Goal: Graduate and Professional Programs

Objective: Recruit outstanding and diverse graduate students

  • Provide nationally competitive pay rates and teaching loadsĀ 

  • Expand college outreach through competitive summer research opportunities for prospective graduate students

  • Expand the number of endowed graduate fellowships to support recruitment

  • Enhance minority-serving-institution partnerships and other pipeline programs to foster a diverse applicant pool

Objective: Enhance graduate student professional development and funding opportunities

  • Expand funding opportunities for travel and seed grants for research development

  • Provide opportunities for professional development through department, college, and university service

  • Build on research relationships with industry to secure internships and fellowships

  • Pursue major training grants (such as IGERT, the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship program of the National Science Foundation)

  • Create a college-wide calendar of major awards for graduate students to facilitate departmental nominations

Objective: Foster opportunities for interdisciplinary experiences for graduate students

  • Involve graduate students in existing and emerging interdisciplinary centers and institutes

  • Partner with the Graduate School in supporting participation in interdisciplinary conferences

  • Create proseminar courses to promote interaction across related disciplines

Objective: Develop graduate and professional degree and certificate programs

  • Identify mechanisms to reward faculty for developing professional programs

  • Identify areas of potential fit between statewide professional training needs and Franklin College disciplines

  • Develop policies for start-up funding and allocation of proceeds of professional programs