December 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 December 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

Congratulations to our December 2021 Graduates!

A special congratulations to all graduate & professional students completing their degrees this month. You have worked incredibly hard, persevered through countless challenges, and soon you will be walking across that stage! On behalf of the Graduate School and SIUE, congratulations and we are proud of you!

For information on the December commencement ceremonies, please visit the Commencement website.

Mark your Calendars: Graduate School Research Symposium on April 5th!

The annual Graduate School Research Symposium will take place on Tuesday, April 5th, 2022. Graduate students of all disciplines are invited to present their research or creative activity! Student presentations will take place via Zoom at 10:00am and 1:00pm. 

For more information on the presentation opportunity and to register to present your research, visit the Symposium Student Presentations website.

Make the most of your summer!

SIUE offers a variety of summer classes, including online and on-campus options. Many classes meet for five weeks or less. Lighten your class load for fall, stay within your course sequence and benefit from smaller class sizes. 

Start planning your summer now. Summer session registration opens March 28. 

Find more information at, by emailing, or by calling the Service Center at 618-650-2080.

Resource Spotlight

 GradTips Launching January 2022!

A new resource developed specifically for SIUE graduate & professional students is coming in January!

GradTips is a subscription-based monthly email series available for graduate students around a variety of relevant topics. The below three topics are available for the spring 2022 semester, and additional topics may be added in the future.

  • Research & Writing at the Graduate Level
  • Wellness, Mental Health, & Self-Care
  • Maximizing Mentoring Relationships

What to Expect:
Subscribers will receive one email sent in the middle of each month that focuses on a resource or best practice around that topic.

How to Subscribe:
Fill out this online subscription form and select the topic(s) you would like to receive each month. (You may be asked to use your SIUE credentials to log into the Kuali Build system.)

Subscribe today and watch for your first GradTips email to be delivered to your inbox at the start of the spring semester!


Research Corner

December Grads: Reminder of Thesis/Dissertation Deadlines! 

Graduating in December and finalizing 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.  

Research Integrity & Compliance

The Graduate School Office of Research & Projects provides a myriad of resources to educate the SIUE campus community, including graduate students engaged in scholarly activities, on research integrity. For information on research integrity, responsible conduct of research, and research misconduct., visit the Research Integrity website.

Beyond the Degree

Developing Your Graduate-Level Writing Skills

Chances are, you're already doing a significant amount of writing in your graduate program, so it may seem unnecessary to strengthen and showcase your writing abilities beyond the classroom.  However, whether you're intending to pursue a career within or outside of academia, writing skill development is critical.   

Writing in Graduate School: Making Sense of Feedback  Grow as a writer by learning how (and how not) to interpret it.

The Writing Date  Where you write and how you structure your commitment to doing it can make a world of difference. 

Grant Writing Tips for Graduate Students  Whether you are working in cooperation with faculty on a grant proposal, or spearheading one yourself, take 5 minutes to read this article to set yourself up for success.

Engage & Lead

Recreational & Social Organizations at SIUE

Drone Club?  Cycling Club?  Honey Bee Association?  Outdoor Adventure Club?  Campus Activities Board?

Yes, yes, and yes.  They all exist.  They're all here at SIUE. If you're looking to meet new people, have some fun, and make some memories, check out the recreational organizations on the Get Involved at SIUE website and connect! 

Cougar Pride: Student & Alumni Highlights

Meet George Diak, 2021 Outstanding Thesis Award Recipient

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the selection of George Diak, graduate of the MA in History program, as SIUE's 2021 Outstanding Thesis Award recipient for his thesis, “Gorleben Soll Leben! German Anti-Nuclear Power and Waste Protest through Images and Artworks in the Wendland, 1977-Present.” Dr. Jennifer Miller, George’s thesis advisor, summarized that the thesis is “assiduously researched with captivating sources on a salient topic – nuclear waste and the communities meant to live with it.” She elaborated that George demonstrated extreme resourcefulness as he faced the daunting task of researching and writing during the COVID-19 lockdown, and was able to utilize original German sources found in online archives. Dr. Miller also noted that George’s research comes at a time when governments are still debating what to do with nuclear energy and its lasting impacts, and that his scholarship has made a significant contribution to the field.

George completed his MA in History in December 2020, and aspires to pursue his doctoral degree and become a faculty member. 

George Diak & Dr. Jennifer Miller

George Diak (left), with his thesis advisor, Dr. Jennifer Miller (right)

Do you know a deserving student or alum that we should highlight in Cougar Pride
Complete the Excellent Graduate Student Nomination Form to let us know!