Last year, Columbia's first Colloquium for Minority Students Preparing for Graduate School in Science and Engineering was such a success that the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) are cosponsoring it as an annual event again this year.
The Colloquium, a day of informational workshops covering the graduate school admissions process, financial aid, research and career opportunities, will take place on Saturday, April 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This event, which is free of charge to all interested students, will be held at the Davis Auditorium in the Schapiro Center for Engineering and Physical Science Research on West 120th Street and Broadway.
"We initiated this event because we believe that there are students from traditionally underrepresented groups who are really interested in science and engineering but lack information on the opportunities available to them," said Henry Pinkham, dean of GSAS. "We were pleased to find out from the enthusiastic response of last year's attendees that we are correct."
"Engineering and the applied sciences offer exciting career paths that can provide minority students with a springboard in the new information age," said Zvi Galil, dean of SEAS. "We are delighted to have the opportunity to explore the many 'gateways to learning' in engineering and applied science that are open to underrepresented groups."
Gilda Barabino, vice provost for undergraduate education and professor of chemical engineering at Northeastern University, will return to speak this year on how minorities can achieve success in graduate school in science and engineering. The program will also feature workshops offering valuable information on the graduate admissions process, methods of financing graduate study, the day-to-day realities of graduate student life and possible career paths for scientists and engineers. Interested students may register by mail, phone or online and can obtain registration materials or directions to the Colloquium by calling 212- 854-3791 or 854-6438 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
"We have had students come from as far away as Virginia to attend our colloquium," added Dean Pinkham. "We want to encourage minority undergraduates beginning to think about graduate study and current M.A. or M.S. students contemplating continuing their studies toward a Ph.D. to attend this event and avail themselves of the information and expertise that will be presented for them. We are looking for students with the confidence to invest in themselves and their futures and the perseverance to chart and stay the course through the challenging and exciting fields of science and engineering."