2 Workshop Goals and Objectives Is graduate school right for you?MA/MS/JD/MD/PhDHow to ID Programs/Advisor(s)RequirementsPrerequisitesEntrance Exam(s)ApplicationFundingSign-up for Specific help(SOP, CV, ID program, etc.)
3 Is Graduate School Right for You? Why do you want to go?What are you giving up?What will you gain?Is this the right time?
4 To be successful… Self-directed Intellectually curious Hard-working Self-disciplinedFlexibleGoal orientedCommitted
5 How to ID Programs Prioritize Factors: DO THE LEG WORK! What are YOU interested in?Faculty’s researchProgram’s area(s) of specializationU.S. News RankingsYour competitivenessPlacement of graduates – success rateFunding availabilityLocation
6 How to ID Programs Cont… What are you interested in?Read PublicationsJournalsACS Directory of Graduate ResearchJoin Societies/OrganizationsNetworkGo to ConferencesTalk to professors/studentsPoster SessionsIntern/Volunteer
7 How to ID Programs Cont… Read professor’s publicationsContact professorsKnow what their current research isWhat are your career goals?Visit schoolsMeet current studentsMeet other professors (advisory committee)Talk to alumni
8 Requirements Prerequisites Courses Practical Experience GPA – Minimum? Entrance exam(s) – Minimum Score?GREMCATPCATLSATApplicationLetters of RecommendationStatement of Purpose/Personal StatementCV/Resume