Graduate Open House: Taking the next step

Grad Open House How do I write a personal statement? How can I make my application stand out? Can I talk to a current student? What kind of research opportunities exist for Wayne State graduate students? What’s it like to live in midtown Detroit? Who should write my letters of recommendation? How can I afford an advanced degree?

There are many questions facing prospective graduate students, and attending the Graduate Open House is a great way to start conversations in an open and casual environment. This year’s Graduate School Open House has over 30 programs represented, with a number of breakout sessions to help current applicants, admitted and prospective grad students prepare for their next steps.

Grad open house 2Breakout sessions have been organized to address common questions about the application process and program specific topics. Individual programs like Biological Sciences, Kinesiology, Health and Sport Studies, and Learning Design & Technology will offer information sessions, as well as the School of Information Sciences and the School of Social Work.

The Graduate School is invested in supporting students throughout the application process and de-mystifying important steps like writing personal statements and securing letters of recommendation. Funding is a major concern for many applicants, and that will also be covered in a breakout session. “WSU is a great place for graduate students to succeed,” says Associate Dean Annmarie Cano, “The WSU Graduate School not only provides financial support to students through fellowships and scholarships but also delivers a competency-based professional development series and hosts learning communities and other events to supplement what graduate students are learning in their disciplines.”

New this year is a supervised activity corner for children. “We want to make it easy for working parents to attend, even if they have to pick up their kids on the way. Wayne State serves a lot of busy professionals and we seek to accommodate those needs. Bring your kids!” says Graduate Admissions Director, Deirdre Baker. Free parking and refreshments will also be available. Campus tours will be offered throughout the event. “Please invite and encourage anyone you know who may be interested in joining the Wayne State graduate student community–current students, alumni, community members, all are welcome!” says Associate Provost and Dean Ambika Mathur.

If your department is still interested in participating, contact Deirdre Baker at

3 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, September 20, Student Center Ballroom


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