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Graduate School Visits

Below is a list of a few sample opportunities to visit graduate school programs.

Berkley Edge Conference

The Berkeley Edge Conference is designed to encourage underrepresented minority students* who are competitively eligible for our Ph.D. programs to plan to apply to UC Berkeley. Approximately thirty students are chosen from the applications submitted.

University of Southern California Recruitment of Engineering Achievers (REACH)

REACH is an all-expenses paid, doctoral preview program that takes place at USC’s University Park Campus near downtown Los Angeles. Round-trip transportation, lodging and meals for REACH participants will be paid for by the USC Viterbi School. Attendees who later apply to the USC Viterbi School of Engineering for doctoral study will also have their $85 application fee waived.

In fulfilling our mission, the Viterbi School actively recruits engineering achievers from all backgrounds into its doctoral degree programs, particularly students historically under-represented in the field (African-American, Latino and Native American) and females. Through REACH, under-represented engineering achievers get firsthand exposure to exciting research opportunities, world-class faculty, rich academic programs, and stellar student services and mentoring resources.

- See more at: http://gapp.usc.edu/REACH#sthash.zKFtqGk4.dpuf

University of Florida Campus Visitation Program

The UF Office of Graduate Minority Programs (OGMP) encourages underrepresented minority students to pursue doctoral degrees at the University of Florida. As part of its recruitment efforts, OGMP sponsors a two-day Campus Visitation Program (CVP) to give prospective PhD students the opportunity to engage with the UF community. OGMP networks with colleges and universities from across the nation, seeking nominations and applications to the program. Interested students may also apply on their own. Acceptance is based on academic merit and student participation is by invitation only. This process facilitates recruitment of highly qualified and motivated students.

Georgia Tech Focus Program

As the main component of the FOCUS program, FOCUS Scholars is designed to increase the awareness of undergraduate juniors and seniors of the advantages and benefits of receiving an advanced degree. The Scholars receive an overview of Georgia Tech’s graduate degree programs, a review of financial sources, and assistance in the application and decision-making process involved in selecting a graduate school.

During the FOCUS weekend, Scholars will:

  • Attend current student and alumni panel discussions to learn about real-life experiences, academic life, and professional careers.
  • Gather by college of interest for a welcome and information session by the appropriate college dean.
  • Visit the academic units and research laboratories according to interest and interact with current students and faculty in the department.
  • Meet with representatives of the Graduate Admissions Office to discuss admission timelines, expectations, funding sources, and application procedures.
  • Visit historic sites around Atlanta and experience the cultural and social aspects of the city.

University of Wisconsin Madison Opportunities in Engineering Annual Conference

The UW-Madison College of Engineering is among the nation’s top colleges of engineering. It consists of eight degree-granting departments—biomedical engineering, chemical and biological engineering, civil and environmental engineering, electrical and computer engineering, engineering physics, industrial and systems engineering, materials science and engineering, and mechanical engineering. Its ninth department, engineering professional development, is one of the nation’s oldest and largest continuing education programs for professional engineers. The college academic programs also include several certificates and interdisciplinary degree programs.

The college is home to 44 research centers and 21 research consortia, which collaborate directly with industry and government to identify and solve key engineering challenges. The Department of Engineering Professional Development annually delivers more than 300 continuing education courses in engineering, design, operations, production, maintenance, management and planning to more than 11,000 students. Additionally, it offers a suite of internationally acclaimed professional master’s degrees, including six online master’s degrees. These programs consistently rank in the top-3 in the country; in 2012, U.S. News and World Report ranked these online graduate programs No. 1.

University of Florida Office of Graduate Minority Programs

The UF Office of Graduate Minority Programs (OGMP) encourages underrepresented minority students to pursue doctoral degrees at the University of Florida. As part of its recruitment efforts, OGMP sponsors a two-day Campus Visitation Program (CVP) to give prospective PhD students the opportunity to engage with the UF community. OGMP networks with colleges and universities from across the nation, seeking nominations and applications to the program. Interested students may also apply on their own. Acceptance is based on academic merit and student participation is by invitation only. This process facilitates recruitment of highly qualified and motivated students.

During the visitation, prospective doctoral students receive an overview of the University of Florida graduate degree programs and financial aid resources and gain insight into the decision-making process involved with selecting a graduate school. Most importantly, participants will meet and interview with administrators, faculty members, and current graduate students in their field of study. This provides seniors, graduates and master’s students from underrepresented groups—African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, Native-Americans, Pacific Islanders, Asian-Americans, students underrepresented in their academic field (i.e., men in nursing, women in engineering), and first-generation college graduates— who are interested in pursuing a PhD with an excellent opportunity to visit the UF campus and connect with their potential graduate program.

Application Process
The Campus Visitation Program will be held on November 6-7, 2014. Please note that the deadline to apply is September 19, 2014.

University Visit Program (UVP)

The University Visit Program (UVP) is designed to support prospective historically underrepresented graduate students’ travel to the University of Utah. The UVP provides an opportunity for prospective graduate students to meet with department advisors, professors, current students, and the Assistant Dean for Diversity. The meetings, interviews, and/or events will provide you with a forum to ask questions about the program coursework, research opportunities, assistantships, mentoring, etc., which will help you determine if our graduate program will be a good fit intellectually, culturally, and professionally. The UVP is an opportunity for a two-way interview. We cannot emphasize enough the importance of making an informed decision in choosing a graduate and/or professional program.

University Of Michigan Graduate Visitation

Departments, programs and other academic units of the University of Michigan may invite graduate student researchers from outside the University as Visiting Graduate Students. This status is reserved for graduate students who are invited to pursue a program of research during a limited term of residence. Visiting Graduate Students may have access to certain limited services and resources. Currently enrolled U-M students, employed staff, and faculty of the University of Michigan are not eligible for this status.

Visiting Graduate Students must:

Be conducting research related to the graduate degree requirements of another university as their primary purpose;
Be invited by a department, program or other University academic unit; and
Be in residence for not less than one month and not more than two calendar years. Please note that the term of the appointment can be a maximum of one year in length and a renewal application must be submitted for the second year
Students visiting under student exchange agreements are not eligible for Visiting Graduate Student status.

For questions regarding the Visiting Graduate Student status at the University of Michigan, please contact the Rackham Graduate School Dean’s Office, (734) 764-4400 or rack-visitinggradstudent@umich.edu.

Application Process

Visiting Graduate Students must be sponsored by an academic unit of the University, which initiates the application to the Rackham Graduate School for credentialing.

The hosting academic unit should write a commitment letter to the Visiting Graduate Student which specifies the visitor’s activities and responsibilities, the start and end dates of the term of residence, as well as the resources which will be made available to the visitor while at Michigan. The letter should specify: access to lab or office space, computing accounts, or other facilities; availability of staff support; and assistance with living arrangements.

For Visiting Graduate Students who will be paid through the University of Michigan, the sponsoring unit makes arrangements with their unit Human Resources. Visitors who are compensated with University funds for services to the University of Michigan of any sort must be appointed as employees through University Human Resource Systems, or reimbursed as independent contractors, as appropriate. In either case, such persons are not visitors.

The Registrar’s Office handles appointments of non-paid visitors. The sponsoring department, center or program is the primary contact for the Visiting Graduate Student during the term of residence.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Diversity in Graduate Studies Visitation Program

As part of the overall year-round visit program, the Diversity in Graduate Studies (DIGS) Visitation Program continues Rensselaer’s commitment to cultural enrichment and academic excellence through the recruitment of a diverse student body.

The DIGS program is intended for individuals who wish to explore Rensselaer prior to applying for admission to a graduate program. DIGS applicants should complete a Graduate Student Visit Form and send in the required materials noted on the form. Funding assistance up to $300 may be available for individuals residing in or visiting the United States. Applicants to the visitation program will be contacted within five business days of receipt of the visit request form.

The DIGS program not only provides you with an opportunity to become familiar with our graduate programs. It also gives you a forum to let our faculty know about your interests, goals and accomplishments before you submit your formal application for graduate study.

Auburn University E-Day

We invite students considering a career in engineering to join us and feel the excitement of Alabama’s premier engineering educational experience. Auburn Engineering’s annual open house gives students a chance to learn about our campus, our programs and the incredible opportunities Auburn’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering offers.
Middle and high school students have opportunities to chat one-on-one with students and faculty, experience interactive exhibits, and visit classes and labs, including the new Shelby Center for Engineering Technology. They can also tour the beautiful Auburn campus, and learn about admissions, scholarships, financial aid and residence life.

E-Day will be held on Friday, February 27, 2015. You will be able to register for the event Fall 2014.