Thinking About Grad School? Mnemonic Devices and Generative Questions to Jostle Your Memory


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Presentation given by Dr. Juan Guerra at LSAMP conference at the University of Washington. February 26, 2010.

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Thinking About Grad School? Mnemonic Devices and Generative Questions to Jostle Your Memory

  1. 1. Graduate School?<br />Mnemonic Devices and <br />Generative Questions to <br />Jostle Your Memory<br />Dr. Juan C. Guerra<br />Associate Vice Provost and Associate Dean<br />The Graduate School<br />University of Washington<br /><br /> <br /><br />
  2. 2. Mnemonic Devices<br />Preparation and Positioning<br />Fit and Funding<br />Mentoring and Networking<br />
  3. 3. Generative Questions: Preparation<br />DID YOU…<br />Take undergrad courses related to your research interests? Did you do well?<br />Enroll in an undergraduate support program on your campus similar to OMA’s McNair Scholars and Early Identification Programs at the UW?<br />Participate in a Summer STEM Research Program similar to the ones listed on the UW handout in your packets?<br />
  4. 4. Positioning<br />DID YOU…<br />Write a strong statement of purpose?<br />Get strong letters of recommendation from faculty?<br />Connect with faculty in the graduate programs that you’re going to apply to?<br />
  5. 5. Fit<br />Did the program invite you and pay for your campus visit to meet faculty and graduate students in your prospective program?<br />Does your prospective program provide the kind of academic preparation, research opportunities, and professional development you want and need?<br />
  6. 6. Fit<br />Have faculty in that program demonstrated their willingness to work with you and support you during your graduate studies?<br />Did you like the campus, the student body, the town or city, and the region in which the university is located? Do you feel at home there?<br />
  7. 7. Funding<br />Did the program that you’re applying to offer you a strong funding package?<br />Does the funding package give you an opportunity to teach and to do research?<br />
  8. 8. Funding<br />Does the funding package compare well with other funding packages you’ve been offered?<br />Have you carefully weighed the fit and the funding to make sure that you’re not just going for the money?<br />
  9. 9. Mentoring<br />Are the faculty in your prospective program committed to mentoring you over the long run?<br />Does the program provide opportunities for you to be mentored by your peers?<br />Are there opportunities for you to mentor others, <br /> both your peers and undergrad students? <br />
  10. 10. Does your prospective program sponsor opportunities to engage faculty and fellow graduate students in social or informal settings?<br />Is there a program at the university like the Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) here at UW that sponsors events where you can meet other graduate students from across campus?<br />Does the program provide opportunities for you to travel to conferences to meet with nationally recognized faculty and graduate students in your field from universities across the country? <br />Networking<br />
  11. 11. Dr. Juan C. Guerra<br /><br />Download slides:<br />Contact<br />