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Mizzou Grad & Postdoc News
October 2021

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Welcome to the October issue of Mizzou Grad & Postdoc News.

We hope you took advantage of some of the great activities during Graduate Education Week and National Postdoc Appreciation Week. As with many of the sessions from these celebratory weeks, below I am sharing some opportunities that might help you as you prepare for your lives at and after Mizzou.

Did you know that in addition to the Graduate School’s one-credit courses, Preparing Future Faculty and Preparing Future Professionals, we offer a Certificate in Public Engagement? This certificate is designed to prepare students to communicate their scholarship with a variety of audiences and to demonstrate the broader impacts of scholarship. As you think about your career trajectory, these courses can be extremely valuable.

Last week, all graduate and professional students should have received an email inviting you to participate in our annual Graduate and Professional Student Experience Survey. We constructed the survey with input from the Graduate Professional Council and Student Affairs. I encourage you to complete the survey, as your input is invaluable to the Graduate School so that we can provide professional development opportunities to meet your needs and to advocate for resources that will enhance your success. The responses are also critical for your programs so that they can make data-informed decisions to support graduate and professional students throughout your time at Mizzou. Information on how to access the survey is available in the Survey & Data section below. Last year’s results are available on the Graduate School website.

We want to congratulate the following scholars who were selected and participated in the first SEC Emerging Scholars Program: Jennifer Casper, Sociology; Nigelle Cochran, English; Krista Edwards, ESCP; Precious Hardy, ESCP; Heather Lindfors-Navarro, Learning, Teaching & Curriculum; Sabrina Michael, Biological Sciences; Alexis Rhames, ESCP; Taylor (Paskoff) Van Doren, Anthropology; Jose Viteri, Biological Sciences; and Maya Williams, ESCP. Doctoral candidates and postdocs should be on the look-out next summer to apply for the program.

In closing, thank you for all you do to contribute to our research, teaching, and engagement missions. Graduate students and postdocs are essential to the Mizzou community. You matter and are making a difference—this is a message that you may not hear often enough, but I want to reinforce it. The Graduate School and the Office of Postdoctoral Education are here to advocate for you; please do not hesitate to reach out to us so that we can best support you while at Mizzou.

All the best,

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


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Maya Williams

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Maya Williams, a 3rd-year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology, and recent recipient of the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Doctoral Fellowship from the American Psychological Association, shares her educational journey, including finding and developing her research focus through undergraduate and graduate studies, her personal and professional support systems, and how the Fellowship will support her as she continues on the path towards her Ph.D. in 2023. Read the full article on the Graduate School Website.

Important Deadlines in this Newsletter

25     Extended deadline for Graduate School Travel Scholarships - MU Grad School
27     Spring and Summer Application for Graduation opens - MU Grad School

1        2022 Humanities Without Walls Career Diversity Workshop Applications are due
1        Institute for Advanced Study Social Science deadline
10      Department of Energy's Office of Science Graduate Student Research awards
12      Mahindra Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowships - Harvard
15      Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowship - Institute for Citizens & Scholars
28      Boren Fellowships - External Fellowship

1        Mellon Programs & Grants - Institute for Citizens & Scholars
1        Institute for Advanced Study Mathematics deadline
3        Deadline for thesis and dissertation materials submission - MU Grad School
10      Higher Education Media Fellowship - Institute for Citizens & Scholars


Application for Graduation Deadline Approaching!

December Graduates:  Please familiarize yourself with the dates and deadlines listed at the Graduation Checklist. For quicker processing and feedback, please submit thesis and dissertation materials by December 3.  

Thesis and dissertation materials will not be accepted after December 10

If you are no longer planning to graduate in Fall 2021, please notify our office so that we can update our records.        

Fall 2021 Commencement: The Graduate School Commencement Ceremony will be held on Friday, December 17 at 7:30 PM in the Hearnes Center.  If you are receiving a graduate DEGREE and plan to participate in the Graduate School ceremony, please register by December 3.

Spring and Summer Graduates:  The Spring and Summer Application for Graduation opens next week on October 27.

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Applications for Mizzou 18 are opening soon!

In the spirit of service, first modeled by the University's founding families in 1839, the Mizzou Alumni Association Student Board presents the Mizzou 18 Award. This award is dedicated to honoring 18 University of Missouri graduate and professional students in the last year of their degree eligibility.

Chosen for their world-class research, collaboration with faculty and staff, and their demonstrated leadership with undergraduate students, the honorees represent a variety of majors, activities and organizations from across campus. Each recipient also chooses a faculty or staff member to be recognized for the impact they have made in the lives of MU students.

Applications open in early November and will close at the end of November. Visit the Alumni Association’s website to learn more about the awards and past recipients!

Funding Opportunities at MU

Graduate School Travel Scholarships - Deadline Extended

The fall deadline for MU Graduate School Travel Scholarships has been extended to 11:59 PM on October 25, 2021. Apply for a Professional Presentation Travel Scholarship (up to $400), Dissertation Research Travel Scholarship (up to $400), or a John D. Bies International Travel Award (up to $4,000). A note that the Bies International Travel Award was previously awarded exclusively to doctoral candidates, however, Ph.D. students at any stage are now welcome to apply.

Deadline: October 25, 2021

MU Graduate Assistantship: Science Coordinator, Missouri Local Science Engagement Network 

This graduate assistantship (0.25FTE or 0.5FTE) will provide program support to the Missouri Local Science Engagement Network (LSEN). The Missouri LSEN, based at the University of Missouri Graduate School, is a  partnership between  MOST Policy Initiative and the  American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) that equips scientists and science enthusiasts to engage with decision-makers in Missouri. The person in this position will support evidence-based state and local policymaking in Missouri by finding and facilitating opportunities to elevate the role of science in policy conversations. We are looking for someone who is able to start this academic year (2021-22). This stipend for this position at 0.5FTE will be $25,000 for nine months ($12,500 for 0.25FTE), prorated based on the start date.   

Learn more about this opportunity.

External Funding Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science is now accepting applications for the 2021 Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program Solicitation 2. Applications are due 5:00 PM Eastern Time on November 10, 2021. 

The SCGSR program provides supplemental funds for Ph.D. candidates to conduct part of their thesis research at a host DOE laboratory/facility in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist within a defined award period. Collaborating DOE Laboratory Scientists may be from any of the participating DOE national laboratories/facilities. The award period for the proposed research project at DOE laboratories/facilities may range from 3 to 12 consecutive months.

View Office of Science Priority Research Areas for 2021 Solicitation 2

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has a new Institute for Citizens & Scholars Website for Fellowships. Upcoming Fellowships currently accepting applications are:

Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowship

The Newcombe Fellowship supports the final year of work on Ph.D. dissertations dealing with ethical or religious values in fields across the humanities and social sciences.Deadline: November 15, 2021

Higher Education Media Fellowship

The Higher Education Media Fellowship increases the number of journalists with the tools and networks to provide richer and more comprehensive coverage of postsecondary education, particularly career and technical education. 

Deadline: December 10, 2021

Mellon Programs & Grants

A small suite of programs at Citizens & Scholars offers support for graduate students, faculty members, and professionals who previously participated in the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowships. Dissertation Grant deadline: December 1, 2021

IAS Fellowships for Postdoctoral Scholars

The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) is seeking applicants for Social ScienceNatural Sciences (variable deadlines), and Mathematics postdoctoral fellowships. Applicants must be current postdoctoral scholars or have received their doctorate by the time of the application deadline. Generally, these fellowships fund full-time salaries of postdoctoral scholars to conduct independent research and participate in IAS seminars. 

Social Science: November 1, 2021
Natural Sciences: Variable deadlines
Mathematics: December 1, 2021

Mahindra Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard invites applications for one-year postdoctoral fellowships on the topic of the environmental humanities, drawn from any humanistic discipline. Topics may include (but are not limited to) climate change, biodiversity, social justice, environmental justice, food justice, regenerative practices, gardening, landscape, urban foraging, health, and animal studies. Doctoral candidates and postdocs are eligible.

Deadline: November 12, 2021

Boren Fellowships

Boren Fellowships provide U.S. citizen graduate students at the master’s and the doctoral level with funds to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East) in exchange for their commitment to seek work in the federal government. Applicants can be from any academic field but should be interested in studying less commonly taught languages. 

Deadline: November 28, 2021

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Fall 2021 Professional Development Offerings for Graduate Students and Postdocs

Download the gradESSENTIALS Fall 2021 calendar. Go to the gradESSENTIALS webpage for more information and to the Gateway for event registration.

October Events

21        Mizzou Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition
22        Funding Your Research
28        You’ve Got This: an Anxiety Toolkit

November Events 

1          Resiliency & Mindset
3          Being an Effective Mentee
5          Going Global
6          Saturday Morning Writing Retreat
9          Grading & Providing Feedback on Student Writing
10        Selecting your Doctoral Committee, Panel Discussion
10        Introduction to Open Educational Resources
11        How to answer, “What can I do with my Ph.D.?”
11        Can’t Relate: Relationship Skills for Friendships, Dating, Family, & More
12        Introduction to Grant Writing in the Humanities
15        Cultural Awareness in the Interview
17        Crafting your CV, Resume, and Cover Letter
17        Entrepreneur Quest Pitch Competition

Cybersecurity Brunch N' Learn Sessions

Researchers face unique challenges when it comes to data security, but Mizzou is dedicated to helping you keep your valuable research data secure. In recognition of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, The Office of Research and Economic Development's Research Support Services invites you to join their Brunch n’ Learn sessions for tips and tricks on keeping your data safe.
The Brunch n’ Learn sessions are from 10 – 11 AM each Wednesday in October. Upcoming sessions are:

October 20: Explore. Experience. Share.
October 27: Cybersecurity First

No registration is required. Attend one or all of the events via Zoom. You will need to be signed in to Zoom with your University SSO to join the meeting.
Research Support Services has dedicated security personnel to consult with you. If you need assistance, reach out to Aaron Scantlin at

For in-person events: Check Show Me Renewal latest guidelines.

2022 Humanities Without Walls Career Diversity Workshop: Call for Applications

In summer 2022, the University of Michigan’s Institute for the Humanities will host Humanities Without Walls annual summer workshop for doctoral students interested in learning about diverse careers for humanists. Ann Arbor, Michigan will serve as the primary location for workshop activities. Applications are due November 1, 2021

Calling scientists and engineers interested in policy writing experience! 

MOST is seeking members of a Community Science Note Editorial Board who can assist in writing and reviewing science notes for a variety of settings, including general information, responses to public comment opportunities, and in advance of public hearings. They request that writers and editors have scientific training such as advanced degrees and/or extensive research experience. Open to Graduate Students and Postdocs. Join the Community Editorial Board. Search the Science Note Database to learn more about them.

NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will be hosting a virtual seminar on program funding and grants administration. If you are a university administrator, researcher, early-stage investigator, or graduate student, NIH encourages you to attend this seminar. The virtual seminar will take place from Monday, November 1–Thursday, November 4, 2021. Please visit the NIH website to register to attend the seminar.ate.

Document Review: by appointment

Do you need feedback on your resume, CV, or cover letter? Contact Dr. Laura Page for an individual appointment, offered in-person or over Zoom. Once scheduled, you should email the document in advance for review. The goal of the 30-minute meeting is to discuss feedback and suggested revisions.

Enroll in the Graduate School’s Canvas site!

The Graduate School Resources Canvas site features videos, professional development, and other resources for all MU graduate students! Due to the migration to One Canvas, all previously enrolled students were dropped from the page. Use the self-enrollment link to re-enroll, or enroll for the first time. If you are new to MU click on “New Students” to view orientation videos about graduate student tuition support, health insurance, and the Individual Development Plan (IDP). Check back throughout the year to see resources grow as we continue to add content to the site

JCPenney Suit-up Event!

This partnership between you and JCPenney offers you and opportunity to get career and professional items at a great price. Participants receive an Extra 30% off on the career and professional categories. Download the applicable merchandise list.

To receive the coupon, you will text MIZZOU to 67292. You can use the coupon on a special Suit-up event website or in store. The coupon cannot be used combined with other coupons, it can be used on sale items, but not on clearance. Each coupon is good for one transaction but you can request additional coupons by texting again to receive another. Coupon is good from August 15 to October 31.
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November is National Native American Heritage Month

According to the Native American Heritage Month website:
“One of the very proponents of an American Indian Day was Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian, who was the director of the Museum of Arts and Science in Rochester, N.Y. He persuaded the Boy Scouts of America to set aside a day for the “First Americans” and for three years they adopted such a day. In 1915, the annual Congress of the American Indian Association meeting in Lawrence, Kans., formally approved a plan concerning American Indian Day. It directed its president, Rev. Sherman Coolidge, an Arapahoe, to call upon the country to observe such a day. Coolidge issued a proclamation on Sept. 28, 1915, which declared the second Saturday of each May as an American Indian Day and contained the first formal appeal for recognition of Indians as citizens. . . . In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 “National American Indian Heritage Month.” Similar proclamations, under variants on the name (including “Native American Heritage Month” and “National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month”), have been issued each year since 1994.”

Please check MU’s Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity closer to the month for more details on this year's events.

NEW: Celebrating First-Generation students!

The First-Generation working group is gearing up for a celebration the week of November 8, 2021. Events will be available in MU Engage with a tag "FirstGenMizzou". The working group purchased "I'm First" buttons and sticker that will be available to all first-generation students, staff, and faculty. They will be available at the Student Success Center, the Center for Student Involvement, or any of Mizzou's Five Social Justice Centers!

For more information, contact Cecilia Olivares ( or Racheal Orr ( .
Saturday, November 6, 2021
2:00 – 3:30 pm CDT
FREE, but registration required

For more information and to register for livestream link, visit the EVENT page.

Sponsored by the  
LiUNA Missouri and Kansas Laborers District Council. 

Take Advantage of These Free Professional Development Opportunities Via Zoom

Funding Your Research, October 22, noon to 1:00 PM — Learn about campus resources that can help you find funding opportunities that match your research agenda.  We will share Pivot basics, research analytics services, and strategies that will give your grant proposal a competitive edge.

Introduction to NSF CAREER Program & CAREER Club, November 10, noon to 1 PM —  Dr. Shubhra Gangopadhyay, professor of engineering and recent National Science Foundation program officer, will introduce the prestigious NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER). Participants will learn about program eligibility, unique features of CAREER proposals, and tips for developing a competitive proposal. We will close with an overview of an upcoming CAREER Club opportunity to help eligible faculty take their CAREER project from idea to submission.

An Open Conversation About Academic Publishing, November 11, 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM — Panelists will discuss working with university presses, publishing research that doesn’t have an existing research journal niche, and other topics

Broader Impacts & Beyond, November 12, noon to 1 PM — Join Dr. Sara Vassmer, director of The Connector, to learn about the resources and partners at Mizzou that can help you develop successful broader impacts activities and productive collaborations.

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

Thank you for attending National Postdoc Appreciation Week!

Winner of the Graphical Abstract Competition:

Dr. Johana Goyes Vallejos from the Division of Biological Sciences!


Echo Rivera will be joining us
November 10 and 17 at 1:00 PM

Echo Rivera leads professional development sessions on making effective presentations and has helped several of our board members give successful job talks. You will not want to miss these workshops!
More information will be sent out soon and REGISTRATION WILL BE REQUIRED!

New Board Members!

MU Postdoctoral Association
Co Chairs: Megan Sheridan & Musfique Ahmed
Finance Chair: Harriet Fitzgerald
Marketing Chair: Skylar King
Travel Awards Chair: Akashdeep Singh Virk
GPC Representative: Sara McMullin
Ad Hoc Member: Kimberly Laffey
We still need to fill the positions of Professional Development Chair and Special Interest Chair!
Please contact Megan Sheridan ( if you are interested in the open positions.

Halloween Costume Party
Happy Hour at the Heidleberg
October 22nd from 4-6 PM

Career Consultations for Postdocs

Valli Sarveswaran, Director of Postdoctoral Education, is available for 1:1 career consultations to discuss career exploration, networking & job search strategies, job application document reviews, interview & negotiation preparations. This will be helpful whether you have a solid career plan, or you are still figuring it out. You can also reach out to Valli with non-career related questions & concerns.

Schedule a meeting in person or virtually.
Postdoc Funding Opportunities

There are funding opportunities to support your existing postdoc position or to start a brand new postdoc position here in the U.S. or abroad. View the current and future opportunities. The Office of Postdoctoral Education supports your preparation and submission of proposals. Reach out to Valli Sarveswaran if you have questions.
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