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Brag Different: Tips & Tricks for Assembling Your Perfect Package

Come hear from a Director of Graduate Education, Postdoc, and Graduate Student who will share their hard-earned advice on how to best prepare for the STEM graduate school application cycle.

The goal of these sessions is to provide you with the necessary tools to navigate the graduate school application process. We will discuss things to consider when choosing prospective graduate programs and how to effectively communicate our experiences to build a strong graduate school application. The embedded interactive activities will allow participants to begin narrowing down graduate programs, build their personal statements, and prepare for the interview process.

Monday, July 25, 6-7-pm ET
Part 1: Putting together your Application Package: Personal Statement, Research Statement, CV/Resume

Wednesday, October 12, 6-7pm ET
Part 2: Preparing for the Graduate School Visit & Interview

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Tony E Larkin, II, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of MichiganTony Larkin

Tony Larkin is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan, and co-founder of HBCU-DAP. His research interests span examining network mechanisms of sensory hypersensitivity among chronic pain patients and healthy volunteers. He applies functional connectivity and graph-theoretical analyses to data acquired through functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG) to understand how the brain works as a complex system. In addition to his commitment to science, he is committed to empowering students in pursuit of doctoral degrees in the biomedical sciences and careers in the STEM workforce. Tony graduated from Morehouse College in 2013 with a B.S. in Biology with Honors and received his PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan.


Sierra Nance, Doctoral Candidate, University of MichiganSierra Nance

Sierra Nance received her B.S. in Chemistry from Winston Salem State University in 2015. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Molecular & Integrative Physiology at the University of Michigan and was awarded the Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service by the National Institutes of Health to fund her dissertation work. Her current research investigates the role of adipose tissue immunity, specifically adipose tissue macrophages, in the pathogenesis of obesity-associated Type 2 Diabetes. In addition to research, Sierra has demonstrated her commitment to professional development and increasing diversity in STEM. Outside of her institutional commitments, Sierra serves as the founder and Executive Director of HBCU-DAP, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing resources, mentorship, and support for HBCU students on their journey to the Doctorate.


Brandon Lucas, PhD, Director for Graduate Education, University of Michigan College of EngineeringBrandon Lucas

Dr. Brandon Lucas serves as Director for Graduate Education at the University of Michigan College of Engineering where he leads in initiatives related to graduate student recruitment, retention, educational programming, and experiential learning. Dr. Lucas earned his BS in physics from Norfolk State University, where he graduated summa cum laude. Subsequently, he received his MS in electrical engineering and Ph.D. in applied physics from the University of Michigan. Dr. Lucas previously worked as Student Affairs Program Manager for pre-health student development and retention initiatives in the Michigan Medicine Office for Health Equity and Inclusion (OHEI). In this role, he managed the development and implementation of healthcare pathway programs such as the Michigan Health Sciences Summer Institute. Prior to joining OHEI, Dr. Lucas served as a business development and educational outreach coordinator for the regional node of the National Science Foundation-funded National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network where he led efforts to increase access and training opportunities for underrepresented faculty and students.

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