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McNair Scholars Graduate School Preparation Seminar: Equity and Access in U.S. Graduate Education

This course aims to provide students with the academic and social tools they need to apply and gain entrance to graduate school and also to succeed in completing their graduate studies. Over the course of the semester students refine their writing and research design skills as they complete graduate school and grant applications. The first half of the semester is devoted to crafting a tailored personal statement and developing other needed materials for a complete application: e.g. research statement, writing sample. The second half of the semester focuses on funding opportunities, and each student works on an appropriate grant that she/he will submit. By the end of the course, students will have applied to at least three graduate programs and one funding body. Throughout the semester, students are able to discuss issues, problems, and concerns they may have about graduate schools, and emphasis is placed on effective strategies and tips students can use to successfully enter into, and remain in, graduate studies.

Course Number

OADI 250 01


Coleman, Atiera



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