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"Being a (Ph.D.) graduate student is like becoming all of the Seven Dwarves. In the beginning you're Dopey and Bashful. In the middle you are usually sick (Sneezy), tired (Sleepy), and irritable (Grumpy). But in the end, they call you Doc, and then you're Happy.". Ronald T. Azuma

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"Being a (Ph.D.) graduate student is like becoming all of the Seven Dwarves.

In the beginning you're Dopey and Bashful.

In the middle you are usually sick (Sneezy), tired (Sleepy), and irritable (Grumpy).

But in the end, they call you Doc, and then you're Happy."

Ronald T. Azuma

Computer Science Graduate School Survival Guide

http://www.cs.unc.edu/%7Eazuma/hitch4.html

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Choosing and Applying to Graduate School

Brian W. Tague

Department of Biology

Wake Forest University

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Time table for graduate school

ACTIVITY SUGGESTED TIME .

Start earning good grades Freshman

Approach faculty about research experience Sophomore/Junior

Seek related work/volunteer experience Sophomore/Junior

Take GRE Summer Before/Fall of Senior Year

Request information on graduate programs Junior/Senior

Finalize decision about which programs to apply to Early Fall Senior Year

Request faculty to write letters of recommendation Mid-Fall Senior Year

Perfect your Statement of Purpose Mid-Fall Senior Year

Submit applications and Late Fall, Winter Break, Senior Year

check deadline for each application

Check to be sure your applications Late Fall, Winter Senior Year

are complete

Interviewing and visiting Winter, Spring Senior Year

how does graduate school differ from undergraduate programs
How does graduate school differ from undergraduate programs?

Research first, classes second

Teaching experience

Focus on process, not just information

Scientific process

Experimental design

Critical thinking

Problem solving

Costs

financial support for graduate students
Financial support for graduate students

$15-25,000/year

Teaching Assistantship

Research Assistantship

Training Grants

Fellowship

Tuition Waiver

how can you judge if you would enjoy graduate school
How can you judge if you would enjoy graduate school?

Enjoy independent research

Enjoy teaching

Work before entering graduate school

Talk with faculty

Intellectual aspects

Practical aspects

when do people go to graduate school
When do people go to graduate school?

Immediately after undergraduate school

After several years of practical work experience

After a career change

choosing a graduate program
Choosing a graduate program

M.S. vs Ph.D.

Institution

Department

Individual Research Lab

m s versus ph d programs
M.S. versus Ph.D. programs

Duration 2-3 vs 4-6 years

Career options

Area of study

Certainty of research direction

Amount of independence

what can i do with an m s degree
What can I do with an M.S. degree?

Enter a Ph.D. program

Research scientist:

Industrial, academic, government lab

Teaching:

Community college, high school

Science policy or administration

Other professions:

Law, MBA, health professions

what can i do with a ph d
What can I do with a Ph.D.?

Post-doctoral research

Teaching and Scholarship

College and university professor

Research Director

Corporate Research

Government Research

Academic Research

choosing a graduate program1
Choosing a graduate program

MS vs PhD

Institution

Department

Individual Research Lab

judging graduate institutions and departments
Judging graduate institutions and departments

Research reputation and productivity

The key to your future!

Range of research options

Medical school vs. academic department

Potential research advisors

Size, geographic location, urban/rural

Contentment of graduate students

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Resources for evaluating programs

Peterson’s guide: Searchable database of schools

http://petersons.com/

Jobweb: directories of graduate programs

http://www.jobweb.com/catapult/gguides.htm

Getting into Graduate School: an applicant’s look

http://dave.burrell.net//guide/guide1.html

US News and World Report: Rankings of graduate programs

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/beyond/bcphd.htm

Talk to your professors!

Surf the web to particular departments

Visit schools, interview, meet current graduate students

judging graduate institutions and departments1
Judging graduate institutions and departments

Research reputation and productivity

The key to your future!

Range of research options

Medical school vs. academic department

Potential research advisors

Size, geographic location, urban/rural

Contentment of graduate students

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Growing up and

undergraduate

Graduate School

Applications

Eugene

Santa Cruz

Santa Barbara

San Diego

judging graduate institutions and departments2
Judging graduate institutions and departments

Research reputation and productivity

The key to your future!

Medical school vs academic department

Range of research options

Size, geographic location, urban/rural

Contentment of graduate students

Visit schools, interview, meet current students

choosing a graduate program2
Choosing a graduate program

MS vs PhD

Institution

Department

Individual Research Lab

choosing a research advisor
Choosing a research advisor

Common research interests

Peterson’s guide, web sites

Laboratory rotations

Compatible working styles

Visits, interviews and rotations

Laboratory environment

Visits, interviews and rotations

Availability of the advisor

E-mail, snail mail

research experience
Research experience

One of the best ways to be competitive is to have worked in a laboratory

At your home institute

NSF and NIH

Summer Undergraduate Research Experiences

Volunteering or working summers

Intensive summer lab courses

taking the graduate record exam gre
Taking the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

Visit GRE website

http://www.gre.org/atglance.html

Register well in advance

Most schools require the GRE general test

Many require (“strongly recommend”) the GRE subject test

makeup of gre general test
Makeup of GRE general test

Verbal

Analyze and evaluate written material

30 minutes, 30 questions

Quantitative

Basic math skills and concepts

45 minutes, 28 questions

Analytical

Reasoning skills, deduction, evaluation of arguments

60 minutes, 35 questions

preparing for the gre general test
Preparing for the GRE general test

Kaplan GRE preparation books

good software

Barron’s GRE preparation books

Sample questions at www.gre.org

taking the gre general test
Taking the GRE general test

Where?

Prometrics Testing Service

(336-854-4230)

3 Centerview Drive

Greensboro, NC

Also in Asheville, Boone, Charlotte, Durham, Fayetteville, Gastonia, Greenville, Raleigh, Wilmington

Full list at www.gre.org

taking the gre general test1
Taking the GRE general test

When?

General test

Anytime, online

Register well ahead of time

Saturdays are difficult to schedule

Allow about 4 hours total

Cost: $105.00

Fee waivers available

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Taking the GRE subject test

  • When?
    • Designated dates: 11/10/01, 12/8/01, 4/6/02
  • Where?
    • On paper: Wake Forest University
    • Other locations: see www.gre.org
  • Cost: $130.00 (Fee waiver available)
  • Format: 100-200 questions, ~3 hours
  • Subjects:
    • Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
application deadlines for graduate school
Application deadlines for graduate school

Apply to 7-10 schools

From very competitive to “safety” schools

Many schools have on-line applications

Wake Forest

Application fee: $25

Fall application deadline - February 1st.

Reply deadline - April 15th

Others

Application fees: $0-100

Fall application deadlines: 12/15 – 4/1

letters of recommendation 3
Letters of recommendation (3)

Ask a teacher you know well.

Helps to have research experience

Cultivate relationships with a few of your professors!

Best if professor is in your field, in science

Provide recommender with a resume.

Ask well in advance of the deadline.

Provide any necessary forms and an addressed envelope with instructions on whether it is to be sent to the school or returned to you.

statement of purpose
Statement of purpose

Similar to essays written for undergrad applications

Read the directions!

Be familiar with the school

Discuss the science you have performed or an interesting topic from your classes

Mention particular faculty members

Specific reasons you are interested in a field and in the particular school

Be concise! Be focused! Rewrite!

http://www.rpi.edu/dept/llc/writecenter/web/gradapp.html

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Interviewing

  • Usually arranged and financed by department
    • Individual interviews
    • Group interviews
  • Go to department web site
    • Learn about school
  • Read/review journal articles by faculty
    • E-mail faculty and ask for reprints of recent articles
    • A couple of intelligent questions go a long way!
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The realities of graduate school

  • You are being paid to do science!
    • A great privilege
  • Things won’t work for a while!
    • Different than undergraduate experience
  • Long hours
    • Work hard/play hard
  • Tremendous satisfaction and achievement
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Graduate school:

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