Graduate Appreciation Week 2018


What is Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week?

In 1993, three students, Tony Rosati (Georgetown University), Gina Pearson (American University) & Anne Holt  (Florida State University), all activists within NAGPS, wanted to find a way to physically manifest support and appreciation of the contributions, impact and value of graduate students. Their effort led to a cooperative initiative called National Graduate & Professional Student Appreciation Week.

Graduate-Professional Student Appreciation Week is celebrated the first week of April each year and will be observed April 2-7, 2018. (Adopted from National Association of Graduate and Professional Students)

Why does UConn participate in this week?

Because we truly do appreciate you! The Graduate School at UConn recognizes the hard work, dedication, long days, and trying times that come along with being a graduate student. We hope to give you an opportunity during this week to step away from your lab, stand up from your desk, or tune out your difficulties and stressors to take time for yourself and allow us to appreciate you through your enjoyment of and participation in the following events.


Monday, April 2

Event: Dunkin’ Donuts to go in the parking lot!

Location: Y-Lot/Lot 8

Time: 7:45-8:45am

Description: Come meet the new Graduate and Postdoctoral Student Affairs Staff in parking lot Y/Parking lot 8 (on the hill behind McMahon) to grab a quick bite to eat and a coffee on your way in.

*This event is first come, first serve.

Event: Squad Care

Location: Class of 1947 Conference Room, Homer Babbidge Library

Time: 12:00-1:00pm

Description: Many individuals are familiar with the concept of self-care, but what is the role of collective care? During this workshop, participants will develop an understanding of the concept of squad-care, hear strategies for its development, discuss the associated benefits and challenges, and brainstorm ideas for initiating collective care as part of one's own role as a graduate student or post-doctoral scholar. Please join us at 11:45 to grab your lunch and set up before the presentation begins.

*Lunch is available first come, first serve.

Event: Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop

Location: Women’s Center Program Room (Student Union, 4th floor)

Time: 3:00-6:00pm

Description: Please join us in the Women’s Center for a Salary Negotiation Workshop designed to empower graduate student women to enter the job market with the skills and confidence to successfully negotiate their salary and benefits packages. A sign up for this event is located here:

*Light refreshments will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

Tuesday, April 3

Event: Writing Center Open House

Location: Writing Center, Level 2, Homer Babbidge Library

Time: 9:00-10:00am

Description: Graduate and professional students can visit the Writing Center, talk to the graduate students on our staff, and learn about the events and programs we offer for graduate students.

*Coffee, tea, and light snacks will be served on a first come, first served basis. There will also be raffle prizes for students that visit!

Event: Graduate Fellowship Opportunities

Location: Class of 1947 Conference Room, Homer Babbidge Library

Time: 11:00am-12:00pm

Description: The Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships (ONS&F) along with the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention and Policy (InCHIP) will be hosting an information session for graduate students interested in applying for external awards. This session will focus on the various support services available for current graduate students seeking funding, tips for locating funding opportunities and provide a general overview of the application process. For more information, please contact Rowena Grainger, STEM Fellowship Advisor or visit

Event: Aroma Therapy & Pet Therapy with the Health Education Office

Location: South Wilson Hall room 125

Time: 2:00pm-5:00pm

Description: Learn about different essential oils, such as peppermint, lavender, and orange while creating your own aromatherapy oil! The Health Education Office provides weekly Pet Therapy visits throughout the semester to provide students with the opportunity to de-stress with their favorite furry friends! To read biographies of the therapy dogs, visit

Wenesday, April 4

Event: Breakfast Grab & Go

Location: The Graduate School, Whetten Graduate Building, floor 2

Time: 8:00am

Description: Please join us in the lobby of The Graduate School to grab a quick breakfast sandwich on your way to other activities throughout the day.

*Sandwiches will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

Event: Relaxation Afternoon

Location: Student Union, room 310

Time: 12:00pm-3:00pm

Description: Please see attached flyer.

*All materials will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

Event: Happy Hour

Location: Huskies Tavern

Time: 5:00-7:00pm

Description: Please see attached flyer.

Thursday, April 5

Event: LinkedIn Photos

Location: Center for Career Development

Time: 10:00am-12:00pm

Description: Stop by the Center for Career Development (CCD) to receive a free headshot for your LinkedIn profile between 10:00am-12:00pm. Please check in at the CCD front desk to have your photo taken.

Event: Ice Cream Social

Location: The Graduate School, Whetten Graduate Center, 2nd floor

Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm

Description: Please join The Graduate School staff and meet other graduate students while enjoying an ice cream sundae in the lobby of The Graduate School!

*Ice cream is available first come, first serve, so arrive early!

Event: 3-Minute Thesis Competition

Location: Student Union Theater

Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm

Description: Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) celebrates the exciting research conducted by PhD students around the world. Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), the competition cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. Presenting in a 3MT® competition increases their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Competitors are allowed one PowerPoint slide, but no other resources or props.

Friday, April 6

25% off at The Dairy Bar with your UConn Graduate Student ID throughout the day

Event: Full House Themed Breakfast-on-the-Go

Location: X-Lot

Time: 8:30-9:30am

Description: Stop by X-lot on your way into campus to grab a bag that will help give you the energy to get through the day! In collaboration with Off-Campus Student Services, The Graduate School will be handing out breakfast bags to go 90’s style.

Zumba has been Cancelled

Event: Zumba Event 

Location: Library Quad

Time: 1:30-2:30pm

Description: Join your fellow graduate students for an outdoor Zumba class! Dress comfortably and appropriately for the weather.

*This event will be cancelled in the event of rain.

Event: Graduate Student Formal

Location: Rome Ballroom

Time: 8:00pm

Description: Please see emails from the Graduate Student Senate for more information.

Saturday, April 7

Morning Hike has been Cancelled

Event: Morning Hike

Location: Horsebarn Hill

Time: 10:00am

Description: Bring your family and friends and join us for a leisurely walk around Horsebarn Hill to wake up on this (hopefully!) sunny Saturday.

*Hiking maps, snacks, and water will be provided on a first come, first serve basis.

Event: Build-A-Husky

Location: The Graduate School, Whetten Graduate Center, 2nd floor

Time: 12:00pm-2:00pm

Description: Back by high demand, this family fun event will allow you or your loved one to build a Husky that will look just like our friend, Jonathan! Because of the particular high demand of this program, we ask that each graduate student only make one husky per ID and require registration ahead of time. Go Huskies!

Please reserve your spot here

Any Questions?

Please don't hesitate to contact Morgan Sutton at The Graduate School.


Office: (860) 486-7150