January 29, 2013

Big Ten Universities Recruit for Graduate School

GRAMBLING, LA – For the 18th consecutive year, there will be a Big Ten school “Grad Fair” Tuesday (Jan. 29) starting at 10 a.m. to 12 noon in Grambling State University’s Black & Gold Room. The fair will include The Commission on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Recruitment Caravan, a consortium of the Big Ten member universities plus the University of Chicago.

J. Russell Willis, a GSU sociology professor who graduated from The Ohio State University, has hosted the grad fair with the goal of exposing students to graduate school opportunities. The event is an informative session about the participating universities’ grad programs and/or paid summer research opportunities.

"The Commission on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Universities represent the nation’s premier higher education consortium of top tier research institutions,” said Willis. “The fact that they continue to return to Grambling every year to recruit our students speaks very highly of the caliber of students we are able to send them for graduate study and summer research learning opportunities. (Provost) Dr. Connie Walton and her staff in the Office of Academic Affairs are strong supporters of this event. And, as in years past, I am delighted to be associated with it."

Interested sophomores and juniors may have on-site interviews about graduate school programs, and even paid summer research internships. Each participating Big Ten school will have a representative give a presentation detailing information about what the school has to offer. There will also be discussions about what to look for when considering graduate schools, how to find funds for graduate school and how to successfully apply to graduate school. Students can ask questions about financial aid, assistantships, fellowships and other graduate school matters.

The event is open to any student, faculty and/or staff interested. Refreshments will be served. For additional information about the event, contact J. Russell, Ph.D., at 318-274- 2331

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