Need to Know
If you plan to graduate this December, be aware that Applications for Doctoral Candidacy and Applications for December Graduation are due in the Graduate College on Friday, September 17. Contact Lucinda Topham with any questions.
If you will be graduating this year and writing a thesis or dissertation to fullfill your degree requirements, we encourage you to attend the Timelines and Templates: Thesis and Dissertation Formatting workshop on Thursday, October 14 at 3 to 4 pm in Ashurst 109.
The information covered in the workshop is also available online for statewide students and others who cannot attend.
The Office for the Vice President for Research is accepting applications for student travel awards. Review the award guidelines. Students can apply for travel funding to attend academic competitions, accept academic awards, or attend a conference and present their work. The first deadline is Friday, September 24, 2010 and encompasses travel from October 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011. Awards help to cover travel, lodging and/or conference registration fees.
The Graduate Student Organization (GSO) also funds grad student conference travel. Information can be found on their website. For travel between July 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010, applications are due on Friday, October 1, 2010. Applications will be available online in early September. Recipients will be notified by October 15, 2010. Second-semester travel applications will be due February 25, 2011.
Be aware that the NAU Counseling Center sponsors a support group just for graduate students each semester. You can find the Counseling Center at its new location at 1300 S. Milton Road in the Meadows Plaza.
There's a really good resource out there for all graduate assistants, whether in teaching, research, or service positions. Take a look at the GA Handbook online.
Last year a group of grad students started an NAU Graduate Students Group on Facebook for grad students who want to meet people outside of their departments. Interested grad students are invited to join, organize an event, and/or suggest activities for the group to organize. The group sponsors hiking, Friday artwalks, happy hours, chess nights, board games, kickball, and much more.
Distance students have also found the group a good source for advice and moral support from their fellow grads.
The MS degree program in Climate Science and Solutions, which starts this fall, has just been approved nationally for "Professional Science Master's" affiliation. PSM programs are typically two years in length, highly interdisciplinary, and prepare students for science-related jobs in business, industry, and government.
We hope you'll "Like" Northern Arizona University Graduate College on Facebook. The site is a good vehicle for professional development, offering links to national articles exploring topics important to graduate students such as being a successful principal investigator, getting jobs in academia, making the most of conferences, teaching well, journal review processes, finding a post-doc, and getting grants.
It's also a quick source of NAU graduate student news, deadlines, and announcements, as well as a chance to congratulate your peers on their awards and accomplishments. Please feel free to post photos and items of interest to other grads. "Like" it or not, please check it out!
Note: Prospective NAU grad students often want to talk to a student who's already here and knows the ropes. If you would enjoy helping prospective students out with opinions and advice, keep an eye on our Facebook Discussions page.
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