FROM exploration TO expertise
From your first day on campus to crossing the stage at graduation, graduate life is a journey. Being a graduate student can be both a rewarding and challenging experience, but not one that you need to navigate alone. The Graduate School at Augusta University is committed to providing students with support, advocacy, resources and opportunities every step of the way. From academics to social activities and personal well-being to professional development – opportunities abound. We invite you to get involved, join our supportive community, form meaningful friendships and make connections that enhance your personal and professional life. A few signature events and exciting opportunities are highlighted on this page.
Augusta University and The Graduate School have long been committed to student wellness and numerous resources have been developed to support overall student well-being. The Graduate School is equally committed to ensuring that our graduate students have the wellness resources and support needed to maximize their success and reach their career goals.
To that end, we are pleased to offer GradWell. This initiative is designed to provide content relevant to the graduate community in various areas of wellness. Each month has a different focus and new opportunities to reflect and focus on your individual well-being.
GradGuide is a job-shadowing experience that provides students the opportunity for a glimpse into a potential future career! Not only is this a chance to gain knowledge from field-experts, but it is also an excellent networking opportunity with mentors right here on campus.
" It’s exciting to engage with talented students pursuing a myriad of career paths. Hearing their aspirations, discussing pros/cons, and offering new possibilities is a way to live the “I Give” spirit."
- B. Lyman, PhD, Associate General Counsel and GradGuide Mentor
"The GradGuide experience offered opportunities for me to learn from various individuals within leadership roles across the AU campuses. The conversations I shared with each mentor provided insight into future positions that I may be interested in and what is involved in being successful within those roles. I'm thankful for having the opportunity to participate in this unique experience, as it has given me an enlightening look into what I hope to achieve. "
-K. Denney, Graduate Student in the Doctor of Philosophy with a Major in Neuroscience program
Exploring Career Options
Ready to launch into your career, but don’t know where to start? BeyondGrad offers Virtual Sessions for Masters Students and for Doctoral/Postdoctoral Students that will help you gain insight into the latest workplace trends, show you how to appeal to the best employers, and how to land your dream role.
For more information contact Dr. Elena Dent
Once a year, The Graduate School hosts a two-day event where our graduate students and postdoctoral fellows have the opportunity to showcase their research through oral and poster presentations.
Can you present your thesis in only three minutes? Take the challenge! The 3MT competition is an excellent professional development opportunity to enhance your storytelling and presentation skills.
Words of wisdom, inspiration, advice - and a new white coat!
The Graduate School Scientific Integrity Ceremony is a meaningful, annual tradition at Augusta University. During their first year in the program, each PhD student is presented with a white coat as a symbol of the high standards of integrity and professionalism expected as a student and throughout their scientific careers. The program includes remarks from special guests and Graduate School faculty award winners who reflect on the fundamental values of honesty, integrity, and professionalism in relation to their own personal experiences and career path.
The hooding and commencement ceremony recognizes and celebrates our graduate students who have successfully completed their degree requirements. It is a formal graduation ceremony, where students are called to the stage and have their hood placed on their shoulders and then receive their diploma. There are two ceremonies per year, one at the end of the Spring semester (for spring graduates) and the other at the end of the Fall Semester (for summer and fall graduates).
The Graduate School at Augusta University facilitates ground-breaking research and ensures outstanding education. We create an environment that embraces and empowers the next generation of scholars and investigators, supports faculty and staff, and fosters meaningful relationships and collaborations among students across our programs and colleges.Explore More