Updates Related to the Coronavirus Situation

Please continuously monitor our official websites for updates, recommendations, and support:

August 11

Q&A Meeting on Fellowship Changes
On Thursday, August 13 from 3 – 4 PM, there will be a Zoom meeting to for graduate departments to ask questions about the changes to fellowship processing from Dean Jeitschko’s July 2 email. Staff from the Graduate School, Office of Financial Aid and Student Accounts will be present during the zoom. No RSVP is necessary. Zoom link can be found here.

August 7

MSU Speaking Test
As a reminder to units, if your incoming graduate students present a TOEFL iBT speaking section score of 27 or higher, they have satisfied the MSU speaking test requirement and you should NOT approve a speaking test request for them. ELC is finding that students with qualifying TOEFL speaking section scores are still signing up for MSU speaking tests and that departments are approving these requests. ELC does not have access to their TOEFL scores, so they are depending on you to check this requirement.

August 6

Fellowship awards or hourly work appointments for Graduate Students Abroad
If departments are considering fellowship awards or hourly work appointments for graduate students who will be abroad for Fall Semester, please use the screening form (PDF) that was sent out via Grad School daily email on July 27 for assistantships. In the field “position title”, just enter “fellowship award” or “hourly work”. When approved, forward the approved screening form to Student Accounts or HR, respectively, at the time you initiate the award or appointment. These forms are needed ASAP.

Call for Submissions: Acts of Care @ MSU Broad
The MSU Broad museum is embarking on a call to action to promote and collect #actsofcare during the unprecedented times we are living in. Here is the link to the webpage for this effort, and a direct link to the submission form. The messages of care we collect through this process will be installed and featured as part of our reopening efforts this fall, viewable both internally and externally via the large windows in the museum's education wing. 
The project acknowledges the wide range of caregivers working tirelessly (sometimes unwittingly) during these difficult times by focusing on their acts of care and our messages of empathy, compassion, and gratitude for these fellow community members. Care takes many different forms. From the daily efforts of healthcare and other frontline workers to friends, family, and neighbors, there are gestures of care all around us—both grand and small. Acts of care can also be taking time to learn, read, and educate ourselves about racial issues and implicit bias; that is, doing our own work to be better allies and caretakers for others. We hope to create a space within the museum to gather in a responsible and safe manner to revel in the messages of care from our own community.

August 5

NPSMA/CGS Survey of Advising Practices in Professional Science Master’s Programs
The National Professional Science Master’s Association (NPSMA) and the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) are conducting a study to better understand the advising and mentoring practices for master's degree programs with a professional-practice focus. The survey, which is intended for master’s program directors to complete, will ask about advising structures and requirements for master's programs with a professional-practice focus. Participants will be asked to complete the survey on behalf of programs they oversee. This survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Please complete the survey by Monday, August 31. Take the Survey or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:
Results from this survey will inform the planning of the STEM Master’s Individual Development Plans as an Essential Tool in Workforce Development Workshop, which will be held in November 2021, alongside with the NPSMA Annual Conference. Although we ask your institution affiliation, all responses are confidential and only aggregated results will be shared publicly.

August 4

Fall 2020 Programming Schedule
This fall CIRTL's online programming includes a course, a MOOC, two workshops, and a drop-in event series, each designed to dig into specific aspects of inclusive, effective, evidence-based STEM pedagogy. Schedules are posted on the website, and registration opens on Monday, August 10.

GTA Training Registration Deadline
Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) need to register for the GTA Virtual Training and Orientation by August 10 (midnight). Only those who register will receive the information for the D2L Training Self-enrollment link and the registration links for the virtual meetings.

August 3

Center for Statistical Training and Consulting (CSTAT) helps graduate students
MSU graduate students can receive up to 9 hours per year (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021) free statistical support for their dissertation research. This time can encompass meetings to discuss the project; recommending methods, resources, or software; contact and communication time (in person, phone, or online), as well as time outside of meetings needed for data analysis, report writing, or other tasks deemed necessary. This will typically be done by CSTAT Research Assistants and depends on availability.
If you would like to discuss your study design or statistical analysis, please schedule an (online) meeting here: https://cstat.msu.edu/cstat-services
Other resources for planning your research study: https://cstat.msu.edu/resources

International Graduate Applicants and Academic Records – Temporary Process
Attention Graduate Program Directors Graduate and Secretaries - The Office of Admissions has issued a new, temporary process regarding international graduate applicants and academic records.

Fall 2020 graduate student part-time position - FULLY ONLINE
The Student-Athlete Support Services has an exciting job opportunity for Fall for any graduate students who are looking for employment that is fully online. The job is typically held in the Smith Center, but will be virtual for the entirety of the fall semester. Job description (Word). The link to the application is: https://www.sass.msu.edu/work-sass/la-program. The application deadline is August 21st.

As always, thanks so much for your dedication and creativity in these circumstances. Please stay healthy and well!

Thomas D. Jeitschko
Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Provost for Graduate Education
Phone: (517) 353-3220