March 2024 Newsletter

Robin bird in early spring blossoming tree outside Adelbert Hall, April 2019


Commencement - May 17, 2024

Students of the School of Graduate Studies who received degrees in August 2023 and January 2024 and those who will graduate in May 2024 are invited to attend our Diploma Ceremony in Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center as part of Commencement on Friday, May 17 at 2:00pm! Registration for graduates is required so don't forget; registration will close on Sunday, March 31 at 11:59pm EDT. Please note that applying to graduate and registering for Commencement are two entirely separate processes. When you register, you will be able to enter a preferred name and phonetic spelling and record your pronunciation. We are not issuing guest tickets for our Diploma Ceremony and you many invite as many friends and family to attend as you wish.

To ensure you will receive your cap and gown in time for the ceremony, you are strongly encouraged to order regalia as soon as possible. Don't wait until the deadline!

All students are also invited to a University-wide Convocation on Wednesday, May 15. More details on Commencement 2024 will be posted in the coming weeks but you can review additional information here.

Three Masters Students Holding Diplomas at Commencement 2019

Submit Graduation Materials by April 5

If you have applied to graduate for Spring 2024, you must submit your final materials by 5:00pm EDT on Friday, April 5. Submission of materials includes the completed format check and the uploading of your approved Thesis or Dissertation to OhioLINK. Please plan to communicate with your advisors and committee to make sure all approvals are completed. All forms can be downloaded and electronically signed to be emailed to or dropped off in our office in Tomlinson 203.

Last Day for Course Withdrawal: March 29

If you need to withdraw from a single course (as long as it is not your only class), you have until Friday, March 29 to do so. For most classes, this is to be done in SIS. See the University Registrar's page on class registration (start at #20) for instructions.

When you drop the individual course, you will receive a grade of W on your transcript and you will receive a 0% tuition refund. If you have more questions or are unsure whether you should drop the individual course, speak to your professor and/or advisor before making the decision to withdraw.

Resolve Fall 2023 Incompletes

If you received an Incomplete (I) grade in the fall semester, you have until the date specified by your instructor - but no later than the 11th week of class (Friday, March 29) - to submit all outstanding work in order to have a final grade posted. If the Incomplete is not resolved by this date, the I grade will be converted to an F. See our Incomplete Policy in the Bulletin for more details.

Student taking notes by hand in class

Currently Auditing a Course?

Students can audit a course to gain knowledge in a subject area without being bound to complete all of the required coursework. Email a completed Add/Drop Form to to audit a course for Spring 2024 by Friday, March 29. A student may audit a course with the approval of the instructor and advisor, however, they receive no credit for the course (a grade of AD is posted on the transcript). Note that a course cannot be changed from Audit to Credit, and audited courses cannot be used to fulfill any degree requirements. Full tuition is charged for audited courses.

Eclipse Day: April 8

All classes for graduate students will be canceled on Monday, April 8 for the total solar eclipse. Check with your advisors and instructors if research activities will continue. Many campus facilities (libraries, rec centers, dining, shuttles) will continue to operate as normal. The School of Graduate Studies on-campus office will will be closed but staff can be reached via email and phone.

Enjoy the stellar spectacle (safely with appropriate eye protection) and associated events but plan accordingly for the influx of traffic and visitors to Cleveland.

Spoken English Sessions

  • SELP Seminars Idioms and Expressions: March 29, April 5, 12, and 19, 4:25-5:15pm
  • SELP Workshops: Most Fridays 3:20-4:10pm
  • SELP English Conversation Hours Practice: Fridays 2:15-3:05pm
  • SELP Tutoring Program: one-on-one tutoring for grad students and postdocs

Register for the seminars and workshops on CampusGroups; no registration needed for conversation hours. Most sessions are in Tomlinson 239. Graduate students can book tutoring sessions through Tutortrac. Postdocs can contact Eric Moore, the Director of Spoken English Language Programs (SELP).

Submit Required Admission Documents

Do you have admission materials to submit to the School of Graduate Studies? If you have not yet turned in your official transcripts or test scores, please check your account for an email titled "CWRU official admission documents needed" sent on February 21. All students with unresolved conditions will have a Fall 2024 registration hold until the documents have been received and you will not be able to register for classes.

Grad Student Appreciation Week

Banner for Graduate Student Appreciation Week 2016

The Office of Graduate Student Life invites you to a week of events at the beginning of April to recognize the intellectual, teaching, and cultural contributions that graduate students make to our University community everyday!

Keep checking the CampusGroups page for a list of official GSAW and related events as more information is added!

Award Season

Selection of student winners of 2018 Graduate Awards

Save the Date: Grad Student Award Ceremony!

Celebrate our outstanding students from across campus at the 20th annual Graduate Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 1 at 3:00pm EDT in the Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom!  The ceremony also honors this year's student-selected winners of the prestigious John S. Diekhoff Awards for Faculty. If you can't attend in-person, the ceremony will also be livestreamed.

Cheers to Three Minute Thesis Winners!

The third annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition at CWRU was held on February 16. Over two dozen students competed by communicating the significance of their projects to a general audience in just three minutes with only one slide. Congratulations to this year's winners:

  • Eileen PetrosBiomedical Engineering
    Science & Human Rights Coalition 1st Place Prize
  • Bijoya BasuGenetics and Genome Sciences
    Veale Institute for Entrepreneurship 2nd Place Prize
    Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership People's Choice Award
  • Suzhou LiBiomedical Engineering
    Science & Human Rights Coalition 3rd Place Prize
  • Vidya GopakumarPharmacology
    Veale Institute for Entrepreneurship Postdoc Prize
  • Taiwo FaloniBiology
    Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership People's Choice Award
  • Pamela RobinsonManagement
    Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership People's Choice Award

Eileen will go on to represent CWRU and compete at the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools Regional Competition next month.

2024 Postdoc Vendor Fair

The CWRU Postdoctoral Association's 2024 Vendor Fair by Avantor will be held on Wednesday, April 3 in the Wolstein Research Building Lobby from 10:00am to 1:30pm. Discover what's new in reagents, supplies, and research techniques, and support the University's postdocs! The theme this year is the solar eclipse so come get free solar eclipse glasses and enter for space themed basket raffles! Register on CampusGroups.

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