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The Graduate College has joined with the Graduate Student Senate and the Graduate & Professional Student Government to encourage a week-long celebration of our graduate students during April 5-9, 2021. Learn more about the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students.

We encourage all faculty, staff, and students to come up with your own ideas and events focused on celebrating the contributions of graduate and professional students to celebrate and recognize the contributions of graduate students year round. Some ideas to help your department get started showing its appreciation include:

  • Social media campaign highlighting student successes and contributions
  • Virtual coffee break
  • Netflix/YouTube party
  • Virtual mind/wellness webinar

Please feel free to use the appreciation posters for virtual events announcements and post them on social media!

Grad Student Appreciation Form

It's important to recognize the impact of our graduate students at the University of Iowa! You can fill out this from & we will send them an email with your recognition to show your appreciation!

GPSA Events Submission

We invite you to send us your events so that we can help promote your initiatives! Your event(s) will promoted within 48 hours after submission.

GPSG All-Week Move-A-Thon

Enjoy the beautiful spring weather and participate in this year’s Move-A-Thon! Walk/run/bike all Appreciation week long to help you and your College earn the greatest number of miles.

Virtual Yoga Class

Time: 6:00 PM CT

Join us via Zoom for a virtual yoga class! All University of Iowa graduate and professional students are welcome! 

Coffee and Bagel Grab-n-Go

Stop by one of our two pick-up locations to grab a free cup of coffee and bagel!


- Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) Hubbard Commons 

- Medical Education Research Facility (MERF) Atrium 

Time: 8:00-11:00 AM

COVID-19 safety measures will be implemented at this event (individually wrapped bagels, maintaining 6 feet of distance, mask requirement).

Imposter Syndrome: Addressing the Fear of Being a Fraud in Graduate School

Location:  Zoom webinar

Time: 12:00-1:00 PM CT

Sponsored by the Carver College of Medicine Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. The webinar will be led by by Barry A. Schreier, PhD, Director of University Counseling Service and Professor of Counseling Psychology. 

Graduate and Professional Veteran and Military-Connected Student Appreciation

Location: 207 & 214 Calvin Hall

Time: 11AM–3PM CT

IVETS (Iowa Veteran Education, Transition, and Support) invites all veteran and military connected graduate & professional student to celebrate their hard work with a free boxed Jimmy John's lunch, appreciation gift, movies, games, puzzles, & conversations. Undergraduates are also welcome.

RSVP below or at

Masks are required & capacity limits will be enforced.  

Paint & Chill Night

Location: Zoom

Time: 7:00 PM CT 

All UIowa graduate and professional students are invited to pick up free painting supplies and join a Brush and Barrel art instructor for a virtual lesson at 7:00 PM CT on Wednesday, April 7! We will have 200 paint kits available, on a first come basis.
Paint kit pick-up locations:

- 4/6 @ 8-11 AM Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) Hubbard Commons

- 4/7 @ 9 AM–5 PM: Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) Room 260

Zoom meeting ID: 859 5440 2549
Passcode: 368992

Speed Friending Event

Time: 7:00 PM CDT

Speed Friending is a fun and easy way to get to meet other UIowa Grad and Professional Students in the midst of a virtual world. Facilitated by Emani Y. Marshall-Loving. Grad and Prof Students will be randomly paired with other Grad/Prof students and given a brief time period to get to know each other before being switched to meet a different Grad and Prof student. Engaging opener questions will be provided to help get the conversations started.

Connecting Communities: Creating Space for Underrepresented Graduate Students

Location: Zoom (registration required)

Time: 12:00-1:00 PM CDT

Join us for the Connecting Communities virtual event  We are providing free lunch for those who register by April 6th. Lunch registration will be provided in your event registration confirmation email.

Featuring: Dr. Maria Bruno, Executive Director of Belonging and Inclusion and Moala Bannavti, PhD Candidate, Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering

This event is hosted by the Graduate College, Division of Student Life, Belonging and Inclusion Office.

Jakobsen Conference 2021 Registration is Live!

This year's conference will be conducted virtually with live talks from guest speakers and graduate student award announcements on April 29. The Zoom link for the event will be provided at a later date.

Selected students will submit pre-recorded research talks online by April 23rd at 6pm. The talks should be five minutes in length and presented in lay language to be understood by a wide audience. There are no restrictions on the number of slides and animations. Video submission details will be provided upon registration. All students who submit talks will receive a monetary prize and a small number will be selected for larger cash prizes.

Live talks from guest speakers (to be announced later) will focus on the following topics:

  • Lesser-known career paths (science to business, humanities in tech space, etc.)
  • High-achieving alumni (traditional employment path or unique)
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Job searching in the current climate (pandemic, virtual networking, online resume, economic distress)
  • Work-Life balance and mental health
  • Political, social, and economic issues during 2020 pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement
  • Environmental challenges/climate change
  • Political, social, technological response to fixing global climate change
  • Media and journalism in the 21st century (social media, podcasts, etc.)

Events Are Sponsored By

Graduate College - Graduate Student Senate - Graduate & Professional Student Government - Division of Student Life - Belonging and Inclusion Office - Campus Recreation and Wellness Center