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Graduate Student Appreciation Week

March 26- April 1, 2022

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 2022 Schedule


"Say It in 6" Competition
Say it in 6 challenges you to use only six words and one image to tell a story about your research or creative work. Three winners – selected from each of our three categories – will receive $100. Your entry must be submitted by 11:59pm on Wednesday, March 30th. Check out examples and submit your entry here!

Graduate Student Research Showcase
The Graduate Student Research Showcase is co-sponsored by the Graduate School and the Office of the Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Economic Development. Grad students from all disciplines can submit papers or register for the poster competition. Top prize is $500 in each category. Learn more and submit your entry by Wednesday, March 23rd.

Most Loved Grad Program
The 2022 Most Loved Grad Program Competition is up and running! Share what you love about your grad program and earn points towards our most-loved grad program contest. You can upload a photo, put it in words, or both by submitting our form. Your entry may also be featured on the Graduate School's social media - follow along with #ULGradLove.

Scavenger Hunt
Check the Graduate School's social media each day to play! Submit your entry here:
Those who complete all the challenges will be in the running to win a grad school swag pack!



Saturday, March 26, 2022:

Community Gardening with the Big Event
All graduate students are invited to join GSO to participate in a community gardening project at Cajun Village as part of the University’s Big Event initiative. All gardening materials will be provided so all you need to bring is yourself! Come and help plant a garden that will continue to enrich the lives of graduate students.
Registration Has Closed
Date: March 26th
Time: 8:00am
Location: Cajun Village
(meeting at 8:00 in Martin Hall, Flock leaders arrive for 7:30)

Monday, March 28, 2022:

Polish Your Resume/CV
The Office of Career Services is hosting a hands-on workshop to help graduate students polish their resume or CV as part of Graduate Student Appreciation Week. Bring in your current resume/CV for editing, or use the time to start drafting one.
Date: March 28th
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Agnes Edwards Room 104
Doctoral Candidacy Recognition Ceremony with Keynote Address by Dr. Paige Byerly
Doctoral students who have advanced to candidacy this semester will be recognized for reaching this significant milestone at an in-person ceremony at the LITE Center. Candidates will receive their invitation with information on how to register via email. A livestream will also be available.
Date: March 28th
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: LITE Center, Streaming live via Zoom

Tuesday, March 29, 2022:

Climate Survey Town Hall (Lunch Provided)
The Graduate School is preparing to launch an online climate survey in partnership with the Graduate Council to learn more about the perceptions and experiences around graduate education at UL Lafayette. All members of the graduate school community are invited to participate in a discussion on the content and purpose of the survey and to share their feedback.
Date: March 29th
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Student Union, Constantine Forum
RSVP here

Wednesday, March 30, 2022:

Money Matters: Investing (Lunch Provided)
Join us for lunch and a chance to have Dr. Brian Bolton, professor of finance, answer any questions you may have about investing during or after your time in graduate school.
Date: March 30th
Time: 12pm-1:30pm
Location: Student Union, Constantine Forum
RSVP here
"Say It in 6" Competition Submission Deadline
Date: March 30th
Time: 12am
Submit your entry here

Thursday, March 31, 2022:

Documentary Screening: The Wisdom of Trauma (food and doorprizes to follow)
Dr. Maté has spent decades weaving together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing and that of those around them. Food and door prizes will be available!

Date: March 31st
Time: 6pm
Location: Student Union, Constantine Forum
Click here to register

Friday, April 1, 2022:

Pop Up Picnic Friday (Snacks Provided)
Join us for a picnic on the quad with “pop” themed snacks and a chance to meet up with your fellow grad students.

Date: April 1st
Time: 11-12:30pm
Location: Quad

Announcing Winners:
Say it in 6
Most Loved Grad Program

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