Rod Hale Memorial Graduate Student Experience

The program is best described as a "training program" for new graduate students and those moving from Master’s to Doctoral programs. The program sessions are designed to complement other workshops offered by the Office of Graduate Studies that help students successfully transition to completion of their graduate degrees. Over a three-week period, participants are introduced to topics covering the research process, mentoring, faculty and student perspectives on graduate student success, learning styles, preferences and techniques, campus services, and graduate school policy. This is a USF-Tampa campus effort allowing students to meet and interact with faculty, current graduate students, and staff that represent many USF units. These will include: faculty from academic departments, representatives from the Office of Graduate Studies, successful continuing students, and persons from student affairs support units, such as the Financial Aid Office and the Counseling Center.


1. Tuition waiver for course

2. $2000 stipend upon completion of all requirements

3. Direct access to USF staff, faculty, and administration

4. Free workshopping on writing, publishing, forming a committee, and financial literacy


1. Must be a new student (just arriving or within their first year at USF)

2. Must be in a program that has a research focus with either a Thesis or Dissertation

3. Should have an identified risk factor (i.e., first person to attend college or a graduate program in their family, single parent, new to US system of graduate education, etc.)

4. Should be recommended by program or department

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