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Brian James Hutchinson
ENGR 498
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Engineering

Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

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.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Brian James Hutchinson
Date: 01/05/2010