The UA grants more PhDs to Native Americans than any other institution in the world. This in itself is impressive; the work to reach this status is no less noteworthy. For over a decade, a grant from and partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has provided the UA an opportunity to support the community of Native American scholars as they work toward degrees.
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Like many graduate students, Amanda Snell isn’t waiting until she earns her degree to start making the world a better place. For the past ten years, she has worked with underserved populations on behalf of literacy, access, and the many social needs and policy issues related to language learning. She has designed innovative courses in English as a Second Language for adult learners, published articles about her research on family literacy and community-based classrooms, presented her work on multilingual curricula at national conferences, and effectively partnered with language communities in three countries.
The University of Arizona boasts many interdisciplinary and community collaborations that produce exciting, vital work. One such gem is the partnership between the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Southwest Folklife Alliance, whose work was featured in the Graduate Center’s Spring 2017 Interdisciplinary Collaborations Lecture Series. And while you’re likely familiar with Tucson Meet Yourself, you may not know about the year round-programming that celebrates the southwest.
Becoming a marketable job applicant is an important aspect of completing your graduate studies. One way to make a degree even more impressive to potential employers is to augment it with supplementary certifications and training, a variety of which can be earned through myriad programs at the University of Arizona. Among the multitude of options are several certificates from the Eller College of Management.
Most graduate students beginning their work at the University of Arizona haven’t already established their credentials and credibility as a scholar, researcher, or artist. Not Khaled Jarrar. With internationally acclaimed art projects stretching back a decade, Jarrar is already an established, lauded, and highly visible artist.
Postdoctoral scholars are critical to the university’s mission, but often our community is unaware of their valuable roles. They’re neither students nor faculty, not here long enough to set down deep roots, and isolated within their labs among a multiplicity of designations and titles. This lack of attention is coming to an end with the formation of two organizations dedicated to serving the group: Postdoctoral Affairs (PA) and the University of Arizona Postdoctoral Association (UAPA).
Interdisciplinarity in action, while not always easy, is an exciting opportunity for individuals in different fields to conjoin their best assets and create projects that broaden and amplify their strengths in order to address sprawling, tangled problems that are bigger than can be fully addressed by any one discipline. One such project is Green Streets in South Tucson, a collaboration among members of both the University of Arizona and wider Tucson community.
Graduate students don’t need a study to tell them they’re under a lot of stress, though several recent studies have focused on precisely that. While the pressures are multitudinous and may at time seem overwhelming, there are a number of campus resources and tools to help graduate students manage and overcome stress. Foremost among these is Counseling & Psych Services (CAPS), which offers psychological counseling and psychiatric services to help students cope with personal problems so that they can successfully achieve their educational goals.
Just over two years old, The Graduate Center forges connections across campus and in the community to enrich graduate education beyond the traditional classroom and research experience. The mission of the Graduate Center is to support the next generation of researchers, academic professionals, and leaders by building opportunities for professional development and mentoring as well as fostering interdisciplinary research, innovative collaboration, networking, and engagement with diverse communities. Read on to learn about the Center’s partners, activities, and growth.