Graduate School and Campus Career Network to Host Open House at UMass Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts Graduate School, in conjunction with the Campus Career Network, is hosting its first annual Open House for prospective graduate students Tues., Oct. 24 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom on campus.

"Open House 2000" will highlight the many opportunities available to prospective graduate students, while giving them a chance to meet students and faculty with whom they might work. It will feature information on the 68 fields of graduate study offered at the University, among which are some of the highest-ranked programs in the country.

"The University annually awards approximately 300 doctoral degrees and 1,000 master''s degrees," says Charlena Seymour, dean of the Graduate School at UMass. "Our linguistics and polymer science programs have both been ranked number one by U.S. News and World Report, while the annual college guide also lists our creative writing program among the top 10, and our engineering program among the top 50. We want students both here and abroad to know what we have available. That''s why we have designated the theme of ''Open House 2000'' to be ''Excellence Within Your Reach.''"

In all, 27 graduate programs at the University are expected to take part, including: biochemistry and molecular biology; English (MFA); communication disorders; exercise science; geology; nursing; geography; management (Ph.D.); music; hotel, restaurant, and travel administration; labor relations; neuroscience and behavior; organismic and evolutionary biology; political science; public policy and administration; public health and health sciences; mechanical and industrial engineering; civil engineering; biology; animal science; French and Italian; communication; women''s studies; business administration; and the Video Instructional Program. Information will also be available to students about any other graduate program that is not personally represented. In addition, students will be able to find extensive information on financial aid, including scholarships and fellowships offered by various departments.

"The bottom line is this allows prospective graduate students to make a personal contact with current graduate students and faculty here at UMass," says Michael Alderman, assistant director of graduate student recruitment and retention at the University. "In that way they can get the sort of information they might not be able to find otherwise, and can learn about opportunities they may have missed."