D’Andre Wilson-Ihejirika (ChemE PhD candidate) helped create Engineering Graduate Connections, a program that promotes graduate research opportunities for underrepresented students.
Last September, the group held its first event with a theme around building bridges between undergraduate and graduate students. The awareness session introduced students to pathways to research and included discussions on navigating imposter syndrome in academia and research spaces.
The next Engineering Graduate Connections event, which is currently in the planning stages, will feature a panel of alumni from industry sharing their career paths outside of academia and experiences with graduate school. The goal is to provide role models who are succeeding in various career paths.