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  • OFFICE OF THE PROVOST Graduate Student Advisory Board Initiatives Update ~ Spring 2009 Wednesday, April 1, 2009
  • Academic Initiatives
  • First Annual University of Illinois Student Interdisciplinary Conference
    • Background and overview
      • January 26 th , 2009
      • Goal: To bring together graduate and undergraduate students from diverse disciplines
      • Feedback from students
        • Like the overall idea behind the conference
        • Interested to learn about topics/issues students around campus are working on
        • Learned a lot
        • Would like to attend again
  • First Annual University of Illinois Student Interdisciplinary Conference (Continued)
    • Future plans
      • PSAB would like to continue working on the conference
      • We will develop a plan for next year
        • Special focus on the marketing of the conference
      • Create a steering committee that will enact this plan
      • Hand over the plan to the steering committee, and provide oversight and an annual report to the Provost
  • Recognition Ceremony: Graduate Fellows and Award Recipients
    • Objective: Institute annual ceremony to recognize winners of prestigious graduate student fellowships and awards
    • Ceremony details:
      • Graduate Peer Mentoring Award will be presented at ceremony
      • Encourage interdisciplinary interactions amongst award recipients and invited guests (research advisors, graduate coordinators)
      • Foster sense of community amongst accomplished group of students who receive little recognition from the University
      • Development opportunity for Graduate College and University
    • Action items: Plan event for Oct or Nov 2009
    • Needs: Confirm interest of Office of Provost in proposed event and possibility of financial contribution
    Recognition Ceremony: Graduate Fellows and Award Recipients (Continued)
  • Professional Development Initiatives
  • Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate Peer Mentoring
    • Objective: To award the first pair of Graduate Peer Mentoring Awards in Fall 2009
    • Refresher about Award details:
      • Recognize the contributions of graduate students to the academic, professional, and personal development of their peers
      • Evaluation criteria include sustained excellence in mentoring of graduate or undergraduate students; major impact on mentee scholarship, professional, or personal development
    • Action items: Timeline, selection committee
    • Needs: Confirm availability of $2,000 funding promised for prizes
  • Professional Development Programming
    • Issue: No cohesive structured professional development program currently exists for graduate students
    • Program Should Serve 3 Purposes:
      • Educate students
      • Provide incentive
      • Provide structure
    • Existing Resources:
      • Graduate College Workshops
      • Library Workshops
      • Center for Teaching Excellence
      • Leadership Center
    • Potential Ideas:
      • Credit course
      • Certificate program
      • Individual Development Program
    • Solution: Self-guided Professional Development Program
      • Structured professional development program with flexibility to be individualized to meet students needs
      • Provide a “menu” or “roadmap” of options under specific categories with requirements for completion under direction of consultant or mentor…
    Professional Development Programming (Continued)
        • Potential Categories: Teaching, Research Development, Communication and Writing Skills, Career Development, etc.
        • Use existing campus resources with the potential to fill in the gaps with new programs/resources
        • Self-reflection will be an important component
      • Other potential elements to be included:
        • Incentives
        • Small group sessions
    Professional Development Programming (Continued)
  • Graduate Environment Initiatives