IUPUI offers boot camp to help students navigate graduate school admissions process

imagesSome would-be graduate students find themselves stuck trying to navigate the graduate school admissions process.

“A lot of students who would be great candidates and do well as graduate students often struggle with the application process,” said NaShara Mitchell, assistant dean at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Graduate Office.

That’s why IUPUI offers a boot camp to help students master topics that are essential to a quality application, she said.

Graduate school boot camp will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, July 21, at the IUPUI Campus Center, third floor, 420 University Blvd. It is free and open to all graduate school applicants, regardless of where they intend to apply for admission. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Among topics graduate admissions experts will cover are:

  • Personal statements
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Entrance exam preparation (GRE, GMAT, etc.)
  • LinkedIn

The in-depth program is for those who are ready to apply, providing personal attention to navigating the admissions process. Participants submit a draft personal statement before the event for faculty review. In addition to revising the personal statement during boot camp, participants may also ask faculty to answer questions during one-on-one sessions. Current students from graduate programs will provide personal insight into various disciplines.

While there is no cost to attend, participants must register in advance.

The deadline for registration is July 10. For more information, contact the IUPUI Graduate Office by email or by phone at 317-274-1577.

Call for papers: 2014 Purdue American Studies Symposium: American exceptionalism in the 21st century

Call for Papers: 39th Annual American Studies Graduate Symposium
“The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly: American Exceptionalism in the 21st Century”
Purdue University, April 17-18, 2014

Keynote Speaker: Kevin Gaines, Robert Hayden Collegiate Professor of History and Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan

The election of our nation’s first Black president ushered in a discourse of Post-Blackness, suggesting that America’s race problems were behind us. Likewise, the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and the unconstitutionality of DOMA seem to suggest that discrimination against LGBT and queer persons was a thing of the past. However, recent political attacks on women’s rights, renewed fights to prevent LGBT persons from marrying, the government shutdown, the GOP war on voting rights aimed at disenfranchising people of color, as well as our extended global “war on terror,” have dispelled the notion that we are “post” anything. American exceptionalism, including intra-American exceptionalism, is in full effect. Still, we must ask, what’s good about America? What narratives of belonging, nation, and freedom bind us to our American identity? Is there anything left to love about America?

In accordance with this theme, we would be interested in tracing the resurgence of imperialism, white supremacy, economic disparity, and otherness within the turn of the century. Other possible sub-themes include:

  • Identity: What constitutes an American? Who is excluded and why?
  • Post-race, post-feminism, post-Civil Rights?
  • Commodification/Cooptation of American identity
  • Music/sound
  • Technology/Innovation
  • Media/Popular Culture/Representation
  • American Exceptionalism in a transnational context
  • Religion/spirituality
  • LGBT/Queer: Progression (or regression) of movements, visibility, etc.
  • Ecology/geography
  • Immigration and American identity
  • Urban/rural landscapes and communities
  • Dis(ability)
  • University/Public Education System
  • Nostalgia (Longing for a “halcyon” past, 1950s, The Old South, etc.)
  • How are these concepts tied to exceptionalism?
  • Love and Affect: How do we feel about America? What’s left to love? What constitutes a “good” life/nation?

The Symposium Committee invites all those interested to submit proposals no longer than one page in length for panels, individual papers, workshops, and performances no later than January 10, 2014. Please also submit a biography of no more than 250 words, a current CV with contact information, especially your email address, and a list of any audio and/or visual equipment necessary for presentation. Submissions may be made electronically to Stephanie A. Allen at amstsymposium@purdue.edu. Inquiries regarding the symposium may be made to the same email address.

The full flyer can be seen here.

Contact information: Stephanie A. Allen, Purdue University, 100 N. University St., (765) 496-9629, email: allen65@purdue.edu