UofSC celebrates Graduate Student Appreciation Week

More than 6,200 students on the Columbia campus are graduate students and the University of South Carolina is celebrating them with Graduate Student Appreciation Week April 1-5. Organized by the Graduate School with the Graduate Student Association, the week is held every year during the first week of April to show support and appreciation of the contributions, impact and value of graduate students. The National Association of Graduate-Professional Students established this initiative in 1993.

UofSC's graduate students are enrolled in nearly 250 degree programs, including online and traditional programs that are nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and others. The students come from nearly every state and more than 60 countries and represent about 45 percent of the total graduate student population in the state of South Carolina.

“I consider our graduate students to be unsung heroes of this university," says Cheryl Addy, Graduate School dean. "They strengthen our teaching, scholarship and outreach missions every day. Their outstanding achievements contribute to our local economy and more important to our community. Our graduate students are our future teaching professionals, researchers and leaders of the state, the nation and the world.”

Jennifer Mandelbaum, president of the Graduate Student Association, Presidential Fellow and doctoral candidate in health promotion, education and behavior in the Arnold School of Public Health shared, “Graduate students are an integral part of UofSC’s success, and I’m grateful to the Graduate School for organizing events like these, which recognize the value graduate students bring to the university. Graduate Student Appreciation Week events touch on both professional development and self-care — two areas both the Graduate School and the Graduate Student Association have tried to address throughout the year. I want to highlight the self-care events in particular; graduate school can be a challenging time, and it’s vital that students seek help when they need it.”

Here are some of the events planned:

April 1: Creating an Impactful Poster workshop; cake and punch with the dean
April 2: Chair massages; Start Smart Salary Negotiation and Financial Literacy workshop
April 3: Professional headshots; cooking class: Southern staples
April 4: Yoga at Davis Field; Graduate Student Mental Health Round Table (*organized by the Black Graduate Student Association and Graduate Student Association); Mentoring Matters workshop
April 5: Data Visualization workshop with Ann K. Emery
April 7: Columbia Fireflies event at Segra Park (*organized by the Graduate Student Association)

For more details on the events or to see whether you need to register, visit the Graduate School calendar online. Space is limited for some events. 

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