News from the Graduate School, January 24, 2020

Diversity and Inclusion

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

Diversity is integral to the mission and function of The Graduate School. Given our charge to support and develop programs that nurture students from intersectional, underserved backgrounds and to advance the recruitment and retention of diverse graduate students, this update highlights our key efforts to foster an inclusive and welcoming campus environment.

  • Developing a Consortium of summer bridge programs inclusive of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Medicine, and The James Comprehensive Cancer Center.  The goal of this effort is to align institutional resources related to research and in the recruitment of diverse students. The inaugural cohort included 123 students from across the United States.
  • Creating a faculty task force led by Assistant Dean La’Tonia Stiner-Jones charged with the goal of conducting a comprehensive review of graduate admissions.
  • Co-sponsoring with the Office of Diversity Inclusion recruitment and retention programs such as the McNair Scholars Visitation, Preparing for the Professoriate Retreat, and Dissertation Boot Camp.
  • Hiring of a diversity program coordinator, Ahmed Hassan, tasked with the role of designing and delivering retention programs for diverse graduate students.
  • Joining the Coalition of Next Generation Life Science, a central data host, which provides OSU staff and faculty with program level statistics related to graduate student and post-doctoral trainee demographics, admissions, doctoral time to degree, and doctoral completions.

These collective efforts illustrate our commitment to diversity and our responsiveness to the diversity and inclusion goals highlighted in the Campus Conversation on Graduate Education Report (2017).


JAN 24 | Spring Applications to Graduate 
APR 10 | Spring Final Examinations and Reports 
APR 17 | Spring Final Approved Theses/Dissertation 
MAY 03 | Spring Commencement see full graduationregistration, and fellowship calendars


JAN 28 | GTA Toolkit — inclusive teaching, Part 2: Planning Productive Conflict more
FEB 05 | Introduction to active learning strategies @ Derby Hall more
FEB 10-28 | 
Online Course Delivery Basics @ Online via Carmen more
FEB 25 | GTA Toolkit — inclusive teaching, Part 3: Micro (& Macro) Aggressions in the Classroommore
MAR 24 | 
GTA Toolkit — Teaching Portfolios @ Ohio Unionmore

#IT Update 

As part of the IT transition continuing over the next few months, 614-247-MYIT(6948) will be your primary number to contact the IT Service Desk for urgent requests. For non-urgent requests, visit for 24/7 Self Service.



Judith Buster joined the Graduate School as a business operations manager early this month. Judith came from the College of Medicine, where she was the Department Administrator for the Department of Biomedical Informatics. She has a degree in Economics, Miami University and a degree in Planning, Rutgers University. Judith moved to Columbus from Princeton, NJ and has through enjoyed becoming a Buckeye. Welcome, Judith! 
Lisa Kowalsky joined the Graduate School on Jan 13th as a program admin assistant. Prior to joining the graduate school she was a graduate student herself in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese where she was a Teaching Associate and doctoral student before deciding to change paths. Lisa earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish as well as a Master of Spanish Literature from the University of Calgary. She is excited to explore this new chapter with The Ohio State University.  Welcome, Lisa, to the Graduate School! 
Mary Ellen Rutemeyer joined the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs on December 16th as the new program assistant. Mary Ellen got her MA in Germanic Languages and Literature from Ohio State and recently returned to Columbus after a 3-year stint teaching German in Madison, Wisconsin. Send a note to Mary Ellen to say hello and welcome!

Ahmed Hassan joined the Graduate School on December 2nd as the new diversity program coordinator. Ahmed comes to the Graduate School from the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions where he was an admissions counselor and student services specialist. Ahmed earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The Ohio State University and a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs from the University of Toledo. Please join us in welcoming Ahmed to The Graduate School!


Please direct registration services needs to Registration Services Specialist Kate Zinn.

Please direct communications and marketing related questions to Assistant Dean Karin Jordan.

Resources at the Office of International Affairs

For international graduate students who need to leave the United States during graduate studies, here are some resources from the Office of International Affairs(OIA) for you. Please plan ahead and talk to your faculty advisor and OIA before traveling so that going back home will not negatively impact your ability to graduate.


Innovate 2020

May 14

Mark your calendar for the Innovate conference at the Ohio Union in 2020. 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. Join the mailing list to keep informed on all things Innovate.



Nominate Your Student for Graduate Associate Leadership Award

January 31 

Graduate Associate Leadership Award (GALA) is a new award developed with the understanding that graduate students often are asked about their leadership skills and previous experiences when seeking employment. We want to support and encourage graduate students to engage in these activities. The GALA gives a $500 stipend to the award winners. We decide that Chairs and Associate Deans should identify if any of their students have been in a leadership position, such as serving on a committee, or taking on other leadership responsibilities in one of these offices to be eligible for the award:

  • Economic and Cooperative Engagement
  • Government Affairs
  • Outreach and Engagement / Regional Campus
  • Alumni
  • Library

Details on how to nominate your student, click HERE.


2019-2020 Buckeye Diversity Dialogue Series

November 6–April 6

The Council of Graduate Students’ Buckeye Diversity Dialogue Series provides opportunities for Ohio State graduate students, faculty, staff, and community leaders to have intentional conversations about relevant issues of equity, diversity, inclusion, social justice, and much more. Lunch will be served on site.



CARE Panel: The Ethics of Community Engaged Research

January 28, 2020

There has been a recent push for community engaged research, particularly when the research is conducted across cultural, structural and economic differences. In this panel, the Center for Ethics and Human Values invites speakers to examine what exactly ought to count as engaging a community as a research partner. What constitutes a community in the first place? Can individual representatives be recruited to speak for the community? If so, who?

This panel will take place on Tuesday, January 28th, from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm in Thompson Library 165.



Field Research Grants for Grad/Prof Students

Deadline: Sunday, March 1 at 11:59PM 

The Center for Latin American Studies is accepting applications for 2020 Tinker Field Research Grants, which can be used to provide graduate and professional students with funds for travel to and within Latin America to conduct pre-dissertation research. Up to $3,000 per student may be awarded and the competition is open to all graduate students in all academic fields at Ohio State, including international students.

Please consider this funding opportunity. The deadline is Sunday, March 1st at 11:59 p.m. For more information, please visit:


Two Graduate Research Associate Opportunities Open at the Center for the Study of Student Life (CSSL)

Deadline: February 7

The Center for the Study of Student Life (CSSL) anticipates hiring two (2) 20-hour per week Graduate Research Associates (GRAs) for the 2020-2021 academic year. Each GRA will report to an Associate Director. Examples of GRA job duties for the 2020-2021 academic year include, but are not limited to, implementing data collection efforts, analyzing datasets ranging in size from 50 cases to 15,000 cases, instrument validation, factor analysis, reporting automation and writing reports. Projects will focus on student experiences outside of the classroom at Ohio State, such as student employment, student leadership, student wellness, career outcomes and sense of belonging on campus.

Please submit a cover letter, curricula vita/resume, a writing sample (preferably including an empirical analysis) and two professional references via email to: Michelle Colombini, Administrative Associate Center for the Study of Student Life. Email:



Recently the Burmese American Community Institute (BACI) and NAFSA: Association of International Educators have just announced a partnership supporting the new Myanmar Scholars and Leaders Program (MSLP).

Under this new arrangement, NAFSA will direct funds from the Tamara H. Bryant Endowed Scholarship to support opportunities for Myanmar students and scholars from non-governmental entities to attend graduate school in the United States.

If you are interested in new partnership opportunities with MSLP or in Myanmar, please write to Read more below and subscribe to newsletters from BACI, a reputable non-profit group in greater Indianapolis.



Activities through OUAB – Ohio Union Activities Board for Graduate Students

Here is a list of events and activities that are catered to graduate students, click here and learn more.  They usually take place from 3:30p.m. to 5p.m. on Tuesdays.

MAR 17 | Non-Academic Job Search 
MAR 24 | Resumes and Cover Letters
MAR 31 | Interview  
APR 07 | Negotiating the Job Offer 



2020 Service-learning Grants Closing Soon

Any Ohio State instructor who would like to create a new service-learning course or improve an existing course with service-learning is invited to apply.  This includes courses offered at the regional campuses, and undergraduate or graduate level courses.  Grantees receive up to $4,000 in funding and participate in a service-learning Course Design Institute with their peers.  Please consider inviting your colleagues to apply.  Applications are due February 4, 2020.


Foundations of Utility and Risk (2020)

Application is now open.

The submission of abstracts for the Foundations of Utility and Risk (FUR) conference in 2020 is now open! Since 1982, FUR gathers every two years researchers in economics, psychology and other behavioural sciences interested in the study of decision making. FUR 2020 will take place in Sydney, at the University Technology of Sydney from the Wednesday 1st July to the Saturday 4th July.  It will be the first time this conference takes place in the Asia Pacific area.




Summer Internship Program in Research for Graduate Students

Application Deadline: February 1, 2020

This program focuses on major research activities that will occur in 2020. Selected interns conduct research under the guidance of mentors at ETS offices in Princeton, N.J. Graduate students who are currently enrolled in full-time doctoral programs in the areas listed above and who have completed a minimum of two years of coursework toward their Ph.D. or Ed.D. prior to the program start date are eligible to apply.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Application Deadlines: March 1, 2020 (preliminary) and April 15, 2020 (final)

This program provides opportunities for early-career scholars to work with Educational Testing Service(ETS) researchers on a variety of cutting-edge topics, including foundational research as well as research embedded in real-world testing programs. Selected fellows work on research projects and conduct independent research that is relevant to ETS’s goals under the mentorship of research scientists or psychometricians in Princeton, N.J. Candidates must have received their doctorate within the past three years. This year, ETS is seeking applications in the following areas of expertise: measurement, psychometrics and statistics; process data modeling and analysis; and artificial intelligence.




Every month, Beyond the Professoriate hosts free webinars and how-to seminars on launching your post-PhD career. Topics range from careers for PhDs to networking, job search strategies, graduate school success, and more. Presenters include Beyond the Professoriate co-founders Maren and Jen, as well as PhD guest presenters from diverse career backgrounds.

Click here to learn more about our upcoming events and register.