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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
Graduate school information/recruiting events
On-campus events
  • Graduate school information table
    • 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 
  • School of Human Health
    • Saturday, April 13, 2019
    • Oakland Center
  • Macomb Transfer Open House
    • Wednesday, May 22, 2019 
    • Macomb Community College
  • 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
  • Blue Care Network in Southfield
    • Wednesday, May 1, 2019 
    • Wednesday, May 8, 2019
  • Oakland County Government Service Center
    • Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Online events
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. 

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

Documenting, Organizing and Storing Your Research Data
6 PM on March 13 in 242 Kresge Library

Knowing how to best document, organize and store your data is an important consideration, whether you are taking classes, preparing to defend, or working at any stage in between. In this session, Research Data Librarian Joanna Thielen shares ways to help you: 

  • Document your data so it makes sense later
  • Organize your data so you can find it later
  • Store your data safely and securely 

Synthesizing the Literature in High Stakes Documents: Avoiding Common Pitfalls
6 PM on March 27 in 242 Kresge Library

Writing Center Director Sherry Wynn Perdue, Ph.D., discussses the features of effective literature reviews and highlights common problems writers encounter as they work to represent the literature within their publications, theses, and dissertations. 

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. 

Graduate student research conference

Graduate Study and the Office of Research Administration hosted the 2019 Graduate Student Research Conference. This was 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: