Fall 2022 Grad Plus Fair

Grad Plus Fair logo with a megaphone

Wondering if you can do something interesting and educational this summer…and get paid? Check out the Fort Lewis College Fall 2022 Grad Plus Fair!

It's called Grad "Plus" because we feature graduate schools from all different fields AND mentoring opportunities. Examples include post-baccalaureate programs, Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs), internships, fellowships, and study abroad opportunities.

Around 30 grad schools, employers, and organizations will table in the Vallecito Room. We will host seven virtual presenters in the Cascade Room and four in-person talks in the Ballantine Media Center. 

November 4, 2022 
1 – 4 p.m. 
Student Union Building

All majors and years encouraged to attend.
No registration required.
Co-hosted by the FLC Undergraduate Research and Career & Life Design Centers.

  • Table presenters
  • In-person talks
  • Virtual presentations
Table presenters

Vallecito Room, 1 - 4 p.m.

  • University of Colorado Boulder Law School 
  • Fort Lewis College Anthropology  
  • La Plata Economic Development Alliance 
  • Colorado State University Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science  
  • Northern Arizona University Astronomy 
  • Three Rivers Education Foundation 
  • US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 8 Denver, CO 
  • Fredrick Zink & Associates, PC 
  • University of Colorado Boulder STROBE 
  • Three Rivers Education Foundation 
  • University of Texas Health San Antonio Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences 
  • Legacy Financial Advisors 
  • Arizona State University Levin Center  
  • La Plata Electric Association 
  • Sexual Assault Services Organization 
  • University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program 
  • University of New Mexico Museum Research Traineeship Program 
  • University of Colorado Boulder Computer Science 
  • IKAV Energy Inc. 
  • University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management 
  • United Way Team UP AmeriCorps 
  • And more... 
In-person talks

Location: Ballantine Media Center

1:00 pm--Gilbert John 
Organization: Colorado State University 

Program Type(s): Graduate School 

Title: Graduate Training opportunities at Colorado State University (College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science) 

Info: Join the Colorado State University (CSU) College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science (CVMBS) recruitment talk. Come learn about the many opportunities and programs that CVMBS has to offer. 

Thinking about Graduate School? Looking for a graduate program close (but not too close) to home? Worried about how to fund graduate school? 

Bio: John Gilbert is Dine’ (Navajo), born in Shiprock, NM. His clan is Tł’ááshchí’í – Red Bottom and Bit’ahnii — Folded Arms People. He was raised in Sweetwater, AZ. He is a microbiologist and Assistant Dean for Research in the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University.  His role as Assistant Dean for Research is to improve the research environment in the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for all students and faculty. His current research project is a One Health approach to studying the effects of legacy mining on the Navajo Nation, specifically the health effects on people, animals, and water.   

1:45 pm--Sarah Schreiner 
Organization: STROBE, an NSF Science and Technology Center 

Program Type(s): REU 

 Title: Tips and tricks for applying to summer research programs 

 Info: Come learn about summer research programs, what they can do for you, and how to apply. This workshop will put special focus on the two most important parts of your application – the personal statement and the letters of recommendation. We’ll go over what you should and shouldn’t put in your personal statement, how emphasize your strengths to tell your personal story, and the dos and don’ts for asking for a letter of recommendation. There will be plenty of time for questions, and students at all stages in the process are welcome! 

Bio: Dr. Sarah Schreiner is the Director of Outreach and Broadening Participation for STROBE, an NSF Science and Technology Center. Sarah received her B.S. in Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse in 2010 and her PhD in Cell Biology from Yale University in 2016. Sarah did a post doc at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center before joining the education team at STROBE in 2018. In her current position, Sarah co-runs a multi-institution summer undergraduate research program for STROBE and has extensive experience in science communication and running professional development workshops for students of all ages on skills necessary for success in 21st century careers. 

2:30 pm--Tom Turner 
Organization: University of New Mexico 

Program Type(s): Museum Research Traineeship 

Title:  The Museum Research Traineeship Program at the University of New Mexico

Info:  The University of New Mexico (UNM) is excited to offer an innovative, interdisciplinary, graduate-level education and research experience through the Museum Research Traineeship (MRT).
The program centers on utilizing cutting-edge science to interpret and analyze museum objects, artifacts, specimens, and associated data to help solve society's critical problems, including climate-forced environmental change, emerging pathogens, ecosystem transformation, loss of biodiversity, and more. It is designed to educate, train, and provide opportunities for students to work with an intellectually and culturally diverse community of students, faculty, and partners to develop new ways to interpret and integrate museum objects and data into exciting scientific endeavors in scientific inquiry.

The MRT will prepare trainees for career opportunities that impact future research, education, and policy and tackle big challenges facing society today, including climate-forced environmental change, emerging pathogens, ecosystem transformation, loss of biodiversity, and more.

Bio: Tom is a Professor of Biology, Curator of Fishes in the Museum of Southwestern Biology, and Director of the Museum Research Traineeship (MRT) program at the University of New Mexico. He completed his Ph.D. in 1996 at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, where he fell in love with the Everglades and the marine environment and first became involved with conservation science in a serious way. Now, his research group at the University of New Mexico asks questions about ecological and evolutionary processes in aquatic environments -- mostly rivers, springs, and streams -- in arid lands. A primary focus is the development of stable isotope methodology and analytical tools to uncover changes to community and ecosystem processes that accompany radical transformations of land, water, and climate over the last century. To do this, he uses time-series approaches based on the vast resources held in natural history museums.

3:15 pm--Crystal Archer 

Organization: UT Health San Antonio 

Program Type(s): REU & Graduate School 

Title: A path through research and guidance on what to look for in graduate school labs and such. 

Info: Earning a graduate degree is a big decision that is met with high level challenges.  This is especially true if you are representing a minority of the population. Yet, the rewards of completing a PhD can be priceless and can lead to an amazing life for you!  This brave journey holds potential to enhance your own life for years to come, while making a positive impact on society.  If you are considering going to graduate school, it helps to know what you’re getting into.  I welcome you to join me to learn more about what grad school is all about and what it can do for you. In this presentation, I will share my path to getting a PhD and beyond.  We will discuss some of the pros and cons of a PhD and some things you might want to consider when moving forward with grad school. I hope that some of these insights can help your decision with taking next steps of your life with confidence.   

Bio: Dr. Crystal Archer spent her childhood in the Four Corners Region of New Mexico and in Oklahoma.  Her passion for protein science began during an internship at the University of Oklahoma while completing her bachelor’s degree. She earned a master’s in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and a PhD in Biochemistry from University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She didn’t take a direct path to academia – in fact, she chose to work in private industry and government before pursuing her PhD.  She is now a postdoctoral researcher preparing to join the ranks of faculty. Dr. Archer’s research is focused on the biochemistry and cell signaling regulation of ion channel proteins.   

Virtual presentations

Location: Student Union Cascade Room 

1:00 pm--Stuart Newfeld & Trinity Winton 
Organization: School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University 

Program Type(s): Graduate School; Post-Baccalaureate 

Info: The ASU PhD program in biology offers individualized courses of study tailored to students’ interests that include laboratory, field and theoretical work. Flexibility in the program is achieved by requiring only one core class, which is a choice between two topics that cover the breadth of the research directions in this program.  Electives are also as flexible as possible and include areas outside of biology. The major goal is to provide opportunities to create an adaptable and general degree program that allows both traditional and interdisciplinary approaches in any area of biology. 

1:25 pm--Gracia Seeley 
Organization: New Era Colorado 

Program Type(s): Fellowship; Non-Profit 

Info: New Era Colorado is a non-partisan non-profit that works to educate, engage, and mobilize young people around the issues that matter most to them. We believe in making the world of politics more accessible and responsive to the young people of Colorado, and we do that through voter registration, education, multi-issue organizing, participating in the legislative session, giving testimony and more. Join our enthusiastic and energetic team of organizers and fellows to help bring our mission to light! 

1:50 pm--Diona Duvall 
Organization: National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Program Type(s): Internships, Full-time Positions, Non-Profit

Info: NREL advances the science and engineering of energy efficiency, sustainable transportation, and renewable power technologies and provides the knowledge to integrate and optimize energy systems. NREL has decades of focused leadership in clean energy research, development, and deployment. No other institution has the long-standing expertise and breadth of knowledge that will form the foundation of the clean energy transition. We offer summer or year-round internship opportunities as well as full-time positions.

2:15 pm--Wallita Ranger 
Organization: Native American Research Internship 

Program Type(s): Internship; Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU); 

Info: We are the Native American research internship that provides research experience, professional development, community engagement, service, and physician shadowing. The program runs for 10 weeks during the summer on the University of Utah Campus in Salt Lake City. We focus on the biomedical and health sciences as well as other career paths such as graduate school, professional schools, and other allied health careers. Please reach out for more information. 

2:40 pm--Milena Garcia 
Organization: Ross University, American University of the Caribbean 

Program Type(s): School of Medicine 

Info: Learn about alternatives to US MD programs and pursuing your dream to become a physician. We will cover Admissions criteria and how to strengthen your application for med school, clinical rotations, residency attainment and financial aid for both Ross University and American University of the Caribbean. 

3:05 pm--Steffanie Munguía 
Organization: Citizens' Climate Lobby 

Program Type(s): Internship/Fellowships 

Info: Citizens’ Climate Lobby/Citizens’ Climate Education (CCL) is a national nonprofit organization that builds grassroots support for climate legislation. We offer a variety of opportunities for students at all levels and recent graduates, including our internship and fellowship programs. We have opportunities with a variety of different departments that may appeal to students across many disciplines, from environmental studies to political sciences and marketing. These experiences provide valuable work experience, networking opportunities, and may include academic or financial benefits. Our next application cycle will run from December 15 - February 15th and will include opportunities for the summer semester. For students looking to deepen their learning outside of the classroom, we offer a free Climate Advocacy Certificate Program each semester. This provides valuable transferable skills in advocacy, climate science, and communication over the course of a 15-week remote course. 

CCL is a growing organization and often has open positions. 

3:35 pm--Matthew Bowker 
Organization: Center for Ecosystem Science and Society (ECOSS), Northern Arizona University 

Program Type(s): Graduate School 

Info: ECOSS is currently recruiting graduate students for the AY23-24 academic year for degrees in Biology, Informatics & Computer Science and Forestry. The unifying theme of the work at ECOSS is Ecosystem Science. View a snapshot of our research areas. View our call for applications.