In March 2009, the Graduate School held the fourth of four best practices seminars that are part of the Graduate School’s Initiative to Optimize Doctoral Completion. Three faculty members shared proven individual and departmental strategies for fostering interaction and building social support among the graduate student community.

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Opening comments: Dr. Maureen Grasso, Dean of the Graduate School

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Providing Support for Social Interaction with an Emphasis on Women: Dr. Shelby Funk, Computer Science

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Developing Community with an Emphasis on International Students: Dr. Marguerite Madden, Geography

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Fostering Social Support: Dr. Rosemary Phelps, Counseling & Human Development

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