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Graduate School Newsletter - October 2019

                                                                             The Graduate School Office will be closed on October 14th.

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Upcoming Events

Would Your Resume Make the Cut?  (Career Development)

     Wednesday, October 2nd  3-4pm Avera 382 or Zoom

Please RSVP here.


Grad Student Guide to Social Media  (Communication)

     Tuesday, October 8th  3-4pm  Avera 382 or Zoom

Please RSVP here.


Literature Review Workshop  (Research)

     Thursday, October 10th  4-7:30pm  Briggs Library

For more information and to register click here!


Responding to Students’ Needs  (Teaching)

     Tuesday, October 15 (4pm-5pm) or Friday, October 18 (11am-12pm)    Library 125 

Registration Link:


Developing Cultural Intelligence for a Changing World: An American Indian Perspective (Communication)

     Wednesday, October 16th 3-5pm  Woster Celebration Hall, Alumni Center or Zoom

Please join us for this one of a kind workshop! Please RSVP here.


Thesis/Dissertation Workshop  (Communication)

     Thursday, October 17th from 2-3pm in Crothers 215 or Zoom

Please RSVP here.


Financial Preparedness  (Wellness)

     Tuesday, October 22nd  3-4pm  Avera 382 or Zoom

Please RSVP here.


Technology Transfer  (Research)

     Thursday, October 24th  3-4pm  Avera 382 or Zoom

Please RSVP here.


Wellness for Grad Students  (Wellness)

     Wednesday, October 30th  3-4pm  Wagner 128 or Zoom

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.

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.


Additional Announcements

Trans-disciplinary graduate student experience at the nexus of food, energy, & water

A multi-disciplinary team of land grant faculty from six universities are recruiting graduate student and pot-doc participants for cohort challenges to develop the trans-disciplinary skills for addressing complex problems. The National Science Foundation educational grant program is funding our project, “The INFEWS-ER” A Virtual Resource Center Enabling Graduate Student Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems. PDF flyer is available. The application form is on the project website.

Visit the INFEWS-ER web page or contact Rick Koelsch directly at:, 402-472-3835 (o) or 402-499-2183 (c)

 Student Spotlight - Paige O'Farrell 

Congratulations to Paige O'Farrell, a master’s student in the Sport and Recreation Administration program, who received one of two $2,000 scholarships from the South Dakota Parks and Recreation Association (SDPRA). These scholarships are awarded to students in a recreation, parks, or natural resource management program who have also completed a minimum of 500 hours of internship or employment in South Dakota parks and recreation.

Paige is currently a graduate research assistant for Dr. Stella Liu and the naturalist intern at the Dakota Nature Park. Through her time at SDSU, Paige has spent nearly 3,000 hours working at her two internships and assisted Dr. Liu with numerous research projects. She assisted in writing the 2018 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan for the state of South Dakota with a focus on the motivations and constraints of South Dakota outdoor recreation users. Currently, Paige is studying the impacts of partnerships with outdoor education facilities in urban communities as well as beginning a study on the effects of parental experiences and perspectives on youth outdoor recreation participation through multiple generations.

In the future, Paige would like to become the director of an outdoor education center in order to create and develop future outdoor recreation participants, especially youth and families. 

Paige O'Farrell

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