Current Graduate Students
MSU and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) offer a variety of resources for graduate students. Typically, your faculty advisor or the graduate director for your program can help you resolve academic concerns. The graduate secretary in your department is often a good resource for questions about enrollment, assistantships and payroll.
The CANR works to facilitate opportunities for all of our graduate students, and is proactive about creating an inclusive and equitable environment for graduate education. To see some of the ways in which CANR works toward equity in our graduate programs, visit Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for more resources.
Mid-January – UDF and UEF nominations due to College (see communication from College)
February 1 - AAGA Applications due. Instruction Sheet
March 31 – Assistantship letter due for graduate students being employed as TAs for summer semester
April 15 - Assistantship letter (or non-renewal notice) due for graduate student being employed as RAs or TEs for summer and fall semesters.
April 22 – Assistantship letter (or non-renewal notice) due for graduate student being employed as TAs for fall and spring (if appropriate) semesters.
May 8, 2019 - Deadline for graduate degree candidates to turn in theses/dissertations to The Graduate School for Spring 2019 commencement
Student Reports and Forms
- Handbooks - Search for your department to find a link to the handbook that guides your graduate program.
Conference Travel Funding (see instructions below)
Graduate Research Enhancement Award (see instructions below)
Events, Programs and Student Groups
Departmental Graduate Student Organizations (GSOs) - Most groups do not have websites, but the graduate assistant in each unit will have more information about the GSO.
Graduate Research Enhancement Award, Office of VP for Research (See instructions below)
- Michigan Intercollegiate Graduate Studies Program
- Big Ten Academic Alliance Traveling Scholar Program
Resources and Links
Travel and Research Enhancement Instructions
Which program to apply to?
- If you are presenting your research at a professional conference, please apply for Travel funding. Limit of $400 approved during period of graduate program.
- If you need financial assistance with your research experience, such as attending a workshop for learning new techniques or ideas, data collection, short courses or laboratory rotations, please apply for Research Enhancement funding. Limit of one request during period of graduate program. Typically $500-1000 provided.
- Fully complete the appropriate form and attach the required additional information.
- Get the necessary signatures (major professor, department chair, school director) within the department or school.
- Send form to the Office of Academics and Student Affairs (OASA) through campus mail, email a PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop off at 121 Ag Hall.
- OASA staff will evaluate the request, provide the Associate Dean's approval, allocate CANR funding (if available), and send the form on to the Graduate School for review.
- OASA and the Graduate School will inform the department of the approved funding.