The Gulf Coast Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 2020.

All meals are provided to presenters on the Saturday of the symposium – a light breakfast, lunch and a reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres are served. On Sunday, a light breakfast will be provided to Sunday Session attendees before the talks begin.

Friday, Oct. 30:

Welcome to Houston!

Check into your hotel, and explore the great dining options around town.

Saturday, Oct. 31:

Gulf Coast Undergraduate Research Symposium

Programs and locations vary by section. Will be posted here as they become available.

Sunday, Nov. 1:

Those presenting at GCURS are welcome to join us for our GCURS Sunday Session: learn about life as a grad student, the graduate application process, and hear advice and life-lessons from Rice University faculty and staff! Schedule times are tentative. Interested students can indicate attendance on the GCURS application.

Duncan Hall, 8 a.m. – noon.

8:00 a.m. Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – Talk: What Graduate Admissions Committees are Looking For
Dr. Seiichi Matsuda, Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

9:30 a.m. – Talk: Developing your Personal Statement
Dr. Susan Cates, Assistant Chair of BioSciences

This session will be discussion style and student questions are encouraged. Students will be given a glimpse of the admissions committee point of view in respect to the Statement of Purpose (SOP). In addition to a brief overview of the important components of the SOP, students will review examples of good and not so good SOPs, we will talk about the pros and cons of using the same SOP for multiple applications, and we will discuss how the SOP should relate to and anticipate the eventual on-site interview.

10:30 a.m. – Talk: What I wish I knew when I started grad school
Dr. Kim Gonzalez Hohlt, Director of Graduate Student Advancement and Career Development

Graduate school is a very unique experience. You will have classmates in the same program that will have quite different experiences than you. Sometimes it will feel like you’re in this by yourself, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. As a former graduate student, Kim is going to share some tips about surviving graduate school and things she wishes she had known upon matriculating.

11:30 a.m. – Event concludes