Graduate School Hosts Expo for Prospective Students
The University of Mississippi Graduate School hosted its first Grad School Expo at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 15, for all undergraduate students, graduate students and alumni.
The goal of the event was to provide information on graduate programs offered through the Graduate School, School of Law and University of Mississippi Medical Center. Students had the opportunity to speak directly to faculty members, get a look at individual departments, gain clarity on which program they might like to study, and find information on admissions and funding.
Brenteria Travis, manager of graduate admissions and primary organizer of the event, encouraged all students to take advantage of the expo. She said she hoped the event would “ignite an interest and erase any apprehension students may have about graduate education.”
Occupying two floors of the Ford Center, the expo was host to 34 departments and 63 individual programs, with one from the School of Law and three from the Medical Center. The Division of Outreach and Continuing Education was also represented, offering information on the Ronald E. McNair program and the Mississippi Space Grant Consortium.
Over the course of four hours, the expo was host to more than 60 students, some of whom preregistered, while others took the opportunity to stop by between classes. Attendees ranged from freshmen to students who had already graduated, but most attendees were seniors, who stood to gain the most from the expo.
Meredith Cuilik, a senior studying Chinese, attended the expo as part of her research into potential law schools.
“I was glad to be able to meet some of the law school representatives and learn more about it in person. There’s only so much you can get from a website, so I thought this was really helpful,” she said.
Undergraduates from Mississippi Valley State University also attended the expo. Representatives from Alcorn State University and Jackson State University participated as well, and had the opportunity to tour the campus and attend a sponsored luncheon.