Graduate School Events

Our Recruiters are on the Road!

Interested in our certificate, master's and doctoral programs? Visit our recruiters at upcoming events and see what the Graduate School can offer you. 




Nov. 27- Dec. 1: Thanksgiving holiday: classes excused.




2020 Three Minute Thesis

On February 21, 2020, the Marquette University Graduate School will host its third annual Three Minute Thesis competition (3MT®). This is a valuable opportunity for Marquette graduate students to practice their presentation skills, especially being able to pitch an involved research project in three minutes or less. 

Come to one of our information sessions and learn about this competition where master's and doctoral students present their thesis or dissertation in three minutes. Cash prizes and People's Choice awards to the winners. Learn more and register to compete for cash prizes


Dissertation Boot Camp

The Graduate School invites you to kick your dissertation into high gear. Take advantage of this solid block of interrupted time to work on your dissertation. Boot Camp starts January 6-10, 2020. Registration is open and space is limited, so register now!


Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Awards

Applications are now being accepted for the Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Award in the categories of Instructor of Record and Non-Instructor of Record. Interested students may apply for nomination for one of the categories by submitting the application requirements by Thursday, January 9, 2020, 11:59 p.m. (CST) to the director of graduate studies for their program. The award recipients will receive $350 and a certificate of recognition. The recipients will be announced at the Three-Minute Thesis Competition, Friday, February 21, 2020, in the Weasler Auditorium, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 


Request for Applications: Scientific Teams Advancing Research Translations TL1 Mentored Translational Research Training Program

The Clinical & Translational Science Institute of Southeastern Wisconsin announces the 2020 Request for Applications (RFA) for the Scientific Teams Advancing Research Translations (START) TL1 Mentored Translational Research Training Program. The overall goal of START TL1 Program award is to increase the number of well-trained clinician-scientists who can lead the design and oversight of future clinical investigations critical to transforming the translational process so that new treatments and cures for disease can be delivered to patients faster.

The START TL1 award supports trainees seeking a practical introduction to clinical and translational research. The TL1 award provides full-time research training support for one year for a.) awardees with clinical doctoral degrees (i.e. MD, DMD, DC, DO, OD, DPM, ScD, DPT, PharmD, ND, DSW, PsyD as well as a doctoral degree in nursing research or practice.), and b.) medical school, doctoral- or master-level students (i.e. MD/MS, MD/PhD or PhD students) conducting clinical and translational research and concurrently enrolled in a research degree program.

Key Dates:

Letter of Intent Deadline – February 14, 2020
Notice to apply- February 28, 2020
Application Deadline – April 3, 2020
Award Start Date – July 1, 2020

For more information and a link to the application, visit or email CTSI at


Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowships

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant study of religious and ethical values in fields across the humanities and social sciences. These fellowships are available to PhD and ThD candidates who expect to complete their dissertation between April and August 2021. 

The competition deadline is November 15, 2019. Questions may be directed to 

Download the program flyer here.


Cafe con Leche

Café con Leche is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to dialogue in Spanish in a series of conversations facilitated by native and heritage speakers. We invite both Spanish speakers and Spanish learners--independent of their level of proficiency--to participate, listen, learn and engage.

Event Details: Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to noon
Center for Engagement and Inclusion, AMU 111

Upcoming Dates

  • December 4

For questions, contact Saul Lopez, graduate assistant in the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. 

Dialogical Pedagogy Seminar for Graduate Student Teachers

Event Details: Monday, December 2, 12-1:45
Center for Teaching and Learning, 330B

All current and future graduate student teachers are welcome to attend.

Join us at this forward-looking seminar as we head into winter break. Hosted by Dr. Melissa Shew (Philosophy), Faculty Fellow in the Center for Teaching and Learning, this session is designed to provide both reflective and practical lenses through which current and future graduate student teachers can consider their own pedagogical mindsets. The seminar will be grounded in six guiding principles of dialogue from educator and philosopher Paulo Freire. As such, it will take a big picture view of some life-giving and foundational aspects of dialogue to consider both in the classroom and beyond its walls with a special emphasis on the ways that dialogical principles can shape an educator’s understanding of her/himself.


Call for Papers: 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 (time and location TBD)

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 Weekend: December 13-15. A silent, preached retreat focusing on Ignatian spirituality, organized around a series of talks given by a Jesuit presenter. This year, the focus will be on the Ignatian principle of discernment.

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.



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.