Guarini School Impact and Initiatives

Mission

The mission of the Frank J. Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies at Dartmouth is to foster postgraduate academic programs of the highest quality, catalyze intellectual discovery, and prepare a diverse community of scholars for global leadership.

The Frank J. Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies - A Timeline of Achievement

  • 2016 — The School of Graduate and Advanced Studies is the first new School to be established at Dartmouth in over a century. The creation of this new body allows for nimble, cross-programmatic enquiry and research, supporting both graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.
  • 2017 — Dartmouth is restored to R1 status as a top-level research institution.
  • 2018 — Dartmouth announces the naming of the Frank J. Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies in acknowledgement of a transformative investment in graduate education by the Honorable Frank J. Guarini '46.
  • 2019 — Dartmouth is elected to membership in the Association of American Universities.
  • 2020 — The Guarini School relocation to Anonymous Hall is formally recognized in a dedication ceremony. The new location houses a dedicated common area for graduate students and postdocs.
  • 2021 — Guarini creates the position of Director of Postdoctoral Affairs.

"Education is the most important word in our language, in any language. It's how we create leaders, grow our economy, and learn about other people, which nurtures peace. Education is the key to a better world." — Congressman Frank J. Guarini '46

Research Impact

Research

Classified as an R1 institution by the Carnegie Foundation as having "very high research activity," sponsored research attracted $326 million in FY 2020.

Since 2019, Dartmouth has been a member of the Association of American Universities, a leadership group which influences higher education policy, and supports best practices in undergraduate and graduate education nationwide. 

Dartmouth is ranked #1 in the Ivy League for the long-term, real-world impact of our scholarly work, according to the Nature Innovation Index.

The Guarini School supports over 1,000 students and postdoctoral scholars across the Arts & Sciences, Thayer School of Engineering, Geisel School of Medicine, and Tuck School of Business, and connects more than 4,000 alumni who are global leaders in academia, policy, industry, and business. Tailored to respond to a faster-moving world, Dartmouth graduate programs are embedded in 160 buildings across our 269-acre campus. 

Policies and Benefits

Policies

In collaboration and partnership with the Graduate Student Council (GSC), the Guarini School implemented a policy on Research Advisory Committees for all graduate students, revised the grievance policy and procedures, implemented a lab transition process to include guaranteed financial support for one term, and revised the Leave of Absence policy and process.

With the generous support of our Advisory Board, the Guarini School, along with Thayer, Tuck, and Geisel, have put in place emergency barrier removal funds for students with pressing financial needs.

Examples of needs covered include emergency travel, medical co-payments or personal needs, or assistance with educational needs not covered by financial aid. Funds are limited and generally not more than $600 per academic year.

Stipends and Benefits

Graduate stipends have increased from $28,200 in 2016 to $35,196 - and funding has been requested to increase stipends another 13.6% to $40,000 for the 2024 academic year.

Dartmouth continues to pay for health insurance and health care access fees for stipend-supported students ($4,575).

In collaboration with Dick's House and thanks to advocacy from the GSC, the cost for the Student Health plan did not increase this year. The in-network deductible was reduced to $100, the annual premium for the family plan was reduced by almost 3%, and the plus-one dependent plan by almost 7%.

The Guarini School has announced a Childcare Supplement for stipend-supported PhD and Master's students of $3,000 per eligible child under 6 years-old, capped at three children, starting in early 2023.

Guarini will provide relocation assistance of $1,500 for stipend-supported PhD and Master's students starting in the Fall of 2023.

Collaboration and Communication

The Guarini Advisory Board was established in 2019 and meets at least twice a year to discuss Guarini School strategy, programs, policies, and resources. Advisors serve three-year terms, limited to three consecutive terms. Four board subcommittees, focusing on World Class Competitiveness, Successful Transitions, Diversity and Inclusion, and Strategic Initiatives and Communications, are working on initiatives to increase the impact of Guarini on Dartmouth and the world.

The Council on Graduate Studies (CGS) meets quarterly and comprises faculty representatives from each of the graduate programs overseen by the Guarini School, the President and Vice-President of the Graduate Student Council (GSC), and Guarini School Deans. 

The Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Affairs meets regularly with the GSC, and liaises between GSC Executive Board and the Guarini Deans. Two representatives from the GSC leadership board sit on the Student Liaison Committee - a group of student leaders that meets regularly with Dartmouth senior leadership (including the Provost and Executive Vice President) and the Board of Trustees Committee on the Student Experience.

The Guarini School Dean meets monthly with GSC leadership, and a dedicated contact form exists on the Guarini School website to direct questions to the appropriate Dean in all other instances.

The Guarini School Newsletter is sent monthly to all current students, CGS leadership, program administrators in the graduate programs, and others who wish to receive news and events pertaining to the School. 

Diversity & Inclusivity Initiatives

Guarini has supported 13 Dartmouth faculty members to be trained as Entering Mentoring facilitators by the Center for the Improvement for Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER). A number of CIMER-based mentor training sessions have been held for graduate students and postdocs, and more training opportunities for faculty, postdocs, and graduate students are forthcoming. CIMER will be coming to Dartmouth in the spring of 2023 to train up to 64 faculty in their Entering Mentoring research mentor training program.

The Guarini School supports a number of fellowships for graduate students who are committed to supporting our community. These include the International Graduate Mentoring fellow, the Guarini Housing Fellow, the Guarini Scholars Fellow, and the Graduate Activities fellow.

From 2019-2022, the Guarini School supported up to three Graduate Student Diversity fellows who helped with planning and implementation of diversity initiatives. In 2022, a full-time Diversity Fellow position was created. This role works in partnership with the Assistant Dean of Recruitment and Diversity to fulfill Guarini's commitment to building a supportive and inclusive community.

The Guarini School holds monthly meetings with faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students to work on diversity initiatives proposed by the Guarini community. The Diversity Committee serves as a hub for work on equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The Assistant Dean for Diversity and the Guarini Diversity Fellow meet regularly with the BIPOC Diversity group to discuss topics of concern, provide support, and offer networking opportunities for the community.

The Provost's Fellowship (PROF) program is part of Dartmouth's ongoing efforts to diversify the professoriate. The Guarini School partners with the division of Arts and Sciences and the Provost's Office to prepare early career scholars for long-term success in higher education through the PROF program. 

E.E. Just Liftoff Fellowship is designed to recruit top graduate students from underrepresented minority groups.

In partnership with the EEES program, Guarini hosted the first Scholar's Program. This initiative brings undergraduate students to campus for a four-day visit during which they have an opportunity to experience life as a graduate student, meeting with faculty, attending research events, and participating in professional development opportunities.

Dartmouth's Academic Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (ASURE) provides summer research experience to undergraduates. Focusing on academic research, networking, and mentoring, ASURE prepares students for future graduate research training. ASURE is open to all non-Dartmouth students.

Fully-funded recruiting opportunities for graduate students to return to their undergraduate institutions to talk about graduate life, and meet prospective students, was initiated in 2021.

The Guarini School launched the Diversity Award in 2021 in recognition of outstanding leadership and determined efforts by graduate students in addressing and raising awareness about issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion across campus and in our community.

In 2022, the Dartmouth Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Chapter was established.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Initiatives

Significant steps have been taken to address student mental health and well-being across campus.

Since 2015, the Counseling Center:

  • has increased the number of counselors by 60%, including one psychiatrist who self-identifies as a member of the BIPOC community, two clinicians who focus on clinical and outreach with the BIPOC community, two international counselors, a clinician who specializes in suicide prevention outreach, and a Case Manager
  • is able to offers counseling in four different languages
  • hired a Case Manager who helps students navigate the community provider referral process and ensures connection with community providers
  • students are now able to schedule counseling triage appointments through the Health Service Portal
  • partnered with Uwill teletherapy company to offer all students unlimited session, no matter where they are in the world

Graduate Student Mental Health Awareness week, co-sponsored by the Guarini School and the GSC, was expanded in 2019 to highlight resources, events, and tools for mental health and well-being throughout the entire month of May.

In Fall 2021, Dartmouth partnered with the JED Foundation to administer the Healthy Minds Study (HMS). Guarini, Thayer, and Tuck are working collaboratively to prioritize recommendations from the Study.

The Guarini School promotes community-building in tandem with academics by sponsoring monthly communal study breaks in the Guarini Commons, Anonymous Hall, and discounted lunches held regularly at '53 Commons for graduates and postdocs.

In Spring, 2022 Dartmouth appointed an ombudsperson to provide Dartmouth's faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and professional and graduate students with impartial support. This could not have been achieved without the strong advocacy of the GSC executive board.