New GRAD courses for Spring

GRAD 5404, Research in International Contexts
Framework and context in which international research is conducted. International aspects of intellectual property and copyright law, trade law, export control, research ethics, research funding, protection of human and animal subjects. Cultural dimensions of collaboration including work requirements, varying systems of higher education and research, and work-life expectations. Logistics for research abroad.  Core course for the new Graduate Certificate in International Research Abroad. 3 cr, Tues 4-6:50, GLC.

GRAD 5984, From Memex to YouTube: Cognition, Learning, and the Internet
Explores how globally networked interactive computing can augment human intellect and thus address the primary mission of education. 3 cr, Tues & Thurs 9:30-10:45, GLC

ETD Speaker Series – Copyright

Tuesday, October 18th
Gail McMillan will discuss copyright, permissions and representing other author’s works in your ETD

Graduate Life Center Room G
Northern Virginia Center 351
Virtual GLC**

** We are implementing a new viewing option for the ETD speaker series. We will be using the Virtual Graduate Life Center (vGLC), an environment where you can create an account and attend various events held at the Blacksburg campus from anywhere in the world that you have internet access. This is the first time we will be implementing this viewing option so we ask that you please take the time now to review the links below on downloading the appropriate software and how to create an account then log into the vGLC.

You must request an account no later than noon on Friday, October 14th in order to ensure your account is approved and your computer is set up to view the streaming program. A sample video will be playing in the vGLC to ensure you have all the settings and preferences correctly selected prior to the event. vGLC users should "arrive" no later than 6:45 the night of the event to ensure all settings are correct to view the event before it begins at 7pm. Questions regarding the vGLC should be directed to

GLC Open House 2011

The Graduate School will host an open house in the nationally recognized, award-winning Graduate Life Center (GLC) on Friday, October 21, from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to attend to learn more about the services and spaces the facility offers.

The open house will include the following activities and opportunities:

  • Tours of the GLC, including residential floors
  • Scavenger hunt, with prizes
  • Information about graduate-student services in the GLC, including career advising, writing support, statistical consulting, and counseling
  • Graduate-student art, photo and writing contest
  • Corn-hole tournament on the GLC lawn
  • Photographs with the Hokie Bird
  • Visits with GLC staff
  • Light refreshments

The GLC is the first graduate facility of its kind in the nation. A joint venture of the Graduate School, Housing and Residence Life, and Student Centers and Activities, the center offers academic, administrative, professional, residential, and social spaces to promote graduate education and graduate community.

For more information about the event, visit our open house website or contact graduate student services or 540.231.9561.

Information Session: Graduate School Electronic Forms Application

The Graduate School will be offering two information/demonstration sessions to department coordinators and Graduate Program Faculty on the new Electronic Forms Application. We will provide a demonstration of the electronic form submission and faculty approval application as well as answer any questions you may have regarding this new system. Currently we are working to have final examinations completed using this application and will be adding additional Graduate School forms going forward.

The information sessions will be:
Monday, October 10
GLC Room F
NVC Room 351

Tuesday, November 8
GLC Room G
NVC Room 351, VTRC 3-024, 1021 Prince Street Rm 220

Please contact Janice Austin ( if you have any questions regarding the information/demonstration sessions.