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1 Nura Dualeh Graduate College – McNair Program Spring 2012 GRADUATE EDUCATION: Benefits & Opportunities

2 TAKE CHARGE!!!!!

3 Preparation for Graduate School– Begins with You

4 Time Matters Note deadlines Note deadlines Develop a multiyear plan Develop a multiyear plan Apply to graduate school and national fellowships - Start 1 year early! Apply to graduate school and national fellowships - Start 1 year early! Write/Re-Write your personal statement. It’s one of the most important essays you’ll ever write! Write/Re-Write your personal statement. It’s one of the most important essays you’ll ever write!

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6 Look into a Summer Research Opportunity Provides an in-depth look at your field Provides an in-depth look at your field Investigate a research question that matters Investigate a research question that matters Get to know faculty Get to know faculty Learn how to read research literature Learn how to read research literature Design and carry out a research project Design and carry out a research project Learn what is expected in graduate/professional school Learn what is expected in graduate/professional school Increases your confidence when applying to graduate school Increases your confidence when applying to graduate school

7 UROC: Graduate College’Undergraduate Research Opportunities Consortium PROGRAM BENEFITS Faculty Mentoring Faculty Mentoring Summer stipends: $3,000-$5000 Summer stipends: $3,000-$5000 6 credit hours – free! 6 credit hours – free! GRE prep class – free! GRE prep class – free! Graduate Admission Workshops Graduate Admission Workshops Poster sessions/research conferences Poster sessions/research conferences Network with faculty/staff graduate recruiters Network with faculty/staff graduate recruiters

8 Think Summer Research in Social Science & Humanities UA’s Summer Research Institute: http://grad.arizona.edu/sri UA’s Summer Research Institute: http://grad.arizona.edu/sri http://grad.arizona.edu/sri UA’s McNair Achievement Program: http://grad.arizona.edu/mcnair UA’s McNair Achievement Program: http://grad.arizona.edu/mcnair http://grad.arizona.edu/mcnair UA’s Undergraduate Research Portal: http://ur.arizona.edu/ UA’s Undergraduate Research Portal: http://ur.arizona.edu/ http://ur.arizona.edu/ University of California, Irvine – the UROP Database: http://www.urop.uci.edu/frame_opportunities_off_ca mpus.html University of California, Irvine – the UROP Database: http://www.urop.uci.edu/frame_opportunities_off_ca mpus.html http://www.urop.uci.edu/frame_opportunities_off_ca mpus.html http://www.urop.uci.edu/frame_opportunities_off_ca mpus.html

9 Think Summer Research in Social Science & Humanities NSF REU (research experiences for undergraduates): List of REUs by discipline: http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_sea rch.cfm NSF REU (research experiences for undergraduates): List of REUs by discipline: http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_sea rch.cfmhttp://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_sea rch.cfmhttp://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_sea rch.cfm IBP: Institute for the Broadening of Participation: http://www.pathwaystoscience.org/ IBP: Institute for the Broadening of Participation: http://www.pathwaystoscience.org/ http://www.pathwaystoscience.org/ Office of Undergraduate Research webportal: www.ur.arizona.edu Office of Undergraduate Research webportal: www.ur.arizona.eduwww.ur.arizona.edu UA Career Services website: http://www.career.arizona.edu/Students/default.aspx ?s=1&ss=50 UA Career Services website: http://www.career.arizona.edu/Students/default.aspx ?s=1&ss=50 http://www.career.arizona.edu/Students/default.aspx ?s=1&ss=50 http://www.career.arizona.edu/Students/default.aspx ?s=1&ss=50

10 Additional Resources GRE GRE GRE Applying to Graduate School Applying to Graduate School Applying to Graduate School Applying to Graduate School Financing Graduate School Master’s, PhD, and Professional degrees Financing Graduate School Master’s, PhD, and Professional degrees Financing Graduate School Master’s, PhD, and Professional degrees Financing Graduate School Master’s, PhD, and Professional degrees Fellowships and beyond Fellowships and beyond Fellowships and beyond Fellowships and beyond How to find a graduate program How to find a graduate program How to find a graduate program How to find a graduate program

11 Additional Resources Cont’d Finding the ‘right’ program Finding the ‘right’ program Finding the ‘right’ program Finding the ‘right’ program Nationally competitive fellowships Nationally competitive fellowships Nationally competitive fellowships Nationally competitive fellowships Letters of Recommendation Letters of Recommendation Letters of Recommendation Letters of Recommendation Curriculum Vita (CV) Curriculum Vita (CV) Curriculum Vita (CV) Curriculum Vita (CV) The Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement The Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement The Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement The Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement

12 Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Begin preparing for the GRE exam your sophomore year – why? Begin preparing for the GRE exam your sophomore year – why? Acceptable scores vary by field Acceptable scores vary by field Some fields require a “subject” test Some fields require a “subject” test Is a GRE preparation course necessary or affordable? Prepare! Prepare! Prepare! Is a GRE preparation course necessary or affordable? Prepare! Prepare! Prepare! Develop your own prep schedule – use study groups, online programs, cds, etc. Develop your own prep schedule – use study groups, online programs, cds, etc. Studying/preparing will improve your scores! Studying/preparing will improve your scores!

13 Financing Graduate School Master’s, PhD & Professional degrees Teaching Assistantships Teaching Assistantships Research Assistantships Research Assistantships Fellowships Fellowships Grants Grants Tuition waivers Tuition waivers Loans Loans Submit the FAFSA annually Submit the FAFSA annually A PhD can be cheaper than other degrees A PhD can be cheaper than other degrees

14 How to find a graduate program? Web search Web search Ask professors and graduate students Ask professors and graduate students Brochures, catalogs, professional guide books Brochures, catalogs, professional guide books Contact Graduate College staff Contact Graduate College staff Contact the Graduate Advisor (faculty) Contact the Graduate Advisor (faculty) Contact the Graduate Coordinator (staff) Contact the Graduate Coordinator (staff) Email professors you are interested in doing research with Email professors you are interested in doing research with Ask if you can talk to grad students in the program Ask if you can talk to grad students in the program Campus Visits - make appointment first Campus Visits - make appointment first Apply to 5-10 universities: 1/3 reach schools, 1/3 very possible, 1/3 sure admission Apply to 5-10 universities: 1/3 reach schools, 1/3 very possible, 1/3 sure admission

15 Graduate School Game Plan Summer: Write draft statement of purpose (why you want to be admitted to this specific program). Browse directories/websites of graduate programs. Summer: Write draft statement of purpose (why you want to be admitted to this specific program). Browse directories/websites of graduate programs. September: Meet with faculty to discuss your statement and possible programs. Ask for letters of recommendation. Sign up for required standardized tests, i.e., GRE, GMAT. September: Meet with faculty to discuss your statement and possible programs. Ask for letters of recommendation. Sign up for required standardized tests, i.e., GRE, GMAT. October: Take standardized tests. Request application materials from programs in which you are interested. Search the Web. Look through Peterson’s Guide, ask your professors and program staff. October: Take standardized tests. Request application materials from programs in which you are interested. Search the Web. Look through Peterson’s Guide, ask your professors and program staff.

16 Graduate School Game Plan – Cont’d November: Order transcripts from all undergraduate schools attended. Ask if the Registrar can send a transcript w/your fall term grades in time to meet the deadlines of programs to which you are applying. November: Order transcripts from all undergraduate schools attended. Ask if the Registrar can send a transcript w/your fall term grades in time to meet the deadlines of programs to which you are applying. December: Complete application forms – most are online (do a draft on a photocopy of the forms first). Give your recommenders the forms to fill out or the addresses to send their letters & copies of your statement of purpose or your response to specific questions asked by the program. Submit applications. Even if deadlines are later, apply early to be considered for funding. December: Complete application forms – most are online (do a draft on a photocopy of the forms first). Give your recommenders the forms to fill out or the addresses to send their letters & copies of your statement of purpose or your response to specific questions asked by the program. Submit applications. Even if deadlines are later, apply early to be considered for funding. File a FAFSA. File a FAFSA.

17 Graduate School Game Plan – Cont’d January: Contact programs about the possibility of visiting. Make trips if possible. (Be sure to brush up on your interviewing skills – work with Career Services on this.) January: Contact programs about the possibility of visiting. Make trips if possible. (Be sure to brush up on your interviewing skills – work with Career Services on this.) March/April: Follow up on your application. Is your file complete? March/April: Follow up on your application. Is your file complete? Check on funding opportunities. Check on funding opportunities. File the FAFSA for the next academic year. File the FAFSA for the next academic year.

18 Prepare Yourself Conduct undergraduate research Conduct undergraduate research Provide voluntary service in the field Provide voluntary service in the field Join a professional society ( student member) Join a professional society ( student member) Present & network at conferences/publish in undergraduate journals Present & network at conferences/publish in undergraduate journals Get to know 3 solid faculty who can give you excellent recommendatio ns Get to know 3 solid faculty who can give you excellent recommendatio ns

19 Prepare Yourself Identify awards: self-nominate or ask faculty Identify awards: self-nominate or ask faculty Keep up your grades: Transcripts count! Keep up your grades: Transcripts count! Take standardized tests: Take standardized tests: If low scores, study some more and take again Build technical skills for resume or cv. Build technical skills for resume or cv. Keep a file of possible graduate schools and fellowship opportunities Keep a file of possible graduate schools and fellowship opportunities

20 Get Lots of Information! Meet with your faculty mentors & discuss interests Meet with your faculty mentors & discuss interests Read about the interests of the field Read about the interests of the field Define 1 or more topics of interest Define 1 or more topics of interest Search & read funding guidelines Search & read funding guidelines

21 Ask for Help!!! From mentors, peers, program staff

22 What about Funding?

23 Maintain a Great Attitude Focus your passion Focus your passion Overcome fears Overcome fears Do the worst thing first Do the worst thing first Be persistent Be persistent Practice optimism Practice optimism Repeat after me : self-worth has nothing to do with whether or not you receive a grant Repeat after me : self-worth has nothing to do with whether or not you receive a grant

24 Institutional & Extramural Funding Employment: GA, RA or TA Graduate, Teaching or Research Assistantships Usually offered as part of admission package. Tuition waiver and healthy insurance is usually included. Tuition scholarships Institutional Fellowships & Training grants National Fellowships: Ford, Javits, Mellon, Sloan Fellowships Federal Fellowships: NSF, Dept. of Education

25 Teaching Assistantships Teaching Assistantships Payment to teach a discussion section, sometimes a class, and/or grade papers/tests Stipend: $12,000 - $15,000 for 9 mos. Stipend: $12,000 - $15,000 for 9 mos. Tuition (in-state and out-of-state) Tuition (in-state and out-of-state) Health Insurance may be covered Health Insurance may be covered Provides teaching experience but does not further one’s research Provides teaching experience but does not further one’s research Useful credential for academic positions and practice in public speaking Useful credential for academic positions and practice in public speaking

26 Research Assistantships Research Assistantships Faculty member/department pays you to do research to fulfill a grant awarded to him/her Faculty member/department pays you to do research to fulfill a grant awarded to him/her Stipend: $12,000 - $15,000+ for 12 mos. Tuition (in-state and out-of-state) Individual Health Insurance Work obligation (assisting professor with research) Often constitutes one’s dissertation research

27 Scholarships Usually refers to tuition scholarships, i.e., free money that pays for your tuition

28 GET HELP!!! Form a writing group or get a buddy. Work with an advisor. Feed “forward.” Let others read and critique. Find student who already got a national fellowship: ask to read his/her application

29 Develop Basic Building Blocks Define research interests Define research interests Build bibliographies Build bibliographies Build technical skills Build technical skills Conduct pilot studies Conduct pilot studies Personal goals Personal goals Previous experience Previous experience Resume/c.v. Resume/c.v. Transcripts on file Transcripts on file

30 Proposal Writing Resources Guide for Writing a Funding Proposal, S. Joseph Levine, MSU, 2009 http://www.learnerassociates.net/proposal/ Guide for Writing a Funding Proposal, S. Joseph Levine, MSU, 2009 http://www.learnerassociates.net/proposal/ http://www.learnerassociates.net/proposal/ How to Prepare a Research Proposal: Guidelines for Funding and Dissertations in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, David Krathwohl How to Prepare a Research Proposal: Guidelines for Funding and Dissertations in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, David Krathwohl NSF Grant Proposal Guide http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf09_29/gpg_index.jsp NSF Grant Proposal Guide http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf09_29/gpg_index.jsp http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf09_29/gpg_index.jsp Practical Research Planning and Design, Paul Leedy & Jeanne Ellis Ormrod Practical Research Planning and Design, Paul Leedy & Jeanne Ellis Ormrod Proposal Writing Short Course – Foundation Center - http://foundationcenter.org/getstarted/tutorials/shortcourse/index.html Proposal Writing Short Course – Foundation Center - http://foundationcenter.org/getstarted/tutorials/shortcourse/index.html http://foundationcenter.org/getstarted/tutorials/shortcourse/index.html Research Proposals: A Guide to Success, T. Ogden & Israel Goldberg Research Proposals: A Guide to Success, T. Ogden & Israel Goldberg "The Art of Writing Proposals: Some Candid Suggestions for Applicants to Social Science Research Council Competitions“, Adam Przeworski & Frank Salomon. Social Science Research Council http://fellowships.ssrc.org/art_of_writing_proposals/ "The Art of Writing Proposals: Some Candid Suggestions for Applicants to Social Science Research Council Competitions“, Adam Przeworski & Frank Salomon. Social Science Research Council http://fellowships.ssrc.org/art_of_writing_proposals/ "The Art of Writing Proposals: Some Candid Suggestions for Applicants to Social Science Research Council Competitions“ http://fellowships.ssrc.org/art_of_writing_proposals/ "The Art of Writing Proposals: Some Candid Suggestions for Applicants to Social Science Research Council Competitions“ http://fellowships.ssrc.org/art_of_writing_proposals/ University of California at Berkeley Grant Writing Resources http://ls.berkeley.edu/?q=graduate/grant-writing-resources University of California at Berkeley Grant Writing Resources http://ls.berkeley.edu/?q=graduate/grant-writing-resources http://ls.berkeley.edu/?q=graduate/grant-writing-resources University of Michigan Proposal Writer’s Guide, Don Thackrey http://www.research.umich.edu/proposals/pwg/pwgcomplete.html University of Michigan Proposal Writer’s Guide, Don Thackrey http://www.research.umich.edu/proposals/pwg/pwgcomplete.html http://www.research.umich.edu/proposals/pwg/pwgcomplete.html

31 What are Your Next Steps? 1.2.3.4.5.6.

32 Questions? UROC Contact Information: UROC Contact Information: Donna Treloar, Graduate College - Summer Research Institute 621-7808 dtreloar@email.arizona.edu Stephanie Adamson, Assistant Director, Graduate Recruitment 626-0095 adamsons@email.arizona.edu Nura Dualeh, McNair Achievement Program 626-7475 nura@email.arizona.edu nura@email.arizona.edunura@email.arizona.edu Andrew Huerta, McNair Achievement Program 626-6961 ahuerta@email.arizona.edu ahuerta@email.arizona.edu


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