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Graduate Student Appreciation Week

March 25- 31, 2023

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 2023 Schedule


Photo Competition
We want you to share a photograph that captures your own experience of graduate research. Three winners – selected from each of our three categories – will receive $100. All entries must be submitted by 11:59pm on Wednesday, March 29th. You can submit your photo here.

Graduate Student Research Showcase
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 22nd.

Most Loved Grad Program
The 2023 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.


Saturday, March 25, 2023:

Grad Tree Planting with the Big Event
Grad students are contributing to the beautification of our campus as part of the University’s Big Event initiative. All 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 25th
Time: 8:00am (Flock leaders arrive for 7:30am)
Location: Martin Hall

Monday, March 27, 2023

Wake Up and Write
Come start the week strong with us! Every Monday morning the Grad School hosts "Wake Up and Write" for grad students and faculty in the Alumni Center Board Room from 8:30-10:30am. We provide the coffee, donuts, kolaches, boudin balls and a quiet space for uninterrupted writing. You provide the focus, commitment, and progress.

Date: March 27th
Time: 8:30-10:30am
Location: Alumni Center Board Room

GSAW Keynote Address with Dr. Jamie Azios and Doctoral Candidacy Recognition Ceremony
Join us as a community to kick off Graduate Student Appreciation Week. Dr. Jamie Azios, Doris B. Hawthorne Endowed Chair and Associate Professor of Communicative Disorders, will deliver the keynote address at this in-person event at the LITE Center. A photographer will be available beginning at 5pm for students who would like their professional headshot taken. Another highlight of the night will be recognition of doctoral students who have advanced to candidacy -- a very significant milestone. While doctoral candidates will receive individual invitations with information on how to register via email, this is an event for all graduate students, faculty, family and friends.

Date: March 27th
Time: 6:00pm (headshots at 5:00)
Location: LITE Center, Streaming live via Zoom

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Graduate Student Grant Writing Workshop (Lunch Provided)
The Office of Research and the Graduate Student Organization will host a workshop to answer graduate student questions about the grant writing process. All levels of experience -- from absolute beginner to expert grant writer -- are welcome to participate. 

Date: March 28th
Time: 11:00am
Location: Griffin Hall 315

Wednesday, March 29, 2023   

Grad Town Hall: What is Success for You? (Lunch Provided)
The Graduate School with lead a conversation with you and Dr. Emily Sandoz, chair of the University Committee for Graduate Student Success and Retention, about graduate student success.

Date: March 29th
Time: 12:00-1:00pm
Location: Dupré Library 221
RSVP here
Photo Competition Submission Deadline
Date: March 29th
Time: 12:00pm

Thursday, March 30, 2023:

Diversity and Inclusion in the Classroom (Lunch Provided)
The Graduate School is partnering with graduate faculty and the Office of Campus Diversity to host a conversation about cultivating inclusive learning and working spaces that encourage graduate (and undergraduate) student retention. All members of the graduate school community are invited to participate.

Date: March 30th
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Griffin Hall 315
RSVP here

Friday, March 31, 2023:

GSAW Social and Friday Movie with EGSA
Join us for a fun, food, and a southern themed movie while you meet up with your fellow grad students across programs. Special thanks to the English Graduate Student Association for co-hosting the event!

Date: March 31st
Time: 2:00-5:00pm
Location: Griffin Hall 315
RSVP here

Announcing Winners:
Photo Competition
Research Showcase
Most Loved Grad Program

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