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2013 grad school 101

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2013 grad school 101

  1. 1. Grad School at Purdue Mariheida Córdova Sánchezcordovas@purdue.edu Cecille M. Villanueva-Birriel cvillanu@purdue.edu Sascha M. Vega Alvarez svegaalv@purdue.edu Office of Graduate Admissions Janet Beagle, Ph.D. Director jbeagle@purdue.edu
  2. 2. Where is Purdue? • Coeducational, stateassisted system in Indiana. • Founded in 1869 • Named after benefactor John Purdue. • One of the nation's leading research institutions with a reputation for excellent and affordable education.
  3. 3. Purdue University Ranking • U.S. News Best Grad School Rankings (<25) – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – • • • Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering Biological/Agricultural Engineering Biomedical Engineering Chemical Engineering Computer Engineering (10) Electrical Engineering (10) Environmental Engineering Industrial Engineering Materials Engineering Mechanical Engineering (8) Nuclear Engineering Audiology Chemistry (2: Analytical Chemistry, 16: Inorganic Chemistry) Computer Science Pharmacy (7) Speech-Language Pathology (5) Statistics Veterinary Medicine International student population ranks 2nd for public school. Purdue's College of Engineering graduate program has been ranked second in the country for Hispanic students. Purdue University is one of the top 50 institutions worldwide with the most articles published in the prestigious Nature research journals.
  4. 4. Our Campus
  5. 5. Lafayette-West Lafayette • Combined population of more than 174,000 people.
  6. 6. Winter in Lafayette-West Lafayette
  7. 7. Fall in Lafayette-West Lafayette
  8. 8. Graduate School at Purdue
  9. 9. Hosted every fall at Purdue! • Workshops, networking, grad school fair & more! • For students interested in science, technology, engineering, math & related fields www.purdue.edu/gradexpo
  10. 10. What is Graduate School? • Provides in-depth, specialized training • Requires original research and/or scholarship • Impacts society in relevant ways • Develops intellectual relationships • Requires intense commitment, passion, drive
  11. 11. Types of Advanced Degrees PhD • Direct Ph.D. • Master’s first Professional Degrees • DVM/VMD • JD • MD • Etc. Master’s • Thesis • Non-thesis Professional/Terminal Master’s • M.B.A • M.P.H • Etc.
  12. 12. What Grad School is REALLY like… Grad School is a JOB+ GRADING PAPERS CONFERENCES LIBRARY JOURNAL ARTICLES WRITING PAPERS
  13. 13. How do I pay for Graduate School? 70% of Purdue’s full-time graduate students receive funding! • Graduate assistantships are the most common funding − You receive a stipend and your tuition is waived − Other benefits may apply − Include research, teaching, or administrative positions • Grants (fellowships) are free money, but competitive • Loans are also available − federal government and other financial institutions − complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  14. 14. Where DO I BEGIN ?
  15. 15. Researching Graduate Schools Talk to: • professors & advisors • professionals in your field • current graduate students Use a variety of sources: • professional organizations & conferences • research publications/professional journals • career centers • graduate school guides & major publications • university websites
  16. 16. Questions to Ask • Who are the best professors & emerging leaders in your field? − What projects are they working on? − What universities do they work at? − Where did they get their degree from? • Which professors & schools do others suggest you consider? • At what universities do current professionals find their best employees? • What graduate programs have the best reputation in your field?
  17. 17. Understand the Application Process • Admissions committees are made up of professors • Decisions are typically based on the following factors: • Statement of purpose • Letters of recommendation • Standardized Test Scores (GRE/GMAT) • TOEFL or IELTS (international students) • Grade Point Average (GPA) • Transcripts • Previous work experience • Research experience (REU & SRO) • Curricular activities • Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV) www.gradschool.purdue.edu/admissions
  18. 18. Standardized Tests • GRE: www.gre.org; www.number2.com − Biochemistry, Cell & Molecular Biology − Biology - Mathematics* − Chemistry - Physics* − Literature in English* - Psychology • MBA: www.mba.com • LSAT: www.lsac.org • MCAT: www.aamc.org Application Requirements by Program: http://www.gradschool.purdue.edu/gradrequirements/index.cfm *Subject test required or recommended at Purdue
  19. 19. Statement of Purpose • • • • • • • • Allow time Follow directions Use a standard font Keep language simple and specific. Answer: “Why should I care?” Customize Show mutual benefit Proofread Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/969/01 /
  20. 20. Letters of Recommendation • Give plenty of notice • Choose recommenders who can talk about different abilities • Make their job easy • Follow up before the deadline • Send a thank you note
  21. 21. Contacting a Professor/Department • Use your network • Do your research first! • Keep your email short, polite • Look for “graduate contacts” • Do not e-blast multiple people
  22. 22. Timeline • Most common entry term is “Fall” (August) • Begin at least one year before you want to enroll • Identify schools you want to apply to; research their application requirements & deadlines • Allow time for test scores, transcripts, letters Many programs begin making decisions in January - March, and may ask you to accept an offer by April 15th. www.gradschool.purdue.edu/prep
  23. 23. Application Tips • Begin now • Get to know your current professors • Research and network with faculty you may want to work with later • Customize your statement of purpose • Stay organized • Proofread • No, really, proofread! www.gradschool.purdue.edu/admissions
  24. 24. Consider Purdue! Benefit from quality facilities & faculty • Top 25 U.S. public institution • Labs, equipment, faculty, & more! • Centrally located Enjoy a global connection • International Enrollment: 2nd in U.S. • Alumni: 140 countries...and BEYOND! www.purdue.edu/grad
  25. 25. Programs at Purdue:  Agriculture  Liberal Arts  Consumer Sciences  Management  Education  Nursing  Engineering  Pharmacy  Health Sciences  Science  Interdisciplinary  Technology Programs  Veterinary Medicine www.purdue.edu/grad
  26. 26. How do I Choose a Graduate School? Make a list of potential schools & compare: • Campus visit experience • Research & scholarly opportunities • Reputation of the school, its programs, & professors • Program job placement rates & information • Financial assistance • Student services • Location’s cost of living
  27. 27. Office of Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs /purdue.oigp www.gradschool.purdue.edu/oigp @PU_OIGP
  28. 28. OIGP Programs • • • • American Studies Biomedical Sciences* Comparative Literature Computational Life Sciences*# • Computational Science & Engineering*# • Ecological Sciences and Engineering*# • Food Science* *Started since OIGP began • • • • • • • • Gerontology Information Security* Ingestive Behavior* PULSe (Life Sciences)*# Linguistics Nutrition (INP) Philosophy and Literature Women’s Studies #Housed in Grad School
  29. 29. Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs APPLY THROUGH ELECTRONIC APPLICATION FOR: American Studies http://www.cla.purdue.edu/academic/idis/american-studies Biomedical Sciences http://www.gradschool.purdue.edu/bsdt Comparative Literature http://www.cla.purdue.edu/complit Ecological Sciences and Engineering http://www.purdue.edu/dp/ese Food Science http://www.foodsci.purdue.edu/grad Information Security http://www.cerias.purdue.edu/education/graduate_program Life Sciences http://www.gradschool.purdue.edu/PULSe Linguistics http://www.cla.purdue.edu/academic/idis/linguistics Philosophy and Literature http://www.cla.purdue.edu/phil-lit
  30. 30. Other Interdisciplinary Graduate Program Opportunities FIRST APPLY THROUGH ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT: Then, apply to IGP after admittance for the following: Computational Life Sciences http://www.gradschool.purdue.edu/cls Computational Science and Engineering http://www.gradschool.purdue.edu/cse Gerontology http://www.cla.purdue.edu/gerontology Ingestive Behavior http://www.purdue.edu/discoverypark/ibrc Nutrition http://www.cfs.purdue.edu/gradnutrition Women’s Studies http://www.cla.purdue.edu/womens-studies
  31. 31. Student Enrollment 800 678 700 688 2011 2012 703 599 600 502 500 400 464 376 388 2004 2005 412 406 2006 2007 300 200 100 0 2008 2009 2010 2013
  32. 32. Student Membership Program Students American Studies 53 Biomedical Sciences 12 Comparative Literature 24 Computational Life Sciences 35 Computational Science and Engineering 113 Ecological Sciences and Engineering 72 Food Science 68 Gerontology 22 Information Security 21 Ingestive Behavior 22 Life Sciences 155 Linguistics 25 Nutrition 49 Philosophy and Literature 18 Women’s Studies 14 Total student enrollment 703
  33. 33. PULSe • Over 170 faculty members from 27 different departments • PULSe Stipend for 2013-2014: $24,000. • Training Groups: – – – – – – – – – – Biomolecular Structure and Biophysics Biotechnology Chemical Biology Chromatin and Regulation of Gene Expression Integrative Neuroscience Integrative Plant Sciences Membrane Biology Microbiology Molecular Signaling and Cancer Biology Molecular Virology http://www.gradschool.purdue.edu/pulse/
  34. 34. OIGP Student Activities • IGP Student Advisory Board • Nominated representative from each program • Explores avenues to showcase IGP research on campus • Instrumental in planning OIGP’s Annual Spring Reception • Diversity and Inclusion Initiative • Builds community across IGPs • Plans events: Graduate Student Seminars, focus groups, panel sessions • Science in Schools community outreach program
  35. 35. Diversity at Purdue • LGBTQ Center • Black Cultural Center • Native American Educational and Cultural Center • Latino Cultural Center • Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) • Puerto Rican Student Association (PRSA)
  36. 36. Office of Multicultural Programs • Dwight E. Lewis, Director of Multicultural Programs – delewis@purdue.edu – (765) 494-3232 or (765) 494-0945 • Historically Black Institution (HBI) Visitation Program. • SROP • SLOAN http://www.gradschool.purdue.edu/diversity/
  37. 37. Purdue Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) • Application deadline: March 1, 2014. • Eligibility: – Undergraduates – Minimum GPA of 3.0. – Interest in pursuing graduate education. • Program Components: – – – – – – – Round trip transportation University housing for 8 weeks Research Stipend ($4,000/8 weeks) Workshops on preparation for GRE Poster and Oral Research Presentations Evening meetings Access to Recreational Facilities, Libraries, Computers, Research Labs, & Health Center – Weekend fieldtrips
  38. 38. Underrepresented Minority (URM) Fellowships • http://www.gradschool.purdue.edu/diversity/ minfunding.cfm

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