Graduate Appreciation Week April 5-11

On March 31, 2014 by Grad Forum

gradappreciation_14thumbnailAs the spring term gets underway, the Graduate Studies Office gears up for its annual Graduate Student Appreciation Week. The celebratory week is based on the national Graduate Professional Student Appreciation Week started by the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS), a student-run non-profit organization founded in 1987 and dedicated to improving the quality of life of graduate and professional students across the country. This year, Graduate Appreciation Week will be held at Dartmouth from Saturday, April 5 to Friday, April 11.

As in past years, the week will feature the popular Graduate Poster Session (April 8), at which graduate students will have the opportunity to present their research to faculty members and the community. The Graduate Studies Office will present several awards during the poster session. The first award, the Faculty Mentoring Award, goes to faculty members whose students have nominated them for exceptional mentoring and teaching abilities. The second award presented is the Graduate Community Award. This is a peer-nominated award that goes to graduate students who have shown exemplary service to the community.

Other events include a workshop (April 7) hosted by the library on copyrights for thesis or dissertation writers; a lunch (April 9) hosted by the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL) to recognize graduate students who have been nominated by undergraduates as outstanding teachers; and an Advisor/Advisee Coffee, Tea, and Muffin Time (April 10) for graduate students and their advisors to enjoy each others’ company.

Various graduate student groups are planning events as well. Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE) will again be hosting Science Day on April 5 for local 6th-9th grade students. These students will be invited to visit labs on campus and talk with graduate scientists-in-training about their work. The International Graduate Mentor Program (IGMP) will sponsor a tea social (April 9) with delicious desserts, and the Dartmouth Graduate Outing Club (DGOC) has scheduled a sunset hike (April 11) that will feature stargazing at the observatory.

A new addition to Graduate Appreciation Week this year is the much-anticipated Graduate Student Musicale to be held on Friday, April 11. The Musicale will feature a compilation of musical performances by graduate students, followed by cocktails. Attendees are sure to be impressed by the oft-hidden musical talents of some of their peers!

“Graduate students are an essential part of our academic community,” explains Dean of Graduate Studies F. Jon Kull. “They support both faculty research and undergraduate teaching, and they are our link to the future of academia. It is important to take the time each year to recognize them for their hard work and dedication to Dartmouth.”

The Graduate Forum wishes to thank all graduate students for their efforts and to encourage them to take advantage of the many activities planned in their honor during Graduate Appreciation Week!

by Elizabeth Molina-Markham

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