Graduate School Resources at Bates

Whether you are just beginning to think about graduate school or trying to decide which program or school is right for you, Bates faculty members are an excellent resource and are knowledgeable about particular areas of study.

Questions about the application process resume, and personal statements can be directed to Karen Daigler at

Students interested in applying for prominent nationally competitive awards such as the Fulbright, Rhodes, and Watson should contact Robert Strong at and visit the Graduate Fellowship Committee’s homepage.

Additional resources for writing personal statements are available through  Writing at Bates.

The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is a prestigious fellowship available to U.S. Citizens and permanent residents planning on pursuing a Ph.D. in the natural sciences, social sciences, mathematics, engineering, or STEM education. Students are eligible to apply twice-once before they start graduate school, and once in their first year at graduate school. To provide useful information for juniors and seniors, we have put together the following panel:

Graduate Research Fellowship Program Presentation

  • Prof. Carla Essenberg, Assistant Professor of Biology, GRFP recipient
  • Dr. Ann Marie Russell, Director of Institutional Research, GRFP recipient (Ph.D. in psychology)
  • Robert Strong, Director of Graduate Fellowships
  • Joseph Tomaras, Director of Sponsored Programs
  • Karen Daigler, Sr. Associate Director for Graduate & Professional School Advising, BCDC
  • Dr. Louise Brogan, Writing Specialist for the Sciences (Ph.D. in biological chemistry)