Brian James Hutchinson
ENGR498B will demystify the grad school process and help you think about whether it is a good option for you. Learn what it's really like to be a grad student, what sort of work you can expect to do while you're in grad school, and what opportunities will be open to you after grad school. Find out how to choose schools to apply to, how to make your application as strong as possible, and how you can get your education paid for. We'll address the GREs, letters of recommendation, and ways to get an undergraduate research experience.
More information, including a schedule of topics see the course website: http://ssli.ee.washington.edu/courses/engr498b/
Student learning goals
Awareness of graduate school options
Understanding of issues to consider in deciding whether to go to graduate school
Identify steps that undergraduates can take to position themselves for success in graduate school
General method of instruction
The course will include guest lectures from several administrators from the College of Engineering, along with panel discussions with engineering graduate students and faculty members. Students will be given the chance to practice writing their own resumes and personal statements, and will participate in peer-reviewing of personal statements.
This course is open to all undergraduates interested in engineering, but is particularly targeted at sophomores and juniors. We especially encourage students from underrepresented groups to enroll, including women, minorities, and students with disabilities.
Class assignments and grading
Students will be expected to submit questions before each panel discussion, to attend and participate in class meetings, and to participate in the resume and personal statement activities.
This course is offered CR/NC only. Credit will be given to students who miss no more than one class meeting, participate in the writing and peer-reviewing exercises, and submit questions before each panel discussion.