Undergraduate Students

Preparing for a Career in Ideas as an Undergraduate

Find information that will assist you in choosing a graduate school, applying to grad school, how to prepare for an interview, asking for reference letters, writing skills and techniques, how to get involved in research, and even how to be prepared to start publishing papers.  This page also provides information about specific graduate schools and the programs they offer.  These materials are helpful to undergraduate students who are still undecided about what discipline to concentrate in.

Here is our Scaling the Ivory Tower academic career guide, mentoring resource page, advice from IHS faculty, and what IHS can do for you.

 

Applying

As an undergraduate student one of the first steps on your path to a successful academic career is Choosing a Graduate School. You can learn more about this academic path with IHS’ Succeeding in the World of Ideas: A Career Development Guide for Students or picking up a copy of this cheap ebook: Everything You Need to Know about Academia from Admissions to Tenure. Dr Steve Davies has advice on Research Topics and Applying to Grad School, we also have some tips about Reference Letters,  and how to Be Knowledgeable about Graduate Program Job Placements and Rankings. If you want more specific advice on certain graduate programs we have: EconomicsPolitical ScienceInternational RelationsPhilosophy,  and  Law.

Advice for Undergraduates Applying to Graduate School

Choosing a Graduate School

Succeeding in the World of Ideas: A Career Development Guide for Students
Everything You Need to Know about Academia from Admissions to Tenure
Being Knowledgeable about Graduate Program Job Placements and Rankings
History Graduate Program Rankings and Job Placement Records
Dr. Steve Davies – Research Topics and Applying to Grad School
Economics Graduate Program Rankings and Job Placement Records
Advice on Applying to a Political Science Graduate Program
Resources for Philosophy Graduate Students: Program Rankings and Placement News
Fellowships for Aspiring Law Professors
The Best International Relations Masters Program
Reference Letter Tips
Law School Application Advice
Steve Davies: Advice on Applying to Grad School
JD vs. Phd
Advice on Applying to Philosophy Graduate Programs
Dr. Nigel Ashford – 3 Things Not to Worry About When Considering a Career in Academia
Forum for Applying to Economics PhD programs
Philosophy Grad Program Rankings
Political Science Graduate Program Rankings and Job Placement Records
Thinking about graduate school in Economics? Start with your college courses….
Should you pursue a PhD in Economics?
Dr. Randall Holcombe: A Successful Academic Career From A Classical Liberal Launching Pad
PhD in Economics? Plan Your Undergraduate Studies Carefully
Reasons to Skip Grad School
Higher Education:  Supply and Demand Matter Here Too
Fabio Rojas on “Everything You Need to Know About Academia”

Networking

For all things in life, networking is an important skill to develop. Dr. Nigel Ashford’s Networking Notes are a great place to start learning about networking. Another good place to start for academics is IHS’ Succeeding in the World of Ideas: A Career Development Guide for Students. We also have more specific advice on a variety of topics such as Three Things You Should Never Say to a Mentor, Jacob Levy On Attending Academic Conferences, and Using Social Media to your Advantage as an Academic.

Dr. Nigel Ashford – On Networking #1
Dr. Nigel Ashford – On Networking #2
Dr. Nigel Ashford – On Networking #3
Dr. Nigel Ashford – On Networking #4
Dr. Nigel Ashford – On Networking #5
Three Things You Should Never Say to a Mentor
Jacob Levy On Attending Academic Conferences
Succeeding in the World of Ideas: A Career Development Guide for Students
Finding a Mentor
Why You Need Mentors
Who is that in the front of the classroom?: Get to know your professors
Make the Most of Your Travels
Can I Afford This Conference?: Attending Conferences Cheaply with Phil Magness
Using Social Media to your Advantage as an Academic

Interview

Law Scholar Programs
Succeeding in the World of Ideas: A Career Development Guide for Students

Research

Dr. Steve Davies – Research Topics and Applying to Grad School
Best Practices: Cultivating Independent Undergraduate Research

Writing/Publishing

Do you want a huge head start for graduate school? Start by Writing Well and Often, and try to get published as an Undergraduate Student.  Steven Horwitz has a Guide to Writing Formal Academic Papers, and if it all looks new and unfamiliar to you, at least Google is still your friend: Using Google Scholar To Your Advantage and Google Scholar Opens Up Its Citations.

Lots of Advice on Writing Well and Often
Google Scholar Opens Up Its Citations
Using Google Scholar To Your Advantage
Steve Horwitz’s Guide to Writing Formal Academic Papers
Encourage Your Undergraduate Students to Publish
Why Submit Your Work to Academic Journals?
Thomas Sowell: Some Thoughts about Writing

 

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