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Supporting the transition to graduate school

First Year Fellows (FYF) is a program designed to help participants throughout their first year in graduate school at Mizzou, and to develop a cohort of support. It consists of monthly meetings for nine-months, social gatherings, and other meetings as arranged by the group itself or the CIE Director.

Eligible Participants: Marshall, Ridgel, Carver, and McNair Fellowship Recipients and TigerView 2018 participants who are in the first two-years in their graduate program.

CliftonStrenghts: The program will sponsor each participant to take the CliftonStrengths assessment, which includes a follow-up with MU Career Services in the December meeting.

Incentive: Fellows who do not miss more than one meeting per semester will receive $250 per semester during Year 2 in their program. This incentive will be applied to your MU account and can be used to reduce the cost of academic related expenses changed to your account. ATTENTION: this means you could be eligible to receive $250 towards Fall 2020 academic expenses, and another $250 for Spring 2021.

As part of CIE’s commitment to support you through your graduate education, a new fund was created to help with professional development of First Year Fellows. Requests will be reviewed on a needs basis and each Fellow can request up-to $75 annually for those expenses. Examples of expenses would be: printing a poster for a conference, ordering a transcript for an application to a summer research program, etc. It is important that you convey how the request will help your professional development.

FYF Professional Development Funds Request

NOTE: Students who do not have a fellowship should contact Dr. Arouca at or 573-882-9578 for other opportunities for engagement and support.