There are several opportunities for graduate students to get involved in TACUSPA, including the graduate student scholarship, a special breakfast for graduate students, the annual graduate student case study competition, and many others.
Scholarships and Fellowships
The TACUSPA Thomas Moorman Fellowship Program offers graduate students and new professionals (full-time staff members with 1-3 years experience) quality opportunities to network and engage in activities designed to promote the pursuit of a career in higher education and student affairs. TACUSPA is planning to offer four (4) annual fellowships, beginning at Fall Conference in Houston.
Full-time graduate students who are current TACUSPA members are encouraged to apply for one of the available Graduate Student Scholarships. The application process includes the submission of the application and a faculty reference, and a professional statement of interest including expected benefits to the participant. Scholarship recipients are expected to volunteer up to one (1) hour of their time at the conference.
Case Study Competition
All graduate students attending the conference will be invited to participate in the 2018 Case Study Competition at the fall conference. The competition offers graduate students (both Masters and Doctoral) an opportunity to test their knowledge of higher education and student affairs by applying what they know to a challenging case study. Individuals who register for the competition will be placed on teams with other participants from across Texas, and each team will be given a case to analyze. Teams will present their solutions and receive feedback on their performance by a panel of judges consisting of faculty and highly experienced practitioners. The Case Study Competition winning team will be announced and presented an award during the final luncheon of the conference.
Graduate Student Breakfast
On Monday, October 22, graduate students will have an opportunity to network with their peers during the Graduate Student Breakfast. This breakfast serves as an opportunity for graduate students to learn more about the experiences of their peers, their institutions and opportunities for the future. Many graduates have used this time to exchange best practices in job searches and successfully navigating graduate programs.