CGSR Hosts Graduate Student Workshops – The North Wind

Students interested in attending graduate school can take advantage of a series of workshops to help them better understand the program application process – including the graduate record review requirement.

Northern Michigan University’s College of Graduate Studies and Research hosted a virtual workshop on Wednesday, January 19. The workshop, “All About Graduate Education – Planning, Application, and Expectations,” was held on Zoom from noon to 1 p.m. The event featured a student speaker from the School of Health and Human Performance who spoke briefly about his experience with the application process. Heather Pickett, Director of Graduate Enrollment and Marketing, presented the workshop.

Pickett covered application requirements, application timeline, different ways to fund school, and general graduate school requirements. Students can expect to learn how to write a thesis, who will be part of their thesis committee, and how important it is to stay healthy and healthy during these stressful times, Pickett said. All students, undergraduate and graduate were encouraged to attend.

“It’s a really good idea to be a bit ahead of what to expect and not be caught off guard by the expectations that they’re going to look at for applications,” Pickett said. “Students who end up applying to graduate school should think about it when they are juniors in their undergrad.”

Pickett encourages juniors who want to get ahead to attend these workshops and suggests researching programs ahead of time to narrow down the type of program they want to take.

“If you don’t spend time talking to the people in those positions or the professors in those programs, then it’s hard to get a sense of what they’re getting into,” Pickett said.

Spending time talking to professors and reaching out to programs is an important part of the downsizing process. If students think they would be interested in programs elsewhere, that will help them decide which program to choose, Pickett said.

Students looking for help with other areas of the application process, such as reviewing graduate records, can take free online preparation courses. The GRE is required for potential applicants for a master’s or doctoral degree.

The GRE covers three sections: an analytical writing assessment, a quantitative section and a verbal section. Andrew A. Poe, professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science gives these classes every Monday and Tuesday at 5 p.m. on Zoom.

“A lot of schools don’t need it right now because of COVID. A number of schools are making the GRE optional,” Poe said.

Many students are still interested in taking the exam despite it becoming optional for a number of schools due to COVID-19 restrictions, Poe said.

You do not have to register. You just show up, come when you feel like coming, and then we cover the entire GRE general test in one semester,” Poe said. Students can get involved by contacting Poe at [email protected] for more information.

Poe recommends taking the GRE in a student’s third year of college when they feel comfortable and having scores ready to go when the application process begins. The exam lasts about three hours. Students can find more information about GREs Website.

Students who missed the event can find the recorded video on the CGSR Website.

Contact Heather Pickett for more information or questions at [email protected] or 906-227-2538.

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