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1 Why Go To Grad School? D. M. H. Walker Ford Motor Company Design Professor II and Department Head Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering Texas A&M University

2 Top 10 Reasons to Attend Grad School 10.Get to defer student loans 9.Significant other hasn’t graduated yet, need to hang around town 8.Can defer dress code – wear iPod/hat/PJs… 7.Can defer contact with the “real world” – going to bed and getting up on time 6.Want people to call you “Doctor” but faint at the sight of blood

3 Top 10 Reasons to Attend Grad School 5.Love taking classes, want to take even more 4.Want more letters after your name – hope it boosts starting salary 3.Love doing research – discovering and inventing new things, making your mark… 2.Want to be the world’s expert at something 1.Need for the job you want (e.g. prof, research lab)

4 Grad School (Mostly) Misconceptions 5.Grad school is like undergrad work, but with more advanced classes 4.Grad school can always be a fallback plan, if I have trouble getting a job 3.I can get the graduate degree I want anywhere 2.Graduate degrees maximize my earning potential 1.Grad school will cost me more money

5 Length of Graduate Programs MS/ME –~1-2 yrs for MCS/ME –~1.5-3 yrs for MS PhD –~5-6 yrs after BS –~3-4 yrs after MS Your Mileage May Vary!

6 How Grad Students See Faculty Funding Instructor Ideas “Parent” Job finder

7 How Faculty See Grad Students MCS/ME –Like undergrads, but more knowledge MS –Will do some research PhD –Will do lots of research Guess which faculty prefer? Make the right choice for YOU!

8 Top Issues Faced in Making Choice Grad school or job – what is research? Which degree - MCS/MEN, MS or PhD? Which school - TAMU, CMU or Caltech? UT? Which advisor – Dr. A or Dr. B? Which research topic - what am I incredibly interested in? Start by asking faculty questions!

9 Experiencing Research #1 grad school question – Do I like research? Summer research programs –CSE REU program –TAMU USRG program Undergraduate research projects with faculty –Ask faculty who might have mutual interest –Most faculty interested in this –Some might have $$$ –I worked with the inventor of computer graphics

10 Experiencing Teaching #2 grad school question: Do I like teaching? Peer Teaching –E.g. peers in undergrad courses –Ask undergrad advisors about opportunities –Ask faculty about opportunities –Hard for me to find good peer teachers! –I graded “ECEN 248” as sophomore, TAed “CSCE 483” as junior, “taught” “ECEN 654” as a senior

11 Paying for Graduate School Graduate Assistant – Research (GAR) –Work with faculty on your research –Apply with faculty GA Teaching/Non-Teaching (GAT/GANT) –Help teach a class, help with computing Apply at apply2.cse.tamu.eduapply2.cse.tamu.edu –IT jobs on campus – jobsforaggies.tamu.edujobsforaggies.tamu.edu Fellowships – NSF, GEM, AFS, Diversity, Pathways Scholarships – allows in-state tuition Funding priority to PhD students

12 Why A&M? Top 15 engineering school Top 20 computer engineering program Rapidly rising computer science program

13 Why A&M? Strong faculty in many research areas You are picking a faculty member more than you are picking a school Goal of USRG/REU should be to experience what life is like as a grad student and build relationships with faculty and graduate students to help you in finding a match

14 Learning about A&M We try to put everything on the Web Most important thing to learn is about research activities –Look at faculty Web sites –Example: faculty.cse.tamu.edu/walkerfaculty.cse.tamu.edu/walker –Look at research lab Web sites –Example: research.cse.tamu.edu/edaresearch.cse.tamu.edu/eda

15 Graduate School: Relive the Moment – Graduate Again!


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