The following are suggestions as you journey through your academic career at KU.

The Student Stage Guide

Beginning

The following are suggestions as you journey through your first few semesters at KU as a new student:

Get acquainted and involved with KU and Graduate Studies

  • Attend the Jayhawk Welcome and Information Fair
  • Attend any departmental/program orientation or welcome sessions
  • Familiarize yourself with the requirements of your program
  • Get to know the faculty, staff and students in your program
  • Join your program's graduate student organization
  • Follow Graduate Studies on Facebook and Twitter to get news and articles for graduate students

Think about research

  • Identify the research skills you need in your field – and how you will obtain these skills
  • Find a faculty mentor
  • Create a Pivot account, the premier database for funding opportunities
  • Attend a workshop on exploring funding, grant, and fellowship opportunities
  • Begin developing speaking and writing skills

Think about teaching

  • Inquire about teaching opportunities in your program
  • Read the Center for Teaching Excellence's publications on teaching
  • Take a course on teaching in your field
  • Tutor undergraduate or pre-college students

Think about career development

  • Explore career options – in academia, in government, in not-for-profit, or industry
  • Begin developing your curriculum vita
  • Identify and join a professional organization in your field
  • Attend presentations by your fellow students
  • Attend a professional conference
  • Seek professional mentors
  • Think about your online identity
  • Think about your personal finances

Continuing

The following are suggestions as you continue through your degree program at KU as a continuing/current student:

Participate in your program

  • Attend departmental/program workshops and meetings
  • Serve in your graduate student organization
  • Inquire about student involvement in departmental committees
  • Track your progress through program requirements
  • Inquire about the comprehensive or qualifying exams in your program
  • Familiarize yourself with requirements related to the thesis or dissertation proposal/prospectus in your program

Think about research

Think about teaching

Think about career development

  • Continue to explore multiple career options
  • Find out what skills and experiences are necessary to enter the career fields you are exploring
  • Build your curriculum vita or resume
  • Present at a professional conference in your field
  • Attend a professional conference
  • Build your professional network

Finishing

The following are suggestions as you move towards completion of your degree program at KU as a finishing/graduating student:

Participate in your program

  • Complete comprehensive exams
  • Complete a thesis or dissertation proposal/prospectus
  • Write your thesis or dissertation – with diligence, discipline, and persistence
  • Familiarize yourself with the required thesis/dissertation format and requirements in your field
  • Familiarize yourself with the electronic thesis/dissertation submission process
  • Familiarize yourself with requirements related to degree completion
  • Build a peer support network of students in the final stages in your program

Think about research

  • Obtain training in responsible scholarship in your field
  • Present at a regional or national conference
  • Continue to find and apply for funding, grant, and fellowship opportunities
  • Publish or apply your research

Think about teaching

  • Continue to build a teaching portfolio and/or statement of teaching philosophy

Think about career development

  • Identify multiple options for career goals and follow the job postings in your chosen fields
  • Accumulate the skills and experiences necessary for entering your chosen fields
  • Build your career documents (CV/resume, online image)
  • Attend professional conferences in your field
  • Continue to build a professional network
  • Practice your job talk and interviewing skills

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