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!
Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, Dr. rer. Nat
Dean, College of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor of Medicinal and Biological Chemistry
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COFFEE WITH COGS
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!
GRADUATE STUDENT ORIENTATION
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
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!
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 GCAcademicSvcs@utoledo.edu
ELECTRONIC THESES AND DISSERTATIONS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION (GSA)
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.
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
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CALENDAR 2016 – 2017
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 GradCollegeProgramming@utoledo.edu
CAREER SERVICES (Sponsored by the Center for Experiential Learning and Career Services)
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Student Union Auditorium
9 am – 1 pm
CAREER PREP SESSIONS
Wednesday, October 12
Thursday, October 13
Monday, October 17
12 – 1 pm in Student Union Room 2591