GRAD Lab was a fun event designed to inform and motivate students from underrepresented groups in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields to understand the importance of a graduate degree. Students learnt how to successfully apply to graduate school and find funding opportunities. A panel of speakers provided their insight and experiences on graduate school and beyond.

GRAD Lab encouraged young people to consider graduate engineering or science education, and to apply for the GEM fellowship. Focusing on the global importance of research and innovation, life-long career benefits, and real world role models, the symposium helped each student envision his or her future as a technology leader, successfully apply for a GEM fellowship, and gain entry to a graduate STEM program.

Speakers

Karen Butler-Purry, PhD

Karen Butler-Purry, PhD

TAMU Interim Vice President for Research, and Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Shannon Walton, PhD

Shannon Walton, PhD

TAMU Director of Recruiting and Student Success, Office of Graduate & Professional Studies (OGAPS) and Director, TAMUS LSAMP
Shield B. Lin, PhD

Shield B. Lin, PhD

Associate Dean, Roy G. Perry College of Engineering
Rosana G. Moreira, PhD

Rosana G. Moreira, PhD

Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies, Texas A&M University
Michele Lezama, GEM Fellow

Michele Lezama, GEM Fellow

Graduate and Organizational Diversity Strategist, Minority Engineering Program, Purdue Engineering
Mark Zoran, PhD

Mark Zoran, PhD

Acting Associate Provost of Graduate & Professional Studies

Michael D. Smith, D.Eng.

Michael D. Smith, D.Eng.

Deputy Executive Director, Internal Operations The National GEM Consortium
CJ Barberan, GEM Fellow

CJ Barberan, GEM Fellow

PhD Student, Rice University, GEM Fellow