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  1. Welcome to Graduate Student Orientation at GVSU Jeffrey A. Potteiger, Ph.D., FACSM Dean of Graduate Studies Grand Valley State University

  2. What brings you here? What can you expect of graduate education at GVSU?What can you expect of graduate professional education?

  3. What Graduate Education Makes Possible • Entry to a full-time career • Advancement of career • Increase your earning power • Increase the responsibility you can assume • Increase your ability to make decisions • Enhanced job satisfaction • Greater flexibility for career changes Graduate School and You: A Guide for Prospective Graduate Students, Council of Graduate Schools, Wash, DC, 2004.

  4. Graduate Education at GVSU • 134 doctoral and 2,798 masters students for Winter 2010 • Graduate enrollment head count is ~ 15% of student body • 29 graduate degree programs • 74 areas of study • 2 clinical doctorates • DPT in Physical Therapy • DNP in Nursing

  5. Graduate Education at GVSU • Degrees by College • COE – MEd Technology, Instruction and Curriculum, Leadership, Literacy Studies, School Counseling, Special Education • CCPS – MS, Criminal Justice, Social Work, Public Administration • SCOB – MBA, MS Accounting, Taxation • CHP – MSOT, MPAS, DPT • PCEC – MSE 4 degree options, MSCIS • KCON – MS Nursing, DNP • CLAS – MA (English), MS (Communication, Biology, Biostatistics, Biomedical Sciences, Cell and Molecular Biology) • Graduate Certificate Programs • Business – 2 • Computing and Information Systems – 5 • Secondary Education – 1 • Engineering – 5 • Nursing – 4 • Public and Nonprofit Administration – 1 • Social Work - 1

  6. Office of Graduate Studies • www.gvsu.edu/gs • Support all aspects of Graduate Education • Produce the Graduate Student Guidebook • Fund opportunities for graduate students • Graduate Assistantships (stipend + tuition remission) • Graduate Student Travel Grants (presentations) • Graduate Student Presidential Research Grants ($1,000) • Provide support for Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) • Career development events • Award Graduate Dean’s Citations for Excellence

  7. Recent Graduate Dean’s Citations Honorees

  8. Get to know your program director and advisor…

  9. Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) Our Mission… • To promote interdisciplinary communication and collaboration in order to enhance the student experience.  • Fostering the development of a graduate student community at Grand Valley State University, graduate students will develop academically, intellectually, professionally, and socially. • Current Officers: • President – Jamie Guigar • Vice President – Yasha Nath • Finance Officer – Rebecca Brinkley • Secretary – Joshua Lee

  10. Open meetings throughout the year Social networking (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) Opportunities for event planning, networking, leadership, and professional development 2010-11 goals Have active representation from each graduate program Broaden general membership Help establish a graduate student culture at GVSU

  11. Best Wishes for a Successful Graduate Education at Grand Valley!