Graduate Student Appreciation Week

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Graduate Student Appreciation Week was started in 1993 by the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students as a way to support and appreciate graduate and professional students. The week seeks to emphasize the contributions, impact, and value of graduate and professional students on campuses throughout the United States.

The 2022 Graduate Student Appreciation Week (GSAW) at Kent State will be held from April 4-8 2022. This week is a chance to celebrate our amazing graduate student body for their contributions to the university. If your department has events that you are planning, please feel free to add details for those events to our GSAW event form. Our College can assist with promoting your events on social media, in our newsletter, and on our website. Here is a template that you can use to create fliers for social media posts to promote your event and share with us so we can help publicize your event.

Below is a list of events being hosted for Graduate Student Appreciation Week.


GSAW Kickoff picnic

Hosted by the Graduate College
12 - 2 p.m. - Kent Student Center

Join us as we kickoff Graduate Student Appreciation Week by enjoying a free lunch while you connect with other graduate students and graduate student organizations. We also have care packages available on a first-come, first-served basis with caramel corn from Popped, ground coffee from Bent Tree, and other snacks. 

5 Tuesday

mediation in the wild: practical meditation practices that target anxiety and depression

Hosted by Counseling and Psychological Services
12 - 1 p.m., Virtual in Microsoft Teams

Meditation is much more than just sitting still! It is a way of knowing your mind and the thoughts and emotions you experience. You can do a lot to manage these thoughts and emotions once you have a better awareness. Join us virtually to learn more about meditation and learn some skills that you can easily practice all by yourself when you start to feel sad, stressed, or overwhelmed.

Let's Linked in

Hosted by the College of Communication and Information
5:30-6:30 p.m., Hybrid Event (152 University Library and Virtually in Teams)

This workshop that focuses on using LinkedIn as a power connector. LuAnn Coldwell will share secrets to power networking with KSU alumni followed by a hybrid networking activity.

6 Wednesday

ehhs research gallery

Hosted by the College of Education, Health, and Human Services
9 a.m. - 3:15 p.m., Virtual in Gather Town

Join us for oral and poster presentations in the disciplines of Education, Health and Human Services. Juried event open to graduate and undergraduate students, and faculty researchers. 

View the program of presenters.

give your brain a break & have a brain freeze on us

Hosted by the College of Arts & Sciences
2 - 4 p.m., 108 Bowman Hall

The College of Arts & Sciences welcomes you to join them for a free slushie during Graduate Student Appreciation Week.

virtual alumni career conversations for cci students 

Hosted by the College of Communication and Information
2 - 6 p.m., Virtual on Microsoft Teams


CAE Graduate student appreciation reception

Hosted by College of Aeronautics and Engineering
3:30-5:00 p.m., 101 Aeronautics and Engineering Building

For CAE graduate students: Join us on Wednesday, April 6 as we celebrate you at the CAE Graduate Student Appreciation Reception. Our students are NACHO AVERAGE GRAD STUDENTS and what sets our Graduate Programs apart is how we come together! We are excited to spend some quality, out-of-class time with you. This reception will bring together CAE Graduate Students, Faculty, and Staff for an afternoon of: Conversation and connection; Nacho buffet; And an inaugural class photo of our M.S./Ph.D. in Engineering program students. We cannot wait to celebrate you!

7 Thursday

graduate research symposium

Hosted by Graduate Student Senate
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Kent Student Center

The 2022 Graduate Research Symposium showcases a wide variety of presentations from many different academic programs with poster sessions and a keynote presentation from Dr. Tara Smith, Professor of Epidemiology, on Thursday.

Dr. Smith's keynote address is titled ": Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic". 2020 saw the beginning of the first major new respiratory virus pandemic in a century. Despite being ostensibly one of the most-prepared countries to handle such an event, the United States has floundered in its response, and has one of the highest per capita death rates from COVID-19 among wealthy nations. This talk will discuss missteps in the response and what has been learned (or, not) for future pandemic events.


graduate research symposium

Hosted by Graduate Student Senate
9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Kent Student Center

The 2022 Graduate Research Symposium showcases graduate student research and will feature oral presentations from graduate students on Thursday. Following the presentations on Friday will be the Awards Ceremony where the award winners  for poster and oral presenters in each category will be announced, in addition to honoring award recipients and student leaders with the Division of Graduate Studies and Graduate Student Senate.