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Graduate School Newsletter - October 2018

The Graduate School Office will be closed for Native American Day on October 8th.

 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 here  to register. 

Professional Development Program (PDP)

The Graduate School will once again be providing you the opportunity to participate in the Professional Development Program during the 2018-19 academic year. Various workshops will be offered throughout the year in six different competency areas (Communication, Teaching, Wellness, Research, Career Development and Leadership). To earn a professional development certificate, students must complete one workshop from each of the six competency areas along with the mandatory Self Advocacy workshop for a total of seven workshops. A short evaluation component will be required to earn credit for each of the workshops. Students may complete the PDP in person, completely online via D2L, or a combination of both!  If you would like to participate in the program and Graduate Student Professional Development Series is not showing up as a course under Sandbox in D2L, please contact the Graduate School. A list of all PDP events is available on the Graduate School Events page. Additional workshops will be added throughout the semester.  

Upcoming Events

DoctoralNet Tools for PhD/Doctoral Students (Wellness)

  Monday, October 1st  9:30am

Webinar: click here to register & attend.


Getting Students Engaged and Motivated  (Teaching Competency)

  Tuesday, October 2nd  4-5pm or

  Thursday, October 4th  11am-noon

  Both sessions will be in Briggs Library Room 125

Registration Link:


Step Up Training  (Leadership)

  Wednesday, October 3rd   3-5pm

  Yeager 231

More information about the program is available on the Got Your Back, Jack! webpage.

Please RSVP here.


Technology Transfer Training (Research Competency)

  Thursday, October 11th  3-4pm

  Rotunda F

Please RSVP here.


Hobo Week

  October 8th - 13th, 2018

Click here to find out more about the Hobo Week activities.


MastersNet Tools for Masters Students (Wellness)

  Monday, Octctober 8th  9:30am

Webinar: click here to register & attend.


Grad Student Guide to Social Media (Communication Competency)

  Tuesday, October 9th  10-10:50am

  Solberg 008

Please RSVP here.


Fall Thesis/Dissertation Workshop (Communication Competency)

  Wednesday, October 17th  2-3pm

  Biostress 102

Please RSVP here.


Building Leadership Skills (Leadership Competency)

  Thursday, October 18th  3-4pm

  Biostress 119

Please RSVP here.


Financial Preparedness (Wellness Competency)

  Tuesday, October 23rd  4-5pm

  Wagner 157

Please RSVP here.


Models are the Maps that Get You Through  (Communication)

  Monday, October 29th  10:30am

Webinar: click here to register & attend.


Wellness Works (Wellness)

  Wednesday, October 31st  3-4pm

  Wagner 131

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.


Distinguished Master's Thesis Award

The SDSU Graduate School is soliciting nominations for the Distinguished Master's Thesis Award. The award is to recognize and reward distinguished scholarship and research at the master's level. SDSU is seeking nominations in the two broad categories of Social Sciences and Mathematics,Physical Sciences and Engineering, which align with the 2019 Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools Distinguished Thesis Awards. The effective date of degree award, or the completion of master’s degree requirements, must fall within the period of July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018.  Degree completion must be confirmed by SDSU. Students who have already received a Ph.D. or comparable research degree in any discipline prior to their master’s degree program are not eligible. However, recipients of a first professional degree awarded prior to writing the thesis may be nominated.

Students must be nominated by current faculty. To submit a nomination, please use this link: Deadline: October 15, 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. 

Fall 2018 GTA Workshop Series - Center for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning (CETL)

University Graduate Teaching Assistant Workshop #3

    Monday, October 22 (12pm-1pm) or Wednesday, October 24 (3pm-4pm) – SBL 125

Handling the Sticky Situations that Arise in Teaching

Registration Link:


University Graduate Teaching Assistant Workshop #4

    Tuesday, November 6 (10am-11am) or Wednesday, November 7 (1-2pm) - SBL 125

Implementing the Power of Positivity

Registration Link:


University Graduate Teaching Assistant Workshop #5

    Monday, November 26 (12pm-1pm) or Tuesday, November 27 (1-2pm) - SBL 125

Celebrating the Diversity Our Students Bring

Registration Link:

Contact for more information on the GTA Workshops.


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