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Scientist to Engineer. MS in Chemical Engineering at Columbia

Are you getting a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or related science? Did you know that adding a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering can greatly enhance your career opportunities? Consider Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Their Scientist to Engineer Program is an intensive, accelerated program designed especially for new M. students without a BS in Chemical Engineering. This program covers the essentials of the entire undergraduate curriculum, followed by a standard MS program. Typically this can all be accomplished in three semesters.

Interested in learning more? www.cheme.columbia.edu.

  • An Ivy League education in New York City, the multicultural capital of the world
  • Get the “know-how” to advance more rapidly in industry
  • A flexible curriculum, including courses in other branches of engineering or graduate subjects
  • Focused courses taught by experienced academic and industrial professionals

MS Application deadlines: Spring Term – October 1, 2017, Fall Term – February 15, 2018.

Alumni Tip for Medical School Interviews

The Health Professions team is fond of reminding you that once you are in the medical school’s zip code, consider yourself on the interview stage as everyone with whom you interact-from secretary to tour guide to cafeteria worker-might be asked to share feedback on your demeanor. With medical school interview season kicking into gear, we thought it timely to share a reflection from a recent alum that underscores this point:

“I’ve utilized the student host program for every interview that I’ve attended because it saves a lot of money (no $150+/night wasted on hotels!) and it offers another opportunity to meet a current student and learn more about the school. So far, all my hosts have been wonderful! During one interview, I mentioned to my interviewer that I stayed with a current student, and she asked for his name. I didn’t think anything of it at the time, but the next day I got a text from my host saying that the interviewer asked him what was his opinion of me. Luckily, the guy and I got along really well. This event underscored the fact that you have to be polite and friendly with everyone who is in any way affiliated with the school of medicine–including the hosts! Even if you don’t know that you’re being judged, you are, and everyone’s opinions of you matter. I’ve found that there’s no need to send the hosts a formal thank-you letter, a nice text after your interview will suffice, and try to bring a small thank-you gift. These students are doing us interviewees a huge favor by hosting–make sure that they know they’re appreciated!”

Great advice! Do YOU have any interview tips to share? Contact our office and we will be happy to post them.

Are you interested in graduate school in international affairs?







Join us for an information session on graduate studies in international affairs. Admissions representatives from these schools will be on hand to discuss admissions requirements, academic programs, and career opportunities for students interested in graduate studies in international affairs.

Tuesday, September 26

4:30-5:30 pm

Coltrane Lounge in Adirondack House

Schools attending:

  • The Fletcher School at Tufts
  • Johns Hopkins SAIS
  • Columbia SIPA
  • Georgetown MSFS
  • Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School

Rochester Institute of Technology ON CAMPUS Tuesday 9/26!!

Come meet the R.I.T. representative at their information table on
Tuesday, 9/26 from 11:00 am-1:00 pm in the McCullough Grille Foyer

See your

Rochester Institute of Technology is a privately endowed, coeducational university with nine colleges emphasizing career education and experiential learning.

RIT offers 90+ graduate programs in Art, Design, Crafts, Photography, Animation, Business, Communications, Service and Hospitality; Education, Psychology, and Human Resources; Science, Health Sciences, Mathematics, Statistics and Imaging Science; Applied Arts & Sciences; Sustainability; Computing and Information Sciences; and Engineering and Technology.

Degrees offered include M. Arch., MBA, MFA, MS, MST, ME and Ph.D.

$17 million in scholarships and graduate assistantships were awarded to graduate students last year. 95% graduate students get jobs or pursue additional degrees.

Learn more about their graduate degrees online.

Why Med Schools Are Requiring Art Classes

Flanagan’s seminar speaks to a broader trend in medical education, which has become pronounced over the past decade: More and more, medical schools in the U.S. are investing in curriculum and programming around the arts. Professors argue that engaging in the arts during medical school, whether through required courses or extracurricular activities, is valuable in developing essential skills that doctors need, like critical thinking and observational and communication skills, as well as bias awareness and empathy.

“It’s not just a nice idea to incorporate humanities into medical schools to make the education more interesting,” Flanagan says of such programs. “It’s protecting and maintaining students’ empathy so that by the time they go off to practice medicine, they’re still empathetic individuals.” He notes that while medical students traditionally enter their first year with very high levels of empathy, after three years, research has shown, the exposure to content around death and suffering can cause those levels to plummet. Engagement in the humanities can rectify this problem.

Read the full Artsy article by Casey Lester here.

Tips from Medical School Admissions on Maintaining Professionalism Throughout Your Interview

Important article from the latest AAMC newsletter!

Being invited to interview is an indication that a medical school is interested in understanding more about the person behind the application. An interview is a chance for medical schools to look at the intangible qualities not captured on paper. Professionalism is one of those important qualities and can easily make or break an otherwise outstanding interview. To help you put your most professional foot forward and avoid any missteps, we asked admissions officers to reveal their best tips for before, during, and after an interview.

Ngozi Anachebe, MD, PharmD, associate dean of admissions and student affairs at Morehouse School of Medicine, says she uses the interview to determine if an applicant has the attributes, viewpoints, behaviors, and attitudes that will help them become a caring and competent physician (i.e. a professional). Professionalism is that intangible quality on which medical school applicants are evaluated throughout the entire interview process.

Dr. Anachebe noted that “at Morehouse, applicants are assessed on three broad areas—interpersonal and communication skills, disposition, and fit for the program. Professionalism should be reflected in each of these key areas.” At every stage of the interview process, from receipt of the initial invitation to the post-interview waiting period, a lack of professionalism can negatively impact an admissions decision.

So how do you avoid the faux pas that could undermine an otherwise stellar interview? A few admissions officers offered the following suggestions to help you maintain professionalism before, during, and after your interview.

Before the Interview

Dimple Patel, MS, Associate Dean, Office of Admissions, University of Minnesota Medical School

“When you have been offered an interview, it’s important to first connect with the program immediately and thank them for the offer, regardless of whether you will accept or not. If you accept the offer, begin working with the school’s interview coordinator to schedule your visit and keep in close contact until all details are finalized. If you do not accept the interview offer, let the school know immediately so they can move forward and invite other applicants. In the event that you commit to interview at a school and later decide to withdraw, do this in a respectful and professional manner by emailing the school as soon as you know of your new plans. Do not wait until the last minute or simply neglect to show up on the day you were scheduled to interview.”

On Interview Day

Ngozi Anachebe, MD, PharmD, Associate Dean, Medical Education, Admissions and Student Affairs, Morehouse School of Medicine

“First impressions matter. Select your outfit carefully, as your attire can influence how you are perceived by others. This is not the time to be the fashionista. Be understated and conservative, opting whenever possible for a suit in navy blue, dark grey, or black and wear comfortable dress shoes. Keep cologne and perfume to a minimum and avoid excessive, dangling, noisy or clunky jewelry.

Arrive early and turn off your cell phone. During the interview, sit up straight and smile when appropriate. Be sure to make eye contact, but don’t stare. Apply a firm handshake. Watch your language and avoid overt familiarity, addressing people you meet as Dr./Ms./Mr. unless invited to do otherwise. Avoid impolite mannerisms such as chewing gum. Don’t fidget and be careful not to repeatedly look at your watch, which can make you appear as if you are disinterested or preoccupied.”

Lina Mehta, MD, Associate Dean for Admissions, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

“It is very important for an applicant to be present and fully engaged throughout interview day. We occasionally see candidates who spend much of the day on their phones, including during presentations, which is perceived as unprofessional and signals a lack of interest. In addition, it is bad form to fall asleep or nod off during the day, so try to get enough sleep the night before. Further, make sure you know where you are going for your interview. Keep important contact information with you, such as the phone number of the admissions office, in case something unexpected happens. If you are going to be late, call the office and let them know. Also, if you need to cancel an interview, do so as soon as possible and don’t wait until the last minute.

And remember, ask questions. Not only is a school interviewing you, but you are also assessing the school’s fit for you, so ask questions and soak in as much information as possible.”

After the Interview

Michelle Whitehurst-Cook, MD Senior Associate Dean for Admissions, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

“Please follow directions for each school regarding how and when to contact them after the interview. This may be different for each school so be sure to ask at the interview. Emails are likely preferable to phone calls, due to limited staffing. Make sure that any communication shares significant information or change. Remember medical schools are receiving thousands of applications from prospective medical school students.

Address anyone you speak to, by phone or email, with respect. Patience is sometimes difficult in situations where you finally get to talk with someone by phone or you are frustrated with unanswered emails, but be slow to show your frustration. Negative comments will not achieve the goal you are wishing for.

All communications with medical school admissions offices are subject to critique. If you call, write, email, text, or stop by for a visit, your neatness, communication style, professional demeanor, sincerity, and humility are all being scrutinized. Remember, medical schools are choosing the next group of new physicians to serve the citizens of the world. The ideal applicant will be mature and understanding in their communications, sincere in any exchange, and able to exhibit excellence in the bedside manner of a future doctor.”

Final Thoughts

Always remain courteous, patient, mindful, and gracious throughout your interactions with medical schools. Familiarizing yourself with the application and acceptance protocols will help to clarify expectations of both medical schools and applicants. Any breach in these protocols may be perceived as unprofessional and could reflect poorly on your potential as a medical professional.

Professionalism is that essential quality that every future doctor should embody. And as you can see, it is not overlooked by medical schools. At the end of the day, it’s all about putting your best self forward.

Introducing the NEW ADEA Dental School Explorer!

ADEA is pleased to announce the availability of its new online product, the ADEA Dental School Explorer! Based on the ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools, this tool contains the profiles of the 76 U.S. and Canadian dental schools featured in the printed edition—all searchable by key word and filterable by institution type, targeted entering-class size, DAT Total Science score (mean), Science GPA (mean), and location (state, territory or province).

View information on required and recommended courses; dental shadowing requirements/recommendations; admission cycle timetables; fees, deposits and cost of attendance; and 2016 applicant and entering-class statistics

CCI has purchased both a hard copy and online access to this resource. If you are interested, please contact Nicole for access.

Interested in purchasing your own online subscription? A one-year subscription to the ADEA Dental School Explorer is available for $25. Purchase it here.