Welcome to the Graduate Student’s Guide! This is our very own podcast where we talk to members of the graduate community about everything you need to know to get through graduate school. We’ve covered topics like writing, funding, mental health, careers, and more for you to discover. Check out some of our previous conversations or jump right in with the latest by clicking on one of the episodes below. You can subscribe to the podcast on Spotify.

Navigating Thesis and Dissertation Challenges: Advice from Experts

March 22, 2024

In this episode, we interviewed Dr. Shelley Hawthorne Smith, an Assistant Professor of Practice and Associate Director of the Graduate Writing Lab. We discussed Navigating Thesis and Dissertation Challenges, and she offered insights that will help you chart a course through the complexities of project data management, writing dilemmas, time constraints, and the climactic defense.

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Jennifer Gwasira: Navigating New Horizons from Zimbabwe to Arizona

February 29, 2024

Jennifer Gwasira's interest in the University of Arizona was marked by her passion for languages, which was ignited during her high school cultural exchange experience in Germany.

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Greta Pasztor: A Musical Journey from Transylvania to Arizona

February 2, 2024

In this edition, we take you on a musical journey from the heart of Transylvania to the vibrant landscapes of Arizona, featuring the incredibly talented pianist, Greta Pastor. Greta's story is one of passion, dedication, and a harmonious blend of cultures that resonates through her music.

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Graduate Center Resources for Career Success with Shawn Nordell

January 26, 2024

Learn about the Graduate Center's treasure trove of workshops, webinars, and other events that support graduate students in their quest for job market readiness and career advancement. We interviewed Dr. Shawn Nordell, the Associate Director of Graduate Career Services at the Graduate Center, who discussed the array of resources available to graduate students.

A Vision for Excellence: Interview with Dean Limesand

January 19, 2024

Learn about Dean Kirsten Limesand's path to leadership, her vision for the Graduate College, and engagement initiatives like Grad Success Messenger and Monthly Donuts with the Dean. This interview was on Oct 25, 2023.

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May 18, 2023

Tune into a conversation about graduation with Connie Sun, Bethany Kasprzyk, and Sonia Delphin Pérez, who graduated with a master’s degree or a Ph.D. in Spring 2023.

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Navigating Academic Conferences

May 4, 2023

Join Karen Zimmerman, Assistant Director and Professor at the University of Arizona’s School of Art, for a discussion about navigating academic conferences and how conference attendees can make the most out of their experiences.

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Interdisciplinary Collaboration in STEM and the ARCS Foundation

April 21, 2023

Join Neuroscience Ph.D. Student and 2022 ARCS Scholar, Matthew Schmit, for a conversation about interdisciplinary collaboration in STEM and what students thinking of applying to the ARCS Foundation should know.

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Community Engagement for International Students

March 29, 2023

Join Fiona Grugan, Senior Program Coordinator for the University of Arizona International Student Services, for a conversation about how international students can get involved with their community, and the benefits they may derive from their experience.

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The Graduate and Professional Student Council

March 16, 2023

Kelli Lycke, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences GPSC representative, explains what the Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) is, how it can help graduate students, and how graduate students can get involved.

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The Power To Choose: Fátima Corona del Toro and Orchestral Conducting

March 2, 2023

Orchestral conducting chose Fátima Corona del Toro. Now, it's her responsibility to choose the music.

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Disability in Graduate School

Feb 15, 2023

Join for us for a discussion with Sarrah Hannon, Ph.D. student in the University of Arizona’s Pharmacology and Toxicology program, about navigating graduate school with a disability.

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Public Speaking

February 1, 2023

Dr. Chris Impey, University Distinguished Professor of Astronomy, discusses how researchers have a responsibility to share what they’ve learned with the public, how to condense complex information into a comprehensible story, and what role an audience plays in a presentation.

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Eco Systems: Joona Mikkola and Environmental Tech

January 19, 2023

Ecological Economist and University Fellow, Joona Mikkola, tells us about the journey that led him to the helm of his own climate tech startup, SoilWatch, and the change he hopes to effect after finishing his Ph.D. at UArizona.

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December 8, 2022

Join us for a conversation with the Graduate Center’s Graduate Assistant for Fellowship Support, Bethany Kasprzyk, about how to find funding in graduate school. We talk about internal and external funding, application timing, and workshops and resources available to students who want to make their applications the best that it can be.

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Mental Health

December 1, 2022

Ivette Merced, PhD student in Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies at the University of Arizona, shares some advice about mental health for graduate students. We talk about the human side of graduate school, work/life balance, and mentorship. We also talk about the first steps students can take to change harmful thinking patterns and encourage positive growth.

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Careers Outside of Academia

November 3, 2022

We talk to the Graduate Center’s Career Development Graduate Assistant, Kelsey Hanson, about how to tell if academia is the right place for you, how to transfer your skillset to the wider job market, and how to find a fulfilling career path.

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Graduate School for International Students

October 3, 2022

We sit down with the Graduate Center’s Communications and Outreach Graduate Assistant, Anesu Samuel Masango, M.D., to talk about how to deal with language barriers, homesickness, and other challenges that may face international graduate students.

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September 21, 2022

Join the Graduate Center’s Graduate Assistant for Special Projects, Sedona Lee Heidinger, to learn about some strategies you can use to improve your writing during graduate school and about getting support from a writing community.

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Imposter Syndrome

September 2, 2022

Earl Lee, the Director of Training Initiatives at the University of Arizona, talks about how to recognize and overcome imposter syndrome.

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