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School of Arts & Sciences
Advisement and Evaluation Committee for Advanced Degrees in Sciences
How to Get Started
How to Get Started
Interact with your advisor, create a 4 year course work plan.
Pay very close attention to sequential courses and grade minimums.
Align electives with your scientific interests and long-term goals.
Explore opportunities for service, volunteering, and extracurricular activities that will help you meet your goals.
Volunteer in a research lab.
Attend departmental seminars and career-related sessions that focus on research.
for shadowing, volunteering, service, internships.
Get to know your professors –THIS WILL BE IMPORTANT LATER!
Focus on identifying a possible academic field of specialization.
Meet with your advisor and the Pre-Graduate advisor regularly.
Explore career opportunities and potential programs.
Attend informational sessions about regional graduate programs.
Explore summer research opportunities.
Participate in a
summer research program
At the end of the year, review your progress.
Are you meeting your goals (GPA), time-management skills, interacting with faculty?
Discuss possible graduate programs with your advisor.
Hone in on your time-management skills.
Acquaint yourself with the application process and timelines.
Continue involvement in service, volunteering, and extracurricular activities.
Conduct a research project on campus or volunteer in at a local laboratory.
Attend research seminars in your department and nearby graduate schools.
Apply in the fall or early in the spring for
summer research opportunities
Try different disciplines with each experience.
Meet with the Pre-Graduate advisor, reflect on your goals, interests, and motivation.
Study for the GRE; take the exam in late summer/early fall.
Senior Year – The Home Stretch!
Continue a research project on campus or volunteer in at a local laboratory.
Continue to attend research seminars in your department and nearby graduate schools.
Explore graduate fellowships and scholarship programs with the Pre-Graduate advisor.
Finalize the list of graduate schools you would like to apply.
Submit all committee requests and forms.
Interview with committee.
Request letters of recommendation.
Attend interviews; send thank you notes.
Revisit schools if accepted to multiple programs.
Consider a plan of action if not accepted.
Schedule a meeting with Pre-Graduate advisor if you would help establishing your plan.
Enjoy your Senior Year!