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MU Celebrates Graduate Education Week 2009

Universities statewide host a series of events promoting higher education

April 20, 2009

Story Contact:  Jeffrey Beeson, 573-882-9144,

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missouri’s economy is bolstered substantially by the higher earnings of more than 276,000 residents holding advanced degrees. Additionally, the US Department of Labor estimates that over a lifetime individuals with advanced degrees have the potential to earn nearly twice that of a person with a bachelor’s degree. In order to promote the benefits of graduate education, the University of Missouri and other academic institutions statewide are celebrating Graduate Education Week with a series of events that will provide the community the opportunity to explore how graduate students are engaged in teaching, research, educational outreach and volunteer service.

After graduating with a baccalaureate degree, students make the decision to continue their studies at an advanced level. Graduate studies include a heavier load of reading and writing assignments at a scholarly level, innovative and independent research, and an original thesis or dissertation. These experiences often lead to more and higher paying career opportunities. However, in addition to the personal benefits, graduate education provides advantages across the state.

“Graduate degree holders contribute to the economy, and their discoveries ensure our nation’s health, safety and well-being,” said Debra Stewart, president of the Council of Graduate Schools. “Missouri's Graduate Education Week is a national model for improving public awareness about the outcomes and impact of graduate education.”

Missouri’s graduate education programs greatly impact the state, because not only is graduate education an investment in human capital, but the state’s economic development is improved through external funds and millions of federal grant dollars that support higher education. These resources lead to expenditures and investments that stimulate the state’s economic development.

“The state of Missouri offers advanced educational programs that provide students with knowledge and analytical skill sets that are essential when generating exceptional professionals and informed citizens,” said Pam Benoit, vice provost for advanced studies and dean of the MU Graduate School.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon proclaimed April 20-25 as Graduate Education Week in Missouri. The graduate schools of the University of Missouri, the University of Missouri – St. Louis, the University of Missouri – Kansas City, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Lincoln University, Missouri State University, Park University, Stephens College and Truman State will participate in the events of Graduation Education Week.


The University of Missouri

April 20   
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
S304 Memorial Union
Seminar: Getting into Graduate School – The Basics

April 22
12 – 2 p.m.
S304 Memorial Union
Seminar: Getting into Graduate School – Making Your Application
Stand Out

April 25
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Jesse Hall Rotunda
Adventures in Graduate Education Fair for families with grade school children

The University of Missouri – St. Louis

April 20   
4 – 5:30 p.m.
MSC Century Rooms
Graduate School Research Fair

Lincoln University

April 23   
8:30 a.m.
AM Radio 950
KWOS Talk Radio – Warren Krech Show

April 23   
Scruggs Hall
Graduate Studies Open House

Park University
April 23   
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Downtown Kansas City Campus Center Commerce Tower
Graduate Studies Open House