The beginning of the fall semester is one of my favorite times of the year. The feeling of expectancy is palpable as thousands of students - undergraduates and graduates - come together in a unique atmosphere of learning and discovery. In many ways our graduate students especially help define and shape the life and work of our campus through scholarship and research at the highest levels, and through their work as teachers and mentors to our undergraduate students.
In addition to providing a space for student research, the new College of Liberal Arts Building will attract top graduate students from universities throughout the world.
And I am proud to say the College of Liberal Arts is a campus leader in helping our graduate students succeed. We have led a number of reforms that are having a direct impact on the success of our graduate students, including reducing the size of the cohort and increasing our focus on quality and success.Our Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, Esther Raizen, and her staff are using various approaches from survey data to one-on-one interviews to better understand challenges and identify opportunities unique to our graduate students, including:
After completing her doctorate in sociology at The University of Texas at Austin in spring 2011, Jennifer Karas Montez is continuing her research at Harvard University as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar. The fellowship is the most prestigious postdoctoral award in the field of population health.
This is the first in a series of six emails I will be sending to our alumni over the course of the academic year to keep you informed about the good work of the college. I encourage you to keep in touch, and share your own stories of experiences in the College of Liberal Arts and how they have shaped your life.