Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience : Office of Student Life

Autumn 2020 Welcome!

Posted: August 25, 2020

Dear Ohio State Graduate Students,

We hope this email finds you and your family safe, well, and healthy during these uncertain times. We are writing to officially welcome each of you to the new academic year. Our new students are about to begin an exciting and challenging journey and our returning students are finding opportunities for continued growth, personal and professional reinvention, and academic success. Each of us in the Council of Graduate Students (CGS) wants to help you make your Buckeye experience an extraordinary one.

Graduate school is a demanding time in one’s life and, to make things even more challenging, we are living through an unprecedented global health pandemic compounded by several other social justice crises. We recognize how stressful the current environment may be as you manage your academics, research, work, and social lives, while also caring for your family and friends who may be impacted by these crises. It is for this reason that we would like to stress the importance of taking care of oneself by prioritizing your mental, physical, and emotional health. 

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has created uncertainty for all of us. Whether on-campus or not, every one of us needs to fully commit to protecting ourselves, our families, our friends, our colleagues, and our community as a whole. We all play a key role in curbing the spread of COVID-19. Our campus and the way we navigate it will be a very different experience this autumn. However, the rich tradition and excellence of The Ohio State University still persists, and we look forward to continuing to advocate for the advancement of the graduate student experience as we embark on a new academic year. On behalf of CGS, we send our love and support to all of you and encourage you to take care of yourselves in the coming months and to reach out to us at any time by email at with any issues or concerns.

2020-2021 CGS Grants

CGS – in partnership with the Office of Outreach and EngagementOffice of Student LifeOffice of Research, and Ohio State University Extension (OSUE) – is pleased to announce the launch of the Engaged Scholar Grant. The Engaged Scholar Grant incentivizes graduate students to undertake community-engaged research and projects, in collaboration with a community partner, that address a specific need or problem within the community (in-state or out-of-state). Graduate students may apply for grants ranging from $500 to $1,500. Learn more at:

The Edward J. Ray Travel Award for Scholarship and Service (Ray Award) encourages and enables graduate students to participate in professional conferences, both in their respective fields and in the broader academic community, by reimbursing or partially reimbursing the expenses incurred by graduate students during travel to conferences and meetings to present original research. For funding period III students may apply for up to $350. Funding ranges for period IV will be determined at a later date. Learn more at:

The Career Development Grant (CDG) encourages graduate students to prepare for placement into their chosen field by providing funding to defray costs associated with career and professional development experiences. Students may apply for up to $350 to attend virtual conferences, enroll in online training courses, renew organizational memberships, and prepare for licensure exams, among other things. Learn more at:

Buckeye Diversity Dialogue Series

The Buckeye Diversity Dialogue Series provides opportunities for Ohio State graduate students to have intentional conversations about relevant issues of equity, diversity, inclusion, social justice, and much more. These informal conversations, led by an expert speaker, are designed to allow participants to learn from and educate one another and to encourage participants to direct the conversation. The Buckeye Diversity Dialogue Series is meant to be a catalyst for discussion on difficult topics, as it relates to diversity and social justice. Learn more and RSVP at:

2020-2021 Departmental Representatives & Autumn 2020 Election

Interested in representing your department and serving as delegate within CGS? As a delegate, you serve as the direct contact between the Council and your constituents. Your job is to bring forth any issues graduate students may be having and take note of pertinent events and legislation that affect your fellow students. Delegates also serve on an internal CGS Committee and an external University Committee. Autumn 2020 elections will take place September 28-October 7. If your college/department does not have an elected delegate or still has an open seat you can apply to represent your department at:

To view your department’s 2020-2021 delegate(s), click here

To view all CGS 2020-2021 Senate & University Committee appointments, click here

Equity and Racial Justice Task Force & Governance Review Committee

CGS has established two internal ad hoc committees. The Equity and Racial Justice Committee is tasked with investigating and reviewing current university procedures, policies, and practices to develop new policies that foster an equitable, diverse, and inclusive Ohio State community. The Governance Review Committee is tasked with reviewing and revising all CGS governance documents, procedures, policies, and practices to inspire transparency and increase CGS’ ability to effectively and efficiently advocate on behalf of all graduate students at Ohio State.

To stay up to date on CGS, please follow us on social media. Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Stay safe and healthy and #MaskUpBuckeyes,

DaVonti’ D. Haynes, MSW

Vice President

PhD student, College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Sarah Light


PhD candidate, Neuroscience Graduate Program, College of Medicine

Jack Brandl

Chief of Staff

MSW student, College of Social Work