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Professional Development Seminar: Grad School 101

Event Type
Professional Development
Illinois Computer Science
wifi event
Apr 28, 2021   5:00 pm  
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This session will help answer questions such as: What is grad school like? How is it different from undergrad? How do you pay for it? Is it for everyone? Masters vs. PhD--what do these degrees do for you? Do you need to put your life on hold when you are in grad school? What are some of the best things about grad school? It will also offer tips on how to prepare a competitive application for graduate school and external fellowships. For example, what should you write in the personal / research statement? What should you highlight in your resume? Should you take the GRE? Who and how should you ask for letters of recommendation? How are applications reviewed? Should you contact professors at the schools to which you are applying? How important is prior participation in research? Come with your questions and we'll do our best to answer them!

Speaker Bios:

Robin Kravets

Robin Kravets is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the head of the Mobius group, which researches communication issues in all types of networks that are challenged by mobility, including IoT ecosystems, wireless LANs, sensor networks, vehicular networks, mobile social networks and personal area networks. Beyond looking at snapshots of wireless networks, she also loves taking pictures of the world around her.

Kelly Mack

Kelly is a second year PhD student at the University of Washington's school of Computer Science and Engineering and is advised by Jennifer Mankoff. Her research focuses on accessibility and adaptive technology. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for undergrad, where her research focused on databases. She has done software engineering internships at several big tech companies. She has also done research internships and Snap Inc. (Snapchat) and Microsoft. Kelly aims to hold the following titles one day: successful professor, supportive mentor, 5K race finisher, and owner of multiple cats.

Darko Marinov

Darko Marinov is Professor and Associate Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His main research interests are in Software Engineering, especially improving software reliability using software testing. He has lots of fun looking for software bugs and little fun writing short bios. More info is at 

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