Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center

Conferences & Professional Development

UROC has a number of professional development resources and opportunities related to graduate school for you to check out. Graduate schools prepare you for careers that require advanced specialty training. They are available in almost any subject. The University of Berkeley provides a comprehensive introduction to graduate schools. Interested in learning more? We have resources to help you search for the right program, find funding, put together a competitive application and get strong letters of recommendation.

Graduate School & Professional Degree Prep Conference: Writing your Application

The Graduate School & Professional Degree Prep Conference: Writing your Application provides the foundation and resources to submit a competitive graduate school (i.e., master, doctorate) and professional degree program (i.e., credential, law, medical) application. Designed with you in mind, sessions will offer the opportunity to work on parts of your application, so you can get a head start!

Why this conference? Competitive applicants start to plan at least 6 months before program deadlines. For academic doctoral (Ph.D.) programs, master's programs, and professional programs, that date is June 2024 to apply for fall 2024.

Planning starts now

Funded by the CSUMB METAS grant and hosted by UROC, the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center in partnership with the CLC, Cooperative Learning Center; Center for Advising, Career, and Student Success; and MAESTROs, you will learn about the factors involved in applying to graduate school and credential programs–and most importantly, you will have dedicated workshop time to work on, and get feedback on various parts of your application.

In the 3-day conference, you will: 

  • Learn about the variety of degree programs, graduate and professional.
  • Build a realistic timeline for your applications.
  • Strategize letters of reference.
  • Outline your personal statement. 
  • Learn about funding structures.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. 


For Grad-School and Professional Degree-Bound Seniors & Juniors applying to programs over the next year (24-25).


June 6-8, 2024


8:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Please contact Natasha Oehlman if you have any questions.

Apply Here

Grad School resources to check out


For students taking a gap year between Baccalaureate and Masters or Doctoral programs, internships may be available. Please see the attached document for more information on available internships. Please note this may not be updated regularly.

The Kirkman Newman Art School at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is offering nine-months Post Baccalaureate Residencies. Residencies are available in jewelry/metals, ceramics, photography/digital media, painting, sculpture, fiber and printmaking.

Graduate School Research Fellowships

What is a fellowship? A short-term, funded, merit-based opportunity to do something exceptional.