October 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 October 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

Virtual Career Fairs & Job Search Preparation

Searching for an internship or full-time position in your field? Visit the SIUE Career Development Center event website to learn about the virtual Career Fairs, LinkedIn Photo Day, and Mock Interview Days happening in the month of October!

Diversity Day: October 21st!

Diversity Day is a celebration of SIUE's past, present and future as it relates to advances in cultural-responsiveness and inclusion. The fourth annual Diversity Day program will include dialogue, discussions, guest speakers, and presentations centered on the theme of Inclusive Excellence in Action.

Resource Spotlight

Travel & Presentation Funding for Grad Students

Are you presenting a paper at a peer-reviewed conference?  Whether the conference is happening virtually or in-person, the Graduate School provides funding to support graduate students' costs associated with conference presentations. 

For information on eligibility, application procedures, and deadlines, visit the Travel/Presentation Grants for Graduate Students website.

Teaching Assistants in STEM: Professional Development Opportuntity

The Inclusive STEM Teaching Project is designed to advance the awareness, self-efficacy, and ability of STEM faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and staff to cultivate inclusive learning environments for all their students and to develop themselves as reflective, inclusive practitioners. More information on the Inclusive STEM Teaching Project course that begins on October 13th can be found here.


Research Corner

Research Grants for Graduate Students (RGGS)

Are you a master's level student seeking funding to support your research endeavors?  The fall application period for RGGS is NOW OPEN as of October 1st, and the deadline to submit a proposal is November 1st at 4:30pm.  Students may request up to $500 in funding, and must meet all eligibility and proposal requirements.  Read all of the details and watch a brief "how to apply" video on the RGGS website

Thesis Deadlines for Fall 2021 Graduation

Graduating in December and working on your thesis/doctoral project?  Be sure you're aware of the fall 2021 deadlines and respond quickly to any revision requirements you receive from your thesis reviewer or committee members.  The first draft must be fully submitted in ProQuest by 12/6/21, but earlier submissions are strongly encouraged to facilitate timely completion of all revisions by the final approved submission deadline of 1/10/22.  

Beyond the Degree

14 Day Writing Challenge

SIUE is an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD), and graduate students can benefit from that membership by taking part in various events and workshops. One of the programs regularly offered by the NCFDD is a 14-Day Writing Challenge, where participants are challenged to write at least 30 minutes each day for two weeks with the support of an online community.

The next Challenge begins on October 18th, and registration closes on October 13th!

To activate your NCFDD membership, follow the below steps:
   1) Go to
   2) Choose "Southern Illinois University Edwardsville" from the drop-down menu.
   3) Select “Activate my Membership”
   4) Complete the registration form using your SIUE email address
   5) Go to your institution email to find a confirmation/welcome email. Click “Activate Account” in the email.

Engage & Lead

Cultural Organizations at SIUE

There are a myriad of opportunities to connect to cultural-based organizations at SIUE.  A sampling of the cultural organizations on campus include the Black Graduate Student Association, Asian American Association, Gay-Straight Alliance, Global Ambassador Program, Hispanic Student Union, International Student Council, NAACP SIUE Chapter, Muslim Student Association, New Horizons, and Students for Global Outreach.  

Expand your horizons. Check out the cultural organizations on the Get Involved at SIUE website and connect!

Cougar Pride: Student & Alumni Highlights

Meet Caralee Lynch, MA student in Industrial-Organizational Psychology

Although she may not have realized it at the time, Caralee Lynch's experiences as the daughter of a small business owner would have a direct impact on her future career. Her exposure to the inner workings of business organizations contributed to her passion for creating healthy work environments, which ultimately led to her pursuit of SIUE's master's degree in Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology.

Caralee began the I-O master's program after completing her undergraduate degree in psychology at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, in 2020. During her time at SIUE, she has served as a Teaching Assistant for both the Foundations of Psychology and Organizational Psychology courses. In that time she has demonstrated a strong commitment to making students' learning experiences the best it can be and has been praised by her TA supervisor for her dedication, professionalism, and student engagement. Caralee is currently conducting her thesis research, which focuses on evaluating how workplace friendships and employees' commitment to their employer affect employee loyalty.

Following graduation, Caralee intends to put her education and research into practice in the field of leadership and organizational consulting. Her long-term career goals include creating a leadership retreat center with a focus on holistic leadership.


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