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

Highlights Inside This Issue...

  1. A Message from Dr. Hart
  2. Virtual gradESSENTIALS Opportunities
  3. Center for Inclusive Excellence
  4. International Teaching Assistant Program (ITAP)
  5. Office of Research
  6. Funding Opportunities
  7. Tips & Reminders
  8. MU Postdoctoral Association

Welcome to the September Issue of Mizzou Grad & Postdoc News.
I want to remind readers that there are myriad resources on campus/virtually available to assist you—do not hesitate to ask for help. It is impossible to list all of them here, but I will highlight some that are timely. For example, if you are an international scholar and have questions about your visa or future practical training options (OPT), contact the Office of International Programs. If you are a graduate student who needs writing support, the Writing Center can help. They also offer a list of editors for hire, if required.
I want to take this opportunity to reinforce the importance of taking care of your mental health. I repeat this message annually in my welcome remarks, and do so because graduate students and postdocs are particularly vulnerable to stress and are at greater risk for mental health concerns than the general population. This is further amplified in light of the increased isolation due to COVID. Moreover, many of you are caregivers and have added responsibilities in homeschooling and other activities, increasing stress and anxiety. I highlight this here because we often receive messages from others that it is a topic that should not be discussed, as it shows somehow we are weak or broken. That is not true. We have resources to support you, including the Counseling, Wellness Resource, and Student Health Centers for students and the Employee Assistance Program for postdocs. Your health must be a priority so that you can best accomplish your goals. Be creative about spending time with friends and family on activities you enjoy beyond your classes, research, and creative works. Find and take time to put yourself first.
Finally, the Graduate School and Office of Postdoctoral Education are always here to help you make the most out of your Mizzou experiences. We are working hard to provide accessible professional development through gradESSENTIALS—workshops and sessions are open to all graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. In addition, once a month we host Drop in with the Deans, which is an informal opportunity for you to meet with the Graduate School leadership about any questions or concerns you may have, as well as to make connections with your colleagues and with us. Check out our events calendar for more information.
All the best,

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


Fall 2020 Professional Development Offerings for Graduate Students and Postdocs

Quick Access: Grad School events calendar, gradESSENTIALS framework for professional development, programs, and resources, event registration through the Gateway
17       Mobilizing Tools & Technology for Online Teaching
18       Imposter Syndrome (sponsored by GPC)
19       Saturday Morning Writing Retreat
23       Resiliency & Persistence in Graduate School
28       Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Info Session
29       Creating a Poster for an Academic Conference
30       Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Info Session

1         U-Publish: Getting Your Article Published
2         Effective Collaboration & Menotring (sponsored by Office of Research)
3         Grad Academy (application required)
6         Cultural Transitions for International Graduate Students
9         Storytelling Workshop
10       Saturday Morning Writing Retreat
12-16  Graduate Education Week
                - Preparing for & Landing Positions beyond the Professoriate in Higher Ed
                - The Viable & Promising Alt-Ac Path: Career Success Stories
                - The Job Search ... Where to Begin? Assemble your Materials!
                    (teaching, research, and/or diversity statements, CVs, resumes, & more)
                - CV Docs (sponsored by GPC)
13       Drop in with the Deans
21       Cross-cultural Communication and Cultural Intelligence

Document Review: By Appointment

Students seeking feedback on their resume, CV, or cover letter may contact Dr. Laura Page for an individual Zoom appointment. Once scheduled, students should email the document in advance for review. The 30-minute Zoom meeting is to discuss feedback and suggested revisions:

Save the Date

Two signature programs coordinated by the Graduate School occur annually in the fall semester. Information will soon be shared about the following:

Graduate Professional Council (GPC)

Back by popular demand, GPC is coordinating a virtual Writer’s Room every Wednesday.
As we continue to navigate remote teaching and learning, GPC is offering a workshop on Imposter Syndrome and Building Reilience.

NEW: September is Disability Culture Month

Mizzou is starting a new tradition of celebrating Disability Culture Month, formerly Celebrate Ability Week, every September! To kick off this inaugural year, and to recognize the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), with the help of IDE, Mizzou will be celebrating all year long. Check out and use #ADA30Mizzou and #ADA30 across social media to share how you’re celebrating. Check registration and zoom details for events on IDE’s webpage.

15        Disability Culture Month Panel
29        Student Accessibility Walk 
30        State of Accessibility and Lee Henson Awards Ceremony
Communicating Across Differences Series
Tuesdays; Noon - 1:30 PM
  • Sept. 22: The Anatomy of an Apology: When Good Intentions are not Enough

Core Concepts Series
Wednesdays; Noon - 1 PM
  • Oct. 7: ADA 30: Celebrating 30 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Inclusion and Belonging Series
Thursdays; Noon - 1:30 PM
  • Oct. 1: Intersectional Failures of COVID-19: Layered Oppression in the Face of a Pandemic
  • Oct. 15: Lessons from Social Distance: What We Learned about Isolation & Belonging

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

Join us for the ResearchFRST Research Development Series “Effective Collaboration & Mentoring” 12 noon, Friday, Oct. 2 via Zoom. How do you find a mentor? How do you initiate a new research collaboration? Our panel will discuss strategies and tips for building successful research and creative works professional relationships. 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.

Graduate School Travel Scholarships
Help fund your participation in virtual conferences! For 2020-2021, these awards can only be used to help defray costs of virtual conference registration fees and cannot be used for travel expenses. Apply for a Professional Presentation Travel Scholarship, John D. Bies International Travel Scholarship for Doctoral Candidates, or a Dissertation Research Travel Scholarship. Application deadline has been extended to 5pm (Central) October 1, 2020. Click here for more information.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science is now accepting applications for the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program 2020 Solicitation 2Applications are due 5:00pm Eastern Time on November 12, 2020. 

There are 4 new transdisciplinary research areas for encouraging graduate training activities at the convergence of multiple disciplines and communities, including Microelectronics, Data Science, Conservation Laws and Symmetries, and Accelerator Science

The SCGSR program provides doctoral dissertation/thesis research opportunities for graduate students at DOE national laboratories. Details about the program, research areas, and online application can be found at
The WW Foundation has opened is 2021 competition for several fellowships that support dissertation completion. Recipients not only receive support for their work, but also join a 75-year-old network of some 27,000 WW Fellows – a select group with an impressive collective record of scholarship, teaching, service, and public influence.
For doctoral candidates completing dissertations:

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships 
Designed to encourage original and significant study of religious and ethical values in fields across the humanities and social sciences, the 2021 Newcombe Fellowships are available to Ph.D. and Th.D. candidates who expect to complete their dissertation between April and August 2022. Download the program flyer here. The competition deadline is November 16, 2020
Questions may be directed to

The WW Dissertation Fellowships in Women’s Studies encourage research about women and gender that crosses disciplinary, regional, or cultural boundaries. Recent Fellows have explored such topics as reproduction in the context of chronic disease, algorithmic detection of child abuse images, and changing feminist visions at the UN from 1975 to 1995. Download the program flyer here. The competition deadline is October 16, 2020.
Questions may be directed to

New and Updated Policies

At the end of the Academic Year 19/20, the Graduate Faculty Senate approved a new policy and updated two others. Please familiarize yourself with these policies if they pertain to your graduate experience.

Registration Change Process - eforms

The University Registrar's office has streamlined the registration change process by introducing new electronic registration forms. Visit the new portal to learn about the different services available from the Office of the University Registrar. Before making registration changes or withdrawing from the University, students are strongly encouraged to consult with their advisor or academic program.  

Tax Information for Fellowships

If you have received a fellowship, please be aware that it is a taxable income. In most cases, your fellowship is not taxed at the time you receive it. Therefore, you might want to prepare for the taxes that will be due when you file your tax return. Learn more about different ways to prepare and plan for that at the Funding Tax Information on the Graduate School website. 

Campus Study Spaces

Don’t have time to get home before your online class starts? Quiet places on campus allow you to take online courses while practicing social distancing. Spaces include first-come-first-served desks, study room reservations, individual desk reservations, and general open seating in the MU Student Center and Memorial Union.

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