Skip to main content

Virginia Psychological Science and Human Services Graduate School Fair

Undergraduate students and faculty from colleges across Virginia and the surrounding area are invited to attend a free graduate school fair for students in psychological sciences and human services. 

The fair is co-sponsored by Bridgewater College and the Virginia Association for Psychological Science (VAPS).

Graduate School Recruiters

Thursday, October 12, 2017
3-6 p.m.
Location: Kline Campus Center

Registration is Now Open

Registration is free
Please email Sherry Talbott, Director of Career Services
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Registration is open through Monday, October 9, 2017.

Schedule

2-3 p.m. Arrive at Kline Campus Center, check in and set up your table
3-6 p.m. Virginia Psychological and Human Services Graduate School Fair
3-6 p.m. Continuous coffee and snack bar available
6 p.m. Free passes are available for dinner in the Main Dining Hall after the event

Travel & Parking

Campus Map

Parking: You may park anywhere in the Kline Campus Center parking lot. There are several visitor spaces in which you can park, but if none are available, please park anywhere in the lot. Additional parking is available at the Carter Center, and some street parking is available.

Unloading: If you park in the Kline Campus Center lot, you are not far from the venue and should be able to carry your material with you. Assistance will be available for unloading and loading. If you find that you need to park farther away, you may pull up to the Kline Campus Center in front of the flagpoles and unload there.

Directions

  • From Interstate 81, take the Mt. Crawford/Bridgewater exit (Exit 240).
  • Turn onto Rt. 257 West toward Mt. Crawford and follow for 2.7 miles until you reach the brick entryway for the College.
  • At the brick signs, turn left on College View Drive.
  • At the stop sign, turn right on College Street.
  • Go past the student housing and turn right into the first parking lot. You should see Cole Hall and the Kline Campus Center to the left as you pull in the lot. Kline Campus Center has a set of flagpoles and a gazebo outside it.
  • Use one of the visitor parking spots, but if none are available, you may park anywhere.
  • Use the entrance to the right that is up the stairs and through the glass doors. Once in the glass breezeway, take a left through the glass doors and down the hallway.
  • If you need to use an elevator for transporting your materials, you may use the other entrance located on the other end of the building just past the outdoor patio and through the glass doors. You will see the elevator immediately in front of you.
  • Select M for the Mezzanine. Once off the elevator, use the glass doors to the right, and you will be in the KCC.

Accommodations

View a list of local accommodations.

Student

Thursday, October 12, 2017
3-6 p.m.
Location: Kline Campus Center

Student registration is not required.

What to Expect

Attend the Virginia Psychological Science and Human Services Graduate School Fair to meet with Virginia college and university graduate school representatives and learn about what each school has to offer for post-graduate studies in psychology, human services and related studies. This fair is a great opportunity to explore, compare and contrast different programs and learn what you need to be competitive when you apply. Start conversations with people who can help you with the selection, application and acceptance process.

Graduate School Fair Tips

When you check-in at the fair, you will receive a map of the schools who are present. Before beginning, locate the schools you want to meet, and make a plan of action for the order in which you will visit them.

While your goal is to gather information, be aware of those around you. If there is a line forming, make a plan to come back when the representative is less busy and continue your conversation at that point.

Be ready to talk about your interests and what you are thinking about related to graduate school. Graduate schools are focused on specific career pathways, and representatives will expect to talk to you about how their programs will help you prepare for a specific profession or career.

Depending on a representative’s distance to travel home, they may leave a little earlier than the official end of the fair. With that in mind, arrive to the fair as early as you can.

Should a school of your interest have to cancel or leave before you have an opportunity to talk with the representative, contact Career Services, and they will provide the name of the graduate representative so you can get in touch for more information.

How to Prepare

Identify Schools that Interest You:

  • Make a list of the schools you would like to connect with at the fair. When you arrive, visit with the schools that you are already interested in.
  • Take time to visit with schools you haven’t considered yet. There are many outstanding programs that may be a good match with your interests.
  • Select schools that you might consider as second, third and fourth choices, so you can evaluate your options. It is important to research additional schools in case your first choice school is not an option.
  • While you may not be able to visit with a particular school that you are interested in, the graduate fair provides an opportunity to explore similar programs and learn about requirements for grad school. It will help you understand what graduate programs look for in their most qualified candidates.

Talking with Recruiters:

  • Offer a handshake and maintain eye contact as you provide your introduction.
  • Listen to the recruiter about the organization and opportunities.
  • After you introduce yourself, the recruiter will describe and provide literature about their organization and opportunities.
  • The grad school representative will expect you to ask questions, and they will ask you questions.

Your Introduction:

  • Think about what questions you want to ask.
  • You will only have a few minutes with a recruiter, so prepare a succinct statement that introduces you and covers your potential program interests and career goals.
  • As the conversation progresses, mention what excites you about studying in this field in the future, and how your interests, experience, research and skills align with a grad program. Think about what might set you apart.

Prepare Questions to Ask:

  • As you research schools, write down the questions you have so you remember to ask them at the fair. Review everything the school has online for their relevant graduate programs prior to the fair.
  • Some examples of questions you might ask:
    • What do you look for in your best candidates for this program?
    • What kind of research and projects does your program like to see?
    • Where are your graduates finding jobs?
    • How important are GPA and GRE scores?
    • How many are accepted into the program?
    • Who would you recommend that I talk to in order to make sure I am doing what I need to do to be accepted into the program?
    • What is campus life like?
    • What is unique about your program?
    • Do you have graduate assistant opportunities or other opportunities for financial assistance?
  • Bring the questions you’ve compiled to the fair. Glance at the questions you want to ask before you arrive at the representative’s booth.

Appropriate Attire:

  • While a suit is not required, you should dress in business casual attire. You want to make a good impression, and you want the grad school representative to take you seriously.
  • Business casual usually means wearing dress pants or an appropriate dress. Wear comfortable shoes since you will be on your feet for at least an hour or two at the fair.
  • Shake hands and smile when you meet the grad school representative and introduce yourself. It’s a great way to build rapport.

What to Bring:

  • You may want to bring your phone so you can enter phone numbers and other important information. However, DO NOT use your phone while in the fair, especially if you are in conversation with a grad school representative.
  • You may bring a pen to take notes, but pens are often provided at the fair by the grad school representatives.

Parking and Directions

  • If you are visiting us from another university or college:
  • From Interstate 81, take the Mt. Crawford/Bridgewater exit (Exit 240).
  • Turn onto Rt. 257 West toward Mt. Crawford and follow for 2.7 miles until you reach the brick entryway for the College.
  • At the brick signs, turn left on College View Drive.
  • At the stop sign, turn right on College Street.
  • Go past the student housing and turn right into the first parking lot. You should see Cole Hall and the Kline Campus Center to the left as you pull in the lot. Kline Campus Center has a set of flagpoles and a gazebo outside it.
  • Use one of the visitor parking spots, but if none are available, you may park anywhere.
  • Use the entrance to the right that is up the stairs and through the glass doors. Once in the glass breezeway, take a left through the glass doors and down the hallway.
  • If you need to use an elevator for transporting your materials, you may use the other entrance located on the other end of the building just past the outdoor patio and through the glass doors. You will see the elevator immediately in front of you.
  • Select M for the Mezzanine. Once off the elevator, use the glass doors to the right, and you will be in the KCC

List of Programs Represented

Argosy University, Psychological Sciences
Howard University, Social Work
Lynchburg College, Psychology
Eastern Mennonite University, Biomedicine
George Mason University, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Shenandoah University, Applied Behavior Analysis Program
Old Dominion University, Applied Psychological Science/Human Factors/Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Virginia Tech, Department of Human Development

Please check back for additional graduate schools attending the fair.

For more information, please contact:

Sherry Talbott
Director of Career Services
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
540-828-5369

L. Alan Eby, Psy.D.
Bridgewater College, Psychology Department Chair
VAPS President
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
540-828-5627