College of Graduate Studies


October Reminders from the Graduate College

Message from the Dean

It is with great excitement that I greet you and welcome you to a new academic year. For those of you who are new to the University of Toledo, I hope you are finding your way around campus and the Toledo community and that you are making yourself at home. For our new students as well as those who are returning to campus, I hope this year is filled with the joy and excitement of new scholarly discoveries and the creation and acquisition of new knowledge, while you enjoy exploration and the development of the skills you need to move successfully to your goals.

For me, July 1st of 2016 represented a new beginning. On that day, I assumed the role of Dean of your College of Graduate Studies filling the very large shoes left by Dean Komuniecki. I have been in the professoriate for over seventeen years. I have trained many graduate students, undergraduates and other scholars over this time in the fields of Chemistry, and Medicinal and Biological Chemistry. With a love for all aspects of the job, I have always found mentoring of researchers, and particularly those at the graduate level, rewarding. It is this love for graduate students and their pursuit of new knowledge that I bring to this position. As it is with all things new, I am learning more now than ever before (believe it or not, even more than my first years of graduate school) and I am always thinking of how what I am learning can make your experience better, more fulfilling and how can I help each and every one of you succeed.

I welcome you to reach out to me at any time to let me know what we can do to help you. I will post articles and important information about being a graduate student and a professional on the Facebook Page of the University Of Toledo College Of Graduate Studies. If you wish to communicate with me about these interesting tidbits, please feel free to do so. We are planning events for the near future to bring you to the office of graduate studies to meet us and find out what our office has to offer. Keep a lookout for this announcement.

I do not take it for granted that you chose the University of Toledo for your graduate studies. I know that you had other options but you have entrusted this important part of your academic career to the faculty, staff, and administration of this institution. For this I say thank you and let me know how we can assist you on your journey!

Most Sincerely,

Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, Dr. rer. Nat
Dean, College of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor of Medicinal and Biological Chemistry

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Join the Dean and her staff for an informative and fun conversation on degree programs and the support services that the College of Graduate Studies provides for prospective and current graduate students, faculty, and staff at the University of Toledo.  The first Coffee With COGS will be held in early November in the morning – date coming soon—so keep an eye out for more details. We can’t wait to meet you!


All new graduate students must fulfill the graduate orientation requirement. Fall 2016 orientation includes a self-directed online orientation and three supplemental modules. We ask that all new degree-seeking graduate students complete the requirements by the end of the fall semester. After completing the three modules, be sure to continue on and complete the remainder of the required online graduate orientation and submit the form at the end.

Resources for New Students   / Self-Directed Online Orientation and modules  / Questions? Email us

#TUESDAY tidbits
The College of Graduate Studies will be in the Student Union’s Trimble Lounge from 10 – noon on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 to offer you an opportunity to connect with some of our staff and discover resources that will help guide your path to graduation!


New Students

To ensure an accurate degree audit and fulfillment of your graduation requirements, you need to submit a complete Plan of Study for your degree—Doctoral, Masters, and Certificate—to the Graduate College office by the end of your first term or completion of 12 graduate credit hours.

·         If you are not a new student and have not yet completed a Plan of Study, please consult your adviser and do so immediately

Students Completing a Dissertation, Thesis, Scholarly Project, or Field Experience

To monitor and record timely compliance with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, we require the submission of the Graduate Research and Advisory Committee Approval & Assurances form prior to beginning any research and as soon as a committee has been formed. Known as the GRAD form, it addresses types of research and approvals obtained, timing of publication, and committee formation.

·         If you are already conducting research and have not completed and submitted the GRAD form, please consult with your PI or Committee Chair and do so immediately

GRAD Form Timelines

Dissertation: after the acceptance of the dissertation proposal and completion of didactic coursework

Thesis: at the end of the second semester or no later than the end of the third semester

Projects and Field Experiences: prior to conducting the actual research

Academic Program Forms

All forms required during the course of your degree journey are found on our Academic Program Forms page. These are the official forms produced by the College of Graduate Studies and also the most current. Please use the forms directly from our website. The forms are fillable PDFs and for accurate and timely processing, please type all information into the form before signing, and please obtain all required signatures before submitting to our office.


Applicants for Fall Graduation

For students planning to graduate in the Fall 2016 term, the APPLICATION deadline was Friday, September 16th, but it’s not too late to submit! (Note: The Graduation Services fee is assessed the first time an application for graduation is submitted per graduate degree program.) Applying for graduation early is vital in order to provide a timely and accurate degree audit, as well as ensure you are included in the commencement program.  We are here to help you get organized and avoid obstacles to graduation!

Graduation–Your Questions, Answered!

An overview of the steps to preparing for graduation for certificate, masters and doctoral students. This session is designed to provide students with important information to keep you on track with plans for earning your degree and to help you navigate the graduation process.

·         Wednesday, October 19th from 12-1 pm in Building/Room TBA (Main Campus)

·         Wednesday, October 19th from 12-1 in Collier Building Room 1200 (Health Science Campus)

To register, please visit the current Professional Development Program Calendar

Questions & suggestions may be directed to Elissa Falcone at


For students completing a thesis or dissertation and who plan on graduating in the Fall 2016 term, please carefully review the deadlines associated with the entire process, from applying to graduate to submitting your ETD to OhioLINK.  Resources for formatting, intellectual property concerns, submission, publication, and more are found on our website.

Deadlines  /    Start Here! Three Simple Steps    /    Document Preparation & Submission

ETD Process Overview

An overview of the preparation and submission process for graduate Electronic Theses or Dissertations (ETD) within the context of graduation requirements for the Graduate College. Also covered is the timeline for scheduling defenses, and addressing intellectual property issues such as copyright, publication agreements, patent applications, public defenses, and etc.  It is recommended that you attend this workshop the semester prior to the one in which you will graduate.

·         Tuesday, October 18th from 12-1 pm in Collier Building Room 1220 (Health Science Campus)

·         Wednesday, October 19th from 4-5 in Carlson Library Room 1025 (Main Campus)

Online registration will be available on the Professional Development Program Calendar

Questions or suggestions may be directed to Teri Green at


The GSA is an organization that represents the concerns of approximately 5,000 graduate students at the University of Toledo. The GSA sponsors many programs and provides funding to subsidize conference and symposium travel. Additionally, the GSA serves on numerous university-wide committees and organizes social events to help students develop contacts both on and off campus. Please visit the GSA website for updated information on meetings, events, programs, and funding.

·         General  Meeting: Wednesday, October 12 in HEB 105 from 6 – 8 pm on Health Science Campus

GSA Executive Officers / GSA College Representatives / Meeting Schedule / Contact & Calendar

Annual GSA Graduate Research Award

The application for the annual GSA Graduate Research Award is now active. The purpose of the GSA Graduate Research Award is to provide financial support up to $2,000.00 per recipient for costs associated with approved research projects required for the degree that are not covered by other resources.

Eligibility Criteria

1.       UT Masters and Doctoral Students in good academic standing

2.       Must be enrolled in a research course (Dissertation, Thesis, Scholarly Project, or Field Experience) that is part of an approved Plan of Study at UT for the Spring 2017 academic semester

3.       Research must be approved by Major advisor (Dissertation, Thesis, Scholarly Project, or Field Experience)

4.       Applicants may not submit more than one proposal

5.       Students may not receive more than one Graduate Research Award

Deadline and Application

·         Applications due by 5:00 pm on Friday, November 18, 2016

·         Complete application HERE and follow directions to submit supplemental material

·         Review additional important information regarding requirements HERE


The Graduate College is pleased to present, sponsor, and collaborate with other offices to bring you programming in Academic Planning, Academic Enhancements, Career Development, Thesis and Dissertation Services, and Graduate Writing. Please take a few minutes to review the program descriptions and make sure to “Save the Date” on any you are interested in.

We are in the process of adding additional programs in several areas over the next two weeks, as well as finalizing dates and locations. Online registrations will be added as soon as dates and locations are confirmed. Once the calendar is complete, a special email will go out containing the details and registration links! Remember, all professional development programs are open to all graduate students in all degree programs on all campuses.

Questions and suggestions may be directed to Teri Green at

CAREER SERVICES (Sponsored by the Center for Experiential Learning and Career Services)

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Student Union Auditorium
9 am – 1 pm
Wednesday, October 12
Thursday, October 13
Monday, October 17
12 – 1 pm in Student Union Room 2591

Congratulations to Hossein Lavvafi, Medical Physics MSBS Student for winning a National Travel Award from AAPM

Hossein Lavvafi, Ph.D. has received the 2016 Expanding Horizons Travel Grant award offered by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM). This is a very competitive award where graduating students and residents from around the country are eligible to apply for, and only the top proposals demonstrating a strong commitment to expanding the scope of research in medical physics are selected for the award.

For more details, Click Here

Research Symposium to Spotlight Work by Biological Science Students – October 29, 2016

The fourth annual research symposium for biological science graduate students will be held Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in Student Union Rooms 2582 and 2584.

There will be approximately 25 poster presentations on several topics, including cancer, immunology, fertility and neurology.

The free, public symposium is funded by the Graduate Student Association, the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and the Department of Biological Sciences.

“This event will be a great opportunity to learn what kind of biology research is being performed in Toledo,” Kyoung Jo, a PhD candidate and teaching assistant in the Department of Biological Sciences, said.

For more information on the event, email

Book on Global Brewing Industry dedicated to Late UT Grad Student

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Michael Moore enjoyed sharing a pint of cold beer, but had no thirst for the standard domestic titans.

The University of Toledo PhD student researcher was a craft beer aficionado who found a way to combine his passion with his academic work.



“He loved geography and craft beer,” Andy Moore, Mike’s brother, said.

Moore’s research on the rapidly growing artisanal industry recently was published more than a year after he died at the age of 34 from an aortic aneurysm while at a local brewpub.

“The large vessel that comes out of the heart ruptured unexpectedly,” Andy said. “Doctors told our family it’s very rare for someone that young. The fact that it happened where it did is so unusual because we loved to hang out there and watch a Tigers game.”

“Mike enjoyed debating varieties of hops and India pale ales as much and as easily as he dove into complex statistical analyses of the industry,” said Dr. Neil Reid, professor of geography and planning and director of the Jack Ford Urban Affairs Center, who is known as UT’s “Beer Professor.” “It’s devastating and sad, yet if he had to choose how to go, that’s what he would’ve chosen.”

Dr. Neil Reid and Andy Moore, Mike Moore’s brother, got together recently at the Black Cloister Brewing Co. in Toledo.

Dr. Neil Reid and Andy Moore, Mike Moore’s brother, got together recently at the Black Cloister Brewing Co. in Toledo.

The editors of a new volume published on the craft brewing industry called Brewing, Beer and Pubs: A Global Perspective dedicated their book to Moore, who co-authored a chapter with Reid and Ralph McLaughlin, a colleague from California. The chapter is titled “The Locational Determinants of Micro-Breweries and Brewpubs in the United States.”

The editors wrote in the dedication at the beginning of the book, “It is very fitting that Mike passed away in a local brewery.”

Moore collapsed and fell to the floor April 8, 2015, as he was sitting on a bar stool enjoying a beer.

The Black Cloister Brewing Co. last year created a beer in Mike Moore’s honor: Michael’s Memory.

The Black Cloister Brewing Co. last year created a beer in Mike Moore’s honor: Michael’s Memory.

“I was sitting next to him when it happened. We were drinking Summer Stinger, an American pale wheat ale that was just bottled the day before,” Reid said. “We were talking with a visiting scholar from Turkey about our upcoming trip to a geographers’ conference and attending the Beeronomics Conference in Seattle in the fall when I heard a thud. I thought a bar stool had fallen over. I looked down and Mike was on his back on the floor.”

“It’s still hard for our family and Mike’s longtime girlfriend, Jeanette, to process, but seeing Mike’s work being published and honored helps us find closure,” Andy said.

Moore was a doctoral student studying spatially integrated social sciences in UT’s Department of Geography and Planning.

His dissertation — left incomplete — was an examination of the spatial dynamics of the American craft beer industry.

“The craft brewing industry is growing so fast and changing the whole brewing landscape,” Reid said. “Mike analyzed where it’s growing and why. He was well on his way to being a really successful academic.”

UT posthumously awarded Moore a PhD based on his completed course work and publications while a student.

The Department of Geography and Planning created a scholarship in his memory for UT students pursuing the geography and planning field.

“I miss our Monday morning meetings and the occasional exchanging of beer-related gifts,” Reid said. “I cherish the memories — memories, by and large, created around a common love and appreciation of craft beer, the people who brew it, and the people who drink it.”

Black Cloister Brewery in downtown Toledo created a special brew last year to commemorate Moore’s life and called it Michael’s Memory. The owners contributed some of the profits to the scholarship fund.

“The outpouring of support is amazing and unexpected,” Andy said. “It’s excellent to see the fruit of all the research he had done. The recognition of Mike’s work makes it just a little bit easier to deal with his loss.”

Moore’s family is working to organize a golf outing next year to raise money for the scholarship fund.

Gifts can be made at to the Geography and Planning Progress Fund.

UT students investigate effects of co-abusing meth and alcohol

Published on October 10th, 2016

Have you ever seen “before and after” photos of meth users? If so, you know how much using the drug can change the human body.

People addicted to methamphetamine often have sunken cheeks and visible weight loss, as well as sores and scabs on their faces from picking at their skin. But have you thought about how the drug affects the inside of their body?


Amanda Blaker is a doctoral student in the neurosciences and neurological disorders track at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences

Meth is classified as a psychostimulant, which means that it acts as an antidepressant or mood-elevator. This drug gives you a sudden burst of intense happiness, increased self-confidence and energy, while increasing your heart rate and body movements.

Alcohol also can affect your behavior and your brain, but unlike meth, it is classified as a depressant. Consuming large amounts of alcohol slows down your brain function, which can result in slurred speech, lack of motor coordination, or blackouts.

A recent study found that within the United States alone, about 1.2 million people reported using meth in the last year but importantly, 77 percent of meth abusers also binge drink alcohol. In fact, consuming alcohol first can increase the risk of using meth more than fourfold. This is considered “co-abuse” when two drugs are used at the same time.

The goal of our research at the University of Toledo is to determine what happens to the brain after the co-abuse of alcohol and meth, and identify the mechanisms responsible for those effects.

The co-abuse of alcohol and meth can add to effects common to both drugs, such as increases in heart rate and blood pressure.

Therefore this combination can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke, as well as behavioral changes such as paranoia, hallucinations, and aggression.

Our lab looked specifically at the effect on the brain, and we discovered that in combination alcohol and meth damage two specific types of brain cells — dopamine and serotonin neurons — within a brain region known as the striatum.

Damage to these cells in this part of the brain can lead to multiple problems, such as movement disorders, clinical depression, and an overall decrease in brain function.

Co-abuse of alcohol and meth destroys more of these brain cells compared to groups exposed to either alcohol or meth alone.

However, an additional, more ominous picture emerges when the drugs are used in combination.

We found that their combined use results in a new type of brain damage that is different from when either drug is abused on its own, or simply the combined effects of one drug added to the other. This would be like saying, 2+2 does not equal 4, but rather it equals 7.

Something different, and far more dangerous, is occurring.

When the drugs are taken in combination, the molecules responsible for inflammation now come into play. We have observed that in instances of co-abuse these inflammatory molecules are triggered to enter the brain, contributing to brain damage after the combined use of alcohol and meth.

To test how large the role of inflammation is in contributing to brain damage, we measured the counter-effects of a drug similar to ibuprofen. We confirmed that not only was inflammation blocked under that circumstance, but brain damage also was lessened after co-abuse of alcohol and meth.

The results of our experiments are significant because this is the first report of enhanced brain damage after co-abuse of alcohol and meth compared to either drug alone.

Additionally, we have identified a role for an inflammation response outside of the brain that may contribute to increased brain damage after co-substance abuse. This will potentially identify new targets for therapy to help people addicted to alcohol and meth individually, as well as those who co-abuse more than one drug.

Amanda Blaker is a doctoral student in the neurosciences and neurological disorders track at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences biomedical sciences program. Ms. Blaker is doing her research in the laboratory of Bryan Yamamoto, who recently relocated to the pharmacology & toxicology department at Indiana University School of Medicine. For more information, contact or visit

Advanced Leadership Academy for Graduate Students

– Saturday sessions (six) in Spring 2017
– Limited Availability
– Nomination by College Dean Required

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Women in Basic Science: Panel discussion on overcoming gender gaps in academic success – October 11, 2016

Women in Basic Science

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UT doctoral student honored for identifying how climate change threatens food quality

A doctoral student at The University of Toledo recently won an award from the Ecological Society of America for his study that shows why the combination of high carbon dioxide levels in the air and chronic global warming will contribute to a decrease in crop production and food quality during the next few decades.



“We have provided a better understanding of what scientists need to do to improve the heat tolerance of crops in the future,” said Dileepa Jayawardena, a PhD student in the Department of Environmental Sciences, who conducted the climate change study as a project for his master’s degree. “They can use this information to generate new climate-change-tolerant crops to help feed the growing human population.”

Using tomato as a model, Jayawardena investigated the way plants absorb nitrogen fertilizer from the soil.

Over the course of 18 days inside controlled growth chambers in Bowman-Oddy Laboratories, the plants were subjected to conditions that mimic future climate by Jayawardena’s team.

Individually, elevated carbon dioxide and warming did not have large effects on tomato responses.

However, when combined, researchers saw a large decrease in the uptake rate of soil nitrate and ammonium through the roots. At the same time, researchers saw a significant drop in the concentration and function of the proteins that roots use to acquire soil nitrogen. The result was a crop with lower nitrogen levels and thus lower nutritional value.

Dileepa Jayawardena grew tomato in a controlled environment to mimic future climate change and assessed the plants’ growth.

Dileepa Jayawardena grew tomato in a controlled environment to mimic future climate change and assessed the plants’ growth.

Jayawardena’s work also shows that the combination of heat and carbon dioxide is bad for the plant in terms of being able to convert inorganic nitrogen, like nitrate and ammonium, into organic form, like protein, which is the form of nitrogen that humans require.

“If climate change intensifies, this impact on plant nitrogen concentration means that plants will not grow as big in the future, and they will be poorer-quality food for people and other animals that eat plants,” he said.

Jayawardena won the New Phytologist Poster Award for his presentation at the Ecological Society of America annual meeting last month in Florida. It is the nation’s largest organization of professional ecologists with a membership of more than 10,000 scientists.

“By itself, increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels tend to increase plant growth, which is a positive,” said Dr. Scott Heckathorn, UT ecology professor and Jayawardena’s faculty advisor. “However, increasing carbon dioxide is the primary cause of current global warming, which will increase heat stress for much life on the planet. The question then arises as to whether benefits of elevated carbon dioxide will offset the negative effects of increasing heat stress. What is new about Dileepa’s work is that it provides a mechanism for why the combination of elevated carbon dioxide and heat is detrimental.”

The research was funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Your opportunity to learn more about UT’s graduate nursing programs – 25th October 2016

Graduate Information Session FALL 2016

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Grad Student Awarded At International Conference for High-Tech Birding Research [VIDEO]

Grad Student Awarded At International Conference for High-Tech Birding Research

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