Graduate School Intro and Individual Development Plans September 20, 2012
Choosing a Grad School• Rankings• Faculty research!• Atmosphere
Overall Rankings1. Caltech1. MIT1. University of California—Berkeley4. Harvard4. Stanford6. University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign7. Northwestern7. Scripps Research Institute7. University of Wisconsin—Madison http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate- schools/top-science-schools/chemistry-rankings
Biochemistry Rankings1. Harvard2. University of California—Berkeley3. University of California—San Francisco4. Scripps Research Institute5. University of Wisconsin—Madison6. MIT7. Stanford8. Caltech9. Yale10. University of California—San Diego
Whose research interests you?• Adviser will be most important factor of your research experience…• Choose schools with more than one faculty member whose research interests you.
Tips• Apply to a variety of schools (don’t be afraid to apply to a great school!)• Have back-up choices• Start gathering application materials early…
Application Requirements• GRE/Chemistry GRE• Recommendation letters• Transcript• Personal statement• Previous research experience and/or interests statement
Any time!• Look into/begin doing undergraduate research.• Consider doing a research program during the summer.• Read journals and learn about research from faculty at other schools.• Start working on your list of schools to apply to (ask faculty for help)
Senior Year• October – request recommendation letters/transcripts – Register for GRE/chemistry GRE• November – Take GRE (or earlier), chemistry GRE (October or November)• October—Mar 1 – Apply to schools (look at your choices’ deadlines)• Jan/Feb – Hear back from schools• Feb/March – Visit accepted schools• April 15 – Deadline to accept or decline
Visitation Weekend• Travel/accommodations usually covered• Learn more about faculty research• Talk with current students• Atmosphere of the program!
Myths• You have to know what area of chemistry you want to study.• Grad school is expensive.• Applying to grad school is expensive.• You should visit schools before you apply.• You have to have a great score on the chemistry GRE.• If you want a masters, you should apply to a masters program.
The specific objectives of a typical IDP:• Identify specific skills and strengths that you need to develop (based on discussions with your mentors). Mentors should provide honest and constructive feedback -both positive and negative -to help you set realistic goals.• Identify a research project (or research opportunities/internships) and necessary level of commitment to match your abilities and career goals.• Define the approaches to attain the research/career goals you have chosen and obtain the specific skills and strengths (e.g., courses, technical skills, teaching, supervision) you need to acquire and/or build upon.• Define milestones and anticipated time frames for goal acquisition. Developed by Dr. Pat Marsteller, Emory University
Questions to Ask Yourself• What are my objectives in entering graduate school?• What type of training do I desire?• What are my strengths?• What skills do I need to develop?• What kinds of research or creative projects will engage me?• How much independent versus team work do I want to do?• What type of career do I want to pursue? Developed by Dr. Pat Marsteller, Emory University
Basic Steps for IDP• Step 1 – Conduct self-assessment• Step 2 – Write an IDP. Share IDP with mentor and revise• Step 3 – Implement the plan.• Step 4 – Survey opportunities with mentor