All pages tagged with: "graduate students"

Alumni career spotlight of Danielle Adams (PhD 2018), Deputy Director of Marketing and Communications at Lowell Observatory
Alumni career spotlight of Hannah Tierney (PhD 2016), Lecturer at University of Sydney
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.

Susan Kaleita, Senior Director of Employer and Alumni Engagement for Student Engagement & Career Development, earned her master’s degree from the U of A. The path between degree and directorship, however, was not a direct one. Her current role, as well as her own career experiences, make Kaleita particularly well-situated to aid graduate students in their career goals. Kaleita recognizes not only the many career paths open to graduate students, but also the ways to move from one path to another.

The campus community has been participating in the creation of the strategic plan for close to a year, and it’s reached the home stretch. So what exactly is the plan, and what does it encompass? Dr. Elliott Cheu, one of the leaders of the planning process, explains the status of the plan and its many parts.
Graduate students know, generally speaking, where many of our student fees go: the Student Recreation Center, campus libraries, and campus media. Within and alongside these areas, however, are many features that you may not be aware you already pay for.

President Robert Robbins has been on campus a relatively short time, but he is already adding his style and expertise to the University of Arizona. The Strategic Plan -- though a collaborative effort still in its early stages -- is one such area of influence. Robbins recently outlined his hopes for graduate programs and students as part of that plan.

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.

Graduate students work in a wide variety of positions during their time at university, and in doing so gain critical knowledge and skills alongside their expertise in their field. John Singer, a certified professional résumé writer and a dedicated career coach and advisor with 15 years of experience, shares some advice on how graduate students can leverage their experience for success in the job market.

Academic conferences are an exciting part of sharing scholarly work, but the costs and stresses associated with those professional development opportunities can be prohibitive to graduate students. An array of graduate-oriented conferences and events offer the same benefits, as well as added bonuses such as lower cost, less anxiety, and more opportunities to assume leadership roles.