Expos for every walk of life

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Expos for both graduate and prospective students are coming to the University of Calgary Thu., Nov. 17.

The Faculty of Graduate Studies is hosting the Graduate Studies Expo, which will feature presentations from universities across the country.

"It's a really good chance to learn about graduate programs," said Grad Expo 2005 Coordinator Heather Szpecht. "Not just the programs at the U of C but those from other institutions as well."

During the fair, schools will run booths and offer information sessions on their graduate programs and admission requirements.

Many faculties from the U of C are also involved. Other universities expected to attend include the University of Alberta, the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Waterloo and York University.

The expo hopes to draw third and fourth year students, as well as anyone interested in masters studies. Current masters students who are thinking of pursuing a PhD are also encouraged to attend.

"This is a first year pilot event," said Szpecht. "Grad expos are common in universities in Ontario, but not so for western universities. We attend many of those events to promote the U of C, and so we wanted to start something that would give students here some of the same opportunities."

Later the same evening the Prospective Student Office is hosting U of C and You, an event for students interested in studying at the U of C. Students and their families will have the opportunity to visit displays, talk to representatives from different faculties, learn about the admission process, and get information on awards and scholarships. They can also win prizes and enter a draw for $500 toward fall tuition.

"This is a chance for students to connect," said PSO Recruitment Officer Rachel Doe. "Not only with the faculties, but with athletics if they're thinking of joining a varsity team, they can see what we offer for recreation or take a tour of rez."

Visitors can also attend break-out sessions, which are designed to provide more in-depth information on specific topics. There will be presentations by different faculties as well as sessions on financial aid and the application process.

"This event is a great opportunity for students to ask those first questions, and ask them directly to the faculty," says Doe. "The more information you have the better your choices."