This is Grad School: What It Offers and How You Can Succeed
Friday, September 20, 2019 — 10:40AM - 11:40AM
For many students, graduate school is at worst an unknown, and at best simply misunderstood. Medical and law school have well-known pathways (e.g., pre-law and pre-med programs), while STEM graduate school does not. Outstanding opportunities for students are lost in this obscurity. Students from underrepresented minority (URM) groups start college with equal interest in STEM as other groups, but are often not seen as “graduate school material” and the idea of going to graduate school is often not even offered. Without providing a better understanding of what graduate school means for their careers, how to get there, and how to succeed, academic diversity efforts face a monumental task. This workshop aims to demystify graduate school, from selecting a program to how a competitive application is crafted and guidance to success. We will tackle questions such as: What is grad school? Why go to grad school? When go to grad school? What programs exist? How grad school differs from undergrad? Where to go for grad school? How to apply? How is it funded? How to survive and succeed? Life after grad school? Guidance on topics surrounding these questions will be provided based on statistics and empirical evidence from years of recruiting for top Universities. Criteria used to evaluate competitive graduate school applications, distilled from faculty at multiple universities, will be presented to attendees. After completion of the workshop, attendants will be able to better strategize their path from undergrad, through graduate school, and into the start of a successful professional career.