The Department of History will host its first graduate school application workshop Saturday with the goal of helping its students transition to graduate school.
Dr. Kelly Elliott, assistant professor of history, is one of many faculty members organizing the event. She said both history and non-history majors are invited to the workshop and are given an opportunity to get one-on-one help from professors.
“The workshop is designed for history and social science majors students who are going on to do graduate work and who either are making the decision right now to go on to or trying to decide where to apply,” Elliot said.
Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honors Society, is hosting the graduate school application workshop. The event is partially due to the recent increase in activity of ACU’s local chapter, called the Zeta Beta Chapter.
“For the first time this year, the Zeta Beta Chapter has officers, and we’re having quite a few activities,” Elliot said. “For the semester this is one of our major professionalization activities for the semester.”
The Zeta Beta chapter, comprised of approximately 20 members, welcomes history major students and friends to join in its activities and various events.
“Phi Alpha Theta at ACU tries to create greater collegiality among history students through social activities but also professionalization through activities like this,” Elliot said.
Some of the students in the history department are applying to law school. The workshop is designed for the student to bring in their materials, including a resume, and receive faculty feedback. Faculty will create smaller groups among the students and show what the application process will look like while giving general advice.
A few of the faculty members taking part in the workshop are Dr. Vernon Williams, professor of history, and Dr. Mark Cullum, associate professor of history.
“We’re planning to have three professors here: myself, Dr. Williams and Dr. Cullum and talk about curriculum vita, writing samples, and I will deal with the statement of purpose,” Elliott said.
The workshop will conclude with a question and answering panel for the students to ask more questions.
The event will be held in the history department office in room 324 in the Hardin Administration building.