Introduction to Graduate Advising
Students decide to pursue graduate school for many reasons. For some, a masters or PhD is a requirement to be certified or licensed in their chosen profession. For others, it is a chance to pursue a body of knowledge in-depth by the side of masters in their chosen discipline, regardless of what their final career choice might be. And still others have decided they would like a career spent discovering new things, whether in the sciences, humanities, or social sciences, and whether employed in industry, government, or academia.
Regardless of reason for graduate study, you will be pleased to know that many graduate programs offer tuition remissions and stipends, so that financing a graduate education is often less of a problem than people think.
The resources on this web page are meant to help you decide whether this path may be right for you, and to get you started with useful tools in the graduate application process. I am the University Graduate School Advising Coordinator, responsible for organizing this web page, and recruiting departmental and fellowship advisors. Please contact me for help on getting started, how to decide whether graduate school is for you, or the application process in general.
Each department at Bucknell has an advisor who is the ideal person to turn to for discussions about graduate school in a particular area. Also check out departmental web pages for any additional discipline-specific graduate school information. We also describe a number of national fellowships and travel grants, with links to the fellowship sites and the names of our on-campus advisors for selected awards. There is also a special section with advice for Engineering students, compiled by a recent Bucknell graduate. The Career Development Center is a good place to get information on the GRE's, and letters of recommendation, including the names of the pre-law, pre-medicine, and MBA advisors. Finally, a web page maintained by Peterson's is a good place to do general searching for graduate school information.
Prof. James Mark Shields
Graduate School Advising Coordinator
3C Marts Hall