementary School where she serves as their principal’s administrative intern. During this internship MaKayla will complete 200 hours of hands-on experiences and observations in the elementary education setting. “The team and learners at Hillcrest Elementary School have been very welcoming and a pleasure to work with,” shares Griffin.

As for what the future holds following graduation in May, MaKayla is not entirely sure. “I hope to use my skills from my internship and throughout my classes at SDSU to pursue a career in education, whether that be teaching for several years and then going into an administrative role in a school district or going into higher education,” she shares. “I am very grateful for all of the opportunities and experiences SDSU has given me over the past 6 years. There are a lot of unknowns as I head into my final semester of school, but I am confident that I will end up in a great place.”

In her spare MaKayla enjoys spending time outdoors kayaking, hiking or being on the lake with her friends and family. She is also a huge sports fan and loves to attend football, basketball, and soccer games.

Awards and Scholarships

Joseph F. Nelson Graduate Scholarship Award - Deadline: November 16, 2023

Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring Award – Deadline: December 1, 2023

Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award - Deadline: December 14, 2023

Travel Award Recipients Fall 2023 - James Van Westen, Astha Neupane, Jeffrey Tillery and Zeel Modi
Access Scholarships 2023 - Alexis Cushman and Rezanoor Rahman

Upcoming Events

Management, Economics, and Communication Career Fair: November 1 from 12-4 p.m.

Join SDSU Librarians for an introductory session on literature reviews. They will discuss:

  • What is a literature review?
  • Why complete a literature review?
  • Who reads a literature review?

The session will include looking at examples of literature reviews and discussing resources for locating additional examples.

Lit Review 101 is offered multiple times throughout the year (all sessions cover the same content).

November 8 at 6 p.m., Zoom Session

Find more information on literature reviews.

Any questions about the sessions? Contact Linda Kott (Linda Kott).

Hosted by the Division of Research and Economic Development, all sessions will be held in Morrill Hall, Room 104.

A Zoom option will be provided to off-campus participants. *Note exception below.

  • Aligning project goals, objectives, methods & assessment
    • Thursday, Nov. 9 | Morrill Hall, Room 104 | 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Building an effective team
    • Thursday, Nov. 16 | Morrill Hall, Room 104 | 2-3:30 p.m.

For more information, contact the Division of Research and Economic Development at 605-688-6696.

Register Today!

Wednesday, November 15, 2023 from 5-7 p.m. in the Volstorff Ballroom of the University Student Union.

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Accessibility (OMAA) and the Black Student Alliance (BSA)

Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass, marks a pivotal moment preceding the Holocaust. Occurring on November 9-10, 1938, it marked a violent escalation of anti-Semitic actions by the Nazi regime, involving the destruction of Jewish-owned businesses, synagogues, and homes. This event stands as a stark reminder of the dangers of unchecked hatred and intolerance and will education on the importance of remembering and learning from a past event to prevent such atrocities from happening again.

Research is overwhelming. It might feel like there are a thousand tools at your disposal—but which ones are right for you? In this session, Briggs librarians will show you how to take full advantage of Google Scholar, and understand both the benefits and drawbacks of using it in your research. You will also get the chance to see how free AI tools like Research Rabbit and Elicit could help you stay organized, find the newest research, and quickly decide what is relevant. Come ready to explore!

Potential Dates:

  • Wednesday, November 29 at 7 p.m. (Zoom)


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Important Upcoming Dates

  • November 10, 2023 – Veteran’s Day – The Graduate School office will be closed.
  • November 17, 2023 - Final Oral Exam Completed
  • December 6, 2023 – Thesis/Dissertation Deposited to the Graduate School

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