Student Newsletter - February 2022

Updates from The Grad Office

Welcome to the CCAS Graduate Student Newsletter! Designed to keep you up to date with news and events, policies and processes, and all things for CCAS graduate students!

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The Student Services Team is located in Smith 118. Our office will be open during normal business hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. The Student Services team is here to support you and will continue to be dedicated to providing you guidance and serve as a resource to help you navigate university policies and procedures. Students may schedule a virtual, phone, or in-person appointment with your coordinator in addition to appointments related to Career Services. 

For our February newsletter we have the following topics:


Career's Corner

Career Coaching Lab

"Move from insight to action as you navigate the path from graduate school to career."

Interview Strategies: Learn and practice effective ways to communicate how your interest, skills and education can positively serve the needs of the position for which you are applying. 

Build Your Network: Explore the most helpful tips for building your network as you navigate your career journey. 

Define Your “Why”: Create awareness as to where your interests and values align with your goals and objectives.

Develop Toolbox: Be ready to apply for jobs and internships by creating your professional resume, cover letter and social media profile. 

Schedule your appointment today through Handshake with Wendy Wright, CCAS Career Coach.


Important Dates

Please note the following February events. To view future events, please visit the Current Student Events Website.

De-Mystifying the Thesis/Dissertation Proposal Workshop February 10
CCAS ETD Workshop I February 16

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition 

February 24

Come meet the Student Services team!

Visit the CCAS Student Services Office in Smith Hall Suite 118 between Monday, February 14 and Friday, February 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to receive a sweet treat. While you are here, submit your name for a chance to win exclusive GW gear! We look forward to your participation!


Spring ETD Deadlines

Ph.D. Students:

April 6th - ETD form due and submitted, final, approved, post-defense electronic dissertation to the ProQuest site
April 13th - Final approved dissertation containing all post-defense revisions and required formatting is approved by University ETD administrator

More information can be found on our Ph.D. Clearance Deadline website.

Master's Students:

April 24th - Upload thesis to Proquest to allow enough time for ETD revisions requested
April 29th - Final approved thesis and required formatting is approved by University ETD administrator


ETD Workshop for Ph.D. Students

Students completing their dissertation in the near future are strongly encouraged to attend the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) workshop. Our student services team will review the submission process, formatting requirements, and briefly discuss upcoming deadlines. This workshop will only cover requirements specific to CCAS graduate students.


February 16th @ 12:00 p.m.


Completing your Degree in Spring 2022

If you are completing your Master's or Doctoral degree requirements in Spring 2022 then you must apply to graduate for Spring 2022.  If you have not already applied, you can do so through GWeb. Instructions can be found on the Registrar website. If you wish to participate in commencement/celebration activities in May 2022, then you must apply no later than March 15, 2022. To ensure there are no delays or issues we strongly recommend you apply much earlier than the deadline. You may apply as soon as you are registered. 

If you are completing your degree requirements during the summer semester, but wish to participate in commencement/celebration activities in May 2022, then you must wait until Summer registration opens in mid-March, register for Summer, and then apply for Summer graduation no later than April 1, 2022. Do not apply for Spring graduation if you do not intend to complete your degree requirements until the summer semester.  Doing so will cause delays with your graduation clearance process.

If you are completing a graduate certificate then you must submit a Certificate Completion Form

Doctoral students planning to graduate should please reference the CCAS Ph.D. Clearance Deadlines page for Spring 2022 deadlines and reach out to [email protected] with any questions.


Faculty Speaker and Graduate Mentor Award Nominations

We invite you to nominate a CCAS faculty member to speak at this year’s CCAS Celebration. If you know a faculty member who you believe would be a compelling speaker, you may submit your recommendation here. We are also seeking nominations for the CCAS Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring. To recommend a CCAS faculty member who has been particularly helpful and supportive to graduate students, whether in a formal or informal capacity, please use this form. Nominations for both honors are due no later than Wednesday, February 16, 2022.  Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions.


Free Virtual Group Fitness

GW Campus Recreation will be offering free virtual group fitness classes in a variety of formats to meet your fitness and wellness needs. Beginning on Tuesday, January 18, these classes will be available until symptomatic testing is no longer located in our group fitness studio. Check out our eclectic schedule and incredible instructors to select which classes you want to attend! To attend these free classes, just fill out this waiver and you will receive a Zoom link to your email. Contact [email protected] with any questions. Ends Sunday, February 13th.


Student Organization Presentations

This year, the Student Association (SA) is hoping to give student organizations a platform to present who they are at SA meetings throughout the year. If your student organization would like to present, please fill out this form.


Graduate Student Study Spaces

The Graduate Student Study Room is a quiet study space on the fifth floor of Gelman Library, accessible via a tap of your GWorld card. The Global Resources Center on Gelman's seventh floor is open exclusively to graduate students outside of it's staffed hours, also accessible with your GWorld card. Learn more about available study spaces on the Gelman Learning Spaces page.


Funding and Professional Development Opportunities

National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities Announce Grant Awards

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has announced grants to 1,498 institutions totaling $33.2 million and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced grants to 208 projects totaling $24.7 million for Fiscal Year 2022. NEA awarded grants can be found here and NEH grants here.

Dean's Dissertation Completion Fellowship

CCAS invites eligible Ph.D. candidates to apply for the Dean’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship (DCF) for the academic year 2022-2023. Recipients of the DCF will receive a fellowship equivalent to the standard CCAS graduate assistant salary and stipend for one or two semesters, as well as an award of required candidacy tuition for the period of the fellowship. More information can be found here under the section for the Dean's Dissertation Completion Fellowship. Applications are due on February 28 at 5:00 PM EST.

Penn State Pan-African Professional Alliance

The Penn State Pan-African Professional Alliance (Pan-APA) will be hosting our annual conference in person on April 9th, 2022 at the Pasquerilla Center in University Park, PA. This year our theme is "Community Development Initiatives in Africa" and we welcome submissions of abstracts (no more than 250 words) for projects broadly connected to this theme. Graduate students from all disciplines, programs, and universities are welcome to submit abstracts to present either orally (15-minute presentation) or via poster. The call for abstracts can be found here. The final deadline for all submissions is March 1, 2022

Scottish Rite Endowment Graduate Fellowships

Tuition fellowships funded by income from a Scottish Rite endowment given to the George Washington University, are awarded for the academic year to full-time graduate students in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. Fellowships are up to twelve credits per academic year for full-time study and up to six credits per academic year for part-time study. Review the Verification of Scottish Rite Eligibility Form, as well as more details on this fellowship. Deadline: March 6, 2022

Walter Green Fellowships

For Master's students who intend a career in public service or government and work in a paid job or internship for at least 15 hours a week. The student must be or will be employed in a paid job or paid internship related to their program at GW in the DC Metro Area at the time of application. Academic year fellowships will be up to $6,000 for full-time study and up to $3,000 for part-time study (excluding fees). More information can be found hereDeadline: March 7, 2022

Graduate Student Fellowships from George Mason University

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is now accepting applications for 2022-2023 fellowships. All applications are due on March 15, 2022.

Adam Smith Fellowship: A one-year program for doctoral students from any university and discipline who are interested in political economy.
Frédéric Bastiat Fellowship: A one-year program for graduate students from any university and discipline who are interested in public policy.
Oskar Morgenstern Fellowship: A one-year program for doctoral students from any university and discipline with training in quantitative methods and interest in political economy.

Remote Summer Internship Opportunity

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) is now accepting applications for their 2022 Summer Professional Development Intern. The Professional Development team coordinates AASLH’s webinars, online courses, workshops, the History Leadership Institute (HLI), and the Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (STEPS). The deadline to apply is March 15. The paid and remote internship is set to begin in June 2022. More information can be found here.

Bryce Harlow Fellowship

Fellowships are awarded to individuals working full-time, attending graduate school part-time and who anticipate having careers in the field of government relations, lobbying or advocacy. Recipients receive $8,000 ($4,000 per semester), mentoring opportunities, and access to seminars and other educational activities.  More information can be found hereDeadline: April 29, 2022


Updated February 18, 2022

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