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Mississippi State University GEM GRAD Lab

Date
September 17, 2022
Time
8:30 am - 2:40 pm
Location
Mississippi State University Colvard Student Union – 2nd Floor

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Mississippi State University GEM GRAD Lab

About The Event

Get your STEM Graduate Degree TUITION FREE!

Mississippi State University is proud to host the GEM GRAD Lab! The event will be held in the MSU Colvard Student Union – 2nd Floor

Join the premiere organization supporting qualified students from underrepresented communities pursuing graduate degrees in applied science and engineering funded by leading corporations, government laboratories, top universities, and top research institutions. Getting Ready for Advanced Degrees (GRAD) Lab offers underrepresented students exposure to the benefits of research and technology careers in a highly interactive one-day event.

Event Schedule

Friday, September 16, 2022 : MSU Colvard Student Union – 2nd Floor

Welcome to Mississippi State University! 2:00PM – 8:00PM CDT
  • 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Check-In 
  • 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Lab Tours 
  • 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Poster Session/ Mixer
  • 5:30 PM: Doors for Dinner open
  • 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Welcome Event Dinner 

Saturday, September 17, 2022: MSU Colvard Student Union – 2nd Floor

Continental Breakfast/ Pre-survey 08:30AM – 09:30AM CDT

Students will utilize this time-frame to fill out survey response sheet that was shared prior to the start of the event.

Mississippi State Welcome 09:30AM – 09:35AM CDT

Welcome to Mississippi State University! Please read the Welcome Letter on behalf of our Dean.

Dr. Peter Ryan

Executive Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School

Why Graduate School? 09:35AM – 10:35AM CDT

If you thought PhDs were simply for those wanting to become professors or that you couldn’t afford graduate school, think again.  This session is designed to break some of the common myths about pursuing an advanced degree and set you on course to achieving your fullest potential.

Dr. Howard G. Adams

Keynote Speaker on the Importance of continuing Graduate Education

How to Competitively Apply to Graduate School 10:45AM – 11:45 AM CDT

Learn the tips and tricks associated with preparing for a graduate degree from the experts.  Learn how to make your application stand out above others as well as how to position yourself to be seriously considered by many of the prestigious academic institutions in the country.

Lindsey Shelton

Director of Graduate Admissions & Enrollment Marketing The Graduate School, Mississippi State University

Robbie Salters

Assistant Director for Graduate Admissions, Mississippi State University

Voices from the Field Graduate Student Panel 11:45AM – 12:30PM CDT

As the saying goes, “you can’t be what you can’t see.”  Hear stories from GEM alums who have successfully attained advanced degrees and gone on to very successful careers.

Dr. Nashlie Sephus

Tech Evangelist for Amazon AI

Jaylan Billups

Ph.D. Candidate, Chemistry, Mississippi State University

Destiny Crockett

Ph.D. Candidate, Earth and Atmospheric Science, Mississippi State University

Shaylin Williams

Ph.D. Student in Engineering Education at Mississippi State University

Timothy Sellers

Ph.D. Candidate, Electrical and Computer Engineering , Mississippi State University

Lunch Break/ Graduate Resource Fair 12:30PM – 01:30PM CDT

INTERMISSION/ Keynote

 

Dr. Nashlie Sephus (GEM Alum)

Dr. Nashlie Sephus is the Tech Evangelist for Amazon AI focusing on fairness and identifying biases at AWS AI. She formerly led the Amazon Visual Search team as an Applied Scientist in Atlanta, which launched visual search for replacement parts on the Amazon Shopping app in June 2018. In 2018, Dr. Sephus became the founder and CEO of The Bean Path non-profit organization based in Jackson, MS assisting individuals and startups with technical expertise and guidance. In September of 2020, she became the owner and developer of the Jackson Tech District—14-acres of mixed-use commercial real-estate in downtown Jackson—to bring tech training and workforce/economic development to the area.

Dr. Nashlie Sephus

Tech Evangelist for Amazon AI

How to Fund Graduate School 01:30PM – 02:30PM CDT

Hear about all the different fellowship programs, including GEM that you can apply for and ensure that you can pursue your graduate degree for FREE!

Joann Ransom

Programs Manager, GEM

Latane Brackett

Principals Innovation Manager, GEM I-4

Closing/Raffles 02:30PM – 02:40PM CDT

Only students who stay throughout the completion of the GRAD Lab will be entered into the raffle. We invite you to fully participate in the event so you can be entered into raffle.

Speakers

Dr. Howard G. Adams

Keynote Speaker on the Importance of continuing Graduate Education

Latane Brackett

Principals Innovation Manager, GEM I-4

Jaylan Billups

Ph.D. Candidate, Chemistry, Mississippi State University

Destiny Crockett

Ph.D. Candidate, Earth and Atmospheric Science, Mississippi State University

Shaylin Williams

Ph.D. Student in Engineering Education at Mississippi State University

Joann Ransom

Programs Manager, GEM

Robbie Salters

Assistant Director for Graduate Admissions, Mississippi State University

Timothy Sellars

Ph.D. Candidate, Electrical and Computer Engineering , Mississippi State University

Dr. Nashlie Sephus

Tech Evangelist for Amazon AI

Lindsey Shelton

Director of Graduate Admissions & Enrollment Marketing The Graduate School, Mississippi State University

GRAD Lab Sponsors