Graduate School Events


Feb 3-Graduation Application Deadline

Apr 3- Last day to publicly defend dissertation (announcement due to the Graduate School at least two weeks prior to defense date)

Apr 24- Dissertation deadline: last day to submit dissertation to the Graduate School with results and signatures

May 17- Commencement

For a full list of deadlines and dates, consult the academic calendar.



Recruiting Grad Students for Patagonia-Berkeley Case Competition: Jan. 13 deadline

We are seeking 1-3 students to join an already established MU team for the Patagonia Case Competition, which is a one-of-a-kind case competition that redefines the relationship between business and a healthy planet. 

Competition Overview

As a leader in the sustainable apparel industry, Patagonia aims to reduce its textile waste by shifting consumer behavior and innovating solutions. This includes not only the cut-and-sew scraps and the liability fabrics, but also the garments end-of-life. In order to achieve this goal, innovation must occur throughout the entire lifecycle of Patagonia’s products: from design and manufacturing, to the consumer behavior side – buying high-quality and durable products that they truly need, as well as creating alternatives to landfill upon end-of-life. With the mission of: “We are in business to save our home planet,” Patagonia must achieve this in such a way that other companies can replicate.

The top three teams receive cash prizes of $15,000 for first place, $5,000 for second place, and $2,500 for third place. All finalists get to engage with Patagonia executives during the final competition round in Ventura, CA. Surfing and exploring with the Patagonia team included! The top two teams will meet with Patagonia executives to discuss the implementation of their idea on April 9, 2020. 

For more details on the competition, visit the Patagonia website.

To join the MU team, please contact Nick Benn by January 13th!


2020 Three Minute Thesis

The 3MT is back for its 4th year and is...

  • Your chance to explain your research to a lay audience in three minutes with one slide
  • Your chance to win up to $1000
  • Your chance to shine a light on your important work
  • Open to all master’s and doctoral students enrolled in a program that contains an original research project. The degree program need not formally require a thesis or dissertation, but the presentation topic must cover the original research project.

Register by January 17th! Learn more about the 3MT, event dates and register for the competition 


Conference: Liminal Existences and Migrant Resistances

AEGS Conference at Marquette University, sponsored by the Marquette Forum, the English Department, and the Center for Transnational Justice

Event Details: March 20-21, 2020

Panel starts on 3/20/2020 at 3 p.m. in the AMU Henke Lounge. 

The inaugural panel will feature our keynote speakers and will be followed by a reception.


Confirmed keynote speakers

Dr. Tosin Gbogi (Marquette English ), Scholar of African/African diaspora literatures and discourse oriented socio-linguistics 

Janan Najeeb, President and Founder of the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition

Dr. Dinorah Cortes-Velez (Marquette Languages, Literatures, and Cultures), Poet, novelist, and scholar of colonial Latin American Literature 

Call for papers

Send us your traditional paper presentations or a non-traditional panels, papers-in-progress, workshops, creative works (poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction), or original short films.

Submit a 250 to 500 word abstract or description of your project to Ibtisam Abujad at by January 15, 2020.

The conference will engage scholars, students, and community members in an examination of the transnational and transdisciplinary boundaries affecting issues of access and equity in our contemporary society. We encourage various types of engagements with our theme of liminality, migrancy, and transnationalism, including (but not limited to) an engagement with:

  • transnational fluidity and mobility
  • migration and borderlands
  • transnational cultural productions and literary reception
  • decolonial epistemologies
  • nationalism and nation-states
  • law and migration
  • globalization
  • academia and equity
  • gendered embodiment and identity
  • sexuality and agency
  • race and intersectionality 
  • capital and the distribution of wealth
  • access and affect (broadly defined to include fear, humor, sadness, compassion, or empathy)
  • religion/spirituality and individual or collective forms of identification
  • the boundaries between literary or cultural genres
  • visual representations of migrancy in film and popular culture
  • language and linguistic hybridity
  • health and access




Backpack Program for Grocery Assistance

The Backpack Program is a free and confidential service that provides groceries to any Marquette student who is having difficulty accessing affordable, nutritious food and other essential household items.

Location: Mashuda Hall, 1918 W Wisconsin Avenue, East entrance

Hours for pick-up

Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

More information and to request a bag


Massage Therapy Services

Got "text neck"?  Hovering over laptops, phones and books for long periods of time can take its toll. Marquette offers affordable, therapeutic massage services at the Rec Plex. Kurt Hjertaas, LMT has been practicing bodywork since 1991 and for over 10 years at the Rec Plex. He is a graduate of the Chicago School of Massage Therapy and is experienced in deep tissue massage, myo-facial release and many other therapy techniques.

Download the brochure for more information and prices

Call to schedule your appointment:  (414) 288-7778


Counseling Center Group Offerings

All times/dates subject to change based on client availability.

Survive and thrive in graduate/professional school

Fridays, 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Holthusen Hall, 204

Graduate and professional students will discuss topics of their choice, including:

  • Making the transition to graduate or professional school.
  • Feeling like you don't fit in or belong in your program.
  • Feeling stuck in completing your thesis/dissertation/capstone project.

PRIDE-MU support and discussion group

Tuesdays, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Holthusen Hall, 205

In this support and discussion group, participants, alongside facilitators from MUCC, will find organic dialogue, facilitated discussion as well as a safe and brave space for support. This is an inclusive space for those:

  • On the non-straight identity/orientation spectrum and/or hold same gender attraction(s).
  • On the grey/ace (asexual) spectrum.
  • Questioning their orientation or attraction(s).

Mindful Living group

Mondays, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Counseling Center, Holthusen Hall, 204

Group members and the Counseling Center facilitator engage in mindfulness and relaxation practices aimed toward:

  • Developing a more balanced, purposeful and aware lifestyle.
  • Working through concerns that interfere with effectively coping with difficulties.
  • Promoting maximum enjoyment and calm in daily-life activities.

Taking Action! groups

Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and Fridays, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Counseling Center, Holthusen Hall, 204

Group members and Counseling Center facilitators will explore:

  • The fundamentals of healthy relationships and how to create them.
  • Increasing motivation to do the things that are important to you.
  • Improving your ability to tell people "no" and to express opinions confidently.
  • Feeling happier and free of worry.
  • Getting yourself out of a rut.

ACT for Social Anxiety

Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Counseling Center, Holthusen Hall, 204

Group members and the Counseling Center facilitator will have a structured and supportive environment to engage in educational and experiential exercises designed to:

  • Develop awareness and skills to overcome anxiety and self-consciousness in various social situations.
  • Bolster self-confidence and self-acceptance.
  • Increase your willingness to confront the social challenges of everyday life.
  • Explore and pursue your values.

Create Your Own Calm

Thursdays, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Counseling Center, Holthusen Hall, 204

Group members and the Counseling Center facilitator will build skills to:

  • Feel calm and focused in the present.
  • Be in control of strong emotions.
  • Better navigate challenges and distress.
  • Seek happiness in everyday life



Silent Directed Retreat: January 6-11. A six-day, silent retreat in which you meet daily with a spiritual director who helps you plan your prayers and reflection. People come back rejuvenated and rested.

Liturgical ministry and/or adoration

Graduate students often serve as lectors, cantors, instrumentalists, Eucharistic ministers and adoration guardians. Please contact Tom Koester if you are interested in music ministry and Derrick Witherington with interest in any other liturgical ministry or adoration.



Ott Memorial Writing Center's Writing Accountability Partners (WrAP Program)

Are you a graduate student working on a long-term, out-of class project such as a thesis or article for publication? The WrAP Program might be for you.

The WrAP Program is premised on research that shows writers who write regularly and who share their progress with someone else produce up to 3 times as much text and report feeling better about writing overall. To date, the WrAP Program has supported more than 45 graduate writers. Those who stick with it report the benefits of the structure, encouragement, and reflective practices it offers. Together, they are activities that can fundamentally change the oftentimes lonely and stressful work of independent, high stakes academic writing.

In Spring 2020, we will hold places for 12 WrAP writers, and we will do our best to accommodate others who want (and are eligible) to participate. Visit here for a program overview; click to sign up; and contact with questions.


New resource for grant seekers

Up-to-date, authoritative information on 1,234 Wisconsin philanthropies is now available in the new 2019 Foundations in Wisconsin directory. The directory, prepared annually by Raynor Memorial Libraries' Funding Information Center, features private, corporate and community foundations registered in the state. For Marquette grant seekers, Foundations in Wisconsin is available free of charge as a searchable online directory. For more information about Foundations in Wisconsin or the Funding Information Center, see the center's website, or contact Mary Frenn, (414) 288-1995.

The MIC Speakers Lab

Students who want help with public speaking for an upcoming individual or group presentation now have a valuable resource, The MIC. Led by Diederich College of Communications instructor Tracey Sturgal and staffed by trained student experts, The MIC offers feedback and coaching on all aspects of presenting, from brainstorming and organizing content to practicing effective delivery and creating visuals. It is located in Johnston Hall, 508, with a satellite location in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Digital Scholarship Lab. Visit The MIC's website to learn more and to make an appointment.

Library services for graduate students

New and returning graduate students have a number of library services at their disposal to help them with their learning, research and teaching. Listed here are a few of them. Find more in the library's online guide for graduate students.