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.

Current Students Resources

Important Dates

**Deadline for graduate degree candidates to turn in theses/dissertations to The Graduate School for degree conferral is the Wednesday following finals week. See the Academic Calendar for exact dates.

January

  • Mid-January – UDF and UEF nominations due to College (see communication from College)

February

March

  • March 1 - Process assistantships for summer semester per Office of Financial Aid.
  • March 31 – Assistantship letter due for graduate students being employed as TAs for summer semester

April

  • April 1 - Process fellowships for summer semester per Office of Financial Aid.
  • April 1 - Travel Fellowship and Research Enhancement Fellowship requests due to College if requesting funding for current fiscal year (July 1-June 30).  See instructions at bottom of page.
  • 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.

Summer (June, July, August)

  • June 30 - Deadline for applications for Dissertation Completion Fellowship for Fall Semester. DCF Data Sheet | Instruction Sheet
  • July 1 - Process assistantships for fall semester per Office of Financial Aid.
  • August 1 - Process fellowships for fall semester per Office of Financial Aid.

October

  • October 1 - Process assistantships for spring semester per Office of Financial Aid.
  • October 15 - Deadline for applications for Dissertation Completion Fellowship for Spring Semester. DCF Data Sheet | Instruction Sheet

November

  • November 1 - Process fellowships for spring semester per Office of Financial Aid.

December

  • December 1 - Assistantship letter (or non-renewal notice) due for graduate student being employed as TAs, RAs or TEs for spring semester.

Student Reports and Forms

Events, Programs and Student Group

Departmental Graduate Student Organizations

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.

  • Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics GSO Advisor: Bob Myers
  • Animal Science GSO:
  • Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Advisor: Pouyan Nejadhashemi
  • Graduate, Undergraduate Entomology Student Society (GUESS) Advisor: Anthony Cognato
  • Forestry Graduate Student Affairs Council Advisor: David Rothstein
  • Food Science and Human Nutrition GSO Advisor: Elizabeth Gardner
  • Horticulture Organization of Graduate Students (HOGS) Advisor: Ryan Warner
  • School of Packaging Graduate Association Advisor: Rafael Auras
  • Graduate Associate for Crop and Soil Sciences (ACRS) Advisor: Karen Renner
  • Student Phytopathological Organization for Research and Education (SPORES) Advisor: Ray Hammerschmidt
  • School of Planning, Design and Construction GSO Advisor: Ming-Han Li

Career Preparation

Funding Resources

Awards

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.

Process

  1. Fully complete the appropriate form and attach the required additional information.
  2. Get the necessary signatures (major professor, department chair, school director) within the department or school.
  3. Send form to the Office of Academics and Student Affairs (OASA) through campus mail, email a PDF to lduffey@msu.edu or drop off at 121 Ag Hall.
  4. 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.
  5. OASA and the Graduate School will inform the department of the approved funding.