Graduate Student Digest

February 2017

21st Annual Graduate School Spring Research Symposium
Research Grants for Graduate Students
The Other40 Competition
Dean Weinberg's 20 years of service
Cathy McAfee Resigned
Chronicle Issue on Self-Care
We're on Twitter!

21st Annual Graduate School Spring Research Symposium


2017 Graduate Student Research Symposium - March 21, 2017
Morris University Center

Register to present a poster at the Symposium.  

Graduation and professional students are invited to display their research and creative activities.

  • Awards for best presentations will be announced at the Paul Simon Luncheon at 12:00 (RSVP when you register, no cost, no guests).

Graduate Student Poster Presentations
10:00 am to 12:00 pm - Meridian Ballroom - MUC

Instructions for Poster Presenters

Poster presenters are required to bring a tri-fold board or a table easel including all supplies needed to mount and display your poster.  Poster sizes must be no larger than 48'" (w) x 36" (h). (Tri-fold boards can be purchased at Walmart, Office Max/Depot, and most business supply stores). You will be sharing a six foot table with one other presenter.  Plan to set up your poster by 9:30am and stand by your poster from 10am - 12pm.  Judging will take place from 10am until 11am.  The Graduate School will not be responsible for storing posters that are left or providing supplies to mount your poster (push pins, clips, tape). If you have any questions, contact the Graduate School at 618-650-3010.

Information Technology Services Poster Printing for Graduate Student Research Symposium 2017

  • Poster cost will be $24.   Students must pay cash for the poster printing.
  • This is the template for the posters. The link should open if you are logged into Online Web Application of Office.
  • Submit your poster to  Please specify in the email that the poster is for the Graduate Student Research Symposium.
  • Please have all posters submitted no later than Friday, March 17, 2017 in order to have them printed in time for the symposium.  Posters can be submitted prior to the cut-off date - please allow 2-3 days for printing.
  • When complete, ITS will email the student that their poster is finished.  Posters can be picked up in the ITS office located in the basement of Lovejoy Library, Room 0005.
  • If you have any questions, please email or you can also call the ITS Help Desk at 618-650-5500.

If you have further questions regarding the Symposium, you can contact Daleana Wylde in the Graduate School Office at 618-650-3010 or

Research Grants for Graduate Students

The purpose of Research Grants for Graduate Students (RGGS) is to support research and creative activities initiated and conducted by SIUE classified graduate students to enhance their academic progress. SIUE classified graduate masters-level students may submit a proposal for RGGS funding if the following conditions are met:

  1. Good academic standing (3.0 GPA with at least 6 completed hours in the graduate program),
  2. Enrollment in graduate-level coursework as a degree-seeking masters-level graduate student during the academic term for which they are seeking funding. Previous RGGS recipients are ineligible for a second grant.

Applicants may request up to $500. Awards may be granted for the full amount requested or for a lesser amount, depending upon availability of funds and the appropriateness of the amount requested. All meritorious applications are funded up to the limits of the RGGS funds available for each academic term. Students must maintain good academic standing and enrollment during the tenure of the grant. Students may be allowed up to nine months to expend grant funds and submit a final accounting report. Awards are for future expenditures only. Recipients cannot request funds to reimburse money spent before the RGGS is awarded.

Application Deadline April 5, 2017.  Proposals received after the deadline will not be reviewed for funding.

Dr. Carolyn Pryor will host a workshop to assist students with preparing the application.  
Thursday, March 2, 2017 @3:00 
Graduate School Conference Room, RH2215

Visit our website for more information.

The Other40 Competition

ARE YOU READY? SIUE's The Other40 Business Plan Competition

Interested in an opportunity to win cash for your business idea this spring? Visit and apply for SIUE’s The Other40 Business Plan Competition. If your business idea has what it takes, the top three winners share in cash prizes of $10,000 plus in-kind support to start your business. So what are you waiting for?

Apply online and submit an executive summary by Thursday, February 9, 2017

To get an edge on the competition, visit one of our free workshops:

A Business Plan Workshop will be held on Thursday, March 2, 2017 in the Cougar Business Resource Center (CBRC), Founders Hall, Room 3117.

The final phase of the competition is the elevator pitch, which is a Shark Tank-like presentation of your business to our judges who then choose the top three businesses base on the presentation, business plan, and executive summary of submission. Winners get to share in $10,000 cash and receive in-kind support to start their business. This is a great opportunity to get turn your business dreams into a reality, so visit our website and apply today to get started!

We look forward to hearing about your ideas!

Any questions, please contact Kristine Jarden, faculty advisor for the Entrepreneurs Club, at or 618-650-2668.

Dean Weinberg's 20 years of service

Please join us in celebrating Dean Weinberg’s 20 years of service to SIUE.  Dean Weinberg joined SIUE in 1996 after completing his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Vanderbilt University.  His interest areas are in machine learning, human-computer interaction, intelligent robotics, and abductive logic.  Before entering the profession of Computer Science, Dean Weinberg earned his BS in Nursing from Indiana State University.  Today, Jerry Weinberg, Ph.D. is known as Associate Provost of Research and Dean of the Graduate School.  He continues the advancement of his profession in his work with Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Human-Computer Interaction, and Usability.  Mark your calendar to attend the 2017 Spring Symposium and meet his Robot (the robot shared the spotlight with the Chancellor in this video).  Most recently, Dean Weinberg helped to establish space in the T-REX Innovation Center in downtown St. Louis.  We are honored that Dean Weinberg chose SIUE to call home!  Here’s to another… 20 more? 

Cathy McAfee Resigned

Many of you have interacted with our Chief Clerk, Cathy McAfee.  She was an integral member of our team and supported many students.  She recently left SIUE and will be missed.  If you have questions or concerns, please call the main office phone number 618-650-3010 or email  Daleana is here to answer your questions, and Cathy's replacement, Christina, will begin on Monday, February 6.

Chronicle Issue on Self-Care

The semester is in full swing.  The most important checklist item should be taking care of yourself! This article, Self Care for the New Semester, is written from a faculty perspective, but useful for students as well.  


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