Cultivating Capacities for Success
Core Programs—the Office of Graduate Student Affairs in The Graduate School—utilizes a holistic approach to supporting graduate students through student-centered programming, timely resources, and intentional tri-campus partnerships. We strive to promote the well-being of our diverse graduate student body in our tri-campus network, so they can thrive and be successful at the university and beyond.
Core Programs Team (left to right):
Strategies for Graduate Student Success
Core Programs shares quick tips to support your academic, professional, and interpersonal success as a graduate student!
- Core Programs newsletter archives >
- “Ask the Grad School Guru” advice column >
- On & Around Campus: fun & cheap events, lectures and opportunities for the three campuses
- Professional development and mentoring via the NCFDD >
Individual Development Plan
The Individual Development Plan (IDP) is a written guide to help provide some structure when working through your goals, as well as guide you in letting your professors, mentors, family and friends know how best they can support you in reaching your academic, personal, and professional objectives.
Each year, 8–10 graduate students volunteer to participate in our First-Generation Graduate Student Advisory Board and our International Graduate Student Advisory Board. They serve in leadership roles to inform and shape our initiatives and programming that support first-gen and international graduate students.
- If you are interested in serving on our advisory boards, contact us at email@example.com
Public Speaking & Presentation Skills
We co-organize quarterly Scholars’ Studio events with the UW Libraries Research Commons. These are fun, informal events featuring 10 or more graduate students doing lightning talks on their research, all connecting to a common theme. Attend an upcoming event or submit a proposal for an opportunity to present your research!
Core Programs offers a variety of professional development events, several of which we co-host with campus partners. Below are examples from the past few years:
- Community College Careers Panels and Networking Receptions
- Communication Skills for International Graduate Students
- Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate Student Career Development Boot Camp
- Translating Your Research Into Career Opportunities – For Graduate Students and Postdocs in STEM Fields
- Teaching-Focused University Careers – a collaboration between GO-MAP, Core Programs, and Gonzaga University
- Navigating the Job Search When You’re LGBTQ
- Finding Funding for International Graduate Students
- Thriving in Graduate School with Peer Mentoring
Core Programs On the Road
Need a tailored presentation or workshop for your graduate program? Whether you’re a graduate program advisor, faculty or student, Core Programs can work with you to develop a one-of-a-kind event to meet your needs! Some past presentation themes:
- Demystifying graduate school
- Utilizing the individual development plan
- Getting the mentoring you need
- Using social media for career development
Find Your People
It makes a difference to find like-minded students to build community with and share experiences. You may even make connections with peers outside of your graduate program. There are several student organizations, campus programs, and social media sites that can facilitate such connections. Below are examples:
- Graduate and Professional Student Senate
- Graduate Opportunities & Minority Achievement Program
- UW SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science)
- Foundation for International Understanding Through Students (FIUTS)
- D Center
- Q Center
- Rainbow Grads
- Women in Chemical Sciences
- Student Veteran Life
- UW Graduate Students Facebook Page
Finding a good mentor and being a good mentor are both critical to the success of many graduate students, in school and beyond. Core Programs provides a wealth of resources to help graduate students do both.