What the Program Will Look Like This Summer:
The program has every intention of providing a McNair summer research experience, whether it is in-person or online. This includes considering workshops, GRE prep, and housing, among other concerns. You will be updated regarding how the summer experience will operate.
How Often You Will Hear from Jo and Vanessa:
Jo and Vanessa are working on the best ways to keep you informed. For now, keep an eye on Canvas and your email. Jo and Vanessa have also created a Microsoft Team for the Summer Cohort, which will allow them to keep in touch and conduct video meetings.
How to Contact the Mcnair Team and/or Schedule a Meeting:
The McNair Team is available to support and address your questions. To schedule a meeting, directly email your advisor. Meetings will then be set up via Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Teams, or phone.
What to Do If You've Been Accepted to Graduate School for Fall 2020:
First of all, be sure to forward all of your acceptances to Jo. You are also encouraged to reach out to your McNair adviser, faculty mentors, program advisors, and academic support systems. You should also be in direct contact with the graduate program you’ve been admitted to to determine funding. Additionally, make sure you stay informed on key dates. For instance, the universal deadline created by the Council of Graduate Education states that applicants have until April 15 to accept admission and funding and that the program should honor that commitment through April 15. At this time, the program is working to pull together relevant online resources and will share them as they become available.
How the Option to Change Course Grading from A-F to C/NC Might Impact You When Applying for Graduate School:
Westminster students have until April 10 at 5:00 p.m. to make their decision and are strongly encouraged to give it time and see what messages are coming out from specific programs regarding your decision on this policy change. You can continue with the current grading arrangement, however, if you want to make the change, you should talk to your advisor.
What to Do If You're Registered to Take the GRE Soon:
You can find updated information on the GRE website, including information about a new testing option. However, over the past 18 months, many research graduate programs have discontinued their GRE requirement.