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

Dmitri Litvinov, PhD

Dmitri Litvinov, PhD

Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School, University of Houston
Shawn Emmerson Simmons, PhD

Shawn Emmerson Simmons, PhD

Environmental & Permitting Manager at ExxonMobil, Gulf Coast Growth Venture
Rosana G. Moreira, PhD

Rosana G. Moreira, PhD

Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies, Texas A&M University
Carmen Carter, PhD

Carmen Carter, PhD

Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies, Prairie View A&M University
Michael D. Smith, D.Eng.

Michael D. Smith, D.Eng.

Deputy Executive Director, Internal Operations The National GEM Consortium
Elebeoba E. May, PhD

Elebeoba E. May, PhD

Associate Professor, University of Houston
Maya Gough

Maya Gough

PhD Student, University of Houston
CJ Barberan, GEM Fello

CJ Barberan, GEM Fello

PhD Student, Rice University, GEM Fellow
Taneidra Walker

Taneidra Walker

PhD Student, Texas A&M University