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.
In graduate school, it’s all too easy to push yourself too hard and, as a result, find yourself burnt out and in need of a way to reignite your motivation and passion. Learn about how to avoid flaming out, or, if you’re past the point of prevention, how to recognize the symptoms and heal from burnout. Plus, hear from your peers regarding what works for them.
It’s a tired stereotype of graduate school and academia as a whole that scholars tend to isolate themselves in their own sphere, rarely connecting with individuals outside their immediate field -- much less the public! Here on campus, though, we’re not only breaking down boundaries between disciplines, but connecting and mixing them with galvanizing results.
The job market is vast and can be complicated, but we’re not going to let you face it alone. The Graduate Center is here to help you approach and navigate your search for a job after graduate school, and many other groups on campus are too! Here’s a round-up of campus resources for taking on the job search.
Dylan Barton’s passion for youth and school psychology is an irresistible force. He has worked with children in community centers, the penal system, and schools; he is immersed in educational policy at both the K-12 and university level. Barton’s driving goal: provide support to prevent crises for youths.
After working in Japan, New York, and Egypt, Julie Kasper came home to Tucson with a passion for teaching English language. Her work in schools and the community focuses on refugee students and families, and includes a new project to aid young adult refugees working toward their GED certificate. This project is also an opportunity for graduate students to get involved in refugee education, regardless of their field.
Most graduate students probably recognize Shelley Hawthorne Smith’s name from her invaluable emails on funding opportunities and resources from the Office of Fellowships and Community Engagement. What you may not know is that Hawthorne Smith recently joined the team working in the Graduate Center, and that she has a number of exciting projects in the works!