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November 2021

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

This is our last issue for the semester, so I want to acknowledge the transitions for which some of you are preparing--especially those who are leaving Mizzou as new doctoral, master’s, and specialist degree recipients. Congratulations on your success and thank you for all you have contributed to the pursuit of discovery.

For December graduates, please complete outcome surveys—doctoral students will complete the Survey of Earned Doctorates and master’s and specialist students will receive a survey after commencement on December 17, 2021, in the Hearnes Center. Your input helps us make diverse career outcomes visible and valued. Mizzou graduates go on to do amazing things.
If you are a doctoral student participating in commencement ceremonies, we will continue the tradition of doctoral hooding. The ceremonial hooding of doctoral degree recipients recognizes your academic achievements as a member of the community of scholars. During the ceremony, the hood, which designates your degree and the university, is placed over your head by your faculty advisor or another member of the graduate faculty. In preparation for the ceremony, please talk with your advisors so that everyone involved feels comfortable and safe. Individuals may want to wear a face-covering while crossing the platform and participating in the ceremony. In addition, we are happy to identify other options in case you or your advisor are not comfortable participating in the hooding ceremony.

I am happy to announce that there will be an increase to the minimum stipends for graduate assistantships for the academic year 2022-23. It is a very modest amount that is based upon the most recent salary raise pool for faculty and staff merit increases. Going forward, we hope to use the previous year’s raise pool to subsequently increase minimum stipends by that same amount. This will allow us to incrementally increase stipends over time, making it much easier for units to manage their budgets rather than implementing larger increases less frequently. The minimum stipend amounts will increase by 1.5% so that the amount for a 9-month 0.5 FTE doctoral student will be $18,296 and $16,635 for a 0.5 FTE master's or specialist student.

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 experiences. We know that this time of year can bring celebrations and joy. It may also be isolating 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

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For all of the latest campus health and safety guidelines, please visit Show Me Renewal.

Cyd Robertson interviewed in El SalvadorCyd Robertson

Cydni Robertson, Textile and Apparel Management Ph.D. Candidate who is on a Fulbright scholarship in El Salvador conducting research, was interviewed by several outlets for her research on the role of women in the apparel industry.
An article about Cyd's work was printed in La Prensa Grafica; an interview aired for Lula Mena (Channel 2 in El Salvador); and, lastly, an interview with Enersto López was broadcast on October 26. You can view it on YouTube (Channel 21, photo courtesy of Cyd Robertson).


Important Deadlines in this Newsletter

22      Henry Mitchell Scholarship to conduct research in South Africa
28      Boren Fellowships - External Fellowship
30      Mizzou 18 Application deadline - MU Alumni Association

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

January, 2022
1         Ph.D. Students: Confirm your Advisor in myZou
12       DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

February, 2022
7         Domestic Student Deadline to Enroll in Spring/Summer Insurance
7         Deadline to Enroll all Partner and Dependents in Spring/Summer Insurance

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.  

* Don’t forget to join the Canvas organization where you can upload your theses or dissertations. You can also contact the Graduate School if you have any other questions. 

Thesis and dissertation materials will not be accepted after December 10

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

Spring and Summer Graduates: The Spring and Summer 2022 Application for Graduation is now available.  Please familiarize yourself with the procedure, dates, and deadlines listed on the Graduation Application page.

Commencement Information

Fall 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 master's, specialist, or doctoral degree and plan to participate in the Graduate School ceremony, please RSVP

Early Registration for Spring 2022

Early registration for the Spring semester is currently available.  Please review your record for any registration holds.  This information can be found in myZou in your Student Center under Holds.  If you have an active hold, please review the information in the hold details and follow the steps for removal from your account.  Each hold should contain contact information if you have questions about what is required to have the hold lifted and allow registration.

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 11, 2022

January 12, 2022

January 14 - January 18


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


*Please note there is an approximate 6-week break between December and January disbursements because Federal Financial Aid policies require 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.

If you have a 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:

Health Insurance Information


Spring enrollment: if you are a domestic student participating in the student insurance plan provided by Anthem, you must re-enroll for the spring semester via MyZou. Note that if you intend to include partners and/or dependents on your plan, you must be enrolled for spring insurance before you can add them to the plan via the Anthem website. All students and dependents must be enrolled no later than February 7, 2022.

Important: International students are enrolled automatically and they do not need to do anything at this time, unless they plan to enroll partners and/or dependents who must be enrolled via the Anthem website no later than February 7, 2022.

Healthcare Options During Winter Break

We want you to be prepared in the event you need healthcare over the winter break.  The Student Health Center is open most of the winter break but will be closed December 24 - January 2. 

For severe or potentially life-threatening emergencies, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room. 

If you don’t have an emergency, but you need to see someone right away, it is important that you get the right level of care for your condition.  If you have an urgent need, call the 24/7 nurse line (573-882-7481) for advice about how to care for an illness or injury at home or to receive guidance about whether and how soon you should see a healthcare provider.

The Student Health Center’s “Emergencies and After Hours” webpage provides more in-depth information and links to information regarding after-hours care options, including transportation.

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.

Mizzou 18

Applications for the 2022 Mizzou 18 Award will close on Tuesday, November 30th at 5:00 PM.

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.

Visit the Alumni Association’s website to learn more about the awards and past recipients!

Funding Opportunities at MU

Henry Mitchell Scholarship is an opportunity to conduct ​​research in South Africa during Spring 2022. To apply, submit the following by email to no later than THIS coming Monday, November 22:

External Funding Opportunities

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

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

Boren Fellowships

Boren Fellowships provide U.S. citizen master’s and the doctoral students 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 America, 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

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. 

Natural Sciences: Variable deadlines
Mathematics: December 1, 2021

Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

The DOE CSGC provides up to four years of financial support ($38,000 annual stipend and tuition coverage) for students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields that use high-performance computing to solve complex problems in science and engineering. The program also funds doctoral candidates in applied mathematics, statistics or computer science departments who undertake research in enabling technologies for emerging high-performance systems. Complete details and a listing of applicable research areas can be found on the DOE CSGF website

Deadline:  January 12, 2022

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 until December. Learn more on the GFSD website.

Ph.D. Students: myVITA is coming Spring 2022. 
Make sure your advisor is correct in myZou.

Starting in Spring 2022, Ph.D. students will be required by the Graduate School to complete their annual review process through myVITA, which is an online reporting system that captures activities related to research, teaching, service, scholarship, and creative works in one place. To ensure you are being evaluated by the correct advisor, please make sure your advisor is listed correctly in myZou by January 1, 2022.  To do so: 

  1. Login to myZou > Main Menu > Self Service > Student Center

  2. Scroll down to see your current advisor listed on the right-hand side of your screen

  3. If your advisor needs to be updated, then complete a Change of Advisor Form and return it to your academic program for final approval

Please note that after November 20, myZou may have a different look and navigation.

Contact Heather Hoffman, Director of Grad Analytics, at with questions.

Master’s and Ed Specialist December Grads:
Complete Career Outcomes Survey

Are you graduating this December?  If so, please take 5 to 10 minutes to complete the Graduate Career Outcomes Survey.  Your participation will help us better understand the diverse career pathways of graduate students at Mizzou. Get started! ➡

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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.


17      Crafting Your CV, Resume, & Cover Letter (virtual). Register on the Grad School Gateway

17      Entrepreneur Quest Pitch Competition (in person). No registration is required! Learn more


9        End of Semester Reflection & Goal Setting for Spring 2022 (virtual).
          Register on the Grad School Gateway
13      All Day Writing Retreat (in person). Register on the Grad School Gateway

Follow the Grad School on Social Media
For event announcements, deadline reminders, and much more, be sure to find and LIKE @MizzouGradSchool on Facebook

3MT Winners Xuanyou Lin, Lucy McGowan, Barituka Bekee

Mizzou 3MT Recap
Our fall event featured 14 doctoral students from various disciplines – they had just one slide and three minutes to explain their research to a public audience. The Grad School is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Mizzou 3MT Competition! 

    Lucy McGowan, Agriculture and Applied Economics
    Using Simulations to Better Understand Entrepreneurial Decision Making – Advisor, Randall Westgren

  • SECOND PLACE (tie)
    Barituka Bekee, Agriculture and Applied Economics: Livelihood Resilience of Rural Households – Advisor, Corinne Valdivia
    Xuanyou Liu, Medical Pharmacology and Physiology: With Air Pollution Growing, How's Your Heart? – Advisor, Zhenguo Liu

    Barituka Bekee, Agriculture and Applied Economics 

Lucy will represent MU at the Midwest regional 3MT competition, scheduled for April 2022 in Milwaukee, WI.

We congratulate all of our participants this year and thank them for an impressive, engaging, and enjoyable competition. We also thank our three esteemed judges (Dr. Jeni Hart, Mr. Darren Hellwege, and Mr. Mark Thomas) and the Office of Research & Economic Development (Dr. Susan Renoe) for sponsoring the first place award.
Writers/Readers' room - teaching for learning center, west entrance of Ellis Library. Every Thursdays 5 pm to 8 pm

For international students:
Finishing the Semester Strong – Tips for Finals Week and Beyond 

Date/Time: Thursday, December 2, 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Location: Ellis Library 114A

Congratulations on making it to finals week! This workshop will help you navigate finals and enjoy winter break. We’ll share ways to study effectively and manage test anxiety. And with winter break quickly approaching, we’ll discuss ways that you can feel connected to your culture and home, even from a distance! Facilitated by Remya Perinchery from MU Counseling Center.

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.

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 Resources 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. This is a different canvas site than the Doctoral Dissertation Submissions or Master's Thesis Submissions Canvas courses.

GRAD 9040: Academic and Professional Writing for Graduate Students
Designed to help emerging scholars learn the processes and practices of academic writing. 

We will work on macro elements—learning how to produce more writing, better writing, and different writing—and microelements—the tiny grammatical and mechanical details that can make writing challenging for all of us. Most importantly, throughout the course of the semester, graduate students will use writing they are already producing (a thesis, dissertation, manuscript, course paper, etc.) to practice these new skills in the context of their disciplinary writing tasks. The class will meet in-person from 5:00-6:30 pm on Tuesdays in Tate Hall 101. Email Dr. Christy Goldsmith for a permission number to enroll. 

GRAD 9050: Preparing Future Professionals for Post-Graduate Studies Careers

Are you interested in exploring diverse career pathways? Prioritizing your professional development? Preparing for the post-grad school job search? GRAD 9050 is a class that can help! Class will meet in-person on Tuesdays from 4-5:30 pm in 201 Hill Hall. 

Email Dr. Laura Page for a permission number to enroll.

GRAD 9304 Oral Language communication and teaching/presenationskills. Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30 to 10:45 am, Contact
Grad 7303 Communication and culture for american college teaching, email for permission number. required Itap level 2
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November is National Native American Heritage Month

November 17 at 6:15 PM Conversation with Chuck Hoskin Jr.

Virtual Option –

In 2019, Chuck Hoskin Jr. was elected to serve as the Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, the country’s largest tribal government with more than 380,000 tribal citizens. Prior to being elected Principal Chief, he served as the Cherokee Nation Secretary of State.

Teaching and Learning in the Diverse Classroom

Attention graduate and postdoctoral instructors! Coming Spring 2022, join the MU Teaching for Learning Center for our 4th cohort experience with Cornell University’s five-week online course, Teaching and Learning in the Diverse Classroom. In addition to the asynchronous online course modules that introduce key concepts, our Mizzou cohort will meet weekly on Zoom to share questions and ideas relating to inclusive learning environments.

Email Dr. Lydia Bentley at to be added to our contact list to receive updates and the official registration link (coming soon).

Develop New Grant Proposal Skills and Learn More About Entrepreneurship

Each month, the division of Research and Economic Development offers workshops and events focused on research development and other topics, and our self-paced library includes archived sessions and materials. Upcoming workshops and events:

Jump Into the ‘Shark Tank,’ Nov. 17, 5 PM., The Shack, MU Student Center
Don’t miss this year’s Entrepreneur Quest competition! Cheer on graduate and undergraduate students pitching their business ideas for a chance to win $1,000 and a spot in the EQ program. A reception in the Griggs Innovators Nexus will immediately follow.  

Broadening Participation in STEM, Dec. 10, 9 AM to 3 PM , State Historical Society of Missouri.
Registration is required. Broadening participation in STEM and diversifying the STEM workforce are priorities for the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies. Join us for a hands-on workshop focused on helping researchers develop effective broadening participation plans. Attendees will leave with a draft document and the next steps for strengthening their proposals.

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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!

Thank you for attending National Postdoc Appreciation Week!

Winner of the Graphical Abstract Competition:

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


New Board Members!

MU Postdoctoral Association


Your MU Postdoctoral Association Board Members: 

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

Please welcome the newest board members:  

Professional Development Chair: Laura Ridenour

Social Chair: Kimberly Davenport

Please contact Megan Sheridan ( if you are interested in joining the MUPA board! We are currently seeking representative postdoc members from all of the schools within the University and for the positions of Professional Development Chair and Special Interest Chair! 

Thank you to all who joined our Halloween Social! Look for information on our holiday-themed social coming soon.

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. 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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