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How can we work together to promote better cultural understanding worldwide?

Qais Akbar Omar (GRS’16), a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, has published a much-praised memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story. He recalls how the violence and tumult of civil war jolted his family, who, despite losing relatives, their home, and possessions, continued to nurture his wish to attend a university.

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The Graduate School

What are the main functions of GRS?

Associate Dean

  • Resolves academic conduct issues; staffs and leads the Graduate Academic Affairs Committee
  • Reviews graduate student petitions and complaints: extension of time to complete degree requirements, transfer of credits, exceptional grade changes, and departmental or faculty actions
  • Resolves issues related to graduate student finances: financial aid, tuition complaints, or requests for exceptions
  • Oversees graduate fellowships: CAS/GRS teaching fellowships, dean’s fellowships; Martin Luther King and Whitney Young Fellowships; and externally funded fellowships (e.g., NSF, Fulbright, Fulbright Hays, Krell)
  • Oversees Teaching Fellow training
  • Oversees graduate life
Admissions
  • Process application materials for departmental review committees
  • Notify applicant of official decisions
Financial Aid
  • Counsel graduate students on and review merit and need based aid eligibility
  • Track budgets for the University and departmental aid accounts
  • Process graduate student payroll and stipends
Records
  • Maintain GRS student’s academic records; record academic requirements; oversee registration; certify students for graduation
  • Respond to students and departments on how to correct problems related to students’ registration, status, and grading, and clarify GRS policies and procedures.

Why would I contact the Associate Dean?

  • To discuss any issues or problems concerning a graduate student
  • To discuss new graduate programs or changes to existing programs
  • To request student financial support or other graduate program related fiscal issues

Why would I contact GRS Admissions?

  • You need information regarding any graduate student admissions question

Why would I contact GRS Financial Aid?

  • You have questions related to your departmental graduate financial aid budget
  • You need assistance with processing a graduate student’s stipend or scholarship.
  • Questions on process for any graduate student academic matter, such as correcting registration errors, terminating a student, a student resuming graduate study after hiatus, filing an examination report, or how to proceed when at the last minute an examiner will not be able to attend a dissertation defense

Why would I contact GRS Records?

  • Questions on process for any graduate student academic matter, such as correcting registration errors, terminating a student, a student resuming graduate study after hiatus, filing an examination report, or how to proceed when at the last minute an examiner will not be able to attend a dissertation defense