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Graduate School

O'Dowd Hall, Room 520
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-2700

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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The Graduate School hosts events each year for prospective and current graduate students. View the list of events for the upcoming 2019-2020 academic year below. 

Graduate Open House
Graduate school information/recruiting events
On-campus events
  • Graduate school information table
    • Oakland Center, 11 am - 1 pm
      • Wednesday, August 21
      • Wednesday, September 18
      • Wednesday, October 16 
      • Wednesday, November 20 
  • Graduate open house
    • Thursday, October 17, 2019
      • Oakland Center, Founders Ballrooms
      • 5 pm - 7 pm 
    • Wednesday, March 18, 2020
      • Oakland Center, Founders Ballrooms
      • 5 pm - 7 pm
  • Executive MBA information session
    • The Executive MBA at OU is a premier graduate business program designed exclusively for experienced, high-potential professionals, featuring rigorous curriculum, leadership and professional development and global immersion. 
Online events
Off-campus events
  • ATD Detroit Conference
    • Tuesday, October 22 
    • Wednesday, October 23
  • The Ohio State University
    • Tuesday, September 10
    • Student Union
  • Albion College 
    • Wednesday, September 11 
    • Ludington Center 
  • Rochester College
    • Tuesday, September 24
  • University of Windsor 
    • Wednesday, September 25 
  • Bowling Green State University
    • Thursday, September 26 
  • Trine University 
    • Tuesday, October 8 
  • IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis)
    • Wednesday, October 9 
  • University Detroit Mercy
    • Thursday, October 10
  • University of Illinois Urbana Champagne
    • Wednesday, October 16 
  • Western Michigan University 
    • Monday, October 21 
  • Central Michigan University
    • Tuesday, October 22 
  • Michigan State University 
    • Wednesday, October 23 
  • Grand Valley State University
    • Thursday, October 24
Graduate student research conference

The Graduate School and the Office of Research Administration hosted the 2019 Graduate Student Research Conference. This was a great opportunity to learn about graduate students' research, to network with students and faculty, and to hear from the guest keynote speaker. 

  • The next graduate student research conference will be on Friday, March 6, 2020. 

Please contact Professor Chris Stiller at for questions or information about the conference. 

For a complete overview of past conferences including presentation times, locations and guest speakers view the following online booklets: 

Research and writing workshops

Oakland University Writing Center, OU Libraries, and the Graduate School have partnered to provide 1) OU's graduate students with research and writing support for their theses and dissertations and 2) their supervisors with tools to better support them. 

Sit Down and Write

A writing retreat for advanced graduate students who are composing high-stakes documents, such as proposals, practicums, theses, dissertations, and publications. This accountability program provides a distraction free environment for composing in the company of like-tasked graduate students. 

Although most of the time is devoted to individual composing, it includes: 1) lunch, during which we discuss timely topics, such as eliciting feedback from your committee, and 2) brief breakout consultations as needed. For more information about the program and resources to support your writing, see the Sit Down and Write website. 

One-on-One Writing Consultations for Student and Faculty

Available with the director and/or graduate consultants. We help faculty address their tenure review statements, publications, syllabus, assignments, etc.  We work with graduate writers on their proposals, theses, dissertations, and publications. These 60-minute appointments are available Tuesday - Thursday from 9 am to 7 pm on the following dates:

  • July 9 - August 22

To schedule a session, either visit our online scheduler or call (248) 370-3120 during the above-noted hours. Although we do not host summer walk-in hours, we often have availability, so if you need assistance, do not hesitate to stop by when we are open. We will do our best to accommodate you.

Dissertation 101: A Workshop Series for Graduate Writers and Their Supervisors

A bi-weekly workshop series that has addressed such timely topics as writing with statistics, literature review construction, data management and storage, understanding the IRB process, copyright and fair use, etc. 

Although we are not offering any summer workshops, we welcome your suggestions about topics to address in the fall series. If you would appreciate coverage of a specific issue or you would like to volunteer to present, please contact Dr. Sherry Wynn Perdue, Director, at (248) 370-3105 or

To download resources from previous sessions, see the Dissertation 101 Presentations page.

Do you need professional one-on-one feedback? Schedule a graduate consultation at the writing center by calling (248) 370-3120 or by scheduling online

Graduate teaching assistant series

How will your skills and experience as a graduate student translate to your own classroom? This workshop series will introduce basic components of successful teaching, with opportunities to develop pedagogy and practice teaching skills. Skills include developing a syllabus, methods of presenting content and enhancing student learning, classroom management and assessing student performance. This series will help graduate students who are teaching assistants or who are interested in becoming future faculty members. 

Attend orientation and register for the whole series at

*There is no cost to OU graduate students. Students who attend the full series will receive a certificate upon completion.