As student veterans active in the student veteran community, a few friends and I found that most career advice and services provided for veterans was geared towards careers in the private sector after obtaining a bachelor’s degree. We found a frustrating lack of discussion among veterans educations groups of the specifics of pursing gradute school and the “soft skills” of research careers, the types of careers we were pursuing. Throughout undergrad we helped each other pursue research opportunities, apply for scholarships and fellowships, and build our CVs for grad school applications. We all recieved multiple grad school offers, and all were awarded the competitive NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. We found ourselves wanting to share our knowledge and experience with other student vets, and to help fill the gap in veterans education discussions and connect with other student vets interested in research careers and graduate school. We started the Student Veterans Research Network to build a community of student vets with similar backgrounds and career goals, to pass on what we’ve learned, learn from others, and encourage each other in pursuit of our goals.
SVRN is open to any graduate or undergraduate US Military veterans in any field who are pursuing or considering pursuing a career in research. Visit www.svrn.org for more info and to join us. You can follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SVRN_vets.