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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:

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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



Congratulations Spring 2017 Grads!

This year our spring graduation was memorable for two big reasons:

  1. This was Boise State’s 100th commencement ceremony
  2. Commencement was held on “the Blue” for the first time ever

In total,  2,369 students received 2,682 degrees and certificates. Grad students in particular brought their “A” game with a record 23 doctoral degrees were awarded, bringing the total number of Boise State graduates to more than 4,000 this year. S/O to all our amazing graduate students – thank you for your dedication and good luck in your future endeavors. Go Broncos!

Spring 2017 graduation collage

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Deadlines and Dates and Events, Oh My!

This is the time of the semester when deadlines and important dates can sneak up on graduate students. Here is a list of upcoming dates and events for you to be aware of!

  • March 1    –   Last day to submit proposals for Graduate Student Showcase and Three Minute Thesis                            Competition
  • March 3    –   Recommended last day for final oral dissertation, thesis, or project defense
  • March 7   –   Dean’s Discussion*
  • March 17 –   Last day to submit advisor-approved version of dissertation or thesis with signed Final                              Reading Approval and Access Agreement for a thesis or dissertation
  • April 3      –   Graduate Student Showcase
  • April 11     –   3 Minute Thesis Competition

*Dean’s Discussion will be on Tuesday, March 7th at 3 pm in the Farnsworth Room in the Student Union Building. This is your chance to hear from Dean Vacha-Haase directly and speak with her about relevant grad student issues. The topic of this discussion is Mentoring and Advising: Being an Informed Consumer.       Bonus – refreshments will be provided!

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Upcoming Events!

We have some great events headed your way whether you are a Boise State graduate student or you just appreciate graduate education and research. During the month of April, the Graduate College will be hosting two events to celebrate graduate student scholarship at Boise State University: The Graduate Student Showcase and the Three Minute Thesis competition. Get the skinny on each of these events:

Graduate Student Showcase: This event is taking place on Monday, April 3 The Graduate Student Showcase is a one-day conference for students to present research, work and talents, to connect with other graduate students and faculty at Boise State, and to learn about other disciplines and gain conference experience. This is the first time we are hosting a Graduate Student Showcase at Boise State, so tell all your friends!

Three Minute Thesis: On Tuesday, April 11, from 10:00 am-12:00 pm, the Graduate College and other university partners will be hosting the second-annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. The competition was developed by the University of Queensland and celebrates the exciting research conducted by graduate students. Students have just three minutes and one slide to present  on their thesis/dissertation or culminating scholarly activity and show why it’s interesting and innovative.

If you are interested in participating or attending either of these events, please visit each webpage to learn more!

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New Graduate Student Organization

So, we have some cool news… we are happy to announce that this fall a Boise State University Graduate Student Association (GSA) was developed and is in the process of formally becoming a recognized student organization on campus. The motivation for forming such a group stemmed from student expressed desire to provide an active voice for all Boise State graduate students, and to develop a platform for which to promote their interests. GSA is a student-run organization that hopes to soon elect officers and have a fully formed group by Spring 2017. All graduate students are welcomed and encouraged to join GSA!

Though still in the developing stages, several comprehensive goals have been established for structuring the group. Geosciences Ph.D. student Katelyn Watson outlined the purpose of this organization as offering, “advocacy for graduate student interests, providing professional development and networking opportunities, and enhancing the social and academic graduate student experience at Boise State University.”

If this sounds like something you’d be interested in or would like to know more about, please visit the GSA Facebook page or visit the Graduate College webpage to provide comments, suggestions or ask questions.

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Veterans Day


In light of honoring Veterans Day, here are some quick Veterans Day facts:

  1. Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919
  2. In 1965, President Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday to Veterans Day
  3. Veterans Day is often confused with Memorial Day – Memorial Day honors American service members who died in service whereas Veterans Day celebrates all American veterans, living or dead
  4. There are approximately 21 million military veterans in the United States

To learn more about Veterans Day, visit the History webpage.

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Falling for Boise

Boise in the fall is a pretty great place to be. Not only is it football season (still undefeated, woot!), but it is also the season of corn mazes, haunted houses and all things pumpkin spice flavored. Here are some local fall festivities to enjoy!

1. Road Trippin’

If you’re feeling adventurous, take the scenic route and explore Idaho’s Fall Foliage


2. Pumpkin Patches & Corn Mazes

Linder Farms offers a 20 acre pumpkin patch, 15 acres of multiple corn mazes and many more activities!

The Farmstead was featured on Jimmy Fallon’s “The Tonight Show” for its unique design. In case you missed it, here is the video shout out

3. Get Your Theatre Fix

In the spirit of Halloween season, “The Rocky Horror Show” returns to Boise. For show details, visit the Stage Coach Theatre webpage

4. Homecoming Weekend

This weekend is homecoming so be sure to attend the football game, the Bronco parade or any of the other Homecoming festivities! Click here to see the Schedule of Events



Nutrition Tips Round 2: Healthy Snacking and Hydration 101

Hey Broncos! Need a refresher on hydration tips and healthy snacking? Get ready for anther guest post by our very own campus dietitian, MarLee Harris:

Hungry for more nourishing ideas? Hopefully practicing eating when hungry is going well. Here are a few tips for sustaining energy:

Tip 1: Healthy hydration. Drink water throughout the day. Often times, when we think we are hungry, we are actually just thirsty. Water requirements vary per person, but 64 fluid ounces or about 2 liters per day is a good rule of thumb. If plain water isn’t your favorite, infuse it with fruit such as lemons and herbs such as mint.

Tip 2: Fiber fill-up. Whole grains, think whole wheat bread, corn tortillas, brown rice, and quinoa, have fiber that helps us feel fuller longer. Try popping some popcorn for a whole grain snack.        

Tip 3: Protein power. Pair protein with carbohydrate at each meal or snack. Along with meat, beans, nuts, seeds, eggs, dairy, and soybeans are good sources. Looking for inexpensive options? Try peanut butter, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, eggs, beans, and lentils. Toss a can of rinsed black beans in with salsa and eat with chips.      

For more ideas, check out:

Infused Water 6 Ways

The Ultimate Guide to Buying, Cooking, and Eating Whole Grains

For more ideas check out the Boise State Health Services Dietitian Pinterest

Have questions about nutrition? Contact Health Services at (208) 426-1459 to schedule an appointment with MarLee Harris, Campus Dietitian.

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