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First Year Fellows

First Year Fellows Program

The First Year Fellows Program is designed to help ensure that the Office of Graduate Studies' Marshall, Ridgel, and McNair Fellowship recipients are provided with essential tools, information and resources needed to enhance their successful pursuit and completion of a graduate program. More specifically, through monthly seminars and various activities throughout the academic year, the program seeks to:

  • Equip students with the basic survival skills required to make a comfortable transition into the graduate school culture
  • Provide students with information on requirements and expectations in their department and the graduate school
  • Introduce students to specific departmental protocol necessary for success in their program of study
  • Familiarize students with available university and departmental resources, key personnel and support networks and the means to access them
  • Assist students in connecting with fellow graduate students from underrepresented groups, student organizations, administrators and faculty at MU