Upcoming Events

Fall 2017

College of Veterinary Medicine Association of Graduate Students (CVMAGS)

October 17, 2017 from Noon - 1 pm in the Alumni Room
Dr. Chad Johannes - Researching in a Hospital 
Lunch will be provided

November 14, 2017 from Noon - 1 pm in the Alumni Room
"Organizing and structuring of the literature review" - Presented by the Center for Communication Excellence (CCE)
Lunch will be provided

January 9, 2017 from Noon - 1 pm in the Alumni Room
NADC/Goverment Presenter 
Lunch will be provided

February 13, 2017 from Noon - 1 pm in the Alumni Room
"How to write a grant proposal" - Presented by the Center for Communication Excellence (CCE)
Lunch will be provided

March 20, 2017 from Noon - 1 pm in the Alumni Room
Industry Presenter
Lunch will be provided

April 10, 2017 from Noon - 1 pm in the Alumni Room
Q&A - Graduate College Forms & Graduation Deadlines
CVMAGS Elections

Lunch will be provided

Ramsey Lecture Series

November 8, 2017 from Noon - 1:00 pm in Vet Med Room 2226
Disease and Morphology in Domestic Dogs: Tales From the Canine Genome​​
Dr. Elaine Ostrander, PhD
Chief & NIH Distinguished Investigator
Cancer Genetics and Comparative Genomics Branch

ISU AMR Initiative Grand Challenge Lecture

October 13, 2017 from Noon - 1:00pm in Vet Med Room 2226
Rapid Diagnostics for Infectious Diseases: A Solution To Combat Antimicrobial Resistance
Dr. Robin Patel, M.D.

Chair of the Division of Clinical Microbiology, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, with a joint appointment in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine.
Co-director of the Clinical Bacteriology Laboratory and director of the Infectious Diseases Research Laboratory.

The Graduate College presents the

Three-Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition

3 - 6 p.m. Monday, November 6, 2017
Second Floor Pearson Hall

3MT® is an oral presentation of a student’s research to an audience of non-experts in the discipline.  Presentation time is strictly restricted to three minutes, and only one visual image (slide) with no animation is permitted. A panel of judges will determine winners.  The idea was launched at the University of Queensland in 2008.  Since then, 3MT® competitions have been held at numerous institutions in 19 countries.  More detail on 3MT® is available at threeminutethesis.org.  

The winner of our competition will be funded to represent Iowa State University at a regional competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan on April 6, 2017.  Awards will be $500 for the winner, $250 for honorable mention, and $250 for People’s Choice.

Both master’s and doctoral students may compete.  Competitors will need to be registered as graduate students during both fall semester 2017 and spring semester 2018. If more students apply than we can accommodate to compete, the Graduate College will select the competitors and invite those not selected to compete in the 3MT® competition during the GPSS research conference in April 2018.


October 4, 2017:  Deadline for application to 3MT® competition

October 9, 2017:  Applicants will be notified regarding their selection for the 3MT competition

October 12 and 16, 2017: Informational meetings (pizza provided) for contestants

October 25, 2017: Slide and title from each competitor due

November 6, 2017: 3MT® competition from 3 to 6 p.m., Second Floor Pearson Hall April 6, 2018: Iowa State’s winner competes in regional event in Grand Rapids, MI

Apply on the Graduate College website: https://www.grad-college.iastate.edu/three-minute-thesis/ 

Cyclone Career Strategy Workshop Series

What have others learned from this workshop?

  • “It has helped me set goals and create a timeline for my career search, which has been very helpful.”
  • “Helped me in networking & develop the right skills for advancing in career.”
  • “These are things you won’t learn from a class.”

This series is a 4 week, 1-hour workshops that will allow students and postdocs to develop a career plan. We will be introducing the Cyclone Career Strategy. The goal is to provide a time-bound and organized opportunity to research, investigate, and develop a career search plan.

This Strategy gives you 4-steps that will help you develop an active career plan by building a network, participating in information interviews, taking the MyIDP self-assessment (STEM) or the ImaginePhD self-assessment (humanities), and developing SMART goals.

Attendance at all four sessions is HIGHLY recommended! Please register for each week separately.

Tuesday, Oct. 24th @ 4:00 p.m.  – Informational Interviews and Networking – Register Week 1

Tuesday, Oct. 31st @ 4:00 p.m.  – Mock Informational Interview with Professional – Register Week 2

Tuesday, Nov. 7th @ 4:00 p.m. – Self-assessment of Skills, Interests, and Values – Register Week 3

Tuesday, Nov. 14th @ 4:00 p.m. – Developing SMART Goals for Career Plan – Register Week 4

Location: 0031 Parks Library

A door prize will be drawn the final week from those individuals that pre-register and attend all four sessions.

Please contact Karin Lawton-Dunn, kldunn@iastate.edu, for more information.

Thesis Seminars/Boot Camps


Thesis seminars are offered every semester to clarify Iowa State University's publishing requirements, graduation deadlines, submission procedures, and common problems for graduate theses and dissertations.  It is helpful to attend a Thesis Seminar when you first start working on your thesis or dissertation, the semester before you graduate, or in the semester you are graduating (if you have not yet attended). We will cover deadlines, formatting guidelines, and other helpful hints for working on your thesis/dissertation.
Thesis Seminar Powerpoint

Thesis boot camps will provide individual help to students formatting their thesis or dissertation.  Students can use a computer in the lab setting or bring their own laptop and thesis file to work specifically on their manuscript and get individual help from thesis consultants.  See more detailed information below.

Thesis Boot Camps:
Wed., Oct. 18, 2017,  9 - 11 a. m.,  Parks Library Room 134, Registration linkhttps://pd.grad-college.iastate.edu/event/view/383.  A consultant to help with LaTex will be available from 10 – 11 a.m. 
Thurs., Nov. 9, 2017, 2 – 4 p.m., Parks Library Room 134.  Registration link:   https://pd.grad-college.iastate.edu/event/view/385.  A consultant to help with LaTex will be available from 10 – 11 a.m. 

New:  The Graduate College and the Center for Communication Excellence (CCE) invite you to an “early formatting check” for your thesis or dissertation.  As you start out writing your thesis/dissertation with the correct format, this will be a real time saver later in your program so that you can devote your time to content rather than formatting your thesis/dissertation!   CCE writing consultants specialized in thesis/dissertation formatting are available for one-half hour appointments to assist you in starting your document to meet the submission requirements for the Graduate College. Make a free appointment here.

New:  The Graduate College and the Center for Communication Excellence (CCE) invite you to a hands-on “boot camp” guiding you through the final formatting of your thesis or dissertation. Graduate students often struggle with this final step of preparing this document for submission to ProQuest, so let us help you! CCE writing consultants specialized in thesis/dissertation formatting will be at the boot camp sessions to assist you in modifying your document to meet the submission requirements for the Graduate College. 

Boot Camps will take place in a computer lab, so you may bring an electronic copy of your thesis/dissertation on a flashdrive or saved onto your own laptop. You may sign up for one or both of the boot camp sessions, but we ask that you do attend those for which you register, as seating is limited and demand is high. Registration is free to all ISU graduate students.

Remember, that if you need help with other aspects of writing thesis or dissertation, CCE Thesis and Dissertation Writing Consultants are here to help throughout the summer. Make a free appointment here

Graduate College Professional Development Training Opportunitites

10-12-2017 3:10pm Miscellaneous Library Workshop - Beyond the Text: Rare Books as Artifacts
10-16-2017 2:00pm Communication NCFDD - Week 1: The Academic's Guide to Working with a Literary Agent
10-18-2017 1:00pm Career CIRTL - Women in STEM: Women in STEM Careers Panel
10-19-2017 1:00pm Teaching CIRTL - 5 Things to Do on the First and Last Day of Class
10-19-2017 3:00pm Research Library Workshop - Getting Started with EndNote Web
10-20-2017 1:00pm Research CIRTL - Finding and Evaluating Educational Literature
10-23-2017 2:00pm Communication NCFDD - Week 2: The Academic's Guide to Working with a Literary Agent
10-25-2017 1:00pm Teaching CIRTL - Women in STEM: Careers Panel Exploring Critical and/or Feminist STEM Teaching and Research
10-27-2017 2:00pm Research Library Workshop - Data Management Planning, An Introduction
10-29-2017 3:40pm Communication NCFDD - 14-Day Writing Challenge
10-30-2017 2:00pm Communication NCFDD - Week 3: The Academic's Guide to Working with a Literary Agent
11-02-2017 3:00pm Research Library Workshop - Getting Started with Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Makey Makey