By Andrea Beasley
Grambling State University Media Bureau
Grambling, LA – Daron Spence was among the students lining up to inquire about graduate schools, summer research opportunities and scholarships at a Big 10 University recruitment fair.
Spence, 22, has attended the Grambling State University grad fair each of the last three years, gaining valuable experiences and graduate school interest. One of the fair’s success stories, he’s completed three summer research programs at Stanford University, The Ohio State University and Michigan State University. Now he’s being considered for multiple graduate school opportunities.
“I encourage students to come to the grad fair because things that might not be common knowledge” can be unearthed, opening up doors with good information and the right steps, said Spence, of Arleta, Calif.
More than 50 students attended the 18th Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Recruitment Fair, held in the Black and Gold Room of the Favrot Student Union.
The event coordinator, sociology professor J. Russell Willis, said students “increase their horizons in terms of possibilities of what exist.” “The caliber of students that Grambling produces keeps (recruiters) coming back,” said Willis, a graduate of The Ohio State University.
Purdue University, The Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University and Illinois State University discussed opportunities. Despite the limited number of schools, many students were eager to ask questions about how to become eligible for the Big 10 school programs.
Students received honest feedback about what they need to do to become eligible at any CIC school. Ohio State’s Cyndi Freeman has attended recruitment fairs at Grambling for eight years. She said her goal is to increase awareness of what it takes to become eligible to get into her school and other Big 10 schools.
Freeman doesn’t want “students to get in positions so that they don’t have the option” to even meet the minimum requirements.
Freeman conducted Wednesday seminars to further increase awareness about how Grambling State students can help increase the number of African American students entering into STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) programs.
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