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Graduate Student Adds Personal Touch to Recruitment Weekend Efforts

Geology's Rebecca Reverman and other department reps shared input on UC as potential peers spent time on campus.

Date: 3/10/2008
By: Britt Kennerly
Phone: (513) 556-8577
Rebecca Reverman is on target to earn her master's degree in geology in June 2008.

She's currently working on the metamorphic history of a small area of the Indus Suture Zone in eastern Ladakh in northwestern India.

Geology graduate student Rebecca Reverman took part in a 2005 departmental trip to northern India.


This close to graduation, however, Reverman is still heavily involved in the everyday life of a graduate student. In early March, for example, the Harrison, Ohio, native took part in UC's annual Graduate Recruitment Weekend. This event, sponsored by the Graduate School, brings up to four top candidates to each graduate program for up-close talk, tours and field trips. Since the first such weekend in 2000, the program has yielded an average of 53 percent enrollment.

Almost every geology graduate student took part in their department's efforts, said Reverman, who earned her undergraduate degree at UC. Her role centered on knowing the "who, what, where and when" of what was going on with all recruits and events.

While Reverman didn't participate in any similar events herself after earning her bachelor's degree, she sees the effectiveness of pairing recruits with current graduate students.

"This gives them a good idea of what day-to-day life is for a grad student here and what kind of support they can really expect from their potential advisor and the department,"  said Reverman, who's also a familiar face at the annual Science and Engineering Expo and who traveled in 2005 on the first departmental trip to northern India and the Himalayas.

And it also gives a look at every angle of student life, including the causal get-togethers: "It's pretty normal for graduate students in the department to organize social events," Reverman said.

"We have a graduate student who coordinates a bagel and coffee hour every Monday and a different student provides snacks for a post-colloquium gathering every Friday In some ways, the graduate students are the life and future of the department."

Arnie Miller, Department of Geology head, considers it "vitally important" to bring graduate recruits to campus. He noted that the bonding experiences attained through such visits, from class participation to shared meals and field trips, have helped the department attract several prized applicants over the past several years.

"These visits provide our recruits with opportunities to get firsthand tastes of what life would be like for them if they were part of our program," he said. "While some of our recruits visit at times other than the official recruitment weekend, there are few cases that I can think of in which a domestic recruit who chooses to enroll our program has not first visited with us."

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