Graduate Student Appreciation Week

KSU Loves Grad Students

Graduate Student Appreciation Week was started in 1993 by the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students as a way to support and appreciate graduate and professional students. The week seeks to emphasize the contributions, impact, and value of graduate and professional students on campuses throughout the United States.

The 2021 Graduate Student Appreciation Week (GSAW) at Kent State will be held from April 5-9, 2021. This week is a chance to celebrate our amazing graduate student body for their contributions to the university. If your college or academic program is hosting an event for GSAW, please let us know by completing the GSAW event form.



Grab and go Lunches and Care Package Drive Thru

12-2 p.m., Cartwright Hall

Kickoff GSAW by driving through to pick up a boxed lunch and care package from the Division of Graduate Studies. Limit of one boxed lunch and care package per student. Please bring your Flashcard/Student ID or other form of identification for pickup. 

Students who registered in advance may pick up their boxed lunch and care package at Cartwright Hall between 12-2 p.m. For graduate students who did not register in advance, we will be giving away any care packages that are left over after 2 p.m. Please check our social media accounts on Monday for updates.


Around the Globe trivia

6 p.m., virtual event

Join us for a fun evening of trivia with questions that span across the world! The students with the top scores will receive prizes! Register to join us.



Graduate research symosium

2:30-4:30 p.m., virtual poster presentations
4:45 p.m., virtual keynote address

The 2021 Graduate Research Symposium showcases graduate student research and will feature poster presentations and a keynote presentation on Wednesday.


8 Thursday

Cliftonstrengths Workshop

11 a.m.-12 p.m., virtual

CliftonStrengths is a paid leadership assessment, and the Division of Graduate Studies will be covering the cost of the assessment for graduate students on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline to register for the CliftonStrengths assessment is Wednesday, March 24 at 5 p.m. Career Exploration and Development (CED) will be hosting a virtual workshop during GSAW on April 8. Students will be sent an access code to complete the assessment prior to attending the workshop.

graduate research symposium

2:30-6 p.m., virtual

The 2021 Graduate Research Symposium showcases graduate student research and will feature oral presentations from graduate students on Thursday.

Salary Negotiation Presentation

6:30-7:15 p.m.

Join the College of Business Administration Graduate Programs Office for a virtual information session – Evaluating Your Job Offer: Negotiating Compensation and Understanding Company Culture.

Getting a job offer, especially that you are very interested in, is exciting! Often, the temptation can be to evaluate the offer solely based on the money offered, but there are many other important components to consider. This information session, which is open to all graduate students, will cover topics like evaluating the job offer and its compensation, benefits, growth opportunities, relocation and more. Both industry and academic career pathways will be explored.

Zoom link
Meeting ID: 822 7941 8909
Passcode: Career



Flashpitch award recipients announced

12 p.m., across Graduate Studies social media accounts

The award recipients from our first FlashPitch competition will be announced via social media. FlashPitch is a 90-second elevator pitch competition on graduate student research. Members of the Kent State community will also have the opportunity to watch the finalists’ pitches and cast their vote for their favorite pitch leading up to the announcement of the award recipients.

All events are free to attend for graduate students.