NDnano Summer REU Seminar: Grad School – What’s it Good For, and Should I Go?

Presented by:
Gregory L. Snider
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies / Electrical Engineering
University of Notre Dame

A good question for every undergrad to ask themselves is: Should I go to grad school? The decision to pursue an advanced degree is one that should not be taken lightly. Advanced degrees are an investment in time, but can open up career opportunities that are closed to those with B.S. degrees. This talk will discuss some of the advantages and disadvantages of advanced degrees, as well as the process of getting an advanced degree. It will also cover the process of applying to graduate school, how to make your application stand out, and what schools are looking for. Finally, we’ll discuss the grad school experience.

Gregory L. Snider received his B.S degree in electrical engineering from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in 1983, and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1991. He was an integrated circuit design engineer for Motorola from 1983 to 1985, a postdoctoral associate at Cornell University from 1991 to 1993, and a senior scientist for Galileo Electro-Optics from 1993 to 1994. Dr. Snider has been at the University of Notre Dame since 1994 and is currently professor and director of graduate studies in the department of electrical engineering. His research interests are in the areas of device physics, nanoelectronics, and circuit fabrication. He has authored or co-authored over 100 journal papers and over 120 conference presentations.