2020 Grad Expo Event Format

Chat with highly talented potential graduate students that are interested in Engineering, Mathematics, Science, Technology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, or related fields. This year, the Grad Expo will allow institutions to register to setup a chat session through an online platform of their choice to connect with prospective students. 

Student Interaction Date - Monday, October 5, 2020

In the past, the average attendee's GPA has consistently been greater than 3.6/4.0 and the majority of attendees possess research experience. In 2019, students from 37 different states and Puerto Rico, and 100 institutions attended the event. Students from a variety of institutions and organizations are invited to attend the Grad Expo, including McNair Scholars, LSAMP program participants, honors students, summer research program participants, and many more.

Chat Session Details

Setting Up Your Chat Session

By registering to participate in the Grad Expo Virtual Experience, you will have the opportunity to set up a live chat session on the online platform of your choice (i.e. WebEx, Zoom, GoToMeeting, etc.) as well as select the time(s) of your chat session on October 5th. View your chat session as the same opportunity you have to speak with students as if they approached your table at an on-site grad fair. 

Be creative and consider how you will manage student visitor traffic during your virtual chat session. For example, a Q&A or panel session is a great way to allow students to drop in to ask about the grad school opportunities available at your institution. Keep in mind that this is a chat session, it is not a time to give a formal presentation about your institution. It is simply an opportunity to interact with students and answer specific questions. 

When you register, please submit the Chat Session link as well as a call-in number.* Please include the time(s) that students will be able to speak with your institution's representatives for the chat session. The link and times of the chat will be available prior to Monday, October 5th on the event website so that attendees can plan ahead. 

Managing Chat Sessions

Some suggestions for managing your chat session:

  • Moderate chat sessions with a person designated to speak with students and the other to manage the chat box.
  • Have a list of talking points at your disposal should there be a lull in questions.
  • Consider time zones when scheduling your chat session and whether you will need to purchase more chat time to reach your targeted student audiences. 
  • Include a form link in the chat box, similar to one you would use at your grad fair table, where students can request more information.
  • Use a virtual background or sport your institution's swag during your chat session!

Additionally, if you choose to record your session for future use, please remember that you must include a note that indicates by participating the student is giving permission to be recorded. 

*Please keep in mind that not all students have access to video capabilities. Including a call-in number will allow these students to join the chat session.

“The fair is well run and organized. We really appreciate connecting with students from across the country. Well done!” 

2019 Recruiter

Students are eager to learn more about graduate school opportunities.

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