Resources for Current Graduate Students


The Slavic Department’s graduate program is a small one, which ensures that faculty are well aware of the progress that individual students are making towards their degree.

When students first enter the department, the Graduate Program Coordinator is by default their adviser of record and the person they should contact with any questions about coursework. The Graduate Program Coordinator and Graduate Program Adviser will schedule a meeting with incoming students to review their current schedule and to discuss further coursework for the academic year. The Graduate Program Coordinator is also the individual who reviews students’ academic records at the end of each quarter.

During their second quarter of residence, students are required to choose an adviser with whom they will consult for the remainder of their time as students, or until such time as they select another adviser.  At the beginning of each new quarter, students should meet with their adviser to review their progress and discuss the next quarter’s projected work.

Graduate Student Colloquia

Organized by graduate students in the department, the colloquia are informal monthly gatherings in which graduate students, and occasionally faculty, share and get feedback on their research projects.  With the intent of bettering professional communications in Slavistics, the colloquia not only prepare students for a career in academia, but also serve as a way for graduate students to establish connections with the peers and scholars in their fields.  

For more information or to join the mailing list, email Biljana Konatar ( or Stefana Vukadinovich (

Continuation or Termination of Student Status in the Slavic Department

In regard to the definition of “progress toward the M.A. degree,” the student will be reviewed every quarter in three main areas: 1. maintenance of a minimum 3.0 GPA in courses taken toward the degree; 2. language proficiency in the student’s major language; 3. progress toward the degree in terms of completion of the requirements in a two-year span.

  1. The Department will follow Graduate School Policy 3.7 recommending warning, probation, and final probation for failure to maintain a GPA of 3.0. One quarter will result in a warning, a second quarter in probation, and a third quarter in final probation and the student’s being dropped from the program.
  2. Language proficiency will be determined by an examination given by the department. A student is put on warning upon failure of this examination. A second failure will result in the student’s being dropped from the program.
  3. Satisfactory and timely progress toward the degree will be determined by evaluating the student’s record autumn and spring quarters by the Graduate Faculty. The overall performance (fulfilling program requirements, productive participation in coursework, demonstration of research capability) of the student is taken into consideration. Although the Graduate School allows students up to six years to complete all degree requirements, the Slavic Department recommends that students, in consultation with their Committee Chair, schedule examinations for no later than the eighth academic quarter.

The progress of doctoral students towards their degree is reviewed by the same process as is described above for M.A. students.  The department follows Graduate School guidelines concerning doctoral degree requirements and satisfactory performance and progress toward completion (guidelines), but can make exceptions in extenuating circumstances.


A student may appeal change of status, as explained above, directly to the Chair of the Slavic Languages and Literatures Department. Appeals beyond this point will follow the process outlined in Graduate School Memorandum No. 33, Academic Grievance Procedure.

Useful UW Resources

UW Career Center

The UW Career Center is a great resource for graduate students. They offer everything from workshops on CVs and cover letters to various graduate student specific resources.

The Graduate School

The Graduate School
MyGrad (Student View) - Graduate School portal used to request academic leave, schedule a doctoral general or final exam, submit a Master's degree request, and other actions throughout graduate school
Important Dates & Deadlines for Graduate Students - This page provides all dates and deadlines for the current academic year
Grading System for Graduate Students

Research, Funding, and Professional Development

Individual Development Plan 
Simpson Center for Humanities - great source for fellowships and cross-disciplinary collaboration!
Graduate Funding Information Service (GFIS)
Subscribe to the GFIS Wordpress Blog to get email updates about graduate funding opportunities

Tips on Writing: Odegaard Writing and Research Center Podcast, Write for You

MLA Advice to Graduate Students

Student Services

Health and Wellness

On-Campus resources

UW Counseling Center: UW based counseling center offering free and confidential, individual, relationship, and group counseling.  Same day crisis appointments available.  Light Therapy for Season Affective Disorder.  Career Counseling. 
Hall Health: An outpatient clinic that provides health care to University of Washington students, alumni, faculty, and staff as well as the general community.
Health and Wellness: Programs include: Alcohol and Other Drug Consultation and Education, Suicide Intervention, Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence, Stalking and Harassment Advocacy.  Located in Elm Hall
Mental Health Clinic: Hall Health’s Mental Health Clinic provides a high-quality, evidence-based care to UW students, including individual and group counseling and medication evaluation and management. As a student, you are eligible for no-cost drop-in appointments for mental health referrals, as well as light therapy for seasonal affective disorder. 
Disability Resources for Students: DRS is dedicated to ensuring access and inclusion for all students with disabilities on the Seattle campus enrolled in our undergraduate, graduate, professional, Evening Degree and Access programs for over 39 years.

Emergency Care

In case of a medical emergency always dial 9-1-1 for help first.
UW Medical Center is the closest emergency room to the Seattle Campus
King County Crisis Line  (after hours and weekends) 206-461-3222
Crisis Clinic  24 hour crisis line  866-4-CRISIS
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline  1-800-273-8255


Employee Resources

Labor Relations - TAs and RAs are represented by UAW Local 4121 - Contract and More on Contract
Compliance Services - Title IX and ADA Information and Resources
Center For Teaching and Learning - A great resource for questions related to your teaching duties as a TA