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Timeline

Students studying

First year

  • Do well in courses
  • Establish relationships with faculty (your future recommenders)
  • Join and attend meetings of science organizations as well as others; volunteer for anything (almost anything)
  • See if you can do research (even on a volunteer basis) with Augsburg faculty
  • Talk to faculty about their grad school experiences
  • Work on critical thinking and writing skills
  • Start compiling work and evidence for future résumés and portfolios

Sophomore year

  • Do well in courses
  • Continue to develop relationships with faculty
  • Assume leadership roles in campus or civic organizations
  • Continue volunteer activities
  • Apply for summer research or internship experiences
  • Read journals in your field
  • Work on critical thinking and writing skills
  • Meet with career counselors and faculty if having a difficult time choosing major

Junior year

  • Do well in courses
  • Work as a research assistant or an intern part-time during the school year
  • Apply for summer research experiences (off-campus ones if you’ve already done on-campus)
  • Talk to people in your field to get a sense of what careers are like
  • Continue to read journals

Senior year

June-July-August

  • Take GRE Prep course offered at Augsburg or elsewhere or study independently (see GRE Prep webage for resources)
  • Begin and complete Summer Research Experience
  • Ask for a letter of recommendation from summer research mentor (they don’t write it now, but get the commitment)
  • Register for general GRE (take no later than August)
  • Generate a list of schools to which you think you will apply
  • Begin correspondence with graduate faculty
  • Write draft of resume and personal statement – contact urgo@augsburg.edu to set up a meeting

September

  • Do well in your courses
  • Register and study for the GRE General Test if you haven’t taken it yet
  • Register and study for a GRE Subject Test, if required. The November test date will ensure that your scores are back in time for most December deadlines.
  • Talk with faculty about your summer research experience, your grad school plans, letters of recommendation, as well as what schools they recommend
  • Narrow and finalize your list of schools
  • Consider applying for national scholarships/fellowships and check due dates

October

  • Prioritize applications by application deadlines.
  • Work on national scholarships/fellowships if you are applying
  • Begin e-mailing professors at the schools you will be applying to. Typically these would be faculty whose research interests match yours.
  • Get feedback from URGO staff and your faculty on your applications
  • Give instructions for letters of rec and due dates to your recommenders

November

  • Take GRE Subject test if needed (middle of the month)
  • Order transcripts
  • Have GRE scores sent (if you haven’t already) to schools
  • Continue to get feedback from URGO staff and your faculty on your applications

December

  • Don’t leave for home until you have requested all needed transcripts, as the University closes between Christmas and New Year’s
  • Don’t leave for home until you’ve reminded faculty about letters due over break
  • Don’t leave for home until Dixie and/or faculty have checked your applications/personal statements, because Dixie closes between Christmas and New Year’s as well
  • Good luck on those finals

January

  • Some of you will still be doing more of the same

February-March

  • Await news of applications

April

  • April 15 is the last day to accept or reject offers