Welcome, graduate students

Patrick S. Osmer — September 20, 2011

Pat Osmer

Yesterday, I welcomed over 800 new graduate students to Ohio State during the Graduate School's annual Welcome and Resource Fair. The rain did nothing to dampen the energy, enthusiasm, and good humor in the Independence Hall auditorium as we went through the program. 

For those of you who were not able to attend, I wanted you to know about one strong theme that emerged from the remarks made by all of our speakers:

Take advantage of all that Ohio State has to offer you while you are here.

Attend a lecture in a department that is not your own. Go to the Wexner Center and see the latest exhibit or movie series. Go to a football game. Take a walk around campus and go into buildings that are far afield from your home graduate program. See a dance performance. Attend symposia and conferences hosted by Ohio State.

If you do, to paraphrase President Gee, Provost Alutto, and today's faculty speaker, Steven Conn, you will be reinvigoriated intellectually when you go back to your own work. You'll be surprised by the connections you make between activities that seem, at first, to be quite far apart. Rachel Kopec, the Ph.D. candidate from the Ohio State University Nutrition program who spoke, mentioned how a presentation by another researcher gave her insight into new possible paths for cancer prevention research. Rachel is now pursuing very promising research into the power of tomatoes for cancer prevention.

The focus of my remarks was the role of the Graduate School in your graduate careers while you are at Ohio State. We are here to support you at every step of your degree program. We can help troubleshoot problems that may come up -- from getting your registration figured out, to scheduling dissertation exams, to troubleshooting mentoring and advising situations.

The purpose of graduate education is to develop the newest generation of creative, skilled practitioners and independent researchers and scholars. The Graduate School exists to help you and the graduate faculty at Ohio State do just that. Please do not hesitate to contact any Graduate School staff member for advice, guidance, and help navigating your graduate career.

There are tremendous changes occurring around the world in graduate education, and the Graduate School is providing leadership in those initiatives. Two of these are The Path Forward: The Future of Graduate Education in the United States and the recently announced Commission on Pathways through Graduate School and into Careers. I am chairing the career pathways commission and was on the committee that prepared the Path Forward report. I will report on these efforts here from time to time.

I'm delighted that you chose Ohio State for this next step in your intellectual and creative journeys. Welcome.

Patrick S. Osmer is vice provost of graduate studies and dean of the Graduate School at Ohio State. He is also currently serving as chair of the board of directors for the Council of Graduate Schools. Osmer was chair of the Ohio State astronomy department from 1993-2006.


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