Dean’s Corner:  Fifty Years of Graduate Education

Happy 50th Birthday to us!  You heard me right!  UMKC is celebrating 50 years of providing graduate education.  On May 5, 1964, UMKC authorized the establishment of graduate studies.  Look how far we have come in the years since then.  Today we have an enrollment of more than 3,600 graduate students, with almost 800 doctoral students exclusive of the professional doctorates.  We are indeed a comprehensive research university.

We offer scores of Masters degrees, including the traditional Master of Arts and Master of Science in many subject areas.  Additionally, we offer premium professional Masters degrees, such as the Master of Business Administration, Master of Public Administration, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Medical Science, and others.  Added to this rich portfolio are graduate doctoral programs: Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Musical Arts, and Doctor of Nursing Practice.  The Education Specialist is available and recently about a dozen graduate certificate programs.

A notable signature program is the Interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosophy degree that allows students to solve real world problems by integrating multiple disciplines to develop creative solutions.  Twenty-five academic disciplines form the core of this one-of-a-kind program with more than 400 students.

We now look toward the future where quality of our programs in challenging times must be the centerpiece of our future.  Better stipends for graduate assistants, help with health insurance premiums, and adequate resources to fund thesis and doctoral research are essential if UMKC is to become an institution of destination for future students.  The issue of research funding is a top institutional and graduate school priority.  In fact, it is so high that the School of Graduate Studies recently instituted a Research Grant program with the goal of awarding approximately 45 awards of $7,500 to meritorious proposals.

We have served the Kansas City region well.  I recently reviewed where many of our graduate alumni are in their careers and noted we have served our region well, particularly in the surrounding school districts by training professionals for leadership positions.  Moreover, outside of this arena I was also impressed to note not only the regional impact of many of our graduate alumni, but the national and global reach we have had.  We find our graduate alumni in higher education positions.  There are many in the health care, biomedical, and engineering arenas, not only in the private sector, but in the government and not for profit sector of our economy.

While we do have some distance to continue to forge ahead to enhance our standing, it is important that we pause to celebrate milestones and accomplishments.  So Happy Birthday to UMKC graduate studies!

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Important dates to remember for Spring 2014

Monday, February 3     Last day to turn in applications and letters of recommendation for the SGS Graduate Fellowships.  http://sgs.umkc.edu/fellow/index.asp

Friday, February 7     Last day to turn in IDSC Travel Grant Applications.   

http://sgs.umkc.edu/forms/IDSC%20travel%20grant_Feb%207%202014%20deadline.docx

http://sgs.umkc.edu/forms/IDSC%20travel%20grant_Feb%207%202014%20deadline.pdf

Tuesday, February 11     Thesis/Dissertation Formatting Workshop – 5:30-6:30pm in the Plaza Room – 2nd floor Conference area of the Administrative Center at 5115 Oak Street

Wednesday, February 12     Thesis/Dissertation Formatting Workshop – 5:30-6:30pm in the Plaza Room – 2nd floor Conference area of the Administrative Center at 5115 Oak Street

Friday, February 14     Graduation application filing deadline.  Students who are planning to graduate at the end of Spring 2014 should contact the Records Office for more information.  Application Form

March 24-28     Spring Break

Friday, April 4     Last day to turn in theses/dissertations to the School of Graduate Studies for format review for Spring 2014 graduation

Friday, May 16     Last day to defend theses/dissertations for Spring 2014 graduation

Friday, May 16     Spring graduation

Friday, May 30     Last day to upload theses/dissertations for Spring 2014 graduation

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IDSC Spring 2014 Events

February 3-7, 2014     IDSC Week!      February 4, 2014     IDSC Breakfast 9am at Aixois      February 5, 2014     IDSC Lunch  11:30am at Miller Nichols Library – Room 303       February 7, 2014     IDSC Happy Hour 5-7 pm at Charlie Hooper’s February … Continue reading

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Graduate student professional development classes selected

The School of Graduate Studies, in partnership with the other University of Missouri campuses, has initiated a program to help promising graduate students further develop their professional skills to make them more effective leaders and more competitive in the job … Continue reading

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Graduate Writing Initiative Survey Results

Listening to Voices from UMKC Graduate Education During the Fall 2013 semester we invited our current 3,800 graduate students and 354 graduate faculty members to respond to a survey focused on graduate student writing resources and needs at UMKC. The … Continue reading

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2nd Annual UMKC Interdisciplinary Conference April 26-27, 2014

Call for Papers Purpose and Orientation: One of the primary objectives for developing and organizing an annual interdisciplinary conference at UMKC is to make evident the entwinement that exists between the branches of knowledge. As such, we wish to encourage … Continue reading

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New SGS website

The School of Graduate Studies is in the process of redesigning its website. The estimated launch for the new site is March 1, and there will be student and faculty focus groups conducted prior to the launch in order to … Continue reading

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SGS welcomes our new Assistant Dean: Dr. Jennifer Friend

Dr. Jennifer Friend started Nov. 1 as the new Assistant Dean in the School of Graduate Studies. She is also an Adjunct Instructor in the School of Education, teaching online and hybrid classes, advising doctoral students, and participating in research … Continue reading

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Faculty member: Dr. Karen Bame

Dr. Karen Bame, associate professor in the School of Biological Sciences, came to UMKC 24 years ago in 1990 as an assistant professor in what was then the School of Basic Life Sciences. “I’d been in Birmingham, Alabama before I … Continue reading

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Alumna offers her experience and advice

Dr. Erin Nemenoff graduated from UMKC in spring 2013 with an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Public Affairs and Administration and the Social Science Consortium. Since then, she has earned a tenure-line faculty position at the University of Memphis, which she started … Continue reading

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