Kat Steele, Richelle Thomas
We organized a panel to inform and empower future graduate students by sharing advice on finding and applying for funding for graduate school. There are many sources of funding for a graduate education in engineering including national, international, foundational, and institutional organizations. Our panel of current graudate students including Richelle Thomas from University of Texas at Austin, Saniya LeBlanc from Stanford University, Katherine Alfredo from University of Texas at Austin, and Elly Sinkala from University of Illinois, Chicago, emphasized the importance of starting applications early, exploring multiple funding options, establishing relationships with individuals for personalized references, and writing a personal statement that tells your unique story. Finding funding for graduate school can improve your graduate school applications, make you a stronger candidate, provide flexibility once in graduate school, and reduce academic and financial stress. Good luck to all future graduate students!