August 26, 2009

Purdue brings peer institutions together for future graduate students

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Students from throughout the United States who are interested in graduate school will converge on the Purdue University campus Sept. 27 and 28 for the Big Ten+ Graduate School Exposition.

The event, now in its sixth year, is a cooperative effort to provide students with information about graduate education and will feature several activities.

Students interested in pursuing graduate study in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, pharmaceutical science and related disciplines will have a chance to talk to faculty and students from more than 50 institutions of higher education. Workshops on funding graduate study, applying to graduate school and careers in related fields also will be presented.

National Science Foundation representatives will have a presentation on its Graduate Research Fellowship program and other governmental programs. A roundtable brunch with recruiters from some of the nation's top ranking institutions also will take place.

"This is wonderful opportunity for students to obtain comprehensive information about graduate education and research opportunities at a variety of graduate institutions," said Dana Werner, director of recruitment services at Purdue. "By attending the Expo, they can talk to professors, current graduate students and staff about graduate school and what steps are necessary to set them on the path they choose."

Student registration is $35 in advance and $40 at the door, and travel scholarships are available to help cover travel expenses. Advance registration and more information about the event are available online at

Other institutions that will join Purdue representatives include: Access Group Student Loans; Air Force Institute of Technology; Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Baylor College of Medicine; Case Western Reserve University; The City University of New York; Columbia University; Cornell University; DePaul University; Duke University; Georgetown University; George Washington University; Illinois Institute of Technology; Indiana State University; Indiana University; Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; Iowa State University; Kansas State University; Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions; Marquette University; Michigan Technological University; the National Science Foundation; North Carolina State University; Ohio State University; Princeton University; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Rochester Institute of Technology; Texas A&M University; University of California, Davis; the University of Chicago; University of Illinois; University of Illinois at Chicago; University of Kansas; University of Kentucky; University of Michigan; University of Minnesota; University of Nebraska-Lincoln; University of Pennsylvania; University of Southern California; University of Texas; University of Wisconsin, Madison; Van Andel Institute Graduate School; Vanderbilt University; Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University; Washington University in St. Louis; Worcester Polytechnic Institute; and Yale University. Each institution will have one or more representatives at the Graduate School Fair portion of the Expo.

Source: Dana Werner, (765) 496-3310,  

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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