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GEM GRAD Lab/ FFP hosted at North Carolina State University

Raleigh, NC Talley Student Union
Oct 18-19, 2024
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About the Event

North Carolina State University is thrilled to announce a unique, combined event bringing together GEM’s GRAD Lab and Fellow & Future Professionals (FFP) Program! The national GRAD Lab sponsor is 3M. 


Event Highlights:

  • Combined Expertise: This groundbreaking event merges the GRAD Lab’s focus on understanding the importance of continuing your graduate education with the FFP Program’s specialized guidance on navigating your graduate journey through to completion.
  • Comprehensive Coverage: Attendees will benefit from a holistic approach to graduate education, with sessions addressing both the decision to pursue advanced degrees and the strategies for successfully completing them.
  • Exclusive Opportunity: Traditionally, the FFP Program is offered only at our Annual Conference. This is your chance to experience it in conjunction with the GRAD Lab, providing a rich, multifaceted educational experience.
  • Networking: Connect with fellow students, GEM Fellows, and professionals in the field, expanding your academic and professional network.

Join us for this inaugural event and gain the insights, tools, and connections you need to thrive in your graduate education journey!

Event Schedule

Friday, October 18, 2024

Registration and Hotel Check In 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
Resource Fair 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST
Campus Tours 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM EST
North Carolina State University 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST

Saturday, October 19, 2024 | EST

Registered Login/Pre-Surveys/ Breakfast 08:45AM - 10:00AM EST

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

Welcome Overview (All Attendees) 09:00AM - 09:05AM EST
Why Graduate School? (GRAD Lab Attendees) 09:05AM - 9:45AM EST

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

Benefits of Interdisciplinary Research (GEM Fellows, Post-Docs, and Graduate Students) 9:05AM - 9:45AM EST
How to Competitively Apply to Graduate School (GRAD Lab Attendees)D Lab Atte 9:55AM - 10:40AM EST

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.

Managing your Ph.D. Process ( GEM Fellows and Post-Docs) 9:55AM - 10:40AM EST
Negotiating Your First Industry/ Lab Contract ( Graduate Students) 9:55AM - 10:40AM EST
How to Fund Graduate School 10:45AM - 11:30AM EST

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 Coordinator, The National GEM Consortium

Developing Strong Mentoring Relationships (GEM Fellows and Post-Docs) 10:45AM - 11:30AM EST
So You Want An Academic Career: An Admin's Perspective (Graduate Students) 10:45AM - 11:30AM EST
The Transition from Undergraduate to Graduate 11:35AM - 12:20PM EST
Professional Development While in Grad School/ Entrepreneurship/ What Do You Do While There? (GEM Fellows and Post-Doc's) 11:35AM - 12:20PM EST
Post-Doc: Where and Why Do It? (Graduate Students) 11:35AM - 12:20PM EST
Lunch Keynote - Developing a Balanced and Impactful Graduate Experience (All Attendees) 12:30PM - 1:30PM EST
Afternoon Break 1:30PM - 1:45PM EST
Voices from the Field Graduate Student Panel (All Attendees) 01:45PM - 02:30PM EST

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.

Closing/Raffles 02:30PM - 02:45PM EST

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.


Dr. Howard G. Adams

Keynote Speaker on the Importance of continuing Graduate Education

Joann Ransom

Programs Coordinator, The National GEM Consortium