University Alumni Return to Share Ph.D. Experiences with Undergraduate Students

Published: March 17, 2014

University Alumni Return to Share Ph.D. Experiences with Undergraduate Students

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – More than 100 Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi undergraduate students gathered to hear from University alumni and their experiences obtaining their Ph.D. degrees at the first-ever BUILD Symposium held on Feb 28 in the University Center, Legacy Hall.

“The BUILD Symposium featured presentations from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi graduates who have earned Ph.Ds. as well as graduates who are currently pursuing a Ph.D.,” said Dr. Suzzette Chopin, Regents Professor of Biomedical Sciences. “It was a great opportunity for our undergraduates to hear from and interact with former students who have found successes in the scientific workforce.”

Fourteen alumni spoke on different aspects of doctoral school, including how to select a career, making a plan for doctoral school, and provide tips on how to ensure success in doctoral school. In addition to University faculty, there were also representatives from Texas A&M-Health Science Center, the University of North Texas-Health Science Center, and University of Texas-Medical Branch, all of which are contributors to the Building Unique Experiences and Novel Opportunities (BUENO) proposal.

The symposium is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health planning grant. The planning grant award provides the University with the funding to develop creative strategies enabling students to complete a bachelor’s degree and enter biomedical and behavioral Ph.D. programs. Strategies include providing workshops, seminars, one-on-one mentored undergraduate research opportunities during the summer, and tuition scholarships.