News from the Graduate School, April 25, 2019


Alicia L. Bertone, DVM,  PhD
Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and
Dean of the Graduate School


Graduate Associate
Teaching Awards, Sesquicentennial Scholars

I am pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Graduate Associate Teaching Awards. The GATA is Ohio State’s highest recognition of the teaching done by graduate students, and presenting these awards is one of the highlights of my year. Congratulations to the recipients and to the programs that support them.

This year’s recipients are:

  • Briana Brownlow, Psychology
  • Sin Guanci, Educational Studies
  • Mark Hoff, Spanish and Portuguese
  • Nathan Howell, Ohio State Biochemistry Program
  • Ju-A Hwang, Teaching and Learning
  • Yeoeun Kim, Educational Studies
  • Katherine Moore, Dance
  • Lisa Nguyen, Chemistry
  • Raphael Palermo dos Santos, Portuguese
  • Jacinta Yanders, English

Read more about this year’s GATA recipients

I am also excited to recognize the 32 graduate students that have been selected for the Sesquicentennial Student Scholar Leadership Program. The scholars will become ambassadors for the university and the sesquicentennial, participate in a Buckeye-focused leadership development program, and receive a $2,500 scholarship. The selected graduate students exemplify the breadth and depth of our graduate programs, representing a wide variety of disciplines in both master’s and doctoral programs. And they exemplify the Graduate School’s vision to produce leaders in knowledge, innovation, and creativity that can engage and influence the world.

See the graduate Sesquicentennial Scholars


APR 26 | CGS Delegate Elections | vote
APR 29 | Preparing Future Faculty (extended from April 1) | more
MAY 07 | End of Semester, Spring
MAY 24 | Application to graduate, Summer

see full graduation, registration, and fellowship calendars


MAY 02 | Academy of Teaching Conference on Excellence in Teaching & Learning | more
MAY 02 | Increasing the Visibility of Your Research | more
MAY 07 | Academic Writing: The Craft of Writing Effectively | more
MAY 07 | Distance Education Symposium | more
MAY 07 | Kickstart Week (Day 1): Course Design Quality and Learning Objectives | more
MAY 16 | Innovate Conference | more
MAY 29 | Making Your Science Accessible | more
JUN 07 | Graduate School Information Session for New Program Coordinators | register



APR 30 | Rose Bowl Game Keith Jackson Postgraduate Scholarship | more
MAY 01 | Career Development Grant | more
MAY 01 | Ray Travel Award | more
MAY 24 | NASA Fellowship Activity | more
MAY 31 | ARL Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship | more
JUN 03 | Congressional Fellowship on Women and Public Policy | more



Graduate School Information Session for New Program Coordinators

June 7
9:30–11:30 a.m.

226 University Hall

The Graduate School is offering an information session for new program coordinators. Topics include frequently used forms and functions of GRADFORMS, select topics from the Graduate School Handbook, fellowship procedures, fee authorizations, and more. There will also be time for your questions. This is a great opportunity to meet some of the Graduate School staff and other program coordinators.


Contact: Judith Dunham-Borst, Student Services Manager, Graduate School

Graduate School Summer Hours

The Graduate School will shift to the summer schedule starting May 6. During the summer, the Graduate School will open at 8:30 a.m. and close at 4:30 p.m.

Contact: Matt Yoder, Finance & HR Manager

Change to Drop for Non-payment

Beginning autumn semester 2018, the University Registrar changed the drop for non-payment process so that students with a past-due balance of $50 or more for the current term were dropped from their courses for the following semester. For example, if a student has a past due balance for autumn, they are dropped from their spring courses.

The change has drastically reduced the number of graduate students who were dropped for non-payment. During spring semester only one graduate student was affected.

Contact: Samuel Jordan, Director, Registration Services


Faculty voices guiding the Enterprise Project

The Enterprise Project’s Faculty Advisory Committee provides feedback on business and technology changes from a faculty perspective. Since joining the committee, Dr. Jacquelyn Meshelemiah has seen the benefits of Workday, the university’s future core system. “I think when faculty actually start to see the system, they’re not going to believe how easy and clear it is,” she says. Read the Q&A with Dr. Meshelemiah for more.

Contact: The Enterprise Project

Office of Student Life Graduation Survey

Please encourage your graduating students to take the Ohio State Graduation Survey that is sent to them from the Office of Student Life. Results from the survey will help the university understand students’ Ohio State experience, their plans after graduation, and how the university can help future students.


Contact: Center for the Study of Student Life


Academic Writing: The Craft of Writing Effectively

May 7
10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Physics Research Building, 1080 Smith Seminar Room

The Chicago writing program was created to help faculty and graduate students’ learn to write academic texts. Led by the director of Writing Programs at the University of Chicago, Larry McEnerney, this workshop will identify some of the key difficulties that academics face when they write professional academic texts, and will offer techniques for making such texts more successful.


Delegate Elections Open for the Council of Graduate Students

Deadline: April 26

The Council of Graduate Students is holding elections for delegates until April 26. Delegates serve as the contact between the committee and graduate students, bringing graduate students concerns to the committee and conveying information back to their fellow graduate students. Delegates also serve on an internal CGS Committee and an external University Committee.

Contact: Tracy Walterbusch.



Preparing Future Faculty Deadline Extended

Deadline: April 29

Applications are now being accepted for the Preparing Future Faculty program. The Preparing Future Faculty program is a mentorship and career development program that helps graduate students from any discipline discern whether they are interested in pursuing faculty careers in liberal arts colleges or small universities. The premier feature of the program is an arranged mentorship between PFF fellows and faculty teaching in the Graduate School’s partner colleges and universities in Ohio.



Rose Bowl Game Keith Jackson Postgraduate Scholarship

Deadline: April 30

The Rose Bowl Game Keith Jackson Postgraduate Scholarship is an annual scholarship that recognizes one senior student from the Big Ten Conference for exceptional achievement in academics and civic service. Each student will receive a $10,000 scholarship, to be paid to their postgraduate institution of choice, to further their academic study in an area of their choosing.



Ray Travel Award

Deadline: May 1

The Ray Travel Award for Service and Scholarship awards up to $1,000 per year for conference travel. Conference dates must be between July 1 and September 30, 2019.


Contact: Kristyn Gumpper


CGS Career Development Grant

Deadline: May 1

The Council of Graduate Students’ Career Development Grant awards up to $350 per year for professional development activities. Conference dates must be between July 1 and September 30, 2019.


Contact: Hannah Torma


Congressional Fellowships on Women and Public Policy

Deadline: June 3

The Women’s Congressional Policy Institute is accepting applications for the Congressional Fellowships on Women and Public Policy. Students pursuing or who have recently completed a graduate or professional degree with a proven commitment to equity for women are eligible to apply. Fellows gain practical policy-making experience and graduate credit as they work from January to August in Congressional offices.



Innovate Conference

May 16 (registration ends May 10)
Ohio Union

Registration is now open for the Innovate conference. Innovate is an annual conference that brings together educators, administrators and tech industry professionals to explore recent advancements, best practices and provocative approaches to teaching and learning with technology.



Army Research Laboratory Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowships

Deadline: May 31

The Army Research Laboratory is now accepting applications for the ARL Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowships. ARL fellowships recipients pursue independent research that supports the mission of ARL alongside ARL scientists and engineers.


NASA Fellowship Activity

Deadline: May 24

NASA Fellowship Activity 2019 is seeking student-authored and independently conceived graduate research proposals. The 2019 NASA Fellowship Activity is designed to support the NASA Office of STEM Engagement objectives and provide academic institutions the ability to enhance graduate-level learning and development. The program details and requirements are outlined in the solicitation document.

To be eligible, candidates must be U.S. citizens or a national who hold a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field earned before Aug. 31, 2019. Candidates must be enrolled in a master’s or doctoral degree program no later than Sept. 1, 2019, and intend to pursue a research-based masters or PhD program in a NASA-relevant field.



Academy of Teaching Conference on Excellence in Teaching & Learning

May 2
4-H Center

The Academy of Teaching hosts its annual Conference on Excellence in Teaching & Learning. This free event is for members of the Ohio State community to engage with innovative, interesting and evidence-based ideas related to effective teaching and improving student learning. This year’s conference theme is Embracing Time and Change.



Office of Distance Education and eLearning Workshops

Distance Education Symposium
May 7
, 10–11:30 a.m.
A gathering of the top minds in Distance Education from across Ohio State. Come to network as well as to learn with fellow champions.

Kickstart Week (Day 1): Course Design Quality And Learning Objectives
May 7
, 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Kickstart Week is a series of related workshops that will prepare you to design for and teach in online and hybrid settings. Each day focuses on a different set of skills and pedagogies

The Office of Distance Education and eLearning provides students with an enriched educational experience through technology-ready classrooms, centralized learning systems, innovations in technological pedagogy, and distance education opportunities.

Research Commons Workshops

Increasing the Visibility of Your Research (Presentation)
May 2
, 1–2 p.m.
Learn the strategies and outlets for making your research more visible, including open access, scholarly profiles, social media, and The Conversation.

Making Your Science Accessible (Workshop)
May 29
, 2–3:30 p.m.
Learn how to share your research succinctly including how to identifying the level of your audiences’ knowledge, build context, and laddering complex ideas.

The Research Commons is a space where researchers can connect with each other and with services that support and enable their work. It offers group study room rentals, research consultations, and more.