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Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning

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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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. 

Graduate Open House
Graduate school information/recruiting events
On-campus events
  • Executive MBA information session
  • Graduate school information table
    • Wednesday, November 14, 2018
      • Oakland Center, 11 am - 1 pm 
    • Wednesday, December 5, 2018
      • Oakland Center, 11 am - 1 pm
  • Graduate open house
    • Thursday, March 28, 2019
      • Oakland Center, Founders Ballrooms
      • 5 pm - 7 pm
Off-campus events
  • WMU Graduate and Professional School Fair
    • Monday, October 22, 2018
    • Barnard Center Ballroom, Western Michigan University
  • MSU Graduate School Fair
    • Tuesday, October 23, 2018
    • Michigan State University 
  • GVSU Graduate School Fair 
    • Wednesday, October 24, 2018
    • Grand Valley State University
Online events
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. 

You can now review our presentation from Tuesday, September 11, 2018 and contact us if there are any questions or concerns. 

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 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. 

Research and writing workshops

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. 

Sit Down and Write

Are you composing your dissertation or thesis? If so, you might benefit from a writing center program that served 11 of OU's newly minted PhDs and their peers last year. 

The concept is rather simple. You bring a computer, anything you need to work from, and the willingness to write. We provide a comfortable, distraction-free environment; snacks and lunch; targeted but brief motivational breaks-outs, and limited consulting support for those who wish to use it. 

This fall, we offer the program on the following dates: 

  • Saturday, October 27
    • 9 am - 3 pm
  • Saturday, November 10
    • 9 am - 3 pm
  • Saturday, December 8 
    • 9 am - 3 pm

Dissertation 101: Fall 2018 Line Up

Re-presenting the Literature in High Stakes Documents: Avoiding Common Pitfalls:
Writing Center Director Sherry Wynn Perdue, Ph.D., discusses the features of effective literature reviews and highlights common problems that plague the efficacy of how writers represent the literature within theses and dissertations. 

  • Thursday, October 18
    • 6:30 PM in 242 KL

Writing with Statistics:
In many cases, graduate writers not only struggle to choose and run the appropriate statiscal tests but also to represent what they did, what they found, and why it matters. In this session, Dr. Julia Smith, Educational Leadership, who teaches quantitative analysis, regularly publishes quantitative studies, and who has supervised numerous dissertations, offers guidance on writing with statistics. 

  • Thursday, October 25
    • 6:30 PM in 242 KL

For more information, contact Dr. Sherry Wynn Perdue, Director at or (248) 370-3105. 

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 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 hosted the 2018 Graduate Student Research Conference on Friday, March 9, 2018 in the Oakland Center. This was 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. 

  • Save the date: The next graduate student research conference is scheduled for Friday, March 15, 2019. 

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