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Graduate Student Appreciation Week

April 3-9, 2016

Download the electronic version of the Spring 2016 GSAW Calendar of Events.

Graduate Students - We Appreciate You!

In 1993, the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students established Graduate-Professional Student Appreciation Week (GPSAW) as a mechanism to support and appreciate graduate and professional students, emphasizing the contributions, impact and value of graduate and professional students on campuses throughout the United States.

The Graduate School joins universities around the nation in this celebration by hosting the Graduate Student Appreciation Week (GSAW) at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  All graduate students, faculty, and staff are invited to join us for this year's events.


GSAW 2015 Schedule

Download the electronic version of the Spring 2015 GSAW Calendar of Events.

Monday, April 13, 2015:

Lunch & Learn Workshop - Playing by the Rules: Grad Students and Research Compliance

Part of being a grad student and a scholar means being a responsible researcher. But what does “research compliance” really mean? This session will offer an introduction to knowing how to protect the integrity of your research and scholarship. What approvals are required when we collect, manage, share and own data; when working with human subjects or animals; when conflicts of interest arise; and when we publish? Grad Students in most programs need to apply for and demonstrate research compliance; there’s no way around it. Come and find out more. Co-sponsored with the Office of Research. Lunch will be provided.

Date: April 13
Time: 11:30-1pm
Location: Dupré Library, 2nd Floor Staff Lounge

Click here to register.

Professional Etiquette Dinner and Mocktails

Nervous about sitting down to dinner with a potential employer or networking at a conference? Unsure about professional dinner etiquette? Do you have a drink or not? How much is too much when talking about your research over dinner? Here’s an opportunity to hone your professional networking and interviewing skills. Attendees will be guided through a mock interview dinner with University faculty and administrators and industry guests, providing valuable experience for scholars on the job market. Co-sponsored with the Office of Career Services.

Date: April 13
Time: 6pm
Location: Student Union Atchafalaya Ballroom

Dinner will be provided but space is limited!

Click here to register.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition Preliminary Round-Day 1

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ) that challenges grad students to present a compelling oration on their thesis/dissertation topic and its significance in just three minutes. Days 1 and 2 of the 3MT® competition will be the preliminary round to determine the finalists to compete Friday during the Research Showcase Awards (see below).

Date: April 13 & 14
Tues. Time: 3-5pm
Wed. Time: 1-3pm 
Location: Oliver Hall Auditorium (OLVR 112)

Click here to register.

View the (3MT®) Guidelines.

Audience welcome.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015:

Graduate Student Research Showcase-Poster (and Paper) Competition-Day 1

Co-sponsored by the Graduate School and the Office of the Office of the Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Economic Development, the Research Showcase will feature competitions (and monetary prizes!) for posters and papers authored by grad students from all disciplines. Posters will be presented in Dupré Library on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. Awards will be presented on Friday afternoon at the 3MT® Finals and Research Showcase Awards (see below). Go to GradSchool.louisiana.edu for guidelines and to enter.

Poster Presentations
Date: April 14 & 15
Time: 2-5pm
Location: Dupré Library, 1st Floor Corridor

Click here to register.

Click here to view the Showcase Guidelines.

Three Minute Thesis Competition Prelims-Day 2

Days 1 and 2 of the 3MT® competition will be the preliminary round to determine the finalists to compete Friday during the Research Showcase Awards (see below).

Date: April 13 & 14
Tues. Time: 3-5pm
Wed. Time: 1-3pm
Location: Oliver Hall Auditorium (OLVR 112)

Click here to register.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015:

Graduate Student Research Showcase-Poster Competition-Day 2

Posters will be presented in Dupré Library on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. Awards will be presented on Friday afternoon at the 3MT® Finals and Research Showcase Awards (see below).

Poster Presentations
Date: April 14 & 15
Time: 2-5pm
Location: Dupré Library, 1st Floor Corridor

Click here to register.

Graduate Student Photo Contest

What does it mean to be a graduate student? Capture the essence in one original (digitally altered or not) photo. Submit your entry with the hashtag #ULGradLife, by email at GradSchool@louisiana.edu, or in person at the Grad School. Captions, titles, and explanations are not required. All entries must be received by 5:00pm on Wednesday. Entries will be displayed beginning on Monday on the Grad School’s Facebook Page. Check them out and let us know your favorite!  We’ll announce the winner (and display some of the entries) on Friday at the 3MT® Finals and Graduate Student Research Showcase Awards.

Date: April 15
Time: Entries must be received by 5pm

Submit your entry using the hashtag #ULGradLife, by email at GradSchool@louisiana.edu, or in person.

Here are some of last year's entries:

      

SGA Donut Day

SGA wants to say thank you to Grad Students and to promote Grad School at UL Lafayette with donuts, milk, and juice. Come, let them tell you how appreciated you are, and start your day off right.

Date: April 15
Time:  8:30-11:30am
Location:  in front of Dupré  Library on St. Mary Blvd.

Thursday, April 16, 2015:

Lunch & Learn Workshop: Negotiating the Job Offer for Industry and Non-Profit

You asked for it! This Lunch & Learn is all about navigating the outside-of-academia job market. Interested in non-profits? Ready to land a high-demand industry job? Come, get some tips, and have lunch on us.

Date: April 16
Time: 11:30-1pm
Location: Dupré Library, 2nd Floor Staff Lounge

Click here to register.

Friday, April 17, 2015:

Research Showcase Awards Presentation and 3MT Finals

Celebrate graduate student research with us and watch the final round of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition. We’ll also announce the winners of the Research Showcase Paper and Poster Competitions as well as the Photo Contest.

Date: April 17
Time: 1-3pm
Location: Student Union, 2nd Floor, Helen Constantine Forum

Light refreshments will be provided.

Special Deals for Grad Students All Week Long!

The Red Zone also has donated some great door prizes that will be given away at our events throughout the week. Coupons for 20% off at the Red Zone and the UL Lafayette Bookstore will be distributed as well!

 


 

GSAW 2014 Schedule of Events

 

Monday, April 7, 2014: Lunch & Learn Workshop: Negotiating the Job Offer

Dean Farmer-Kaiser and a panel of UL Lafayette Faculty will discuss how critical maximizing your first job offer will be for your career as well as methods and tips for navigating the job market and negotiating job offers.  Don't miss this valuable workshop geared specifically for the graduate student who is job searching or will be job searching! A light lunch will be served so be sure to attend for free food and info!

Monday, April 7, 2014
11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Dupré Library Staff Lounge, Dupré 221
Facilitator: Dean Mary Farmer-Kaiser; Faculty Panel

To register for this workshop, please click here.

Registration encouraged to assist in planning.  ee food and inf        

Tuesday, April 8, 2014: Graduate Student Research & Project Showcasestudent pointing to research poster

The Graduate Student Research and Project Showcase strives to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of graduate students to the UL Lafayette and academic communities by providing graduate students the opportunity to showcase their research, projects, and original works during Graduate Student Appreciation Week events.  The judged Graduate Student Research and Project Showcase will honor outstanding students with awards. This event is sponsored by the Graduate School, the Office of the VP for Research,  the Black Faculty and Staff Association of UL Lafayette, SGA, and GSO.

 Tuesday, April 8, 2014
 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
 Dupré Library 1st and 3rd Floor

Rules and Guidelines

Participant Registration Form
      Participants in the showcase must register by Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

Volunteer Judge Registration

More information will be sent to participants closer to the event day.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014: Donuts for Grad Students

SGA and Sodexo are co-sponsoring a donuts, milk, and juice delivery to locations across campus to provide breakfast on Tuesday, April 8. Be sure to visit your graduate department on Tuesday to get your breakfast fix.

Thursday, April 10, 2014: Thesis & Dissertation Writers Workshop: Destination Done

The Grad School will offer this workshop, “Destination Done: Strategies for Staying Motivated during the Thesis and Dissertation Writing Process,” for students actively engaged in (and perhaps struggling through) the writing process. Students who haven't even started writing are also welcome and encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

Thursday, April 10, 2014 
3:00-4:00 p.m. 
Dupré Library Staff Lounge, Dupré 221
Facilitator: Dean Mary Farmer-Kaiser; Shawn Thibodeaux

To register for this workshop, click here.

Registration encouraged to assist in planning.

Friday, April 11, 2014: Celebration Reception

Join us as we celebrate graduate student research and projects.  Winners of the Graduate Student Research & Project Showcase will be presented.  Light refreshments will be served. Tours of the Gaines Center will be available upon request. 

Friday, April 11, 2013
12:00-2:00 p.m.  
Ernest Gaines Center hallway in Dupre Library, 3rd Floor

Saturday, April 12, 2014: Family Fun Day

Come join us as the Aquatic Center at Bourgious Hall on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. for some free family fun! We've reserved the pool for all graduate students and their immediate families. You'll need your student I.D. to get in and with your admission, your immediate family will be allowed free admission as well. The Aquatic Center has a pool fit for all ages and a sand volleyball court where grad students can show off their competitive spirit. The Graduate School will provide lunch so you don't need to bring anything except for your bathing suit and your family.

If you plan to attend the swimming event, please click here. Registration is encouraged to assist with planning.

After swimming at the Aquatic Center, you can head on over to Lamson Park to enjoy a Softball double header versus South Alabama starting at 2:00 p.m. or Moore Field to watch the Ragin' Cajun Baseball team take on UALR at 6:00 p.m. As always, graduate students have free admission to games with their student I.D.s, but we're currently in the works to get grad students' children into the games for free as well! More details to come.

 

 


Many thanks to our Sponsors, Hosts, and Collaborators!  GSAW would not be possible without you!


Previous Graduate Student Appreciation Weeks:

April 2-6, 2012

Graduate Student Research and Project Showcase/Celebration Reception
Awardees:

  • 1st Place - Mohammad Nur, Engineering (M.S.): Civil
    "International Roughness Index Model for HMA Overlay Treatment of Composite Pavements"
  • 2nd Place - Mohammad Bhuyan, Engineering (M.S.): Civil
    "IRI (International Roughness Index) Prediction Model for Overlay Treatment on Flexible Pavement"
  • 3rd Place - Taylor Sloey, Biology (M.S.)
    "Species Differences in Wetland Vegetation Establishment and Expansion in Liberty Island, California"

Professional Development Workshop Series:

  • The Art of Networking (presented by a panel)
  • Destination Done: Strategies for Staying Motivated during the Thesis and Dissertation Writing Process (presented by Dr. Mary Farmer-Kaiser)
  • Succeeding In, Not Just Surviving, Graduate School (presented by Dr. Vanessa Hill)
  • The Peer Review Process from the Inside and Out (presented by Dr. Michael Martin and Dr. Brad Moon)

Sponsors: