chairlife: undergrad recruiting
we've worked harder to recruit the very best grad students the past few years, but the minnversity is also pushing to recruit high-achieving undergrads.
tonight i attended a gathering at an alum's fine house with my dean, faculty from six or seven departments, a bunch of honors program reps and students, and a dozen or so high school seniors and their parents. the high-schoolers were poised and impressive, while their parents seemed so proud and happy. heck, i was happy for them.
i talked about how the department involves undergrads in research, pointing to grants and co-authored publication opportunities. i also found two students from my lad's school and pumped them for information about the best teachers and courses at mounds view high. i figure, those kids are the real experts and proven performers.
i did a little tv interview for tonight's local news, which seemed to interest some of the parents. i hope my stammering five seconds do not dissuade the next great sociologist from attending the minnversity...