Welcome back graduate students.
As you begin the spring semester, there are a number of activities and events I want to be sure you know about. In December, the initial results of the fall survey on mentors and funding were reported. Thank you to those who took the time to complete the survey, as the response was almost 60 percent. We continue to review and analyze the data with plans for reporting recommendations during the spring semester.
Also, during the fall semester, the Graduate School, with the United Government of Graduate Students (UGGS) and the Office of Budget and Fiscal Planning, launched a task force to examine graduate student stipends and benefits and to look more deeply into how these stipend rates compare with our Association of American Universities (AAU) public peers. The task force continues to meet regularly with plans for reporting recommendations during the spring semester as well.
The professional development certification workshops for graduate students and post-docs have been scheduled throughout the spring. Organized in three tracks—Research and Writing, Professionalism, and Career Exploration and Preparation—they are designed to help you expand your core competencies, explore career options, and develop effective job search strategies. Though these workshops are not for credit, I encourage you to check them out. And, if you attend four workshops in any given track, you can earn a professional development certification.
Be sure to join us for the second annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition on Feb. 1, when 11 graduate student finalists present their research in three minutes to a panel of judges and a live audience, and vie for an opportunity to win prize money in research funds. Another event to look forward to is our campuswide celebration of Graduate Student Appreciation Week, April 2-5. Watch for announcements about special workshops, lectures and activities that recognize the value and contributions that you, as graduate students, make to our campus and our community.
I’m delighted to serve as your interim dean this semester while a search for your new dean is conducted, and I look forward to helping to make your graduate experience valuable and worthwhile.
Here’s to a productive and enjoyable semester.
All the best,
Leslie J. Reynolds
Interim Dean of the Graduate School
Senior Associate Dean of Libraries