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Program Objectives

SPI seeks to address three major areas that are important to graduate student success:

Academic

  • Three credit hours of graduate coursework through independent study
  • "Culture of Graduate School" and "Professional Development" seminars
  • Technical research development
  • Oral presentation skills development

Social

  • Opportunities for networking with campus administrators, faculty, and students from across campus
  • Social activities with current graduate students
  • Early socialization into your department

Cultural/Environmental

  • Introduction to community programs, services, and activities that meet specific cultural needs and demands
  • Organized visits to cultural and research centers on campus
  • Library orientation and tour
  • Introduction to campus support networks and faculty mentoring