Persistence -- A necessaryand sufficient condition forsuccess     Dr. Karen Butler-PurryMid-America Transportation Minorit...
My Early Years   • Early Aspirations – Math Teacher   • Pre-college Engineering Summer Program -- before     11th grade   ...
My College Years   • Mentors   • Summer Undergraduate Research Program – MIT     Lincoln Laboratory   • Summer Internship ...
Preparation Recommendations• Develop Leadership Skills.• Develop very strong Oral and Written Communication  Skills.• Deve...
Strategies for Academic Success   • Form and participate in study groups for your     classes   • Seek the assistance of y...
My Graduate School Years   • M.S.   • Industry experience   • PhD       – Funding       – International Experiences       ...
Academic Career   • Assistant -> Associate -> Full Professor   • Administrative Positions       – Graduate Dean       – As...
Graduate Studiesat Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University                               www.tamu.eduGRADUATE STUDIES
Graduate and Professional Enrollment  • Offer over 267 graduate degrees, includes 23 degrees from 12    interdisciplinary ...
Graduate Student Enrollment                                                          Fall 2005-Fall 2010                  ...
Graduate Degrees Awarded                                                       2004-05 to 2009-10                   2004-0...
Fellowship Programs for Prospective Students   TAMU/AFS Graduate Merit Fellowships (nominated by department)    • Master’s...
Engineering Disciplines   • Aerospace Engr.           • Computer Science   • Biological &              • Electrical Engr. ...
Advanced Degrees – Engineering   • Master of Science             • Master of Engineering       – 32 hours of courses and  ...
Advanced Degrees – Engineering   • Doctor of Philosophy              • Doctor of Engineering     (Ph.D.)                  ...
Funding Opportunities   • National Fellowships      • Departments   • University                   – Fellowships      – Fe...
Graduate Admissions   • Application   • Transcripts (send to admissions office)       – GPA calculated on last 60 hrs   • ...
Tips for Securing Funding   • Apply early, by Late-Fall   • Put effort into writing a statement of purpose that     articu...
My Family   • Married in 2000   • Adopted Daughter in 2006                                            20GRADUATE STUDIES
Contact Information               Dr. Karen Butler-Purry                   Associate Provost for Graduate Studies         ...
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MATC Scholars Program: Dr. Karen Butler-Purry

  1. 1. Persistence -- A necessaryand sufficient condition forsuccess Dr. Karen Butler-PurryMid-America Transportation Minority Study ConferenceOctober 5, 2012
  2. 2. My Early Years • Early Aspirations – Math Teacher • Pre-college Engineering Summer Program -- before 11th grade • Later Aspirations – Electrical Engineer 2GRADUATE STUDIES
  3. 3. My College Years • Mentors • Summer Undergraduate Research Program – MIT Lincoln Laboratory • Summer Internship – IBM • Extracurricular and Leadership Activities • Later Aspirations – College Professor 3GRADUATE STUDIES
  4. 4. Preparation Recommendations• Develop Leadership Skills.• Develop very strong Oral and Written Communication Skills.• Develop Creativity Skills.• Participate in Summer Internships/Co-Op Experiences, Undergraduate Research Experiences, International Experience.• Join a student chapter of a Technical Organization in your major.• Seek out mentors.GRADUATE STUDIES
  5. 5. Strategies for Academic Success • Form and participate in study groups for your classes • Seek the assistance of your professors. • Read your textbook, review your class notes, work problems.GRADUATE STUDIES
  6. 6. My Graduate School Years • M.S. • Industry experience • PhD – Funding – International Experiences – Conferences 6GRADUATE STUDIES
  7. 7. Academic Career • Assistant -> Associate -> Full Professor • Administrative Positions – Graduate Dean – Associate Department Head – Associate Provost for Graduate Studies 7GRADUATE STUDIES
  8. 8. Graduate Studiesat Texas A&M University
  9. 9. Texas A&M University www.tamu.eduGRADUATE STUDIES
  10. 10. Graduate and Professional Enrollment • Offer over 267 graduate degrees, includes 23 degrees from 12 interdisciplinary programs • In 2009-10, 2,754 graduate and professional degrees conferred (2,051 master’s, 578 doctoral, 125 DVM) • Fall 2011 Graduate and Professional Enrollment – Total – 9,994 - Doctoral 3,943 - Master’s 5,530 - DVM 521 - 3,662 (37%) international from 130 countries - 1,597 (16%) minority (African-American, Hispanic, Asian-American, American Indian)GRADUATE STUDIES
  11. 11. Graduate Student Enrollment Fall 2005-Fall 2010 Fall 2005 Fall 2006 Fall 2007 Fall 2008 Fall 2009 Fall 2010 Enrollment M D M D M D M D M D M DTotals 4669 3329 4839 3452 5365 3315 5798 3308 5919 3464 5834 3631White 2680 1266 2685 1308 2848 1238 2909 1250 2829 1297 2871 1297Black 156 134 153 154 156 162 150 194 175 199 190 218Hispanic 321 207 340 232 341 248 383 258 413 261 473 279International 1300 1592 1451 1614 1807 1533 2121 1470 2213 1546 1991 1674Other 212 130 210 144 213 134 235 136 289 161 309 163GRADUATE STUDIES
  12. 12. Graduate Degrees Awarded 2004-05 to 2009-10 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 Degrees Awarded M D M D M D M D M D M D Totals 1949 528 1761 535 1768 598 1930 594 2015 597 2051 578 White 1088 207 1043 185 1072 226 1119 190 1131 203 1102 232 Black 42 14 56 14 48 20 49 27 46 19 52 13 Hispanic 106 21 110 21 122 23 107 33 134 38 115 35 International 632 270 466 289 441 306 575 317 628 306 706 277 Other 81 16 86 26 85 26 80 27 76 31 76 21GRADUATE STUDIES
  13. 13. Fellowship Programs for Prospective Students TAMU/AFS Graduate Merit Fellowships (nominated by department) • Master’s: One year stipend and tuition/fee funds • Doctoral: One year stipend, tuition/fee funds forfour years • U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or residing in U.S. at time of application • Overall measurements/department support TAMU Diversity Fellowship (nominated by department) • Two years for master’s and three years for doctorate (assistantship/fellowship combination) • U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or residing in U.S. at time of application • Overall merit and nominating department’s statement for proven and successful accomplishments in a diverse environment Pathways to the Doctorate Fellowship Program (funding for faculty teams to build sustained recruiting pipelines with TAMUS institutions) • One year assistantship, tuition/fee for two years • U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or residing in U.S. at time of application • Overall merit and Texas A&M System students (e.g. PVAMU, TAMUK)GRADUATE STUDIES
  14. 14. Engineering Disciplines • Aerospace Engr. • Computer Science • Biological & • Electrical Engr. • Health Physics Agricultural Engr. • Industrial Engr. • Biomedical Engr. • Industrial Distribution • Chemical Engr. • Materials Sci & Engr • Civil Engr. •Mechanical Engr. • Computer Engr. • Nuclear Engr. • Ocean Engr. • Petroleum Engr.GRADUATE STUDIES
  15. 15. Advanced Degrees – Engineering • Master of Science • Master of Engineering – 32 hours of courses and – 30 hours of course research work – At least 24 hours of course work – No thesis • Master of Computer Science – 30 hours of course work – No thesisGRADUATE STUDIES
  16. 16. Advanced Degrees – Engineering • Doctor of Philosophy • Doctor of Engineering (Ph.D.) (D.E.) – 96 hours (if completed a – 96 or 64 hours bachelor’s – 96 hours – 64 hours (if completed a • 21 hrs of Professional master’s degree) Development (acct, fin, comm, management, etc.) – Includes course work, • 3 hrs of Seminar research, qualifying and/or preliminary exams • 16 hours of Professional Internship • 56 hours of courses (Dept grad courses, Engr design, Electives)GRADUATE STUDIES
  17. 17. Funding Opportunities • National Fellowships • Departments • University – Fellowships – Fellowships – Teaching Assistantships • College – Research – Fellowships Assistantships – LecturersGRADUATE STUDIES
  18. 18. Graduate Admissions • Application • Transcripts (send to admissions office) – GPA calculated on last 60 hrs • GRE exam (select TAMU) • 3 Letters of Recommendation • Statement of Purpose Essay (can be submitted on- line) • Application fee (can be waived)GRADUATE STUDIES
  19. 19. Tips for Securing Funding • Apply early, by Late-Fall • Put effort into writing a statement of purpose that articulates research interests • Select references who can really discuss your technical skills and graduate student potential • Have undergraduate research experiences • Have conference presentation experiences • Contact Graduate coordinator, visit campus, contact faculty members • Be persistentGRADUATE STUDIES
  20. 20. My Family • Married in 2000 • Adopted Daughter in 2006 20GRADUATE STUDIES
  21. 21. Contact Information Dr. Karen Butler-Purry Associate Provost for Graduate Studies 979-845-3631 klbutler@tamu.edu http://ogs.tamu.eduGRADUATE STUDIES

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