First-Year Introduction to Research and Scholarship Training for Graduate Students
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 will launch 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.
The GradFIRST seminar series will supplement discipline-specific training in graduate students’ academic programs with focused professional development and engagement/networking opportunities with faculty and other graduate students across UGA’s campuses. GradFIRST seminars will be 1-credit courses (GRSC 7001) taught by UGA graduate program faculty.
All GradFIRST seminars will include discussion of the following topics:
- Planning your graduate education roadmap
- Getting the most out of graduate mentoring
- Grievance procedures and conflict resolution
- Ethical conduct of research and scholarship
- Promotion of mental health and well-being
- Career exploration and planning for success after graduate school
Faculty instructors can tailor additional seminar content to reflect their expertise and interests, including topics such as:
- Science communication
- Grant writing and seeking external funding
- Advocacy/public policy
- Data visualization
- Academic writing and reviewing skills
- Community-engaged research/scholarship
- Other topics proposed by faculty instructors