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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s diverse and broad portfolio of graduate programs will be showcased April 3-7, during national Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week.

“We’re taking a week to highlight the impact of graduate education on society, the region and our campus,” said Kathryn Zuckweiler, UW Oshkosh’s new dean of graduate studies and associate vice chancellor for research and innovation.

Kathryn Zuckweiler

UWO offers more than 50 graduate degrees, licenses and certifications in 20 disciplines, including education, business, nursing and the sciences.

“UWO is proud to continue to be the educational home and accelerator for hundreds of graduate students every year,” Chancellor Andrew Leavitt said. “We hope anyone thinking about pursuing further education will look to UWO as a convenient, accessible and affordable haven and proving ground. We are ready to help prepare learners for a more prosperous future.” 

UWO graduate students serve as mentors to undergraduate students and as examples on campus that education is a lifelong process.

“Our graduate programs raise the level of scholarship for all students on campus, provide assistance to faculty and provide the region with advanced higher education opportunities for a more skilled workforce,” Zuckweiler said.

In the first year of celebrating Graduate Professional Student Appreciation Week at UWO, Zuckweiler said the goal is to communicate with and raise awareness of the University’s 1,000-plus graduate student population.

As she looks to the future in her role, Zuckweiler plans to strengthen the already vibrant graduate studies program by seeking ways to offer more financial assistance for graduate students and finding ways to streamline processes and the timeline from application to graduation.

“Returning to school while working and having a family or other commitments can be daunting. It’s a big undertaking. I want to clear away some of the clutter and uncertainty,” she said.

Prior to joining UWO in January, Zuckweiler was dean of the Dr. Billie Doris McAda Graduate School and director of Sponsored Programs and Research at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Whittier College, an MBA from the University of Houston and a doctorate in management from the University of Nebraska. Outside of her professional pursuits, she raises sport horses, wool sheep and herding dogs.

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