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Graduate Student Mentoring|Global & Area Studies

Promoting Graduate Student Success in International Studies at UW

·         Orientation and Professional Development

o   Global & Area Studies offers a general orientation to the program for all graduate students each fall before classes begin in conjunction with the UW graduate education orientation and international student orientation.   The program also hosts a welcome back barbeque and various social functions across the academic year in conjunction with visiting scholars which provide opportunities for informal interaction.

o   Across the Fall semester, the program offers a series of ongoing professional development orientation sessions targeted to first year students focusing on topics such as doing thesis fieldwork, finding funding sources for international research, etc.

o   Additional orientation sessions will also address issues particularly relevant to second year students.  Sessions focusing on topics such as ‘Jump Starting Thesis Writing,’ for example, will help focus students on writing the thesis after they return from their summer fieldwork. 


·         Mentoring

o   Graduate students can expect clear expectations, access to an active and dedicated set of interdisciplinary faculty, and help in navigating their graduate career in International Studies.  Each student’s first point of contact and initial advisor is the Graduate Director, Dr. Marcus Watson, but students soon branch out to interact with other faculty in the classroom, in organized program activities and social settings, and eventually work very closely with their thesis director and faculty committee.


·         Promoting a Supportive Research Environment

o    Graduate Student Brown Bag Series.  The program will begin a new brown bag series to highlight graduate student work.  This program will help students share and disseminate their work to a broader audience.

o    The Global & Area Studies Program encourages graduate students to present their work at appropriate regional and national conferences such as the meetings of the International Studies Association, among others.  Students can contact the Program Director, Dr. David Messenger, and apply for matching funds to support conference travel when they present a paper. 

o     Graduate Research Funding Opportunities - International Studies Internship/Research Excellence Fund


·         Preparing Students for Successful Careers or Further Graduate Study

o   ‘Beyond the Classroom’ Seminar Series.  The program will organize small seminars and invite faculty and other professionals working in fields affiliated with Global & Area Studies to lead seminars/discussions focusing on career opportunities and options for further graduate study.  This will be an ongoing seminar series across the academic year.

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