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Summer 2016


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May is a time for graduation and new beginnings for graduate students across the country. The OSU Graduate College commencement on May 9 (pictured above) brought together nearly 600 graduate students for the spring ceremony in Gallagher-Iba Arena. May is also a time for awards. The Graduate College held its inaugural Grand Three Minute Challenge (3MC) competition and presented annual awards to graduate students, faculty and staff at spring ceremonies. Read about 3MC winners and other award recipients in this issue of the Graduate College CONNECTing newsletter.


3MC winners were (from left) Raqhav Nargotra, M.S. student, management information systems, tied for third; Adam Cobb, Ph.D. student, natural resource ecology & management, tied for third; Sway Pradhan, M.S. student, microbiology, cell and molecular biology, first place; Dane Robertson, M.S. student, forensic sciences, second place; and Rajesh Tolety, M.S. student, management information systems, People’s Choice Award.

Inaugural Grand Three Minute Challenge crowns best of the best grad student presenters

by Taylor Young

Sway Pradhan made the most of her last-minute opportunity to enter the Oklahoma State University Graduate College’s first President’s Fellows’ Grand Three Minute Challenge competition April 14.

Pradhan, a master’s student in microbiology, cell and molecular biology, won first place and $2,000 for her presentation, “Fungi and Bacteria for Biofuels: Helps or Hurts?” Pradhan, who had placed sixth in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) in March, only learned of her chance to compete in 3MC the morning of the competition following the withdrawal of one of the finalists.

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Staff Profile: Emily Forshee is dedicated to helping students

by Taylor Young

Before joining the Oklahoma State University Graduate College staff in January of 2015, Emily Forshee was an OSU cowboy studying apparel merchandising in the College of Human Sciences. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in May of 2014.

“I graduated from OSU, so it holds a special place in my heart,” Forshee said about her choice to work for OSU’s Graduate College. 

Today, Forshee is an admissions specialist. She is responsible for assisting domestic and international students with the admissions process. In addition to her work with students, she works closely with OSU graduate program faculty and staff on graduate admissions.     

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Ph.D. student awarded OSU's first Doris Duke Fellowship

by Taylor Young 

Jennifer Daer Shields, an Oklahoma State third-year clinical psychology Ph.D. student, was recently awarded a $60,000 Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being from Chapin Hall, a research and policy center, at the University of Chicago. The award is designed to find and develop a new generation of leaders dedicated to and capable of creating practice and policy innovations that will enhance child development and improve the nation’s ability to prevent child abuse and neglect.

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New graduate programs continue to expand opportunities for students  

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.

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2016 National Science Foundation Fellows were (from left) Jimmy Lovett, integrative biology, Ana Chicas-Mosier, integrative biology, and Michelle Lutiker, geology. Also receiving the fellowship was Joseph Crook who will pursue a Ph.D. in horticulture at Purdue University.

NSF supports outstanding grad student researchers with fellowships 


Three current and future Oklahoma State University graduate students, and a student pursuing a graduate education at another university, have been awarded grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of a program that financially supports graduate student scientists and engineers who have “potential for significant research achievement,” according to the NSF.

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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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"I don’t want anyone to think that they’re just a number at the Graduate College because students are very important to us."

- Emily Forshee, Graduate College Admissions Specialist

GPSGA honors student, faculty with Phoenix Award

The Graduate Professional Student Government Association (GPSGA) presented Meagan Scott (above), a Ph.D. student in the Department of Agricultural Education, with the doctoral student Phoenix Award April 15, the highest honor given to an OSU graduate student. The association also honored faculty member Dr. Shelia M. Kennison with the faculty Phoenix Award. Kennison, director of the Cognitive Science Laboratory in the Department of Psychology, and Scott were recognized at the annual spring Graduate College awards ceremony sponsored by the college and the GPSGA.

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Graduate College honors students for service and scholarly achievement


Oklahoma State University graduate students were recognized with awards presented by the Graduate College April 15 during the college’s annual spring awards ceremony. Graduate Research Excellence awards recognize outstanding accomplishments reflected in master’s theses or doctoral dissertations. Recipients received a letter of commendation from OSU President Burns Hargis and a commemorative plaque from Vice President for Research Kenneth Sewell.

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Ph.D. chemistry students win awards at ACS meeting


by Taylor Young

Oklahoma State’s graduate program in chemistry had an excellent showing at the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) 56th Pentasectional Meeting April 9 in Bartlesville, Okla. at Oklahoma Wesleyan University. Wesley Honeycutt (above right), a doctoral candidate in chemistry, was awarded first place and $350 for his poster and presentation. Gayan Premaratne, also a doctoral student in the chemistry program, was awarded second place and $250.

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The Oklahoma Journal Record recently published an article about Bryan Sheehan, a civilian employee at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, who graduated from OSU in May after completing his Doctor of Education in Applied Educational Studies with the aviation and space specialization. He credited his success, in part, to OSU professor Dr. Timm Bliss, a member of the faculty in the College of Education aviation and space program.

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