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  • Gaining the edge on graduate school

    Gaining the edge on graduate school

    By Stephanie de Luna
    Published: Jan. 4, 2012

    Senior Ashley Garcia discovered her enthusiasm for research during an internship she found through the Intellectual Entrepreneurship program.

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      Carlos E. Morales said on Jan. 25, 2012 at 10:36 a.m.
      Ashley's story is another testimony to the great things happening on the 40 acres today. The Intellectual Entrepreneurship (IE) program sees increases in student enrollment every semester -- a sure sign of the ubiquity of IE. When IE can successfully permeate the business sector (that is, the 'real world'), and not only pair students with graduate mentors and professors but with members of the field they wish to pursue, IE's effectiveness will reach and even greater level. But we don't have to wait until then to acknowledge the amazing bounds already made. Ashley's story clearly shows the effectiveness of the program -- There are myriad testimonies on IE's website that reiterate its organic philosophy and the waves of change it has already brought to how we, as a University -- address interest in a career of academia.
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      Carlos E. Morales said on Jan. 25, 2012 at 10:11 a.m.
      Ashley's story only furthers the fact that the Intellectual Entrepreneurship program (IE) is growing into a serious component of higher education. Every semester, the numbers of students registered for IE grows -- a reflection of the need for a program such as this to exist across all venues. For students considering graduate school -- as Ashley did -- there isn't really an academic internship, where they could explore the conduits of academia and higher education. But IE fills that gap and provides students with an means of discovering the world of graduate school. And once IE can successfully transplant itself into the business sector (that is, the "real-world") and not only place students with graduate students and professors but with members of the area of work they're are interested in as well, then the need for IE across the state and country will become solidified. But we shouldn't wait until then to acknowledge the benefits of IE, because as evidenced by Ashley's story (and many more successful testimonies available on IE's website: https://webspace.utexas.edu/cherwitz/www/ie/), IE is already making waves in educational attainment.