Dear Friends and Alumni of The Graduate School:
The approach of the holiday season offers all of us the opportunity to pause and reflect on the successes of the past year, and look forward to new challenges in the coming year. The faculty and staff of The Graduate School are, therefore, pleased to send you this short newsletter detailing some of the activities and accomplishments of graduate and professional students of the University of Utah.
As a graduate/professional school alumni of the University of Utah, you have personally experienced the myriad opportunities and challenges faced by our students. Students often find themselves balancing their deep commitment for their academic studies with larger financial and social responsibilities to spouses, children, and parents. The mission of The Graduate School is to assist our students through these challenges, by providing support from admissions through graduation. The Graduate School is a strong advocate for graduate student success, promoting campus-wide “best practices” for graduate, professional and post-doctoral education. We also provide tuition benefits, medical insurance subsidy, fellowship and travel opportunities, assistance with thesis completion, and career services for our graduate and professional students.
Many of our alumni have benefitted from long-term, endowed graduate fellowships administered by The Graduate School, including the Steffenson Cannon Scholarship (celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015) and the Marriner S. Eccles Fellowship (celebrating its upcoming 40th anniversary). These fellowship opportunities have allowed many students increased freedom to fully concentrate on their academic studies, reducing the need for outside employment and the financial burdens on their families.
We have been working to develop and grow partnerships that support high quality graduate education across the entire campus. We ask that you consider building upon our growing success with a year-end gift, either to your own department or college priorities, or directly to The Graduate School to support campus-wide graduate fellowships. The Graduate School has arranged for 2:1 matching for donations made to The Graduate School, thereby tripling the impact of your support on graduate students across campus. Your generous support provides the key to opening up the benefits of high quality graduate and professional education to the larger community.
In closing, we thank you for your ongoing interest and support of high-quality graduate and professional education at the University of Utah. Our faculty and staff send warm wishes for you and your family during this holiday season.
Dean, The Graduate School