2017 MATC Scholars Program: Dr. Marcus Huggans
Dr. Marcus Huggans, Senior Director of The National GEM Consortium, gives an overview of GEM and discusses the different funding opportunities available to graduate students. For more information, please visit http://matc.unl.edu/education/scholars-program2017.php.
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[00:00:00.000]I am really happy to be here.
[00:00:02.423]I really love this organization,
[00:00:04.013]cuz they really have a passion for helping students
[00:00:07.428]and, how many of y'all have heard
[00:00:09.823]me speak before, anybody heard me speak before?
[00:00:11.665]Okay, so, I came to your institution
[00:00:13.718]last year, so I just wanna play
[00:00:17.022]this one little clip, so you hear,
[00:00:19.821]if you only hear one thing this guy has to say.
[00:00:23.407](♫"It might seem crazy" by Pharrell Williams)
[00:00:27.834]That's all I want you to hear
[00:00:37.238]cuz what I'm bout to say may sound crazy to you.
[00:00:43.379]But, can you all repeat after me?
[00:00:46.284]Graduate school is free.
[00:00:47.883]Graduate school is free.
[00:00:49.513]Say it again, graduate school is free.
[00:00:51.282]Graduate school is free.
[00:00:52.939]How many y'all believe that?
[00:00:55.195]Ah, so you came to my workshop, so you believe it.
[00:00:58.819]Got some naysayers over there.
[00:01:00.910]Okay, so we're gonna talk about
[00:01:03.300]graduate school and being free,
[00:01:05.221]but before I get into that, answer this question for me:
[00:01:08.868]Where will you go after you finish
[00:01:11.111]your bachelor's degree, cuz I think everyone
[00:01:12.784]here is an undergraduate, right?
[00:01:15.229]So, except for one, but where you gonna go
[00:01:18.971]after you finish undergrad?
[00:01:21.114]Who's going to go to industry?
[00:01:22.618]Put your hand up, okay, got one, okay, okay.
[00:01:25.840]Who's gonna go to grad school?
[00:01:28.187]Who doesn't know?
[00:01:30.123]Okay, all right, okay, so by the time I finish,
[00:01:33.945]hopefully you will say you're goin' to grad school,
[00:01:37.629]and you're gonna go when?
[00:01:40.753]And for what?
[00:01:42.872]Free, all right, so real briefly, again
[00:01:46.922]a lot of people think graduate school, you know,
[00:01:49.665]doesn't pay off; it does, it pays dividends,
[00:01:53.143]and we're gonna talk about how it does that.
[00:01:56.381]But I wanna give you a story, and I like to tell stories.
[00:02:00.187]So, the story I like to talk about is the Two Frogs.
[00:02:03.781]Who's heard the Two Frogs story before?
[00:02:06.310]Nobody, I got a new crop, okay.
[00:02:08.448]So there were two frogs, all of them were
[00:02:11.789]hanging out with their buddies, and they fell into a ditch.
[00:02:16.052]And the two were there in the ditch,
[00:02:20.310]and so while they were down in a ditch,
[00:02:22.704]the friends said, "You're not getting out of that hole.
[00:02:26.233]"Just stay there and die, die there, give up."
[00:02:31.921]But, first of all they kept jumpin' and jumpin'
[00:02:34.995]and jumpin' and jumpin' and then one said,
[00:02:37.747]"You know what, they're right.
[00:02:39.693]"I'm just gonna roll over and die."
[00:02:41.734]But one just kept jumpin', and jumping and jumping,
[00:02:45.624]and jumping, and their friend's like, "No, no,
[00:02:49.784]"don't do it, you just roll over and give up."
[00:02:53.337]But, he kept jumping, and he jumped out, out of that ditch.
[00:03:01.720]And he dusted himself off, and as he dusted himself off,
[00:03:04.441]his buddies come over to him and say,
[00:03:06.990]"Didn't you hear us, why didn't you stop jumping?"
[00:03:10.842]And then, at that point, he turns around
[00:03:12.756]and sees his lips, he said, "You were telling me to stop?
[00:03:17.126]"I thought you were encouraging me, cuz I'm deaf."
[00:03:24.907]So, be careful to what you listen to,
[00:03:27.321]and be deaf to those who wanna rob your dreams.
[00:03:30.521]A lot of you, a lot of folks are gonna tell you
[00:03:32.550]not to go to grad school, or they're gonna try
[00:03:34.924]and tell you to go at night, or things like that.
[00:03:37.638]We don't want you to go to night school.
[00:03:38.697]We want you to go to grad school.
[00:03:40.270]And so, do this and instead of, I want you to be
[00:03:44.100]not that two frogs, I want you to be this frog.
[00:03:48.139]With a cap and gown, so that's the two frogs story.
[00:03:54.527]So, let me move on.
[00:03:56.266]So here, I wanna talk about GEM, I wanna
[00:03:58.181]talk about myself, talk about why grad school.
[00:04:01.218]You heard a lot about grad school,
[00:04:02.415]we had a great presentation this morning about grad school.
[00:04:04.919]And then also, we're gonna talk about some degree programs,
[00:04:07.816]and then, obviously, the GEM program.
[00:04:10.121]So if you haven't heard anything I said today,
[00:04:13.152]GEM wants to see every last one of you all
[00:04:15.992]go to grad school for free.
[00:04:17.821]We wanna see you all go to grad school for what?
[00:04:22.164]Free, and we, everybody in this
[00:04:24.747]room is under this category,
[00:04:26.042]so we want you to do that.
[00:04:27.765]So how do we do that?
[00:04:28.775]We do that through our network
[00:04:29.984]of employers and universities.
[00:04:32.811]And so those individuals want to see you
[00:04:35.514]go to grad school for what?
[00:04:37.868]And so, they will also pay for you to do internships,
[00:04:41.013]in the summer, and you get full tuition and fees
[00:04:44.528]to go to a GEM school.
[00:04:46.549]If you look in your accordions brochure here,
[00:04:49.575]if you flip to the middle you can see some
[00:04:52.105]of the GEM schools that we have on our database.
[00:04:58.763]And you can go to any GEM school and use your
[00:05:01.693]data, if you get into the school, you can
[00:05:04.580]use your fellowship at any GEM school.
[00:05:07.012]So, and we've been doing this for almost, for 41 years.
[00:05:11.325]Over 4,000 alums have gone through our program.
[00:05:14.409]So, it is very attainable.
[00:05:16.435]This is a real brief snapshot of what the GEM program is.
[00:05:19.824]So we have, we usually give out, last year
[00:05:23.551]we gave out over 150 GEM fellowships last year,
[00:05:26.733]so we're really proud about that.
[00:05:28.658]You get full tuition and fees, and a minimum
[00:05:31.283]stipend, minimum, with minimum emphasis, of 16,000.
[00:05:37.107]Most of our Ph.D. GEM fellows, we work with the institution,
[00:05:41.039]the students will be funded at the same level
[00:05:43.333]at the same level as the other
[00:05:46.462]Ph.D. students in their department.
[00:05:49.083]So if you're in chemistry, or if you're
[00:05:50.481]in civil engineering, and all the other students
[00:05:52.676]are getting 25,000, they will add to your stipend
[00:05:55.445]so you are up to 25,000.
[00:05:57.898]Some of the other benefits of being sponsored
[00:06:00.268]as a GEM applicant, so you just put your name
[00:06:02.083]in a hat, you didn't even get the GEM fellowship yet.
[00:06:05.460]Part of our program, you can apply to most of the
[00:06:08.866]GEM universities for free, and so we also do a GRE waiver.
[00:06:16.653]So we do a program called Grad Lab, which stands for
[00:06:19.506]getting ready for your advanced degree laboratory,
[00:06:21.602]we've done them on some of your campuses,
[00:06:24.289]and if you come to that and you apply to the GEM fellowship,
[00:06:27.315]you can actually get a voucher to apply for the GRE
[00:06:30.879]at 50% off, did you get one?
[00:06:34.952]See, so 50%, that's 100 bucks, in your pocket.
[00:06:37.265]And then, universities recruit very heavily
[00:06:40.873]out of our database.
[00:06:42.466]So if there's a school on that list that you think you might
[00:06:45.301]want to go to, there always looking for GEM fellows,
[00:06:48.266]and then also we share our database with other
[00:06:50.272]funders like National Science Foundation,
[00:06:52.189]NIH, and folks like that.
[00:06:55.769]So I talked about the grad lab.
[00:06:57.452]So the grad lab is where we spend about two
[00:07:00.065]and a half days, something similar to this,
[00:07:02.279]where we focus on making sure that you know
[00:07:04.867]why you should go to grad school, how to do it
[00:07:07.883]competitively, how to fund it, and then
[00:07:10.364]we have role models to add to your network.
[00:07:13.658]I will say this, you're opportunities
[00:07:16.067]are as big as your network, they're as big as your network.
[00:07:20.342]And so, if you have a lot of people
[00:07:22.579]in your network, then your opportunities will increase.
[00:07:27.092]We do another program, not to just get you
[00:07:28.641]in to grad school, but we try to get you through grad
[00:07:30.639]school called FFP, which stands for future
[00:07:32.399]faculty and professional symposium.
[00:07:34.780]We typically only to that at our GEM conference,
[00:07:37.203]but if you become a GEM fellow,
[00:07:38.774]you come to our conference.
[00:07:40.507]And you get a chance to be exposed to that.
[00:07:42.230]But we talk about topics like:
[00:07:43.840]the dissertation, we talk about how to write
[00:07:47.350]a dissertation, and live to tell about it.
[00:07:49.404]How to compose your academic life,
[00:07:54.966]you know how to be the only one
[00:07:57.214]and still be successful, those kind of things.
[00:07:59.428]And so we were in New York just recently,
[00:08:02.084]so we were just there, so this is, I wanna
[00:08:05.891]talk about real briefly about grad school,
[00:08:07.551]I mean why you should go to grad school,
[00:08:09.113]because you got a great presentation this morning,
[00:08:11.110]so I don't wanna rehash that, but I just wanna
[00:08:13.605]give you a few things from my wheelhouse.
[00:08:17.906]So, reality TV, who watches reality TV?
[00:08:21.849]Everybody's hands gonna go up.
[00:08:23.702]Everybody, aww naw, yeah right, (laughs).
[00:08:28.373]All right, so what y'all watch on reality TV, come on now?
[00:08:31.186](Students give various responses at once)
[00:08:35.529]Game of Thrones, that's not reality TV.
[00:08:44.168]Cartoons, okay that's cool, that's cool.
[00:08:48.129]Okay, sports too, all right.
[00:08:50.802]Y'all don't watch any reality TV?
[00:08:52.365]This is a very unique group.
[00:08:57.685]This is a very unique group.
[00:09:02.543]Okay, okay, all right, I'm proud of you, I'm proud of you,
[00:09:07.431]cuz I don't either, but I usually watch
[00:09:10.663]things that end with the letter N.
[00:09:13.990]HLN, CNN, and for those sports enthusiasts, ESPN.
[00:09:21.395]That's what I watch.
[00:09:24.362]So, since I basically, I seen all my highlights
[00:09:29.342]and all the headlines, all what's goin' on in the world
[00:09:31.804]and all the sports scores, I was flippin' through
[00:09:35.262]and I saw a reality TV called "Extreme Makeover."
[00:09:39.610]And, ah, so this particular one was a young man
[00:09:47.308]who's an ex-football player, he had a lot of challenges,
[00:09:50.479]didn't make it on to the next level,
[00:09:52.364]blew up to about 500 pounds, and you know
[00:09:55.628]by the end of the hour he was 250, his girlfriend
[00:09:58.915]problems, they'd gotten over all that,
[00:10:00.848]and I was like wow, they can do a whole lot in an hour.
[00:10:03.118]But it was "Extreme Makeover."
[00:10:05.025]So, what we're trying to do here, this weekend,
[00:10:08.355]is to extremely make over your mind,
[00:10:11.592]extremely make over your life,
[00:10:13.647]so you can have an extremely made over
[00:10:16.002]opportunity and career in life,
[00:10:18.385]that you can actually do anything that you wanna do.
[00:10:21.520]So that's what we're trying to do here today.
[00:10:23.953]So, I'm gonna explain myself,
[00:10:27.819]by the science of microwave popcorn.
[00:10:32.339]Y'all know the science of microwave popcorn,
[00:10:34.020]anybody heard that before?
[00:10:35.872]Huh, no, no, okay.
[00:10:39.884]Popcorn, how it pops, you don't know that?
[00:10:45.023]Yeah, so let me just tell you real briefly.
[00:10:47.345]So in microwave popcorn, every kernel has a little
[00:10:51.551]bit of moisture in it, just a little bit of moisture.
[00:10:54.751]And those kernels are pretty hard, right?
[00:10:56.715]You ever, have you ever, if you don't believe me,
[00:10:59.166]bite on one, you might break your tooth.
[00:11:01.732]But it has a little bit of moisture in it,
[00:11:04.104]and when you put it in the microwave
[00:11:05.756]and it starts to heat up, that water, that moisture
[00:11:09.504]inside gets hot, and becomes what engineers?
[00:11:17.958]Close, close, close, you got ahead of me,
[00:11:20.328]you got ahead of me, you got ahead of me.
[00:11:22.839]But it becomes steam, and that steam
[00:11:25.118]continues to push on the walls
[00:11:26.856]of that kernel til you hear what?
[00:11:29.447][Various Students] Pop.
[00:11:31.585]And so then, after a little while longer
[00:11:33.924]you start hearing, pop pop pop pop.
[00:11:37.537]And so, then I get really excited cuz I'm
[00:11:40.457]a connoisseur of microwave popcorn.
[00:11:43.107]So I go get my favorite beverage,
[00:11:45.463]and get ready, cuz I know in about two minutes,
[00:11:47.941]I'm gonna have microwave popcorn and I'm gonna enjoy it.
[00:11:51.358]So, I'm gonna explain myself,
[00:11:54.310]and liken it to microwave popcorn.
[00:11:57.269]So I was born in St. Louis, Missouri,
[00:12:00.843]anybody from St. Louis here?
[00:12:03.051]Okay, all right, that never happens.
[00:12:08.967]That never happens.
[00:12:14.359]I speak all over the country and I never
[00:12:16.494]heard anybody say woo hoo.
[00:12:21.401]So, so if you're from St. Louis, what's
[00:12:23.640]the next question I'm gonna ask you?
[00:12:25.208]What high school?
[00:12:26.041]What high school that you went to.
[00:12:26.874]Yeah, that's a St. Louis thing.
[00:12:29.818]So, but yeah, so I grew up in St. Louis,
[00:12:34.399]and I was pretty, like most of you probably had teachers
[00:12:38.878]when you were in high school,
[00:12:39.711]that said, you're pretty good at math and science,
[00:12:42.371]you should consider engineering, did y'all get that?
[00:12:44.716][Multiple Attendees] Yeah.
[00:12:45.901]Okay, and so, my teachers told me that,
[00:12:48.420]but they said it's really hard.
[00:12:51.074]It's really hard,
[00:12:52.919]but, you know I say, you know what,
[00:12:54.355]I think I want that challenge.
[00:12:56.628]So I went down to the University of Missouri-Rolla,
[00:12:59.015]changed the name to Missouri University
[00:13:00.682]of Science and Technology, a few years ago.
[00:13:03.604]And at Missouri S and T, I went down on the
[00:13:07.727]microwave of STEM.
[00:13:10.535]They put me on the turntable of research,
[00:13:14.006]and they punched in seven and a half years.
[00:13:19.579]And for the first year, I'm goin' around
[00:13:21.724]that turntable, nothin's happenin',
[00:13:24.870]just like in the microwave when you put your
[00:13:26.705]microwave popcorn, nothin' happened.
[00:13:28.696]And then, all of a sudden I hear a pop.
[00:13:33.712]I was on the Dean's List, that never happened.
[00:13:40.712]And then, Christmastime, I get a call, from 3M, pop pop.
[00:13:46.121]We wanna give you an internship.
[00:13:49.037]And then it just got bananas,
[00:13:51.353]because then I got scholarships and internships
[00:13:55.838]and research assistantships, and all these things
[00:13:58.355]just start happening, and it's all
[00:13:59.995]because of graduate school and having
[00:14:03.436]focused on going to grad school.
[00:14:05.754]And I stepped on campus as a freshman,
[00:14:07.889]I knew I wanted to get a Ph.D.
[00:14:09.960]I didn't know how, I didn't even know
[00:14:12.144]what it meant, but I knew I wanted one.
[00:14:15.194]So, with that said, a little bit about me.
[00:14:23.819]Got a little haircut before I came.
[00:14:30.415]But I'm a engineer.
[00:14:32.632]Had a chance to work, as I said, at 3M Company,
[00:14:34.861]I worked at AT&T Bell Labs, I worked for the FBI,
[00:14:39.767]and then I had this epiphany after working
[00:14:44.382]at Texas Instruments for about 10 years,
[00:14:46.738]I really wanted more folks that looked like me
[00:14:49.718]to work alongside me.
[00:14:52.363]And I worked at R and D.
[00:14:54.293]And when I was there, all of the managers said,
[00:14:57.898]well, what kind of degrees did they have.
[00:15:01.350]And I said they have bachelors degrees.
[00:15:02.905]And they said--
[00:15:05.196]And so, I said, well, but they have experience.
[00:15:09.523]But they said, that's still not good enough.
[00:15:10.914]They need at least an advanced degree.
[00:15:12.984]So, I said, well if I can't get them to take 'em now,
[00:15:17.256]I gotta go back and tell the story.
[00:15:19.135]So, about 2004, and I went back, I went back
[00:15:22.892]to the University of Missouri started encouraging
[00:15:25.190]students to get their Masters and Ph.D.s,
[00:15:27.606]and then I went for the GEM program.
[00:15:29.272]And that's what I do today.
[00:15:31.514]I wanna see everyone in this room
[00:15:33.299]get at least a Masters, if not a Ph.D.
[00:15:38.138]And so, since I know you all can do it,
[00:15:40.328]all you stand up.
[00:15:49.751]So I think everyone has the mental capacity
[00:15:52.543]to get at least a Masters degree in engineering
[00:15:55.235]and/or science, so I want you to say
[00:15:57.593]your first name, your last name, M.S.,
[00:16:01.113]which stands for Masters in science.
[00:16:02.696]At the count of three, one, two, three.
[00:16:05.795](all attendees respond)
[00:16:08.846]Mmm, sounded good, didn't it, sounded good, sounded good.
[00:16:14.918]But I don't want ya to wear a Masters.
[00:16:16.566]I want ya to wear a Ph.D.
[00:16:18.583]So I want you to say,
[00:16:19.589]your first name, your last name, Ph.D.
[00:16:24.663]One, two, three.
[00:16:26.500](all students respond)
[00:16:29.523]Woo, that sound better didn't it (laughs).
[00:16:33.473]All right, all right, you wanna do it again?
[00:16:37.036]Let's do that again, let's do that again.
[00:16:39.054]Let's try that one more time.
[00:16:40.790]One, two, three.
[00:16:42.781](All students respond)
[00:16:45.651]Mmm, mmm, but if you get a Ph.D.,
[00:16:48.273]what do they usually say?
[00:16:49.428][Various attendees] Doctor.
[00:16:50.722]Doctor, so I want you to say doctor.
[00:16:52.152]Put your first and last name behind it.
[00:16:55.896]Count of three, one,
[00:16:57.829]Started (laughs), can't wait, woo can't wait.
[00:17:03.318]Let's do it, one, two, three.
[00:17:06.323](All students respond)
[00:17:08.689]Mmm that sound good, one more time.
[00:17:11.626]His voice dropped an octave, it's like doctor.
[00:17:17.077]So let's do it one more time.
[00:17:19.068]One, two, three.
[00:17:21.471](All students respond)
[00:17:23.922]All right, give yourself a hand as you sit down.
(Attendees talk at once)
[00:17:30.184]Now, what you did today, what you did today,
[00:17:35.539]is you planted a seed.
[00:17:38.643]You planted a seed that you are going to get a Ph.D.
[00:17:42.770]You're gonna get a Ph.D.
[00:17:44.622]And that seed was planted in my head
[00:17:46.259]when I was in Missouri as a freshman in college.
[00:17:49.957]And there's a quote I always like to use from a book
[00:17:54.657]called "Think, and Grow Rich," "Think, and Grow Rich,"
[00:17:58.667]written by Napoleon Hill back in 1937.
[00:18:01.683]Old book, great messages.
[00:18:04.494]But there's a quote I like in that book, it says,
[00:18:06.939]"If you can conceive it and believe it, you can achieve it."
[00:18:11.877]Who's heard that before, came from that book.
[00:18:15.589]"If you can conceive it and believe it, you can achieve it."
[00:18:19.395]And today you've conceived the idea of getting
[00:18:24.034]a Ph.D., a Ph.D., through time and working
[00:18:29.350]with centers like the Massey Program,
[00:18:32.608]and all your institutions, your mentors,
[00:18:35.184]they will help you water that idea,
[00:18:37.418]help you water that, and then you will be
[00:18:41.406]able to achieve a Ph.D.
[00:18:46.297]A Ph.D., a Ph.D.
[00:18:49.130]That's awesome, isn't it?
[00:18:51.789]All right, how y'all feelin' now?
[00:18:54.824]I'm feelin' good.
[00:18:56.192]Feeling amazing, okay, so the question
[00:18:58.329]on the floor is, why grad school?
[00:19:01.336]I like to flip it the other way.
[00:19:02.711]I say why not grad school?
[00:19:04.355]It's like me saying to someone
[00:19:06.758]in elementary school, are you going to middle school?
[00:19:12.793]Of course you goin' to middle school.
[00:19:14.857]So I say to you, of course you goin' to grad school.
[00:19:17.846]You gotta go to grad school, it's so much
[00:19:20.352]more fun once you get your graduate degree.
[00:19:24.785]So, I call this my detours to destiny.
[00:19:29.317]So some of y'all gonna do exactly what we say.
[00:19:31.768]You're gonna go straight to the Ph.D.
[00:19:33.977]Some of y'all gonna get off the road and get back on it.
[00:19:36.831]You gonna get off the road, then come back on,
[00:19:39.043]and that's okay.
[00:19:40.472]But let's roll through it, so Bachelors of Science.
[00:19:43.836]Everybody in this room's gonna get one of those.
[00:19:46.723]So, let's break it down, what are you gonna
[00:19:48.913]get with a bachelors in science.
[00:19:50.201]Entry level position, right,
[00:19:52.727]cuz you know, just basically what you need to know.
[00:19:55.719]Lower pay, that's exciting right?
[00:20:01.002]Uh, when times get rough, what happens?
[00:20:06.119]Potential layoff, yeah right, when times get rough.
[00:20:09.849]So, I say you got basic strength,
[00:20:13.991]that's what your BS will give you basic strength.
[00:20:16.473]But if you can listen to us, and go on to grad school,
[00:20:20.147]you get a masters in science,
[00:20:23.569]so it gets a little more exciting.
[00:20:26.445]Leaders on projects, right?
[00:20:28.346]Promotions, higher salary.
[00:20:33.557]And, so I call that more strength,
[00:20:36.442]so you can do more than what you could
[00:20:38.104]with a bachelors degree.
[00:20:39.582]But, what did we just talk about,
[00:20:45.790]So if I get you a chance to do that,
[00:20:48.556]a Ph.D., guess what?
[00:20:51.468]You can define what you want to do.
[00:20:54.038]You heard the speaker before,
[00:20:56.698]she's basically crafting her own path,
[00:21:00.305]wherever she wants to go with her Ph.D.
[00:21:03.267]And so, this is a Marcus phrase,
[00:21:06.405]but if I see this anywhere I'll kill y'all (laughs).
[00:21:09.593]But this is what I call the Ph.D.:
[00:21:12.091]pursuing your higher destiny, cuz you can do
[00:21:14.544]whatever you wanna do with it.
[00:21:17.087]And when you have your Ph.D., you become the light
[00:21:20.424]in the room, and being an engineer, I can't
[00:21:22.919]get you outta here without giving you
[00:21:25.526]at least one equation.
[00:21:26.471]So I chose Newton's second law.
[00:21:29.293]Y'all know what that is?
[00:21:31.535]All right, so let me give ya the Marcus
[00:21:33.786]version of Newton's second law.
[00:21:36.093]If you do the things that we're asking you to do,
[00:21:38.227]internships, research, doing well in class of course,
[00:21:43.556]going to grad school, you'll become a mass,
[00:21:46.969]a massive, massive person, but if you do it swiftly,
[00:21:52.655]accelerating, do it over and over and over and over and over
[00:21:57.401]you will become a force to be reckoned with,
[00:22:00.257]in anything that you decide to do.
[00:22:02.177]So, that's what I think you should do.
[00:22:04.787]And this is what I think you should do,
[00:22:06.692]but you gotta believe it, you have to believe it,
[00:22:09.347]and you can do it, anybody in this room
[00:22:11.295]can do what we're asking you to do.
[00:22:14.059]How do I know?
[00:22:15.850]Cuz I did it, and I was told a lotta times
[00:22:18.898]I couldn't do it, but guess what?
[00:22:20.598]I believed in me, so you should,
[00:22:22.590]you all can do it too.
[00:22:26.533]Any questions, all right, let's move on.
[00:22:28.436]So why should we go to grad school?
[00:22:30.994]You have training, involvement, specialization,
[00:22:33.577]and I could go through a lot of these,
[00:22:35.502]but the one thing I want you to know
[00:22:37.759]is that by doing grad school you become a specialist.
[00:22:41.485]When your name is typed in about a specific topic,
[00:22:45.316]because you're an expert, you're gonna be number one
[00:22:47.785]on the Google list, that's what your job is to do,
[00:22:50.842]become number one on the Google list.
[00:22:53.738]And who likes that, more money, so we're gonna
[00:22:59.108]talk a little bit about that.
[00:23:00.567]But you can do it, it's about anything you wanna do.
[00:23:03.029]Academia, research, consultant, decision-maker,
[00:23:06.660]management, leadership, all these things are
[00:23:09.725]in your wheelhouse, if you go to grad school.
[00:23:15.337]Now this is kind of a disheartening slide for me,
[00:23:21.086]but if you go to grad school, look at how many
[00:23:23.881]more people you are more competitive than.
[00:23:26.980]This is a census information.
[00:23:30.922]Almost 50% of America you would have opportunities
[00:23:33.766]to do things most Americans can't do.
[00:23:36.447]Just by getting your masters degree, or Ph.D.
[00:23:44.020]So, if you go to grad school, I can't convince
[00:23:49.811]you all to go to grad school,
[00:23:52.103]where are my workers again, which hand now?
[00:23:54.845]Don't be scared now, (laughs) gonna do work, all right.
[00:23:58.945]I got on the fence now, I got
[00:24:01.190]on the fence, okay, all right, all right.
[00:24:04.352]How long does an average professional work?
[00:24:07.381]Forever, that's true, but the average professional
[00:24:14.457]works, how many years?
[00:24:17.397]30 years, okay that's good.
[00:24:18.664]Anybody think more, or less?
[00:24:21.306]35, anybody think more than 35?
[00:24:26.586]Depends on the occupation.
[00:24:28.559]Depends on the occupation, yeah.
[00:24:29.942]So let's just take the average as about 40 years,
[00:24:31.741]it's about 40 years, okay.
[00:24:34.970]And what's the average salaries
[00:24:36.905]for you all's majors, starting salaries?
[00:24:39.806](Students talk at once)
[00:24:41.531]65, I heard 80, 50, after taxes, yeah.
[00:24:48.799]Very good, very good, very good, very good.
[00:24:51.721]That's a whole nother workshop,
[00:24:53.708]I can give you a whole nother workshop on that.
[00:24:56.334]So, let's just take 50,000.
[00:24:59.771]What's the class you hate the most?
[00:25:04.578](students talk at once)
[00:25:06.415]Geotech, dynamics, accounting, structural analysis,
[00:25:15.767]okay, that's right, you all are civil, right?
[00:25:20.796]Not all, some mechanicals in here right?
[00:25:29.268]I used to get thermo, so I usually get thermo.
[00:25:34.917]What'd thermo do, what'd thermo do to y'all?
[00:25:38.688]Everything, okay, okay, so the class you hate the most
[00:25:43.258]how much more would you want in your check per year
[00:25:47.436]to take the advanced level of that course
[00:25:50.773]that you hate the most?
[00:25:52.222](Everyone talks at once)
[00:25:58.035]I want that much.
[00:26:00.531]How much, 30?
[00:26:02.365]35, 35, 35, okay.
[00:26:05.319]3,500, or thousand?
[00:26:11.404]So let me just take 20, cuz the number
[00:26:13.748]is easier that way.
[00:26:15.259]20,000 more in your check, we said 40 years
[00:26:21.466]average professional works.
[00:26:23.879]How much money is that, over the course of that time?
[00:26:30.067]Say it loud, say it loud and proud, how much?
[00:26:34.405]Say it loud so they can hear you.
[00:26:36.477]$800,000, that's the pure math.
[00:26:41.172]So, but usually if you are makin' that kind of money,
[00:26:46.404]you gonna get what, if you're doing that well
[00:26:48.228]in your job you're gonna get what?
[00:26:49.459]Bonuses, stock options, raises, all those things.
[00:26:54.484]So the number is probably closer to a million.
[00:26:58.908]Who cannot afford to go to grad school?
[00:27:03.227]You can afford not to? (laughs)
[00:27:05.786]No, that's a million reasons why you should go.
[00:27:09.629]And it's, that's just the financial things.
[00:27:11.974]I mean, life gets better with a $1 million, right?
[00:27:17.988]So, I wanna try it out (laughs).
[00:27:20.862]I understand, so you should
[00:27:22.341]be passionate about these things, though.
[00:27:24.225]So, whatever you decide to do,
[00:27:25.967]whatever gets you out of the bed in the morning,
[00:27:27.514]you should love to do it.
[00:27:29.538]But if you didn't get a degree, could you make
[00:27:32.139]an impact in your community?
[00:27:35.910]But, if you had a Ph.D. and you walk in the room,
[00:27:37.943]do you think you could make a bigger impact, potentially?
[00:27:42.129]I mean, they're gonna at least assume your smart, right?
[00:27:46.739]You can open your mouth and prove them wrong,
[00:27:49.155]but at least they gonna assume it
[00:27:52.036]as soon as you walk in the door.
[00:27:53.677]You know, I moved around a lot in my career,
[00:27:58.014]and I attribute it all to having a Ph.D.
[00:28:01.725]And obviously, the compensation, we talked
[00:28:04.834]about the numbers, the numbers are strong, right?
[00:28:08.339]Now this if you had a degree in tiddly winks.
[00:28:11.246]This is all your majors, but,
[00:28:13.790]and for engineering, it's gonna be
[00:28:15.580]a whole lot more than this, whole lot.
[00:28:19.415]But, this is the kind of payoff for getting that money.
[00:28:26.204]And so, this is how much money that may
[00:28:27.921]pass through your hands.
[00:28:29.618]It's not how much money you make,
[00:28:31.740]it's how much money you what, keep, keep.
[00:28:37.406]So y'all gonna have a whole workshop on debt tomorrow.
[00:28:40.971]So, so even if you make a million dollars,
[00:28:45.990]if you spend a million and one, guess what?
[00:28:48.637]You still in debt, so I'm not gonna go through that.
[00:28:53.092]But the one thing, the serious part about this,
[00:28:56.504]as minority students, we need to know our net worth.
[00:28:59.762]So when you're sitting across from
[00:29:00.890]your potential employer, you need to know
[00:29:04.969]how much you should at least be asking for.
[00:29:07.849]Competitively, you don't wanna go too low,
[00:29:10.203]and you don't wanna go too high either,
[00:29:11.843]cuz you don't wanna run away the opportunities.
[00:29:13.542]But you wanna at least have a negotiation,
[00:29:15.420]and a fair negotiation.
[00:29:17.626]And particularly ladies who are always
[00:29:19.417]underpaid anyway, you need to know your net worth
[00:29:22.584]before you send out there.
[00:29:25.123]And so, go to those websites.
[00:29:28.049]So, this is what I call, you know,
[00:29:30.332]something that's keeping you competitive,
[00:29:32.318]so know how to meet people, know how to be flexible,
[00:29:37.119]the goal is just to finish.
[00:29:39.147]You can go change the world once you get
[00:29:40.830]those three letters behind your name.
[00:29:43.155]Or those two letters in front of your name,
[00:29:45.161]however you want to place it.
[00:29:46.650]But also learn how to be academic,
[00:29:49.288]how do you do that?
[00:29:50.121]Hang out with them.
[00:29:51.581]Hang out with professors, you know.
[00:29:54.083]Find someone you kind of really look up to,
[00:29:56.977]and they'll pull you along the way.
[00:29:59.188]Learn how to pull your own weight,
[00:30:00.852]and also be a teammate.
[00:30:03.472]Those are really good things.
[00:30:05.227]That sounded pretty cool, I'm gonna
[00:30:06.411]have to write that down, write that down for me.
[00:30:09.893]But, know how to pull your weight,
[00:30:13.817]because individual contributors, Ph.D.s know
[00:30:16.638]how to do things on their own,
[00:30:19.036]but then they also know how to play with others
[00:30:21.512]in their wheelhouse, and this is critical here,
[00:30:24.673]because life is too short to try to make
[00:30:26.957]to all the mistakes, so having good mentors,
[00:30:28.972]coaches, and advisors.
[00:30:30.980]They will pull you through, they will
[00:30:33.017]help you get through.
[00:30:35.954]So, the levels of degrees,
[00:30:38.522]we talked about the bachelors,
[00:30:39.682]we talked about the masters,
[00:30:41.629]we talked about the Ph.D.
[00:30:43.608]So let me put it in sports terms.
[00:30:45.490]Some of y'all are, who likes sports, likes sports?
[00:30:48.206]Have y'all been to a stadium before?
[00:30:50.015]If you get, just left there, all right.
[00:30:54.998]So if you get one of the cheapest tickets,
[00:30:57.602]where are they gonna put you?
[00:30:58.853]In the nosebleeds, all right.
[00:31:03.085]And if you get one of the premium ones,
[00:31:05.107]like if you're going to a football game,
[00:31:06.343]they're gonna put you on the what?
[00:31:07.961]50 yard line, or if you're at a basketball game,
[00:31:11.071]they're gonna put you at court side.
[00:31:13.908]And, and then, then you have the folks
[00:31:16.480]that are actually playing the game,
[00:31:18.698]right, the athletes.
[00:31:20.749]So, let's look at the bachelors degree.
[00:31:22.379]The bachelors degree is in the nosebleeds.
[00:31:26.403]Who wants to be in the nosebleeds?
[00:31:27.696]I mean, you know when you're lookin' down
[00:31:29.129]at the game they look like ants, right?
[00:31:32.075]It's like, I know somethin' goin' on,
[00:31:34.833]but I can't really make out what's really goin' on.
[00:31:37.961]Now, the masters degree, they're gonna put you
[00:31:41.441]in the box seats, or the suites.
[00:31:44.708]They bring your food, you don't have to catch
[00:31:47.573]your food, and all those kind of things,
[00:31:50.360]so that's the masters degree.
[00:31:54.172]But if you get the Ph.D., you get in the game,
[00:31:57.776]and that's what we want ya to do,
[00:31:59.860]we want ya in the game.
[00:32:00.968]We want you to do the things you want to do.
[00:32:04.008]Ph.D. takes all the limitations off the table,
[00:32:07.525]that's what it does for you.
[00:32:11.079]All right, so really quickly I'm gonna talk
[00:32:16.370]about this, set goals, your academic goals,
[00:32:19.366]your career goals, and your life goals.
[00:32:22.787]And the key thing I want ya to do,
[00:32:24.904]once you hit a goal, you must celebrate.
[00:32:28.685]Even if it's just to go and get a milkshake
[00:32:31.449]at Steak and Shake, or whatever, celebrate your goals.
[00:32:36.289]Cuz you'll try to keep hitting 'em,
[00:32:38.679]so celebrate, celebrate.
[00:32:41.462]All right, for about 20 years, I was a vegetarian,
[00:32:50.900]and then I married a girl from Texas.
[00:32:57.810]Beef capitol of the world, so you know,
[00:33:04.095]I hadn't had a burger in 20 years.
[00:33:07.671]I rolled up to McDonald's, and they
[00:33:09.857]went from quarter pounder with cheese
[00:33:11.226]when I was eatin' meat, to a double
[00:33:12.765]quarter pounder with cheese, and I'm like,
[00:33:14.878]wow, I wanna try that.
[00:33:18.143]So I ordered a double quarter pounder with cheese.
[00:33:21.977]And I was tryin' to be good y'all,
[00:33:23.834]I really was, so I took the top
[00:33:25.669]piece of bread off, cuz I said,
[00:33:27.280]at least I'm gonna eat all this meat,
[00:33:30.182]maybe I'll just eat one slice of the bread, you know.
[00:33:33.562]So I try to fold it over like a taco,
[00:33:37.850]I'm tryin' to fold it over, and this stuff
[00:33:40.027]start runnin' down my arm, all of my clothes
[00:33:42.744]and all of that.
[00:33:44.444]And I was thinkin' about that, you know
[00:33:46.547]I'm always trying to think about ways
[00:33:47.982]I can relate things to grad school, right?
[00:33:50.340]So I said, you know, if you have
[00:33:52.926]a bachelors degree, all y'all gonna have
[00:33:55.197]a good foundation, that's that bread at the bottom.
[00:33:58.297]But you need something to kind of help you manage
[00:34:00.146]that mess, that was rollin' all down my arm
[00:34:02.586]and on my pants, and all those things.
[00:34:04.953]So you need to put somethin' on top.
[00:34:08.028]So, I always say this, sometimes you
[00:34:11.303]need the top and the bottom to help you manage your mess.
[00:34:15.102]What's your mess?
[00:34:17.146]When the economy gets bad, when you wanna
[00:34:21.598]change your jobs, when you don't like your boss.
[00:34:25.588]And you can go and put in for somethin' else.
[00:34:28.644]There'll be messes that'll come your way.
[00:34:30.677]But with a graduate degree, you can do what?
[00:34:35.606]Pursue your higher destiny,
[00:34:39.930]and you don't have to manage anyone's mess but your own.
[00:34:43.773]Y'all like that, is that good?
[00:34:45.860]All right, all right, so we're gonna
[00:34:49.251]talk a little bit about money.
[00:34:55.068]All right, I gotta stop, already short.
[00:34:59.520]I only got 30 minutes--
[00:35:01.029]You still goin'?
[00:35:04.119]A little more time.
[00:35:06.593]All right, thank you, so I want
[00:35:09.147]to talk a little about money,
[00:35:09.980]because y'all wanna go to grad school for free right?
[00:35:11.310]All right, so there's three types of funding,
[00:35:14.159]there's merit based funding, there's need based funding
[00:35:17.500]and then there's assistantships.
[00:35:19.192]So, you all learned a little about this today,
[00:35:21.094]so need based funding, obviously,
[00:35:24.296]comes through the FAFSA, and then there's
[00:35:30.685]internal and external sources.
[00:35:33.892]Internal funding is institutional aid.
[00:35:35.935]That's money that's tied to an institution.
[00:35:39.248]And then there's external sources,
[00:35:41.017]which is portable funding, and that money
[00:35:43.460]is, goes wherever you want to go.
[00:35:46.798]So that's what we have here.
[00:35:48.615]So institutional aid, who thinks
[00:35:51.678]institutional aid is better than portable funding?
[00:35:53.772]Who thinks institutional aid is better?
[00:35:55.867]Okay, who thinks portable funding is better?
[00:35:57.080]Who doesn't know?
[00:36:00.116]All right, if you don't have to pay it back,
[00:36:03.624]it's all good money, it's all good money.
[00:36:07.851]So get what you can and decide what's best for you.
[00:36:10.445]So, again, I say grad school is what?
[00:36:14.434][Multiple Students] Free.
[00:36:15.676]So does that sound free?
[00:36:16.877][Multiple Students] No.
[00:36:17.957]All right, let me tell ya the folks
[00:36:19.511]that typically take out loans
[00:36:20.679]that go to grad school.
[00:36:21.870]When you graduate and take a job,
[00:36:26.880]what's the first thing you're gonna buy?
[00:36:28.338]What's the first thing you're gonna buy?
[00:36:30.850]A car, absolutely, you gonna buy
[00:36:32.435]a new car or a used car?
[00:36:33.598]New, of course new, gonna be on dubs,
[00:36:37.538]it'll have everything, everything.
[00:36:42.312]If you're going to work you gotta look good,
[00:36:43.966]right, so you gotta get what?
[00:36:44.834][Multiple Students] Clothes.
[00:36:46.122]Gotta get new clothes, and you can't
[00:36:47.126]park that new car up against the apartment
[00:36:50.134]that you livin' in right now, right,
[00:36:52.306]so you gotta buy what?
[00:36:54.220][Multiple Students] House.
[00:36:55.053]Gotta buy a house.
[00:36:59.514]And so, once you finish that, then what you
[00:37:01.819]gonna have, a lot of what?
[00:37:02.846][Multiple Students] Bills.
[00:37:04.301]Absolutely, so if you're gonna have debt,
[00:37:07.076]you can play a graduate school stipend
[00:37:08.925]for your beamer, and your Chanel,
[00:37:12.374]and livin' in Beverly Hills,
[00:37:16.255]on a $30,000 stipend, it's not gonna happen.
[00:37:19.546]So, most of the folks that I see that take out
[00:37:22.659]loans to go to grad school, are those that live life,
[00:37:27.187]and then try to come back.
[00:37:28.916]So, I tell students this, be broke once in life.
[00:37:33.341]Cuz once you start making a real check,
[00:37:35.895]don't go back to being broke again.
[00:37:39.571]So, be broke once.
[00:37:41.601]Employers will try to woo you over,
[00:37:43.429]but they wanna send you over
[00:37:44.741]to night school, not grad school.
[00:37:45.958]And then we'll talk about external sources.
[00:37:48.473]So, need based funding, fill out FAFSA.
[00:37:51.316]Merit based funding, is money that I get
[00:37:55.292]excited about, because that's the money you get
[00:37:57.094]because of the hard work that you did in class.
[00:37:59.875]So do well in class, have good, do research,
[00:38:04.162]do internships, that's gonna set you apart.
[00:38:10.442]Assistantships, most of you will have,
[00:38:13.005]for those that do Ph.D.s, are gonna do
[00:38:15.173]some of this at some point in your life.
[00:38:18.747]So you have research assistantships,
[00:38:20.864]and you see this up here that says half time,
[00:38:22.579]y'all know what that means?
[00:38:23.978]Anybody know what that means?
[00:38:26.014]Okay, how many hours do they say a full-time worker works?
[00:38:29.349]40, what's half of that?
[00:38:31.657][Multiple Students] 20.
[00:38:32.853]All right, that's half time, so that's, so when
[00:38:35.588]anybody say they'll give you a half time appointment,
[00:38:37.408]they're gonna pay you for 20 hours,
[00:38:39.228]and you're gonna work more than 20 hours.
[00:38:41.602]But, you're gonna get paid for 20.
[00:38:45.280]So, and I have a band here of 10,000 to 30,000.
[00:38:50.727]But again, a research assistantship,
[00:38:54.255]those are used to help you pay for grad school.
[00:38:59.416]And if you can align it with your research
[00:39:01.199]dissertation topic you're getting paid to graduate.
[00:39:04.980]And then you got teaching assistantships.
[00:39:07.210]Who wants to be a faculty member one day?
[00:39:08.798]Who wants to teach in college?
[00:39:09.983]All right, (laughs) I got two, I got two.
[00:39:17.000]All right, whoever had a bad teacher before?
[00:39:19.217]All, all the hands go up, look at that.
[00:39:23.151]Teaching is a learned skill,
[00:39:25.829]so if you want to learn how to teach grad school,
[00:39:28.791]it's a good way to do that.
[00:39:31.007]Now, if you had to choose between a research
[00:39:33.614]assistantship or a teaching assistantship,
[00:39:34.512]which one would you choose?
[00:39:36.029]Who says research?
[00:39:38.129]Who says teaching?
[00:39:40.197]Who doesn't know?
[00:39:42.814]Again, teaching is a learned skill,
[00:39:44.558]so if you wanna be faculty members,
[00:39:46.214]you gotta do it, you gotta do it, it's a necessary evil.
[00:39:48.086]All right, so nationally competitive fellowships.
[00:39:52.936]If you're gonna find anything in life these days,
[00:39:56.654]where do you go?
[00:39:57.577][Multiple Students] Google.
[00:39:58.493]Yup, that's right.
[00:39:59.710]So you go to try to find money, you go to Google.
[00:40:01.541]That's the first place I would go,
[00:40:02.635]then there's other places you can go.
[00:40:04.377]There is, this is a really good website: UCLA Grapes.
[00:40:09.275]And then the next would be grants.gov.
[00:40:13.904]When the government's working, that site works well,
[00:40:16.539]when it's not working, sometimes it goes down.
[00:40:24.570]ASEE, they have a lot of opportunities for you as well.
[00:40:28.652]FinAid, and then we have FAFSA, we talked about that.
[00:40:32.313]Sallie Mae, Sallie Mae talks about what?
[00:40:35.902][Multiple Students] Loans.
[00:40:36.908]Loans, so we're gonna leave her alone.
[00:40:39.196]Who has a FastWeb account?
[00:40:41.306]Used to, have you updated, yeah they have some
[00:40:44.023]graduate opportunities, and then
[00:40:46.133]for international students there's a link
[00:40:48.154]that I have there for Edupass.
[00:40:50.852]You wanna take a picture of that, go ahead yo.
[00:41:04.418]You know why I don't share my Powerpoints?
[00:41:06.781]Cuz one time I went to a conference,
[00:41:09.309]and all they changed was my name.
[00:41:20.832]All right, so NSF wants to send you to grad school
[00:41:27.870]for free, they have a lotta opportunities.
[00:41:30.236]So I'm gonna go through these pretty quick.
[00:41:32.773]$30,000 plus, for NSF research fellowship.
[00:41:42.280]That's why I put plus, cuz every time
[00:41:44.925]I kept having to update it.
[00:41:46.930]So it's 30,000 plus, actually 32 five.
[00:41:49.823]So it keeps going up.
[00:41:51.751]Sloan, they have, they usually give you
[00:41:55.137]one year of funding and then you continue
[00:41:57.710]to increase money over time, but what
[00:42:02.986]I like about this fellowship is that,
[00:42:04.482]it gives you the option to work with faculty
[00:42:08.201]to make sure that you finish.
[00:42:10.532]So your stipend can actually go down
[00:42:13.041]if faculty are not producing Ph.D.s,
[00:42:15.598]it can actually go up if they're producing Ph.D.s,
[00:42:18.568]so this is a really good fellowship.
[00:42:21.071]NASA has one, a really good one.
[00:42:25.194]And then SMART, this is a good one too,
[00:42:31.814]but this one has a service requirement.
[00:42:33.360]This is one of the ones, few
[00:42:34.756]that have a service requirement.
[00:42:35.998]What that means is, if you get funded,
[00:42:37.370]get their funding, you have to work for them
[00:42:39.342]full-time, it's not a bad deal
[00:42:41.188]cuz you'll have a gig once you finish.
[00:42:43.458]But, know that you're gonna have to go work
[00:42:46.388]and pay that money back, through your service.
[00:42:49.739]And then, this is another one, DOD, DOE.
[00:42:54.331]And then NDSEG.
[00:42:58.710]Now, I spent, and Ford Foundation, so this one is good too,
[00:43:03.786]because the Ford Foundation Fellowship,
[00:43:07.709]they try to help you with your pre-doctorial,
[00:43:10.318]they help you when you're finishing up writing
[00:43:11.715]you dissertation, and then once you finish,
[00:43:14.198]for a post-doc.
[00:43:15.133]Y'all know what a post-doc is, right?
[00:43:16.743]Okay, so a post-doc, who doesn't know what that is?
[00:43:19.644]Okay, so a post-doc is what you do
[00:43:22.513]once you finish your Ph.D.
[00:43:23.346]There may be a faculty member across the country
[00:43:25.712]that you really wish you could have done research with,
[00:43:28.066]and so you can go to that faculty member and say
[00:43:30.513]hey, I have this fourth, I mean, post-doc fellowship
[00:43:33.986]can I come work for you?
[00:43:35.614]I'll bring in my own money,
[00:43:37.041]I just wanna do research with you.
[00:43:38.452]And so you're bringing your money with you.
[00:43:40.061]So this is very attractive for faculty
[00:43:42.976]to help you work with others.
[00:43:45.246]So, I spent all that time and I haven't
[00:43:46.933]even talked about GEM yet, except for the beginning.
[00:43:49.450]So let me just go through this really quickly.
[00:43:51.528]I'll leave my information, cuz I do have
[00:43:53.564]to catch a flight, if I miss my flight,
[00:43:54.620]I'll be here tonight, so let's
[00:43:58.974]get through this really quickly.
[00:44:00.792]But the GEM Fellowship, again,
[00:44:03.550]is a really good fellowship.
[00:44:05.487]And again what we try to do is make sure
[00:44:07.286]we connect you to funding so you don't have
[00:44:10.683]to go to grad school and you can go
[00:44:12.530]to grad school for what?
[00:44:13.782][Multiple Students] Free.
[00:44:14.615]Free, that's right.
[00:44:16.209]So how do we do that?
[00:44:18.061]We do that through our universities and employers.
[00:44:21.812]We have over 100 universities that you can choose from.
[00:44:24.807]Not everyone's on the GEM list, why?
[00:44:27.698]Because we vet every university before
[00:44:31.118]we send you there, because we want to make sure
[00:44:33.406]that one, not that you're gonna get money,
[00:44:36.116]but there's an environment where you can finish.
[00:44:38.646]And so, we vet everyone, before they become
[00:44:41.585]a GEM university.
[00:44:43.351]Quick question, so (inaudible) is on this list.
[00:44:49.907](inaudible) I don't see--
[00:44:50.912]This is not a comprehensive list.
[00:44:55.165]You wanna go here to get a full list of universities.
[00:45:00.684]And so we also have employers
[00:45:02.201]that you will do internships with,
[00:45:03.642]so this is the money slide, so to speak.
[00:45:07.092]So we have two GEM tracks.
[00:45:09.895]We have the masters in engineering track,
[00:45:13.209]and we have the Ph.D. science and engineering track.
[00:45:16.704]For the masters, you get two years of funding,
[00:45:20.396]you get full tuition, and you get two paid internships.
[00:45:24.047]Most of our students make anywhere from $10 to $18,000
[00:45:27.936]in the summer, depending on major
[00:45:30.618]and how long do you work.
[00:45:32.777]And then for Ph.D. you're only required
[00:45:35.599]to do one internship, you get $16,000, the minimum,
[00:45:39.526]like I said we negotiate with the university,
[00:45:41.695]that they'll bring you up to the same level
[00:45:43.355]as whoever is in your department.
[00:45:45.362]But here's the GEM commitment.
[00:45:48.045]If they bring you as a GEM fellow,
[00:45:50.122]you get five years of funding.
[00:45:51.951]Which means that they're committing to you for five years.
[00:45:55.093]And then you get your tuition and fees,
[00:45:57.380]and only required to do one internship.
[00:45:59.946]So, apply by Nov. 13, if you share a phone
[00:46:09.711]message with someone, make sure you have
[00:46:11.631]a professional outgoing message, at least
[00:46:14.106]between December and January, cuz employers do call.
[00:46:18.465]And you wanna make sure that you do that.
[00:46:21.646]You also have to apply to three GEM universities.
[00:46:26.538]And if you apply to GEM first, most institutions
[00:46:29.892]will waive the application fee to apply
[00:46:31.799]to their institution.
[00:46:33.458]Then, you will know by March if you have
[00:46:37.282]the GEM fellowship, and then university partners
[00:46:39.343]will let us know if they've admitted you,
[00:46:42.687]and you do your summer internship.
[00:46:45.189]This is your only requirement of the GEM fellowship.
[00:46:47.648]Two summer internships as a masters, one for the Ph.D.
[00:46:52.802]That's all we require of you.
[00:46:55.794]And then you get free grad school.
[00:47:02.147]So October first, November 13, this is the only year
[00:47:08.107]this is going to do that, we're typically November 15.
[00:47:11.799]You interview with your employers December to January.
[00:47:15.827]You'll know by March if you have it,
[00:47:17.602]you let us know where you plan to go to grad school
[00:47:19.567]in April to May, do your internships in the summer,
[00:47:22.387]and then school starts.
[00:47:25.113]This is the last program I wanna talk about
[00:47:27.216]and then I'll open up for questions, cuz I'm way over.
[00:47:31.295]So we have a university and associate fellows program.
[00:47:34.659]So the reason we have this program is because
[00:47:37.545]we have about 1,700 students that apply every year.
[00:47:40.339]And since they are applying to the program,
[00:47:43.267]and we only fund about 150, right?
[00:47:46.956]University people come to us and say,
[00:47:48.695]we have all these great students in the database,
[00:47:50.691]and we're sittin' her waiting for employers to select them.
[00:47:53.726]We still wanna name them GEM fellows anyway.
[00:47:56.199]So they came up with the University
[00:47:58.796]and Associates Fellowship program.
[00:48:00.909]So as an associate fellow, you get an internship,
[00:48:04.270]and it's kind of a pseudo-internship cuz
[00:48:06.773]they'll bring you on campus that summer
[00:48:08.924]and pay you there, and you get a stipend,
[00:48:10.929]and you get full tuition and fees,
[00:48:13.402]just like a normal GEM fellow.
[00:48:15.406]And then the university fellow
[00:48:16.874]would just get tuition and fees.
[00:48:18.518]And then you would say, why would I do that?
[00:48:21.041]Well some of you said you were going to do masters.
[00:48:22.880]Where are my masters students?
[00:48:24.800]Most masters programs are not funded,
[00:48:27.780]so if a university is willing to pay you
[00:48:29.982]tuition and fees, jump on it, cuz
[00:48:32.648]not many will do that, other than like if you're in
[00:48:35.339]a bridge to doctor program, or GEM fellowship.
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