August/September 2021

Welcome to GradNews!
In the Know: What's Happening on Campus
Resource Spotlight
Research Corner
Beyond the Degree
Engage & Lead
Cougar Pride: Student & Alumni Highlights

Welcome to GradNews!

Welcome to the August/September 2021 edition of GradNews!  This monthly newsletter will include key information and resources to support your success as a graduate student at SIUE.  Each month we will bring you news about upcoming events, campus resources, research funding, professional development, campus engagement, and graduate student success stories.  Watch for GradNews coming to your email inbox each month!

In the Know: What's Happening on Campus

Welcome Graduate Students!

A welcome to all graduate students to the beginning of the 2021-2022 academic year! For our new students, welcome to the start of your graduate career at SIUE!

All SIUE graduate students, including returning students, are encouraged to complete the new Graduate Student Online Orientation.  Discover critical information on academic expectations, advising/registration, graduate assistantships, academic & career support, managing your mental health, campus resources, research funding, finding a mentor, community engagement, and more!  

New or Returning Graduate Assistant?  Complete the online GA Orientation, which has a wealth of information and resources for both new and continuing GA's.

Graduating this December?  Apply for graduation by the deadline of October 1st!  Find all of the information you need to know about applying for graduation on the Graduation Requirements website. 

Resource Spotlight

Searching for a Graduate Assistantship?

  • Make sure you are eligible. Before applying to a GA position, read through the eligibility requirements to make sure you are eligible. 

  • Talk to your Graduate Program Director. Many graduate assistants find a position within their own unit or school. Check with your GPD and inquire about any openings you may be qualified for in your home department or related areas.

  • Check out the GA Current Postings. The Graduate School posts open GA positions from units across campus. View the Current Postings to see the position details and qualifications for each opening. Submit application materials directly to the hiring unit and contact the individual listed on the bottom of the posting if you have any questions. Check this page for updates frequently as you are searching for a position.

Learn about the Presidential Management Fellows program! This rigorous, two-year paid fellowship includes challenging assignments, developmental assignments, and networking opportunities. Finalists appointed as PMFs are hired by Federal Agencies to engage in solving domestic and/or international issues in a variety of fields, such as public policy, foreign policy, business administration, engineering, science, technology, public health, cybersecurity, and more.

Research Corner

Is a Thesis or Dissertation in Your Future?

If your degree requires completion of a thesis or dissertation, access the resources on the Graduate School Theses & Dissertations website as you begin the process.  You'll find an overview of the process, writing resources, formatting templates, and all relevant deadlines for each semester. 

Congratulations to our 2021-2022 Research Grants for Research Doctoral Student (RGRDS) winners!

The RGRDS program awards grants on a competitive basis to support research and projects conducted by doctoral students at SIUE to enhance their academic progress.  Congrats to the below doctoral students who received an award for this year to support their research endeavors!

Goksu Avdan of Industrial Engineering, Developing a "Force Plate-less" System using the Lower Limb Kinematics and Machine Learning Techniques for a Real-time Biomechanical Gait Analysis”

Patrick Ayres of History, The Conservative Heart of the Nation: Political Conservatism in the Civil War Era West”

Nathan Carroll of Nurse Anesthesiology, “Updated RSI and Typical Sequence Rubrics and Videos”

Nhan Nguyen of Nurse Anesthesiology, “Computer-Based Learning: Local”

Charity Eugea of Educational Leadership, “Implementation of Collaborative Problem Solving at One Elementary School”

Jamaal Heavens of Educational Leadership, “Teacher Retention - Experiences of African American Teachers in Predominantly White Suburban School Districts”

 Danley Killam of Educational Leadership, “The Experience of Teachers Educating Students with Disabilities through E-Learning during the Pandemic”

Sneha Kothari Kiss of Educational Leadership, “Special Education Teachers Experiences about Social Skills Instruction to Autistic Students in Alternative Day Schools”

LaTongia Spencer of Educational Leadership, “Truancy: The Effectiveness of School-Wide Programs Collaborating with Community-Based Programs in Urban High Schools”

Alexa Tate of Educational Leadership, “District Superintendents' Perception of Their Beliefs, Role, and Characteristics of Effective Instructional Leadership that Impacts Student Achievement”

Eric Taylor of Educational Leadership, “School Policies and Their Effects on Teachers' Expectations of Students”

Victoria White of Educational Leadership, “Physical Activity and Academic Performance in Low-Socioeconomic Schools”

Beyond the Degree

Financial Planning & Resources for Graduate Students

Starting graduate school with prior student loan debt?  Sacrificing a full-time salary to attend school full-time?  Worried about budgeting while you pursue your graduate degree? can provide you with the resources you need to make informed decisions about your financial future. Graduate students are in a unique situation when it comes to making wise financial decisions, and GradSense is a comprehensive financial resource, developed by the Council of Graduate Schools, tailored specifically to the needs of graduate students.  Explore the earning power of your graduate degree, uncover tips for managing and paying off student loans, find advice on how to transition out of graduate school financially, access budget calculators and more!

Engage & Lead

Student Leadership - Expand Your Skills Outside of the Classroom!

SIUE Kimmel Student Involvement Center offers a number of student leadership opportunities that are great options for graduate students looking to develop their leadership skills, connect with other students, and have some fun!


Legacy is for advanced leaders (mostly juniors, seniors, and graduate students) looking to fine tune their leadership style. This selective program will feature biweekly meetings using an adaptive curriculum, meaning content will be altered to fit the specific needs of the group selected. However, some topics will stay consistent, such as maximizing strengths, navigating ethics, and analyzing group dynamics. As a group, participants will complete a capstone project, and individually, they will put together leadership manifestos and personal leadership development plans that will be useful post-graduation. Applications are live now until September 10 For more information, contact our student co-chair, Taylor, at


This is a great opportunity to spend one Saturday diving into your leadership style! Hosted one Saturday of each month, Catalyst provides students with information, activities, and resources to learn more about themselves and commit to making a difference in the world around them. Sign up here for one of our 4 dates now: Contact Assistant Director for Leadership Programs Melinda with questions at

 LEAD Program

LEAD is for students looking to have a holistic, self-paced and personalized leadership experience at SIUE. This premier program can be completed in one year, but it is recommended students space out components throughout two years. Prior experiences during undergraduate may qualify for some requirements to complete the program! Enroll here: Contact with questions.

Cougar Pride: Student & Alumni Highlights

Meet Lluis Martorell Cabre, MBA student

Originally from Barcelona, Spain, Llius Martorell Cabre was drawn to SIUE to pursue his undergraduate degree because of the opportunity to receive a high quality education while also participating on the SIUE men's soccer team. Lluis' academic success as an Economics and Finance student during his undergraduate years led him to remain at SIUE to pursue his MBA, where he is pursuing specializations in both Business Analytics and Project Management.

Llius has found the MBA program to be the perfect fit for his educational and career goals, and he has had multiple opportunities to apply his business knowledge to the market place through multiple internships, in both the United States and Spain. He serves as a Teaching Assistant for the Economics and Finance department, and has been recognized by his TA supervisor for his professionalism, integrity, commitment to student learning, and positive attitude. As Llius nears the completion of his MBA in December 2021, he looks forward to combining his two passions by pursuing a career in business development or analytics in the sports industry.

 Llius Martorell Cabre

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