Island University Expands Offerings for Graduate Students with GROW: Graduate Resource and Opportunity Workspace

Published: August 25, 2016

Island University Expands Offerings for Graduate Students with GROW: Graduate Resource and Opportunity Workspace

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Islander graduate students looking for an exclusive, quiet space on campus to study and work on projects should look no further than the Graduate Resource and Opportunity Workspace (GROW), located on the second floor of the Mary and Jeff Bell Library. The GROW suite is part of the College of Graduate Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and is designed to provide graduate students with the resources they need to succeed in their degrees.

“GROW is a space that caters to graduate students specifically,” said Emmanuel Guadarrama, who is studying to earn a Master of Science in Educational Administration from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “Our needs are different than those of an undergrad since we’re working on upper-level research projects. Sometimes we need a quiet space away from the hustle and bustle of campus.”

Previously known as the i3 suite, GROW changed its name in order to better reflect its mission on campus. The new name was chosen after a campus-wide naming contest during summer 2016.

“As a central mission to GROW, we hope to build graduate culture on campus,” said Dr. Steve Seidel, Professor of Psychology and Graduate Studies Fellow with the College of Graduate Studies. “The suite hopes to become a vital resource to graduate students at the Island University because it offers a quiet space for graduate students to study, work on projects or meet students or professors from different disciplines.”

Graduate activities offered within the space include the 3 Minute Thesis competition, professional development, academic and personal development workshops and social events.

“The workshops will focus on important skills including research writing, networking and teaching as a profession,” said Seidel, who oversees the day-to-day operations of GROW.

Students are encouraged to take advantage of the suite’s central location in the library, which allows for easy access to all of the library’s amenities, including helpful library staff, laptop check-outs and reference material.

“Libraries are a central piece in terms of students’ research,” said Seidel, “Our location allows students to utilize the resources and staff available both in the GROW suite and in the library. I think students will find that those advantages pay off.”

GROW also provides graduate students with computer access, projector use to facilitate whatever project the student may be working on, and even printing so long as students supply their own paper.

“I assume that I’m going to spend between ten and twelve hours a week working on homework outside of class,” said Rachel Williams, an Islander student working towards a Master of Science in Counseling. “The GROW space will be a great resource for those times.”

The GROW suite’s hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. After filling out a short form, graduate students can gain access to the suite outside of GROW’s normal operating hours by use of their SandDollar$ ID.

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