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Enhancing the Graduate Experience: A Conference for Graduate Student Put On by Graduate Students

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Graduate Student Experience

Tagged Divisions

Graduate Studies and Student

Page Count

10

Page Numbers

25.577.1 - 25.577.10

DOI

10.18260/1-2--21334

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https://peer.asee.org/21334

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124

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Krystal S. Corbett Louisiana Tech University

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Galen E. Turner III Louisiana Tech University

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Heath Tims Louisiana Tech University

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Narate Taerat Louisiana Tech University

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College of Engineering and Science

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Nichamon Naksinehaboon Louisiana Tech University

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College of Engineering and Science

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Oneka Tiwanna Cummings Louisiana Tech University

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Oneka Tiwanna Cummings received her B.S. in chemistry and M.S. in mathematics from Louisiana Tech University, where she is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in computational analysis and modeling. Her research efforts involve computation studies of aqueous and ionic liquid interfaces. Apart from her primary area of research, her interest in improving graduate student life and experience led her to serve on the Graduate Student Council for the College of Engineering and Science, which was formed and tailored for this purpose.

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Abstract

Enhancing the Graduate Experience: A Conference for Graduate Student Put on by Graduate StudentsThe Graduate Student Council at _________ University set a goal to enhance the graduateexperience for all graduate students. To achieve this goal, the council had to understand whatgraduate students felt would make their experience better. The feedback received was simple,graduate students wanted to have an opportunity to meet other students and know what sort ofresearch is being done by their peers. Basically they wanted to enhance the community feelingand atmosphere. Instead of a simple mixer, the council decided a college wide conference couldfill the void, while also providing many additional benefits to the graduate students.The conference not only allows for all graduate students in the College of Engineering andScience to have an opportunity to showcase their research, but also build their network of peers.Providing an atmosphere where students can expand their network invites opportunity for crosscollaborations on work. The conference used the NSF style of review. An intensive peer reviewprovided a mechanism for mirroring professional organization/society paper and proposalprocess.This paper will chronicle the experience of putting on a conference for graduate students bygraduate students. It will discuss the lessons learned by the graduate students who put on aconference for the first time as well as provide advice to other universities that might want toprovide a similar service to their graduate students. Survey data from graduate studentexperiences with the process as well as the conference will be presented.

Corbett, K. S., & Turner, G. E., & Tims, H., & Taerat, N., & Naksinehaboon, N., & Cummings, O. T. (2012, June), Enhancing the Graduate Experience: A Conference for Graduate Student Put On by Graduate Students Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21334

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