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Grad School Mini Expo


Each year, summer undergraduate research program coordinators from across campus offer a Grad School Mini Expo to our student participants. The goal is to help expose students to the idea of grad school, different types of grad school options, tips for applying, and what to do after grad school. This event is for any undergraduate student interested in grad school, no matter where you are in the process (from “I didn’t think grad school was for me” to “I know which programs I want to go into”).

Please join us for the 2023 Preparing my Next Steps: Graduate and Professional School Admissions Mini Expo on Thursday, June 22, 1-4:15 PM, Eccles Health Sciences Education Building (EHSEB)

PARKING IS VERY LIMITED ON UPPER CAMPUS so we encourage everyone to take a campus shuttle or public transit.  
  • The South Medical Parking Garage located east of the Biomedical Polymers Building (southeast of the EHSEB), has limited hourly ($2/hour) parking for visitors (see the parking map).
  • The Blue and Circulator campus shuttles along with TRAX have stops on Mario Capecchi Drive where you can then walk up (east) to the EHSEB.  Any stops at the University Guest House or Chapel Glen will also get you in walking distance of the EHSEB.


12:30-1:00 PM: Optional pizza lunch - outside of 1700 EHSEB

1:00-1:30 PM: WELCOME/KEYNOTE - Dr. Michelle Camacho, Dean of the College of Social & Behavioral Science (1700 EHSEB)


  • Do I belong here?  Yes, you do. Exploring Self-Talk - Natalia Torres, Research Associate, CVRTI (2600 EHSEB)
  • Interviewing Skills - Dr. Maija Holsti, Professor of Pediatrics & Director of Research Education for the Department of Pediatrics (1700 EHSEB)
  • Careers in Allied Health Panel (2110 EHSEB-Alumni Hall)
    • Lisa Meerts-Brandma, Assistant Professor, Parks, Recreation and Tourism
    • Robert Kraemer, Professor (Clinical), Communication Sciences and Disorders
    • Chris Depner, Assistant Professor, Health and Kinesiology
    • Kelly Brown, Program Manager, Occupational Therapy


  • Personal Statements - Dr. Jennifer Andrus, Professor, Writing and Rhetoric Studies (1700 EHSEB)
  • Choosing Between Grad School and the Career Field - Laura Cleave, Career Coach, and Dan Moseson, Graduate Career Coach from the Career & Professional Development Center (2600 EHSEB)
  • Getting into Grad School in Health Science Programs Panel (2110 EHSEB-Alumni Hall)
    • Emily O’Connor, Manager of Recruitment Operations, School of Medicine MD Program
    • Dr. Michael Kay, Professor of Biochemistry representing the MD-PhD & Biosciences PhD Programs
    • Dr. Jackie Winter, Associate Professor, Pharmacology and Toxicology; Co-Chair of Recruiting for the Bioscience Program

3:10-3:35 PM: BREAK (Snacks and Tabling) - EHSEB Atrium-2nd Floor


  • Funding Grad School - Dr. Matthew Plooster, Director of Graduate Fellowships, Awards, and Benefits, The Graduate School (1700 EHSEB)
  • Diversity & Finding Community - Graduate Student Panel led by Roshetta Mokofisi, Assistant Director for Diversity, The Graduate School (2110 EHSEB-Alumni Hall)