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February 16, 2007

Purdue student association promotes graduate studies with program

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University's Black Graduate Association will encourage fellow students to pursue graduate studies through a program on Saturday (Feb. 17) on the West Lafayette campus.

The student organization will present "Grad School 101" from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Richard and Patricia Lawson Computer Science Building, Room 1142. The event is free and open to the public.

"'Grad School 101' is designed to expose Purdue undergraduate students to the possibility and importance of graduate education," said Alister McLeod, the Black Graduate Association's Undergraduate Outreach Committee chair and a graduate student in electrical engineering technology. "The program also will offer strategies on how to prepare for graduate school and provide insight on the long-term benefits of professional degrees."

The program consists of several sessions that will be led by campus administrators, graduate students and industry representatives, and information about applying for graduate school, acquiring funding and surviving graduate school will be offered.

The event includes the following panel discussions:

*  "Industry Versus Academia," in which students will get information on the career advantages of remaining in academia or of being employed in a company.

*  "Life as a Graduate Student." Several graduate students from various disciplines will share personal experiences followed by a question-and-answer period.

The program concludes with a poster session of current graduate research during lunch. Lunch in included in the program. Contact McLeod at aamcleod@purdue.edu USERNAME@purdue.edu for more information.

Writer: Cynthia Sequin, (765) 494-4192, csequin@purdue.edu

Source: Alister McLeod, aamcleod@purdue.edu

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