Preparing for Graduate School

SEAS 360: New Graduate Student Engagement, Professionalism and Ethics Orientation

Is Graduate School right for you?

There are many reasons why students decide to pursue a graduate degree. These reasons can include:

  • You want to specialize in a certain area of study within engineering.
  • You are looking to increase the number of job opportunities available to you.
  • You would like a higher starting salary.
  • You want to teach at the university level.
  • You are passionate about engineering research.

Preparing for Graduate School

Planning early for graduate school is key! If you want to go on to a Masters or PhD program, you should expect to have:

  • A strong GPA. At a minimum, you will need a 3.0 GPA in order to be considered for graduate work.
  • GRE scores.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation. These letters should come from faculty members or supervisors who have gotten to know your work and capabilities. You should form these relationships early if you plan on graduate school.
  • Research Experience. There are numerous opportunities for Undergraduate Research available to you so you can learn these skills early and see if Graduate Studies is right for you.
  • Statement of Purpose. You should have clear career and research goals that you can explain this admissions essay.

SEAS Senior Scholar Program

The SEAS Senior Scholar program is an opportunity for undergraduate students at the University at Buffalo to carry out research with a SEAS faculty member. This experience begins during the spring of a student’s senior year and can continue into their graduate program.

Scholarship Information:

  • Master’s Degree applicants: If awarded, students who have applied to a master’s degree program will receive a stipend of $100 in Spring 2018. Students will also be eligible to receive another $1,000 if they are accepted and choose to enroll at UB’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences for graduate studies in Fall.
  • PhD Degree applicants: If awarded, students who have applied to a PhD degree program will receive a stipend of $100 in Spring 2018. Students will also be eligible to receive another $2,000 if they are accepted and choose to enroll at UB’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences for graduate studies in Fall.

Eligibility:

  • Currently enrolled UB undergraduate student with Senior standing; expecting to graduate by June or September.
  • Minimum overall GPA 3.0 is recommended; overall GPA of 3.3 is preferred.
  • Must submit and complete an online application to a graduate program in UB’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences by December 15.

Application Process:

  • Apply
  • Applications must include your current resume, a personal statement (approx. 250 words) describing your technical/research interests and potential plans for graduate study and the name of the faculty member you wish to pursue a research opportunity with.

Important Notes:

  • This is an application process, the SEAS Office of Graduate Education will review applications and notify awardees before the start of the spring semester.
  • Student must provide proof of undergraduate research experience before the scholarship will be dispersed in the spring of their senior year.
  • Students have the potential to obtain 3 academic credit hours for undergraduate research.

Questions about the Senior Scholarship program should be directed to Kellie McBride.

Recommended Timeline

Year Goal
Freshman & Sophomore Years
Junior Year
Senior Year
  • Work on Personal Statement, and have it reviewed by numerous people
  • Retake GRE, if necessary
  • Order official transcripts
  • Formally request Letters of Recommendation
  • Finalize Personal Statement
  • Apply!
  • Prepare for interviews
  • Send Thank You notes to recommenders