Keep up with news and events at the Graduate College


Winter 2016


Welcome to CONNECTing 

Graduate students at Oklahoma State University have amazing opportunities, whether it's conducting research on campus or traveling around the world. In a story below, Sara Honegger, an international agriculture master's student (second from left above), traveled to Thailand to study abroad. Pictured is Honegger visiting a tea plantation. Students also have access to educational opportunities beyond their coursework, including the Graduate College's Three Minute Presentation competition and other workshops and skill building. Read this issue of CONNECTing to learn how the college is creating opportunities for graduate students.

Thai travel, culture opens new world

by Taylor Young

Sarah Honegger began traveling abroad at age 16. Before her recent excursion in Thailand, Honegger (picture above, second from left) visited Australia and parts of South America. With a passion for travel, choosing a degree path that incorporated courses she’s passionate about and incredible opportunities abroad made the International Agriculture Program (MIAP) the best choice for her graduate study.

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2016 3MP winners take stage


Three graduate students took top honors in the second annual Graduate College Three Minute Presentation competition November 10. Pictured is first place winner Natalie Miller (right), master’s student in Communication Sciences and Disorders, who was awarded a $1,000 prize for her presentation “Effective Communication: The Hidden Potential of Autism.” She also won the People’s Choice Award and an additional $1,000. In second place was Grant Lapke (left), a master’s student in International Agriculture, who won a $750 prize for his presentation “The J-1 Visa: Impacting International Agriculture.” Tanner Roark (center), a master’s student in International Agriculture, won third place and a $500 prize for his presentation “Connecting Farmers to Grow Together.”


Graduate student standout:

Jake Cornwell

by Taylor Young 

A first glance at W. Jacob “Jake” Cornwell, the white, tattooed “counterculture” male does not begin to tell the story behind his exterior looks; a young historian with a passion for history, baseball and old cars.

“Even as a young child, I had a hunger to learn more about history,” Cornwell said. “I remember learning about the Federalists in 4th grade, and they inspired me to think about politics in larger contexts.”

Cornwell was born and raised in Sapulpa, Okla. At the age of 7, Cornwell’s parents divorced, and he moved to Missouri with his mother. During the summer months, he returned to Oklahoma to spend time with his father. Together, they watched Ted Turner’s network, which showed old baseball games and home-run derbies.

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Center for Improvised Explosives (IMPEX) prepares investigators 

Preparedness for terrorist attacks in the United States has been unprecedented for a number of years. With devastating bombings, from the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995 to the Boston Marathon in 2015, improved technologies and techniques to investigate and, when possible, prevent bombings continues to be a national priority.

A center within the School of Forensic Sciences at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa has become increasingly important nationally for both education and training as well as research and testing (see story on new graduate programs in the right column). A key facility at the school is the Center for Improvised Explosives (IMPEX), launched in 2013.

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Winners of the Graduate College, OSU Writing Center abstract writing contest are first place Jacob Euteneur (center), second place Mina Derakhshan (left), and third place Tian Lin.

By Taylor Young

Abstract writing workshop, contest


In partnership with the OSU Writing Center, the Graduate College hosted an abstract writing workshop to help graduate students understand both the use and importance of abstract writing and to walk away feeling confident in their ability to write an effective abstract.

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Dissertation, thesis writing skill development

by Taylor Young 

The Oklahoma State University Graduate College launched a series of writing workshops for graduate students ready to begin writing their dissertation or thesis in an effort to help graduate students develop writing skills and techniques with graduate-level research.

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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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“I think travel is one of the best things you can do for yourself. It forces you to leap outside of your comfort zone, and the growth you gain as a person from that is indescribable.”


- Sara Honegger, master's student in International Agriculture

Digital badges recognize skills

By Amanda Apgar

This fall the OSU Graduate College and Edmon Low Library created a jointly sponsored Digital Badge program to help students acquire and demonstrate mastery of diverse critical success skills. Digital badges are microcredentials commonly used for certifying skill acquisition in gaming and technology and recently have been used for higher education. Once earned, digital badges can be displayed on LinkedIn or other professional electronic portfolios, resumes or curriculum vitae to demonstrate the critical skills mastered.

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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 the skills they need to be competitive in today’s ever changing job market. A graduate certificate is a way to earn an academic credential after completing a short program of focused study. Graduate certificate programs can serve both as a stepping stone to more advanced study leading to a master’s or doctoral degree or as a standalone educational professional achievement to assist an individual in his or her career.  In an effort to accommodate graduate students who might not have the time or money to work on a master’s degree, graduate certificates provide an option to gain specialized knowledge in an area of professional importance or personal interest. Here’s a look at OSU’s newest programs.

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Staff Profile: Jacquie Pickering relishes working with students 


After going to work for OSU, Jacquie Pickering has made the most of that opportunity when she joined the staff of the Graduate College. As the college’s administrative associate, Pickering works for three deans and has learned the necessary and valuable skills needed to juggle myriad projects.

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Kolb scholarship awarded to graduate students

by Taylor Young 

Six Oklahoma State University graduate students were awarded a Walter 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 (CAS) or the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT).

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