In his 2022 State of the University address, President Jere W. Morehead announced a new initiative – GradFIRST – that will offer faculty-led seminars to provide first-year graduate students with foundational training in research, scholarship, and professional development. These university-wide GradFIRST seminars launched in Fall 2022. Providing an onboarding seminar for new graduate students ensures that regardless of background or academic discipline, students will have access to the resources and information that can support their success at UGA and beyond.

This program was developed in response to graduate student and stakeholder input on how we can best help our students thrive in their graduate studies and beyond. GradFIRST seminars will improve awareness of and access to important resources, provide an opportunity for students to connect with others, and build a strong foundation for their success.


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