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Thursday, October 12, 2000

Christi Hill – U. of Tennessee

Christi is a 2nd year graduate student at the University of Tennessee working toward a Ph.D. in I/O Psychology. She earned her bachelor's degree from USI and came to talk with students about graduate school.

Christi’s key points:

1 – Time scheduling. Need to begin the process of selecting a graduate program early!

2 – Where to apply – If interested in a Ph.D. program, apply to a Ph.D. program. If you are unsure, try to go somewhere that offers both Ph.D. and Master’s Degree.

3 – What’s it really like to be a graduate student?

  • --continuum – goes to less and less supervision
  • --good time manager – organization, self-discipline
  • --different atmosphere
  • @U of T – professors are more colleagues than they are "professors"
  • --they want to keep you, are supportive
  • --as an RA she assists with ongoing research and with classes. In year 2, may work for different faculty if a change is desired
  • --receives about $6500 per year, tuition waived, has to pay student fees which are about $400 per semester plus books and other fees like parking, etc.

4 – Applying – need to email/call/ask questions, and having a prepared list of general questions to ask all schools

5 – Ask questions when applying to programs. Talk to faculty and as important if not     more important, talk to the graduate students, again, having a prepared list of general questions is helpful!

6 – Take Statistics and R.M. courses, English/writing courses. Know your weaknesses AND work on them while it is cheaper in both time and money than after entering grad school!!

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