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.

First-Generation Perspectives

Submitted on October 12, 2020
Graduate school is by no means easy, but approaching and navigating graduate programs as a first-generation college student presents particular challenges. Four current graduate students who were the first in their families to complete an undergraduate degree discuss their experiences transitioning from undergraduate to graduate programs, including what they wished they had known or done differently along the way.

The Life or Death Stakes of Inclusion

Submitted on October 12, 2020
Sana Khan
University Fellow Sana Khan is a self-described “Wildcat for Life,” raised in Arizona and in the process of earning her third degree here. Her academic career at UArizona has helped her define her interests and find her calling, advancing from a general desire to help others to fighting for social justice by balancing inequalities in health and healthcare.

Mentoring and Retention of Under-represented, Minoritized Students in the Graduate College

Submitted on October 12, 2020
Dr. Sonja Lanehart
My first university-wide strategic effort to address mentoring and retention at UArizona is the launching of a Mentoring Professional Development Program with 12 faculty in STEM, Social Science, Humanities, and Professional fields. The goal is to develop a critical mass of faculty who are advocates for a higher level of mentoring for URMS with the result of higher levels of retention of URMs.

Weekly Grad Chats: Community in Diversity

Submitted on October 12, 2020
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The UArizona Graduate College recognizes the many challenges faced by students during this pandemic, as well as the stress caused by the systemic failure to address racism in our society. To help students, particularly diverse students, feel welcome and to aid in developing strong community and a sense of belonging, the Graduate College Diversity Team sponsors Weekly Grad Chats that take place each Tuesday from 4:00 to 5:00 PM.

4 Ways to Evaluate Fit and Company Culture

Submitted on October 12, 2020
Ryan Sermon
When it comes to job satisfaction, one of the most important aspects, in addition to salary, involves “organizational culture” and “fit.” Imagine: you’re interested in two different employers. You start to talk with others in your network and notice stark differences between the two cultures. What are you to do next?! This is a dilemma that I hear from graduate students across all disciplines. The conversations we have about this subject focus on culture, preferences, values, and perspectives. Here are 4 steps you can take to evaluate whether your next job opportunity aligns with your values and long-term career goals.  

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.