Graduate School Resources
What is graduate school? 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.
The METAS Summer Grad School Conference: Writing your Application will provide the foundation and resources for a competitive graduate school 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 summer conference? Competitive applicants start to plan at least 6 months of the graduate school program deadline. For academic doctoral (Ph.D.) programs, master's programs, and professional programs, that date is June 2022 to apply for fall 2022. Planning starts now!
Hosted by UROC, the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center in partnership with the CLC, Cooperative Learning Center 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:
- Build a realistic timeline for graduate school applications;
- Strategize letters of reference;
- Outline your personal statement;
- Learn about the GRE test for admissions;
- Learn about funding structures in graduate school.
Enrollment is capped at 30 participants. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
For Grad-School Bound Seniors & Juniors applying to programs in Fall 22 & Spring 23
June 1 - 3, 2022
8:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
University Center Living Room, Day 1, and Alumni and Visitor Center, CSUMB, Day 2-3
Check in and breakfast will begin each day at 8:15 a.m. Lunch will be served at 12 p.m. Each day will end at 3 p.m. Check out our Planning Guide for more details on how to best prepare and what to bring.
Time Title Description 9 - 9:50 a.m. Opening Speakers Combination of guest speakers setting the stage for the 3-day conference with Dr. Doug Smith, Interim Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, and Dr. JP Dundore-Arias, Assistant Professor. 10 - 10:45 a.m. Who is on your Team You shouldn’t write your graduate application alone! This session will cover how to maximize your social capital and plan accordingly for success. Hear from CSUMB graduates who have applied to graduate school and made it work! Learn their tips, strategies, and challenges along the way with UROC and CLC representatives. 11 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Workgroup #1 CLC and UROC This productive working session will guide you through resource and timeline planning. You’ll create your own graduate school application timeline. 1 - 2:30 p.m. CV/Resume Part 1: Highlight your Accomplishments Using your resume or CV (curriculum vitae) is a great starting point for writing your personal statement for graduate school. This session will cover how to analyze your accomplishments using a robust 4-pillar framework with Natasha Oehlman, Writing and Professional Communication Associate.
Time Title Description 9 - 9:50 a.m. CV/Resume Part 2: Highlight your Accomplishments Using your resume or CV (curriculum vitae) is a great starting point for writing your personal statement for graduate school. This session will cover how to analyze your accomplishments using a robust 4-pillar framework with Natasha Oehlman, Writing and Professional Communication Associate. 10 - 10:45 a.m. Workgroup #2 CLC and UROC This productive working session will guide you through the 4 pillar framework as you revise your own resume or CV. 11 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Letters of Recommendation: Strategies to Get a Good One! The letter of recommendation is a key component of any application. This interactive workshop will help you think strategically about selecting, approaching, and collaborating with your reference writers to get the best competitive recommendation possible with Eric Barajas, Outreach Specialist, Natasha Oehlman, Writing and Professional Communication Associate, and Nanda Warren, Cooperative Learning Center Writing Coordinator. 1 - 2:30 p.m. Writing your Personal Statement At the CSUMB Maker’s Space, you’ll have the opportunity to brainstorm the top qualities and characteristics that you want to showcase in your personal statement and letters of recommendation with Natasha Oehlman, Writing and Professional Communication Associate, and Nanda Warren, Cooperative Learning Center Writing Coordinator.
Time Title Description 9 - 9:50 a.m. Workgroup #3 CLC and UROC This productive working session will guide you through drafting your personal statement and ways to strategize your personal story and professional goals for impact. 10 - 10:50 a.m. Who is Paying For All This? Learn strategies for finding internal and external scholarships and fellowships at the graduate level. Tips for financial success in graduate school will be shared with Lamberto Figueroa, METAS Advising Generalist and Natasha Oehlman, Writing and Professional Communication Associate. 11 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. What about the GRE? What is the GRE and why do I need to take it? This informational session will give you a general overview of the GRE General Test with Dr. Jessica Bautista, Research Associate. 1 - 2:30 p.m. Next Steps: Consultations and Planning This closing session will help you frame out your next steps in the graduate writing application process as you plan for upcoming application deadlines.
Applications are now closed. If you would like to be considered, please contact Natasha Oehlman for questions.
This conference is funded by the CSUMB METAS grant (Mentoring and Equity in Transitions to Achieve Student Success) aimed to support Latinx students to create a holistic approach to career and post-baccalaureate studies that increases students’ preparation and improves their transition. Grant # ED-Grants-122719-001.
Additional resources to check out:
- The CSUMB Center for Academic, Career & Student Success Career Guide has chapters on graduate school, networking and preparing for interviews (very applicable to graduate school).
- The Gentle Guide for Applying Graduate Schools
- Your Guide to Fellowships and Grants
- ProFellow YOU TUBE Resource: Finding Fully Funded Programs using Google
- Don Asher, author of several higher education books, visited CSUMB to discuss navigating with graduate school admission offers, networking after you apply, and the Hail Mary pass. Check it 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.