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Featured Presenters: Chris Cash, Liv Detrick, David Siegfried, Sondra Lancaster

The Institute for Broadening Participation has created an ongoing series of webinars directed towards undergraduates who are considering entering graduate school. There are many challenges when seeking a graduate program, including the timeline for application, choosing an advisor, and finding funding to support your education. This webinar series features two speakers from the Institute for Broadening Participation: Chris Cash and Liv Detrick, and features 1-2 guest panelists that share their experience.

The concept map presented in each webinar includes resources that are available to participants – specifically collected in the concept map for easy access.



Adrian Ponce 

July 25, 2012 - Paying for Graduate School I
Presented by: The Institute for Broadening Participation
Featured Panelist: Adrian Ponce, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Ashton CookMelanie Harrison 

September 20, 2012 - Paying for Graduate School II
Presented by: The Institute for Broadening Participation
Featured Panelists: Ashton Cook, University of Oklahoma and Melanie Harrison, NOAA

Melanie HarrisonLeonard Pace 

July 18, 2013 - Paying for Graduate School III
Presented by: The Institute for Broadening Participation
Featured Panelists: Melanie Harrison, NOAA and Leonard Pace, Schmidt Ocean Institute

Marsha Cole 

September 12, 2013 - Paying for Graduate School IV
Presented by: The Institute for Broadening Participation
Featured Panelist: Dr. Marsha Cole, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Melanie Harrison 

April 8, 2014 - Paying for Graduate School V
Presented by: The Institute for Broadening Participation
Featured Panelist: Melanie Harrison, NOAA

Tiffany A. KatzLeonard Pace 

July 9, 2014 - Paying for Graduate School VI
Presented by: The Institute for Broadening Participation
Featured Panelists: Dr. Tiffany A. Katz, University of Pittsburg and Leonard Pace, Schmidt Ocean Institute

Additional Resources

  • Pathways to Science: Use this website to find programs such as undergraduate summer research opportunities, graduate fellowships, postdoctoral positions, as well as resources and materials pertaining to recruitment, retention, and mentoring. 
  • What You Need To Know: The Difference Between the Grad and Undergrad Experience (pdf) - This one page resource helps answer the most commonly asked question, “What’s different about graduate school, and what should I expect?”
  • Graduate Application Timeline (pdf) - A resource created by the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), this timeline includes a timeline and checklist for the application process.
  • Minorities Striving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success (MS PHD’S) is a professional development program in the earth system sciences for undergraduate and graduate students, developed by and for underrepresented minorities. It involves three phases of activities and provides support for a variety of professional development activities, a virtual support network of mentors and students and a small fellowship at the completion at the program.


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