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Spotlight: Graduate Students Get Ahead in 2012

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

As North Carolina’s urban research university, UNC Charlotte is committed to the academic and personal success of graduate students. The Center for Graduate Life (CGL) was created to support the more than 4,385 graduate students currently enrolled in the University’s 19 doctoral and 62 master’s degree programs.

The CGL, located in room 268 of the Cone University Center, provides graduate students with centralized space dedicated to their needs, with the goal of creating a stronger graduate community through shared experiences, discourse and activities designed to support interdisciplinary learning. The CGL’s services are aimed at helping graduate students better prepare for life during, after and beyond graduate school.

“In order to allow graduate students to make full use of their expertise and a lasting difference in their discipline and the community, they must have opportunities to acquire skills needed as professionals,” said Tom Reynolds, associate provost and dean of the Graduate School. “The CGL gives us just the venue we need to provide these opportunities.”

In order to allow graduate students to make full use of their expertise and a lasting difference in their discipline and the community, they must have opportunities to acquire skills needed as professionals.
Tom Reynolds, Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School

Through the CGL, students can participate in a number of events and workshops during the 2012 spring semester:

An Uptown welcome coffee hour will take place in the UNC Charlotte Center City atrium, Wednesday, Jan. 11, from 5:00 – 6:00 PM. The event, co-sponsored by the Belk College of Business and the Graduate Business Association, is aimed at students who are new to UNC Charlotte Center City.

The CGL hosts a series of student development workshops. The first one of the New Year will be, “Managing Your Graduate Committees, Completing Your Degree,” Jan. 25 at 3:00 PM. In this workshop, Dr. Katherine Hall-Hertel, assistant dean and Director of the Center for Graduate Life, will provide some helpful strategies on how graduate students can establish good working relationships with faculty and effectively manage their advisors and committees. Additional Student Development Workshops, including Dissertation Boot Camp, Graduate Education Week and Grant Writing/Publishing, are online.

In addition, the CGL sponsors social events that encourage students to network and develop relationships with fellow graduate students across disciplines. The popular “Wine and Cheese Welcome,” organized by the Graduate Life Fellows, will be held in January at a date to be determined. More information about upcoming events, including future social gatherings, is available on the CGL website.

The Center for Graduate Life is a collaborative effort between the Graduate School and Academic Affairs. For additional information, call 704‑687‑5661 or send email to GradLifeCenter@uncc.edu.

Photo by Wade Bruton.