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Graduate Student Appreciation Week

March 27- April 1, 2021

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 2021 Schedule


"Say It in 6" Competition
Say It In 6 is a competition that challenges you to tell your story in a creative and succinct way. Based on the “six word memoirs” concept, Say It In 6 invites you to use only six words and one visual aid to tell a story — about your” Creative Research,” your “Louisiana Research,” or your “Radical Research.” Find out more and submit your entry here. Entries must be received by 11:59pm on Wednesday, March 31st. Entries will be displayed as they come in on the Grad School’s Facebook page. We’ll announce the winners (and do a “People’s Choice” vote) on Thursday.

Graduate Student Research Paper Competition
Co-sponsored by the Graduate School and the Office of the Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Economic Development, the competition will feature competitions (and monetary prizes!) for papers authored by grad students from all disciplines. All graduate students must submit their papers by Monday, March 29th with winners announced at the end of Graduate Student Appreciation Week. Submit your entry here.

Most Loved Grad Program
Post a photo on social media that tells us you're a grad student without saying you're a grad student using #ULGradLove to earn points for your program. Remember to make your post public and tag us!


Saturday, March 27, 2021:

Community Garden Project at Cajun Village
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 and take a step toward supporting Cajun Cupboard with fresh produce.
Date: March 27
Time: 8:30 am
Location: Cajun Village
(Registration Closed)

Monday, March 29, 2021:

Faculty Event with Guest Speaker Dr. Thomas Nelson Laird: Inclusivity in Curriculum
As a part of the Courageous Conversation Series and Graduate Student Appreciation Week, Dr. Thomas F. Nelson Laird, professor of the School of Education at Indiana University Bloomington, will give a presentation titled “Every College Course Needs to be More Inclusive: Taking a Thoughtful Next Step.” Graduate students who teach courses are also invited to attend. RSVP to receive a link to the event so that you can join in the discussion. 
Date: March 29
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Streaming live via Zoom
Doctoral Candidacy Recognition Ceremony
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. All candidates will receive their invitation with information on how to register, so watch your inbox! We are also offering a livestream of the event so your dissertation chairs, family, and friends can tune in.
Date: March 29
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: LITE Center, Streaming live via Zoom
Midnight Deadline: Graduate Student Research Paper Competition Deadline for Submissions


Tuesday, March 30, 2021:

Free Photo Shoot for a Professional Profile Image
Could your online profile use an update? Stop in at Martin Hall to get a photo taken by a professional photographer. Consider joining us for our LinkedIn workshop later that evening as well.
Date: March 30
Time: 2pm
Location: Third Floor of Martin Hall, main atrium
Register here
Grad Gather and Grow: Revamping Your LinkedIn Profile
Learning how to get the most out of your LinkedIn account is a great step toward developing a more professional online presence as a graduate student. Join us for a hands-on workshop that will walk you through the steps of improving your profile and how to make the most of new features on the platform.
Date: March 30
Time: 6pm
Location: Remote via Zoom
Register here for the zoom link

Wednesday, March 31st, 2021:

Masters Candidacy Mug Pickup
New master’s candidates are invited to come and pick up their mugs (update: due to inclement weather, the outdoor Grad Social portion of the event has been moved to Thursday, April 1st. Students who have already RSVP'd before the scheduled change are asked to sign up again)
Date: March 31st
Time: 12pm-1:30pm
Location: In the circular driveway in front of Martin Hall.
Wednesday Midnight Deadline: "Say It in 6" Competition Deadline for Submissions

Thursday, April 1, 2021:

Outdoor Grad Social & Masters Candidacy Mug Pickup
New master’s candidates are invited to come and pick up their mugs on Thursday as well, and everyone is invited to stop by for pizza and a special outdoor GSAW craft project! You can choose either drive-through service by swinging by Martin Hall, or park nearby and meet us at the quad for a picnic.

Date: April 1st
Time: 12pm-1:30pm
Location: Outside at the Quad
Click here to register

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!