COGS Storefront

The following link can be used to purchase all COGS tickets and service items available to Graduate and Professional Students at MSU.  These include Wharton Center tickets and other special events throughout the year. Items will be added as they become available.

Upcoming Events

Coffee & Connection! Join Us!

On Monday 10/3 COGS will be hosting another Coffee & Connection! Please join your fellow graduate & professional students for a hot beverage, treats and great conversation! It will be held from 9-10AM at Hooked in Lansing: Hooked | Learn the Good Life ( 3142 E. Michigan Ave. Lansing, MI. We can’t wait to see you all there!

Note that we’ll be changing locations/days/times throughout the semester so hopefully you will find time to come out and say hello and get to know the campus community along the way.  Stay tuned to this page for updates!

Our next Coffee & Connection is… Thursday, October 20th from 9AM – 10AM at MSU Bug House!

WORKSHOP: Quarterly Estimated Tax for Fellowship Recipients

COGS has agreed to test out a new workshop for students for students to learn how to manage quarterly taxes. 

This workshop is for US citizens, permanent residents, and residents for tax purposes who are not having federal income tax withheld from their paychecks.
If that describes you, you may be responsible for making manual tax payments to the IRS up to four times per year. Filling out the Estimated Tax Worksheet in IRS Form 1040-ES will tell you whether payments are required and in what amount.
This workshop walks you through how to fill out each line of the Estimated Tax Worksheet—or take a shortcut if you’re so inclined. It also addresses the common special scenarios graduate students, postdocs, and postbacs face, such as switching on to or off of fellowship mid-calendar year and being married to someone who has automatic income tax withholding.

Cost of the program is $20.  Registration for a limited number students is free and others will be placed on a notification list by the vendor.  COGS is working with the vendor to provide additional discounted registration to MSU Graduate & Professional students. 

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Thriving in Graduate School – COGS+GSLW Workshop Series

Stay Strong Workshop

This 3-part series starts on September 6th and is cosponsored by the Council of Graduate Students and the Office of Graduate Student Life and Wellness. It is open to all graduate and professional students and will be held in person in Chittenden Room 110. REGISTRATION FOR IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE ONLY — if you are not able to attend in person, we will make a recording of the session available on this webpage (allow approx 7 days after each session for the link to appear here.) 

*Please only register if you intend to come in person. We will NOT be emailing a recording link.  Registration is only needed if you are coming in person.   More information on each session below:

Starting Strong in Graduate School: Stress Management – Tuesday, September 6 from 4-5pm   RECORDED EVENT 9.6.22

Whether you are just beginning in a graduate/professional degree program or are trying to enter this year with a fresh perspective, come to this session and discuss concrete ways to have a strong start. We’ll talk about how to set yourself up for success by knowing the rights and resources available to you at MSU. We’ll also share stress-management and time-management tips that will help you get the most out of your very limited time.

Staying Strong in Graduate School: Increasing Motivation – Tuesday, October 11 from 4-5pm

One of the most difficult things about graduate school is having to sustain high levels of motivation for a very long time. If you are feeling your motivation fading and aren’t sure how to keep going, you are not alone! In this workshop, we will talk about specific strategies to build and/or recover sustainable motivational structures and practices in your life. REGISTER HERE

Finishing Strong in Graduate School: Preventing Burnout – Tuesday, November 15 from 4-5pm

When it’s crunch time, we can push ourselves to the point of burnout, and once we’re truly burned out it may take a long time to recover. If we catch it early, we can stop ourselves from getting so overwhelmed that we shut down. We’ll talk about how to know when you’re getting close to burnout, and ways you can prevent it.  REGISTER HERE

COGS Tailgates

Final COGS Tailgate is October 15th in front of Chittenden Hall!  Time: TBA  Come celebrate Spartan Spirit with your fellow graduate & professional students!

COGS Pumpkin Painting Party!

Drop by and have some seasonal fun with us! We’ll be painting pumpkins in Chittenden Hall, room #110,  from 1:00-4:00PM  on Friday, October 28th. Supplies will be provided, cider and donuts too.  

Pre-registration requested to make sure we have enough pumpkins:

Pumpkin painting event 10.28.22