Grad Student Appreciation Week

Grad Appreciation Week, April 2-6, 2018National Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation week celebrates the 5,000 plus graduate students that make the University of Iowa a great place for research and learning. Originally started in 1993 by the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students as a way to show appreciation for the contributions, impact, and value of graduate students nationally and supporting their wellness and professional development.

This year, the Graduate College has joined with the Graduate Student Senate and the Graduate and Professional Student Government to host a week-long celebration of our graduate students. Starting April 2nd you can expect a week full of events promoting wellness, resource, and skill-based workshops, and social events (see the full list below).

Reserve your spot in all of our events and get reminders via email by completing the quick registration form.


Getting Started with Grant Writing
April 2, 12:00-1:00pm (Lunch provided)
N300 Lindquist Center (Jones Commons)
reserve your spot

The time to starting working on that proposal is now! Learn the basics of where to look for grants, how to craft a persuasive proposal, and how to “think like a reviewer.”

Presented by Jennifer Teitle, Ph.D., & Elizabeth Savelkoul, Ph.D.


Diversity Matters: Creating an Inclusive Workplace
April 3, 10:30am-11:30am
Eckstein Medical Research Building (EMRB) 283
reserve your spot

Learn how to navigate in a workplace and discuss addressing biases, assumptions, and beliefs in professional settings.

Presented by Denise Martinez, MD


MAP it Out Developing your individualized study plan for grad school and beyond.
April 3, 12:00-1:00pm (lunch provided)
N300 Lindquist Center (Jones Commons)
reserve your spot

Stay on track; communicate with your mentors; and understand your skills, interests, and values.

Presented by Jennifer Teitle, Ph.D., Sarah Larsen, Ph.D., and Sunny Ho, M.A., Ed.M.


Financial Management
April 3, 3:30-4:30pm (refreshments provided)
Iowa Memorial Union Room 348
reserve your spot

The Office of Student Financial Aid will share information and strategies about budgeting a stipend and paying down loans.

Presented by Kayla Strand & Kelsey Ryder


Conversation Circle
April 4 12:00-1:00pm (lunch provided)
Women’s Resource and Action Center (WRAC) living room
reserve your spot

Offering a safe space for you to chat, mingle, and discuss what you need as a graduate/professional student! Being a grad/prof student can be stressful at times, GSS would like to learn from your perspectives on what the university can provide to allow you to have a rewarding career journey here! Strategies and resources on how to succeed in graduate school will be shared with you.

Presented by Grad College & GSS Student Success Committee


Wellness Part 1: Mental and Physical Wellness
April 4, 4:00-5:00pm (refreshments provided)
Iowa Memorial Union Room 347
reserve your spot

Learn strategies to cope with stress without interfering your academic work/study! Refresh your mind and re-energize!

Presented by Maria Bruno, Psy.D


Wellness Part 2: Graduate Student Yoga
April 4, 5:00-6:00pm (refreshments provided)
Iowa Memorial Union Room 256
reserve your spot

Learn how to practice self-care real time with a licensed Yoga instructor! Get ready to sweat and feel relaxed and recharged!

Presented by Krista Grutz, GSS Service & Social Committee


Crafting Your Portraits (and Stories) for Professional Audience and Readership
April 5, 4:00-5:00pm (refreshments provided)
Iowa Memorial Union Room 348
reserve your spot

Join a conversation with published writer and writing teacher Rossina Zamora Liu on crafting your professional portrait with voice and presence on the page. Get tips on creating unique professional materials for a variety of purposes.

Presented by Rossina Z. Liu, MFA Ph.D.


Intergroup Dialogue Training
April 6, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC) Living Room
reserve your spot

Learn this sought-after method for facilitating conversation across social, cultural, and power differences. Trainers Cate Denial (Professor of American History, and Director of the Bright Institute at Knox College) and Gabrielle Raley (Associate Professor of Anthropology-Sociology, Knox College) will teach you how to use Intergroup Dialogue in your classroom to promote conversation around controversial issues and how to generate a collective vision with your students. Participation in this training requires attendance for the whole session; certification from the Center for the Integration of Teaching Research and Learning (CIRTL) will be offered for three credits.


Friday Night Vibes!
April 6, 7:00-9:00pm
Thompson and Co
513 E Washington St, Iowa City, IA 52240

Celebrate your accomplishments! Enjoy a night out with free food, music, and a drawing for those who attend two or more events during the week.


We look forward to seeing you at these events! Don’t forget to reserve your spot in all of our events and get reminders via email by completing the quick registration form.

Sponsored by:

The Graduate College
Graduate Student Senate
Graduate and Professional Student Government
Carver College of Medicine