Category Archives: Graduate School and Psychology

SUCCESS STORY: Hiawkal Gizachew

“I just got accepted into the Master of Social Work program here at VCU. I am very thankful for all the help I got from the Career Center epically from Ms.Waterman. Even though I always heard about the Career Center, I never thought about going there and getting assistance.
However, after my professor for Psyc 491 had Ms.Waterman as a guest speaker, I found the meeting very insightful. It gave me a wider insight on what the Career Center is and what it has to offer.
Ms.Waterman helped me with my resume and personal statement which i know had a lot to do with my acceptance to my graduate program at VCU.
One thing that I regret since I’ve attended VCU is not utilizing all the good services and resources of the Career Center. However, I’m glad that at the last moments of my undergraduate career I benefited from the program.
I highly recommend that every student goes to the Career Center and utilizes there resources. Personally I would like to thank Ms.Waterman for all her help, and time.”
-Hiawkal Gizachew, Psychology (May 2009)

Professional Psychology Traineeship

Devereux’s Institute of Clinical Training and Research offers a full-time, 12-month Professional Psychology Traineeship in the Greater Philadelphia area. The program is an experiential learning program for recent college graduates who are considering graduate study in psychology or a related behavioral healthcare field. The program emphasizes training in both applied psychological research and clinical services.
Applications are accepted Dec. 15 through Feb. 1. Visit

Scholarships for Graduate Students By John Edmond

You might not even have been aware that there are special scholarships available for graduate students.
After a few years in the working world, many graduates find that they just can’t advance any farther in their careers without having additional qualifications and credentials. Higher education is so accessible these days that a Bachelor’s degree doesn’t always bring the prestige and opportunities that it once did. This is particularly true in high technology areas, the sciences and business management.
You are probably going to have to earn a Master’s degree or a Doctorate in order to move up the corporate ladder, become a tenured teacher, or get a high-paying job in any number of other fields.
Graduate school costs a lot of money, and if you are still trying to pay off previous school loans how can you possibly get a Master’s degree without acquiring a lot of additional debt? One way is to find and apply for scholarships for graduate students.
You might not even have been aware that there are special scholarships available for graduate students. Most people think that scholarships only exist only for undergraduate students, but that’s not the case at all.
Many scholarships exist for graduate students and work in the same way that they do for undergrads, except that the awards are specifically intended to fund a Master’s degree, law degree, doctorate program, and similar advanced study endeavors. Often these are paid by large companies and corporations but rarely are strings attached relating to future work requirements.
Depending on the size of the award you win, you can either subsidize a portion of your tuition bill or be able to pay for everything and attend school on that coveted full scholarship.
Finding a scholarship as a graduate students can however pose some problems. The availability of scholarships depends on the subject to be studied and not all awards are advertised through the usual channels. It can take hours of research to come up with just a couple of leads that you could potentially qualify for. This discourages many people and a lot of awards go unclaimed as a result.
That is actually good news for you because, if you are determined, it means there sometimes isn’t much competition for a lesser-known scholarship. You will therefore have a better chance of winning an award and making grad school more affordable. But if other people can’t find out about these lucrative scholarships, how can you? Well, the easiest way is to register with a company that matches your qualifications to existing awards.
There are a number companies that perform this service for a fee, and you can find most of them online. Though the specific services and fees differ depending on which company you sign up with, you’ll generally have two separate options.
First, you can sign up with a company that will personally work with you to find potential scholarships that you can apply for. You will have to fill out an online questionnaire detailing your academic and career accomplishments, as well as your intended field of study and perhaps some personal information such as age, gender, and ethnicity.
These personal questions are important because some scholarships for graduate students are restricted to certain ethnic groups or possibly only women may be eligible for the award.
Once the company has your information, a specialist will then begin the process of matching you to award opportunities. You can then decide which awards you want to apply for.
The second option, at a much lower cost, is to sign up with a company that simply gives you access to a searchable database containing thousands of scholarships for graduate students. You can tweak your searches in various ways to yield different results This gives you greater flexibility in browsing through potential awards.
If you want to get the most out of your career, then grad school is probably the way for you to go. You can take steps now to help defray the high cost of tuition by registering with a company that will alert you to available scholarships for graduate students. You can win a significant amount of money towards your education that you will never have to repay, so check out some of these sites today.
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VCU Graduate School Fair –Who is attending???

2008 Graduate & Professional School Fair Participants
University Student Commons * Thursday, October 2nd * 10 am to 2 pm
VCU Graduate Programs:
Department of Biology
Department of English
Department of Forensic Science
Department of Health Administration
Department of Psychology
Master of Public Health
School of Allied Health
School of Business
School of Education
School of Medicine
School of Medicine Graduate Programs
School of Nursing
Wilder School
Graduate Schools:
Adler School of Professional Psychology
American University – School of International Service
Bastyr University
Central Michigan University in Virginia
Fordham University – Graduate School of Social Service
George Mason University – Graduate Admissions
George Mason University – School of Public Policy
James Madison University – Graduate School
Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences
Marymount University – Office of Graduate Admissions
Midwestern University
Old Dominion University – Dept. of Educational Leadership & Counseling
Old Dominion University – Office of Graduate Admissions
Radford University – College of Graduate & Professional Studies
Savannah College of Art & Design
Shenandoah University – Office of Graduate Admissions
The Catholic University of America – Graduate Admissions
The College of William & Mary – School of Education
Thunderbird School of Global Management
University of Maryland – College of Information Studies
University of Maryland – School of Public Policy
University of New Haven – Graduate Admissions
University of North Carolina at Charlotte – Belk College of Business
University of North Carolina at Greensboro – Graduate School
University of Notre Dame – Graduate School
University of Phoenix
University of Richmond – School of Continuing Studies
University of Virginia – Office of Research Graduate Diversity Programs
University of Virginia – School of Nursing
American University Washington College of Law
Appalachian School of Law
Boston University School of Law
Chapman University School of Law
Charlotte School of Law
Elon University School of Law
Hofstra University School of Law
Liberty University School of Law
Mercer University School of Law
New York Law School
Penn State Dickinson School of Law
Regent University School of Law
Roger Williams University School of Law
Temple University Beasley School of Law
The Catholic University Columbus School of Law
The College of William & Mary Law School
Tulane University Law School
University of Baltimore Law
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law
University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law
University of Richmond School of Law
Villanova University School of Law
Widener University School of Law
American University of Antigua – College of Medicine
Boston University School of Medicine – Mental Health & Behavioral Medicine Programs
Campbell University – School of Pharmacy
Drexel University College of Medicine – Office of Professional Studies in the Health Sciences
Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Ross University School of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine
Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine
St. Martinus University – Faculty of Medicine
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine – Graduate Studies, Biomedical Graduate Programs
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Kaplan Test Prep & Admissions

What are my options for graduate school?

here is no specialization at the undergraduate level. At the graduate level there are numerous specializations; too many to describe in this format. However, it would be helpful to describe the more “popular” specializations. Counseling psychologists focus on improving normal human functioning across the life span by helping people solve problems, make decisions, and cope with the stresses of everyday life. School psychologists help educators promote the intellectual, social, and emotional development of children. Clinical psychologists evaluate and treat people’s mental and emotional disorders, ranging from normal psychological crises to extreme conditions such as schizophrenia or depression. Industrial/Organizational psychologists specialize in the relationship between people and work. Forensic Psychologists apply the science and profession of psychology to questions and issues relating to law and the legal system. Other specializations include: Cognitive, Developmental, Educational, Environmental, Experimental, Family, Health, Neuropsychology, Quantitative, Rehabilitation, Social, and Sports. (