Preparation for graduate school can begin as early as the freshmen year or as late as the senior year. Regardless of where the undergraduate is academically, the goal of the interactive GPS workshop is to share strategies, resources, and practical advice for undergraduate students who are considering graduate school. The GPS workshop will discuss: 1) traditional and unique routes to prepare for graduate school; 2) directions on how to pursue and maximize an undergraduate research experience; and 3) short cuts on how to compare and choose between graduate programs. Students will leave this workshop with a clear, written-out action plan to help them navigate from a bachelor’s degree to a doctoral degree and beyond.
Dr. Sharnnia Artis is Director of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences’ Office of Access and Inclusion at the University of California, Irvine. In this role, she is responsible for programs at the pre-college, undergraduate, and graduate levels to facilitate the recruitment, retention, and overall success of students from traditionally underrepresented groups in engineering and information and computer sciences. Dr. Artis has 17 years of experience working with education and outreach programs in engineering. Prior to joining UC Irvine, she was the Education and Outreach Director for the Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Previously, Dr. Artis spent nine years at Virginia Tech providing program and student support for the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity and has four years of industry and government experience as a Human Factors Engineer. Dr. Artis holds a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech.