UD graduate and Fulbright Fellow Adrienne Harding with her mentor Eileen Grycky, associate professor of music.

GradImpact debuts

GradImpact newsletter highlights what makes the UD graduate experience unique


3:03 p.m., Oct. 15, 2012--The inaugural issue of the University of Delaware's GradImpact newsletter is available online now. The publication showcases UD’s growing graduate enterprise and explores its impact on local, national and global communities.

“Our graduate students work with faculty to tackle society's most demanding problems,” commented Charles Riordan, UD’s vice provost for research and for graduate and professional education. “This newsletter is one vehicle to share our collective progress.”

Campus Stories

Optimizing Delaware courts

Over the past year, students and faculty from UD's Lerner College have helped the Delaware Judiciary to make a number of process and management improvements.

STEM for the holidays

Melissa Jurist, coordinator of K-12 education in the College of Engineering at the University of Delaware, offers suggestions to get kids excited about science, technology, engineering and math.

Each issue of the newsletter will explore a different aspect of graduate education at UD. Graduate student career development is the theme of this issue, which spotlights several former graduate students who have pursued unusual and notable careers.

Exceptional faculty mentoring is often cited as one of the hallmarks of the UD graduate experience.  Three outstanding instances of faculty-student relationships — and the impact on the students’ career paths — are highlighted in the newsletter.

UD also prepares its graduate students for careers in many other concrete ways. Several are featured in the newsletter, including the writing and communications skills built in Dissertation Boot Camps, the hands-on teaching experience of the Shirley and Fraser Russell Teaching Fellowship and the global travel opportunities afforded by UD travel grants.

New graduate programs are highlighted in the newsletter as well. In this issue, the doctorate in nursing and the master’s degree and certificate in historic preservation are showcased.

GradImpact is distributed to potential graduate students, to UD’s community partners, as well as to UD faculty and administration. A limited number of print copies are available.

The fall 2012 issue of GradImpact can be viewed online.

Photos by Kathy F. Atkinson and courtesy of William Andrews Clark Library, UCLA

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