This table lists several programs for students interested in a graduate degree in a variety of disciplines and career pathways. This includes summer research opportunities, campus visitation programs, and postbaccalaureate programs.
Summer research programs that admit a limited number of students to conduct research full time with a research mentor (usually a faculty member). This experience is a chance to learn and develop research skills, provide a preview of a future career in research, and boost your application to any graduate research program. These programs often provide a stipend and housing to students as well as other professional development opportunities.
Campus visitation programs are designed to offer prospective graduate students an opportunity to visit the campus, sometimes at no cost to the student, and learn more about the that institutions graduate program. Participants have a chance to learn more about research opportunities and campus resources, meet with current faculty, staff, and graduate students, and how to prepare a competitive graduation school application.
A Post-baccalaureate (PB) program is a program of study aimed at students who have already earned their undergraduate degree. These programs allow students to obtain required pre-health prerequisite coursework or enhance their current science coursework and overall enhance their application to a graduate degree program. These programs typically last 1-2 years. These programs are ideal for students interested in a future medical, health, or research career.
“While the session was primarily geared toward those studying the arts and humanities, Dr. Bonnette-Bailey was very helpful in getting me listings for various STEM summer research opportunities that CASA has on file. She also recommended to the guests how we should go about preparing a CV (which I did not realize is different from a resume) and how we should also prepare our “personal mission statement” and try to keep an up to date transcript at all times as well as a letter of recommendation, if possible. All of this was helpful in me realizing that for me to get a summer research opportunity I need to be going about it in a very systematic and hopefully efficient manner. As regards environmental geosciences, the field is very broad, and while it can easily be applied to many topics in science, that makes it difficult to know where to even start. I have taken to using the NSF site to look up sponsored REU across the United States and I already have my eye on several in California related to hydrology and water sciences that I hope I can get into.
Attending the information session provided me with some very necessary information that I was not thinking about up until she mentioned it. I should have considered these things, but she laid it all out very plainly and with a healthy dose of urgency. I am not going to be leaving getting a summer research opportunity up to chance. If I am unable to acquire a position this summer I will be trying again for next summer.”