U.S. News Ranks Emory's Graduate, Professional Schools Among Best in Nation
By now, you may have heard the news that Emory’s graduate and professional schools are ranked among the best in the nation in the U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools” guide, released last week.
Those of us working in graduate education at Emory know the incredible work of our students, faculty, and staff firsthand – but having that work recognized publicly feels incredible! We are proud of the work that each and every one of you in the LGS community puts into graduate education at Emory. We are among the best because of YOU.
U.S. News updated their rankings in some fields this year. We are particularly proud that:
- Biostatistics was ranked for the first time this year and landed in 11th place.
Psychology ranked 23rd (up from 36th).
- Biological Sciences ranked 25th (up from 33rd).
- The Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering PhD Program, a joint effort between Emory School of Medicine, LGS, and Georgia Tech, held steady in 2nd place.
We congratulate and celebrate the programs that improved in ranking this year.
We also extend our congratulations to other Schools at Emory that did so well in this year’s rankings: Rollins School of Public Health, Nell Hodgson School of Nursing, Goizueta Business School, the School of Medicine, and the School of Law.
Reminder: Emory University requires all students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19, regardless of work or study location, with exceptions only for those with approved medical or religious exemptions.
Get the latest updates on COVID-19 info for the Emory community at Emory Forward.
Reminder: Emory University international travel policy requires all Emory-sponsored international travel to be approved by the student’s school of enrollment. For LGS students, all Emory-related international travel, regardless of funding source (e.g., PDS award, program funding, etc.) MUST be approved through the LGS International Travel Permission Form.
Review the Laney Graduate School’s International Travel Policy here.
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Graduate Student Appreciation Week – Free RecWell Group Fitness Passes
In honor of Graduate Student Appreciation Week, free RecWell Group Fitness Passes are available for Graduate Students for April 4 – 8. Available classes include yoga, WERQ, Taekwondo, spin, Zumba, Cardio Blast, and Strong Nation. See the schedule for the week here.
Starting March 28, LGS students may apply the Graduate Student Appreciation Week fitness pass to their account at https://my.recwell.emory.edu/Membership/Index which will allow for access to classes from April 4 – 8. Students must log in with their NetID and password.
Graduate Student Appreciation Week – Virtual Meditation Class
Experience the benefits of meditation in a special class in honor of Graduate Student Appreciation Week.
Spring into Wellness - Enhancing Wellbeing: Intentionally Matching Values and Action for Graduate Students
In two sessions (choose one!), sisters Susan Elizabeth Gagliardi, PhD, and Jane P. Gagliardi, MD, MHS, will lead interactive workshops on graduate student wellbeing. Please come ready to participate with cameras on (but sessions won’t be recorded)!
Graduate Student Appreciation Week – LGS-EDGE Trivia Night
Join EDGE for a fun evening of bar-style trivia in celebration of Grad Student Appreciation Week! Test your knowledge of Emory, Black, Latinx, AAPI, Native American, LGBTQIA+, and Women’s history and pop culture. Come alone or with a team! Teams can be formed upon arrival. Connect with other LGS students from different programs. Groups will compete for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes! RSVP is required to attend.
Graduate Student Appreciation Week – 3MT® Competition
Join us for the 3MT® finals! Come cheer on your peers as they share compelling presentations describing their research, each in less than three minutes, using only one PowerPoint slide. Registration is required.
When: April 6
- Time: 4 – 7 p.m.
- Location: The Hatchery
The Brickman-Levin Symposium
The Brickman-Levin Symposium will highlight current Laney Graduate School students who work in the area of Jewish Studies. Keenan Davis, Matthew Brittingham, and Anastasiia Strakhova will present their work.
Graduate Student Appreciation Week – Professional Photos
In honor of Graduate Student Appreciation Week, LGS is offering students the opportunity to have professional photos made.
- When: April 7
- Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Location: On the Quad near the Administration Building
Sign up here
Spring into Wellness: Solutions-Focused Approaches to Supporting Graduate Mental Health and Wellbeing
Meghan Duffy, Professor at the University of Michigan and first author of a recent article entitled “Supporting Mental Health and Productivity Within Labs,” will give a talk on this topic in the biology seminar series. This session is open to all graduate students. It is sponsored by Emory Department of Biology, Population Biology Ecology and Evolution (PBEE) Graduate Program, Emory Department of Chemistry and the Hightower Fund.
- Date: April 7
- Time: 11 a.m. – Noon
- Location: O. Wayne Rollins Research Center, Room 1052, and via Zoom
Graduate Student Appreciation Week – Final Stretch Study & Stretch
Emory’s Center for Women is honoring you with a special event during Graduate Student Appreciation Week. During their Final Stretch: Study & Stretch at the CWE event, they are offering Pomodoro study sessions with stretch breaks. Wear comfortable clothes. Snacks and lunch will be provided. Comfortable clothes suggested. Snacks and Lunch provided.
Graduate Student Appreciation Week – LGS Student Appreciation Picnic
We hope you can join us for our LGS Student Appreciation Picnic in celebration of Graduate Student Appreciation Week! We’ll have lots of food and lots of fun! Please be sure to bring your government-issued photo ID if you plan to drink.
- Date: April 8
- Time: 3 – 5 p.m.
Location: McDonough Plaza
- RSVP here
Dobes Award Session: Making Your Science Research Relevant to Students and Strangers (in Teaching and Outreach)
During this presentation from Dean’s Teaching Fellow Donna McDermott, participants will learn how to make their science research relevant by using strategies to identify their audience’s existing interests. Participants will use this skill to create a game or activity that illustrates a key concept in their research.
Diversity and community are important to Laney Graduate School. That is why LGS-EDGE (Emory Diversifying Graduate Education) is launching a new group: LGS-BLUE (Black Men at Laney United in Excellence). In the last few years, LGS has seen an increase in Black male enrollment in Laney. EDGE and LGS-BLUE aim to connect and promote community among Black and brown, male-identifying graduate students through various social, academic, and professional activities.
Our first event of the year will be a meet-n-greet with other grad students who would like to affiliate with the group. Be prepared to just kick back, relax, and enjoy some good BBQ. Beverages (wine and beer) will also be served. If you identify as male and black/brown please stop by! Share this opportunity with your colleagues!
This is the first of many groups that will really focus on intersecting identities among our diverse student body, so stay tuned!
LGS-EDGE and the Office of LGBT Life Present: 'Introduction to LGBTQ+ Allyship'
Join LGS-EDGE and the Office of LGBT Life for an engaging conversation! Facilitated by Danielle Bruce-Steele, Director of LGBT Life, and Jackie Veliz, Program Coordinator for LGBT Life, this workshop will focus on pronouns, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, and how to be an ally to those who identify as part of the LGBT community. It is designed for all students and provides a safe space to ask questions and learn.
New! Enter the Prospectus Panel
Working on, or toward, your dissertation prospectus or proposal? If so, join us for our "Enter the Prospectus" panel! Four Laney graduate students from different disciplines will come together to discuss their experiences and provide tips for planning, writing, and defending the prospectus. Mike Chiddo (Philosophy), Shabnam Hossein (Psychology), Julian Currents (English), and Keith Menhinick (Religion) will share their experiences and describe their respective departmental expectations. We will then open up for a Q&A and discussion. Our aim is to facilitate knowledge sharing amongst graduate students and aid those entering this phase of their doctoral studies. Hope to see you there!
Opportunities & Reminders
New! Students with Disabilities: Input Requested
The Alliance for Disability and Accessibility Promotion and Training (ADAPT@Emory) is a new organization focused on creating a community for graduate students and allies whose lives and academic careers have been impacted by disability.
What: If disability has affected your education or life as a student, ADAPT would love to hear from you! Please join us at one of our listening sessions, to help us learn how we can better represent you and support the current accessibility needs of our student body. During these listening sessions, we’ll discuss our experiences as disabled graduate students at Emory and how we can address these challenges on an institutional and community level.
Who: Disabled graduate students and post-docs, including individuals with visible and/or invisible disabilities. Looking for input from those who identify with any of the following: learning disabilities and neurodivergence, mental health, chronic Illness or pain, mobility disabilities, injury and recovery, or any other disabling condition. Students are welcome regardless of whether or not they are registered for accommodations at Emory.
Apply for the Spring 2022 Advanced Degrees Mentor Program
Applications are open for the Spring 2022 Advanced Degrees Mentor Program, hosted by The Center for Global Health Innovation (formerly the BioEd Institute Emerging Leaders Network). Mentees will attend professional development sessions before being paired with two mentors, who you will work with over the summer. The program wraps in August, but participants are welcome to continue relationships with mentors.
- When: Professional development sessions begin April 13; kickoff with mentors is May 13
Graduate Student Writing Group
Are you working on a writing project? If so, our group can help you get it done, 25 minutes at a time. Join our weekly graduate student writing group (online via Zoom) for some dedicated writing time (through multiple pomodoros, i.e. focused writing intervals) as well as the opportunity to obtain feedback from a writing tutor if desired. Feel free to share the link with fellow LGS students and don’t forget to like us on Facebook.
New! Graduate Student Assistant Needed: Emory Center for Digital Scholarship
The Emory Center for Digital Scholarship is hiring a graduate assistant to support the development the Apollo 15 Learning Hub, an online resource with the objective of assembling, preserving, and making available primary source records of Apollo for research, education, history, and as an example of a unique human endeavor. The graduate assistant may also support the creation and development of a website for an Apollo families project, based on research being conducted by Dr. Tracy L. Scott.
EDGE Talk Time
Laney EDGE (Emory Diversifying Graduate Education) wants to connect with you about opportunities and challenges related to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in your program and at Laney. Set up some time to talk today!
- Appointments for Laney Graduate School Students
When: See appointment calendar, linked below:
- Dr. Amanda Marie James, Associate Dean, Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement
LGS Student Affairs Appointments
The Laney Graduate School Student Affairs team wants you to know they're here for you and are happy to meet in person or virtually if you want to connect. They can help connect you to resources, answer questions you might have, or discuss concerns. Feel free to reach out any time.
- Appointments for Laney Graduate School Students
When: See appointment calendars, linked below:
- Dr. Jennifer Cason, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
Claire Beaudro, Assistant Director of Student Affairs and Student Wellness
Emily Neutens, Assistant Director of Student Affairs for GDBBS
Let’s Talk is an informal, free, and confidential consultation service that allows students to speak with a clinician and receive support for any challenge they may be experiencing. Although Let’s Talk consultants are mental health professionals, these consultations are not mental health treatment but can be used to receive short-term support and resources.
Appointments for Laney Graduate School Students Weekly on Wednesdays
- Time: 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Schedule a HIPAA-compliant video appointment on Microsoft Bookings here.
New! SIRE Fellowship for Graduate Students in Natural Sciences
This fellowship will award up to three graduate student top-off fellowships in 2022-23 to advanced graduate students in the natural sciences. Fellows will commit about 8-10 hours per week in the Undergraduate Research Partners Program, an Emory College program promoting undergraduate research for students in all disciplines.
Emory Flexible Teaching Toolkit
The toolkit is a collection of resources
designed to support the development of
flexible courses from CFDE, TLT, ATS,
and Library Services. Resources are
helpful to graduate students involved in
teaching at every level.
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