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.

GCURS Sunday Session
Sunday, Nov. 3
Duncan Hall
McMurtry Auditorium

8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. What graduate admissions committees are looking for
Dr. Seiichi Matsuda
Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Professor of Chemistry
Rice University
9:30 a.m. Developing your personal statement
Dr. Susan Cates
Assistant Chair, BioSciences
Rice University

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. What I wish I knew when I started grad school
Dr. Kim Gonzalez Hohlt
Director of Graduate Student Advancement and Career Development
Rice University

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