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Mizzou Grad & Postdoc News
January 2022

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

For those new to your graduate programs and postdoctoral positions, welcome to Mizzou. For those continuing their programs and positions, welcome back to the start of the spring semester.

Last month, President Joe Biden proclaimed January as National Mentoring Month. So many of you serve as mentors to peers, undergraduate students, and many others. We acknowledge and celebrate you this month and always. I hope you will also take time this month to thank all mentors who have shaped your experience.

The university continues to provide guidance, informed by the Centers for Disease Control, regarding the ongoing pandemic. Refer to the Show Me Renewal page for that information, including locations of testing facilities in Columbia. Campus Facilities is working to provide free disposable face coverings in the entrances of many campus buildings. In addition, Mizzou ordered higher-level masks (e.g., KN95s) and units on campus will be able to access and distribute them once they arrive from the distributor. For those of you who are graduate instructors, I want to remind you to create contingency plans in case you are not feeling well or need to quarantine or isolate—I encourage you to talk with your department about how they can help you with those plans. There are also course-related guidelines available on the Show Me Renewal site to assist you in your instructional role.

For those who have assistantships, you will soon receive an email from me to provide you with information about a new process for annual performance reviews. This is a separate process from the annual academic review. Both are required by Graduate Faculty Senate policy. The Graduate School wants to provide accountability for these processes, as feedback is critical to your growth and success as graduate students. I know that systems are not perfect, please be patient as we roll out hem out. I strongly believe that, in the long run, they will benefit you and the faculty and staff with whom you work.

Lastly, I want to remind you that if you are traveling domestically or internationally for university purposes, you must complete the travel registry process. Graduate students no longer need to use eCompliance for this; instead, all domestic and international travel registration should be done via the International Center website. Posdoc, however, should register their travel via eCompliance.

I hope you enjoy the remainder of the newsletter. Stay well and best wishes.

All the best,

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

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Get the Vaccine, Stay home if sick, seek testing if needed, wash hands
Spring 2022 on-campus vaccine clinics

Mizzou is hosting multiple on-campus vaccine clinics to start the spring semester. Clinics are open to all students, faculty and staff.

    Thursday, Jan. 20: Student Center, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Tuesday, Jan. 25: Memorial Union, room N214B, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Tuesday, Feb. 1:  Hearnes Center, East Concourse, 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and J&J vaccines and booster shots are available.


Booster shots

We strongly encourage you to get vaccinated if you have not already, and to get a booster shot within the recommended time after your initial vaccination. COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are readily available and are free to anyone.

Face coverings

We also ask you to wear a quality, well-fitting mask regardless of vaccination status while indoors or in crowded outdoor settings. Best masking practices from the CDC can be found here.

Stay home if you are sick

Remember to stay home if you are sick, even if your symptoms are mild. Instructors are encouraged to provide alternative arrangements for learning for those who are isolating or in quarantine.

Dr. Skylar King


Skylar King in the lab

Skylar King effortlessly juggles her research, involvement, and her family responsibilities while working as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. Skylar works in Dr. Shiyou Chen’s Cardiovascular Biology Research Lab to understand and learn more about diseases that relate to the heart and blood vessels. At the same time, she raises two energetic boys, currently 17 and 14 years old, and sits on the executive board of the MU Postdoc Association. Recently, Skylar was the recipient of a National Institutes of Health F32 Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship, which provides 3 years of salary for promising postdoctoral researchers as well as resources to travel to conferences and related costs. Learn more about Dr. Skylar King in the Postdoc Spotlight on the Graduate School website.

Important Deadlines in this Newsletter

February, 2022
04   Deadline for application to GPC Travel Awards
07   Domestic Student Deadline to Enroll in Spring/Summer Insurance
       Deadline to Enroll all Partners and Dependents in Spring/Summer Insurance
       Deadline to Stanford PRISM program
15   Deadline for nominations to Sandra K. Abell Science Education Award
       Deadline for nominations to Mary Elizabeth Gutermuth Award for Community Engagement
       Deadline for nominations from departments to the Donald K. Anderson Graduate Teaching
       and Graduate Research Assistant Awards
18   Deadline for 2022 U.S. Congressional Budget Office Summer Internship
21   Deadline to apply for Spring/Summer Graduation for inclusion in Commencement Bulletin

Spring and Summer 2022
Application for Graduation is open!

Spring and Summer Graduates: The application for graduation is open.  There is only one form you must complete: the Graduate School Application for Graduation.  Please be sure to review all instructions carefully when completing the application.  If you are completing a degree in the Spring or Summer and would like your name to appear in the commencement bulletin, the deadline to apply is February 21. And familiarize yourself with the dates and deadlines listed at the Graduation Checklist.

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paperwork and program forms!

The beginning of the semester is an excellent time to check in with your program to ensure that you have the appropriate paperwork filed with the Graduate School.  As a general rule, master’s and education specialist students'  plan of study should be on file at least one semester before they graduate.  Doctoral students should have an approved committee and plan of study on file before completing their comprehensive exams. It is also a good time to log into MyZou and make sure that your advisor is listed appropriately. If it is not, you will need to complete a change of advisor form.  

Did you know we have a Current Students page in the Graduate School Website that can help you with paperwork, degree requirements, and more? Check it out!

Student Health Insurance Information

Spring 2022 Enrollment


For international students – When you register for classes, you will be automatically enrolled in the mandatory international student insurance, with coverage from January 1, 2022 through July 31, 2022.  You will see a charge of $1,319.00 on your student account.  If you are eligible for the insurance subsidy based on a qualifying assistantship or fellowship, you should see the subsidy credit on your student account about one week after you enroll.

For domestic students (U.S. citizens and permanent residents) – If interested in continuing or starting health insurance coverage in Spring 2022, you need to enroll in the domestic student health insurance. This must be done each semester after you have registered for your classes. The Spring 2022 domestic student health insurance coverage is from January 15, 2022 through August 14, 2022.  Your student account will be charged $2,392.00.  If you are eligible for the insurance subsidy based on a qualifying assistantship or fellowship, you should see the subsidy credit on your student account about one week after you enroll.  You must enroll by February 7, 2022 for the spring/summer 2022 student health insurance plan.  Read these instructions on how to enroll through myZou.

Additional information about enrolling a dependent/spouse, getting your ID card, and details about the plan is available on the Anthem website.

If you have questions, email Karen Gruen.

Fellowships and Billing Reminders


Spring 2022 Fellowship Disbursement

Many fellowships started in Fall 2021 are being paid through payroll as meritorious increases to assistantship stipends. For other fellowships that are disbursed through Financial Aid, see the estimated disbursement information below.

Stipend Month

Financial Aid Estimated Disbursement Date

Cashier’s Refund Process Dates

3-5 day direct deposit estimated refunding window*


January 20, 2022

January 21, 2022

January 25 - January 27


February 17, 2022

February 18, 2022

February 22 - February 24


March 22, 2022

March 23, 2022

March 25 - March 29


April 21, 2022

April 22, 2022

April 26 - April 28

*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.

If you have a Graduate School fellowship and you have questions about how it was disbursed to you, please contact Karen Gruen at

Spring 2022 Billing Information

Semesters are billed by dividing each semester’s balance into minimum monthly payments. Bills are run on the 15th of each month (or closest business day to the 15th if it falls on a weekend/holiday) and are due on the 10th of the following month. Students and Authorized Access users will receive an email notifying them of the bill.

Portion Due        Due Date
1/4                      Jan 10
1/3                      Feb 10
1/3                      Mar 10
Full                     Apr 10

Finance Charges

The University assesses a 1% monthly finance charge if a balance is not paid in full.  The finance charge is based on the previous billed balance and will not be assessed on the currently billed charges.

 For more information, please see the MU cashier’s website

Filing your Taxes

As a reminder, tax time is approaching. If you are seeking tax assistance from a professional, remember to make sure whomever assists you is a licensed tax preparer. Some unlicensed preparers have taken advantage of students in the past. Be on alert. 
If you find information about free tax help through the IRS Volunteer Tax Assistance (VITA) program, they are a legitimate resource. Often VITA is available in community centers, libraries, and through University Extension.

Need to Resolve a Concern Related to your Assistantship?

If you have a concern about your assistantship, whenever possible attempt to resolve the issue with your supervisor. If that is not possible, or is unsuccessful, contact the leadership in your department or program (e.g., Department Chair or Director of Graduate Studies), or college/school (e.g., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs/Graduate Education). You are always welcome to contact the Associate Dean of the Graduate School for advice and assistance.

Funding Opportunities

MU Sandra K. Abell Science Education Award
Ph.D. students eligible for the Abell Science Education Award must be at least in their second year. Ph.D. students must be from a natural science discipline and demonstrate a commitment to a career in college science teaching and science outreach. Students self-nominate for this award. Nominations are due February 15, 2022.
MU Mary Elizabeth Gutermuth Award for Community Engagement
The Gutermuth Award provides a summer fellowship award to graduate students who have demonstrated community service through engaged scholarship and research. Students self-nominate for this award. Nominations are due February 15, 2022.
MU Donald K. Anderson Graduate Teaching Assistant and Graduate Research Assistant Awards
Departments may nominate one student for each of the Anderson awards to recognize graduate student excellence in teaching and research. Self-nominations are not accepted. Nominations from departments are due February 15, 2022

Stanford PRISM
PRISM (Postdoctoral Recruitment Initiative in Sciences and Medicine) is an opportunity for select late-stage graduate students from broadly diverse backgrounds to come to Stanford for a recruitment weekend, interview with potential mentors, and learn about postdoctoral training. Applications due February 7, 2022

2022 U.S. Congressional Budget Office Summer Internship
According to the call for applications, the Congressional Budget Office’s summer internship program provides an excellent opportunity for graduate students to experience and observe the budget process and policymaking at the federal level. Applications due by February 18, 2022.
GPC provides support for MU graduate and professional students to attend conferences, webinars and workshops in the form of conference presentation travel awards and professional development travel awards. application for February cycle closes feb 4 and it is for travels ending between jan 15 2022 to oct 15 2022


Conference Presentation Travel Award (CPTA) - Students who are presenting at a conference are eligible for up to $600 for travel and registration for that conference.

Professional Development Travel Award (PDTA) - Students engaging in any sort of professional development (e.g., attending a conference without presenting, attending a webinar, doing a short course) are eligible for up to $300 for that activity. 

2021 Graduate/Professional Student Experience Survey Results


The quantitative results of the 2021 Graduate/Professional Student Experience Survey are now available via the GPSE Survey Dashboard. The Graduate School - in partnership with Student Affairs and the Graduate Professional Council - will follow up in the months ahead with a formal summary and report.  

In the meantime, we would like to thank everyone who participated in the survey.  Your feedback will help us provide professional development opportunities to meet your needs and to advocate for resources that will enhance your success.

Please direct any questions you may have regarding the survey to

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Spring 2022 Professional Development Offerings for Graduate Students and Postdocs

Go to the gradESSENTIALS webpage for more information and to the Gateway for event registration. Upcoming events are posted on the Grad School calendar and highlighted on our home page.


21   Prioritizing Your Professional Development

21   Proposal Idea Development 

26   University Libraries: Your Partners in Teaching & Research

26   Minor in College Teaching Info Session

27   You’ve Got This: An Anxiety Tool Kit

29   Virtual Saturday Morning Writing Retreat



1-3  Study Abroad Summer 2022 Info Sessions

01   Money in Your Life

01   Work Around the World: Global Mizzou Internships

02   Discovery & Access: Researching with the MU Libraries’ Collections

02   Happiness Workshop (recurring)

02   Crafting your CV, Resume, & Cover Letter

03   You’ve Got This: An Anxiety Tool Kit

03   Mizzou Engineering Spring Career Fair

04   Personal Statement Workshop

09   Diversity, Inclusion, & Equity in WI Classes   

10   Writing a Diversity Statement

11   Finding Funding: Nonprofit & Foundation Sources

11   International Student Workshop: Optional Practical Training (OPT)

11   Overqualified or Underqualified: Which is it, and what to do about it

16   Tenure Track, Non-Tenure Track, and more: Understanding Differences & Opportunities

Follow the Grad School on Social Media
For event announcements, deadline reminders, and much more, be sure to find and LIKE @MizzouGradSchool on Facebook, and follow @MUGradDean on Twitter for information about graduate education and celebrations of student and postdoc success.

GradsWrite: Call for Student Leaders

Applications are open! GradsWrite groups meet weekly (virtually) for a minimum of 30 minutes with an emphasis on accountability and support. Leaders who miss no more than one weekly meeting during the semester have the potential to receive a $200 award to be applied to their MU student account. For Spring 2022, the program will run for 10 weeks (February 21 – April 29).

The app -- which is not a replacement for seeking professional help -- provides a range of features to full access users, including daily mood tracking, guided journeys, coping tools, progress assessments, and community support. UM System students, faculty, and staff have full free access to the app when you register with your university-affiliated email address.

Group Counseling & Skills Classes

Students interested in participating in a workshop through the MU Counseling Center are invited to visit Engage to register. Also, if you are interested in participating in a group or class please contact Angela Soth McNett at 573-882-6601. After an initial evaluation, their clinical staff will discuss groups and class options that are appropriate for you. Group and classes include:

  • People of Color (POC) Support Group

  • International Student Support Group

  • Trans and Non-Binary Support Group

  • Interpersonal Process Groups

  • Graduate/Nontraditional Student Support Group

  • Relational Support Group

  • Social Confidence Group

  • Recovering from Grief and Loss Group

  • Healing From Family Challenges Groups

  • Coping through Connection Support Group

  • Navigating Emotions Group

  • Working with the Inner Critic Group

  • Anxiety Class

  • Alleviating Daily Distractions (A.D.D.) Class


Graduate Students
Professional Development Resources

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. The goal of the 30-minute meeting is to discuss feedback and suggested revisions.

Enroll in the Graduate School Resources Canvas site!

The Graduate School Resources Canvas site features videos, professional development, and other resources for all MU graduate students! Use the self-enrollment link to enroll. 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.

Postdoctoral Scholars
Professional Development Resources

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, and 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 webpage. 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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MU Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr.


2022 Theme Spoken Word: Facing the Challenges of Tomorrow

“Though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Date: Monday, Jan 24, 2022

Time: 7 PM.

Format: Virtual. The link will be available on IDE Website on Jan 24.

2022 Keynote Speaker: Ashley M. Jones

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Ashley M. Jones is the poet laureate of Alabama (2022-26). She holds a master of fine arts in poetry from Florida International University, and she is the author of Magic City Gospel (Hub City Press, 2017), dark / / thing (Pleiades Press, 2019) and REPARATIONS NOW! (Hub City Press, 2021).


February is Black History Month


Proposed in 1969 by Black educators and the Black United Students at Kent State University in Ohio, and first celebrated in 1970, it was officially recognized by President Gerald Ford in 1976.

Learn more about MU 2022 Black History Month events at the Black Studies webpage and the Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity

Welcome to Your Year of the Tiger!!!!!

February 1 is the start of the Year of the Tiger.  So, as a Mizzou tiger, this year is your big year.  I hope you will find the courage, strength, and perseverance of a tiger to help you face challenges and achieve your goals.

If you are an international graduate student, please let ITAP know how we can help you achieve your goals this year.  Here are some of the resources we provide:

  • ITAP classes are provided at no cost to the student or department. Seats are limited. 
  • Classroom observations to provide language feedback are available if you are a TA or GI and would like additional support.
  • If a class isn’t feasible, or if you are not a TA/GI, we can help find other ways to build your language skills by incorporating regular communication activities to your schedule. To make the most of your efforts, set specific goals and get regular feedback from a colleague or conversation partner. To help you get started, sign up for an ITAP Consultation. In that 1-on-1 meeting, you willl get feedback and resources to have a wonderful Year of the (Mizzou) Tiger!
~Liz Tummons-Gallazzi, ITAP Coordinator

Workshop Opportunities

Proposal idea development: Starting with a logic model or theory of change, Jan.  21, Noon to 1 PM (Register via Zoom)
There are many different approaches to conceptualizing research projects. Join us to learn why you might start with a logic model or theory of change. We will discuss characteristics of a good model, how to develop one and how to communicate it effectively. We will share examples of models from winning proposals. Participants are welcome to bring their logic or theory of change model for feedback after the presentation. 

Shared success: How to work with your MU grant writer, Jan. 28, Noon to 1 PM (Register via Zoom)
Join grant writer Judy Healy Mendez and experienced principal investigator Christie Terry to discuss how you can ensure that you and research development professionals are working together effectively and efficiently. Learn what a grant writer can and cannot do for you, when to ask for assistance and how you can help each other be successful. Christie and Judy have won more than $30 million in grant funding.

Finding funding: Nonprofit and foundation sources, Feb. 11, Noon to 1 PM (Register via Zoom)
Join Dan Szy, a researcher/writer in MU’s Office of Foundation Relations since 2012, to learn how to obtain foundation funding – from identification to stewardship. In his role, Szy identifies foundation funding for university priorities and drafts proposals and other documentation to philanthropic foundations. 

Responsive proposals: Adapting your proposals to fit funder priorities, Feb. 25, Noon to 1 PM (Register via Zoom)
How do some researchers seem to consistently develop successful proposals? One common strategy is to specialize. In this session, we will discuss how to get to know a funder well, then tailor your proposal to specific funding opportunities and sponsor priorities. Sarah Polasky, Director of Strategic Proposal Services for the MU Office of Research and Economic Development, will lead the session.

Entrepreneur Quest (EQ) in-person workshops: Open to students interested in creating business ventures, MU Student Center, Room 2206, A, B & C.
For the first time, three workshops from EQ’s two-month education program are open to any Mizzou student. They will be led by Scott Christianson, Associate Teaching Professor in the Management Department, Trulaske College of Business. Email for more information.

  • Feb. 2 (4 to 5:15 PM) – Understanding your customer’s story
  • Feb. 9 (4 to 5:15 PM) – Ideation, user journey maps, building prototypes and testing ideas
  • Feb. 16 (4 to 5:15 PM) – Building low-fidelity products, testing products, collecting data and improving the user experience.
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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!

All eligible postdocs are encouraged to apply for the MU Postdoctoral Awards for Teaching and Research.

Nominees for these awards must currently be a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Missouri, and have held the position as a postdoc for at least one semester prior to the nomination. Self-nominations are encouraged.

Postdoctoral award winners will be recognized at the awards ceremony hosted by the Graduate School in April. The awards will consist of an honorarium of $500 to $1,000 (depending on the number of awardees). The awards will be administered by the MU Postdoctoral Association with support from the Office of Postdoctoral Education. Funding for the award is provided by the Graduate School.

Nominations are due Tuesday, February 15 by 5 PM.

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