MIT dean visits GSU to recruit

Christopher M. Jones, assistant dean of the Graduate School at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, visited Grambling State University on Nov. 21 to recruit some of its finest students in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, computer science and engineering. The two programs that Dean Jones discussed with the high-achieving majors were MSRP (MIT Summer Research Program) and CONVERGE.

The MSRP is a 10-week undergraduate science research program that matches students with prominent scientists at MIT (even Nobel Prize winners) to foster the rudiments of laudable laboratory experiments. Students are expected to co-write publication-worthy articles for respected science journals as well as to design competitive poster presentations that garner prestigious awards.

The CONVERGE Program selects collegiate science seniors and exposes them for at least one weekend at MIT in order to acclimate them to the rigors of graduate studies and graduate admissions processes, as well as to help the science scholars become accustomed to mentoring expectations by graduate research scientists.

The MIT recruitment visit was arranged by associate professor Gregory Battle of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and Adrienne Willis, Grambling career placement specialist.

Science students with GPAs in the mid 3.0-range are encouraged to visit the MIT Web site to contact Dean Jones, or visit Professor Battle in Room 18, Charles P. Adams Hall to view an informational MIT video.