Graduate School

The Graduate School is the champion for graduate education across the entire Auburn University campus and has been preparing graduate students to emerge as leaders and innovators in academia, industry, and the government since it began in 1872.

Working alongside world-class faculty members, Auburn graduate students in every academic discipline are addressing real-world problems while honing their critical thinking and research skills. As part of Auburn University’s strategic plan, the Graduate School is committed to increasing the graduate student population by recruiting high-achieving undergraduate students from Alabama and throughout the nation and world. Additionally, we aim to recruit graduate students from underrepresented groups, and develop and support creative programs that achieve this objective. To attain this goal, it is imperative we secure additional private funding to increase the number of prestigious graduate fellowships as well as new research and professional development programs available to our students.

To remain competitive with other universities, we need funding to create prestigious fellowships and to underwrite the research endeavors of our graduate students. With the support of the Auburn Family, we can achieve--and eclipse--our goals.
George Flowers '84
Dean

Total goal for the Graduate School:

$500,000

We Will Gain

10

NEW GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS

to attract the best students

50%

MORE TRAVEL FUNDS

to support professional development

40%

MORE RESEARCH FUNDS

to support thesis/dissertation completion

Students

Our goal through this campaign is to partner with donors to create at least 10 new graduate fellowships to reward deserving graduate students. Auburn is committed to the success of these students, and with a donor’s contribution, we can ease the financial burden of tuition. Additionally, we aim to increase the funding available for thesis and dissertation research and help defray travel costs for graduate students presenting their research and creative scholarship at academic conferences. This support will allow graduate students to perform their work adequately and have a fulfilling graduate school experience at Auburn.

$400,000

Programs

One of our strategic initiatives is to enroll more graduate students from underrepresented groups and to provide them with the support needed to thrive at Auburn University. The Graduate School will continue to partner with the university’s other colleges, schools, and the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs to support these initiatives. One such initiative, the Future Scholars Summer Research Bridge Program in the College of Education’s School of Kinesiology, has achieved remarkable results in diversifying the graduate student body. The Graduate School seeks expanded funding to support these successful programs and to help create new ones that achieve this goal.

$100,000

Your gift to the Graduate School has

REAL IMPACT.

Thanks to the Spearman Graduate Fellowship, I can immerse myself in groundbreaking research without having to worry about how I’m going to pay for my academic expenses.
Bridget Peters, doctoral student
School of Kinesiology

The ability to offer dynamic programs and provide financial assistance enables the Graduate School to attract stellar students doing meaningful work: students like Bridget Peters – a doctoral candidate in the School of Kinesiology whose research seeks to understand why just a few days of aerobic exercise per week decreases heart attack-damage. With almost one million heart attacks in the United States each year, Peters’ research has enormous implications on such a widespread public health issue. Peters chose Auburn after attending the College of Education’s Future Scholars Summer Research Bridge Program, a transition program that provides minority undergraduate students from other universities an intensive, six-week research experience in hopes that they will enroll in graduate education at Auburn.

“Throughout my graduate studies at Auburn, I have been blessed with the generous support of donors like Mr. Jim Spearman. Thanks to the Spearman Graduate Fellowship, I can immerse myself in this groundbreaking research without having to worry about how I’m going to pay for my academic expenses. Having met with Mr. Spearman many times, I know he genuinely cares about me and my graduate studies, and that means the world to me,” Peters said. Because of Mr. Spearman’s gift, Peters has been able to focus solely on her doctoral studies and her work in Auburn’s Cardioprotection Laboratory. “The financial contributions from Mr. Spearman and other donors are invaluable to graduate students like me. Thank you for all that you do for graduate students at Auburn University.”

The work of the Graduate School has a positive impact not just on Alabama but on our nation. I am proud to be a donor knowing this fact and seeing how lives are affected by these types of fellowships.
Jim Spearman '83
Birmingham, Alabama

Jim Spearman knows firsthand that investing in the Graduate School at Auburn pays immeasurable dividends. Spearman, a 1983 Auburn graduate, funds an annual fellowship to benefit graduate students in the School of Kinesiology. “The work of the Graduate School has a positive impact not just on Alabama, but on our nation. I am proud to be a donor knowing this fact and seeing how lives are affected by these types of fellowships,” he said.

“I continually see the impact graduate students are making in all areas of our lives, across many disciplines, and throughout each of the colleges,” he said. Spearman’s fellowship supports students like Bridget Peters. Peters said she keeps him updated on her research and work in Auburn’s Cardioprotection Laboratory. “It is fulfilling to know that my donations are helping someone like Bridget gain an Auburn education that could help open the doors to change the world,” Spearman said. “Fellowship dollars do make a difference, and they are truly an investment in our future.”

Because who we are tomorrow depends on

what we do today.

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