Keep up with news and events at the Graduate College


Fall 2016


Welcome to CONNECTing


Oklahoma State graduate students have returned to campus or are starting programs as new grad students. A new Graduate College program is welcoming prospective graduate students and offering information and direction. The college's Ambassadors (see story below) hold events throughout the year to meet students considering OSU graduate programs. Pictured above are Ambassadors Samyukta Koteeswaran (left) and Kiran Muniraju handing out Graduate College information at a recent event.

Graduate College Ambassadors connect with future students

by Brooke Seibert

The Oklahoma State University Graduate College established the Ambassador Program, which allows volunteer graduate students from all disciplines to help with graduate recruitment and other university events.

"The Ambassador Program is a first-year program created to connect current OSU graduate student leaders with future graduate students as well as create networking opportunities," said Brooke Seibert, a graduate assistant.

Read More

Norman Durham still impacting OSU graduate students

by Taylor Young

His story illustrates the Oklahoma State Graduate College vision of being an education leader. His administrative style and philosophy were inspiring. His dedication to research was admirable, and his relationships with students were truly touching. As the longest-serving dean of the Graduate College, we honor and recognize his 41 years of service.

Read More 

Family, education require balance and energy from grad school moms

by Taylor Young 

A typical day begins with a 6 a.m. alarm. She wakes her two daughters for school, gathers her textbooks for the day, gets herself ready and is out the door by 7:30. After dropping her daughters off at school, she heads straight to campus where she works in the geochemistry lab. Between classes, she struggles to squeeze in schoolwork. At night she cooks dinner for her children, and when there isn’t marching band practice or a Girl Scout meeting, she sits down to study until she falls asleep.

For many graduate students like Michelle Lutiker, pursuing graduate study is an even greater challenge with the responsibility of raising children. They face substantial time demands and financial challenges. Lutiker, a single mom, is raising 16- and 8-year-old daughters, while continuing her education. Master's student Margo Woodward strives to keep demands in perspective and prioritized. For Woodward, time management, prioritizing and planning helps her stay on track.

Woodward is recently married and has two children, a 10- and 1-year-old, and a baby on the way. She began the mass communications program in fall of 2015 after receiving her bachelor’s in communications from Roger’s State University and still intends to graduate next May.   

This year, Lutiker began working toward her Ph.D., studying geology and geochemistry. She recently graduated from Oklahoma State with a B.S. in geology. Lutiker worked in retail and customer service for 15 years before enrolling at OSU in 2013 to complete her bachelor’s. When she decided to go back to school, she took up to 18 credit hours per semester to finish her degree in the shortest time possible. “As a non-traditional student with a family, the years are precious to me,” she said.

Read More

GPSGA faculty advisor guides student group with decade of institutional knowledge


Victor Baeza, M.L.S., has been a liaison, and now the faculty advisor, for the Graduate and Professional Student Government Association (GPSGA) for more than a decade. Baeza, the director of Library Graduate Services at OSU Library, became faculty advisor just last September, but his additional years of experience with the government body for graduate and professional students came as the library’s GPSGA liaison. In that time, he has amassed considerable institutional knowledge of the association’s functions and history that he shares with a new crop of officers each year. 

Read More

Graduate student standout:

Elly Leavens


by Taylor Young 

Elly Leavens, an Oklahoma State University fourth-year clinical psychology Ph.D. student, was recently awarded a Ruth L. Kirschestein National Research Service fellowship from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The award helps promising students obtain individualized, mentored research training from outstanding faculty sponsors while conducting dissertation research in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH institutes and centers. 

Read More 


Giving to the Graduate College


The Graduate College offers nearly 200 programs, options, and specializations leading to certificates, master’s, and doctoral degrees. With your assistance, we can continue to create an educational experience that will ultimately change the lives of our graduate students, impacting the state, nation and the world. Please consider investing in the next generation of leaders with a gift to the Graduate College today.

Give online now


“I hope that, by watching my journey from gas station cashier to Ph.D. graduate, my daughters will be stronger and more driven women.”


- Michele Lutiker, Ph.D. candidate, geology and geochemistry


First recipient receives Durham Fellowship

by Taylor Young 

Sway Pradhan, an Oklahoma State microbiology master’s student, has been awarded a $1,000 Norman Durham Endowed Fellowship. Pradhan is the first recipient of the fellowship endowed by Dr. Durham, an OSU professor and administrator for 41 years.

Read More 

Doctoral students awarded Gray Fellowship

by Taylor Young 

Justin Dee, an Oklahoma State plant sciences doctoral student, and Kevin Moore, an OSU biosystems and agricultural engineering doctoral student, were awarded a two-year, $2,500/year, Morris Gray Distinguished Graduate Fellowship. The award is designed to encourage innovative ideas and support “Change Leaders” in the world.

Read More 

Graduate College 101 

by Taylor Young

The Graduate College provides support for the recruitment, admission, matriculation, graduation and placement of graduate students. Unfortunately, many students are unclear about the college’s specific efforts and practices and how it helps students succeed. Furthermore, students often have trouble distinguishing the Graduate College from the individual college that houses their graduate degree program. Here’s a breakdown of its mission to explain what the Graduate College is and what it does for students.

Read More 

New graduate programs continue to expand student opportunities

by Taylor Young 

With nearly 200 graduate-level programs, options and specializations leading to certificates, master’s and doctoral degrees, Oklahoma State University continues to add new programs and specialties to provide students with a relevant graduate education that will make a difference in their lives and in the lives of people across Oklahoma and the nation. Here’s a look at OSU’s newest graduate degree programs.

Read More

Staff Profile: Frances Smith enjoys OSU's 'small town vibe' 

by Taylor Young

It’s been one year since she and her family moved to Stillwater to join the Oklahoma State family, and Frances Smith is learning what it means to be an OSU Cowboy. Smith moved to Stillwater from Mississippi with her husband and two teenage sons after her husband accepted a position as an assistant coach for strength and conditioning in the athletic department.    

Read More

New address? Update your record online with the OSU Alumni Association.

Oklahoma State University Graduate College Logo

Follow the Graduate College

Oklahoma State University Graduate College
202 Whitehurst | Stillwater, OK 74078 | 405.744.6368 |

This message was delivered through a partnership with the Graduate College and the OSU Alumni Association.
Join or Renew Your Membership | Update Your Information |

To change your communication preferences or unsubscribe, click here.