The University of Chicago is at the forefront of a movement to provide academic and professional support to complement the academic rigor and excellence that are the hallmarks of UChicago graduate education.

UChicagoGRAD offers a range of services and resources to enhance the ability of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to navigate their careers at UChicago and beyond.

UChicagoGRAD is a national model for supporting graduate students and postdocs thanks to pioneering, tailored initiatives ranging from training in writing and public speaking to career exploration treks, internships, employer recruitment fairs, and alumni networking events. With opportunities like these, UChicagoGRAD is building pipelines to help graduate students and postdocs convey the invaluable forms of knowledge that research universities produce to where they are most needed in society.



  • UChicagoGRAD is a one-stop shop of integrated services to help graduate students and postdocs navigate their academic and professional careers.
  • Led by Daniel Abebe, Vice Provost, UChicagoGRAD programs provide flexible training that complements support in academic units.
  • UChicagoGRAD¬†staff¬†are committed to serving the graduate and postdoc community, focusing on recruitment; skills and experience; career development; and alumni engagement.

Meet the Team

Daniel Abebe

Daniel Abebe

Vice Provost

Beth Niestat

Executive Director, UChicagoGRAD Administration & Policy

Brooke Noonan

Executive Director, UChicagoGRAD Experience

Sena Agawu

Assistant Director of Graduate Enrollment Initiatives for Diversity Recruitment

Holly Bland

Director, Graduate Enrollment Initiatives

Deborah Blumenthal

Assistant Director, GRAD Employer Relations & Experiential Education

Dana Bozeman

Director, Diversity & Inclusion

Josephine Cai

Assistant Director, GRAD Career Development

Emily Easton

Associate Director, Graduate Administrative Services

Ruth Gutierrez

Office Manager

Martha Jackson

Director, GRAD Operations

Sandra Jackson

Operations Associate


Anne Janusch

Coordinator, Fellowships & Writing

Briana Konnick

Associate Director, GRAD Career Development

Kathrin Kranz

Assistant Director, GRAD Career Development

Sara Mehta

Assistant Director of Fellowships


Yazmin Norwood

Assistant Director, Financial Administration


Michael O'Toole

Assistant Director, GRADTalk

Lizanne Phalen

Director, Family Resource Center

Karen Rosenthall

Director, Fellowships

Kalee Schelkopf

Director, Programming and Communications; Graduate Council Advisor

Michael Tessel

Michael Tessel

Senior Director of GRAD Career Development and Employer Relations


Lindsey Weglarz

Assistant Director, Graduate Enrollment Initiatives


Courtney Wiersema

Associate Director, GRAD Career Development

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