Graduate Student Recruiting

On October 28, 2013 by Grad Forum

recruiting_fruit_thumbnailGraduate students come to Dartmouth with a diversity of experiences that enhance our community through increased knowledge, understanding, and creativity. Efforts to attract students from a wide range of backgrounds are evident in the recruitment activities of the Assistant Dean of Recruiting and Diversity, Jane Seibel. This fall, Seibel is attending several recruiting events, including the Annual Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) National Conference in San Antonio, Texas and the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Nashville, Tennessee, accompanied by graduate students, whose experiences at Dartmouth speak to the valued place of diversity in the community.

Seibel, whose background is in nonprofits, education, and recruiting, explains that the Annual SACNAS National Conference, which was held from October 3-6, attracts many bright students from minority backgrounds interested in pursuing careers in science and technology. This year, Simone Whitecloud, a PhD candidate in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) program accompanied Seibel on her trip.

Seibel and Whitecloud brought with them to the conference unique recruiting giveaways to distribute that attracted a lot of attention. The colorful, neoprene sacks were designed to hold fruit, but, Seibel explains, “many attendees had difficulty telling what they were.” Seibel asked participants what they thought the sacks were and collected responses, including “a yamaka,” “a change purse,” “a sunglasses case,” “a camera case,” “a case for holding dog bones,” “shoulder pads,” and “yoga pads.” Seibel was pleased with the response to the unique items as they attracted many students to approach the Dartmouth table and inquire about them. “They were a great conversation piece,” she notes.

ABRCMS, which is from November 13-16, is the next event on Seibel’s schedule. She will be accompanied this time by Professors Brent Berwin and Ron Taylor, both from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, as well as Lilian and Ruth Kabeche. Lilian Kabeche recently graduated with a PhD in biochemistry and is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in Professor Duane Compton’s lab. She says about her experience at Dartmouth and anticipated trip to ABRCMS, “Thus far, I have attended two trips to ABRCMS, and I am very thankful that Jane gave me the opportunity to be part of something so great as recruiting for Dartmouth. Honestly, going on these trips is awesome because I get to talk to students about how much I really love Dartmouth!” Lilian’s sister, Ruth Kabeche, is a current graduate student in biochemistry, working in the lab of Professor Jamie Moseley. “Dartmouth is an incredible environment for research. I am truly honored to be able to participate in the recruitment of other minorities to Dartmouth,” comments Ruth.

Seibel also enjoys the opportunity to reconnect with graduate alumni at recruiting events. Often alumni will approach her about their own promising undergraduate students whom they are encouraging to consider graduate school at Dartmouth. At SACNAS this year, Seibel spoke with Dr. Matthew Gdovin, an associate professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Texas at San Antonio and recent winner of a Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award for 2013.

Seibel encourages the participation of current graduate students in recruiting efforts. If you would like to get involved (or have an idea for unique recruiting giveaways for next year), please contact Seibel in the Graduate Studies Office. Be on the lookout for more information about upcoming recruiting weekends for prospective students that will be held on campus in February and March.

photo by Zachary Williams


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