The Brown University Physics Department is launching the Brown PREP (Promoting Representation and Equality in Physics) (virtual) program intended to help students from traditionally underrepresented groups and gender minorities to prepare their applications for advanced study in physics. See the link https://www.brown.edu/academics/physics/brown-prep
We will have sessions introducing the physics research programs at Brown and sessions devoted to the process of applying, the graduate student experience, and the ins and outs of the Ph.D. admissions process. Students will also have the opportunity to sign up at a later date for continuing mentoring via drop-in sessions to help hone their application materials.
1:00-1:40 pm: Welcome and introduction to physics at Brown.
1:45-2:30 pm: Workshop 1 – Parts of a graduate school application and how to organize them.
2:30-2:45 pm: Break
2:45-3:45 pm: Roundtable with current students: How I organized my application, and how I decided where to apply?
3:45-4:30 pm: Workshop 2: Maximizing your impact–personal statements and letters.
4:30-5:00 pm: Questions & Answers, Instructions for signing up for future drop-in sessions and contacts.
This is a great opportunity for students interested in applying to graduate school in Physics to learn more about the application process.
This program is directly trying to address the lack of diversity in STEM and, in particular, physics Ph.D. programs due to racial, ethnic, or gender identity. As such, when we mention under-represented minority groups, there is a special focus on Black, Hispanic, and indigenous peoples communities, female and female-identifying students, and other gender minorities, but members of other marginalized communities are also included.