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Graduate School Prep Month

The Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration has partnered with other campus offices to host a series of events to help students prepare for graduate and professional school during the month of October. Students from all majors are welcome to participate in Graduate School Prep Month. Log into your Handshake account for Zoom links and more information.

Week One: Deciding on Graduate School

Tuesday and Wednesday, October 6th and 7th

Graduate School Drop In Hours 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Zoom

Do you have a question about graduate or professional school? Thinking about applying, but not sure about the process? Not sure how to narrow down your options? Have questions about what makes a strong candidate? Get your questions answered by the Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration’s staff at Graduate & Professional School Drop In Hours. You can also check out this video that talks about reasons to consider furthering your education!


Week Two: Preparing for Graduate School

Monday and Thursday, October 12th and 15th

Getting Started with Undergraduate Research 4:30 p.m.; Zoom

Learn more about the Office of Undergraduate Research, opportunities for research experience, and strategies for contacting faculty research mentors

Must RSVP with the Office of Undergraduate Research to get the Zoom link. 

Featured Event

Tuesday, October 13th

Strategies to Gain Access to Highly Competitive Graduate Programs, featuring Don Asher 4:30 p.m.; Zoom

Nationally known speaker and author, Don Asher, presents strategies on gaining admission to graduate and professional school. All students interested in continuing their education are invited to attend. Learn about selecting programs, presenting grades and test scores, application materials and more.

2020 Asher Grad School Handouts

Thursday, October 15th

What Do Admissions Committees Look for in Grad School Applicants?    10 a.m.; Live on Facebook

What do admissions committees look for in grad school applicants? This is the question we will answer during this panel with 4 faculty/staff members that serve on graduate school selection committees. Get the inside scoop on how to make your application materials stand out! Join us on the UTK Career Development & Academic Exploration Facebook page to ask questions live!

Week Three: Applying to Graduate School

Tuesday, October 20th

Writing Center Drop Ins 12:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.; Zoom

Are you working on your graduate or professional school application? Do you want feedback on your personal statement or other essay-based application materials? If so, attend our drop-in ours with the Herbert Writing Center!

Need help getting started on your admissions essay? Check out this Admissions Essay Virtual Workshop with the Judith Anderson Herbert Writing Center:

Week Four: Experiencing Graduate School

Wednesday, October 28th

A Day in the Life: Get the Scoop on Graduate School from Current Graduate Students 1 p.m.; Zoom

Do you have questions about what it is like to be a graduate student and how it differs from undergrad? Attend this virtual panel to hear from current UTK graduate students about their experiences and ask them specific questions you have about graduate school.