A Welcome Message from Dean Keller

Welcome to The University of Iowa Graduate College website!

The Graduate College plays a prominent role in the academic mission of the University. We are pleased to recognize the research, scholarly, and artistic efforts of the graduate faculty and students. Since 1900, over 60,000 Master's, 500 specialist and 15,000 doctoral degrees have been awarded. Currently, approximately 25% of the overall student body at Iowa is registered in the Graduate College, and over 20% of the degrees awarded annually are granted from the over 100 graduate programs under the purview of the Graduate College. This high ratio of students and degrees awarded reflects the breadth of the University's graduate programs and resources, the strength of the graduate faculty with a long tradition of personal and professional concern for students, and the opportunities afforded graduate students for involvement, recognition and support.

The Graduate College and The University of Iowa are proud to hold many "firsts." Among these are the admission of women on an equal basis as men (starting in 1851, only four years after the University was founded); the recognition of creative expression and artistic production as the basis for a graduate degree in lieu of a thesis or dissertation (leading to the development of the Master of Fine Arts degree, the first of which was awarded to Elizabeth Catlett, an African-American sculptor and graphic artist); the establishment of the first graduate program in Creative Writing (leading to the world renown Iowa Writers' Workshop and International Writing Program); and the ranking of many graduate programs in the first quartile of national rankings.

The traditions of access, equality, diversity among the graduate student body, and of recognition of quality graduate programs reflect the College's Strategic Plan and serve as constant goals. In 2000, the Graduate College received The University of Iowa Catalyst Award for its efforts to support diversity in the College; and as a participant in the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP), the Graduate College was recognized, along with the other CIC institutions, for its contributions to mentoring future graduate students from underrepresented groups with a White House Office of Science and Technology Policy's prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.

The quality of graduate programs administered by the Graduate College is reflected in the recognition received by its students and faculty. The University of Iowa is proud to have been recognized for having five students as recipients of the coveted Council of Graduate Schools/University Microfilms Distinguished Dissertation Award (2008, Jessica Horst, Pyschology; 2007, Michael Chasar, English; 1984, David Lasocki, Music History; 1993, Matthew Anderson, Biological and Life Sciences; and 1997, Susan Behrends Frank, Art History). Ten recent nominees have also been recognized as finalists in this national competition.

The graduate faculty numbers almost 1700, and many are recognized as outstanding scholars. In the past five years alone, 15 UI faculty have been elected to the National Academy of Science, National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. Professional organizations and associations have also recognized many other faculty.

The dedicated service provided by our faculty on behalf of graduate education is exemplified by the recognition of recipients of the Graduate College Mentoring Awards.

I encourage you to avail yourselves to the breadth of information included in our newly designed website. Information on each graduate program is available and details concerning admission, academic progress and support are available. Additional information is included for faculty, and new sections and links have been added concerning administration of Postdoctoral Scholars, and the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) program. The Graduate College is pleased to announce its partnership with the University of Iowa Foundation in the establishment of the Graduate Comprehensive Campaign. There are many ways in which your contribution can support graduate education at Iowa, including fellowships and scholarships, and the establishment of a Dean's Chair. Please refer to the announcement on the Graduate College home page for details on giving opportunities

Thank you for your interest in the Graduate College. Please contact the Graduate College directly if you need additional information.


John C. Keller, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Graduate Education
Dean, Graduate College

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