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Title: The What, When, Where, Why and How of Graduate School A Panel Discussion


1
The What, When, Where, Why and How of Graduate
School A Panel Discussion
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Western Washington University

2
  • 3 Keys to Success
  • Be informed.
  • Dont self select.
  • Find something that interests you have FUN!!!

3
Why go to graduate school?
  • Consider your professional goals
  • Industry, academics, government
  • Where do you want to be on the food chain?
  • Do you want a job or a career?
  • Consider your life goals
  • Family / personal issues
  • Consider your talents and abilities
  • Do you like lab work and research?

4
Bachelors Degree
  • Generally little decision-making
  • Industrial / government positions
  • Technician, chemist, sales, customer service
  • Natl. avg. starting salary 45K
  • Natl. avg. salary (all experience levels)
    65K
  • Academic positions
  • Elementary / high school teacher w/certificate
  • Natl. avg. salary 46K

Source Chemical Engineering News, March, 2008
5
Masters Degree
  • Generally little decision-making some
    supervisory duties possible in smaller companies
  • Industrial / government positions
  • Technician, chemist, sales, service
  • Natl. avg. starting salary 55K
  • Natl. avg. salary (all experience levels) 77K
  • Academic positions
  • Elementary / high school teacher w/certificate
  • Community college
  • Natl. avg. salary (all experience levels) 56K

Source Chemical Engineering News, March, 2008
6
Ph.D. Degree
  • Team leaders / managers / directors
  • Industrial / government positions
  • Scientist
  • Salaries vary substantially by region
  • Natl. avg. starting salary 70K
  • Natl. avg. salary (all experience levels)
    109-113K
  • Academic positions (9 month)
  • Ph.D. granting PUI
  • Natl. avg. assistant prof. 69K 52K
  • Natl. avg. full professor 120K 76K

Source Chemical Engineering News, March, 2008
7
What is graduate school like?
  • Financial supportyea!
  • Teaching assistantships
  • Research assistantships
  • Fellowships
  • After you get there
  • Year 1 Qualifying exams courses pick an
    advisor and start research
  • Year 2 Research, remaining coursework
    Preliminary oral exam
  • Year 3 n Research, Research, Research,
    Research
  • Year n Write thesis (36 months)
  • Average time to Ph.D. is 5 years, but varies by
    specialty

8
What is important for admission?
  • Grades (3.0 minimum)
  • Research experience
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • GRE General Test (www.ets.org)
  • verbal, quantitative, analytical writing sections
  • Computer based make appointment
  • (1st come, 1st served)

9
GRE Subject Tests 170 minutes Chemistry
130-140 questions Biochemistry 180
questions 140 (financial aid is available from
ETS) Given 3 times per year Test
date Registration due 10/10/09 9/4/09
(Friday before Labor Day) 11/07/09 10/2/09
(Friday of 2nd week of classes) 4/10/10 3/5/10
(Too late for Fall 10 admission)
Practice Subject GRE (Chem or Biochem) next
Thursday, 10/1/09, 400 pm SL 110.
All info taken from GRE website www.ets.org
(contact braymond_at_chem.wwu.edu)
10
Chemistry Test Breakdown 30 Organic 30 P.
Chem 25 Inorganic/Gen. Chem. 15 Analytical No
calculators allowed!
1 point given per correct answer ¼ point
subtracted per wrong answer 0 points given for
blank answers Scaled scores range from 200-990
Sample scoring
2003-2006 data 920 99th , 460 1st , 680
50th
11
Biochemistry Test Breakdown 36
Biochemistry 28 Cell Biology 36 Molecular
Biology and Genetics Sub-scores for
each section are reported. No calculators
allowed!
1 point given per correct answer ¼ point
subtracted per wrong answer 0 points given for
blank answers Scaled scores range from 200-990

Raw Scores
Scaled Score
Form A
Form B
Form C
700
132-134
129-131
122-124
600
102-104
97-99
92-94
Sample scoring
500
71-73
66-68
62-64
400
41-43
34-37
32-34
Number of Questions Used to Compute Raw Score
178
177
176
2003-2006 data 760 99th , 300 1st , 520
50th
12
Where should I apply?
  • Important considerations
  • M.S. or Ph.D?
  • Quality of program in your chosen area
  • http//www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/grad/rankings/
  • Chronicle of Higher Education survey
  • Your professors / advisors / mentors
  • Check out websites of departments
  • Geography and personal issues

13
Where should I apply?
  • What factors are important to me?
  • http//www.phds.org/rankings/

14
Where should I apply?
  • Go to the best school you can!
  • What makes a department / program good ?
  • Faculty
  • Facilities
  • Other students!
  • Am I good enough?
  • Aim high, but be realistic
  • Get advice from faculty and advisors

15
Where should I apply?
  • Some schools are good in ALL areas of chemistry
  • Cal Tech MIT Stanford
  • UC-Berkeley Harvard Scripps
  • Illinois Wisconsin Cornell
  • Columbia UCLA U Chicago
  • Northwestern UT-Austin Yale
  • Penn State Princeton Michigan
  • UNC-Chapel Hill UC-San Diego Penn
  • Purdue Texas AM UC-Irvine
  • Minnesota Georgia Tech UC-Santa Barbara

US News World Report rankings 2007 data
16
Where should I apply?
  • Some schools are good in specialties Analytical
  • UNC-Chapel Hill Purdue Illinois
  • Indiana UT-Austin Wisconsin
  • Arizona Penn State Michigan
  • Florida Washington Iowa State
  • Michigan St. Minnesota Utah
  • Florida State Texas AM UC-Berkeley
  • Northwestern
  • Italics school not in overall Top 20

US News World Report rankings 2007 data
17
Where should I apply?
  • Some schools are good in specialties Inorganic
  • MIT Cal Tech Northwestern
  • Berkeley Texas AM Illinois
  • Wisconsin Stanford Cornell
  • UNC-Chapel Hill Harvard Minnesota
  • UCLA UC-San Diego U Chicago
  • Michigan Yale Iowa State
  • Washington
  • Italics school not in overall Top 20

US News World Report rankings 2007 data
18
Where should I apply?
  • Some schools are good in specialties Organic
  • Harvard UC-Berkeley Stanford
  • MIT Cal Tech Scripps
  • Illinois Wisconsin Columbia
  • UC-Irvine Penn Princeton
  • Michigan Yale Cornell
  • UT-Austin UCLA Boston College
  • UNC-Chapel Hill Colorado State Utah
  • Pittsburgh
  • Italics school not in overall Top 20

US News World Report rankings 2007 data
19
Where should I apply?
  • Some schools are good in specialties Physical
  • UC-Berkeley Cal Tech MIT
  • Stanford Harvard Illinois
  • U Chicago Northwestern Wisconsin
  • Colorado Columbia Cornell
  • Georgia Tech UT-Austin Princeton
  • Yale UCLA UC-San Diego
  • Penn
  • Italics school not in overall Top 20

US News World Report rankings 2007 data
20
Where should I apply?
  • Some schools are good in specialties Polymer
  • U Mass-Amherst Akron Cal Tech
  • MIT Virginia Tech Case Western
  • So. Mississippi Minnesota Penn State
  • UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Italics school not in overall Top 20

US News World Report rankings 2007 data
21
Where should I apply?
  • Some schools are good in specialties Theoretical
  • UC-Berkeley Cal Tech MIT
  • Northwestern Harvard U Chicago
  • Columbia Illinois Wisconsin
  • Minnesota Stanford UC-San Diego
  • Yale Cornell Princeton
  • UT-Austin Georgia Penn
  • Italics school not in overall Top 20

US News World Report rankings 2007 data
22
Where should I apply?
  • Some schools are good in specialties Biochemistry
  • UC-Berkeley MIT Harvard
  • Stanford UCSF Scripps
  • Wisconsin Cal Tech UC-San Diego
  • Yale Johns Hopkins UCLA
  • Michigan Washington
  • Italics school not in overall Top 20

US News World Report rankings 2007 data
23
Where should I apply?
  • Some schools are good in specialties
  • Biophysics and Structural Biology
  • Harvard MIT Stanford
  • Cal Tech UCSF Yale
  • UC-Berkeley Johns Hopkins Rockefeller
  • Duke UC-San Diego UT SW Med
  • Washington U. (St. Louis)
  • Italics school not in overall Top 20

US News World Report rankings 2007 data
24
Interested in a different science?
  • Check out US News and World Report for yourself
  • http//grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/
    best-graduate-schools

25
How do I apply?
  • Most applications are now online
  • If paper application, type it!
  • Statement of purposeget advice and feedback from
    faculty
  • Solicit at least 3 letters of recommendation
  • Application deadlines
  • Top schools as early as December 15 for the
    following fall term!

26
How do I make a final decision?
  • Visit the schools
  • Ask your professors / advisor
  • Visit the schools
  • Look more specifically at which faculty you
    really want to work withleave yourself choices
  • Visit the schools
  • Talk with current graduate students when you
  • VISIT THE SCHOOLS !

27
Types of education masters degrees
  • M.I.T. (Master In Teaching)
  • For people with a bachelors degree in another
    discipline
  • Certification is fulfilled as part of degree
    program
  • M.Ed. (Master in Education)
  • For practicing teachers
  • Many programs designed for the working teacher
  • Research oriented
  • M.A., M.S.
  • Research oriented
  • Given within a discipline (eg. educational
    psychology)
  • Not always designed for working teachers
  • 3rd option post-baccalaureate program
  • Like MIT program but does not come with masters
    degree
  • Enables you to get into teaching earlier and to
    receive an M.Ed. later on.

28
Types of education doctoral degrees
  • Ph.D.
  • For those interested in conducting research in
    education
  • Two choices
  • Ph.D. with a science education specialization,
    within a college of education
  • Ph.D. in a chemistry department, with a
    specialization in chemistry education (only at
    select universities)
  • Masters not always required (especially for 2)
  • Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)
  • More practitioner oriented (eg. for people
    wanting to become school or university
    administrators)
  • Many programs require experience as a school
    administrator
  • Harvard only offers this degree.

29
Examples of sub-disciplines in education graduate
programs (UW)
  • Curriculum Instruction
  • Designing and implementing educational
    experiences
  • Educational Leadership Policy Studies
  • Creating and implementing policy
  • Educational Psychology
  • Learning about how students learn
  • Special Education
  • Teaching students with special needs
  • Teacher Education
  • Teaching future teachers

30
Questions to consider
  • Do I want to teach? At what level?
  • K-12 MIT or MEd
  • Community college MS or PhD in discipline
  • University PhD in discipline or in education
  • Note that many universities dont have positions
    for faculty with an emphasis in education
    research.
  • Do I want to investigate how to effectively teach
    students?
  • PhD in education or in chemistry with emphasis in
    education
  • Do I want to be more on the organization end of a
    school or university?
  • EdD

31
What does it mean to do research in education?
  • Types of data
  • Interviews with students and/or teachers
  • Student work
  • Pre- / post-assessments
  • Surveys
  • Video
  • Observations
  • Types of research practices
  • Create and assess treatment and control groups
    (quantitative)
  • Create a thick description of an educational
    environment of interest (qualitative)
  • Follow a group of students before, during and
    after an educational experience (mixed)

32
Some recommended programs
  • WWU (MIT, MEd)
  • UW (MIT, MEd, PhD, EdD)
  • Miami of OH (MS, PhD in chemical education)
  • UNC (MS, PhD in chemical education)
  • Purdue (MS, PhD in chemical education)
  • Good PhD in education programs Michigan State,
    Northwestern, Montana State, Texas, Colorado
    (CU), Georgia Tech.
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