Academic Support

The Department of Psychology, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Graduate School all provide services to help support your academic progress through your program. Additional resources are available; please consult with your advisor(s), area support staff, and/or the ADGS to identify options tailored to your needs and goals.

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Navigating Grad School

Resources to help you navigate the hidden curriculum of graduate education and build your awareness of strategies and resources to support your success. 

  • GEAR1 (Graduate EducAtion Resources for Your 1st Year): A Canvas-based guide to support the transition to graduate education at the University of Minnesota, provided by the Graduate School.
  • GEAR+ (Graduate Education Resources Beyond Your First Year): A framework of online resources that connect areas of your academic and professional development, including: Components of Successful Development; Your Dissertation/Thesis, and Exploring Career Paths.
  • GradHacker: A blog from Inside Higher Ed featuring diverse perspectives on navigating higher ed, advice to help graduate students succeed and feel supported, and more.
  • National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD): On-demand access to the mentoring, tools, and support graduate students to be successful in the Academy.
  • An online portal affiliated with the University of Minnesota that provides graduate students with support in specialized skills like academic writing, research methodologies, and wellness and motivation.

Research Help and Tools

Time Management & Study Skills

Writing Support

  • Community of Scholars Program Writing Initiative: Cultivates spaces where BIPOC graduate writers are supported in their writing practice and grounded in community. Programming includes writing workshops, groups, and retreats.
  • Student Writing Support from the Center for Writing: Access writing resources and tools, and sign up for writing consultations. 
  • Dissertation and thesis support groups: from Student Counseling Services: sign up for counselor-facilitated group sessions with other graduate students.
  • The Thesis Whisperer: Writing and productivity advice from Professor Inger Mewburn, director of researcher development at The Australian National University.
Pat Frazier
Director of Graduate Studies (DGS)
N571 EltH | 625-6863
Laura Luepke
Associate Director of Graduate Studies (ADGS)
S243 EltH | 626-3483
Hope Savaria
Graduate Program Support & Event Specialist
S244 EltH | TBD
Heidi Wolff
Curriculum and Graduate Services Specialist
S258 EltH | 624-5002
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