Graduate workshop to encourage students to study in Texas

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

What: Lone Star Graduate Diversity Colloquium

When: 12:30 p.m. - March 30-31 (Friday-Saturday)

Where: UNT’s Business Leadership Building, 1307 W. Highland St.

Cost: $10 for students and attendees, $165 for recruiters

Contact: Dana Mordecai at the Toulouse Graduate School, 940-369-7387 or

DENTON (UNT), Texas – Future graduate students searching for the next stop on their educational path are encouraged to attend the Lone Star Graduate Diversity Colloquium on March 30 (Friday). The University of North Texas will host the two-day series of workshops for the first time since it began in 2006 to further the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Closing the Gaps initiative, which aims to strengthen student participation, success, excellence and research. Texas university representatives and deans of graduate schools are also welcome to attend to recruit possible graduate students to their programs.

The colloquium is a cooperative effort to empower underrepresented minorities, women and first-generation students to plant their graduate study roots in Texas universities and colleges. Attendees will participate in workshops on how to fund and choose the right graduate school, the importance of undergraduate research and GRE testing strategies. Future graduate students will also hear from current graduate students and professors on how to take full advantage of master’s and doctoral programs, and how to be successful in their future educational and professional endeavors.

Possible graduate students unable to attend the colloquium can view sessions via satellite video conference for the first time this year. Organizers hope this will allow students from every area in Texas, including El Paso, San Antonio, Lubbock and Houston, to participate in the forums and learn about higher education opportunities in Texas. There is no registration fee for those attending via video conference.

The final day of the conference will close with keynote speaker Valerie Martinez-Ebers, a UNT political science professor, and a graduate school fair with representation by various Texas Graduate Schools and departments. Attendees will be able to speak with university representatives and recruiters on how to prepare for graduate studies and professional programs.

More information and details are available at

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108