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Career Development

Preparing for Graduate School

Steps to Preparing for Grad SchoolSteps to take each year of school in your undergraduate studies to better prepare for graduate school.
VolunteeringGraduate Schools love to see well-rounded students who help each other and donate their time. This can be a great way to get letter of recommendation, gain experiences in your field (ex. volunteer at a hospital), and grow closer to your community.
Research and InternshipsResearch or internships show that you have experience in the field.
Student InvolvementBeing involved in clubs, especially leadership, can give you connections, more skills, and shows graduate schools that you are a well rounded student.
ResumeA strong resume can help you stand out among other prospective students.
JobsA job can show that you can balance many different activities while maintaining your school life.
Make ConnectionsDevelop relationships with professors to help you get involved in research, projects, or general mentoring.
Understand RequirementsResearch graduate schools and determine if there are specific classes you need to take in your undergraduate coursework, testing requirements, or essay requirements. Get started early by preparing.

Resume and Cover Letter Resources

WSU Resumes, References and Cover LettersWSU resource that explains guidelines and formatting for resumes and cover letters. Includes samples and video guides.
Resume/Cover Letter TemplatesFree source that provides templates for cover letters and resumes.

Career Resources

HandshakeUse your WSU email to create a Handshake account, which gives you you access to many job postings.
Academic Success and Career CenterFind career paths, career skills, find jobs or internships, tutoring, or attend informational meetings.
ASBMB Search DatabaseThe American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has a search database with various job positions in biology.
Careers in BiologyFind ideas for potential careers with a degree in Biology.