Reminder: Accelerated undergraduate/graduate proposals due April 1

Please submit proposals for accelerated undergraduate/graduate degree proposals by April 1, 2010 to secure approval for admissions for Fall 2010.  Students currently enrolled in the existing bachelor’s/master’s programs will be continued until completion but no new admissions will be allowed for Fall 2010.  These existing bachelor’s/master’s programs will be replaced by the accelerated programs effective Fall 2010. 

For those departments/programs wishing to utilize the accelerated undergraduate/graduate degree programs, should submit proposals by April 1, 2010.  Although proposals will be accepted after that time and on an ongoing basis, time is needed to review and approve the proposals and process the applications to the program.  Thus, the effective date to offer the program might be delayed to spring 2011.

Graduate Education Week 2010

Graduate students and all other members of the Virginia Tech community are invited to participate in Graduate Education Week events from March 22 through March 26. Professional development seminars, a student appreciation luncheon, a research symposium, student contests, a photo and art display, and a variety of social events mark the 10th annual Graduate Education Week.

For a full description and schedule of events, visit our GEW 2010 website.

Graduate Education Week highlights the importance of graduate education; increases the university community’s awareness of the contributions of graduate students to teaching, research and service; and enhances the graduate student experience through professional development programs and celebratory events.

Graduate Student Appreciation Luncheon

Departments are encouraged to join the Graduate School in celebrating the many contributions graduate students make to the university, by treating their students to a cajun-themed lunch buffet. Dean Karen DePauw will offer a welcome to mark the official beginning of Graduate Education Week. Participation by advance reservation only. Lunch tickets are $12.50/person. All reservation requests and advance payment must be received by March 15, 2010. Space is limited; reservations will be accepted as long as seats are available.

Monday, March 22, 11:30am-1:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room

Download the registration form.

Visit our Graduate Education Week website for a tentative list of programs and events.


Distinguished Graduate Alumni Achievement Award

Would you like to acknowledge outstanding accomplishments of an alumnus from your master’s or doctoral graduate program? The Graduate School and the Alumni Association select the Distinguished Graduate Alumni Achievement Award recipient each year from those nominated. We will accept one nomination per department until March 26, 2010. The nomination requires submission of two letters and the nominee’s full vita. Submissions in the form of pdf files are preferred over paper submissions and should be emailed to For the full instructions see for description, link to nomination form, and address to submit. The award winner will be invited to be acknowledged at the Spring Commencement ceremony. His or her lodging at the Inn will be paid by the Graduate School. Contact Pat Goodrich with any questions: 540/231-4558