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Core Programs—Office of Graduate Student Affairs


Due to concerns around novel coronavirus and in accordance with guidance from public health officials, Core Programs—Office of Graduate Student Affairs will not be scheduling any in-person meetings or events with graduate students until further notice.

Core Programs—the Office of Graduate Student Affairs in The Graduate School—utilizes a holistic approach to supporting graduate students through student-centered programming, timely resources, and intentional tri-campus partnerships. We strive to promote the well-being of our diverse graduate student body in our tri-campus network, so they can thrive and be successful at the university and beyond. Our motto is “Cultivating Capacities for Success.”

Mission Statement

Our Team

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University Resources and Links for Graduate Students During COVID-19

We are all responding to COVID-19 and managing our life, both inside and outside of academia, to the best of our ability. Each day is different, bringing new challenges and opportunities to help others. In an effort to provide the most up-to-date information to our graduate students and postdoctoral fellows (and understanding that the situation is evolving on daily, if not hourly basis), please see the following links to campus resources and informational guides:

Relevant Links and Informational Guides

    6. Messages from UW to the larger community related to COVID-19 are posted centrally

We encourage you to continue to practice physical distancing, while doing your best to stay socially connected to your community and to look after each other. Together, we will weather this storm.

Programming & Events

All of our events and workshops have moved online per public health guidance.

Strategies for Graduate Student Success

Core Programs shares tips and strategies to support your academic, professional, and interpersonal success as a graduate student!

Individual Development Plan

The Individual Development Plan (IDP) is a written guide to help provide some structure when working through your goals, as well as guide you in letting your professors, mentors, family and friends know how best they can support you in reaching your academic, personal, and professional objectives.

Leadership Development

Each year, 8–10 graduate students volunteer to participate in our First-Generation Graduate Student Advisory Board and our International Graduate Student Advisory Board. They serve in leadership roles to inform and shape our initiatives and programming that support first-gen and international graduate students.

  • If you are interested in serving on our advisory boards, contact us at cpinfo@uw.edu

Public Speaking & Presentation Skills

We co-organize Scholars’ Studio and Three Minute Thesis events with the UW Libraries Research Commons.  These are fun, informal events featuring 10 or more graduate students doing lightning talks on their research, all connecting to a common theme. Attend an upcoming event or submit a proposal for an opportunity to present your research!

Professional Development

Core Programs offers a variety of professional development events, several of which we co-host with campus partners.  Below are examples from the past few years:

  • Community College Careers Panel and Networking Reception
  • Communication Skills for International Graduate Students
  • Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate Student Career Development Boot Camp
  • Translating Your Research Into Career Opportunities – For Graduate Students and Postdocs in STEM Fields
  • Teaching-Focused University Careers – a collaboration between GO-MAP, Core Programs, and Gonzaga University
  • Navigating the Job Search When You’re LGBTQ
  • Finding Funding for International Graduate Students
  • Thriving in Graduate School with Peer Mentoring

Core Programs On the Road

Need a tailored presentation or workshop for your graduate program? Whether you’re a graduate program advisor, faculty or student, Core Programs can work with you to develop a one-of-a-kind event to meet your needs! Some past presentation themes:

  • Demystifying graduate school
  • Utilizing the individual development plan
  • Getting the mentoring you need
  • Using social media for career development

Additional Resources

Find Your People

It makes a difference to find like-minded students to build community with and share experiences. You may even make connections with peers outside of your graduate program. There are several student organizations, campus programs, and social media sites that can facilitate such connections.


Finding a good mentor and being a good mentor are both critical to the success of many graduate students, in school and beyond. Core Programs provides a wealth of resources to help graduate students do both.

Tri-Campus Resources for Graduate Students & Advisors

Visit this page for a list of tri-campus resources for graduate students and advisors.

All UW graduate students have access to informational resources and consultation services from The Graduate School, regardless of where your graduate program is located. Some campus-based resources are limited to students enrolled at that campus (UW Bothell, UW Seattle, UW Tacoma), due to student fee restrictions.

Updated April 8, 2020