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UC Graduate School Annual Report

We have enclosed three stories that display the amazing diversity of scholarship that graduate students undertake at the University of Cincinnati. I hope they stretch your imagination. 

The three students in these stories have each benefited from different support programs. 

  • Michael Kennedy received a Dean’s Fellowship from the Graduate School. This gave him a full year of support to focus exclusively on the completion of the research and writing of his doctoral dissertation. We make 5-8 awards of this type each year, and I wish we could offer more of these impactful awards as we have an abundance of deserving students. 


  • Toritseju Omaghomi was a recent winner of our Three-Minute Thesis competition. This is part of our expanding career development programming that sees to prepare students for life after they graduate. Employers have told us that communication skills are what many graduates lack, so we now have programs to build both oral and written communication skills. Our workshop leading up to the 3MT competition helped Toritseju envision the most effective way to quickly communicate the importance of her research to a lay audience, so she can not only communicate with family members, but also communicate with her next boss. 


  • Andrew Gangidine won an award for his research poster at our most recent Graduate Student Expo. At the Expo,  students experience first-hand the full breadth and depth of scholarship being done by their peers: you can see cutting edge visual arts and performance, engineering prototypes, business ventures, mathematical models, new disease treatments, or in the case of this award winner: the search for the biosignature of life on another planet. We provide our students with a venue for getting excited about learning outside of your specific area of study. 

We strive to provide students with an exemplary graduate experience that builds on the passion that they bring to their studies. Your support for these initiatives is important to help assure we can continue to invest in the next generation of leaders and professionals.   

Marshall "Chip" Montrose
Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School