Welcome to the 2011-2012 academic year at the University of Calgary. Though the university is relatively young in the context of many universities—we celebrated our 40th anniversary only five years ago—we pursue the highest levels of excellence in scholarship, research, and teaching, as is evidenced by our lofty position among the most research-intensive universities in Canada.
Graduate students are important members of the University of Calgary’s academic community. As well as taking courses and undertaking research, many of you will be engaged in teaching, either as teaching assistants or as teaching fellows. This experience will be an important element of your academic development, and, additionally, a valuable contribution to undergraduate education.
The Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) has become a strong and effective advocate for graduate students at the University of Calgary, and offers a number of opportunities that will expand your horizons and broaden your graduate experience. I encourage you to avail yourself of the services offered by the GSA, and to consider becoming engaged in the Association’s many activities.
Good luck for the coming year. May it be both successful and fulfilling.
Dr. Sandy Murphree,