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Customize Your Degree 

What does your future hold? Are you preparing for career opportunities you wish to pursue? What training and experiences will guide you to success? Are you taking advantage of the varied resources and opportunities available to you at Utah State?

Your research and coursework comprise the core of your graduate degree. But don’t miss out on further opportunities to CUSTOMIZE YOUR DEGREE. Explore ways to enhance your abilities in communication, teaching, mentoring, outreach, resource management and leadership. You can begin by exploring the resources and opportunities outlined on this page:


Empowering Teaching Excellence

ETE student

Utah State University’s Center for Empowering Teaching Excellence (ETE), led by the Office of the Provost and Chief Academic Officer, offers training, events and resources designed to elevate and promote a culture of teaching excellence throughout USU’s campuses. ETE is open to all who teach at USU, regardless of role statement or campus, including graduate student instructors. 

The ETE Center offers “ETE 10 – Explore College Teaching Track” specifically for graduate students, which enables them to earn the Explore College Teaching Certificate. 

Empowering Teaching Excellence

STEM Outreach

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Utah State students can pursue varied opportunities in STEM outreach, providing learning about science throughout their communities to people of all ages. The public relations specialist in the College of Science Dean’s Office, and staff at USU’s statewide campuses, can guide students to community requests.

STEM outreach

Science Unwrapped

Established in 2009, Science Unwrapped is the College of Science’s public outreach program serving the Cache Valley, Utah community. During the academic year, monthly Science Unwrapped events, free and open to all ages, are held on Friday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Eccles Science Learning Center. Each gathering begins with a presentation by a featured speaker in ESLC 130, followed by hands-on learning opportunities conducted by student and community groups in the ESLC atrium

Science Unwrapped

Student Organizations

students working on a project.

Getting involved in a club with students who share your interests is a great way to make friends, network with professionals and enhance your graduate school experience. Many of USU’s clubs are student chapters of national, professional organizations and societies, which puts you in touch with a broader network of scholars in your field, and affords you opportunities to participate in regional, national and international conferences.

Student Organizations

Graduate Training Series

Students doing a sceince project.

USU’s School of Graduate Studies, in coordination with units throughout the university, including the Office of Research and University Libraries, provides regular workshops geared to graduate students on a variety of topics, along with monthly socials.

Get to know graduate students from varied disciplines across campus and enjoy social activities that introduce you to fellow Aggies.

Graduate Training Series

Fund and Present Your Research

Learning how to find resources to fund your research, and having opportunities to share your research, are important steps in your academic career. Learn about opportunities and resources available from USU’s Office of Research.

USU offers a wide range of resources designed to support and enhance your graduate training. The links below provide ideas to enhance your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and help you make the most of your Utah State experience. Remember your future success depends not just on developing skills directly related to your discipline, but on a wide range of foundational and transferrable skills including communication, teaching, mentoring, outreach, service and leadership.