Tabitha Hardy, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Graduate Education
Assistant Dean, Student Development and Academic Affairs
Director, Preparing Future Faculty and Professionals
Advisor, Underrepresented Professional and Graduate Student Organization (UPnGO)
Randall Roper, Ph.D.
Professor of Genetics, Department of Biology
Director, IUPUI Graduate Mentoring Center
President, Underrepresented Professional and Graduate Student Organization (UPnGO)
President, Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG)
Games and Networking
A message from the Interim Dean of IUPUI Graduate School to Incoming Fellows for 2022-2023
We are pleased to welcome you to our campus and to congratulate you on your selection as one of our IUPUI Fellows at Indiana-University Purdue University Indianapolis. We pride ourselves in offering outstanding opportunities in more than 300 different graduate degree programs based in 16 different Schools on our vibrant urban campus. As you will soon learn, your colleagues at the Emissaries Reception come from a wide variety of places and may be enrolled in Indiana University or Purdue University degree programs.
As you become more familiar with the campus and your graduate program, I hope you will find time to attend some of our Graduate School events or participate in one of our student organizations. Each year, the Graduate School offers meetings and events focused on helping students build professional skills important for success on campus and in their future careers. These events include our Preparing Future Faculty and Professionals (PFFP) conference and on-line program, our collaboration with the University Writing Center to assist with preparing manuscripts, theses, and dissertations, and other writing projects; as well as meetings with our Graduate Office staff to move you forward with your program plan and complete your dissertation/thesis. Our Graduate School website
offers additional guidance on campus programs and offices, as well as awards and recognitions most relevant to graduate students.
We hope during the reception you will also get a chance to meet some of our students involved in organizations with a focus on graduate students including the Underrepresented Professional and Graduate Student Organization UPnGO – which is open to all students and provides opportunities for social activities and building a network of colleagues. We have an active Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG) which takes on local projects, provides travel awards and funds for student research, and organizes the ELITE 50 which recognizes our top graduate and professional students. There are many professional and cultural groups on campus including those that are associated with individual schools. Visit the SPOT
for more information on student groups. Our twice-monthly newsletter, the GradJag, offers additional updates on campus and local events, career development and employment opportunities, along with tips on thriving and optimizing your experiences at IUPUI. So once more, welcome!
Janice S. Blum, Ph.D.
Interim Dean, IUPUI Graduate School
Chancellor’s Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Adjunct Associate Dean, Purdue University Graduate School