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Preparing for Graduate School or Professional School

Office of Multicultural Affairs & Geosciences Department (MSU)
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Chastity Richmond

on 30 October 2012

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Ms. Chastity L. Richmond, MSE
Ms. Lara K.Homsey, Ph.D. Preparing for Graduate School or Professional School The Application Process So, where do I start? 1) Selecting an institution or school
U.S. News & World Report - College Rankings
Benchmark Institutions
Carnegie Classification System - Institution Lookup
Department vs. School/College Rankings
2) Deadlines
Priority Dates vs. Application Dates
3) Required Placement Tests
LSAT
MCAT
GRE
PRAXIS
Other tests for given field
3) Networking - Professional & Personal References
Academic Adviser
Professor/Instructor
University Staff Members
Professional Mentors
Supervisor/Work Colleague
4) Grade Point Average (G.P.A.) - 2.65 GPA or higher
5) Personal Statement/Personal Philosophy/Electronic Portfolio
6) Interview with Selection Committee
7) Interview for Graduate Assistantship/Fellowship Priority Dates:
These are dates usually reserved for applicants who want full consideration and/or seeking graduate assistantships/fellowships

Application Dates:
Are generally after the priority date but it is the final date the program/department will allow applications to be submitted.
Usually acceptance letters have been sent to applicants who applied before the priority date and have been accepted into the program before the application date arrives. Networking:
Professional and Personal References Academic Advisor
Professor/Instructor
University Staff Members
Professional Mentors
Supervisor/Work Colleague Grade Point Average (G.P.A.) Grade Point Average (G.P.A.)
Most schools look at the cumulative g.p.a and g.p.a. in the major only (removes general requirement classes from overall cumulative g.p.a.)
Minimum g.p.a for graduate school is usually 2.65 g.p.a.
Average g.p.a is a 3.0
Recommended/preferred g.p.a is 3.3 or higher Required Placement Tests Occurs when the graduate school or department has additional questions regarding your credentials.
Can be used to determine if you are the right fit for their program/department, determine if you can handle the rigor of their program and also decide whether to offer you admittance or offer an assistantship/fellowship
Opportunity for you to get to know the faculty of the program/department and see their facility Interviews:
With Selection Committee
For Graduate Assistantship/Fellowship Dos & Don'ts of
Graduate School/Professional School Now let's learn how to register for your classes! Make sure to select the appropriate term. (fall, spring, or summer) Select the subject you plan to take. Next select the campus you want to take classes from. If you don't care which campus choose all. Find the courses available in specific subjects by utilizing Look Up Classes. Select the dates and times you are interested in.
If you want to have a bigger selection leave this section blank. Then push class search! insert look up class screen here insert registration screen The Student Finance Tab in your MyCCA is an important resource for students, as it contains account information, financial aid requirements and awards, payment options and deadlines, and scholarship information My Account shows how much money you owe for the semester. Payment options allows you to pay your tuition bill online or to set up your FACTS payment plan The Financial Aid Awards channel will show you what awards you have been given by the Financial Aid Office for the school year. It will also give you the schedule in which the awards will be paid out. Scholarship Channel:
Find Scholarships that are offered at CCA!
Find out when scholarship workshops are offered Deadlines Utilize Degree check to stay on track!
By clicking on Degree Check you can track your progress towards graduation and see what classes you still need to take from your degree program. Degree Check Once you click on the degree check link you will see a page that looks like this. Make sure to check your degree check regularly. If you are looking for a specific course put in the course number here. Or you can leave it blank to search all classes in that subject area. Financial Aid Forms:
If you have a red flag on under the financial aid requirements you can find the missing form to be filled out and returned to financial aid here. Financial Aid Requirements:
If you see all green check marks that means you have turned in all required documents.
If you see a red flag there are still things the Financial Aid Office needs from you.
If you see a red flag make sure to take care of it right away to avoid a delay in funding. http://www.usnews.com/rankings Do you want to be a BIG fish in a little pond?
Or
Do you want to be a little fish in a BIG pond? http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/lookup_listings/institution.php Department vs. School/College Rankings Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
PRAXIS
Other tests for given field http://www.lsac.org/jd/lsat/test-dates-deadlines.asp https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/ https://www.ets.org/gre http://www.ets.org/praxis Dos for
Graduate School/Professional School Start early & be organized
Know all the deadlines
Take placement test on time!
Give references 4 weeks notice
Contact faculty you may want to work with
Talk to students already in graduate program
Visit the school, if possible Effective Resumes 1) Chronological Resume
Most widely used resume
2) Internship Resume
Used when an appplicant has few work experiences Questions?? Don'ts for
Graduate School/Professional School Start late!
Miss deadlines
Miss placement test
Assume you don't quality
Apply to just 1 school
Worry about conditional admission 2 Types of Resumses http://www.graduateguide.com/ Personal Statement, Personal Philosophy, Electronic Portfolio Why do you want to attend graduate school?
Why do you want to attend this particular program/department?
Why do you want to make this field your career?
What makes you unique?
What can you offer this program/department?
Sell yourself!!!! Curriculum Vita Goal:
Summarizes your professional career;
Longer & more detailed than a resume
Develops over time, so categories added/deleted with time

Cumulative:
Thumbnail sketch of your school/job history & qualifications
List items in chronological order, most recent first
Do not embellish, but not timid about your qualifications -
if there is something that would make a graduate program
think favorably of your application it should appear on the cv Curriculum Vita Funding Funding External Funding Sources in Science McNair Program at MSU ACADEMIC RECORD:
Schools attended; Period; Dept. and degree;  High School and/or University
 Can include list of significant coursework in major, minor or certifications

RESEARCH INTERESTS & EXPERIENCE:  
E.g., Mesoamerican archaeology, climate change, OSHE

AWARDS AND HONORS:  
E.g., Dean’s list, scholarships, etc.

RESEARCH PAPERS & PRESENTATIONS: E.g., class papers, conference presentations, publications, Scholars Week, Sigma Xi posters etc.

 WORK EXPERIENCE:
E.g.,  Field school or practica, internships, jobs, tutoring etc

RELEVENT TECHNICAL SKILLS:
E.g., language competencies, computer/software skills, etc

REFERENCES:
Generally 3 individuals but can be as many as 5 people
Make sure you contact/tell your references ahead of time! Availability:
1) Schools/departments Vary: Some only accept graduate students with funding, others only offer funding for PhD programs (vs. Masters)

2) Compare Offers for:
Tuition waiver
Stipend for teaching &/or research/work
Health insurance and other discounts

3) Funding Types:
Graduate Assistantships: research or work based, ~20hrs/wk
Teaching Assistantships: teaching labs, recitations or grading, ~20/wk Making Yourself Stand Out:
1) Undergraduate research &/or publications
(plug into the McNair Program)

2) Internships/Work experience in your field/area

3) Grade Point Average - 3.3+ GPA,

4) Placement Tests (Scores) - 300+ GRE

5) Special Skills
(i.e., photography, computer programing, second language)

6) Introducing yourself to potential faculty advisors

7) Personal Statement should show/reflect that you’ve
researched the school, fit the department’s strengths,
have personality…be formal but personal National Science Foundation
Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant
GRAPES database
Diversity Scholarships
Ford Foundation Diversity Pre-doctoral Fellowship

Check individual campus’ Diversity & Multicultural Offices

Discipline Specific Scholarships
Check Honor Societies that you belong to
Check professional organizations in your field

Check with your employer and/or academic advisor/mentor McNair Scholars Program
553 G Business Building
Murray State University
Murray, Kentucky 42071
msu.mcnair@murraystate.edu
270-809-2951
270-809-6044 (fax)

Dr. John Mateja, Director
Leslie Furches, Coordinator msu.mcnair@murraystate.edu http://www.nsf.gov/ http://www.gdnet.ucla.edu/grpinst.htm http://www.fordfoundation.org/ Chastity L. Richmond
110 Curris Center
(270) 809-6836
crichmond1@murraystate.edu

Lara K. Homsey
357 Blackburn Science Building
(270) 809-2408
lhomsey@murraystate.edu Contact Information:
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