UW Graduate School

Core Programs

Cultivating Capacities for Success

Finding ways to bring your whole person to graduate school can be just as important as working towards that degree. Whether you’re a master’s or doctoral student, whether you’re a student parent, an international student or a working student, you have needs and aspirations that extend beyond the requirements of your graduate program. Core Programs, under the Office of Student Affairs in the UW Graduate School, supports your unique journey by offering online resources, workshops, and events that recognize you on wellness, intellectual and professional levels.



Core Programs Team (left to right):

  • Kelly Edwards, Ph.D.
    Associate Dean & Professor
  • Jaye Sablan, M.A.
    Assistant Director
  • Ziyan Bai, M.Ed. Ph.C.
    Graduate Staff Assistant

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Contact us: cpinfo@uw.edu or 206.543.1703
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Strategies for Graduate Student Success

Core Programs shares quick tips to support your academic, professional, and interpersonal success as a graduate student!

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Individual Development Plan

The Individual Development Plan (IDP) is a written guide to help provide some structure when working through your goals, as well as guide you in letting your professors, mentors, family and friends know how best they can support you in reaching your academic, personal, and professional objectives.

Leadership Development

Each year, 8–10 graduate students volunteer to serve on the Core Programs Graduate Student Advisory Board and take leadership roles in shaping and implementing our programs. Curious? Volunteer on the program committee for one of our upcoming events and get started!

  • If you are interested in serving on the Student Advisory Board, contact us at cpinfo@uw.edu

Public Speaking & Presentation Skills

We co-organize quarterly Scholars’ Studio events with the UW Libraries Research Commons.  These are fun, informal events featuring 10 or more graduate students doing lightning talks on their research, all connecting to a common theme.  Attend an upcoming event or submit a proposal for an opportunity to present your research!

Professional Development

Core Programs offers a variety of professional development events, several of which we co-host with campus partners.  Below are examples from the past few years:

  • Community College Careers Panels and Networking Receptions
  • Teaching-Focused University Careers – a collaboration between Core Programs, GO-MAP, and Gonzaga University
  • Career Symposium and Networking Reception  – a collaboration between Core Programs, Career Center, and Alumni Association
  • Navigating the Job Search When You’re LGBTQ
  • Communication Skills for International Graduate Students
  • Finding Funding for International Graduate Students
  • Thriving in Graduate School with Peer Mentoring

Core Programs On the Road

Need a tailored presentation or workshop for your graduate program? Whether you’re a graduate program advisor, faculty or student, Core Programs can work with you to develop a one-of-a-kind event to meet your needs! Some past presentation themes:

  • Demystifying graduate school
  • Utilizing the individual development plan
  • Getting the mentoring you need
  • Using social media for career development

Additional Resources

Find Your People

It makes a difference to find like-minded students to build community with and share experiences.  You may even make connections with peers outside of your graduate program.  There are several student organizations, campus programs, and social media sites that can facilitate such connections.  Below are examples:


Finding a good mentor and being a good mentor are both critical to the success of many graduate students, in school and beyond. Core Programs provides a wealth of resources to help graduate students do both.

Resources for GPAs and GPCs