1. The deadline date for FINAL APPROVAL of an electronic Thesis or Dissertation to The Graduate School is FIVE working days prior to the first day of classes for the ‘next’ semester.

So, as a reminder, the deadline for graduate degree candidates to submit their Master’s Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation to The Graduate School for Spring 2011 is Friday, May 6th, 2011. The summer 2011 deadline date is Thursday, August 25th, 2011.

· Prepare your Master’s Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation following the specific instructions in the Graduate School Formatting Guide.
This Formatting Guide sets forth the thesis and dissertation requirements established by Michigan State University. Individual departments or schools may have additional requirements or may specify requirements in greater detail. The Graduate School must approve these additional requirements. The graduate student has a responsibility to learn what, if any, special departmental/school requirements may apply. The thesis/dissertation should be prepared in accordance with the instructions of this guide.

Michigan State University will only be accepting electronic submissions via ProQuest at www.etdadmin.com/grad.msu . The Graduate School staff reviews only the PDFs that are uploaded through ProQuest. Be aware that a submission via ProQuest does not mean that the document has been ACCEPTED (FINAL APPROVAL). The review process is interactive and can take anywhere from a few hours to weeks, depending upon the extent of the necessary revisions and how diligent the author is when making the necessary revisions.

2. Presenting at ASHE and Other Conferences
March 23, 2011; 12-1pm; 116H Erickson
  • Dr. Kris Renn, HALE faculty member
  • Dr. Patty Farrell, Director of University Outreach and Policy Research; Presidents Council State Universities of Michigan
  • Scott Hirko, HALE PhD student
  • Chris Glass, HALE PhD student
  • Leanne Perry, HALE PhD student

3. Planning, Managing, and Funding the Research Project
Saturday, March 26, 2010, 8:45am – 4:15pm
Room Big Ten B, Kellogg Center
Planning, writing, and getting funding for a research idea as a doctoral student, new postdoc or new faculty member can be a daunting task. How do you manage a research project from proposal to completion, and how does the process vary by discipline? This workshop will focus on how to break down the various components and tasks of a research project, identify strategies for organization and project management, and understand the process of identifying and securing funding. Participants will develop their own project plan throughout the course of the workshop, assisted by presentations and working sessions with faculty familiar with the process as both researchers and agency grant reviewers, as well as with experts on grants databases. Information will be applicable to a range of research projects (a specific grant, a publication, a thesis or dissertation). Participants should bring either an idea for a project they would like to do or the outline of a project already in progress.
In the morning plenary, faculty will share their experience with managing a research project, including “packaging” the research proposal to meet requirements of funding sources, the components of a budget, supervising and evaluating teams, and creating the project report. Participants will then work throughout the day to learn how to approach their work through the lens of project management; a specialist in project management will help them apply general techniques to the stages of their specific research project. The afternoon breakout sessions will address two key topics for funding: using grants databases to find grants and fellowships in various disciplinary areas, and developing a budget for submission to Contracts and Grants. If possible, please bring a laptop computer for the session on using databases. Participants will leave the workshop with a blueprint for managing their own project and concrete steps for securing funding.
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. To register, please send an email to gradwrsp@msu.edu with the following 5 pieces of information: your name, department, email address, name of the workshop (Planning, Managing and Funding the Research Project), and the breakout session (1 or 2) you would like to attend.

4. Michigan State University wants to be a big part of Graduate Education Day at the State Capitol on April 14 (see tentative schedule below the text of this message).

All graduate students are invited to participate by presenting individual or group posters with research highlights of the work that goes on in our labs and research programs. The goal is to make your research accessible to the public and to describe how research and graduate education serve the state of Michigan. There is a shortage of space, so only 2 posters can be shown from each participating institution, so if you have interest, let us know!

Graduate students who are Michigan residents will also have the opportunity to meet with their elected state representatives to inform them about the research accomplishments of MSU graduate students and to discuss with them the importance of support from the legislature for graduate education and research.

Please contact Associate Dean Tony Nunez via e-mail (nunez@msu.edu) if you want to participate.

Graduate Education Day
April 14,2011
Michigan State Capitol
Lansing, Michigan

Michigan State Capitol
10 a.m.
· Graduate School Deans
· Graduate Students
· University Administrators

1st floor, West and South Wings
10-11:30 a.m.

· Fifteen 6’ by 30” tables, each with two table-top easels; maximum of 10 tables in South Corridor, 5 tables in West Corridor
· 1 standing easel for each table
· Posters: 2.5 x 3.5 feet, foamcore mounting

1st floor, West and South Wings
11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

· Poster presentations, 11:30 am-2:00 pm

Legislator Visits
Lansing offices
10 a.m.-3 p.m.

· By appointment

5. IIT Fellowship Opportunity for 2011-2012

The primary goal of the IIT Fellowship Program is to broaden and enrich the professional development experience of a diverse group of graduate students by placing them within an environment, James Madison College, with an established tradition in excellence in undergraduate teaching. Students selected for this full-year program will work closely with faculty at James Madison to engage in structured discussions on pedagogy and practice and on course design and curriculum development. Fellows will be mentored in reflecting on their own teaching experiences in a systematic way in light of these discussions. In addition, fellows will have an opportunity to work with core faculty to investigate questions concerning the intellectual coherence and viability of interdisciplinary research and teaching. In this latter work, they will have opportunities for general interactions with undergraduates.
Applications must be submitted on or before April 1, 2011 to Dr. C. M. Tremonte in James Madison College, 371 North Case Hall, or by email (tremonte@msu.edu); interviews to follow. Announcement of fellowship recipients will be made by April 25, 2011.
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