Monthly Archives: January 2010

Get Involved!

Need another reason to love UGA Grad School? How about the outstanding Graduate  Student Association!

The mission of GSA is to serve the graduate and professional student body of the University of Georgia. This goal is accomplished through monthly meetings, philanthropy events, socials, a resource guide and many other valuable tools available to students.

The best way for graduate students to get involved in GSA is to join the listserv. Sign up for the GSA listserv by going here.

The President of GSA welcomes opportunities to assist students and speak to groups about the role of GSA.  For more information about GSA go to the website and explore how you can contribute and benefit from GSA.


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An Educational Aid

While we are busy celebrating an amazing 100 years of graduate school education, there are many individuals in Haiti that have suffered an unimaginable loss. Though basic necessities are crucial in aiding these victims, Professor Leara Rhodes realized the detrimental impact loss of schooling could take on the children of Haiti. Combining with a team called “Partners in Progress” Professor Rhodes is taking action in helping to rebuild schools and orphanages for the children of Haiti. This Saturday, January 30th, Athens community members are putting on a benefit to raise funds for their effort at the Town and Gown Theater.

Click for more information on Professor Leara Rhodes efforts.

Click to follow the Partners in Progress efforts in Haiti.

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Congratulations to the UGA Graduate School for 100 wonderful years! To many many more!

Here it is!  Today was the Centennial celebration, and UGA Graduate School did it right!

Today at 3:30 p.m. at the Grand Hall in Tate II, professors and administration came out to commemorate UGA Grad School’s 100th year in existence.

Since 1910 the Graduate School has come a long way and the President of the Council of Graduate Schools herself traveled from Washington D.C. to congratulate us.  Dr. Debra Stewart, today’s keynote speaker, gave an informational and dynamic speech about the future of graduate education, how we can work to improve our graduate resources and how UGA is an exemplary institution.

Dr. Stewart addressed the umbrella issue of low graduation rates in the United States, not only in the graduate field, but also at the high school and undergraduate levels.  High school drop out is a major problem that we all need to invest our time and commitment into, especially in underrepresented minority groups.

She also touched on the ever-changing job market.  Thanks to technology and to the constant proliferation of information, future jobs are being redefined at a pace academia needs to keep up with.  “We need to unwrap the disciplinary packages and repackage them,” she said.

Dr. Stewart then talked about the financial obstacles that keep many students from pursuing a graduate education.  Some impressive statistics from her speech showed that undergraduate debt averaged around $20,000, graduate debt averaged around $52,000 and doctoral debt averaged at $78,000.  These averages were even higher for minority groups!

Finally, she wrapped with a humbling tribute to the UGA’s comparative advantage, listing three main points: UGA’s land grant mission-oriented tradition, UGA’s record of student diversity and UGA’s robust and well-established graduate school.

Dean Maureen Grasso and President Michael Adams also spoke.

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Join us!

The Centennial kickoff is TODAY!

Join us at 3:30 p.m. in the Grand Hall of Tate II for the kickoff ceremony. Speakers include UGA President Michael Adams, Debra Stewart and Dean Maureen Grasso. The ceremony and reception that follows is open to all.

See you there!

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Did you know…?

We love the Graduate School because we’re older than you think. This week, we’re kicking off our centennial celebration. However, we gave out the first graduate degree at the University of Georgia in 1870! The Graduate School actually was founded 40 years after that.

Our centennial celebrates 100 years of unified graduate education. Our foundation came after a rapid influx of students started pursuing graduate degrees during the Industrial Revolution. The different departments, who prior to the established School made their own requirements for graduation, needed centralization with the increase in students. Thus, the Graduate School was established to solve that problem!

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Professor Receives Research Grant

It is essential in a successful graduate school program that the professors within the school are actively involved in research and furthering education.

Dr. Ezemenari M. Obasi, psychology professor, received a $471,683 grant from the National Institute of Drug Abuse.Obasi has extensively researched the link between a person’s genetic make-up and their vulnerability to drug use.  The grant will further Obasi’s research, narrowing in focus to examine the link between stress and the risk of drug addiction among rural African-Americans.

The University of Georgia is proud to have a professor active in bettering society and expanding UGA’s reputation as a research university.

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