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2018 Three Minute Thesis

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3 Minutes. 180 seconds. That’s how long a few brave Boise State graduate students have to condense their thesis or dissertation research into an interesting and coherent presentation. Still confused on the concept of the Three Minute Thesis? Let me break it down for you:

The competition was developed by the University of Queensland and celebrates the research conducted by graduate students (always a good thing). Participants have just three minutes and one slide to present their thesis or dissertation topic and it’s significance (basically convince us why we should care). The competition cultivates student’s communication skills, and helps graduate students to explain their research in language a non-specialist audience can understand (people like me and maybe you). The 3MT competition is now held in over 200 universities across more than 18 countries worldwide (so it’s kind of a big deal).

The Boise State Three Minute Thesis Competition will take place on Tuesday, April 10th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. The event will be held in the Clearwater Building at City Center Plaza, Room 221. All are welcome to attend — the event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

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Upcoming Events

This time of the year is busy and great. Busy because you are in the middle of the semester, and great because you can see the light at the end of the tunnel! In the midst of the busyness, it’s easy to forget about deadlines and events. Here is a list of upcoming events and dates to mark your on calendar!

  • March 16
    Last day to submit advisor-approved version of dissertation or thesis to the Graduate College for degrees to be awarded in May 2018.
  • April 9
    Last day to submit Application for Admission to Candidacy or Proposed Plan of Study for a Graduate Certificate form to the Graduate College for graduate degrees and certificates to be awarded in December 2018.
  • April 10
    *Three Minute Thesis Competition – Sign up to participate in the Three Minute Thesis:
  • April 19
    *Graduate Student Showcase – Sign up to participate in the Showcase:

*All graduate students from all Boise State graduate programs are invited to participate in both events. Both events are free and open to the public. You can invite your alumni, friends, prospective students and current undergraduate students to these events.

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Valentine’s Day: Graduate College Edition

Unless you were in an underground bunker this week, you know that Valentine’s Day was recently celebrated in all it’s chocolate-covered flowery glory. While some people lovingly refer to the day as “Single’s Awareness Day,” we at the Graduate College saw an opportunity to showcase the day in the different light. If you go to Boise State, live in Boise, or have ever just visited here… you know that Boise is a hidden gem (ha gem, gem state – see what I did there?). In honor of the nationally celebrated day of love, we decided to share what some of our graduate students love most about all things Boise and Boise State. Enjoy!

Graduate students pictured with Valentine's Day hearts, #broncolove promotion

(Top to Bottom, Left to Right)

“I love Boise State because of the amount of time and effort professors put into ensuring success for their students. I’ve really enjoyed the sense of community that’s obtained while being a student here too.”
– Kim Tucker (Curriculum & Instruction-EdD)

“We love the friendly people in Boise and the tight-knit community.”
– Career Track MBA grad assistants, Blake Plaster (Business Administration-MBA) and Summer Norquist (Business Administration-MBA)

“I love Boise for its literary scene. I came here to study creative writing, and am excited to be able to talk craft with so many accomplished storytellers. These are my people!”
– Mark Wood (Creative Writing-MFA)

“I love Boise State because of how they have welcomed me with open arms.”
– Lexus Williams (Athletic Leadership-MAL)

“Boise feels like home, there is great community support here.”
– Christian Sengfelder (Kinesiology, Behavioral-MS)

“Our love for each other is only matched by our love for Boise State.”
– Mike and Zoey Henry (MSE-Phd and MSW)

“We love Boise because we were able to go to school together, be teammates and now get our masters degrees together. We’ve developed great friendships here too.”
– Former basketball players and sisters Brittney Pahukoa (Athletic Leadership-MAL) and Brooke Pahukoa (Kines-MK)

Who’s Runs the World? Grads(tudents)

PhD Comics

Advisor: How’s research going, Cecelia?
Cecelia: Good. Here is a concise list of the things I need you to review and approve. I’m also including detailed notes and reminders as well as clear deadlines for each item on the list.
Advisor: Wait, who’s managing who here?
Cecelia: I’m managing to graduate.

Sometimes as graduate student, well who are we kidding — most times as a graduate student, it lands on your shoulders to stay in contact with your advisor and committee members. You’re busy… they’re busy… but ultimately you are responsible for the the success of your thesis or dissertation. Here are a few helpful hints and resources to help you stay accountable and on top of it:

  1. Be proactive –  set up a schedule with planned times to meet or at least check in with your advisor sporadically. If you don’t need the meeting for whatever reason, it’s easy to cancel!
  2. Be prepared – come to your meetings with content, research points, and/or structured questions that can guide the meeting.
  3. Be timely – if you have planned to come to a scheduled meeting with several fully fleshed out chapters, be sure to do so. In the interest of respecting everyone’s time, this one is a biggie.
  4. Be awesome – this one is pretty self-explanatory.
  5. If all else fails, you can use this handy Graduate Student and Advisor Checklist that streamlines points of discussion between you and your advisor.

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Graduate Spotlight

Special congratulations to our graduate spotlight student Karolin Marakool! Karolin was honored as the 2017 Winter Commencement Banner Marshal. She received her Masters of Business Administration, Online and was one of the 1,872 students who graduated this winter in Boise State’s 101st commencement ceremony. Based in Los Angeles, Karolin works for Capgemini as the Learning Experience Director for Global HR and Learning & Development. Karolin visited Boise for the first time when she flew in for graduation.

Check out Karolin’s Student Profile to learn more about her experiences in the online MBA program and how she successfully balanced working full-time and her studies. Congratulations again Karolin, and we wish you the best of luck in the future!

Winter Commencement at Taco Bell Arena


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Holiday Greetings

As the year winds down, we usually take time to remember what was awesome about this past year and what we most enjoyed. Here at the Graduate College we truly appreciate our graduate students and being able to take part your academic journeys! From all of us at the Graduate College to you, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!



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First-Year Students Pt. 2

Bronco Finish Line

If you are a first year grad student then you are close to completing your first semester *deep breath*… but it’s crunch time. Dead week and finals are right around the corner, and sometimes you need just a little extra help and a push to get you past the finish line. If that is the case, the Graduate College is here for you. We rolled out a brand new program called Bronco Finish Line that is a writing consultation service offered specifically for Boise State grad students. Bronco Finish Line is staffed by two current Creative Writing MFA students who are experienced writers that can also relate to the graduate student experience. If you have a need for some writing assistance before the eleventh hour strikes, make sure to sign up for a session!

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First-Year Students Pt. 1

Being a first year graduate student can be a tough, foreign endeavor, but they say that experience is the best teacher. Take a look this Storify that collected advice from current or former graduate students to first-year students. It all started with this important and probably under-asked question:

Twitter Tweet "What is your most essential piece of advice for first-yea graduate students?"

Which generated these types of helpful responses:

Twitter Tweets

To see the whole Storify, click on this link. Happy studying (but not too much studying^)!

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Bronco Finish Line

Whether you are just starting graduate school or are smack dab in the middle of it, there is never a wrong time to brush up on your writing skills. Knowing this, we at the Graduate College present to you… Bronco Finish Line! This is a new program we designed to help Boise State graduate students sharpen their writing skills, create dynamic papers and projects, and increase the overall quality of graduate writing at Boise State. Bronco Finish Line offers writing workshops, facilitates student peer writing groups, and provides one on one tutoring (provided by students in our Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program) for students from all fields.

Writing is vital to your success as a graduate student and is also an invaluable skill as you move into your career field.  Bronco Finish Line is here to help you navigate through the sometimes convoluted path of what it means to be a graduate writer, helping you find the skills and support you need to share your unique research and scholarly projects to the world. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in (and come on, it’s going to be great) contact the Thesis and Dissertation office at 426-3604 or send us an email at or

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Graduate Student Testimonials

Thinking of Boise State as a potential home for your graduate studies? We think that’s a great idea, but don’t take just our word for it! Hear from two of our current graduate students, Carrie Quinney and Abir Rahman. Carrie is pursing a Fine Arts, Visual Arts M.F.A. and Abir is currently in our Biomolecular Sciences Ph.D program. Click here to see their full testimonials. If you are currently a Boise State graduate student and would like to be featured in our student testimonials, fill out this quick form!

Carrie Quinney Abir Rahman