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Supporting the transition to graduate school

First-Year Scholars (FYS – previously First-Year Fellows) 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 participants who are in the first two years in their graduate program. NOTE: Students who do not have a fellowship should contact Dr. Arouca at or 573-882-9578 for other opportunities for engagement and support.

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: Scholars 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 charged to your account. ATTENTION: this means Scholars could be eligible to receive $250 towards the Fall semester after their Fall participation in the program and another $250 for the Spring semester after their Spring participation in the program.

Resources for Scholars

In addition to the program, here are some other opportunities at Mizzou:

Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity’s Graduate Scholars of Excellence program is open to underrepresented students who are currently pursuing a doctoral degree at Mizzou and was created to help streamline the efforts of graduate student organizations serving underrepresented graduate students. These efforts include retention and success resources and the provision of programming that furthers professional development and community building among underrepresented graduate students committed to inclusive excellence.