Graduate School Diversity Open House Programs

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Graduate School Diversity Open House Programs

Interested in applying to graduate school in Physics, but don't know where to start? The schools below all have programs designed to increase the diversity within upper-level physics degree-earners. Check them out!


Columbia University EngAGE – Engineering Achievers in Graduate Education (EngAGE) prepares students to purse degrees in Columbia University’s engineering and applied sciences Ph.D. programs. Students meet faculty and students; tour the campus and research facilities; and attend workshops that will prepare them for the graduate school application process.

Georgia Institute of Technology FOCUS Program – Participants receive application and funding information, visit classrooms and research labs in their interest areas and talk with current students and faculty. FOCUS provides travel, accommodations and meal costs for all participants.

Indiana University “Getting You into IU” Campus Visit – Students from a wide range of disciplines participate in sessions on preparing competitive applications for graduate admission and fellowships; individual and group meetings with IU faculty; attend classes; tour departments and research facilities; and meet with current graduate students.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology – GradConverge  –  Join the MIT Office of Graduate Education for an MIT student-led workshop that helps undergraduates plan their academic trajectories. This interactive webinar provides participants with useful information for applying to and thriving in graduate school. Sessions are open to all students exploring the option of graduate education.

North Carolina State University Visit NC State Program – Participants interact with faculty in their respective disciplines, network with students, tour facilities on campus, and learn about the graduate school application process. All expenses (travel, hotel, meals) are paid..

Northwestern University Introduction to Graduate Education (IGEN) – Introduction to Graduate Education at Northwestern (IGEN) is a program for diverse rising juniors and seniors interested in doctoral study. The 2021 IGEN program will be held either virtually or in person at Northwestern University. We expect to provide more information about the format by mid-July. IGEN includes a visit to Northwestern’s Chicago and Evanston, IL campuses, where prospective students will network with faculty, staff, and current students from doctoral programs. 

Pennsylvania State University Graduate School STEM Open House and visitation program – The Pennsylvania State University Graduate School will host a Fall STEM Open House and visitation program for prospective underrepresented and underserved students interested in  admission to Penn State-University Park.  Penn State Graduate School will provide travel, lodging, and meals for visiting participants selected for this program.

Purdue University Graduate School Exposition — The Big Ten+ Graduate School Exposition is specifically designed for those interested in graduate study in the fields of Engineering, Mathematics, Science, Technology and related disciplines. Students from all institutions are encouraged to attend, and travel scholarships are available!

Purdue University Graduate Diversity Visitation Program (GDVP) —  The Graduate Diversity Visitation Program serves as a model for other institutions. The Multicultural-Historically Black Institution (M-HBI) Visitation Program was established by the Graduate School in 1988 with the intent of increasing the enrollment of students from Historically Black Institutions and Universities. The current program has grown more inclusive and now looks to increase the enrollment of all underrepresented minority students.

Rensselaer Diversity in Graduate Studies Visitation Program  – Rensselaer’s Office of Graduate Admissions has developed the Diversity in Graduate Studies (DIGS) program. The DIGS program is designed to offer prospective Ph.D. applicants from populations underrepresented in STEM and related fields, a chance visit our campus at no cost prior to submitting an application for graduate study. DIGS applicants should complete a Graduate Student Visit Form and submit the required materials noted on the form.

Scripps Research Institute – Diversity Visitation Event for Research and Graduate Education (DiVERGE) – DiVERGE is a three-day, all-expense-paid visit held on the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI). Geared toward undergraduate students interested in biomedical research careers, the program is designed to give participants an in-depth preview of TSRI’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) program and top-10 ranked doctoral program in the chemical and biological sciences.

The Ohio State University Graduate and Professional Schools Visitation Day – Juniors and Seniors in any field tour campus. The OSU Office of Minority Affairs will provide complimentary double room hotel accommodations and meals for students, according to the GPSVD schedule.

Tufts University, Prospective Graduate School Days – Tufts University holds the “Prospective Graduate School Days” every odd year in the Boston Metro area. It is for academically vetted students on the graduate schools track. Room and board are completely covered by Tufts University.  We have hosted Ronald. E. McNair programs and students over the last several year.

UC Berkeley – Berkeley Engineering Preview Day  –  Participants attend a three-day event where they are informed about the engineering doctoral programs at UC Berkeley, interact with faculty, attend graduate school preparation workshops, tour the campus, and learn about other engineering opportunities.  All travel, housing, and meals are provided.

UC Berkeley EDGE Conference – The Berkeley Edge Conference is designed to encourage underrepresented minority students who are competitively eligible for our Ph.D. programs to plan to apply to UC Berkeley. Approximately thirty students are chosen from the applications submitted.

University of Central Florida – The UCF Diverse Academic Opportunities Program is available to prospective Ph.D. applicants from populations traditionally underrepresented in higher education and within specific fields of study. UCF pays all the costs of the visit for accepted students – including transportation, lodging, local travel from and to the airport, and meals.

University of Chicago – Preview Day for Discover UChicago – The University of Chicago is offering talented individuals an expenses-paid opportunity to explore graduate education in the various programs UChicago has to offer. The experience will include workshops, informal socials and research presentations by world-renowned faculty and their graduate students.

University of Colorado Boulder – Colorado Advantage Graduate Preview Weekend  – Students, recent graduates, or masters students should apply to the event if they are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in a STEM field. Students participate in tours of the campus and research labs, and attend workshops about the graduate school application process. Travel and housing will be provided.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign ASPIRE Early Application Campus Visit Program – Underrepresented students have the opportunity to visit the Urbana-Campaign campus early in their application process and be informed of the opportunities the university offers.

University of Illinois Multi-Cultural Engineering Recruitment for Graduate Education (MERGE) Program – Brings graduate school prospects from diverse cultures to UI in-depth view of the outstanding programs and facilities available for graduate study. Scholars must currently be enrolled in or have completed an accredited curriculum in engineering, physics, or chemistry. All expenses paid by the MERGE Program.

University of Michigan Engineering Graduate Symposium – Participants tour departments and research labs, interacting with faculty, staff, and current graduate students. Attendees participate in workshops about admissions and funding; and attend presentations and poster sessions by current graduate students. Event includes lunch and refreshments. Travel Grants are available.

University of Michigan Recruitment Events for Program in Biomedical Sciences (PIBS) –  We have activities and workshops on applying and attending graduate school at U-M, one-on-one and group interactions with faculty from our PhD programs. Additionally, networking with current graduate students and peers from across the country, and finally a tour of campus, facilities, and the city of Ann Arbor. Visit expenses including travel, lodging, and on-campus meals will be covered.

University of Minnesota – Psychology Diversity Weekend –The Department of Psychology Diversity Weekend is an all-expense paid visit to the University of Minnesota campus for prospective graduate students interested in applying to one of our seven PhD programs in psychology. Selected participants will meet with relevant program faculty and graduate students, learn about the graduate application and admission process, and experience the diversity of the campus and Twin Cities. Undergraduate and masters students, as well as recent college graduates, from historically under-represented groups in graduate training in psychology are eligible to apply.

University of Minnesota – Graduate Diversity Recruitment Weekend – The Department of Anthropology and Department of Geography, Environment and Society are hosting a virtual visit to the University of Minnesota campus for prospective graduate students interested in applying to one of our Ph.D. programs. Selected participants will meet with individual department faculty in their areas of interest, learn about Minnesota’s interdisciplinary Ph.D. structure by facilitated meetings with appropriate faculty in other departments, get a sense of life as graduate students and of each other as potential future colleagues, participate in department events such as joint colloquia, reading groups, workshops; and sit in on graduate seminars. Undergraduate and masters students, as well as recent college graduates, from historically under-represented groups in graduate training are eligible to apply.

University of Missouri Emerge Life Science Campus Visitation Program – Prospective graduate students from under-represented groups interested life science and in applying to the University of Missouri participate in UM’s campus visitation program, Tigerview. All costs of the weekend (travel, lodging, meals, and all scheduled activities) are paid by the MU Graduate School.

University of Southern California REACH Program– REACH is an all-expenses paid, doctoral preview program that takes place at USC’s University Park Campus near downtown Los Angeles. The Viterbi School actively recruits engineering achievers from all backgrounds into its doctoral degree programs, particularly students historically under-represented in the field (African-American, Latino and Native American) and females. Through REACH, under-represented engineering achievers get firsthand exposure to exciting research opportunities, world-class faculty, rich academic programs, and stellar student services and mentoring resources.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Biosciences OPportunities (BOPS) – The Biosciences Opportunities (BOPS) preview weekend is October 8-11, 2015. This is an all-expenses paid opportunity for prospective graduate students to learn about opportunities in biological science graduate programs at UW-Madison. UW-Madison is a world-class university with many opportunities for graduate study. Approximately 146 programs offer masters degrees and 110 programs offer doctorate degrees. UW-Madison is one of the largest bioscience research institutions in the nation; ranking in the top 20 of all research programs worldwide for NIH funded biomedical research. It is a leader in stem cell research and in the top 10 for bioscience research in the nation.

University of Wisconsin-Madison CHemistry OPportunities (CHOPs) – Participants attend an all-expenses paid weekend at UW-Madison, where they are introduced to the faculty and graduate program of the Chemistry department. Participants tour the research facilities and meet current graduate students.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Opportunities in Engineering Conference – Juniors and seniors with majors in physics, chemistry, math or other physical science interested in attending graduate school in engineering visit campus and explore graduate programs in engineering. Travel, food, and lodging expenses (except travel days and Saturday) will be paid by the conference.


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