College of Graduate Studies

UT Nursing Student Wins National Association’s Core Values Award

Advocacy, professionalism, quality education, leadership and autonomy are the core values of the National Student Nurses’ Association, which recently presented Amanda Nuckols its Core Values Award.

The Core Values Award is given nationally to one student per year. The award is designed to inspire students to embody the values most important to members of the National Student Nurses’ Association.

Amanda Nuckols received the Core Values Award from the National Student Nurses’ Association.

Amanda Nuckols received the Core Values Award from the National Student Nurses’ Association.

To be eligible for the Core Values Award, students must be pursuing a nursing degree and be a member of the National Student Nurses’ Association, and they must be nominated by faculty.

“It’s an honor working with a student that demonstrates these core values. She’s amazing. She’s humble. I’ve never met another student like her in all my years as an advisor,” said Karen Tormoehlen, Student Nurses Association advisor and assistant professor, who nominated Nuckols for the award.

Nuckols graduated in May from the Clinical Nurse Leader Program, which allows students with a bachelor’s degree in another discipline to receive a master’s degree in nursing in two years.

In her time as a nursing student, Nuckols served as president, cohort representative and convention planner of the UT Student Nurses’ Association. She also served on the Nominations and Elections Committee of the national organization.

In addition to these roles, Nuckols helped build a playground for the local Ronald McDonald House, assisted in a community event that gave families impacted by human trafficking a day at the zoo, led the local Student Nurses Association chapter in providing a bountiful Christmas for orphans, participated in medical mission trips to developing countries, volunteered at a free clinic serving the homeless, and more.

Nuckols will return to the University this fall to continue her studies with the Family Nurse Practitioner Program. She also intends to work as a registered nurse while pursuing her third degree.

“This is a huge honor,” Nuckols said. “I have worked hard to do well as I was completing my studies, while also being involved in a variety of organizations and roles. I am so glad that my effort and dedication have paid off.”


New Dean Selected to Lead College of Graduate Studies

By Jon Strunk : May 31st, 2016

Graduate students accounted for nearly 40 percent of all University of Toledo graduates during the spring 2016 commencement exercises, and UT officials have identified the leader who will continue to elevate the institution’s graduate programs.

Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich will serve as dean of the College of Graduate Studies beginning July 1, pending approval by the UT Board of Trustees, following the retirement of Dr. Patsy Komuniecki.

Bryant-Friedrich

Bryant-Friedrich

“Graduate education is a key area that The University of Toledo distinguishes itself from our peers,” said John Barrett, interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “The breadth of our programs, our facilities and equipment, and our commitment to engaging students in research all create experiences that set UT apart for those seeking an advanced degree.”Barrett’s sentiment was echoed by Bryant-Friedrich, who plans to focus on increasing UT’s graduate student enrollment and its undergraduate to graduate student retention. She said she would look to increase the number of pipeline programs, which enable students to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees at UT more rapidly. Growing philanthropic support for the college also will be a priority.

“Throughout my career, it has been working with graduate students that gives me the most joy,” Bryant-Friedrich said. “I love watching them progress in their studies, become professionals, and continue to carry the UT flag during the course of their careers.”

Calling UT’s graduate programs jewels, she said she plans to work with faculty, alumni, and Marketing and Communications to better spread the word about the University. She also spoke about the need to ensure programs are reinventing themselves to meet the needs of the changing world.

“I know from experience that personal interaction has a big impact when it comes to graduate student recruitment,” she said.

UT President Sharon L. Gaber praised Bryant-Friedrich’s work on behalf of graduate education as part of the Strategic Enrollment Planning process.

“Dr. Bryant-Friedrich has the energy and enthusiasm to build the strength of our graduate programs and ensure students know of the endless possibilities available to them with a UT education,” Gaber said.

Bryant-Friedrich, an associate professor in the Department of Medicinal and Biological Chemistry in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, added that incoming Provost Andrew Hsu has encouraged her to attain full professorship in the coming years, which aligns well with her goals and plans.

“I am looking forward to working with Dr. Bryant-Friedrich to strengthen and promote the outstanding graduate programs at The University of Toledo,” Hsu said.


UT student discovers first grass carp eggs in Great Lakes tributary

June 2, 2016

UT student discovers first grass carp eggs in Great Lakes tributary

A graduate student at The University of Toledo is the first researcher to find direct proof of grass carp, a type of invasive Asian carp, spawning in a Great Lakes tributary.

Holly Embke collected eight grass carp eggs last summer in the Sandusky River, which flows into Lake Erie. She discovered the eggs between Fremont, Ohio, and Lake Erie’s Sandusky Bay after a period of heavy rains.

The fish eggs, which were confirmed through DNA testing, mark the first direct evidence of the invasive species reproducing in the Great Lakes basin. Embke’s paper is published in the Journal of Great Lakes Research. Embke also will present her work at the annual conference of the International Association for Great Lakes Research on Thursday, June 9 at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.

This research was conducted as a follow-up to U.S. Geological Survey findings in 2013 that indicated four young grass carp taken from the Sandusky River were the result of natural reproduction.

“Lake Erie commercial fishermen have reported catching grass carp since the mid-1980s, but those catches were thought to be sterile escapees from ponds and small lakes that were legally stocked for aquatic weed control,” said Embke, who is pursuing a master’s degree in biology in the Department of Environmental Sciences. “The discovery of these eggs in the Sandusky River means that this invasive species of Asian carp, which consumes large amounts of freshwater vegetation, is naturally reproducing in our Lake Erie watershed.”

Although considered a species of Asian carp, wild adult grass carp pose significantly different risks to the Lake Erie ecosystem than bighead carp and silver carp, which are the two invasive Asian carp species of great concern in the Mississippi River basin. Both bighead carp and silver carp consume plankton, and if these species were to make their way into the Great Lakes basin they would compete for the same source of food that ecologically and economically important native fish species need to survive. Silver carp are well-known for their jumping ability.

Grass carp pose a risk to waterfowl habitat and wetlands, but they do not eat plankton and are unlikely to compete directly with native fish. Grass carp do not jump and are primarily herbivorous. They can alter habitats for native fish communities near the shoreline by eating submerged, rooted plants and weeds.

Scientists with UT, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife and the USGS are collecting additional samples from the Sandusky River to continue studying the habitat requirements of grass carp spawning in order to inform methods for control of all invasive species of Asian carp.

“While the discovery of eggs is disconcerting, grass carp continue to remain present in the Lake Erie system in very low abundance,” said Rich Carter, executive administrator for fish management and research with the Ohio DNR Division of Wildlife. “There is currently no evidence of negative impacts to the Lake Erie ecosystem that can be attributed to grass carp. However, it is important that we remain vigilant and continue to build understanding about this species in Lake Erie and throughout the Great Lakes.”

“Given the similarities in reproductive strategies, this ongoing research on grass carp spawning may help us minimize the risk of bighead carp and silver carp from establishing a foothold in the Great Lakes,” said Patrick Kocovsky, a USGS research fishery biologist. “What we learn here also might apply to potential control strategies in tributaries to the Mississippi River.”

Sterile grass carp can be legally stocked in Ohio, as well as Indiana, Illinois, New York and Pennsylvania. They are a popular pond and small lake management tool because they control aquatic weeds. Ohio has banned the stocking of fertile grass carp and Michigan has banned all grass carp. The fish was first imported to the U.S. from Taiwan and Malaysia in 1963.

Researchers will next work to identify the spawning and egg hatching locations for the Sandusky River.

“Predicting locations and conditions where grass carp spawning is most probable may aid targeted efforts at control,” Embke said.

Embke is based out of UT’s Lake Erie Center where she does all of her sample processing and analysis.

The UT Lake Erie Center is a research and educational facility focused on environmental conditions and aquatic resources in Maumee Bay and western Lake Erie as a model for the Great Lakes and aquatic ecosystems worldwide.

“This discovery was student research,” Christine Mayer, UT ecology professor, said. “Our graduate students are doing work that is useful. They’re not just in the lab. They’re out in our region’s rivers and lakes providing information that helps solve problems.”

For more information on Asian carp or how to report sightings, go to wildlife.ohiodnr.gov.

Media contacts:
Christine Long
The University of Toledo
christine.long2@utoledo.edu
419.530.2077

Marisa Lubeck
U.S. Geological Survey
mlubeck@usgs.gov
303.526.6694


How the white-footed mouse can help humans fight diseases – by Adaeze Izuogu

Clues sought for treatment of flaviviruses by studying cells

In recent years, the world has been threatened with dangerous disease-causing viruses such as Ebola, Dengue, SARS, and currently, Zika virus. These viruses all infect animals before transmission to humans. Curiously, most infected animals do not get sick despite infection. It is a puzzle to researchers that these animals resist the viral diseases and suggests that the animals have some survival secrets that we humans do not.

A group of viruses called flaviviruses presents an even more complex picture of human virus infection and disease. These include many widespread viruses such as West Nile, Zika, Powassan, and tick-borne encephalitis virus. An insect vector is required to transmit these viruses from animals to humans, which most often occurs by the bite of a mosquito or tick that had previously bitten an infected animal.

The human disease that develops from the infected insect could involve a simple fever or a very severe multi-organ illness or even brain damage with possible long-term consequences. Unfortunately, there is currently no specific treatment for infection with this group of viruses, and up to 60 percent of people who develop disease can die from infection.

Our studies, conducted in the laboratory of Dr. Travis Taylor at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences, are seeking clues for treatment of flaviviruses by studying cells of a natural animal host: the white-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus). This is the most common wild rodent in North America.

Ticks infected with flavivirus that bite a white-footed mouse can pass the flavivirus to that mouse. The mouse remains infected for a long time but without disease symptoms. Any other tick that then bites this mouse for a blood meal can acquire the flavivirus infection and transmit it to a human.

The main goal of our research is to identify how the white-footed mouse remains free of disease while infected with the flavivirus, unlike humans. If we can find the exact process of defense against disease in the white-footed mouse, we may be able to use a similar approach to combat flavivirus disease in humans.

We discovered that the flavivirus grows to much lower numbers in cells in culture from the white-footed mouse as compared to cells from the house mouse (Mus musculus), which is not resistant to flavivirus disease symptoms.

We have now tested several strains of tick-borne flaviviruses. Every strain tested exhibits the same low numbers in cells of the white-footed mouse. Further research revealed that flavivirus growth in the white-footed mouse is blocked when the virus attempts to make more copies of itself within the cell, which is why there are fewer virus particles in the cell culture as compared to the house mouse.

So why is the same flavivirus more dangerous in some species than others? We believe this difference is because the white-footed mouse’s higher immune system activity defends against virus particles. Generally, the higher the activity of your immune system, the better your defense against disease will be.

The next step was to identify the main biochemical pathway involved in defense. We used molecular tools to block the interferon response, which is the body’s process of sensing viral infection and activating an immune defense. We discovered that when this pathway is blocked in cells of the white-footed mouse, there are many more virus particles in these cells. This suggests that the white-footed mouse cell defense activity suppresses virus growth.

We’ve learned that virus detection and interferon activation prevent the growth of flaviviruses in the white-footed mouse. The next step is to identify specific proteins in this mouse that are triggered by the interferon pathway to inhibit flavivirus disease after infection. We anticipate that these specific proteins will help in drug design by mimicking the survival strategy of the white-footed mouse.

Adaeze Izuogu is a PhD student in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology in the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences Biomedical Science Program. Adaeze is doing her research in the laboratory of Dr. Travis Taylor. For more information, contactAdaeze.Izuogu@rockets.utoledo.edu


University of Toledo graduate student Jessica Schulte journeyed 3,000 miles to the rural village of Peten in Central America for a research project [Watch video]

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UT Doctoral Student Awarded $20,000 Counseling Fellowship From NBCC and Affiliates Congratulations Huynh T. Son!

Huynh T. Son Awarded $20,000 Counseling Fellowship From NBCC and Affiliates

Toledo, OH—The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), recently selected Huynh T. Son, of Toledo, Ohio, for the National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program (NBCC MFP). As an NBCC MFP Fellow, Son will receive funding and training to support her education and facilitate her service to underserved minority populations.

The NBCC MFP is made possible by a grant first awarded to NBCC by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in August 2012. The Foundation is contracted by NBCC to administer the NBCC MFP, as well as training and collaboration activities, such as webinars, that are open to all National Certified Counselors (NCCs). The goal of the program is to strengthen the infrastructure that engages diverse individuals in counseling and increases the number of professional counselors providing effective, culturally competent services to underserved populations.

The NBCC MFP will distribute $20,000 to Son and the 22 other doctoral counseling students selected to receive the fellowship award. Son is a graduate of The Ohio State University, in Columbus, and of The University of Akron, in Ohio, and is currently a doctoral student in the counselor education and supervision program at The University of Toledo, in Ohio. Son is currently interested in researching the effects of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder for Southeast Asian refugees. She would like to discover how trauma has affected their relationships with family members, their parenting styles, and their struggles and barriers in resettling into the United States. Son is currently a graduate assistant at the University Toledo and an advanced practicum student at the University of Toledo’s Counseling Center, where she counsels diverse students. This fellowship will help Son to become more involved in her research area through direct services, community involvement, advocacy for underserved minority populations, and education and training. These opportunities will then help her to integrate multiculturalism into counseling, supervision, research and education.

The Foundation plans to open the next NBCC MFP application period in September 2016. To learn more about the NBCC MFP and its fellows, please visitwww.nbccf.org/Programs/Fellows.

ABOUT THE NBCC FOUNDATION
The NBCC Foundation is the nonprofit affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), based in Greensboro, North Carolina. NBCC is the nation’s premier professional certification board devoted to credentialing counselors who meet standards for the general and specialty practices of professional counseling. Currently, there are more than 60,000 National Certified Counselors in the United States and more than 50 countries. The Foundation’s mission is to leverage the power of counseling by strategically focusing resources for positive change.


APRIL 2016 Reminders from the Graduate College

Happy Spring! We hope your semester has gone well and will continue to do so as we near the end. Please take a few minutes to review these important announcements regarding upcoming deadlines, events, and programs. We encourage you to regularly visit our website and to contact us with any questions.
Phone: 419.530.4723 (GRAD)

GRADUATION and COMMENCEMENT
 
 
Graduation Clearance
This process begins on May 11th and continues for 30 days. Students will be notified via their Rockets email address when they have been cleared or if there are outstanding requirements. Once cleared, the Registrar’s Office is notified. If the student’s account is current, the diploma will be mailed out to the address listed on the graduation application or will be available for pick-up if noted on the application.
·         If you missed the Spring 2016 graduation application deadline, we are still accepting late applications through the MyUT portal.
·         If your degree requirements include completion of a thesis or dissertation, please note the submission deadline for that document is Friday, April 29th
Summer 2016 Graduation Application Deadline – May 27th
·         Remember, you have to be registered for a minimum of one graduate credit hour in the semester in which you plan on graduating
o   Please note: There is a one-time (per graduate degree program) Graduation Services Fee of $100 assessed prior to degree conferral. This is assessed the first time you apply for graduation from a graduate degree program. Once your application has been processed, the fee will not be refunded. If you find it necessary to withdraw your application and apply for a future term, you will not be assessed this fee again.
 

ELECTRONIC THESES & DISSERTATIONS
 
Final Document Submission for Spring 2016 – Friday, April 29th
 
Electronic submission of theses and dissertations is mandatory. You are required to upload your ETD in PDF format to the OhioLINK ETD Center. All submission information can be found here: SUBMISSION
 
Please note: the Acceptance of Thesis/Dissertation for Defense form and Intellectual Protection and Patent Sign-off form have been updated and have new deadlines associated with them. If you are defending this semester, please complete and submit these forms no later than 15 business days prior to your scheduled defense. These forms are required, even if you turn them in late. Any questions may be directed to Teri Green at etdsvcs@utoledo.edu
 
·         Defense
·         Final Document Submission: Friday, April 29, 2016
 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS
 
Please take a few minutes to review the complete list of programs that are available for the Spring and Summer semesters on the Professional Development Calendar link below this list
 
THESIS AND DISSERTATION
ETD Open Labs: Formatting and Submission
·         Tuesday, April 19 from 3 – 5 in CL 1027 (MC)
·         Wednesday, April 20 from 3 – 5 in COB 1210 (HSC)
·         Thursday, April 21 from 3 – 5 in CL 1027 (MC)
 
 
ACADEMIC PLANNING
Graduation Workshop
·         Tuesday, June 7 from 12 – 1 in CL Room 1035 (MC)
·         Wednesday, June 8 from 4 – 5 in COB 1210 (HSC)
 
 
 ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT
From the Carlson Library
 
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GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION (GSA)
7th Annual Midwest Graduate Research Symposium – April 9, 2016
 
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For any questions about the event, please email Graduatestudentassociation@gmail.com

 
Have you filed your Plan of Study?
 
If you have not yet filed your Plan of Study with the College of Graduate Studies, please remember that it is required prior to the completion of 12 credit hours, (prior to 6 hours for Certificate programs). The plan must be approved by through the channels of your academic college before being submitted to the College of Graduate Studies. We understand that changes may be necessary as you progress in your program, but the intent of the plan is to provide focus and direction for your graduate degree program.  A Plan of Study should be written to fulfill the minimum required courses/credit hours for your degree. This helps to ensure that the most direct path to degree completion is listed.
 

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Invitation to join the Peace Education Initiative and UT’s GSA for a Special Conversation

Invitation to join the Peace Education Initiative and UT’s Graduate Student Association (GSA) for a conversation with world renowned peace scholar and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. Betty A. Reardon.

Why Study Peace @ UT?  The Imperative of Peace Studies in the University Curriculum
Special Conversations with Dr. Betty Reardon

 

» Online Graduate Certificate in Foundations of Peace Education. The Foundations of Peace Education program is designed for education professionals working in a variety of educational environments ranging from P-12 schools, community colleges, universities, and non-government organizations. The certificate provides students with the concepts, skills, and values to infuse peace education throughout the curriculum, thereby providing them with opportunities to be employed in a variety of educational settings. The program caters to an interdisciplinary and international audience.

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We extend a special invitation to you to join the Peace Education Initiative and UT’s Graduate Student Association (GSA) for a conversation with world renowned peace scholar and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. Betty A. Reardon.

Dr. Reardon will be on campus for three days in April to engage community members in conversations about the need and possibilities of peace studies at The University of Toledo and beyond.  

The special evening event open to the public will be hosted by Interim Provost John Barrett. 

RSVPs requested for all events (to aid in food ordering)
 
Why Peace Studies?
Peace studies and peace education play an important role in the preparation of citizens for life outside the university. Such studies engender commitment among people to a vision of peace in which all members of the human race can exercise personal freedoms and be protected from violence, oppression, and indignity. There are many intellectual, psychological, social, and political benefits of an education informed by peace. The University is a bastion of knowledge and it is imperative that citizens passing through the institution consider and acquire the values, principles and practices essential to establishing peaceful and just relations amongst people, communities, cultures and nation states. Efforts are currently being pursued to integrate & mainstream peace studies across the UT campus; helping to orient the university curriculum toward the betterment of society and the human condition.

Dr. Betty A. Reardon
The founder of the Peace Education Center at Columbia University, Dr. Reardon has influenced thousands of teachers and students in the methods of and approaches to peace education. She has taught at universities around the world, and has broad experience both in formal school settings and in non-formal community-based education programs. During her long career, Dr. Reardon has advanced peace and global citizenship education through an integrated focus on human security, sustainable development, human rights, ecology and gender.

Her most significant professional achievement — establishing the International Institute on Peace Education (currently coordinated by the Peace Education Initiative at The University of Toledo) — received special honorary mention from the UNESCO Peace Education Prize. Dr. Reardon is the winner of the 2010 Sean McBride Peace Prized awarded by the International Peace Bureau in Geneva, among other accolades. Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013, Dr. Reardon is recognized worldwide as a pioneer in peace education theory and pedagogy.

For Additional Event Details
Peace Education Initiative: PeaceEducationInitiative@utoledo.edu; (419) 530-2552.
Graduate Student Association: Colins, (419) 360-6181; Zach, (330) 242-6006.
Our mailing address is:
Peace Education Initiative, The University of Toledo
2801 W. Bancroft Street Mail Stop 921
Toledo, OH  43606

MARCH 2016 Reminders from the Graduate College

Please take a few minutes to review these important announcements regarding upcoming deadlines, events, and programs. We encourage you to regularly visit our website and to contact us with any questions.
Phone: 419.530.4723 (GRAD)

GRADUATION
If you missed the deadline to apply for Spring 2016 graduation, it’s not too late! Please submit your application through the MyUT portal as soon as possible. As the deadline has passed, we are unable to guarantee that your name will appear in the Spring Commencement program.
 
It’s not too early to apply if you are planning for Summer 2016 graduation [Deadline: May 27th]. Information to assist in the planning process is available below. Remember, you have to be registered for a minimum of one graduate credit hour in the semester in which you plan on graduating.
 

ELECTRONIC THESES & DISSERTATIONS
For students planning to graduate in the Spring 2016 term, please carefully review the DEADLINES associated with the submission process. Resources for PREPARATION andSUBMISSION are located on our website and you are encouraged to utilize the templates and format review service.
Please note: the Acceptance of Thesis/Dissertation for Defense form and Intellectual Protection and Patent Sign-off form have been updated and have new deadlines associated with them. If you are defending this semester, please complete and submit these forms no later than two weeks before your scheduled defense. Any questions may be directed to Teri Green at etdsvcs@utoledo.edu
  • Format Review: Friday, April 1, 2016
  • Required Forms*: No later than 15 business days prior to scheduled date of defense  [Acceptance Form* & Intellectual Protection Form*]
  • Final Document Submission: Friday, April 29, 2016
 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS
Please take a few minutes to review the complete list of programs that are available for the Spring and Summer semesters on the Professional Development Calendar link below this list
CAREER DEVELOPMENT
Prepare to Succeed! Effective Interviewing Techniques
  • Monday, March 14 in COB 1220 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm (HSC)
  • Wednesday, March 23 in SU 2591 from 2 – 3 pm (MC)
Dine with Style: Professional Etiquette Dinner
  • Wednesday, April 6 in the Ingman Room, Student Union from 6 – 8 pm (MC)
    • Presented by the Center for Experiential Learning and Career Services – featuring UT etiquette expert, Kirsten Winek, J.D.
    • Professional dress and registration is required.
 GRADUATE WRITING
The Literature Review: The Foundation for Focused Research
  • Tuesday, April 5 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm in TBA on Main Campus
 THESIS AND DISSERTATION
ETD Open Labs: Formatting and Submission
  • Tuesday, April 19 from 3 – 5 in CL 1027 (MC)
  • Wednesday, April 20 from 3 – 5 in COB 1210 (HSC)
  • Thursday, April 21 from 3 – 5 in CL 1027 (MC)
 

GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION (GSA)
7th Annual Midwest Graduate Research Symposium – April 9, 2016
The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is proud to present the 7th Annual Midwest Graduate Research Symposium (MGRS) on Saturday, April 9th, 2016 at the University of Toledo.  This event has been recognized as a premier event and is a great opportunity for presenting research, networking, and fostering intercollegiate friendships and collaborations.
This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Ronald Delph from Eastern Michigan University presenting “Four Decades of European Travel with Homer, Henry Adams, and Virgil.”
Participants will be able to compete for awards in the following categories:
  • Poster Presentation
  • Oral Presentation
  • AWIS Award (top woman in a STEM field presenting at conference)
  • Sigma Xi UT chapter Award.
 
All conference participants will receive an invitation to the awards dinner following the graduate student symposium.
 
  • If you are interested in presenting a poster, abstract, or slide presentation, please register (free) by March 19th CLICK HERE
  • If you are interested in volunteering, please register by March 26th CLICK HERE
 
For any questions about the event, please email Graduatestudentassociation@gmail.com

 
Have you filed your Plan of Study?
 
If you have not yet filed your Plan of Study with the College of Graduate Studies, please remember that it is required prior to the completion of 12 credit hours, (prior to 6 hours for Certificate programs). The plan must be approved by through the channels of your academic college before being submitted to the College of Graduate Studies. We understand that changes may be necessary as you progress in your program, but the intent of the plan is to provide focus and direction for your graduate degree program.  A Plan of Study should be written to fulfill the minimum required courses/credit hours for your degree. This helps to ensure that the most direct path to degree completion is listed.
 

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February Reminders from Graduate College

FEBRUARY 2016 Reminders from the Graduate College

Please take a few minutes to review these important announcements regarding upcoming deadlines, events, and programs. We encourage you to regularly visit our website for announcements and the most updated information important to your graduate experience at U.T. and to contact us with any questions.

Website: http://www.utoledo.edu/graduate/currentstudents OR http://bit.ly/UTCGS (Shortcut)

Phone: 419.530.4723 (GRAD)

Email: GCAcademicSvcs@utoledo.edu


DEADLINE FOR COGS 2016 ANNUAL FELLOWSHIPS, SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS

All application deadlines are Friday, February 12, 2016

CLICK HERE for complete descriptions, criteria and applications


GRADUATE STUDENT ORIENTATION

All new graduate students must fulfill the graduate orientation requirement. Spring 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 spring 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 – CLICK HERE

Self-Directed Online Orientation and modules – CLICK HERE

For questions regarding Orientation, please – EMAIL US


SUMMER REGISTRATION

Important Dates for Summer Registration – CLICK HERE

Schedule of Classes and Live Search – CLICK HERE


GRADUATION

For students planning to graduate in the Spring 2016 term, the APPLICATION deadline was Friday, January 29th, however we are still accepting applications (Note: The Graduation Services fee is assessed the first time an application for graduation is submitted per graduate degree program.) For students planning for Summer graduation, please submit your graduation application as soon as possible if you would like to be included in the spring commencement program. However, please note, as the deadline has passed, we can no longer guarantee that your name will appear in the program. We are here to help you get organized and avoid obstacles to graduation! Plan to attend this important information session:

 

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.

·         Tuesday, March 1st from 12-1 pm in Carlson Library Room 1035 (MC)

·         Wednesday, March 2nd from 4-5 in Collier Building Room 1210 (HSC)

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO AND TO REGISTER

 


ELECTRONIC THESES & DISSERTATIONS

For students planning to graduate in the Spring 2016 term, please carefully review the DEADLINES associated with the submission process. Resources for PREPARATION andSUBMISSION are located on our website and you are encouraged to utilize the templates and format review service. Please note: the Acceptance of Thesis/Dissertation for Defense form and Intellectual Protection and Patent Sign-off form have been updated and have new deadlines associated with them. If you are defending this semester, please complete and submit these forms when you schedule your defense. Any questions may be directed to Teri Green at etdsvcs@utoledo.edu

Format Review: Friday, April 1, 2016

Required Forms*: No later than 15 business days prior to scheduled date of defense  [Acceptance Form* & Intellectual Protection Form*]

Final Document Submission: Friday, April 29, 2016


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

Please take a few minutes to review the complete list of programs that are available for the Spring and Summer semesters on the Professional Development Calendar link below this list

ACADEMIC ENHANCEMENT

How to Craft the Perfect LinkedIn Profile in 30 Minutes

·         Monday, February 22 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm  in COB 1220 on Health Science Campus

·         Tuesday, February 23 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm in Carlson Library 1027 on Main Campus

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO AND TO REGISTER

 

CAREER DEVELOPMENT

Launch Your Career! Networking and Job Search Strategies

·         Wednesday, February 17 in Carlson Library Room 1025 from 2 – 3 pm

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO AND TO REGISTER

Prepare to Succeed! Effective Interviewing Techniques

·         Monday, March 14 in COB 1220 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm (HSC)

·         Wednesday, March 23 in SU 2591 from 2 – 3 pm (MC)

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO AND TO REGISTER

 

GRADUATE WRITING

Consulting Your Compass: The Dissertation Proposal

·         Tuesday, February 16 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm in FH 1230 Main Campus

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO AND TO REGISTER

 

THESIS AND DISSERTATION

ETD Preparation and Submission Overview

·         Wednesday, February 17 from 12 – 1 in CL 1027 (MC)

·         Thursday, February 18 from 12 – 1 in COB 1210 (HSC)

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO AND TO REGISTER

Ø  Professional Development Calendar 2015-2016

Ø  Resources – Academic, Professional & Personal

 


 

SPRING JOB FAIRS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND GAs

 

International Student Employment Event and Prep Sessions – Sponsored by CELCS and CISP

·         Event: Wednesday, March 2 from 8:30 – 12:00 pm in Student Union Auditorium

·         Preps: Thursday, February 18 from 12 – 1 and 5 – 6 pm in SU 2591

                        Thursday, February 25 from 4 – 6 pm in SU 2591

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO AND TO REGISTER

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UT Graduate Assistant Job Fair – Sponsored by the Student Affairs Division

Some positions include: Graduate Hall Directors, Counseling Services, Student Programming & more

·         Friday, February 26 from 9 – 4 pm in Student Union Room 3016

·         Must register online by Wednesday, February 17, 2016

·         Questions? Contact: ga@utoledo.edu or Evita.Parks@utoledo.edu

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO AND TO REGISTER

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GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION (GSA)

Call for Student Presentations

7th Annual Midwest Graduate Research Symposium – April 9, 2016

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is proud to present the 7th Annual Midwest Graduate Research Symposium (MGRS) on Saturday, April 9th, 2016 at the University of Toledo.  This event has been recognized as a premier event and is a great opportunity for presenting research, networking, and fostering intercollegiate friendships and collaborations. For more information, contact Eric C. Prichard, GSA President at eric.prichard@utoledo.edu

Please visit the GSA web site to register to present either a poster or slide presentation:  CLICK HERE.


FYRP (For Your Reading Pleasure)

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