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Is a Ph.D. for Me? Symposium

Karmella Haynes speaking at the 2014 workshopThis free one-day symposium helps undergraduate science and engineering majors currently enrolled in a two-year or four-year college or university explore opportunities for advancing interdisciplinary research careers to spark breakthroughs in energy, health, drug development, food production, and environmental science. The symposium features faculty, graduate students, and admissions experts from leading schools, including UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco, and more.

Symposium highlights:

  • Exciting research talks by scientists and engineers from leading universities.
  • A graduate school panel where you’ll learn what to expect from graduate school and how to choose the program that’s right for you.
  • Resources and tools to help you navigate the graduate school application process and ensure your application is competitive.
  • Networking lunch in small groups with faculty, graduate students, and admissions experts. A chance to get your questions answered!

Past symposia:

PhD workshop 2014In fall 2012, Synberc piloted “Is a Ph.D. for Me? What you can be with a Ph.D. in Bioengineering and the Life Sciences” at Prairie View A&M University. Building on the success of that event, we expanded the program and offered it February 2014 at Agnes Scott College and invited students throughout the Atlanta metro area, including Spelman, Moorhouse, Emory University, Georgia Tech, Georgia Gwinett, Georgia State and University of North Georgia. The symposium is intended to open students’ eyes to a wide range of professional opportunities in industry and academia available to those with a Ph.D. Speakers included Synberc director Jay Keasling, Education Director Susan Marqusee, and affiliated PIs Pamela Peralta-Yahya (Georgia Institute of Technology) and Karmella Haynes (Arizona State University). Graduate students and admissions professionals from MIT, UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco, Emory University, Arizona State University and Georgia Tech were also on hand for panel discussions and networking events. Another symposium took place at UC Berkeley in April 2015. A programspeaker bios, and symposium flyer can be viewed to learn more about the details of the event organized similarly to the previous symposia. Synberc has also developed a Graduate School Guide and presentation, along with other materials to help students navigate the graduate application/admissions process, grad school applications and planning, and disseminated these on our website, the symposium and at future outreach events. The last symposium took place in April 2016 at Glendale Community College. The program is available here, speaker bios are available here, and here is a flyer for the event. All of the symposia were resounding successes!