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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 2019 Graduate Student Research Conference
Graduate school information/recruiting events
On-campus events
  • Graduate school information table
    • Wednesday, January 9, 2019
      • Oakland Center, 11 am - 1 pm
    • Wednesday, February 13, 2019
      • Oakland Center, 11 am - 1 pm
    • Wednesday, March 13, 2019 
      • Oakland Center, 11 am - 1 pm
    • Wednesday, April 10, 2019 
      • Oakland Center, 11 am - 1 pm 
    • Wednesday, May 8, 2019 
      • Oakland Center, 11 am - 1 pm
  • Graduate open house
    • Thursday, March 28, 2019
      • Oakland Center, Founders Ballrooms
      • 5 pm - 7 pm 
  • Executive MBA information session
    • The Executive MBA at OU is a premier graduate business program designed exclusively for experienced, high-potential professionals, featuring rigorous curriculum, leadership and professional developement and global immersion. 
Off-campus events
  • City of Detroit Educational Fair 
    • Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Online events
2019 graduate student research conference

Graduate Study and the Office of Research Administration are inviting you to attend the 2019 Graduate Student Research Conference. This is a great opportunity to learn about graduate students' research, to network with students and faculty, and to hear from the guest keynote speaker

Please contact Professor Chris Stiller at for questions or information about the conference. 

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

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. 

2019 three-minute thesis competition (3MT)

Graduate Study is inviting Master's and Ph.D. students who are working on their thesis/dissertation to apply for a pre-selection process in order to compete as the representative of Oakland University in the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) 2019 3-Minute Thesis Competition (3MT) in March 20-22, in 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. 

The winner of the pre-selection process will receive a $100 award and will represent Oakland University at the MAGS 2019 3-Minute Thesis Competition. All costs associated with participation will be covered by Graduate Study. 

Deadline and Pre-Selection process: 

  1. Inform us of your interest in participating in the competition by filling out the interest form by Wednesday, January 16, 2019. 
  2. Submit a single static PowerPoint slide to Graduate Study by Wednesday, January 23, 2019 to, subject line 2019 3MT competition
  3. Be prepared and available to do a 3 minute presentation at the Graduate Council's meeting on Wednesday, January 30, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm.
  4. The winner will be announced on Thursday, January 31, 2019. 

Overall 3MT competition rules: 

  • One single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. Slide transitions, animations or "movement" of any description of the slide content is not allowed. 
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted. 
  • No additional props (e.g. note cards, scripts, pointers, costumes, musical instruments, laboratoty equipment) are permitted. 
  • Presentations are limited to 3:00 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3:00 minutes are disqualified. 
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs). 
  • Presentations are to be commenced from the stage. 
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter begins through movement or speech. 
  • The decision of the judging panel is final. 
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 several of OU's newly minted PhDs and their peers last year. 

The concept is rather simple. You bring a computer, anything with which you need to compose, 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 winter, we offer the program in 242 Kresge Library from 9 AM - 3 PM on the following dates:

  • Saturday, February 9
  • Saturday, March 9
  • Saturday, March 23
  • Saturday, April 13 
  • Saturday, April 27

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 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 orientation

New and current students are invited to attend an orientation to learn about academic policies and processes that impact their graduate student experience. 

  • Coming Soon

You can now review our presentation from Wednesday, January 9, 2019 and contact us if there are any questions or concerns.