Graduate Studies

OGS Launches PACES Program









The Office of Graduate Studies launched the PACES program at New Graduate Student Orientation on August 25, 2010. PACES is a voluntary, co-curricular program designed to help graduate students achieve success through and beyond their graduate education.  The program features both online resources and face-to-face workshops/seminars on topics of professional development and skills in the five areas of professionalism, advancement, communication, engagement, and success.

“The PACES program is an opportunity for students to enhance their graduate education experience with value-added interactions with other graduate students, faculty, and staff at Grand Valley State University,” said Dr. Jeffrey Potteiger, Dean of Graduate Studies.

 “So far we have had two successful sessions (Responsible Conduct of Research; Writing Skills) and a faculty panel on how to select a research mentor and advice on choosing a research topic for theses, dissertations, and research projects,” commented Dr. John Stevenson, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies. “In addition, several graduate students have thanked our office and staff privately while telling us how appreciative they are of the program.”

PACES will hold one more event in the month of October:

Oral Presentation Skills Workshop
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
303C DEV (Grand Rapids/Pew Campus

Presentation skills are vital to success in graduate education. This workshop will focus on skills needed for effective oral presentations such as poster sessions and conference presentations.

A schedule of additional events is available online at by clicking on “PACES.” Students may register by contacting Jennifer Palm in the Office of Graduate Studies at 616-331-6858 or

The Office of Graduate Studies also encourages faculty involvement in the PACES program and welcomes faculty attendance at these events. Faculty members interested in participation by serving as a panelist or presenting a topic may contact Dr. Stevenson at for more information.

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