Student Newsletter - March 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!

Graduate Student Newsletter Archive

MARCH 2022

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 March 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.


Wellness Corner

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is offering a variety of virtual workshops throughout the Spring 2022 semester. Please visit the CAPS website for more details and information on how to register.

Notice for New Students (Spring 2022) 

For students who started their program of study in the Spring 2022 semester, please make sure that you have turned in all official documents and transcripts required as part of the admissions process. Students who are still missing documents will have a hold placed on their account and will not be able to register for the Fall 2022 semester until those documents are submitted.


Important Dates

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

CCAS Ph.D. ETD Workshop II March 10

Building Intention Around a Post-Ph.D. Career Outside of Academia

March 22

Save the Date! Graduate Student Appreciation Week: April 4-8

The Office of Graduate Studies is excited to celebrate Graduate Student Appreciation Week (GSAW). Launched in 1993 by the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students, GSAW serves to support and acknowledge graduate and professional students. The week recognizes the contributions, impact, and value of graduate and professional students on campuses throughout the United States.

We will have loads of giveaways, prizes, events, food, and the opportunity to shout-out your fellow students! More details will follow closer to April 4th.


ETD Deadlines for Spring 2022 Graduates


Master's Thesis Deadlines
April 24

ETD submission deadline. You complete the following by this deadline:

  1. Submit your approved thesis to the ProQuest site
  2. Submit the ETD Access Approval Form to [email protected]
April 29 Final university ETD approval deadline. All formatting edits must be completed by this deadline.
PhD Dissertation Deadlines
April 1 Dissertation defense deadline
April 6

ETD submission deadline. You complete the following by this deadline:

  1. Submit final, approved, post-defense dissertation to the ProQuest site
  2. Submit the ETD Access Approval Form to [email protected]
  3. Complete the NSF Survey of Earned Doctorates
  4. Complete the GW Graduation Student Survey
April 13 Final university ETD approval deadline. All formatting edits must be completed by this deadline.

ETD Workshop for Ph.D. Students

Students completing their dissertation in Spring, Summer, or Fall 2022 are strongly encouraged to attend the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) workshop. Our Student Services team members will review the submission process, formatting requirements, and briefly discuss upcoming deadlines. This workshop will only cover requirements specific to CCAS PhD students.

March 10th @ 3:00 p.m.


Completing your Degree in Spring 2022

If you are completing your Master's or Doctoral degree requirements in Spring 2022, 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 for Spring 2022 classes.

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 on March 15, 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 to [email protected].

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.


Commencement Week Celebrations

For those graduating in Spring 2022, we invite you to mark your calendars for the following CCAS and GW Commencement Week events:

Celebration Date and Time
Doctoral Hooding Thursday, May 12 at 5:00 pm
Master’s Celebration Friday, May 13 at 8:30 am
GW Commencement Sunday, May 15 at 10:00 am

Please refer to the CCAS Celebration website, the GW Commencement website, and our Graduation FAQ page for additional information.


Writing Center Long-Term Project Program

The Writing Center offers a long-term project program, designed for writers working on writing tasks that extend from three weeks to several months. For example, papers that are assigned at the beginning of the semester and due at the end, or graduate school dissertations. For these, it is especially helpful to work with the same consultant, who can offer guidance about how to set up a consistent writing routine, help set clear writing goals, and give regular feedback.

The program offers up to two 50-minute appointments with the same consultant every week, helping provide sustained writing support and deadline management for projects that require more work than the regular 25-minute or 50-minute sessions.


Take a Paws: De-Stress With a Therapy Dog

Columbian College undergraduate and graduate students are invited to play with therapy dogs, care of D.C.-based nonprofit People Animals Love. Join us at District House on Wednesday, March 9 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm for some puppy love! All attendees must register in advance. Visits with the PAL dogs will be timed to accommodate all registrants. Students will enter the room on a first-come, first-served basis.

Take a Paws with Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and PAL


Tax Information

The Tax Department provides information regarding tax issues that may impact GW students, such as the taxation of payments received from the university (including salary, scholarships, stipends, etc.,) helpful tax forms, and student publications.

The International Student Tax Workshop is scheduled for Thursday, March 10th from 11:00 am via Webex. Prior registration is required. If you cannot make it to this workshop, you can also register to attend one of the webinars that Sprintax is conducting. More information, webinar dates, and registration links are available on the GW Sprintax page.


Congratulations to our Bouchet Honor Society Inductees!

Please join the CCAS Office of Graduate Studies in congratulating the following GW 2022 Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society inductees. Named for the first African American doctoral recipient in the United States, the society recognizes and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate.

Anthony J. Cade II (History)
Claire Charpentier (Genomics & Bioinformatics)
Stephanie Gomez (Microbiology & Immunology)
Axelle Kamanzi Shimwa (Human Paleobiology)
Kristen Tuosto (Human Paleobiology)


Congratulations to our 3MT Winners!

We want to thank all of our participants for presenting their dissertation research at the 2022 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) dissertation competition! You can view the recording of the competition on the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Facebook page.

First Place: Dustin Abele (Chemistry)
Second Place: Ruoyu Chen (Economics)
Third Place: Anthony Hennig (Systems Engineering)
People's Choice Winner: Ferhan Guloglu (Anthropology)


Congratulations to our Valentine's Week Raffle Winner!

Thank you to all our students who stopped by the CCAS Office of Graduate Studies from February 14 to 18 to grab a cookie! We had a great time meeting all of you, and we look forward to seeing you again throughout the semester! Our raffle winner was Dominique White, who is pursuing her MA degree in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Congratulations!

Dominique White posing with the sweatshirt she won during the CCAS Office of Graduate Studies Valentine's Week Raffle.


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.

2022 Pan-APA Annual Conference

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 8, 2022. Registration for the conference is open here.

Job Openings with the Montgomery County Council

The Montgomery County Council is hiring 3 Legislative Analysts; one will focus on housing issues, one on health and human services and the other a general analyst to focus on one or more public policy areas.  Legislative Analysts provides guidance and in-depth analysis to the Montgomery County Council and its 9 elected Councilmembers, who serve over 1 million diverse and engaged residents.  The positions work directly with Council members, senior staff, County departments, and other stakeholders to develop, draft, and analyze complex policy and fiscal issues. Closing date: March 11, 2022

For complete job descriptions and how to apply:
Legislative Analyst I (General Focus)
Legislative Analyst II/III (Housing & Health and Human Services Focus)

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, 2022. 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 March 8, 2022

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