As part of their mission to prepare undergraduate STEM and behavioral science students for direct-entry into Ph.D. programs, the Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) and Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) programs held their 7th Annual Current Ph.D. Panel on February 21, 2014. This year, 9 doctoral students from universities across the U.S. returned to State to mentor dozens of students from the College of Sciences and the College of Engineering. Having received academic and financial support, as well as training and mentoring from the MARC and IMSD programs, each of the panel members has gone on to enjoy a successful graduate school research career, and continues the tradition of giving back by mentoring undergraduates at their graduate institutions.
This year’s panel included eight SDSU alumni and one current SDSU/UCSD joint doctoral program student, all of whom were keen to answer student questions and provide advice on how to be successful in a doctoral program. The event began with the entire panel answering student questions about graduate school, followed by discipline-specific breakout sessions where students could ask questions of panel members in their fields in a smaller, more accessible setting. The event was a great success, with more than 60 undergraduates taking advantage of the opportunity to learn what life in a doctoral program is really like, and how to best prepare for a successful transition to graduate school. As a follow-up to the first event, MARC and IMSD will host a Post-Ph.D. Panel on April 18, 2014 which will feature panelists who have already earned their Ph.D., answering questions about life (and employment) after graduate school.
If you are passionate about research and dedicated to earning a Ph.D., contact MARC (http://www.sci.sdsu.edu/marc/) and IMSD (http://sci.sdsu.edu/imsd/) for information about their programs.
|Name||SDSU CASA Program||Graduate Institution & Doctoral Program|
|Daisy Galeana||MEP/MSP||UC Riverside – Mechanical Engineering|
|Alexandra Mendoza||IMSD||UC Los Angeles – Chemistry|
|Mike Valdez||IMSD, LSAMP and BRIDGES||University of Arizona -Biomedical Engineering|
|Sarah McCullough||N/A||SDSU/UCSD – Joint Doctoral Program in Ecology|
|Aurora Ramos||IMSD||University of Houston – Neuropsychology|
|Roberto Zamora||IMSD||University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa – Clinical/Health Psychology|
|Ashley Valdez||IMSD, LSAMP and BRIDGES||University of Arizona – Optical Science|
|Alexis Zukowski||IMSD||University of Colorado, Denver – Biomedical Sciences|
|Alyssa Jimenez||IMSD, LSAMP and BRIDGES||University of Texas Southwestern – Microbiology|