(Graduate Advisers’ Publication)
Volume 9, Number 6, March 2009
Kyoto Prize Symposium
On Thursday, March 19, beginning at 9:30 am in Montezuma Hall, SDSU will host
Dr. Richard M. Karp, who is the 2008 Kyoto Laureate in Advanced Technology.
Dr. Karp will speak on "The Mysteries of Algorithms", an area that he has done much to
de-mystify during his 45-year career at IBM, Berkeley, and the University of
Dr. Karp's presentation will be followed by a perspective on his work by Dr. Andrew
Viterbi, co-founder (with Irwin Jacobs) of Qualcomm.
Please make every effort to attend this presentation. It is an annual intellectual highlight
of SDSU's year. Admission is free, but you are requested to register at
Student Research Symposium 2009
The 2009 Student Research Symposium was a great success. Please visit the DRA
website for access to the SRS program and award winners:
HP Wide-format Printer for Student Use
Financial contributions to the SRS are used to host the annual symposium and also to
provide infrastructure support to students conducting research, scholarship and creative
work. This year, SRS funds were used to purchase an HP wide-format printer. The printer
is housed in the Library (LL146) and is available to all SDSU students. The printing fee
is $40 per print job (please go to the SRS website for additional details). Contact
Michael McGovern, Copy Services Coordinator, at (619) 594-0632 for more information
about poster printing.
Fall 2009 New Student Orientation
The date for our fall graduate orientation will be Wednesday, August 26, 2009, from
8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. If possible please try and plan your department orientation on
the same day immediately following ours. Be sure to let us know where and when you
will hold your orientation so that we may include that information in our program. GRA
will be sending out an invitation in early August to all new fall graduate students.
There will be a Graduate Teaching Assistant workshop held at 2:00 p.m. the same day.
Please advise your GTA’s to attend. If you have suggestions for enriching the workshop
or would like to participate, please contact Janet Rodgers at email@example.com.
Financial Support for Graduate Students
The California Pre-Doctoral Program
This program is designed to increase the diversity of the pool of potential university
faculty by supporting the doctoral aspirations of individuals who are:
Current upper division or graduate students in the CSU
Economically and educationally disadvantaged
U.S. citizens or permanent residents
Leaders of tomorrow
The program offers graduate students who are interested in doctoral programs the opportunity to
explore doctoral study with a total cash award of $3000 to the student and the faculty mentor.
This money can be used for travel expenses to prospective universities, taking the GRE, attending
seminars/conferences, subscriptions to publications/journals, transcript fees, university
application fees, etc.
Students receiving this award are also given the opportunity to participate in one of the
University of California’s summer research internship programs during the summer of 2010.
Funding for the summer research internship is fully covered. Internships cover 8-10 week
periods generally beginning in June and ending in August. The award amount is agreed upon
between the institution and the Pre-Doctoral Program Office. Funding generally covers housing,
meals, transportation, and program participation costs that are deemed reasonable for the
institution. A separate stipend is also awarded to the scholar.
All details of this scholarship program can be found on www.CalState.edu/predoc.
Applications are to be submitted through the Graduate and Research Affairs. You may
contact Janet Rodgers (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
Applications are due in the Graduate Division (SSE 1410) by March 20, 2009.
Southern California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education
The 2009 Southern California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education will be
held at CSU San Marcos on Saturday, April 23. The Forum is the largest minority-
oriented graduate and professional school fair held in the United States. There will be
approximately 1200-1400 students in attendance. Invitations to qualified SDSU students
went out in February, currently there are 165 SDSU students registered to attend. If you
have students who might be interested in attending, please have them contact Janet
Final day for submission of thesis without risk: Your thesis will be reviewed in time for
you to make any corrections and obtain final clearance to submit your thesis to
Montezuma Publishing by the May 26th noon deadline. Submit thesis to the Graduate
Division (SSE 1410). Thesis must be formatted and the signature page completed prior
April 7th – May 26th
Thesis will be accepted on an at-risk basis. By submitting your completed thesis for
review to GRA at-risk you are not guaranteed that your thesis will be reviewed in time to
be submitted to Montezuma Publishing by the noon deadline of May 26, 2009.
May 21st - Noon Deadline
For depositing thesis cleared by the Thesis Reviewer to Montezuma Publishing assuring
Spring 2009 graduation. NOTE: If you do not meet this deadline, you will need to
reapply for Summer 2009 graduation.
When submitting approved Doctoral Dissertations to the Graduate Division for Spring
2009 graduation, the Joint University’s deadlines apply.
May 26th – Noon Deadline
Final day to submit thesis to the Graduate Division without having to enroll in thesis
799B the following semester. You will still need to apply for Summer 2009 graduation if
you do not meet the May 21st deadline listed above.
Other GRA Deadlines
May 1st Final day for submission of Incomplete and Report in Progress grade removals
for graduation with an advanced degree. Grade changes can be confirmed via WebPortal.
May 15th Final day for departments to report successful completion of comprehensive
examination to the Graduate Division.
Advanced Certificates through College of Extended Studies
Students pursuing an advanced certificate through CES must be formally admitted to
SDSU via CSU Mentor. Students must attend the semester they are admitted or will be
considered a no show and will have to reapply for the following semester. If the student
misses the application deadline they may take course work through CES prior to
matriculation, but must apply for admission the following semester.
Up to 9 units of course work taken prior to admission to SDSU would be taken as transfer
All advanced certificates are awarded and signed by the Graduate Division. The
certificate is then posted on the student's transcript, printed with the Provost’s signature
then sent to the faculty advisor for their signature.
Fulbright Scholarship Workshops
Below is the spring schedule for the Fulbright Information Workshops. Graduate students
and recent alumni who are U.S. citizens are eligible to apply.
SDSU STUDENT FULBRIGHT INFORMATION WORKSHOPS FOR SPRING 2009
Wednesday, March 18 from 2-330 in Hepner Hall 206
Wednesday, April 8 from 2-330 in Hepner Hall 206
Tuesday, April 14 from 11-1215 in SH 344
Thursday, April 23 from 4-530 in SH 344
Wednesday, April 29 from 2-330 in Hepner Hall 206
Students may reserve a space by email: email@example.com
How to apply:
Student Fulbright applications must be submitted both to the Scholarship Office and
electronically. Applications will be due to the Scholarship Office by 3 p.m. on Sept. 21,
and will be followed by an on-campus interview.
Applications are available at http://www.fulbrightonline.org
SDSU Fulbright Advisor: Dr. Pat Huckle, firstname.lastname@example.org
Grad Fest information
April 14 – 16 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Southside of the SDSU Bookstore