Graduate School Updates

Please continuously monitor our official websites for updates, recommendations, and support:
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October 20

Succeeding as a Postdoc: Online Course
Attention Postdocs: Come join the 3,000+ postdocs from 60+ countries who have already participated in the free online course, "Succeeding as a Postdoc". This 6-week course, which began 10/19, will help you create a rewarding experience that launch you into your chosen career path. You can build skills to: * Find success as a postdoc; * Draft an actionable career plan; * Work effectively in an intercultural environment; * Develop resilience. Each week, approximately 1-2 hours of new course material will be released. You can complete the course material at any time while the course is running! Register on edX

Various Fellowships Applications Open
Attention Graduate & Grad-Professional Student: Three fellowships have application deadlines of November 20, 2020.

  • Carol and Michael LeMense Family Endowed Graduate Fellowship... Applicants will have graduated from a US public high school; may be pursuing a degree in the following disciplines: Education, Healthcare, or Engineering. Additional information and application form at: https://grad.msu.edu/lemense
  • Barbara Stewart Thomas and Jim Thomas Graduate Fellowship... For graduate students in any discipline who are commited to fighting society's "isms" - including sexism, racism, and ageism. The recipient will invest his or her enhanced social capital to evoke positive action and changes in the community. Additional information and application form at: https://grad.msu.edu/thomas
  • COGS Disciplinary Leadership Award... Graduate students regularly enrolled in a graduate or grad-professional program at MSU and who are in good standing in their programs may apply to this fellowship which recognizes disciplinary leadership. Faculty or others are encouraged to nominate a graduate student. Additional information and application form: https://grad.msu.edu/cogs

OISS Government & Politics in the U.S.
Attention International Students and Scholars: OISS' new Government & Politics in the U.S. webpage to anyone looking for a non-partisan/neutral hub of information, campus events, MSU departments & colleges to watch for more upcoming events, listening & discussion sessions, and getting support. This webpage is not a platform for any particular political stance or support of any particular issue. Rather, the purpose is to foster exploration, learning & engagement.


October 15

Conference Judges needed for the 2020 AGEP Student Success Conference, 10/24
Attention Graduate Students: The MSU AGEP program would like to invite to judge the virtual PowerPoint and ePoster Presentations that will be held Saturday, October 24 during the virtual 2020 AGEP Student Success Conference from 8:30-11 AM and 1:20-2:30 PM. Morning and afternoon shifts are short, and we need volunteers of all disciplines. This year’s conference will feature the work of over 40 students, undergraduate and graduate from a variety of academic disciplines and institutions. If you are interested in volunteering, please RSVP by October 19 at 10 AM. Judge orientation sessions will occur over zoom on Monday at 12pm and 4pm.

Two AGEP Events on 10/23
Attention Graduate Students, Post-doc and Faculty: An AGEP Science and Society Public Forum will feature Dr. Paul Elam (MPHI and MSU Alum) on Friday, October 23 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm. His presentation, “Health Disparities in Minority Communities and Intervention Strategies” will discuss some of the complex reasons why minority groups, especially African-Americans are dying in higher rates due to COVID-19. The virtual event will be held on Friday, October 23 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm. Additionally, an AGEP Culturally Responsive Mentoring Workshop will be held from 12:15 – 1:30 PM. Dr. Christine Grant (NCSU, NSF) will present “Culturally Responsive Mentoring” which will focus on skills on how to build a research team and current research trends around mentoring.

Emotional wellness training available
Attention Graduate Assistants, faculty and staff: You are eligible to participate in emotional wellness training courses as part of the Health4U program. These classes provide an opportunity to reflect on many emotional wellness concepts, allowing participants to focus on what they need to be more engaged, productive, connected and whole. Read more

Call for Applications: Hiram E. Fitzgerald Engaged Scholar Fellowship
Attention Graduate Students: MSU graduate students in any field of study who are engaged in practice and/or research that has to do with adverse childhood experiences, whether or not their work is focused on children, may apply. (The applicant's work does not have to be on young children or parents of young children exclusively – it can extend to populations of any age as long as it is connected to the impacts of adversity in childhood.) The Fellowship aims to support students who are practitioners and/or researchers who will use the funding to learn more about a subject that will make them more effective in the area of preventing or addressing the impact of adversity in childhood. Application due date: October 19, 2020. Read more and apply here: https://grad.msu.edu/fitzgerald


October 13

FS20 ETD Deadline Day is Friday, December 18 5PM
Attention Graduate Students: The deadline for FINAL APPROVAL of an electronic Thesis or Dissertation by the Graduate School is December 18 at 5:00 p.m. Deadline day is not just the day that the document is to be submitted via ProQuest for the first time. It is the day where all of the requirements must be completed. Chances are, if a document is submitted on deadline day for the first time, the document will most likely be accepted for graduation in the next semester.
Students are encouraged to submit their document at least 2 weeks prior to the deadline. As long as the student has successfully defended the thesis or dissertation and has made the corrections that the committee requires, he or she may feel free to submit the document via the ProQuest website.
Students are highly encouraged to read and follow the Thesis and Dissertation information available on the Graduate School’s website at: https://grad.msu.edu/etd. This site gives instructions on formatting, required paperwork, and how to submit to ProQuest.
To accept a document for publishing on or before the deadline means that the student’s document has been reviewed by a graduate school employee, the document has been determined to be formatted correctly AND all required paperwork has been turned in to the Graduate School PRIOR TO the deadline date and time.

Postdoctoral Fellowships for Academic Diversity at the University of Pennsylvania
Attention doctoral and professional students and postdocs: The Postdoctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity Program is a competitive program whose goal is to increase the diversity of the community of scholars devoted to academic research at the University of Pennsylvania. Fellowships are available for postdoctoral training in all areas of study at Penn. Successful candidates will receive mentored scholarly and research training as well as workshops to enhance their research and professional success skills. Start dates will be arranged in consultation with the faculty mentor to begin as early as July 2021. Candidates must be US citizens or permanent residents. Fellows receive a stipend of $54K in year 1 with $2,000 increments in years 2 and 3, as well and research and travel allowances and a one-time relocation expense. The University provides a medical, vision, dental and life insurance benefits package. Application deadline: November 15. If you have any questions please contact vpr-pdfellow@pobox.upenn.edu


October 8

TA Tuition Waiver Pool Spring 2021
Attention Graduate Teaching Assistants: The TA Tuition Pool application for Spring Semester 2021 is now open. The link to the application can be found on the Graduate School web site: https://grad.msu.edu/TAtuitionpool. The application deadline is October 23, 2020 at 5:00pm. These tuition credits are available only to students who are appointed as teaching assistants in the Spring semester, and they can only be used for Spring semester credits. They can be used toward required courses that go beyond the 9 credits included in the assistantship benefits. The application must be supported by a faculty letter confirming that the credits are required for the student's program. The GEU will select which students will receive support through the TA tuition pool, according to the priority categories listed on the application page.

BTAA Smithsonian Institution Fellowship
Attention Graduate Students: This program provides one-year fellowships to doctoral students to support research at Smithsonian Institution facilities. Students must have completed all coursework for their program, be admitted into doctoral candidacy, and completed all requirements except for completion of the dissertation. The one-year fellowships carry a stipend of $40,000, which is paid by the Smithsonian Institution and the fellow’s home university. For more information on the fellowship, please visit https://www.btaa.org/students/smithsonian-fellowship. Application Deadline is November 1, 2020.

University of Maryland’s President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program 
Attention Graduate students, PhD candidates, Postdocs; and Department Chairs: The 2021-2022 Call for Applications for the President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is open. The application deadline is November 15. The President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is interested in scholars with the potential to bring to their research and teaching the critical perspective that comes from their educational background or understanding of the experiences of groups historically underrepresented in higher education. The program, in particular, encourages applicants who would increase representation in campus units where women and minorities are underrepresented. Although the Program is open to all fields and disciplines, preference will be given to applicants whose research interests fall within the biomedical sciences. The award includes a starting salary of $55,000, benefits that include health insurance and paid vacation/sick leave, and up to $5,000 for research-related and program travel expenses. Each award is for a minimum of 12-months and may be renewable for an additional term upon demonstration of academic/research productivity. Apply online at: https://faculty.umd.edu/presidentspostdoc/index.html


October 6

CDGDC/CHESICC Policy Change
Attention Graduate Departments: The Graduate School and the Office of Admissions has dropped the previous CDGDC/CHESICC policy effective immediately (including for Fall 2020). The policy information on the Graduate School website and graduate department websites should be removed. The Office of Admissions will cease with admissions holds for these reports.
In rare cases, if MSU receives unusual credentials, MSU has the ability to request CDGDC and/or CHESICC electronic reports to verify the credentials are official and equivalent to a US bachelor’s degree. Our goal is to ensure students can still provide these if they wish and that MSU can request them if warranted.

Survey about the Housing Needs of Graduate Students and Postdocs
Attention Graduate Students and Postdocs: MSU Auxiliary Enterprises is conducting a survey which is part of a housing market demand analysis that will help to determine demand for housing in a future Spartan Village redevelopment. The survey will help MSU to understand your housing experience, preferences, and potential options that the University should consider for the project. The survey is being administered by JLL, an internationally recognized real estate advisory firm retained to assist us with this effort. The survey should take 5-8 minutes. Please make time to take the survey even if you do not foresee a personal need for on-campus housing. If you have any questions about this survey or the housing demand study, please contact Dr. Erin Carter in MSU Auxiliary Enterprises.

Conducting Emotionally Challenging Research Training Module and Demonstration Webinar
Attention Graduate students and faculty: The CONVERGE facility, headquartered at the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado Boulder, is excited to announce the release of a fifth CONVERGE Training Module. This online course focuses on conducting emotionally challenging research. This new module focuses on the dynamics of conducting emotionally challenging research and helps researchers learn how to manage and harness the power of emotions. You can register for the free module at: https://converge.colorado.edu/training-modules.
Additionally, there is a live webinar with a demonstration of the training module on Thursday, October 8, 2020, from 2:00-2:30 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time. To register for the upcoming webinar, please visit:
https://converge.colorado.edu/communications/webinar-series/converge-emo....


October 2

Call for Applications: Hiram E. Fitzgerald Engaged Scholar Fellowship
Attention Graduate Students: MSU graduate students in any field of study who are engaged in practice and/or research that has to do with adverse childhood experiences, whether or not their work is focused on children, may apply. (The applicant's work does not have to be on young children or parents of young children exclusively – it can extend to populations of any age as long as it is connected to the impacts of adversity in childhood.) The Fellowship aims to support students who are practitioners and/or researchers who will use the funding to learn more about a subject that will make them more effective in the area of preventing or addressing the impact of adversity in childhood. Application due date: October 19, 2020. Read more and apply here: https://grad.msu.edu/fitzgerald

Hispanic Heritage Month Events
National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15 to recognize the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States of America. The Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions (OCAT) has a list of programming at Michigan State University that is open to all.

Responsible Conduct of Research Virtual Conference, October 14 - 15, 2020
Attention Faculty, Graduate Students and Postdocs: The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) Peer Group on Responsible Conduct of Research is hosting a free, two-day virtual conference October 14-15, 2020. This inaugural conference, Fostering Responsible Conduct of Research in Time of Crisis, explores how research is rapidly evolving in response to the pandemic health crisis through the critical lens of research integrity. This conference was created by the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) as a commitment to utilizing best practices and applications of Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) education in this evolving environment. This conference is intended to build upon themes to give you a comprehensive professional development experience, which may also partially fulfil RCR education requirements of federally-funded grants. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows on NIH grants, specifically T32 educational training, will find participation beneficial. To learn more and register, please visit: go.illinois.edu/RCRConference






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