GEMS Blog for Advisors

September 19, 2019

Doctoral Degree Policies – Transfer Credit

Doctoral Students Accompanying UW Faculty Hires GPAs and GPCs who advise doctoral students are encouraged to review the Transfer Credit policy section, which was updated in November 2018. This is not a revision of policy, but a clarification of the process for requesting waivers. GEMS appreciates your assistance in helping these students experience a smooth…


September 17, 2019

Critical Reminder: Autumn 2019 – Convey Admissions Decisions Deadline

Please be advised the fifth day of instruction, Tuesday, October 1st, is an important admission deadline for Autumn Quarter. The following actions should be taken in MGP no later than October 1st: Submit admission petitions Confirm the student has withdrawn from all classes (see SRF100 in the Student Database or MGP transcripts). Defer – admitted for Autumn…


August 21, 2019

Summer 2019 Graduation: Submit Candidacy & Degree Recommendations

Students graduating Summer Quarter 2019 must complete all degree requirements on or before August 23, 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…


June 11, 2019

Summer 2019 – Convey Admissions Decisions Deadline

Although Spring graduation is starting next week, don’t forget that Summer quarter is right around the corner! Please be advised the fifth day of instruction, Friday, June 28, is an important admission deadline for Summer quarter (A-term, B-Term, and Full-Term).  The following actions should be taken in MGP no later than June 28: Submit admission petitions Defer…


Spring 2019 Graduation: Submit Candidacy and Degree Recommendations

Students graduating Spring Quarter 2019 must complete all degree requirements on or before June 14, 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 degree…


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…


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…


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