In the spring of 2015, Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) began plans to develop a centrally coordinated program to help graduate students become better prepared for their professional life after graduate school. Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs was supported by a working group of stakeholders from across campus, including representatives from the Graduate Student Association, Library, Centre for Career Action, Centre for Teaching Excellence, Office of Research, Writing and Communication Centre, Student Success Office, and Organizational and Human Development.
The GRADventure program helps to advance the “Outstanding Academic Programming” theme of the University of Waterloo’s Strategic Plan, in which The University committed to having more graduate students engaging in professional skills development.
Our name: a grad student's idea
The GRADventure program name was a chosen from among over 60 submissions to our naming contest, which was launched in October 2015. Adam Kraft, a MSc student in the biology program, explains why he liked this name: