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Deputy Provost Welcome

If you are looking for highly regarded academics, personalized attention, and a unique educational path, you’ve come to the right place. Welcome to Lehigh University’s graduate and professional school community. Our holistic graduate and professional environment features exceptional academic programs, a strong research infrastructure, and robust support for graduate life.  

At Lehigh we’re committed to creating innovative graduate and professional programs that improve society through research and community engagement. Our research institutes, centers, and clinics foster abundant cross-disciplinary research opportunities for graduate students. And with 2,000+ graduate and professional students in 80+ programs, Lehigh’s just-right size provides rich ground in which to grow your passion, improve your career prospects, and make a positive impact on society.  

When I say “holistic graduate and professional environment,” I mean that we understand that your education happens in the context of your life. As you pursue your intellectual passions in your program and through research opportunities, the Graduate Life Office will encourage your academic success, wellbeing, community building, and career goals. Enriching your life and career further, an active Graduate Student Senate supports multiple interest- and identity-based clubs, and offers travel grants for conferences and research.

Our team is committed to your success both here at Lehigh and after the completion of your degree. In Academic Year 2020-21, we are focusing especially on supporting graduate professional and career development. The Center for Career and Professional Development offers an array of customized support and specialized resources for graduate students, including one-on-one coaching, bootcamps on career development designed for graduate and professional students, a YouTube series called “Grad Guidance: Career Tips and Tools for Graduate Students,” and resources like Imagine PhD, Interstride, and Big Interview. Our second cohort of Ph.D. students will participate in Lehigh’s innovative Creative Scholarship Institute to reinvigorate their passion and sense of purpose as they begin their doctoral research and consider the impact they intend to make with their career. Graduate students at all levels will benefit from our brand new Graduate Writing Support Program, which offers one-on-one consultations, workshops, writing retreats, writing groups, and access to the international Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. And, in keeping with our emphasis on the wide range of opportunities available to our graduates, Associate Dean for Graduate Life Kathleen Hutnik’s new podcast, “From Here to There,” explores the variety of career paths you might follow after completing your graduate degree. 

In AY 2020-21, we’re also stepping up our commitment to the success and wellbeing of all graduate and professional students in collaboration with a new graduate student Diversity, Belonging, & Equity advisory board. As institutional members of the National GEM (graduate education for minorities) Consortium, we will welcome our first GEM PhD recruits, and we will launch a lunch group for underrepresented graduate students, led by Denise Beautreau, Ph.D, Director for the Center for Student Access and Success. In addition, individual programs and research institutes are entering a period of self-study of their anti-racist practices. 

Whether you are a current, incoming, or prospective Lehigh graduate or professional student, we are committed to helping you thrive in our vibrant community and to providing you with exceptional training and experience that will be instrumental to your future success. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if we can be of any assistance.  


Olivia Yao

Interim Deputy Provost for Graduate Education

Oliver Yao
Interim Deputy Provost for Graduate Education