Summary: Graduate School
When, where, and how?
1. Before you graduate
· Gain independent research and teaching experience if you can. This will:
1) Help you assess if you want and need a graduate education (training in research).
2) Help you decide what you find interesting and uninteresting, and shape your goals in life.
3) Give you practice, which will be needed if you decide to go to grad school.
4) Help in getting teaching or research assistantships (TA, RA) as a grad student.
5) Help you establish professional and faculty references by giving people the opportunity to see how
you work (hard worker) and how you interact with colleagues (congenial person).
· Take the GRE (general for sure). Taking the subject depends on the school to which apply; however,
taking the subject and getting good scores opens more doors.
· Get good grades.
· Contact faculty/professional references:
1) Give your references plenty of lead time for writing letters (at least a couple of weeks).
2) Keep the information up to date!
3) Give your references all of the information they will need to write a complete and thoughtful letter
of recommendation (resume, transcripts, statement of purpose).
4) Waive rights to see the letter of recommendation (confidential letters carry more weight).
2. When you decide to apply