Live Chat: Plagiarism in Admissions Essays

Penn State's Carrie Marcinkevage tells about discovering plagiarism in dozens of B-school application essaysand what she's doing about it

Chat: Feb. 7 at noon ET

Guest: Carrie Marcinkevage, MBA admissions director at Pennsylvania State's Smeal College of Business

Plagiarism is becoming more of a problem for top business schools, even as early as the admissions process. In a world where applicants can easily copy and paste anything they find on the Internet, admissions directors are charged with a new duty: catching plagiarists before they even enroll in an MBA program. And Pennsylvania State University's Smeal College of Business (Smeal Full-Time MBA Profile) is taking action. You can find out exactly how at the next live chat event, Feb. 7, at noon ET, when Carrie Marcinkevage, Smeal's MBA admissions director, will be our guest. She will take questions on everything from how she and her team are catching plagiarists to how they're punishing them.

Marcinkevage comes to Smeal after 15 years in the management consulting and training industry and has a background in brand management, sales, software development, and project management. Marcinkevage received her MS in organizational dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania, with dual degrees in policy and management studies and philosophy from Dickinson College.

To participate in the chat, you should head to the Chat Auditorium about 10 minutes before the scheduled event.You may be prompted to create a user name and password.It's free and should take only a few minutes. Francesca Di Meglio (screen name: FrancescaBW) will be your host. If you cannot attend the event, you can send your questions ahead of time to Francesca at with the subject "Plagiarism Chat."

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