New Graduate Student Orientation
Congratulations on your acceptance into the University of Mississippi Graduate School! As a student of UM, we welcome you into a family and community of widely recognized quality. While our graduate programs vary in focus, as a school we are dedicated to representing the traditional strengths, quality, reputation, and uniqueness that has set us apart as a University since 1927.
Dean Kluck’s Welcome Message
Important details that will help guide you through your time as a Graduate Student.
Robin Bourgeois, Assistant to the Graduate Dean, provides an overview of health care options for graduate students—touching on eligibility, cost estimates, waivers and an overview of benefits. The State IHL Board recently selected a new state-wide insurance plan for all colleges and universities provided WellFleet Health. To note, this new plan only covers symptomatic testing for COVID-19; asymptomatic testing is not covered.
Graduate Student Policies
Dr. Annette Kluck, Dean of the Graduate School, shares a brief overview of the policies set forth by the University of Mississippi Graduate School. Highlights include degree requirements, financial resource options and assistantship guidelines.
Resources available for Graduate Students
Overview of Resources for Graduate Students
Brent Marsh, Assistant Vice Chancellor for the Division of Student Affairs and the Dean of Students, shares information about the Division of Student Affairs—covering a wide range of topics varying from student engagement to graduate student resources such as on-campus counseling, the career center, university police and campus recreation.
Garrett Fischer, a career advisor with the Career Center, highlights resources available to current students with the Career Center—touching on developmental services, the handshake platform, employer services and the best ways to stay engaged with the Career Center.
Dr. EJ Edney, Director for the Center of Inclusion and Cross-Cultural Engagement, shares more information on the staff, programs, key partners and ways you get connected and be engaged—touching on their Are You Ready? Dialogue Series, Pride Camp, cultural excursions and more.
Claire Mischker, the Director of the Graduate Writing Center, shares an overview of the Graduate Writing Center—a free resource that provides one-on-one or group writing consultations, virtual workshops and facilitates Graduate writing groups. The GWC is available to any graduate student—in any discipline and department, and at any stage of study—and offers strategies to help students improve their writing.
Melissa Dennis, Head of Research& Instruction Services at the JD Williams Library, gives a walk-through of the university’s libraries websites and online catalogues. She highlights research guides, private carrel reservations, research consultation and other library resources offered to graduate students.
Corey Blount, Assistant Director for Student Disability Services, provides a brief overview of the department and the services offered to students at the University of Mississippi—touching on registration processes, accommodations and common disability categories. Student Disability Services is committed to ensuring access, equality and inclusion for all students.
The University Counseling Center (UCC) shares a short overview of their role at the University of Mississippi, groups and outreach programs, services and how to become enrolled with the UCC to receive counseling or help. This service is free to all students currently enrolled.
Valerie Yeakel, an investigator with the Office of Equal Opportunity and Regulatory Compliance, highlights Title IX—a federal law that prohibits discrimination based on sex in educational programs and activities—and policies put into place by the University of Mississippi to uphold these standards.
Shelli Poole, a Confidential Advocate and Assistant Director in Violence Intervention and Prevention Services, highlights data surrounding sexual and partner violence, resources available to students and policies put in place by the University of Mississippi to ensure the health and safety for all students.
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Josh Gladden, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Research and Sponsored programs, highlights programs, services and resources offered by the Office for Research and Sponsored Programs.
Paul Caferra, the University of Mississippi’s Ombuds, provides a brief overview of the role of the University of Mississippi’s Ombuds office—an off-the-record place for faculty, non-faculty employees and graduate students to discuss and obtain assistance with a broad-spectrum of issues concerning the campus environment.
Nyterica Edget, BGPSA President, and Jordan Freeman, BGPSA Vice President, give a short overview of the role of the Black Graduate and Professional Student Association, services available to student members and other offerings.
ASB Graduate Student
Briana Simms, a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Graduate School Senator for Associated Student Body, welcomes graduate students in this short clip.
This short video gives a brief introduction to OUTGrads, the official University of Mississippi community for LGBTQIA+ graduate and professional students.
We hope that you find this information helpful and we hope you have a fantastic year!
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