A monthly newsletter by the Graduate School.
Mizzou Grad & Postdoc News
November 2020

Highlights Inside This Issue...

  1. A Message from Dr. Hart
  2. Student Spotlight
  3. Virtual gradESSENTIALS Opportunities
  4. Center for Inclusive Excellence
  5. Surveys & Data
  6. Spring 2021 Classes
  7. International Teaching Assistant Program
  8. Office of Research
  9. Funding Opportunities
  10. Tips & Reminders
  11. MU Postdoctoral Association

Welcome to the November Issue of Mizzou Grad & Postdoc News.

Oddly, this semester has managed to feel both really long and incredibly short at the same time. No matter what speed the semester has progressed for you, many will soon receive your hard-earned degrees. I hope that when we can do so safely, you will return to campus to celebrate with us in person.
For those of you graduating, I hope you took advantage of some of the workshops the Graduate School offered about formatting dissertations and theses, completing the necessary paperwork, and joining the Canvas organization where you can upload your theses or dissertations. Click here for more information. You can also contact our office if you have any other questions. We are happy to assist you.
I also encourage you to complete outcome surveys — doctoral students will complete the Survey of Earned Doctorates, and master’s and specialist students will receive a survey after our virtual celebration on December 18, 2020. Your input helps us make diverse career outcomes visible and valued. Mizzou graduates go on to do amazing things.
Speaking of surveys, if you have not already done so, please take 15-20 minutes to complete the Graduate and Professional Student Experience survey. The survey was sent out recently and will remain open until December 4. The data will inform professional development and advocacy efforts. Read more in the Survey section of this newsletter.
Finally, take time to give thanks to your families, friends, mentors, peers, and all of those who support you in your graduate studies and postdoctoral research. We know that this time of year can bring celebrations and joy. It may also be lonely and stressful. No matter what it brings, know that there are resources to support you. Be kind to yourself and others during this time and always.
All the best,

Jeni Hart, PhD
Dean of the Graduate School
Vice Provost for Graduate Studies


Master's student Santiago Beis reflects on his transition to a graduate program abroad during a pandemic and the support he continues to receive from faculty and staff at Mizzou's School of Music. The program is providing him with opportunities to grow as a composer and as a music teacher. Santiago shares about the Sinquefield Foundation competition and upcoming opportunities to write new music for MU's ensembles and the New York Philharmonic. 
Read the full article.

Fall 2020 Professional Development Offerings for Graduate Students and Postdocs

Quick Access: Grad School events calendar, gradESSENTIALS framework for professional development, programs, resources, & event registration through the Gateway
  DECEMBER (virtual)
9         End of Semester Reflection & Goal Setting for Spring 2021
14       All-day Writing Retreat
The Missouri Local Science Engagement Network is hosting a science communication training session. Help us elevate the role of science in public policy discussions. We’re asking Missouri scientists and climate advocates to join us on December 3rd, December 17th, and January 7th for the training series provided by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Those interested will be required to participate in all three sessions, commit to the engagement goals of the series, develop a science/policy communications piece, follow through with their specific engagement, and provide us with feedback and insights about how it went. Sign up here.

Save the Date! Teaching Renewal Week 2021 – January 11-15

2020 has been quite a year. What have you learned about teaching for learning? Join us to learn about effective practices, new insights, and more. All sessions will be held virtually.

Professors Kelly Hogan and Viji Sathy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Learn more about their work to promote inclusive teaching at InclusifiED.
The Graduate School is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Mizzou 3MT Competition!
  • FIRST PLACE: Naomi Lee, Area Pathobiology, Advisor – James Cook: Your Dog Has Your Back: Our Dogs’ Secrets to Spine Health
  • SECOND PLACE: Erika Schneider, Journalism, Advisor – Glen Cameron: Crisis Responsibility in the Eyes of the Stakeholder
  • PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Anup Mishra, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Advisor – Marjorie Skubic: Personalized Alerts to Reduce Alarm Fatigue in Health Systems
Naomi will represent the University of Missouri at the Midwest regional 3MT competition, which will be held virtually in March 2021.

We had a terrific virtual event with 12 doctoral students from various disciplines – they had just one slide and three minutes to explain their research to a public audience. We congratulate all of our participants this year, and thank them for an impressive, engaging, and enjoyable competition. We also thank our four esteemed judges for their time and expertise. Information about our 2021 competition will be available in the spring semester.
To view a recording of the 2020 Mizzou 3MT Virtual Competition, visit the Platform Q website. After answering a few brief registration questions, look for the 3MT Video posted at the bottom of the page.
2020 Contestants (in alphabetical order)
Lida Alfatoony, Textile and Apparel Management
Chuka Emezue, Nursing
Thomas Herbst, Geological Sciences
Lonnie Hofmann, Economics
Naomi Lee, DVM, Area Pathobiology
Frank Lin, Business Administration, Marketing
Anup Mishra, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Mohammad Mobarok, Agricultural and Applied Economics
Mary Moore, Exercise Physiology
Erika Schneider, Journalism
Ali Taleghani, Bioengineering
Stephanie Woods, Educational Psychology

Dr. Miguel Ayllon, Director of Study Abroad
Dr. Jeni Hart, Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Studies
Dr. Chad Higgins, Associate Vice Chancellor for Extension & Engagement
Dr. Susan Renoe, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research, Extension, & Engagement; Executive Director, Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS); Principal Investigator, National Alliance for Broader Impacts;
Assistant Professor, Journalism

Library Support for Dissertation Searches

The Libraries have made the difficult decision to cancel their subscription to ProQuest Dissertation & Theses (PQD&T) after it expires on 11/30/2020 due to budget cuts, low usage, and alternative search options. Alternative search options include:
In addition, many of their subject databases index dissertations; a few examples:   Sociological Abstracts, LION, CINAHL, GeoRef, MathSciNet, Econlit, Compendex, Philosophers Index.
Librarians are ready to assist with dissertation searching and the literature review process. Contact your subject librarian to set up a consultation.

Events for the National American Indian Heritage Month continue. Click here or on the header above for events details.
18        Game Workshop by Elizabeth LaPensee (Anishinaabe/Métis)
19        @MizzouEdBridge Twitter Takeover
04        Feeding the Baby: Buffy Sainte-Marie on public television by Dr. Joanna Hearne
08        Constellating a Matrix of Stories: A Cultural Rhetoric’s Approach to Decolonizing Knowledge Construction by Dr. Jaquetta Shade-Johnson (Cherokee Nation)
If you have not done so, please take 15 to 20 minutes to complete the GPSE survey. The survey covers issues related to your academic program, advising, health and well-being, and student satisfaction. It is a great opportunity to tell us how you’re doing so that we can better support you. To access the survey, click here and enter your MU pawprint and password.
Ten students will be randomly selected to win $50 in Tiger Cash. Tiger Cash can be used at the MU Bookstore (in person or virtually), in addition to a number of dining options on campus. Complete the survey in full by December 4 for your chance to win.

Teaching online in Fall 2021?

If you are a continuing student and will be a graduate instructor or a postdoctoral teaching scholar who will teach online, our accreditors require that you complete certification. To assist you in determining what you need to do to complete the certification, view the video above.
The Office of eLearning offers on-going training options: In addition, there is a new option for the Online Teaching Certification Seminar for Graduate Instructors/Teaching Assistants that will last for 12 weeks instead of six, which means participants will have a one week on, one week off when completing the seminar. Registration is now open and will stay open for each session until the Monday before the session begins. This seminar is listed as 1a and will begin January 11.

The ITAP Advisory Board

The ITAP Advisory Board was created in the fall of 2018. The board acts as an integral part of decision-making processes for the ITAP program. In addition, board members bridge the gaps between the ITAP program and international graduate students, academic department faculty and administration, and the undergraduate experience. The advisory board has provided valuable input into several ITAP policies, including the assessment appeals process and language exemptions.
For additional program information, contact Liz Tummons-Gallazzi. If you have feedback about the ITAP program, you may contact Liz or any ITAP Advisory Board member.  

Current committee members:
  • Raquel Arouca, Assistant Teaching Professor and Director of Recruitment, Retention, and Diversity Initiatives, Graduate School
  • Lissa Behm-Morawitz, Associate Dean of the Graduate School; Associate Professor, Communication
  • Mary Dickson-Amagada, Graduate Student, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
  • Kristin Kopp, Associate Professor, German; Faculty Affiliate, Black Studies Program
  • Athanasios Micheas, Associate Professor, Statistics
  • Lily Sorenson, Interim Director, Center for English Language Learning
  • Wenxi Yang, PhD Student, Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology

Graduate Students and Postdocs are invited to
FRST Fridays @Noon Research Development Series

Join us for the ResearchFRST Development Series “Writing Workshop” at noon, Friday, Dec. 4 via Zoom. Learn new ways to break through your academic writer’s block. ResearchFRST provides faculty, postdocs, and students resources, support, training, and professional development workshops to help you be more successful. Click here to register through the Research Gateway.

Boren Fellowships
Boren Fellowships provide U.S. graduate students with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation, in exchange for their commitment to seek work in the federal government. Students at the master’s and the doctoral level are eligible to apply. Fellowships provide support for overseas or domestic study, or a combination of both. Click here for more information.
  • Campus Deadline: Dec. 18, 2020
  • Final deadline: Jan. 27, 2021

Graduate Fellowship for STEM Diversity
Open to all American citizens regardless of race or gender. GFSD's goal is to increase the number of American citizens with graduate degrees in STEM fields, emphasizing recruitment of a diverse applicant pool. It provides an annual $20,000 expense allowance, covers full tuition and required fees, portable to 125 research institutions.
Applications are open through December 15, 2020. Learn more in the GFSD website.

University-related International Activities Policy Exception Request

In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic and the University of Missouri's continued suspension of all non-essential travel, students hoping to participate in University-related international activities must apply for and obtain approval from the Student Travel Abroad Review (STAR) Committee and the Office of the Provost. 
To begin the process, students must first complete the Individual student international policy exception request, which has been updated to include considerations related to COVID-19, for review by the STAR Committee. The exception request form was designed for a variety of program types, Barbara Linderman can help with any questions. If the exception request is approved by the STAR Committee, approval from the Office of the Provost will be requested on the student's behalf by the International Programs office.

Fall 2020 Graduates, please be aware of the following deadlines:

December 4: Deadline for submission of the M3/S3/D4 and thesis/dissertation (if applicable).
December 11: Deadline for submission of LATE graduation materials. Items will not be accepted after this date due to degree processing deadlines. 
*LATE GRADUATION MATERIAL SUBMISSIONS will be accepted until 5 PM (CDT) on Friday, December 11. Late submissions will be processed in the order received after those meeting the deadline have been cleared. Students submitting materials after December 11 will be considered spring graduates.

SPRING and SUMMER 2020 Graduates:

The Application for Graduation opens on December 1! Please be aware that this is now a two-step process through the Graduate School and the University Registrar's Office (via MyZou). This will allow the Graduate School the opportunity to gather the necessary information for processing your degree and also allow you to verify and update your name and address quickly and easily.  

Fall 2020/Spring 2021
Fellowship Disbursement Dates

*Please note the approximate 6-week break between December and January disbursements due to the policy that the first disbursement of a semester cannot occur earlier than 10 days before the start of classes.
**The refunding window is an estimate and is not guaranteed. The student may see it in their bank account as early as the initial date in the estimated refunding window. Actual deposit timing will depend on the student's banking institution.

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