Grad Chronicle: November 2020


Student Events and Programs


Three Minute Thesis Results!

On behalf of the Division of Graduate Studies, thank you and congratulations to all who participated in this year’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) research competition! Below are the nine graduate students who were selected as the 2020 finalists. Congratulations!

  • Nia Allen, Master in Fashion Industry Studies 
  • Sohini Dutta, Doctoral in Biomedical Sciences 
  • Maren Greve, Doctoral in Psychological Science
  • Erin Orlins, Doctoral in Prevention Science 
  • Michelle Rivers, Doctoral in Psychological Science 
  • Emily Simons, Doctoral in Biomedical Sciences 
  • Meagan Smith, Master in Crafts 
  • Sommer Sterud, Doctoral in English: Literacy, Rhetoric and Social Practice 
  • Kelsi Turk, Master in Visual Communication Design

Of the nine finalists, the following individuals were chosen as award recipients. View their award-winning presentations here!

  • First Place – Sohini Dutta: Biomedical Science
  • Second Place – Maren Greve: Psychological Science
  • Third Place – Erin Orlins: Prevention Science & Michelle Rivers: Psychological Science
  • People's Choice Award – Nia Allen: Fashion Industry Studies


Engage with Career Planning Essentials Workshops

As part of the Division of Graduate Studies’ dedication to your career readiness, graduate students have the opportunity to earn two certifications that display a basic understanding of two different areas in Fall 2020:

We just added our Career Planning Essentials video library, which includes presentation videos on

  1. How to Create a Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  2. The Ins and Outs of Writing a Professional Resume
  3. Interviewing Do's and Don'ts
  4. Maximizing LinkedIn for your Career and Job Search

Our Research Fundamentals video library covers seven topics related to graduate student research. 

Upon having watched at least three of the videos in either the Career Planning Essentials or Research Fundamentals, you may complete an assessment that demonstrates your understanding of that content. Upon earning at least 80% on the assessment, you will be sent a certificate of completion proving your understanding of the content that you may share on your résumé and/or CV.

More  information about the Career Planning Essentials and the Research Fundamentals workshops, as well as the assessment can be found on our website.


Giving Tuesday

Kent State’s month-long Giving Tuesday celebration has begun! Throughout the month of November, the Division of Graduate Studies is raising money for the Graduate Studies Diversity Award, which provides funding to the recipients of the Graduate Dean’s Award and the Graduate Dean’s Travel Award. This enables our division to support more graduate students who are underrepresented in their disciplines to pursue a graduate education at Kent State.
On Tuesday, November 10, all gifts up to $1,000 per donor, will be double matched! Learn more about how you can support the division and make sure to follow the Division of Graduate Studies on FacebookInstagram and Twitter for Giving Tuesday updates!


Celebrating First Generation Students

The Kent State University community is celebrating first generation students all week with campus-wide activities and events to recognize students who will be the first in their family to graduate with a degree. We hope you can attend the Graduate Student and Faculty Networking Social where you’ll have the opportunity to virtually connect with other graduate students and faculty who are first generation today, Monday November 9, at 5 p.m. Join the social via Microsoft Teams.

View the full schedule of activities for the week.

If you are a graduate student, faculty or staff member who identifies as first generation, please complete this short form to let us know.


Conversation Partners

Conversation Partners

Sign up today to be a part of the Conversation Partners Program! This voluntary program pairs international students with American students in order to facilitate lively conversation. Meet for one hour each week and learn about another culture! For more information and to apply click here.


Grad Fest

November GradFest


Celebrate Kent State's Veterans

Join the Kent State University community for the annual Veteran's Day Commemoration, which will be held remotely at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 11. Due to social distancing guidelines, the annual appreciation luncheon for this year has been canceled. However, veterans are still encouraged to submit a photo of themselves during their time of service to be included in a slideshow during the program.

Thank you to all of those who have served! Save this link to join the virtual commemoration program.


Peggy Ezekiel Award Recipients

Congratulations to MFA candidates Tetta Askeland and Yee Lin Elaine Yuen and their faculty advisors, Tamara Honesty and Michelle Souza in the School of Theatre and Dance, for receiving the Peggy Ezekiel Award! Check out their award-winning work here!


Stay Connected


Graduate Student Senate Mental Health Subcommittee

Graduate Student Senate Mental Health Subcommittee

To join the Graduate Student Senate (GSS) Mental Health Subcommittee, please use this Zoom Link.

Meeting ID: 823 5093 1136
Passcode: 776391

If you're interested, please complete this short survey regarding mental health resources. The form should only take about five to ten minutes to complete.


Graduate Student Resources


Writing Resources for Graduate Students

Working on your thesis or dissertation? Check out the resources from the Writing Commons that are specifically helpful to you as a graduate student! View the video below or visit the Writing Common's website for additional information.

View a Presentation on Writing Resources for Graduate Students.


Graduate Studies Offers Career Advising Appointments

Interested in gaining some career advice? Preparing your résumé or CV? Want to practice your interviewing skills? Visit our page on Career Advising for Graduate Students.


Health and Wellness


Wellness Resource Guide

As Kent State University strives to become the healthiest campus in the nation, Kent State of Well-being, the university-level healthy campus initiative, focuses on eight wellness priority areas: alcohol and other drug use, mental health, nutrition, physical activity, preventive care, safety, sexual health and smoking and tobacco use. 

The Wellness Resource Guide supports KSU’s mission of prioritizing the health of its community members.


Satellite Food Pantry

The Office of the Dean of Students is holding a Satellite Food Pantry every Friday from 12-3 p.m with appointments needed from 12-2 p.m. and walk ins available from 2-3 p.m.. Make an appointment for the food pantry.

Here is an overview of food resources in Kent.


Free Virtual Meditation

Kent State of Well-being is offering virtual, facilitated meditation sessions every weekday this fall as part of the Meditation Across Campus program. These 30-minute meditation sessions are free and open to all Kent State students, faculty and staff.

Never meditated before? Meditation has been shown to help reduce stress and anxiety, and can help to alleviate depression. It can also help to improve cognition and reduce distractions. Try one of our virtual facilitated sessions from the comfort of your home or office. You will join other members of the Kent State community for a stress-free and relaxing experience. There is no obligation to attend. You can choose when you decide to participate and you can exit when you wish. Register for a free session!


Free Virtual Koru Mindfulness Training

Learn how to become more mindful in just four weeks! Kent State of Well-being is offering Koru Mindfulness training for free to Kent State students, faculty and staff at all campuses. Koru Mindfulness is an evidence-based training specifically designed for emerging adults, but anyone can benefit from it.
You’ll discover how to incorporate mindfulness skills and meditation into your life to better manage stress during this free, four-week, 75-minute mindfulness class. Other benefits include becoming more rested and self-compassionate.
The classes are virtual and are facilitated by trained Koru Mindfulness instructors. Already completed Koru Basic training? Consider signing up for Koru 2.0. Learn more and register!


Handling Anxiety and Stress during COVID-19

Coping with Anxiety and Stress During COVID-19


COVID-19 News and Updates

COVID-19 Resources

Stay Updated on COVID-19 Procedures

In these uncertain times, stay up-to-date with Kent State news, procedures, Flashes Safe Eight and updates regarding COVID-19 such as the academic schedule, remote resources, preventative measures, emergency fundingtesting, and more.