November 24, 2010

Dissertation Seminar

The Scholarly Community is cordially invited to share the Final Oral Dissertation presentation by

Christopher Bedford

In partial fulfillment of requirements for PhD in Educational Psychology

A Thesis Submitted to the Faculty of the Graduate School of the University of Minnesota

The Role of Learning Agility in Workplace Performance and Career Advancement

Monday, December 6, 2010
1:00-2:00 p.m.
335 Peik

Professor Thomas Skovholt, chair
Professor Patricia McCarthy Veach, advisor
Professor Michael Goh
Professor Darwin Hendel

Posted by kwalter at 3:55 PM

November 22, 2010

Dissertation Seminar

The Scholarly Community is cordially invited to share the Final Oral Dissertation presentation by

Bryan E. Cichy

In partial fulfillment of requirements for PhD in Educational Psychology

A Thesis Submitted to the Faculty of the Graduate School Of the University of Minnesota

The Effects of African American and European American Behavior Styles on Preservice Teachers' Ratings of Acceptability, Achievement, and Aggression

Monday, November 29, 2010
1:00-2:00 p.m.
330 Education Sciences Building

Professor Sherri Turner, chair
Professor Susan Rose, advisor
Professor LeAnne Johnson
Professor Timothy Lensmire

Posted by kwalter at 3:34 PM

November 18, 2010

Reminder: Submitting Degree Programs

Be sure to submit your degree program according to the following timelines:

M.A.: After completing 10 credits (ordinarily no later than the second semester of your first year).

Specialist: After completing 20 credits (ordinarily no later than the second semester of your first year).

Ph.D.: After completing four semesters. The Educational Psychology Department requires doctoral students to submit their degree program forms to the DGS prior to taking the written general preliminary examination. This should be by the end of the second year of graduate study, and at least one semester prior to the term in which you plan to take the prelim oral exam.

For those who are approaching these deadlines, submit degree programs by Monday, December 20.

For detailed information on submitting the degree program, see the Ed Psych Student Handbook.You will also need to submit our Examining Committee Consent form.

Remember that degree programs can be changed in the future through a simple petition process. Be sure to submit the petition form prior to taking courses for which you are requesting a change.

PLEASE NOTE: A hold will be placed on your record at the DGS's request if:

-- You are in the M.A. program and do not submit your degree program form by the time you complete 14 credits;
-- You are in the Specialist program and do not submit your degree program form by the time you complete 24 credits;
-- You are in the Ph.D. program and fail to submit your degree program form by the time you complete four semesters.

You will be unable to register, to obtain a transcript, etc. until the hold is released by the DGS.

Posted by kwalter at 3:09 PM

REMINDER: Submitting Thesis Proposal and Thesis Planning Panel Forms

Doctoral candidates are required to submit the Thesis Proposal and the Thesis Planning Panel forms by the end of the semester following completion of your oral prelim.

If forms are not submitted in a timely manner, a hold will be placed on your record. If you completed your prelim oral in Spring Semester, you should be submitting your thesis proposal by the end of this semester. Be sure to contact Kathy Walter ( if you need to request an extension.

For detailed information about these forms, talk with your advisor and refer to the Ed Psych Student Handbook.

Posted by kwalter at 2:14 PM

November 11, 2010

Registration Reminders

Graduate students are required to register every fall and spring semester in order to remain active.

Be sure to register by January 17 in order to avoid paying a late registration fee. Courses with low enrollment are often cancelled prior to the start of the semester; don't lose your chance to take a course because you didn't register in time. See spring's cancel/add deadlines for details on making registration changes.

• If you are working as a graduate assistant, are an international student, or are receiving a fellowship, you are required to register full-time (6-14 credits each semester).

• Advanced masters or doctoral students may register using the full-time equivalent registration (EPsy 8333 or 8444). If you have completed all coursework and registered for all thesis credits, you may qualify. Please note that masters students must apply for this status in advance. Each semester you register under this status you'll need to submit the "application for full-time status with one-credit registration" form. Details and forms are available at

• If you only need to register in order to remain active in the Graduate School, you may register for Grad 999, a no-cost/no-credit registration option. However, please note that EPsy students are only allowed to register for Grad 999 four times. More information about this registration option is available at Upon registering for Grad 999 for the fourth semester, a hold will be placed on your record and you must submit a completion plan with objective benchmarks.

• Ed Psych graduate students may not register for more than 24 credits of EPsy 8666 (pre-thesis credits) during their graduate career. PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST CONTACT KATHY WALTE R ( IN ORDER TO REGISTER FOR EPsy 8666.

If you are taking your oral prelim by January 31, be sure to return the Prelim Oral Examination Report to the Graduate School (316 Johnston Hall) immediately following the exam so that you can change your registration to EPsy 8888 (thesis credits) for Spring 2011. Note: You need to schedule your oral prelim with the Graduate School; see their website for the scheduling form.

• If you are planning to take the written prelim exam in the spring, be sure to check with your program area for their registration deadline. You need to have submitted a degree program in order to register for the written prelim.

Posted by kwalter at 9:05 AM

November 10, 2010

Student Travel Funds

We are pleased to announce that the Educational Psychology Department is allocating funds for reimbursement of student travel this year. Award amounts will be up to $300 per student per year.

To qualify for these funds:

• You must be an active Educational Psychology graduate student.
• You must travel to and present at a national or international conference or professional meeting.
• Your faculty advisor must approve the travel.

Please note that these funds may not be used for state or regional conferences nor can they be used for training or workshop participation.

To receive reimbursement, you must submit all of the following to the staff member in your area:

student travel funding request; be sure to have your advisor sign the form.
• proof of conference attendance
• a copy of the conference program showing your presentation
• original receipts for all expenses for which you are requesting reimbursement.
• a completed expense reimbursement form (available at

• For travel between July 1 and December 15, 2010, submit requests and required documentation by December 15, 2010.
• For travel between December 16, 2010 and June 30, 2011, requests and documentation must be submitted by June 5, 2011.

No late requests will be considered..

Posted by kwalter at 3:55 PM

Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships

The Graduate School will award a limited number (approximately 10) of one- and two-year Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships for 2011-12 to outstanding Graduate School students with interdisciplinary dissertation topics who would benefit from interaction with faculty at one of the University's interdisciplinary research centers or institutes. The fellowship provides a unique study opportunity for our very best students with research and scholarly interests that complement those of the host center or institute and its faculty. Prospective fellows are asked to designate the host center or institute they believe is the best match with their dissertation topic, contingent upon a faculty member's willingness to work with the student during the fellowship year.

Eligibility: The competition is open to Ph.D. students by application, with endorsement by the student's graduate program and college dean/associate dean. Successful applicants are likely to be students who will be in the second, third, or fourth year of their program in the 2011-12 academic year and who are making timely degree progress. Students who have passed the preliminary oral examination are eligible, as well as those who have not yet passed this exam. Students who have received a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship are not eligible.

Application instructions are available at

Application deadline:
Fellowship applications require endorsement by the Educational Psychology program. Our internal deadline for applications is Friday, January 28. Submit all application materials to Kathleen Walter, 250B EdSciB.

Posted by kwalter at 11:35 AM