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The following articles are from the Graduate Center quarterly newsletter, which assembles articles featuring resources, student and alumni profiles, and opportunities in the community and for collaboration. Stay connected and sign up to receive the newsletter four times per academic year.

Research anywhere, anytime

Submitted on April 20, 2020
When libraries and archives around the world closed, including UArizona’s numerous libraries, it might have felt like graduate work and research were dealt a serious blow. But while you can’t head into the library to study, write, or search the stacks in person, this doesn’t mean you’ve entirely lost access to the library. Just as classes and other services have shifted online, so too have many library resources.

5 Ways to Infuse Self-Care into the Job Search Process

Submitted on April 20, 2020
As we seek resources and supports to help us plan and prepare for our career or execute a job search, well-intentioned others give us all kinds of advice: network early and often with others; diversify our experiences in and out of the classroom or lab; understand what skills and experiences will make us most competitive for the role we want next; be sure to speak the employer’s language. This is all good advice! However, it overlooks one important foundational element: first and foremost, we need to take care of ourselves during this process.

Working from home, but still working hard for graduate and professional students

Submitted on April 20, 2020
Even though most of us are away from campus, the Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) is still hard at work on our behalf. In the past year, they’ve earned some major victories for graduate students, and their success is motivating them in pursuit of new goals even as the conceptions of our school and work lives shift dramatically.

For this University Fellow, the little things literally loom large

Submitted on April 20, 2020
University Fellow Victoria Luizzi may have found her calling as an ecologist in the jungle, but it’s the desert that drew her to UArizona for her doctoral work. Here, she studies inter-species interactions, bringing her focus all the way to the microbial level. Luizzi’s work highlights the myriad connections between life forms, while she herself connects the arts and sciences.

Meet Dr. Joel Muraco, Ph.D. Career Counselor

Submitted on February 17, 2020
In addition to the professional development workshops and seminars already offered by the Graduate Center, we are thrilled to announce a new service: Ph.D. Career Counseling from Dr. Joel Muraco. Dr. Muraco is already hard at work meeting with students, creating new programs, and strengthening alumni and employer connections to facilitate opportunities and support for students.

Language, Collaboration, and, Above All, Dignity

Submitted on February 17, 2020
Richmond Embeywa’s educational journey has taken him around the globe -- from Kenya to Germany to the United States -- as he pursues his research and participation in language pedagogy, particularly in regard to language learning in refugee communities. Now, as Embeywa works toward a PhD in Translational German studies, he again finds his studies taking on international scope.

Keeping Your Work Hot Over the Summer

Submitted on February 17, 2020
The university’s summer recess usually doesn’t mean the same thing to students in graduate school as it did when they were undergrads. Instead of a vacation, grad students are likely thinking about simply shifting, rather than stopping, their academic and career progress during those months. Summer institutes are one way to capitalize on the break from classes while staying focused on your scholarship and professionalization.

Go for the Grand Prize at Grad Slam

Submitted on February 17, 2020
Your work is worth $1,000 a minute -- and it’s time to earn it during Grad Slam, the campus-wide competition for the best 3-minute presentation by a graduate student on their research or creative project. Students in all disciplines are encouraged to participate and compete for the $3,000 grand prize! It’s an excellent opportunity for students to enhance their communication skills, particularly when it comes to conveying their specialized work to a mixed audience.

Looking Past the Puppy Dog Eyes

Submitted on November 11, 2019
University Fellow Gitanjali Gnanadesikan can explain the positive hormonal impact of staring into your dog’s eyes (simply put, it increases the release of the “love hormone,” oxytocin). She can also break down the implications of the fact that this eye-contact oxytocin boost doesn’t occur with wolves raised by humans. What’s even more fascinating are the questions to which she’s still seeking an explanation.

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