CRN 17780

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Being a graduate student is like becoming all of the Seven Dwarves.
In the beginning, you’re Dopey and Bashful.
In the middle, you are usually sick (Sneezy), tired (Sleepy), and irritable (Grumpy).
But at the end, they call you Doc, and then you’re Happy.
(Ronald Azuma)

  • Instructors of Record:
    • Ms. Ariana Arciero,
    • Dr. Benjamin C. Flores,
    • Dr. Helmut Knaust,
  • Classroom: Classroom Building 202
  • Meeting Time: F 11:00 - 11:50 AM
  • Catalog Course Description: GRAD 6100. Issues in Higher Education. Multi-disciplinary seminar on current issues in higher education. Prerequisite: Instructor approval.
  • Course Outcomes: By the end of the semester you will
  1. Succinctly articulate your research and professional goals;
  2. Set expectations for yourself and your graduate education;
  3. Develop skill sets to increase your success (graduate school, career, and beyond).
  • Attendance: As per the LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate contract, attendance is mandatory except for excused absences that are approved in advance.
  • Calendar:
    • September 1. Welcome and introductions. Purpose of the seminar. Icebreaker.
    • September 8. Three letters: PhD. Setting expectations.
    • September 15. STEM doctoral career paths. Exploring short-term, medium-term, and long-term goals.
    • September 22. Sandia Alumni Panel, in IDRB 2.204 11:30-13:30. Also: Articulating your research statement: Prepare your one-minute elevator speech for next week!
    • September 29. CANCELLED.
    • October 6. Practicing elevator speeches.
    • October 13. CANCELLED.
    • October 27. 3MT: Three-minute thesis. Graduate school guest speaker.
    • November 3. Goal setting and time management.
    • November 10. BD alumni panel.
    • November 17. Taking care of your mind and body. Resources. Guest: Dr. Shenberger-Trujillo.
    • November 24. Thanksgiving Holiday.
    • December 1. Ice cream with Dr. Knaust.
  • Deliverables: Prepare a personalized website with the following items:
    • Short-term, mid-term, long-term goals
    • One-minute elevator speech
    • Three-minute thesis video
    • Identity statement
  • Grading: The grading scale for this course is S/U.

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