Cohort Experience

A primary objective of the University Fellows Program is to produce interdisciplinary and collaborative leaders.To achieve this goal, the Graduate Center has developed weekly programming that fosters professional development, interdisciplinary innovation, community engagement, and mentoring, Fellows benefit from rich opportunities to forge new connections with people and ideas, while strengthening their foundational knowledge and professional preparation.

Fellows are invited to participate in the Grand Challenge Symposium which enables them to collaborate across disciplines in order to address a topic of profound human impact - such as poverty, immigration, climate change, ethics, or social justice.

Program Outline:

Professional Development

  • Inclusive leadership training and professional ethics
  • Academic and professional career workshops
  • Resource information and access
  • Workshops on grants, communication skills, teaching, and publishing
  • Program development opportunities beyond the first year

Interdisciplinary Research and Networking

  • Speaker series featuring interdisciplinary faculty and community members
  • Social events, community-building, and research collaborations among Fellows
  • Participation in the Grand Challenge Symposium, which enables University Fellows to showcase their collaborative work on a topic of significant social impact

Mentoring and Community Engagement

  • Effective Mentorship workshops
  • Paired with UA student or K-12 student
  • Mentor incoming University Fellow cohorts in subsequent years
  • Interact with community and on-campus organizations and leaders
Last updated 7 Jul 2016