GEMS Blog for Advisors

March 21, 2019

Winter 2019 Graduation: Submit Candidacy & Degree Recommendations

Students graduating Winter Quarter 2019 must complete all degree requirements on or before March 22, 2019. Please use the following checklist to assist GEMS in providing a quick and successful graduation for your students. Checklist Before you recommend a student for graduation in MyGrad, verify the following: the master’s degree request indicates the correct degree code; contact GEMS if the…


March 18, 2019

April 15th Resolution – Council of Graduate Schools

This is a copy of the e-mail that was sent from the Office of the Interim Dean of the Graduate School on March 12. It is reposted here for your reference: Interim Dean Rebecca Aanerud would like to pass along this message from the Council of Graduate Schools.  Its purpose is to remind UW graduate programs about…


Spring 2019 – Convey Admissions Decisions

Please be advised the fifth day of instruction, Friday, April 5th, is an important admission deadline for Spring Quarter.  The following actions should be taken in MGP no later than April 5th: Submit admission petitions for any changes to Spring 2019 applications Defer – admitted for Spring 2019 deferring to a future quarter Early Entry*…


March 5, 2019

2019 Best Practices for Student Visa Requests and Department Funding

GEMS is approaching our peak period for processing Summer and Autumn 2019 I-20s for F-1 visa applications. Please help us process your new students’ I-20s as efficiently as possible; if you are offering department financial support (e.g., RA/TA/Fellowship/International Tuition Waiver) to an international graduate applicant: complete the Graduate Funding Detail page. To access, go to MGP…


February 28, 2019

New Admitted International Graduate Students Page

GEMS is pleased to announce a new resource designed to assist F-1 and J-1 admits, the Admitted International Graduate Students page. The page may also be useful for prospective applicants, immigrant students with English requirements, and foreign degree holders. We encourage you to share this link with your students. Because the page is designed with…


January 23, 2019

Distinguished Staff Award Nominees – 2019

A record number of Graduate Program Advisors have been nominated for the University of Washington’s Distinguished Staff Award! Our GPAs are a vital part of the Graduate School’s mission as they design applications, administer admissions, support graduate students and faculty, as well as many other duties. The Distinguished Staff Award reception will be held on…


Updates to Autumn Quarter Start Date for International Students

The below is reposted from the e-mail sent by GEMS Director Julia Carlson on January 8, 2019: The official autumn quarter program start date issued for new international students on F-1 visas will be notated on the Form I-20 as the first day of instruction.  This differs from the past few years, where the official autumn…


Updates to GNM & Financial Ability Webpages

Graduate Non-Matriculated Updates: The page for Graduate Non-Matriculated Students has been updated with English proficiency information. This is not a revision of policy but rather a clarification. Financial Ability Requirement Updates: The Financial Ability Requirement page has been updated with estimated total expenses for the 2019-2020 academic year. This page only applies to students who will…


December 31, 2018

Winter 2019- Convey Admissions Decisions

Please be advised the fifth day of instruction, Friday, January 11, is an important admission deadline for Winter Quarter.  The following actions should be taken in MGP no later than January 11: Submit admission petitions for any changes to Winter 2019 applications Defer – admitted for Winter 2019 deferring to a future quarter Early Entry*…


December 10, 2018

Planning for Autumn 2018 Graduation

Because many faculty and advisors take time off and travel during the holiday season, we ask departments to plan ahead to ensure a successful and timely graduation for students graduating in December. Grades are due from faculty on Tuesday, December 18, and the department should submit degree recommendations no later than December 19th. Students must have…


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