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Graduate School

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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The Graduate School hosts events each year for prospective and current graduate students. View the list of events for the upcoming 2019-2020 academic year below. 

Graduate Open House
Graduate school information/recruiting events
On-campus events
  • Graduate school information table
    • Oakland Center, 11 am - 1 pm
      • Wednesday, November 20 
  • Graduate open house
    • Wednesday, March 18, 2020
      • 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 development and global immersion. 
Online events
  • Virtual graduate open house: (1/2 hour program presentation slots for 5-7 specific graduate programs)
    • available soon
  • Virtual graduate information session for US Students (12:30 pm - 1:00 pm EDT) 
    • available soon
  • Virtual graduate information session for International Students (9:30 am - 10:00 am EDT)
    • available soon
Off-campus events  
  • available soon
Graduate student research conference

All graduate students are cordially invited to submit an abstract for the 2020 Graduate Student Research Conference to be held on Friday March 6, 2020 in the Oakland Center. The deadline for submission is Sunday, January 19, 2020 by 10 PM.

Submission types include:

  • Research Study
  • Case Study
  • Theory/Model
  • Program Evaluation
  • Quality Improvement Project
  • Community Project or
  • Creative Project

Each submission type should have an Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion/Conclusion which must be labeled within the abstract. The abstract is limited to 2000 characters, including the words ‘Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion/Conclusion’, spaces and punctuation.

Only abstracts submitted by the deadline will be considered for review. In early February, you will be informed if you have been selected to present at the conference.

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: 

Research and writing workshops

Oakland University Writing Center, OU Libraries, and the Graduate School 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

A writing retreat for advanced graduate students who are composing high-stakes documents, such as proposals, practicums, theses, dissertations, and publications. This accountability program provides a distraction free environment for composing in the company of like-tasked graduate students. 

Although most of the time is devoted to individual composing, it includes: 1) lunch, during which we discuss timely topics, such as eliciting feedback from your committee, and 2) brief breakout consultations as needed. For more information and registration visit the registration form

Dissertation 101: A Workshop Series for Graduate Writers and Their Supervisors

A workshop series that has addressed such timely topics as writing with statistics, literature review construction, data management and storage, understanding the IRB process, copyright and fair use, etc. Register for all or one of the following workshops today. 

  • Wednesday, October 30 at 6 PM in 242 Kresge Library: Avoiding common pitfalls and reporting your statistical results. 
    • In this session, the Writing Center's Ashley Mueller, Writing Center, discusses some of the most common statistical reporting errors and shares strategies for avoiding them. 
  • Tuesday, November 12 at 6 PM in 242 Kresge Library: Synthesizing the literature in high stakes documents. 
    • Writing Center Director Sherry Wynn Perdue, Ph.D., discusses 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. 

Your suggestions about topics to address in future series are welcome. If you would appreciate coverage of a specific issue or you would like to volunteer to present, please contact Dr. Sherry Wynn Perdue, Director, at (248) 370-3105 or To download resources from previous sessions, see the Dissertation 101 Presentations page.

Support for Reporting Research Results

A new initiative designed to help researchers better represent their results in text and within graphs and tables. The OUWC has hired several graduate consultants who currently are training to offer assistance on writing with statistics and reporting research findings. Please watch for more information about this forthcoming service. 

One-on-One Writing Consultations for Student and Faculty

Available with our graduate consultants - Ashley M., Lily, and Red - who work with graduate writers on their proposals, theses, dissertations, and publications. All students are eligible to conduct their writing consultations synchronously online as well as face-to-face. To schedule a session, either visit our online scheduler or call (248) 370-3120 during the following hours:

  • September 9 - December 13 in 212 Kresge Library, The Joan Rosen Writing Studio 
    • Monday - Thursday: 8 AM - 9:30 PM
    • Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM
    • Sunday: 2 PM - 8 PM 

Classroom Visits and Presentations

Are available for writing intensive classes, department meetings, professional development, and orientation events. In the past, we have offered presentations on literature reviews, APA style, clarity and conciseness, etc.; provided brief introductions to writing center services; and offered guidance on assignment design and feedback. If you would like the writing center to come to you, contact Dr. Sherry Wynn Perdue, Director, at (248) 370-3105 or

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.