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Spring 2017

Welcome to CONNECTing 

In May, many Oklahoma State University graduate students, whether at the Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa, the OSU-Tulsa campus, or the Stillwater campus, will start new lives and careers, or begin work to earn a Ph.D. or other advanced degree or a certificate, after spring commencement. Amazing opportunities await these graduating students thanks to an OSU education with more than 200 graduate programs to choose from. Read this issue of CONNECTing to learn how graduate students and staff are making a difference at Oklahoma State.

The journey to a succesful thesis


The following is a personal description of one graduate student's journey to write her master's thesis. Taylor Young, a graduate research assistant for the Graduate College and a contributor to this newsletter, will graduate this spring. Here she shares her insights into making the thesis writing process successful and even enjoyable. 

by Taylor Young

When I started the mass communication graduate program two years ago, I never expected to find myself three chapters in to writing my thesis my last semester of school. I thought a creative component would be the route I choose, easily. With some encouragement from my committee and a good topic selection, I decided to tackle the dreaded thesis. I’m studying perceptions of advertising that portrays interracial couples. For me, completing a thesis will be more rewarding when I finish my master’s degree. I’ll have more to show for my time in the program. I chose to write a thesis for me; to prove to myself that I can do this. Here’s a look at my journey writing a thesis and what I learned on the way.

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Spring commencement information


May 12 is the Graduate College commencement ceremony for students who are master's and Ph.D. candidates in summer and fall 2017. Complete information is available on the college's website.

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Tell us your story


The Graduate College wants to learn more about the experiences of graduating students and maybe even feature success stories to inspire the next generation of students! Visit to share your story.

Graduate student standout:

Marc Gutierrez

by Taylor Young 

Marc Gutierrez, a choral conducting master’s student from Texas, began his music journey at a young age. He began playing the trombone in the 6th grade band but eventually transitioned to singing. His love for music and teaching others has grown to guide his direction of studying choral conducting. 

"For me, I have always been drawn to the text in choral music. It gives meaning to the music and moves me."

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2017 3MT winners impress at the lectern



From left: Master of Ceremonies Kelly Ogle, Channel 9 News; Christina Sharkey, People's Choice Award winner; 1st place Deepak Kumar; second place Jennifer Rudd; third place Joyce Nabisaalu; and Graduate College Dean Dr. Sheryl Tucker.

by Amanda Apgar 

The Student Union Theater was packed with more than 200 students, staff, faculty and community members on March 9 to watch the 2017 Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Finals. Since the start of the 3MT® competition at Oklahoma State University in 2013, the Graduate College has seen a steady growth of participants with more than 150 students competing in the college level preliminaries this year.

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Presidential Fellows' Three Minute Challenge April 13


The OSU Presidential Fellows' Three Minute Challenge (3MC) takes place April 13 at 3:30 pm in the Student Union Theater. The 3MC brings winners of the Three Minute Presentation and the 3MT® to compete against each other to choose the top OSU graduate student three minute presenters.

CADRE conference introduces tools for computational research

Oklahoma State University's Coalition for Advancing Digital Research & Education (CADRE) will hold its inaugural spring conference on using high performance computing resources to make research more powerful and productive. The free conference, for any student and faculty researchers or budding researchers, offers the opportunity to network with computational and data experts on how to use these tools with projects across a variety of disciplines.

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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.

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“For me, completing a thesis will be more rewarding when I finish my master's degree. I'll have more to show for my time in the program. I chose to write a thesis for me; to prove to myself that I can do this.”


- Taylor Young, master's student in Mass Communications

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. Here's a look at OSU's newest graduate programs.

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Graduate Education Week, awards ceremony


The 2017 Graduate Education Week takes place April 10-14 with a number of events organized by the Graduate College and the Graduate and Professional Student Government Association. The week’s events culminate with the Graduate College Awards Ceremony Friday, April 14, at 3 pm in 412 Student Union Council Room. The annual ceremony presents awards recognizing the success and dedication of graduate students, staff and faculty.

Staff Profile:

Linda Sanders keeps students on track to graduate

OSU staff often talk about how rewarding their jobs are. Graduate College staff most often agree that the most rewarding part of their jobs is helping students. That’s what Linda Sanders finds so satisfying in her job as a matriculation and program specialist who guides students through their academic progress to make sure they’re ready to graduate.

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Kolb scholarship awarded to physics graduate student


Oklahoma State University graduate student Oliver Causey has been awarded the Walt Kolb Graduate Studies Scholarship, an annual award for students pursuing a degree in a STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) discipline from either the College of Arts and Sciences or the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. Causey, an graduate physics student, will receive a $1,500 scholarship.

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