Each year, Florida's public universities graduate hundreds of students that have the potential to successfully pursue graduate education in fields ranging from biomedical engineering to creative writing. Keeping these talented students in Florida is one way to bolster the state's research and innovation and promote economic development. CIMES created a web portal for universities to recruit prospective graduate students from multiple institutions around the state.
The Graduate Candidate Identification System (GCIS) is a unified site where junior- and senior-level undergraduates at any Florida public university may submit an interest form and invite potential contact from graduate programs, fellowships, summer research programs, and other opportunities in higher education across the state.
Florida's public universities wanted a way to access the large pool of talented upper-level undergraduate students studying in any of the State University System institutions. Interested students need access to as many opportunities as possible for graduate education, including opportunities to apply for fellowships, stipends, and research programs. However, both students and institutions are challenged by the sheer number of opportunities and prospective candidates and the hit-or-miss nature of their current discovery methods.
CIMES created a unified portal where undergraduates in Florida's public universities can complete a contact form that describes their interest in graduate education and related opportunities. They complete the form during an open recruiting window. Representatives of Florida's public universities can then access a database of those interested students and contact those that may be a good fit for their programs. This streamlined process greatly facilitates contacts among universities and prospective students and will result in increased opportunities for students and greater reach for institutions.
Florida's Public Universities