Call for Nominations for Graduate Student Awards

The Graduate School would like to encourage nominations for the following student awards: 

   Outstanding Dissertation– two awards, one in math/science/engineering and one in social sciences/business/humanities, $1000

   Graduate Student Teaching Excellence- $1000

   Graduate Student Service Excellence– $1000

   Graduate Man and Woman of the Year– $500

   Outstanding Interdisciplinary Program Student– $500

   Outstanding Graduate Student– one master’s and one doctoral student per      college, $500

 All winners will be recognized during the Graduate Education Week banquet on March 28 as well as receive a plaque/certificate and monetary award. More information about criteria, forms, and process for nomination can be found on our web page at:

The deadline for the first four awards listed above is February 1, 2013 at 5 pm while the last two are due by February 15 at 5 pm.

Contact Associate Dean, Janet Rankin, with questions:

THE VIRTUAL GLC CAFÉ-Weekly Online Chats with Graduate School Staff

THE VIRTUAL GLC CAFÉ-Weekly Online Chats with Graduate School Staff

Wednesdays, starting Nov 28, 2:00-3:00 pm, Lobby of vGLC Join the Graduate School Staff weekly for online chats in the Virtual Graduate Life Center (vGLC).

This week’s topic: End of Semester/Graduation Checklist

The Virtual Graduate Life Center (vGLC) extends VT’s graduate-education community from campus to computer.  Using avatars they have created, visitors to the vGLC can currently visit with Graduate-School staff about general academic questions; find Grad-School forms and policy information; consult with the Graduate Student Ombudsperson; attend virtual seminars and workshops; socialize with other vGLC visitors; and explore the vGLC space, which mirrors the real-world Graduate Life Center on the Blacksburg campus.

Create Avatar:

Software: Select Imprudence Viewer download for Windows 1.4.0-beta-2   or  1.4.0-beta-2 Mac (Intel).

If you have questions or suggestions, please email Jodi Cromer ( or Marija Telbis-Forster (


Preview Weekend Nominations Open

The primary objectives of Preview Weekend are to:

  • Familiarize prospective graduate students with Virginia Tech graduate programs, the campus, the Blacksburg community, and resources for student support and financial support.
  • Provide prospective students the opportunity to interact with Virginia Tech faculty, administrators, and graduate students.
  • Provide information to help prospective students make an informed decision about graduate education at Virginia Tech.

View the 2013 schedule.

Eligible participants must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents residing in the U.S. who have applied for admission and have been accepted to Virginia Tech.

Student must be from an underrepresented population.

The Graduate School will provide housing, food, and funds to support students’ travel. If a student is chosen, the host department is expected to work in collaboration with the Graduate School to provide high quality programs including opportunities to meet with faculty and students in the department.

Nominations are open from November 15, 2011 through January 13, 2012. There is a maximum of three nominations per department. Contact Dannette Beane at or 540-231-6529 for more information.

Diversity Scholar Nominations are open

What is a Diversity Scholar?

Diversity scholars are graduate students who specialize in and advocate for the awareness, knowledge, and skills associated with diversity and inclusion in the Graduate School and greater community. A diversity scholar’s goal is to create dialogue, provide advocacy, and implement change for a more diverse and inclusive experience for all graduate students, faculty, staff, and administrators. This involvement can take place in many forms and can be specific to a particular curriculum or department, or it can be more global.

Diversity scholars exhibit the following strengths and knowledge in their work:

  • Multicultural Competencies
  • Advocacy Competencies
  • Identity Development Models
  • Communication Competencies
  • Conflict Resolution Skills

How do I become a Diversity Scholar?

Diversity Scholars are chosen based upon their competency in diversity and inclusion, knowledge about cultural differences, and belief in the Virginia Tech “Principles of Community.” A nomination is required and is evaluated by a committee based upon several factors seen in congruence with the Inclusive Excellence model adopted by the University Strategic Plan.

To demonstrate competency in diversity and inclusion, applicants are encouraged to take GRAD 5984: Diversity and Inclusion for A Global Society or to demonstrate knowledge based on past experience (e.g., work with diversity and/or inclusion) or course work (e.g., counselor education, sociology). Otherwise, students can be nominated by a faculty member or community member. An interview is required for finalists.

How much time will I have to commit as a Diversity Scholar?

The commitment takes place in the spring semester. There will be bi-monthly or monthly group meetings and training sessions, which will be scheduled with group input. The year’s involvement will conclude with a final presentation of projects in late April or May. Each meeting will last approximately one hour.

Will I be compensated for the time I commit to being a Diversity Scholar?

Each diversity scholar will receive a one-time stipend of $300 for full participation in the program. Additionally, if a student presents his/her project at a conference, the ORDI will assist with the conference fees and/or travel, with approval. In addition, students will earn completion certificates at the end of the term.

ETD Speaker Series: Graduate School Review of your ETD

For students who did  not make it to the workshops – this session is for you!!

ETD Speaker Series: Graduate School Review of your ETD in the  Virtual Graduate Life Center (vGLC) Graduate School staff will  discuss items we check while reviewing your submitted ETD and  the timeline of the submission process

When:      11/07/2012 @ 2:00 PM

Where: Plaza in the Virtual Graduate Life Center (vGLC)


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 in at the Blacksburg campus  from anywhere in the world that you have internet access 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.

 In order to use the vGLC for the first time, please follow  these basic instructions below:

1.     In a web browser, go to:

2.     Click the CREATE ACCOUNT link at the top right of the webpage

  • Enter VT email
  • Enter name
  • Enter password
  • Select avatar type
  • Select Create

 3.     Download Imprudence Software 1.4.0-beta-2 Windows

or 1.4.0-beta-2 Mac (Intel)


 4. Open/Start  Imprudence Viewer/Icon (purple hand)

  • Go  to grid manager
  • Click the Add New Grid button below the Select a Grid menu box
  • In the Grid text box, type: virtual_glc 
  • In the Grid Name text box, type: Virtual GLC
  • In the Login URI text box, type:
  • Select OK

Please make sure you read the instructions:

****To view live streaming you must review pages 10-12:

Have Apple QuickTime Player

Use Imprudence 1.4.0 or later to view the virtual world Enable  media helper widget in Imprudence via Preferences.

  • Open Edit drop-down menu and choose Preferences.
  • In Preferences, navigate to the Audio & Video menu.
  • Put a check in the Media helper widget check-box.
  • Click Apply
  • Click Ok

Day of Event

  • Logon to Imprudence
  • Meet us at the plaza in the Virtual Graduate School Life Center
  • Click the play button in the bottom menu bar in
  • Imprudence, to the right of the camera icon
  • Click on black screen
  • Press Play

There will be Graduate School staff available before, during and after the session to answer any questions you may have.  We hope to see you there!

Questions regarding the vGLC should be directed to Marija  Telbis-Forster at or Jodi Cromer