Students at an open house event with display tables, banners and black and gold balloons


Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning hosts events each year for prospective and current graduate students. View the list of events for the upcoming 2018-2019 academic year below. 

2018 Graduate Student Research Conference Graduate Open House

Graduate school information/recruiting events

On-campus events
  • Graduate school information table
    • Wednesday, March 14, 2018
    • Oakland Center, 11 am - 1 pm
  • Graduate school information table
    • Wednesday, April 11, 2018
    • Oakland Center, 11 am - 1 pm
  • Graduate open house
    • Wednesday, March 21, 2018
    • Oakland Center, Banquet Rooms
    • 5 pm - 7 pm
Off-campus events
  • Lawrence Technological University
    • Thursday, February 22, 2018
    • College of Arts and Sciences Auditorium Lobby
    • 10 am - 1 pm 
    • 21000 W 10 Mile Rd. Southfield, MI 48075
  • Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters (MASAL) Annual Conference
    • Friday, March 9, 2018
    • CMU, Education and Health Sciences Building
    • 7:30 am - 3 pm
  • Grand Valley State University Professional School Fair
    • Thursday, March 15, 2018
    • Russel H. Kirkhof Center
    • 10 am - 2 pm
  • GM Jumpstart Graduate School Fair 
    • Wednesday, April 4, 2018
    • GM Tech Center - Vehicle Engineering Center
    • 10 am - 1 pm
    • GM employees only 
    • GM Tech Center Rd. Warren, MI 48092
  • Blue Care Network 
    • Wednesday, May 9, 2018
    • BCN Commons - Lobby Atrium and Conference Room A&B
    • 11 am - 2 pm
    • BCN employees only
    • 20500 Civic Center Dr. Southfield, MI 48076
  • Blue Care Network
    • Thursday, May 10, 2018
    • BCN Omni - Large Conference Center Area (across from the cafe)
    • 11 am - 2 pm
    • BCN employees only  
    • 26899 Northwestern Highway, Southfield, MI 48034
Online events
  • Virtual graduate open house 
    • The next virtual graduate open house will be available soon
  • International virtual graduate open house
    • The next international virtual graduate open house will be available soon

Ph.D. students get-together

Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning is inviting all Ph.D. students to a monthly get-together for the purpose of building a Ph.D. students community and to discuss topics of interest to all Ph.D. students. Our focus is to create a doctoral students community where students can share experiences and discuss topics of interest to them. 

We have scheduled the following dates in the Nyberg Room (242) in the Library from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm. 

Graduate teaching assistant series

How will your skills and experience as a graduate student translate to your own classroom? This fall 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.

Graduate student research conference

Graduate Study and the Office of Research Administration are inviting you to attend the 2018 Graduate Student Research Conference to be held on Friday, March 9, 2018 in the Oakland Center. This is a great opportunity to learn about graduate students' research, to network with students and faculty, and to hear from the keynote speakers Dr. Susan Bowyer and Dr. Paul Sieving. 

We are looking forward to celebrating graduate student's work together!

Speakers at the 2018 Graduate Student Research Conference

  • Breakfast Speaker: Dr. Susan Bowyer, Medical physicist/neuroimaging scientist in the Department of Neurology at Henry Ford Hospital in downtown Detroit
  • Lunch Speaker: Dr. Paul Sieving, Director of the NIH National Eye Institute

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

2018 3-Minute thesis competition

Graduate Study is inviting Master's and Ph.D. students who are working on their thesis/dissertation to apply for a pre-selection process in order to compete as the representative of Oakland University in the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) 2018 3-Minute Thesis Competition (3MT) in April 4-6, 2018 in Grand Rapids, MI

The winner of the pre-selection process will receive a $100 award and will represent Oakland University at the competition. All costs associated with participation will be covered by Graduate Study. 

Deadline and pre-selection process:

  1. Inform us of your interest in participating in the competition by Wednesday, February 14, 2018
  2. Submit a one single static PowerPoint slide to Graduate Study by Tuesday, March 6, 2018 to, subject line 2018 3MT competition
  3. Be prepared and available to do a 3 minute presentation at the Graduate Council's meeting on Wednesday, March 14, 1:30 - 3:00 pm
  4. The winner will be announced on Thursday, March 15, 2018

Overall 3MT competition rules: 

  • One single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. Slide transitions, animations or "movement" of any description of the slide content is not allowed
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted
  • No additional props (e.g. note cards, scripts, pointers, costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted 
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified 
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs)
  • Presentations are to be commence from the stage
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter begins through movement or speech 
  • The decision of the judging panel is final 

2018 Deans choice video competition

Do you enjoy doing research as a graduate student? Do you have a project that captures your passion for research which you completed for a class, professor, lab, or as your thesis or dissertation? If yes, we'd love to hear about your research experience! 

Graduate Study is inviting graduate students to create and submit a video that illustrates their graduate research experience. With support from the Oakland University Credit Union we will provide awards to the top three videos. 

This video will focus on your graduate research:

  • What you are doing 
  • How you do it 
  • Why you do it 
  • And what makes you excited about doing it 

Three awards will be provided to the top three videos: 

  1. $1,500
  2. $750
  3. $250

Deadlines and selection process

  • Complete the intent to submit video form by Friday, February 23, 2018
  • Once your video is complete, upload your video to YouTube and submit your YouTube link to with subject line: Video Competition
  • Each video submission must also include a word-for-word written script of all verbal content within the video
  • Videos must be submitted by Thursday, March 29, 2018
  • Winning video will be announced during awards ceremony in April 
  • Winning entries may be used for promotional purposes by Oakland University Graduate Study 

Competition rules 

  • Only one video per graduate student may be submitted 
  • Entries must be from an active full or part-time graduate student currently enrolled in a certificate, master's education specialist or doctoral degree program 
  • Submissions must be 2 minutes or less in length from start to end
  • Portrayal within video must appropriately reflect OU graduate research that you are involved with
  • The decision of the judging panel is final; feedback regarding the competitor's performance will not be provided 

Criteria for selection of winner 

  • Quality of video 
  • Length is 2 minutes or less
  • Portrayal of graduate research 
  • Message that is being promoted 
  • Competition will be evaluated and ranked by a judging panel that includes one OUCU member 


If you have any questions or concerns, contact Todd Steele at or at (248) 370-3073. 

Dissertation 101: Monthly programming for graduate students and their supervisors

Oakland University Writing Center, OU Libraries, and the Office of Graduate Study 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. 

Each session addresses a specific writing/research challenge, such as:

  1. Transitioning from course-based writing (and thinking) to the capstone project
  2. Soliciting revision-focused feedback from your supervisor
  3. Conducting a comprehensive search of the literature
  4. Framing the literature review for different purposes
  5. Representing statistical tests and results within your study
  6. Avoiding plagiarism and understanding fair use
  7. Revising and resubmitting an article with editorial feedback

Winter 2018 Line Up

Do you need help representing the literature within your thesis or dissertation? If so, register for 

Do you struggle with the blank screen? Do you need help being accountable? If so, register for "Sit Down and Write!" on one or all of the following dates in 242 Kresge Library. Participants will be served breakfast and lunch each day. 

Note: Additional presentations will be added soon, so check the OUWC website again later this month. 

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 students end of semester social party

Join your fellow graduate students and the Dean of Graduate Education for an evening of mingling, conversation and fun! Light refreshments will be provided.  

  • Tuesday, April 10, 2018
    • 5 - 7 pm
    • Gold Room B in the Oakland Center
    • RSVP Today

Graduate assistant orientation

Current graduate assistants are invited to attend an orientation to learn about academic policies and processes that impact their graduate assistantship experience. 

  • The next graduate assistant orientation will be available soon

For more information about graduate assistantships visit our financial assistance page

Graduate student orientation

New and current students are invited to attend an orientation to learn about academic policies and processes that impact their graduate student experience. 

  • The next graduate student orientation will be available soon

Students can review our presentation from Tuesday, January 30, 2018 and contact us if there are any questions or concerns.