A monthly newsletter by the Graduate School.
Mizzou Grad & Postdoc News
April 2021

Don't miss out on...

  1. A Message from Dr. Hart
  2. Information on Vaccinations
  3. Tips & Reminders - Taxes and Graduation
  4. Funding Opportunities and Awards
  5. gradESSENTIALS, Writing Retreat, and more
  6. LGBTQ Pride Month, Asian Pacific Heritage Month, and Ramadan
  7. Summer & Fall Courses
  8. International Teaching Assistant Program
  9. Career Outcomes Survey
  10. Fundamentals of Being a Principal Investigator
  11. MU Postdoctoral Association
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Welcome to the April issue of Mizzou Grad & Postdoc News.
The April issue of the newsletter is the last for this academic year. However, the Graduate School staff continues to be available to serve you and support your scholarly and academic journeys. Do not hesitate to contact us.
I hope you had the chance to take advantage of some of the activities for Graduate and Professional Appreciation Week. You need much more than a week, because you play an instrumental role in our research, teaching, and outreach missions. Thank you for everything you do! I also want to thank all those who submitted a meme for the meme contest during appreciation week—reviewing them brought a smile to my face!
Despite the pandemic, April is a time of celebration, as many students prepare to complete their graduate programs and postdoctoral appointments and move on to new phases in their lives. We will be celebrating the in-person commencement of the graduate and professional classes of 2020 later this month. We continue our celebration with four ceremonies in honor of the graduate students who have completed their degrees this semester. We are excited to acknowledge each amazing graduate.
Speaking of celebrating, watch for information about how to view our annual awards ceremony starting April 29, 2021. We are again hosting this virtually. This event recognizes the outstanding teaching, research, and outreach of our graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. We also recognize outstanding faculty mentoring and the outstanding contributions of Directors of Graduate Studies and program staff, who are essential to the success of our graduate programs.
Be well and, for some, until our summer issue,

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


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Vaccinations for Covid-19

University of Missouri students have been eligible for the vaccine since April 9. What you should know:

  • Make Your Vaccine Plan: Some vaccines require two doses administered 21-28 days apart. Be mindful of your first shot date, especially if it is in Columbia, and where you will be for your second shot.

  • MU Health Care will offer vaccines. Make appointment here. You do not have to be a patient at MU Health Care to be vaccinated at the Faurot Field site

  • If you are an out-of-state or international student, you can receive your COVID-19 vaccine at any Missouri vaccination site by providing your student ID card.

  • VaccineFinder also helps you find clinics, pharmacies, and other locations offering vaccines across the nation.

  • Even for those who have been vaccinated, remember the safety expectations.

To stay up to date, Show Me Renewal has the latest information.

Preparing Your Taxes

Tax Day for Individuals has been extended to May 17 for both federal and the state of Missouri. Online tax preparation software is available free for students, faculty, and staff of the University of Missouri System. 

International students should also check their February 5 emails and look for one from the MU HRS NRA Tax Office titled "Tax Return Assistance: Tax Year 2020."

F-1 Students Can Now Apply for OPT Online

On Monday, April 12, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that F-1 students seeking optional practical training (OPT) can now file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization online.

Ralph W. Shrader Graduate Diversity Scholarship

Scholarships of $3,000 will be awarded to full-time women and minority students enrolled in their second semester currently pursuing a graduate degree. Must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Applications due April 30, 2021

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research Awards 

The DOE provides competitive research funding for doctoral students (US citizens or permanent residents) to pursue part of their dissertation research at a DOE laboratory/facility in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. Applications are due May 5, 2021 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time

MU Graduate School Dissertation Year Fellowships

The Gamma Alpha Gamma and Raymond White Dissertation Year Fellowships help defray dissertation research expenses in the academic year that students intend to defend their dissertation. The award is equivalent to the minimum stipend for a .25 assistantship for fall and spring semesters. Dissertation Year Fellowship applications are due July 2, 2021 for the 2021-2022 academic year. 

Congressional Fellowships on Women and Public Policy

The Congressional Fellowships on Women and Public Policy are designed to train potential leaders in public policy formation to examine issues from the perspective, experiences, and needs of women. Fellows gain practical policy-making experience and graduate credit as they work in congressional offices. Fellows receive a living stipend and funding for health insurance. Applications due June 7, 2021.

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Spring 2021 Professional Development Offerings for Graduate Students and Postdocs

Zoom links and event details are available on the gradESSENTIALS section of the Graduate School webpage.

NEW Resource!

If you're concerned about the academic job market, or thinking about non-academic careers, now is a great time to take advantage of Versatile PhD. We subscribe to VPhD's resources, and you have access to them through the MU Grad School website!

TED Talk Tuesdays
The Grad School will share inspiring, encouraging, and funny TED Talks as a weekly boost on our Facebook Page: Mizzou Graduate School

April 27 and May 4, 11

April 21:  Preparing Ph.D. Applications: A Workshop for Master’s Students

April 28:  Summer Strategic Planning: Create a Plan Now!

May 6:  Goal setting and time management

Writing Retreat
May 11 from 9:00am – 3:00pm

Even though we cannot meet in person, we can still be productive writers! The session opens with participants briefly sharing writing goals and encouragement. At closing, we will share updates on our progress, and discuss motivations for getting through next steps.

Document Review: By appointment

Students seeking feedback on their resume, CV, or cover letter may contact Dr. Laura Page for an individual Zoom appointment:

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April is LGBTQ Pride Month! Check out the upcoming events:

21   Sexversations
22   How to Be a Better Trans Ally: Healthcare Edition
26-30   Health Relationships Week
27   Book Discussion: My Heart Underwater by Laurel Fantauzzo
28   Virtual Coffeehouse Discussion: The Body Collective
29   QFLAUNT: LGBTQ+ Talent Show
30   Show me Pride Summit Keynote Speaker: Jeff Perkins - Welcome Jeff back to Mizzou. Jeff holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from MU!

5   Lavender Graduation
May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month, also known as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. It was introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives as Pacific/Asian American Heritage Week in 1977 and signed into Public Law 95-419 in 1978. President George H. W. Bush signed a bill to extend it to a celebratory month in 1990.

6     Smithsonian Social Studies Online: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
12   Chinese Historical Society of America: Community Roundtable

Ramadan 2021 is here!

If you are a Teaching Assistant or Graduate Instructor, please note that Ramadan is the Muslim month of fasting. This year Ramadan falls from April 13th to May 12th. 

Practicing Muslim students will be fasting from dawn until dusk (approximately 4:30 am to 8:30 pm), which means NO FOOD and NO WATER. In addition, it also involves prayers late into the night, past midnight at times.

Muslim students may be tired, hungry, and dehydrated in your classes - especially those late in the afternoon. We encourage you to acknowledge Ramadan and remind your students to let you know if they would need any accommodations. MU's Division of Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity has a form to help with those requests.

Developing your English Communication Skills for a TA/GI position or Professional Interactions

If you’ve realized you need to improve one or more ITAP levels to reach your department’s goal, or if you are looking to improve your spoken language skills for professional opportunities, please consider taking a class through ITAP or CELL. Both international graduate students and postdocs are welcome to join these classes. This fall, ITAP will be offering the introductory level, GRAD 7302, and the intermediate level, GRAD 7303.

  • GRAD 7302 is designed for students with an ITAP level 2P (provisional level 2) or ibtTOEFL speaking 23. The goal is to become a strong level 2. Contact Liz Gallazzi for permission to enroll.

  • GRAD 7303 is our intermediate class, designed for students with an ITAP level 2 or ibtTOEFL speaking 24-25. The goal is to reach a level 3P or 3. Contact Raquel Arouca for permission to enroll. 

In addition, ELSP 0400 is offered through the Center of English Language Learning (CELL). It is designed for students with an ITAP level 1 or ibtTOEFL speaking level 22 or lower. ELSP course credit hours do not count toward fulfilling graduation requirements for any degree programs. However, ELSP courses combined with an appropriate number of other MU courses satisfy full-time enrollment requirements for immigration purposes for students on an F-1 visa.

If you want to improve your spoken language skills this summer, but aren't sure where to start, ITAP is happy to help. Sign up for a 50-minute ITAP consultation, and you will be contacted after the spring semester is over to set up a time to meet. During this meeting, you'll be given resources and help to better focus your efforts for the summer ahead. (Please note, this is only available for MU international graduate students and postdocs.) 

Attention Master’s/Educational Specialists:
Career Outcomes Survey

Are you graduating this Spring or Summer? If so, please take 5 minutes to complete the Graduate School’s Career Outcomes Survey. The survey asks about post-graduation plans (e.g., employment, continuing education) and contact information. To access the survey, follow the link and enter your MU pawprint and password: If you have questions, please contact:
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Fundamentals of Being a Principal Investigator

Join us for the ORED Development Series “Fundamentals of Being a Principal Investigator,” 9 am – 4 pm Friday, May 7. This full-day workshop will include sessions guiding you through the research development process from submission to project management. Information presented will feature the pre-award process and fiscal and human resource management will be discussed. Information is appropriate for researchers at all stages of their careers. Access the registration through the Research Gateway.

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Connect with us!

Tag us in your posts about publications, awards, grants, and other news, and we will share it with the MU community!

Want to join MUPA as a board member?

Email Kim Jasmer at for more information or join us at our upcoming info session on April 22nd at 3:00 PM.

Postdoc Travel Awards

Travel award applications are due May 3rd at 5:00 PM. These awards can cover fees to attend virtual meetings or career development events (registration, membership, and/or abstract fees up to a maximum of $300) between February 1st and June 30th, 2021. Application materials and instructions have been sent out to the postdoc listserv or can be found here.

Postdoc Writing Group

Our next Zoom writing group session for postdocs is on April 26th from 1-4 PM. We are hosting these the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month. A Zoom Link will be sent out to the Listserv.

Postdoc Feature

If you would like to be featured in one of our bi-monthly newsletters, please email Kim Jasmer at
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