Grad School 101

July 21 and 28, 2010 from 4pm-6pm

The goals of this program are to:

  • Demystify the process of applying to graduate school
  • Increase students' interest in pursuing a graduate degree
  • Increase students' confidence in their ability to select a program that fits them
  • Enable students to network with graduate students and professional researchers in their fields of interest

We accomplish this by organizing a series of panels and speakers on the following topics:

  • Panel: What is grad school like? Should I go?
  • How can undergraduates gain research experience, refine their interests, and become good applicants?
  • Application timeline and components; strategies for taking the GRE and writing essays
  • Faculty perspective on admissions
  • Panel: How to choose a program and thrive in grad school

These are presented to a group of undergraduate students ideally within a somewhat well-defined subject area. After each session, refreshments are provided to encourage students and panelists/speakers to chat informally. The students also receive course packets with additional advice.

During summer 2011, two separate Grad School 101 series will be organized for students in Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs at the University Park campus, and volunteers are needed to help organize both:

But you could also organize a series for students in your department this fall! The program can run on a low budget, so most of the work involves drawing on your professional network to recruit the best panelists and speakers.

  • Contact: agm154 [at]