Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week

April 6-10, 2020

Graduate and Professional 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. 

2020 Graduate Appreciation Prize Drawing

Enter for a chance to win KU and Graduate Studies swag (all graduate students are eligible to enter).One winner will be selected each week of April. Students enter once and a new winner is selected each week. Prizes include: t-shirt, coffee flask, notebook/journal, food, and gift cards to local businesses.

This prize drawing is now closed. Look for updates in Spring 2021. 

Events for Graduate Student Appreciation Week are listed below. If you have an event you would like to add, please email the event details to graduate@ku.edu. Though called a "week," events celebrating graduate students take place through out the month of April.

Graduate Student Appreciation Week Event Date
Graduate Studies Virtual Pet Café  

The Office of Graduate Studies will host a Virtual Pet Café with Rue the Cat and her human, Vice Provost Jennifer Roberts. Graduate students are encouraged to join the group, introduced their pets, and get to know other pets and their humans. You do not have to have a pet to join in. :) 

April 6, 2020  

3:30-4:00 PM
Join via ZOOM

Graduate Studies Professional Development Online Programming Recommendations  

We have compiled a list of top recommended Professional Development videos to share for graduate students who need a break from research or writing. If you have additional resources you want us to share, email graduate@ku.edu.  

  • A Guide for Using Zoom to Facilitate Your Final Defense - PDF

April 7, 2020  

Graduate Studies Virtual Pet Café  

The Office of Graduate Studies will host a Virtual Pet Café with Rue the Cat and her human, Vice Provost Jennifer Roberts. Graduate students are encouraged to join the group, introduced their pets, and get to know other pets and their humans. 

April 8, 2020  

3:30-4:00 PM
Join via ZOOM

Graduate Studies Self-Care Online Programming Recommendations  

We have compiled a list of top recommended Self-Care videos to help cope with the current stress and challenges of the COVID-19 situation. If you have additional resources you want us to share, email graduate@ku.edu.  

April 9, 2020  

Graduate Studies Virtual Pet Café  

The Office of Graduate Studies will host a Virtual Pet Café with Rue the Cat and her human, Vice Provost Jennifer Roberts. Graduate students are encouraged to join the group, introduced their pets, and get to know other pets and their humans. 

April 10, 2020  

3:30-4:00 PM
Join via ZOOM

Museum Studies & Indigenous Studies

In addition to a daily motivational email, Brandy Ernzen, Graduate Coordinator for both programs, has weekly phone calls to check in with students individually to make sure they're adjusting well academically, mentally, physically, and supply/food- and supply-wise. Our directors are also checking in with students via email.

We are celebrating Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Month with a series of activities listed below:

  • Daily email motivations to stay engaged (sending 7 days/week) 
  • Ideas of things to share: Beautiful or fun photos, workout routines, playlists, recipes, short poems, etc.
  • Cookie/other baked goods/fresh fruit deliveries to students still in the area
  • Plans for an end of the semester virtual toast with sparkling grape juice to celebrate and congratulate each other for all we have been through and accomplished.  
  • Virtual hangout time for everyone in the program to chat casually outside of a classroom environment 
March-April (and into May)
Department of Classics 

Faculty in the Department of Classics have created a series of short video clips, expressing their appreciation for the graduate students in their department. At the end of the "movie" they included a homemade "gift certificate" for a free take out order from Free State Brewery. For students currently outside of Lawrence, they can place an order at a local restaurant near them. Dinner on us! Thanks for all you do for KU!

April 10, 2020
 
 
 
 
 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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