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Happy Fall Semester Students!

With the beginning of the school year and career fairs around the corner fall is a busy time of year. It is a great time to explore academic opportunities for the spring and summer. Plan accordingly to make the most out of this season.

Exploring Academic and Career Options:

Graduate School Applications

If you are a junior/senior undergraduate now is the time to prepare for graduate school applications. I am strong believer that if you are going to graduate school, especially in a STEM field you should go to school for free. Yes, Free! I learned that from The National GEM Consortium GRAD Lab. There are many opportunities out there for aspiring scientists. And there are even more opportunities out there for minorities and women in science. Visit your diversity office or departmental office to find out more information. Let me know if you want a more detailed post about scholarships and graduate school.

Study Abroad Opportunities

No matter if you are in college or post-college there are many opportunities to study abroad. Most universities have study abroad offices and some programs are even opened to alumni. Are you interested in research collaborations? Consider the Fulbright Scholar Program. Do you want to teach in a different country? Do you speak another language? If your answer is yes to any of these questions you should consider studying abroad. I have not studied abroad personally, but I’m thinking about it if the right opportunity happens. If you have studied abroad what tips do you have for newbies?

Career Opportunities

Do you want an internship? Or a full-time position or co-op? If so, this is the time to attend career fairs. With the competitive nature of STEM careers it is important to go out and network as much as possible. Check out your university or community for the Fall Calendar of Events to see what opportunities are happening in your area. Attend science association and organization meetings. When you are active in organizations you learn leadership skills, build network connections and grow as a professional scientist.

The key to networking is to have confidence and be professional. When you present yourself this way you will make strong network connections. The more you network the better you will become at networking.

What are you preparing for this season? Comment below.

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