Three Fulton Schools graduate students win Sunhacks award for tool to help international students

Posted by on Oct 7, 2019 in Competitions, News, Students | 0 comments

Sri Hari Jayakumar (left), Sheran Dass (second from left) and Akshay Kumar Dileep (right) pose with Amazon judges at Sunhacks 2019. Their team won the “Best Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Implementation on AWS” award from Amazon. Photo courtesy of Akshay Kumar Dileep

Sri Hari Jayakumar, Sheran Dass and Akshay Kumar Dileep, three Fulton Schools graduate students and friends from Chennai, India, took inspiration from their own college application experience to win an award in their first U.S. hackathon competition — Sunhacks 2019, hosted at ASU in September.

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It’s not the idea, it’s the effort — Make it Happen @ the Polytechnic campus!

Posted by on Oct 7, 2019 in Customize your experience, Events | 0 comments

Make It Happen

Do you want an edge in your future career? Do you want to make an impact? Come learn tips and tricks from the pros to advance your career, life and ideas – and make it happen.

Featuring a short talk on how “It’s not the idea, it’s the effort,” and a pitch from the student founder of Sensagrate, Darryl Keeton.

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Telephone interviews — Joyce’s Career Tip of the Week

Posted by on Oct 7, 2019 in Career | 0 comments

“Screening interviews”, as well as regular interviews, are frequently conducted via phone. Even though students today are usually seen using their cell phones, most of the time, they are communicating via text or in another way that is different from a traditional phone call. Unlike, Baby Boomers and Gen-Xers, who spent a large part of their teen years socializing on a telephone, many of you might be uncomfortable (and possibly even stressed) by the idea of a “phone interview”. This is understandable. Allow me to share a few tips.

First of all, make sure that you have set your cellphone mailbox to accept messages; and, that you have recorded a professional sounding voicemail for answering calls. When you must leave a message, speak slowly and distinctly. Say your name, telephone number, and briefly, state the purpose of your call. I recommend that you spell your name, especially if it is uncommon. There are a few letters that are difficult to distinguish: b/d/p/t, s/f, and m/n. You could use the NATO phonetic alphabet; or, make up your own examples like I do. When spelling my last name, I say “Donahue, D as in David, O, N as in Nancy, A, H, U, E.” Remember, slowly and distinctly. On more than one occasion, I have not been able to return a phone call because I could not make out the person’s name and phone number.

When planning for a phone appointment, be sure to verify the time, especially since the person with whom you will be speaking may be in a different time zone. It’s a good idea to be available an hour earlier as well as later – just in case Daylight Savings Time causes confusion. Select a quiet place and use a landline, if possible. Believe it or not, when you are smiling, your voice sounds more pleasant. You could have a mirror or a sign that says “SMILE” to remind you.

Not being able to see the other person and read facial expressions and body language does present  challenges. Therefore, it is extremely important to listen very carefully and ask for a repeat or clarification if you are unsure of what has been said.

There are also some positives to the telephone interview. You do not have to be concerned about driving in traffic or figuring out where to go. There are no worries about a handshake with sweaty palms. You can spread out your notes, your resume and a list of questions you want to ask. Finally, remember to have a drink of water nearby.

If you would like to practice, phone appointments with Fulton Schools peer career coaches are an available option in Handshake.


Joyce Donahue is a Certified Career Counselor in the Fulton Schools Career Center.

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Develop a solution to an autonomous driving challenge and win a $5,000 scholarship — enter by December 6

Posted by on Oct 4, 2019 in Competitions, Scholarship Opportunity, Students | 0 comments

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Submit your video for the National Cybersecurity Month Video Contest by October 28!

Posted by on Oct 4, 2019 in Competitions, Graduate Students, International Students, Students, Transfer Students | 0 comments

October is National Cybersecurity Month, and ASU wants to celebrate with a student video contest! ASU’s University Technology Office is sponsoring a video contest. Join for some great prizes.

Learn more about the contest and video requirements.

Students with the best videos can win up to $250 in gift cards!  

Submit your video today to!

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Get free access to the Wall Street Journal and New York Times through the ASU Library

Posted by on Oct 3, 2019 in Graduate Students, International Students, Resources, Students, Transfer Students |

In the era of “fake news” it’s important to develop effective news-reading habits. The ASU Library now makes available free digital access to both the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times for all faculty, staff and students.

When browsing from the “ASU” Wi-Fi network, access to the New York Times is free. Off-campus, you’ll need to register. All access to the Wall Street Journal requires registration.

You can register for free access to the New York Times and Wall Street Journal from anywhere through the ASU Library.

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Volunteer at Career Exploration Night, October 16

Posted by on Oct 1, 2019 in Opportunities |

The Fulton Schools Career Exploration Night is a fun, informal event for first-year students to speak with experienced professionals. This is a great opportunity for students to learn more about their careers and make the best of their time at ASU — but we can’t make it a success without you!

Earn Dean’s Funding Points for your student org and volunteer for a variety of positions that help make the event possible.

Career Exploration Night — Tempe campus
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
4:30–8 p.m.
Memorial Union (MU) second floor, Tempe campus [map]
Sign up to volunteer!

Please check-in for your shift at the volunteer table near the second-floor elevators.

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