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Alumni career spotlight of Hannah Tierney (PhD 2016), Lecturer at University of Sydney
If it’s spring, it’s time for Grad Slam. The annual competition is a fantastic opportunity to share your work, as well as to hone the skills needed to succeed in any profession to which you aspire. This year, there’s an exciting new opportunity specifically tailored for creative and performing arts students, as well!
Alumni career spotlight of Danielle Adams (PhD 2018), Deputy Director of Marketing and Communications at Lowell Observatory
Alumni career spotlight of José R. Soto (BA 2006, MS 2008), Assistant Professor at the U of A
Alumni career spotlight of Holly Griffith (MA 2015), Actor, Director, & Renaissance Woman
Nationally, roughly 13% of graduate and professional students are parents. Student parents are more likely to take a break during their path to degree, as well as more likely to leave their program without completing their degree. GPSC and Campus Rec recently hosted a focus group of graduate students who are parents in order to find out more about the unique challenges this demographic faces, and how to improve support systems for them on campus.
Doctoral student Paula Ugalde’s research focuses on something of an archaeological enigma: despite the near-certainty in regard to patterns of early human migration, the earliest archaeological site in the Americas is in Chile, rather than a more northern site closer to the land bridge by which humans arrived. Ugalde joined the Anthropology program at the U of A after extensive archaeological work in the field, and her current work combines archaeology and geosciences in order to approach the mystery from an interdisciplinary angle.

A Churchill Scholar at the University of Cambridge, a two-time winner of the Astronaut Scholarship, a published author in Applied Optics, and a researcher in the BIO5 Institute, University Fellow Travis Sawyer is a luminous presence in the University of Arizona’s top-tier optical sciences program. Laser-focused on his research in medical imaging, he is working to improve early cancer detection by measuring how the optical properties of tissue change throughout disease progression.

In a changing social, technical, and environmental landscape, myriad opportunities exist for those with advanced degrees. Despite the regularity with which speakers and writers set up a false dichotomy between academia and the so-called “real world,” as though universities are imaginary realms, graduate students know that academia and other career pathways are equally real and equally valid -- and that they should be prepared for both.

If it’s spring, it’s time for Grad Slam. The competition is a fantastic opportunity to share your work, as well as to work on the skills needed to succeed in any profession to which you might aspire.

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.