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Graduate school colloquium targets underrepresented students

News Release — 8 March 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media contact: Bridget Lewis, (817) 272-3317, Blewis@uta.edu

ARLINGTON - The University of Texas at Arlington’s Office of Graduate Studies is host of the 2011 Lone Star Diversity Colloquium March 25 and 26 at the E.H. Hereford University Center, 300 W. First St.

Lone Star Diversity ColloquiumThe colloquium was established in 2006 by The Association of Texas Graduate Schools to further the statewide Closing the Gaps Initiative. The primary purpose of the event is to encourage more underrepresented minorities, women, and first-generation college students currently enrolled at Texas colleges and universities to stay in Texas to complete their graduate education.

The student registration fee is $15. Visit http://grad.uta.edu/lsdc to register for the event.

Philip Cohen, UT Arlington vice provost for academic affairs and dean of the graduate school, said the goals of the Closing the Gaps Initiative and Lone Star Diversity Colloquium are consistent with House Bill 51, which seeks to build research capacity and improve doctoral programs in Texas.

“As one of the seven Emerging Research Universities covered by HB 51, UT Arlington sought to host the event this year in order to introduce students throughout Texas to graduate education opportunities and showcase our campus,” Cohen said.

Last year’s colloquium was held at the University of Texas at Dallas. Other previous hosts include The University of Texas at San Antonio (2009), Texas Tech University (2008), University of Texas at Austin (2007), and Texas A&M University (2006).

Representatives from numerous schools will be at the Lone Star Diversity Colloquium at UT Arlington. College-specific activities and events are set for Friday afternoon prior to the opening session. Saturday workshops will focus on graduate admissions, the importance of undergraduate research, graduate funding opportunities, and other topics relevant to graduate and professional study.

A panel discussion led by graduate alumni, who discuss their firsthand experience of what to expect as a graduate student, will be followed by a luncheon with keynote speaker, Dr. Maxwell Scarlett, an emergency medicine physician and UT Arlington’s first African-American graduate.

Alisa Johnson, UT Arlington’s director of graduate recruiting, said the workshops will provide attendees with guidance to develop a competitive application. Attendees also will receive information about funding their graduate education and information on how to be successful in a graduate or professional school program, Johnson said.

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of about 33,800 students in the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.

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