Graduate SchoolGraduate School
Check out undergraduate advising :Check out undergraduate advising :
Larry Pruitt: e-mail a...
MANY AREAS OF GRADUATE STUDYMANY AREAS OF GRADUATE STUDY::
Behavior Analysis/ TherapyBehavior Analysis/ Therapy
Behavioral...
APA AccreditationAPA Accreditation
An accredited graduate program has been judged asAn accredited graduate program has bee...
APA AccreditationAPA Accreditation
A degree from an institute that isn't accredited may notA degree from an institute that...
AccreditationAccreditation
Other professional organizations, such as theOther professional organizations, such as the
Asso...
What are the graduate degrees?What are the graduate degrees?
Masters Program (terminal)Masters Program (terminal)
Usually ...
Doctoral program (PhD)Doctoral program (PhD)::
A PhD is a Doctor of PhilosophyA PhD is a Doctor of Philosophy
PhD programs...
PsyDPsyD
A PsyD is a Doctor of Psychology.A PsyD is a Doctor of Psychology.
PsyD programs are almost exclusively clinicall...
Main requirements of a Ph.D.Main requirements of a Ph.D.
Course workCourse work
– How challenging?How challenging?
Researc...
What are schools looking for?What are schools looking for?
Academic/research potentialAcademic/research potential
– Analyt...
Graduate Schools are unique..Graduate Schools are unique..
For example, some departments:For example, some departments:
Of...
What is grad school like?What is grad school like?
Hard workHard work
Exposure to new and challenging ideasExposure to new...
What is their review process?What is their review process?
Who reviews application files?Who reviews application files?
– ...
WHAT IS IN APPLICATIONS TO GRADWHAT IS IN APPLICATIONS TO GRAD
SCHOOL?SCHOOL?
1.1. GPAGPA
Graduate schools take GPA seriou...
2.2. Letters of RecommendationLetters of Recommendation
Graduate schools weigh letters very highlyGraduate schools weigh l...
2.2. Letters of RecommendationLetters of Recommendation
Create a table that statesCreate a table that states
– the name of...
2.2. Letters of RecommendationLetters of Recommendation
Provide your letter writer withProvide your letter writer with use...
3.3. Research With FacultyResearch With Faculty
Research experience will score big points with admissionResearch experienc...
4.4. GREsGREs
Most graduate schools will require you to take theMost graduate schools will require you to take the
Graduat...
4.4. GREsGREs
Master's programs are less competitive, so lowerMaster's programs are less competitive, so lower
scores (450...
5.5. Your Personal StatementYour Personal Statement
Answer: Why did you initially pursue psychology.Answer: Why did you in...
5.5. Your Personal StatementYour Personal Statement
Prepare a well thought out letter that articulates yourPrepare a well ...
6.6. Currriculum vitaCurrriculum vita
An academic resume – it summarizes your academic andAn academic resume – it summariz...
Going for a Visit and InterviewingGoing for a Visit and Interviewing
Many programs may also ask you for a pre-admissionMan...
$$ MONEY$$$$ MONEY$$
Many programs may offer you some financial supportMany programs may offer you some financial support
...
TIME-TABLETIME-TABLE
Freshman and Sophomore yearsFreshman and Sophomore years
Learn about research projects with faculty i...
Junior YearJunior Year
Become involved in research & attend conferencesBecome involved in research & attend conferences
Ex...
Summer between junior and senior yearsSummer between junior and senior years
Prepare for your GREs and the application pro...
Fall semester of your senior yearFall semester of your senior year
Ask your advisor/faculty members about the graduateAsk ...
Spring semester of your Senior Year:Spring semester of your Senior Year:
Send your application. IncludeSend your applicati...
TIPSTIPS
Start early!Start early!
Get involved in research, read & pursue your interests.Get involved in research, read & ...
Shaping your futureShaping your future
Follow your curiosity & interestsFollow your curiosity & interests
Discuss your ide...
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  1. 1. Graduate SchoolGraduate School Check out undergraduate advising :Check out undergraduate advising : Larry Pruitt: e-mail address: psyvice@scs.unr.eduLarry Pruitt: e-mail address: psyvice@scs.unr.edu – Call 775-784-6828 Ext 0 to set up an appointmentCall 775-784-6828 Ext 0 to set up an appointment http://www.apa.org/students/http://www.apa.org/students/ http://www.unr.edu/psych/http://www.unr.edu/psych/ – How to applyHow to apply How to apply to graduate school (Hayes & Hayes)How to apply to graduate school (Hayes & Hayes) Why go into graduate school?Why go into graduate school? BA/BS in psychology is a foundationBA/BS in psychology is a foundation – Broad introduction to psychology as a scienceBroad introduction to psychology as a science – Entry-level jobs in human services & business/industryEntry-level jobs in human services & business/industry – Advanced trainingAdvanced training What are the next steps after undergraduate training?What are the next steps after undergraduate training? Identify your interestsIdentify your interests – Work opportunitiesWork opportunities
  2. 2. MANY AREAS OF GRADUATE STUDYMANY AREAS OF GRADUATE STUDY:: Behavior Analysis/ TherapyBehavior Analysis/ Therapy Behavioral MedicineBehavioral Medicine Behavioral NeuroscienceBehavioral Neuroscience Behavioral PharmacologyBehavioral Pharmacology Clinical PsychologyClinical Psychology Cognitive PsychologyCognitive Psychology Community PsychologyCommunity Psychology Counseling PsychologyCounseling Psychology Developmental PsychologyDevelopmental Psychology Educational PsychologyEducational Psychology Experimental PsychologyExperimental Psychology Industrial/ Organizational PsychologyIndustrial/ Organizational Psychology Marriage & Family TherapyMarriage & Family Therapy Mental RetardationMental Retardation Psychiatry (Medical School)Psychiatry (Medical School) PsychobiologyPsychobiology RehabilitationRehabilitation School PsychologySchool Psychology Sensation & PerceptionSensation & Perception Social PsychologySocial Psychology Social Work (clinical)Social Work (clinical) Sports PsychologySports Psychology  Visit the APA Divisions website at http://www.apa.org/about/division.html.  Take a look at the book Graduate Study in Psychology published by the American Psychological Association.
  3. 3. APA AccreditationAPA Accreditation An accredited graduate program has been judged asAn accredited graduate program has been judged as having met minimum standards of quality for educationhaving met minimum standards of quality for education in psychology.in psychology. The APA only accredits doctoral programs in fourThe APA only accredits doctoral programs in four specialty areas: clinical, counseling, school psychology,specialty areas: clinical, counseling, school psychology, and combined professional-scientific psychology.and combined professional-scientific psychology. The APA bookThe APA book Graduate Study in PsychologyGraduate Study in Psychology will tell youwill tell you if a program is approved or not.if a program is approved or not. It is much more difficult to get into these programs.It is much more difficult to get into these programs. Masters programs are not accredited by the APA.Masters programs are not accredited by the APA.
  4. 4. APA AccreditationAPA Accreditation A degree from an institute that isn't accredited may notA degree from an institute that isn't accredited may not recognized by licensing boards, certifying organizations,recognized by licensing boards, certifying organizations, or insurance companies.or insurance companies. Students from APA-accredited programs are generallyStudents from APA-accredited programs are generally more competitive in the marketplace.more competitive in the marketplace. Internships in clinical and counseling psychology also willInternships in clinical and counseling psychology also will be APA approved or not.be APA approved or not. Usually APA approved internships prefer students fromUsually APA approved internships prefer students from APA approved graduate programs.APA approved graduate programs. Jobs in the mental health field sometimes require that aJobs in the mental health field sometimes require that a person have an APA approved internship.person have an APA approved internship.
  5. 5. AccreditationAccreditation Other professional organizations, such as theOther professional organizations, such as the Association for Behavior Analysis (ABA) mayAssociation for Behavior Analysis (ABA) may also accredit graduate programs in Psychology,also accredit graduate programs in Psychology, including masters programs.including masters programs. At graduation undergraduates will haveAt graduation undergraduates will have completed the necessary coursework to apply tocompleted the necessary coursework to apply to take the Board Certified Associate Behaviortake the Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst (BCABA) examAnalyst (BCABA) exam – Students will also need to supply additionalStudents will also need to supply additional documentation regarding supervised applieddocumentation regarding supervised applied experience and proof of BS degree.experience and proof of BS degree.
  6. 6. What are the graduate degrees?What are the graduate degrees? Masters Program (terminal)Masters Program (terminal) Usually require 2 years to complete (36 credits or so)Usually require 2 years to complete (36 credits or so) – Admission standards generally lower than PhD programsAdmission standards generally lower than PhD programs People with masters degrees usually work in groupPeople with masters degrees usually work in group counseling practices, clinics, program for specificcounseling practices, clinics, program for specific populations (developmental disabilities, drug abusers,populations (developmental disabilities, drug abusers, battered wives, chronic psychiatric patients, etc.), andbattered wives, chronic psychiatric patients, etc.), and employee assistance programs, etc.employee assistance programs, etc. – In many states people with masters degrees CANNOT haveIn many states people with masters degrees CANNOT have their own private practice.their own private practice. You can sometimes get a masters degree and thenYou can sometimes get a masters degree and then transfer to a Ph.D program. You might lose credits.transfer to a Ph.D program. You might lose credits.
  7. 7. Doctoral program (PhD)Doctoral program (PhD):: A PhD is a Doctor of PhilosophyA PhD is a Doctor of Philosophy PhD programs encompass many areas - fromPhD programs encompass many areas - from neuroscience to counseling.neuroscience to counseling. As a PhD student, you typically complete your MastersAs a PhD student, you typically complete your Masters and PhD in the same program.and PhD in the same program. The average length of a doctoral program is 5 to 6 yearsThe average length of a doctoral program is 5 to 6 years and require the completion of a thesis, prelim, andand require the completion of a thesis, prelim, and dissertation.dissertation. Weight is placed upon the development of researchWeight is placed upon the development of research competencies and expanding the science.competencies and expanding the science. – Application (clinical work can also be stressed)Application (clinical work can also be stressed) PhD programs are almost exclusively located inPhD programs are almost exclusively located in graduate programs of universities.graduate programs of universities.
  8. 8. PsyDPsyD A PsyD is a Doctor of Psychology.A PsyD is a Doctor of Psychology. PsyD programs are almost exclusively clinically orientedPsyD programs are almost exclusively clinically oriented with little of the research and quantitative training that iswith little of the research and quantitative training that is characteristic of clinical PhD programscharacteristic of clinical PhD programs May be within a psychology department, or within anMay be within a psychology department, or within an independent psychology schoolindependent psychology school Often PsyD programs are easier to gain admissions toOften PsyD programs are easier to gain admissions to but are more expensive.but are more expensive. People with PsyDs typically find themselves working inPeople with PsyDs typically find themselves working in clinics, private practice and hospitals.clinics, private practice and hospitals. With a PsyD you will not be qualified for a professorshipWith a PsyD you will not be qualified for a professorship at a universityat a university..
  9. 9. Main requirements of a Ph.D.Main requirements of a Ph.D. Course workCourse work – How challenging?How challenging? ResearchResearch – MA thesisMA thesis – Doctoral dissertationDoctoral dissertation Examination (Prelims)Examination (Prelims) Applied work (clinical practice)Applied work (clinical practice)
  10. 10. What are schools looking for?What are schools looking for? Academic/research potentialAcademic/research potential – Analytical skillsAnalytical skills – CreativityCreativity – Organizational skillsOrganizational skills – Communication skills (oral & written)Communication skills (oral & written) Interest, enthusiasm, commitmentInterest, enthusiasm, commitment Ability to fit with their learning communityAbility to fit with their learning community
  11. 11. Graduate Schools are unique..Graduate Schools are unique.. For example, some departments:For example, some departments: Offer expert training in many areas ofOffer expert training in many areas of psychology & provide breadth ofpsychology & provide breadth of opportunitiesopportunities Others are more niche schools offeringOthers are more niche schools offering depth in a few areas but less breadthdepth in a few areas but less breadth All have some similarities but also importantAll have some similarities but also important differences. Look for the best fit fordifferences. Look for the best fit for youyou……
  12. 12. What is grad school like?What is grad school like? Hard workHard work Exposure to new and challenging ideasExposure to new and challenging ideas Interesting & varied colleaguesInteresting & varied colleagues Detailed & honest feedback from expert mentorsDetailed & honest feedback from expert mentors Productive community of high achieversProductive community of high achievers – Can be competitive & stressfulCan be competitive & stressful – Very stimulatingVery stimulating Your introduction to a professional career inYour introduction to a professional career in psychologypsychology
  13. 13. What is their review process?What is their review process? Who reviews application files?Who reviews application files? – Individual faculty look at applicantsIndividual faculty look at applicants Potential fit to research programPotential fit to research program – Faculty confer with their colleaguesFaculty confer with their colleagues Potential fit to program specialty (e.g., I/O, clinical, etc.)Potential fit to program specialty (e.g., I/O, clinical, etc.) – Admissions often made by collective approval ofAdmissions often made by collective approval of all members of the departmentall members of the department Fit to Department and University standardsFit to Department and University standards
  14. 14. WHAT IS IN APPLICATIONS TO GRADWHAT IS IN APPLICATIONS TO GRAD SCHOOL?SCHOOL? 1.1. GPAGPA Graduate schools take GPA seriouslyGraduate schools take GPA seriously Competitive programs may look for GPAs at 3.5 orCompetitive programs may look for GPAs at 3.5 or higher.higher. Maintain a good GPA, including retaking coursesMaintain a good GPA, including retaking courses (particularly courses in psychology that you may have(particularly courses in psychology that you may have earned a low grade in).earned a low grade in). – Methodology courses (300, 330) are importantMethodology courses (300, 330) are important
  15. 15. 2.2. Letters of RecommendationLetters of Recommendation Graduate schools weigh letters very highlyGraduate schools weigh letters very highly Strong letters of recommendation can compensate forStrong letters of recommendation can compensate for weak GPAs and GREsweak GPAs and GREs Talk to the faculty. The better they know you, the moreTalk to the faculty. The better they know you, the more likely they can write a good letter.likely they can write a good letter. Only ask for letters from people who will write a positiveOnly ask for letters from people who will write a positive letter.letter. Usually need 3 letters.Usually need 3 letters. Give professors at least 1 month before the deadline toGive professors at least 1 month before the deadline to complete the lettercomplete the letter Follow up one week before each deadline with a thank-Follow up one week before each deadline with a thank- you note (a "friendly" reminder to ensure that youryou note (a "friendly" reminder to ensure that your information has been sent).information has been sent).
  16. 16. 2.2. Letters of RecommendationLetters of Recommendation Create a table that statesCreate a table that states – the name of the schoolthe name of the school – when the letters are duewhen the letters are due – if they are suppose to mail the letter to you or to the schoolif they are suppose to mail the letter to you or to the school – if the professor is required to use the provided formif the professor is required to use the provided form Provide the each professor with a copy of your vita andProvide the each professor with a copy of your vita and your statement of purposeyour statement of purpose Type your name and other required information on eachType your name and other required information on each formform Make sure you have envelopes with postage for eachMake sure you have envelopes with postage for each letter that needs to be mailed separatelyletter that needs to be mailed separately Enclose postcards (with postage) addressed to you inEnclose postcards (with postage) addressed to you in each of the envelopes.each of the envelopes.
  17. 17. 2.2. Letters of RecommendationLetters of Recommendation Provide your letter writer withProvide your letter writer with usefuluseful informationinformation.. – What classes you took from them and the grade(s) youWhat classes you took from them and the grade(s) you earnedearned – your overall GPAyour overall GPA – a list of PSY courses you have taken and grades earneda list of PSY courses you have taken and grades earned – your minor if you have oneyour minor if you have one – the titles/abstracts of any research papers you havethe titles/abstracts of any research papers you have writtenwritten – honor societies to which you belonghonor societies to which you belong – awards that you have wonawards that you have won – activities in which you have participated (and any officesactivities in which you have participated (and any offices held)held) – work experience and volunteer workwork experience and volunteer work – your professional goalsyour professional goals
  18. 18. 3.3. Research With FacultyResearch With Faculty Research experience will score big points with admissionResearch experience will score big points with admission committeescommittees If you have less than stellar grades and/or GRE scores,If you have less than stellar grades and/or GRE scores, make sure your research experience is strongmake sure your research experience is strong At UNR, you have the unique opportunity to work closelyAt UNR, you have the unique opportunity to work closely with professors on research projects. Take advantage ofwith professors on research projects. Take advantage of this!this! Ask professors about research opportunities & teachingAsk professors about research opportunities & teaching assistantships.assistantships. Find out if there are faculty who will be your advisor on anFind out if there are faculty who will be your advisor on an Independent Research and StudyIndependent Research and Study project.project. In the past students have presented papers at conferencesIn the past students have presented papers at conferences or published articles with the faculty based on such projects.or published articles with the faculty based on such projects. Many graduate programs will be impressed by this!Many graduate programs will be impressed by this!
  19. 19. 4.4. GREsGREs Most graduate schools will require you to take theMost graduate schools will require you to take the Graduate Record Exam.Graduate Record Exam. The GREs consist of three sections: verbal, mathThe GREs consist of three sections: verbal, math (quantitative), and analytic (which measures abstract(quantitative), and analytic (which measures abstract thinking).thinking). Some schools will also require you to take the “subject"Some schools will also require you to take the “subject" portion of the test (psychology).portion of the test (psychology). A new numerical/scoring system will be implemented asA new numerical/scoring system will be implemented as of Fall 2007of Fall 2007 The verbal and the quantitative tests each yield aThe verbal and the quantitative tests each yield a separate score between 200-800.separate score between 200-800. It is essential that you do well--at least 550 on each testIt is essential that you do well--at least 550 on each test (600+ is even better)--to get into most doctoral programs.(600+ is even better)--to get into most doctoral programs.
  20. 20. 4.4. GREsGREs Master's programs are less competitive, so lowerMaster's programs are less competitive, so lower scores (450-500 on each of the tests) are less of ascores (450-500 on each of the tests) are less of a problem.problem. You will probably have trouble being admitted into anyYou will probably have trouble being admitted into any program with scores less than 450 on one of the tests.program with scores less than 450 on one of the tests. Usually programs will use a cut off. If you don't getUsually programs will use a cut off. If you don't get above a certain score, they may not even look at yourabove a certain score, they may not even look at your application.application. Prepare for the GRE!!Prepare for the GRE!! – BooksBooks – CoursesCourses
  21. 21. 5.5. Your Personal StatementYour Personal Statement Answer: Why did you initially pursue psychology.Answer: Why did you initially pursue psychology. Address any shortcomings - low GPA, low GRE scoresAddress any shortcomings - low GPA, low GRE scores If you received poor grades for the first coupleIf you received poor grades for the first couple semesters/years emphasize the recent work you've donesemesters/years emphasize the recent work you've done Explain what you did to remedy the situationExplain what you did to remedy the situation If you have a high GPA for your last two years or for yourIf you have a high GPA for your last two years or for your psychology classes, be sure to mention thispsychology classes, be sure to mention this Unless you're applying to a PsyD program the reviewUnless you're applying to a PsyD program the review committee will want to seecommittee will want to see research, research,research, research, researchresearch Describe your computer experienceDescribe your computer experience Include something in each statement regarding theInclude something in each statement regarding the faculty that you are interested in working withfaculty that you are interested in working with
  22. 22. 5.5. Your Personal StatementYour Personal Statement Prepare a well thought out letter that articulates yourPrepare a well thought out letter that articulates your interestsinterests – Avoid general statements like "I'm really interested inAvoid general statements like "I'm really interested in psychology“, “I’m a people-person”…psychology“, “I’m a people-person”… – Keep it professionalKeep it professional TAILOR your letter for each program you apply to.TAILOR your letter for each program you apply to. – In many ways, you are applying to work in individual labs – knowIn many ways, you are applying to work in individual labs – know what the faculty members are researching.what the faculty members are researching. Keep the letter short - maybe two pages, TYPED.Keep the letter short - maybe two pages, TYPED. – Proof read & fix all typosProof read & fix all typos Ask professors for comments on what you have written.Ask professors for comments on what you have written.
  23. 23. 6.6. Currriculum vitaCurrriculum vita An academic resume – it summarizes your academic andAn academic resume – it summarizes your academic and employment history as it pertains to your career inemployment history as it pertains to your career in psychologypsychology Topics included:Topics included: educational historyeducational history relevant courseworkrelevant coursework research & teaching experienceresearch & teaching experience honors and awardshonors and awards memberships in professional organizations, publications &memberships in professional organizations, publications & presentationspresentations Clinical experiences, such as practicum experience andClinical experiences, such as practicum experience and volunteer experiencevolunteer experience GPA or GRE scoresGPA or GRE scores Make it looks professionalMake it looks professional Include this with your applicationsInclude this with your applications
  24. 24. Going for a Visit and InterviewingGoing for a Visit and Interviewing Many programs may also ask you for a pre-admissionMany programs may also ask you for a pre-admission interview.interview. Here you both get a chance to look each other over.Here you both get a chance to look each other over. Ask them about their programAsk them about their program – How do faculty support students? How many students make itHow do faculty support students? How many students make it through? What special benefits do students gain (mentoring,through? What special benefits do students gain (mentoring, research opportunities, publications, presentations, internships,research opportunities, publications, presentations, internships, funding, etc.) during their stay? What is the intellectualfunding, etc.) during their stay? What is the intellectual community like?community like? Talk with current students.Talk with current students. They will ask about:They will ask about: – Your interests, experiences, influencesYour interests, experiences, influences – Your research interestsYour research interests – Your goalsYour goals
  25. 25. $$ MONEY$$$$ MONEY$$ Many programs may offer you some financial supportMany programs may offer you some financial support – Some programs will support students with "stipends."Some programs will support students with "stipends." – Others may offer a "Research Assistantship"Others may offer a "Research Assistantship" – For a "Teaching Assistantship" you would help a professor teachFor a "Teaching Assistantship" you would help a professor teach a course, or perhaps teach a section yourselfa course, or perhaps teach a section yourself Some universities may waive tuitionSome universities may waive tuition Find out as much as you can before you decide to go toFind out as much as you can before you decide to go to a program.a program.
  26. 26. TIME-TABLETIME-TABLE Freshman and Sophomore yearsFreshman and Sophomore years Learn about research projects with faculty in yourLearn about research projects with faculty in your department.department. Attend psychology-related seminars and colloquiumsAttend psychology-related seminars and colloquiums Consider joining Psi ChiConsider joining Psi Chi Join professional psychological organizationsJoin professional psychological organizations Find out what psychology meetings are held in your regionFind out what psychology meetings are held in your region Talk to graduate studentsTalk to graduate students Keep your grades up: Maintain a grade of "B" or better in allKeep your grades up: Maintain a grade of "B" or better in all psychology coursespsychology courses Become computer literateBecome computer literate Read textbooksRead textbooks
  27. 27. Junior YearJunior Year Become involved in research & attend conferencesBecome involved in research & attend conferences Explore particular requirements of schools that you areExplore particular requirements of schools that you are interested ininterested in Prepare a curriculum vitaPrepare a curriculum vita Investigate summer jobs, volunteer work, orInvestigate summer jobs, volunteer work, or educational/research opportunities related to psychology.educational/research opportunities related to psychology. Find out the research interests of faculty at the schoolsFind out the research interests of faculty at the schools you would like to attend.you would like to attend. Start reviewing for the GREStart reviewing for the GRE Save money for graduate school application fees,Save money for graduate school application fees, resumes, and transcript costsresumes, and transcript costs Read original source materialRead original source material
  28. 28. Summer between junior and senior yearsSummer between junior and senior years Prepare for your GREs and the application processPrepare for your GREs and the application process Send out requests for applications to those programsSend out requests for applications to those programs you are interested in applying toyou are interested in applying to Work on your vita and statement of purposeWork on your vita and statement of purpose Sign up to take the GREs.Sign up to take the GREs. Conduct literature searches (e.g., PsycInfo) on theConduct literature searches (e.g., PsycInfo) on the faculty members at each of the schools you'll be applyingfaculty members at each of the schools you'll be applying toto Read research publications/journalsRead research publications/journals
  29. 29. Fall semester of your senior yearFall semester of your senior year Ask your advisor/faculty members about the graduateAsk your advisor/faculty members about the graduate programs of interest to youprograms of interest to you Make your final list of schools you will apply toMake your final list of schools you will apply to Take the GRE (Aug/Sept)Take the GRE (Aug/Sept) Sign up for the General GRESign up for the General GRE – Request the GRE scores be sent to all schoolsRequest the GRE scores be sent to all schools Request that transcripts be mailed to all schools - allowRequest that transcripts be mailed to all schools - allow ample time.ample time. Near the end of the semester, ask professors to writeNear the end of the semester, ask professors to write letters of recommendationletters of recommendation – Check before Christmas to be certain all materials, especiallyCheck before Christmas to be certain all materials, especially recommendations, have been sent.recommendations, have been sent.
  30. 30. Spring semester of your Senior Year:Spring semester of your Senior Year: Send your application. IncludeSend your application. Include – a vita, transcripts and test scores, and names of those sendinga vita, transcripts and test scores, and names of those sending recommendations.recommendations. Deadlines may be in Jan, Feb, or MarchDeadlines may be in Jan, Feb, or March If possible, visit the schoolsIf possible, visit the schools Obtain info on fellowships, scholarships, assistantships, loansObtain info on fellowships, scholarships, assistantships, loans Check with all schools before the deadline to make sure your fileCheck with all schools before the deadline to make sure your file is complete.is complete. Expect first choice offers to be made by April 1Expect first choice offers to be made by April 1 Visit institutions that accept you.Visit institutions that accept you. Notify other colleges that you will not be attending so they mayNotify other colleges that you will not be attending so they may admit students on their waiting list.admit students on their waiting list. Send thank-you notes to people who wrote your recommendationSend thank-you notes to people who wrote your recommendation lettersletters
  31. 31. TIPSTIPS Start early!Start early! Get involved in research, read & pursue your interests.Get involved in research, read & pursue your interests. Do your own research to find the programs & professors thatDo your own research to find the programs & professors that are right for youare right for you Apply to at least several programs – be selectiveApply to at least several programs – be selective Talk with the UNR faculty & advisors about your interests andTalk with the UNR faculty & advisors about your interests and consider their suggestionsconsider their suggestions Try to make contact with potential professors you areTry to make contact with potential professors you are interested in working with as a graduate student.interested in working with as a graduate student. Request more information about their research and if they willRequest more information about their research and if they will be taking graduate students in the upcoming year.be taking graduate students in the upcoming year. Attend a professional conference in which they are presentingAttend a professional conference in which they are presenting and introduce yourselfand introduce yourself
  32. 32. Shaping your futureShaping your future Follow your curiosity & interestsFollow your curiosity & interests Discuss your ideas with othersDiscuss your ideas with others Set short & long-term goals & high standards forSet short & long-term goals & high standards for yourselfyourself – Be realistic & flexibleBe realistic & flexible – Seek opportunitiesSeek opportunities Read and think criticallyRead and think critically Actively engage with learning opportunitiesActively engage with learning opportunities Know your own reinforcers and seekKnow your own reinforcers and seek environments that offer them.environments that offer them. Celebrate your accomplishments.Celebrate your accomplishments.
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