Preparing Grad School Applications

Crafting An Application For Graduate School

HOW TO GUIDE: Kuther, T. Graduate Admissions 101.  An article that provides a nice summary and tips on the personal statement, interview and search for the right graduate program.

SHORT “HOW TO” ARTICLES: Short Article entitled “Sell Yourself” focused on Developing the  Personal Statement for Graduate School  by Rybarcyck from ScienceCareersNetwork and another by the same author on Refining the Personal Statement

PROGRAMS and MENTORING:  If you are planning on pursuing a PhD in math, social sciences, and/or humanities and have interest in  bridging the gap in education disparities there are summer and academic year programs to support your application process. The Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers is organization that seeks to diversify the pool of educators in high schools and colleges and provides mentoring and reduction of fees for graduate school applications and summer  workshops. They offer an on-site four-week Summer Program, a summer graduate school fair,  and a Fall Associates Program with virtual weekly mentoring.  Deadline for applications for rising seniors or juniors is April1.

ONE DAY WORKSHOPS: GEM Grad Lab is a  free program that hosts one day workshop/symposiums all over the nation to help students prepare their applications for graduate school in the natural sciences. These programs are often hosted at Columbia University in the fall. See the list of dates and locations on their website. Though the program targets under represented minorities, all students are welcome to attend.

National Institutes of Health Programs Site  

  • The Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA)IRTA is a biomedical program that enables eligible recent college graduates who are planning to apply to graduate or professional school to spend one or two years working with investigators at the NIH
  • The NIH Academy a year-long biomedical research program (renewable for a second year) at the NIH for eligible recent college graduates who (1) are planning to apply to graduate or professional school and (2) wish to pursue an interest in domestic health disparities.
  • The Technical IRTA Program: Technical IRTAs are college graduates who come to the NIH with the express interest of developing their skills as research support personnel

VIDEO / Q&A NIH: National Institutes of Health Video Seminar on How to Apply to Graduate School in the Natural Sciences and Writing the Personal Statement WritingGraduateSchoolPersonalStatements. More videos regarding Science Careers can be found at the NIH Video Catalog, with specific list for undergraduates and post bacs at the bottom.


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