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College Matters. Alma Matters‪.‬ Venkat Raman

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Podcast for High Schoolers about College. We chronicle personal experiences on College Life, College Preparation with College Alumni, Faculty, Admissions and Counselors. The goal of these stories is to Inform & Inspire students all over the world to pursue their college dreams.

    Prof. Elizabeth Vargis of USU on UG Research: An Imperative as an Undergraduate Student.

    Prof. Elizabeth Vargis of USU on UG Research: An Imperative as an Undergraduate Student.

    Prof. Vargis was very excited when she started her undergraduate study in Bioengineering. While she made progress in her classes, she felt she had lost her way. Then, she started doing undergraduate research and applying what she was learning in the classroom.

    Research was a Life Changer!

    Prof. Vargis joins us on our podcast to talk about her background, UG Research in Vargis Lab, Resources for Students, Success Stories, and finally the Skills needed to do research.

    In particular, we discuss the following with her:


    Prof. Elizabeth Vargis’ Background
    UG Research at USU
    Student Success Stories
    Skills for Research

    Topics discussed in this episode:


    Introducing Prof. Juk Bhattacharyya, UW Whitewater []
    Hi Fives - Podcast Highlights []
    Professional Background []
    Importance of UG Research []
    USU Support for UG Research []
    Institutional or Departmental Infrastructure []
    Cross Discipline Research []
    Success Stories []
    Skills Needed for Research []
    Why is Research Inspiring? []
    What’s Next? []

    Our Guest: Elizabeth Vargis is Associate Professor in Biological Engineering at Utah State University. Prof. Vargis graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in BioEngineering from the University of California Berkeley and Masters and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University.

    Memorable Quote: “...the student may not feel comfortable speaking up to me, or, you know, disagreeing with me, but I, you know, I am at the stage where I've been disagreed with so many times. And, you know, my goal is not to be right, my goal is to do good research. And so that, so to me, it's all communication. And that's number one.” Prof. Vargis.

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    • 53 min
    Why College Applications are Rejected, in College News Fit to Digest. September 26, 2022.

    Why College Applications are Rejected, in College News Fit to Digest. September 26, 2022.

    Making sense of the College News of the week, curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta Bagade, College Counselor gives us her take on the news.

    Topics discussed in this episode:


    FAFSA Makeover  []
    Common Reasons College Applications are Rejected []
    Indians account for 20% of the Int’l Students in the US []

    Our Guest: Shveta Bagade, College Counselor based in Silicon Valley California.

    Resources referred to in this episode:


    Curated News at Alma Matters [0:11]
    USC Annenberg Media []
    US News []
    Erudera News []

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    • 14 min
    About Majors: What is Art History? With Prof. Alexa Sand of Utah State University.

    About Majors: What is Art History? With Prof. Alexa Sand of Utah State University.

    The goal of this series is to serve as a Primer for High Schoolers about a College Major, through our conversations with Faculty Experts in the various US Colleges and Universities.

    We continue this series with Art History, with Prof. Alexa Sand of Utah State University.

    In particular, we discuss the following with her:


    What is Art History ?
    Areas of Art History
    Research Topics
    Skills Needed
    Career Opportunities

    Topics discussed in this episode:


    Introducing Prof. Alexa Sand []
    Hi Fives - Podcast Highlights []
    What is Art History? []
    The Origins []
    Why is Art History a Discipline? []
    Importance of Art History []
    Area of Art History []
    Art Across Geographies []
    Research Topics  []
    Skills Needed  []
    Is Art History for You? []
    Career Opportunities []
    Prof. Sand’s Art History Journey []

    Our Guest: Alexa Sand is a Professor of Art History and the Associate VP of Research at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. Prof. Sand graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Art History and Anthropology from Williams College. She received her Master’s and PhD degrees in Art History from the University of California Berkeley.

    Memorable Quote: “And the other great thing about Art History is it is often a really complimentary major to other fields of study. So you're an Anthropology major, or you're a Cognitive Science major, or you're a Civil Engineering major, like art history really plugs into so many different fields, because it touches on so many realms of human experience.” Prof. Alexa Sand.

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    Suggestions for you: Primers on College Majors

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    • 46 min
    Prof. Kymberly Harris of Georgia Southern University on UG Research: Students Become Scholars.

    Prof. Kymberly Harris of Georgia Southern University on UG Research: Students Become Scholars.

    Prof. Harris was a school teacher before she became a University Professor. As a teacher you collect a lot of data. On academics, achievement test scores, how to motivate students, what time to day do they learn better etc.

    Research on that data, helps teachers provide better education to the kids in their classrooms!

    On our podcast, Prof. Harris talks about UG Research at Georgia Southern, the role CUR plays, Impact of Research on Students, Success Stories, and finally the Skills for high schoolers to do Research.

    Topics discussed in this episode:


    Introducing Prof. Kymberly Harris, GSU [0:55]
    Hi Fives - Podcast Highlights [2:20]
    Professional Background [5:02]
    Why UG Research? [9:09]
    Cascading Impact [11:49]
    Chair of UG Research [12:53]
    CUR’s Role [15:10]
    Student Participation [17:09]
    Engaging Students [20:21]
    Success Stories [24:11]
    Impact on Students [28:16]
    What’s Ahead? [31:59]
    Advice for High Schoolers [33:42]

    Our Guest: Kymberly Harris is an Assoc. Professor in Elementary & Special Education & the Chair of Undergraduate Research Council at Georgia Southern University. Prof. Harris received the Bachelor of Arts degrees in secondary Education and Teaching from Athens State University. She then earned her PhD in Special Education and Teaching from the University of Alabama.

    Memorable Quote: “ I mean, it [Research] is for everybody. It helps everybody, but it's especially helpful for those students who, you know, haven't really got their feet set in the path that they want to go because it gives them so much more interest.” Prof. Kymberly Harris on UG Research .

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    • 38 min
    International Applications Rise, in College News Fit to Digest. September 12, 2022.

    International Applications Rise, in College News Fit to Digest. September 12, 2022.

    Making sense of the College News of the week, curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta Bagade, College Counselor gives us her take on the news.

    Topics discussed in this episode:


    International Applications Rise  []
    Georgia Students Try to Study Abroad due to Cost []
    Central Michigan U increases Enrollment []

    Our Guest: Shveta Bagade, College Counselor based in Silicon Valley California.

    Resources referred to in this episode:


    Curated News at Alma Matters [0:11]
    VOA News []
    Creative Loafing []
    9&10 News []

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    • 8 min
    Brett Steck, Esther Jeninga and Dean Wink of UW Whitewater: UG Research to Monitor Landslides.

    Brett Steck, Esther Jeninga and Dean Wink of UW Whitewater: UG Research to Monitor Landslides.

    Brett Steck, Esther Jeninga and Dean Wink are at the different stages of their undergraduate study.

    While they are not even in the same major, they do UG Research together, in an interdisciplinary lab to study and monitor Landslides.

    Brett, Esther and Dean join us on our podcast to talk about their Undergraduate Research experiences, their work on Landslide project, and how it is making a difference to them.

    In particular, we discuss the following with them:


    How they Started UG Research at UW Whitewater
    The Landslide Project
    Benefits of doing UG Research
    Skills for Research

    Topics discussed in this episode:


    Introduction to Britain, Ethan, UW Whitewater []
    Hi Fives - Podcast Highlights []
    Backgrounds []
    High School to UG Research []
    Why UG Research? []
    Landslide Project []
    Impact of Research []
    What’s Next? []
    Skills Needed for Research []

    Our Guests: Brett Steck is a recent graduate of UW Whitewater with a Bachelor’s degree in Geology and Minor in Physics.

    Esther Jeninga is a Senior studying Art at UW Whitewater.

    Dean Wink is a Sophomore at UW Whitewater.

    Memorable Quote: “And working with people of other disciplines has been great as well, like Brett said, and like, getting to talk to people who are not in Art Major are not always in the same building that I'm in all the time with all the other majors.” Esther Jeninga.

    Episode Transcript: Please visit Episode’s Transcript.

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