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Release: Feb. 18, 2003

Exploring Majors Fair Designed To Aid Undecided Students

Choosing a major is anything but simple for many University of Iowa students. Fortunately, undecided students do not have to make this important decision alone. To help in the decision making process, the UI Academic Advising Center and the Career Center are co-sponsoring an Exploring Majors Fair on Thursday Feb. 27 in the Lucas-Dodge Room at the Iowa Memorial Union from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The fair is designed to provide inspiration for undecided students as well as students searching for second majors, minors or certificate programs.

Unlike many universities, the UI does not have a specific deadline for when students must declare a major, allowing students plenty of time to explore UI's many different areas of study, said Diane Hauser, an academic advisor and one of the Exploring Majors Fair organizers.

The academic advising center developed a website to help students explore their major options and the fair is an extension to the staff's commitment to helping open majors find their niche at the UI, Hauser said.

Faculty or departmental advisers from 46 majors and 10 certificate programs will participate in the Feb. 27 fair.

Students may participate in one of the two 45 minute drop-in advising sessions presented by the Career Center called Kick Off Career Planning. Starting at 10:15 and 11:15 a.m., these will focus on helping participants identify their interests, values, skills, and how those will relate to major and career choices.

The Academic Advising Center and UI Counseling Center will co-present "How to Choose a Major" at 12:15 and 1:15 p.m. focusing on issues that may block the decision making process, offering concrete steps for researching majors and careers.

Academic advisers and Career Center program managers will also be on hand to answer questions about majors and careers.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Diane Hauser in advance at 353-5700.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, mary-kenyon@uiowa.edu. Program: Diane Hauser, 319-353-5700, diane-hauser@uiowa.edu. Writer: Josh Rosenthal

OTHER INFORMATION: http://www.uiowa.edu/web/advisingcenter/ExploringMajorsFair.htm