Announcements: November 6, 2017


Important announcement for master's and doctoral candidates for graduation in December 2017: The thesis and dissertation approval deadline is Thursday, November 16 at 4:30 p.m. All degree requirements must be met, including final defense reports, document submission to the Graduate School, and the completion of all follow-up editing requested by the document editor. Final defense reports are also due on this date for non-thesis students. For more important dates and deadlines, please see the Graduate School Calendar for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018.


Help for graduate students writing theses, dissertations, and articles: Dr. Malcolm Richardson, Taylor Professor of English and Founding Director of the LSU Writing Center will teach English 4002 in the Spring 2018. The course, Scientific and Technical Writing for Peers, is designed to assist graduate students in enhancing overall writing skills for major projects so that students understand the logic as well as expected formats of academic documents. Working closely with advisor in major field, 4002 professors take students through usual sections of academic writing, including introduction, literature review, methods, and more. Most students work on revising a chapter of two of their dissertation or an entire thesis, proposal, or academic article. Students will also work on presentation skills as they present their work to a mixed audience. For more information, contact Dr. Malcolm Richardson at



Conversations with the Dean

The weekly Conversations with the Dean for graduate students and faculty will take place on Friday, November 10 from 12-1 p.m. in the foyer of David Boyd Hall. Come meet with Deans Michelle Massé and Sean Lane to discuss your questions, suggestions and ideas.


Professional Development Workshop: Preparing for the Job Market

The Graduate School will host “Preparing for the Job Market,” a professional development workshop on Friday, November 17, at 3:00 p.m. in the Music & Dramatic Arts Building, Room 103. The panelists are Dr. Lu Lu (LSU PhD in Analytical Chemistry and Macromolecular Science, 2015) and Dr. Nicholas Mitchell (LSU PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, 2016). Dr. Lu worked as a postdoctoral research associate in Mechanical Engineering after receiving her PhD and is now Chief Chemist for Louisiana Multi-Functional-Materials Group, LLC. Dr. Mitchell is in his second year as Assistant Professor and Race and Racism Research Fellow at the Jesuit Social Research Institute at Loyola University, New Orleans. They will discuss career pathways for graduate students both inside and outside of academia, as well as strategies to navigate the application and interview process. Please join us for the second session of our Fall 2017 Workshop series.


ORED: Writing Science Series

The Office of Research and Economic Development invites graduate students to attend "Scientific Articles as Arguments," featuring Dr. Steve Katz, Pearce Professor of Professional Communication at Clemson University. Dr. Katz will seek to make the rhetoric of the scientific article opaque by examining Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion (IMRaD), and its contexts and content, as argumentative structures. The discussion will take place on Wednesday, November 8 at 3:30 p.m. at the Digital Media Center Theater of the Center for Computation and Technology. Following sessions include:

Limited Workshop Session for Teachers Engaging with Scientific Writing on Friday, November 10 at 10:30 a.m. at 113 Allen Hall

Limited Workshop Session for Scientific Writers and Practitioners on Friday, November 10 at 3:00 p.m. at CCT's Digital Media Center, Room 1034.

Click here to read more about the series, or to register.


LSU in Chile Informational Meeting

The 2018 LSU Teaching in Chile program is a three-week study abroad for both undergraduate and graduate students to work with K-12 students to enhance their English. The program is not limited to classroom teachers, while students from any discipline may earn LSU credit while working with LSU and Chilean faculty. Knowledge of Spanish is not a requirement to participate. Additionally, the program allows students to live with host families for a cross-cultural experience. Informational sessions are scheduled on November 6-9, 20, and 21 at 4:00 p.m. in 219 Peabody Hall. Students may attend any one of the six sessions. Click here for more information.


Resistance in the Digital Age: Exercising or Abusing First Amendment Rights

The Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs will host "Resistance in the Digital Age: Exercising or Abusing First Amendment Rights," a panel of activists, journalists, and scholars to discuss the opportunities and challenges faced by reporters, law enforcement officials, and protesters because of changes in technology and the introduction of new communication platforms. The event will take place on Thursday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the Holliday Forum of the Journalism Building, and registration is required. Click here to learn more about the panelists and to RSVP.


NSF Fall 2017 Virtual Grants Conference

The National Science Foundation (NSF) will live stream the plenary sessions of the Fall 2017 NSF Grants Conference virtually from Phoenix, Arizona on November 13-14. Sessions will address types of funding opportunities, proposal preparation, merit review process, policy updates, and more. There is no cost or limit for participants to view the live stream. Visit the conference website to register and for more information on the conference.


Fulbright Presentation on Institute of International Education

LSU's International Programs will host a presentation featuring Christine Chan, Placement Manager of Fulbright's Institute of International Education's (IIE) Academic and Experiential Learning Division. The presentation will include details on the placement process and how the Academic Placement team works to place international sponsored students and scholars, placement trends, and Fulbright program facts. The presentation takes place during International Education Week on Tuesday, November 14 at 1:30 p.m. in Hatcher Hall, Room 160.



Graduate School Dean's Travel Awards

The Graduate Dean’s Travel Awards are now available for LSU graduate students who have presented/performed or will present/perform at a scholarly conference/exhibition between the dates of July 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017. Due to funding limitations, priority will be given to students with international travel. Please visit our application portal for further details regarding eligibility and application requirements:

The Graduate School Dean’s Travel Awards competition for Spring 2018 will be posted at a later date.


Graduate Student Association Travel Awards Update

The Graduate School, in conjunction with the Graduate Student Association (GSA), has updated the process for the GSA Travel Awards applications. Graduate students must now apply via our web form found here. Please visit the Graduate School website for further details regarding the eligibility and application requirements for the GSA Travel Award. Questions can be emailed to


National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT)

The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative models for STEM graduate education training. The NRT program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. NRT awards are expected to be up to five years in duration with a total budget up to $3,000,000. The internal submission deadline is Tuesday, November 7 at 12:00 p.m. Click here to learn more about the award and eligibility requirements.


Oak Ridge National Laboratory: Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking applications for graduate and undergraduate students to participate in ORNL’s Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis Programs for Spring 2018 and Summer 2018. The programs is designed to train the next generation of nuclear scientists by maximizing the abilities of students through cooperative research with mentors at a national laboratory and increasing research opportunities. While attending the program, students will enrich their laboratory experience by attending lectures and seminars; network with laboratory research staff and fellow students; and take technical tours of ORNL facilities. Applications for the Spring 2018 Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis Program are due January 6, 2018. Applications for the Summer 2018 Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis Program are due February 28, 2018.


Office of Sponsored Programs Proposal Toolkit

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) has launched the OSP Proposal Toolkit to aid faculty, staff, and students in pursuing external funding by offering a wide and expanding range of templates, reference materials, and resources for proposal submission for faculty and units. The toolkit also provides materials needed for submitting the both the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH). Click here to learn more about resources available through the proposal toolkit.



Doctoral Student Research Assistant Position

One or more graduate Research Assistant positions are available in systems and controls, as part of Professor Malisoff's US National Science Foundation Directorate for Engineering funded research projects. For the first year, the selected students will receive financial support including a full tuition remission, with continued availability of this support for up to 3 years contingent on satisfactory progress and the availability of funds. Applicants should send their CV as a .pdf file with contact information for three references, a plain text statement of interest, and a .pdf with a list of courses taken by November 15, 2017. Minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply. Click here to see a full description of the position.

Louisiana Forest Products Development Center Graduate Assistantship

The Louisiana Forest Products Center seeks a Graduate Assistant to begin in the Spring 2018. The successful candidate will be involved in a cutting-edge project in the field of forest products marketing/business development with a focus on evaluation of market potential for Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) and Massive Plywood Panels (MPP) in the Southern United States using Southern Yellow Pines. This is a two-year appointment that requires 20 hours per week. Click here for more information and application instructions.



U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Research Associateship Program (RAP)

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Research Associateship Program (RAP) Summer Journeyman Fellowship Program allows graduate students to engage in research initiatives of their own choice, that are compatible with the interests of the government and will potentially contribute to the general effort of the ARL. Students may conduct research in one of five research areas: Computational & Information Sciences, Human Research & Engineering, Sensors & Electron Devices, Vehicle Technology, or Weapons & Materials. Applications close on Sunday, November 12, 2017. Visit the ARL Summer Journeyman Website for more information.


Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

The Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) is accepting applications from students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields of study that use high-performance computing to solve complex problems in science and engineering. Application materials are due January 17, 2018. For more information and to access the online application, visit the program website.


Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture Fellowships

The Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture supports scholars through several postdoctoral, predoctoral, and travel fellowships. Visit their website to learn more about fellowship opportunities.



If you have any announcement about events, fellowships, jobs or any news specific to graduate students, please send your information to Chelsey Hutchins at by noon on Thursday, November 9. Please refer to our guidelines for announcement submissions for more information.