GEM GRAD Lab hosted by University of South Carolina

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GEM GRAD Lab hosted by University of South Carolina


Please join us for the GEM GRAD Lab hosted by the University of South Carolina. The events will be held on Friday and Saturday, October 4-5, 2019 at the University of South Carolina campus. On Friday, October 4th, the Campus/Lab tours will be from 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM, which includes dinner on the rooftop of the Darla Moore School of Business. Saturday, October 5th the GEM GRAD Lab will be from 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM.  Attendees are expected to arrive on time and stay for the entire time.

The GRAD Lab is a fun and engaging symposium where participants, science and engineering undergraduates, will receive full information on the importance of graduate school and what is needed to successfully gain admittance with financial support.  Speakers range from current graduate students to University faculty and senior industry executives.

GRAD Lab encourages young people to consider graduate engineering or science education, and to apply for the GEM fellowship.  Focusing on the global importance of research and innovation, life-long career benefits, and real world role models, the symposium will help each student envision his or her future as a technology leader, successfully apply for a GEM fellowship, and gain entry to a graduate STEM program.


If you are arriving on Friday, October 4th, 2019, and checking out on Saturday, October 5th, 2019
, please consider the Marriott Courtyard Downtown as room blocks have been held at a discounted price for the event. More information about lodging will be sent through email communications from te University of South Carolina.

  • Friday dinner will be held on the rooftop of the Darla Moore School of Business on the campus map.
  • Saturday, GRAD Lab will be held in the Darla Moore School of Business on the campus map.
  • Parking [location TBD]


Friday, October 4
3:30 – 6:00 PM       General Welcome, Campus & Lab Tours

6:00 PM                  Dinner & Keynote Speaker:



All activities will take place in the Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina Campus
9:00 AM                Registration, Pre-surveys and Continental Breakfast

10:00 AM              Welcome and Introductions 
                              Dr. Cheryl Addy, Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate School 

10:15 AM              Session 1:  Why Graduate School
                             GEM Program Consultant

11:15 AM              Break

11:30 AM              Session 2: How to Apply to Graduate School
                             Wright Culpepper, Director of Recruitment for the Graduate School

12:30PM               Lunch Break       
                             Graduate Fair

1:15 PM                Session 3: How to Fund Graduate School
                             GEM Program Consultant
2:15PM                 Break

2:30PM                 Session 4:  Voices from the Field
                              GEM Program Consultant 

3:15 PM                Closing Remarks/Post Surveys (Raffle – Prize Give Away)


3:30 PM                Program End


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