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Presented by:I-Cubed: Graduate Student Advisory             Committee           August 13th 2012
Innovation through Institutional Integration (I3) at UFBegan January 2009 and is a five year program.$1 Million National S...
Through its collaborative efforts, I-Cubed provides four main resources to enhance thegraduate education experience at UF:...
REFLECTION:List some worries or concerns that come to       mind about graduate school.
I-Cubed’s top 10 things to consider in order to succeed in graduate school
1. The PhD committee is typically formed before your proposal in your 1 st or 2nd year* (This varies by department so it i...
Conferences are important because:     a) They keep you up to date with trends in your field     b) They allow you to netw...
When you select courses, attend workshops, or participate in organizations you should think about whatskills you will obta...
While graduate school willprovide you with theopportunity to create aprogram distinct to youinterests, there are rulesat e...
Graduate school is expensive.Funding is very important not onlyfor tuition and research but forfood, rent, and health insu...
Mentors, guides, and helpers come from the most unlikely places - Be open!1. Advisors have a stake in your success     a) ...
1.You work hard during graduate school and should be proud of  your work2.Presenting and publishing your work allows you t...
UF offers TONS of workshops, training opportunities, andseminars to help you through the tough times.Examples:   • I-Cubed...
1.Internships or any opportunity that provides industry or  academic experience outside of the classroom or your  home lab...
1. Your graduate school education journey may be long and filled with   obstacles, challenges, and distractions but you ca...
Make a list of things you want to accomplish while you are here at UF.  Identify who/what you want to become at the end of...
University of Florida International Center1765 Stadium Road Suite 170 HUB | PO Box 113225 |Gainesville, Fl 32611P: (352) 2...
Navigating Graduate Student Life: Advice from your Peers
Navigating Graduate Student Life: Advice from your Peers
Navigating Graduate Student Life: Advice from your Peers
Navigating Graduate Student Life: Advice from your Peers
Navigating Graduate Student Life: Advice from your Peers
Navigating Graduate Student Life: Advice from your Peers
Navigating Graduate Student Life: Advice from your Peers
Navigating Graduate Student Life: Advice from your Peers
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Navigating Graduate Student Life: Advice from your Peers

  1. 1. Presented by:I-Cubed: Graduate Student Advisory Committee August 13th 2012
  2. 2. Innovation through Institutional Integration (I3) at UFBegan January 2009 and is a five year program.$1 Million National Science Foundation (NSF) GrantThe Mission of I-Cubed at UF is: to transform graduate research-based education at the University of Floridathrough an integrative and interdisciplinary program that links various programs on campus to achieve synergiesin education, research and professional development
  3. 3. Through its collaborative efforts, I-Cubed provides four main resources to enhance thegraduate education experience at UF: Resource Hub Website with funding updates and opportunities continuously disseminated to grad students Research & Workshops Teaching Grants Identify missing I3 Organize Graduate Student elements in graduate Research Day and other student training professional development activities Program Evaluation Provide feedback to improve existing professional development opportunities
  4. 4. REFLECTION:List some worries or concerns that come to mind about graduate school.
  5. 5. I-Cubed’s top 10 things to consider in order to succeed in graduate school
  6. 6. 1. The PhD committee is typically formed before your proposal in your 1 st or 2nd year* (This varies by department so it is important to FIND OUT!)2. Forming your committee is a VERY IMPORTANT step in your graduate education!3. Your committee members decide if you graduate…4. Variation in their evaluation method for graduation5. Who makes up the committee? a) Advisor (normally chair of the committee) is still most important b) Other faculty (internal and external to your department) c) Present the expertise necessary for your PhD research6. What should you do when selecting committee members? a) Interview faculty, find out their interests – you are more likely to succeed if you have similar interests as your committee members b) Have they demonstrated a willingness to assist? c) Is it someone who you can respect?8. Be strategic with your picks. They must compliment each other but be able to advance your research.• For additional information you can visit the UF Graduate School website -> Personnel and Policy ->Roles and Responsibilities of Graduate FacultyAND• The Graduate Student Handbook!
  7. 7. Conferences are important because: a) They keep you up to date with trends in your field b) They allow you to network c) Important for post-graduation plans!Attending conference requires money. You can find funding through GSC, the Graduate School, yourdepartment, national student organizations
  8. 8. When you select courses, attend workshops, or participate in organizations you should think about whatskills you will obtain that will make you marketable post-graduate school.
  9. 9. While graduate school willprovide you with theopportunity to create aprogram distinct to youinterests, there are rulesat every level(committee, department,college, and graduateschool) that guide thatcreation process.In addition to beingfamiliar with the rules youshould find people thatsupport you (at every leveland also outsideacademia).
  10. 10. Graduate school is expensive.Funding is very important not onlyfor tuition and research but forfood, rent, and health insurance.Be flexible and seek opportunities forfunding if you are only partiallysupported.Look for TA-ships, graduate andundergraduate teachingopportunities, curriculumdevelopment. They all pay.Just remember that acquiring andmaintaining funding also has its ownrules so make sure that you arefamiliar with those rules also.
  11. 11. Mentors, guides, and helpers come from the most unlikely places - Be open!1. Advisors have a stake in your success a) They want you to succeed just as much as you want to b) You both need to be clear about expectations2. Utilize your committee members! a) They have experience that can benefit your graduate studies3. Advisors are busy! a) Appreciate the time you have scheduled with advisors/committee members I. Respond promptly II. Be proactive4. Be realistic about goals a) Don’t overpromise b) Think in terms of deliverables
  12. 12. 1.You work hard during graduate school and should be proud of your work2.Presenting and publishing your work allows you to get feedback on your research early3.It creates great networking opportunities4.It gets your name out! a)Will help with finding funding and jobs5.Could be your ticket to faculty jobs and post docs
  13. 13. UF offers TONS of workshops, training opportunities, andseminars to help you through the tough times.Examples: • I-Cubed sponsored “Presentation Boot Camp” • How to apply for an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship • Expanding the Teaching Toolbox • How to write a good interdisciplinary proposal If you are not sure what is going on, check out the I- Cubed website!
  14. 14. 1.Internships or any opportunity that provides industry or academic experience outside of the classroom or your home lab.2.These real world experiences help to build your tool kit and identify what type of career you want after grad school (industry, academia, national lab)3.Valuable work experience4.If you have questions about where to get started visit the Career Center, attend conferences, and of course check out the I-Cubed website.
  15. 15. 1. Your graduate school education journey may be long and filled with obstacles, challenges, and distractions but you can find ways to make it easier.2. Be strategic when you are scheduling classes, choosing assignments, and presenting papers.3. Remember to enjoy life. Work/Life balance is the most challenging part of the process.
  16. 16. Make a list of things you want to accomplish while you are here at UF. Identify who/what you want to become at the end of this process. Start building your support networks. Stay in touch with us! HAVE FUN & ENJOY LIFE!!!!!!!
  17. 17. University of Florida International Center1765 Stadium Road Suite 170 HUB | PO Box 113225 |Gainesville, Fl 32611P: (352) 273-1519 | F: (352) 392-5575 |www.ufic.ufl.edu |http://i3.institutes.ufl.edu

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