Graduate Student Appreciation Week

Graduate Student Appreciation Week

April 1-5, 2019

Graduate Student Appreciation Week celebrates the contributions of graduate students to the mission of the University of Kansas, raising awareness of their efforts in teaching, research, and service to the campus. 

Look for “I [heart] Graduate Students” buttons across KU. They are also available at the Graduate Studies office in 213 Strong Hall.

Events for Graduate Student Appreciation Week are listed below and will be regularly updated. Though called a "week," events celebrating graduate students take place through out the month of April.

Graduate Student Appreciation Week Event Date
Department of Classics Graduate Student Symposium and Dinner

To celebrate the hard work and excellent research of KU Classics graduate students, the Department of Classics is hosting a dinner for their graduate students at 1856 Bar & Grill on the Friday before Graduate Student Appreciation week. This dinner follows an afternoon symposium from 2-5 pm in the Wilcox Classical Museum in Lippincott Hall, where five current graduate students will deliver 15-minute papers and receive feedback before presenting them next week at the annual meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, in Lincoln, Nebraska.

March 29, 2019
KU Edwards Campus Graduate Student Appreciation Week - You're a Star!

KU Edwards will be handing out Starbursts to graduate students with a note attached throughout the week of March 30 - April 5, with the theme "You're a Star!" Also look for graduate student coaches and faculty on campus wearing "I [heart] Grad Students" buttons.

March 30 - April 5, 2019
Edwards Campus
School of Engineering Graduate Student Appreciation Week

Check your department for more events throughout April!

  • Monday, April 1: Coffee and Donuts, 7:30-9:00am, in 1415 LEEP2
  • Tuesday, April 2: Explore the West (Campus): Graduate Student Networking, 4:00-5:00pm, in Nichols Lobby.
  • Wednesday, April 3: Open House and Networking Event, 4:00-6:00pm, in 2425 LEEP2
  • Friday, April 5: Cookies and Ice Cream, 3:00pm, in 1415 LEEP2
April 1 - April 5, 2019
Nichols Hall and LEEP2
Department of Applied Behavioral Science Graduate Student Appreciation Week
  • Monday, April 1: Graduate student appreciation breakfast from 7:30am-10:00am in the Atrium of the ABS department.  There will be bagels, pastries, scones, fruit, juice, and coffee. 
  • Wednesday, April 3: Coffee and donuts from 11:00am-1:00pm in the Atrium.
  • Friday, April 5: Afternoon desserts from 2:30-4:30pm in the Atrium.
April 1, 3, and 5, 2019
4001 Dole Human Development Center
Department of Mathematics Graduate Student Appreciation Week
  • Tuesday, April 2: Ice Cream Social at 3:30 pm, 406 Snow
  • Wednesday, April 3: Donuts and pastries will be available in 405 Snow starting at 9:00 am
  • Thursday, April 4: Reception at 3:30 pm, 406 Snow
April 2-4, 2019
4th Floor, Snow Hall
Department of Psychology Science Graduate Student Appreciation Week
  • Monday, April 1: We "Donut" Know What We'd Do Without You Breakfast - Stop by Fraser 426 in the morning and enjoy delicious donuts provided by the department. Make sure to place your name in the drawing for $10 giftcards donated by the KU Bookstore! Winners will be contacted by email.
  • Tuesday, April 2: Graduate Student Luncheon - Lunch is on us today! Jimmy Johns and a KU Department of Psychology pens will be provided by the department in Fraser 537 from 11:45-1:00. Make sure to place your name in a drawing for KU Swag donated by the KU Bookstore. Winners will be contacted by email.
  • Friday, April 5: Social Proseminar - Join us from 4-5 in Fraser 547 for Social Prosemniar. Both Charlotte Moser and Cory Washington will be presenting their research. Refreshments and a gift will be provided by the department!
April 1, 2, and 5, 2019
4th Floor of Fraser Hall
Department of Spanish & Portuguese Graduate Student Appreciation Week
  • Monday, April 1: Lunch at 11:30am in Wescoe Hall, Orange Room 2655
  • Tuesday, April 2: Breakfast and Lunch at 9:00am and 11:30am in Wescoe Hall, Orange Room 2655
  • Thursday, April 4: 2019 Woodyard Lecture – Appetizers and refreshments provided at 4:30pm in the Malott Room of the Kansas Union 
  • Friday, April 5: Who’s that Baby? Game winner will be announced. Winner will receive $50 KU Bookstore gift card.
April 1-5, 2019
Department of Curriculum & Teaching Graduate Student Appreciation Week
  • Monday, April 1: Head’s Up! Join C&T faculty for a study break, 3:30-4:30 pm, in the C&T common area, 3rd floor JRP. Network with other students and faculty, enjoy snacks and drinks, play a round of Head’s Up!
  • Tuesday, April 2: Take a break from studying. Stop by the C&T common area 3:30-4:30 pm, 3rd floor JRP, for a snack. Make connections with other students and faculty.
  • Wednesday, April 3: Grab a snack before class. Stop by the C&T common area, 3rd floor JRP.
  • Friday, April 19: Genius Hour & Brain Food, Fri., April 19, 12 – 1:00 pm. Join faculty and graduate students for a light lunch. Hear presentations from faculty and/or graduate students about their research. Feel free to bring a food item to share. If you are interested in giving a 15 minute presentation contact Lonna Rocha.
April 1-3 and April 19, 2019
3rd Floor of Joseph R. Pearson Hall (JRP)
Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Graduate Student Appreciation Week
  • Monday, April 1: WGSS will provide lunch to graduate students to coincide with the first Graduate Student Research Presentation Series, where faculty will celebrate graduate students and offer feedback on their research.
  • Tuesday, April 2 - Friday, April 5: Each day faculty will bring in treats for graduate students, available throughout the day in the department.
April 1-5, 2019
3rd Floor of Blake Hall
Shut Up & Write Tuesdays

Shut Up & Write Tuesdays is a global network for writers that offers committed, condensed time to write and built-in feedback from peers. Visit the Commons at KU on Tuesdays to participate and write.

April 2, 2019
9:30-11:00 am
The Commons
School of Social Welfare Graduate Student Appreciation

On April 2, the School of Social Welfare will provide tokens of appreciation to Social Work doctoral students, and do the same for MSW students on April 8 and April 9

April 2, April 8 & April 9, 2019
Twente Hall
Department of Film and Media Studies Graduate Appreciation Pizza Party

Film and Media Studies will hold a pizza lunch - with games! - on Wednesday of Graduate Student Appreciation Week.

April 3, 2019
Summerfield Hall
School of Business Graduate Students Thank You

Drop by the School of Business Dean's Office for cookies on Wednesday of Graduate Student Appreciation Week.

April 3, 2019
Dean's Office, Capitol Federal Hall
School of Pharmacy Graduate Student Appreciation

Join the School of Pharmacy in a reception for their graduate students on Wednesday of Graduate Student Appreciation Week.

April 3, 2019
School of Pharmacy
Department of Anthropology Graduate Student Appreciation Lunch

Anthropology will celebrate their graduate students with a catered lunch on Wednesday of Graduate Student Appreciation Week.

April 3, 2019
6th Floor, Fraser Hall
School of Language, Literatures & Cultures Graduate Student Appreciation Lunch

Come by and grab a sandwich, snacks, and a drink on Wednesday of Graduate Student Appreciation Week.

April 3, 2019
Room 2050, Wescoe Hall
Department of Special Education Graduate Student Appreciation Pizza Party

SPED will hold a pizza party for their graduate students on Thursday of Graduate Student Appreciation Week.

April 4, 2019
11:30 am - Until the Pizza Runs Out
522 Joseph R. Pearson Hall (JRP)
Journalism Graduate Student Luncheon and Awards Ceremony

The William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications Graduate Studies Office will host a luncheon and present awards on Thursday of Graduate Student Appreciation Week.

April 4, 2019
12:00-1:30 pm
Clarkson Gallery, Stauffer-Flint Hall
Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology Ice Cream Party

On Thursday of Graduate Student Appreciation Week, PharmTox graduate students can stop by the conference room for ice cream.

April 4, 2019
3:00-4:00 pm
5064 Malott Hall
School of Education Donuts with the Deans

On Thursday of Graduate Student Appreciation Week, take an afternoon break and enjoy donuts with the Deans, Faculty, and Staff of the School of Education.

April 4, 2019
3:30-4:30 pm
1st Floor of Joseph R. Pearson Hall (JRP)
Art History Pizza Party

The Kress Foundation Department of Art History will host a pizza party for their graduate students on Friday of Graduate Student Appreciation Week.

April 5, 2019
12:00-1:30 pm
Murphy Seminar Room, Spencer Museum of Art
Red Hot Graduate Research

Red Hot Graduate Research is intended to bring together graduate researchers from all disciplines. The format of these sessions is inspired by Red Hot Research, which features short, slide-based talks that introduce audiences to a topic. In this iteration, Red Hot Graduate Research will feature five graduate researchers speaking for six minutes each.

Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers (and each other) during breaks. We hope that through these sessions, graduate students will have an opportunity for cross-disciplinary discourse that will in turn give new perspectives on their work and provide a forum for future work in their chosen research fields.

Presenters are:

  • Patrick Moon, Film and Media Studies
  • Kristen Cypret, French, Francophone & Italian Studies
  • Kristan Hanson, The Kress Foundation Department of Art History
  • Najmeh Moradiyan Rizi, Film and Media Studies
April 5, 2019
4:00-5:30 pm
The Commons
East Asian Languages and Cultures Graduate Student Appreciation

On Friday, April 12, EALC will celebrate master's students graduating this spring with a colloquium on their research.

April 12, 2019
3:30-5:00 pm
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Student Appreciation

Priot to the BIO3 weekly seminar held in cooperation with the Biodversity Institute and the Kansas Biological Survery, EEB will serve cake and share appreciation for their graduate students.

April 16, 2019
11:00am-12:00 pm
1005 Haworth Hall
Graduate Awards Ceremony

Join the Office of Graduate Studies as it celebrates the accomplishments of KU graduate students. Awards recognize the contributions that graduate students make to the research, teaching, and service mission of the University. Please contact Graduate Studies with questions about the event.

April 24, 2019
3:30-5:00 pm
Ballroom, Kansas Union