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Ph.D. Pre-VU Recruitment Event

WHAT IS THE EVENT?                 

The VU-EDGE Ph.D. Pre-VU Recruitment event will provide an opportunity for a select group of highly talented underrepresented students to learn more about the Ph.D. programs at Vanderbilt and, more importantly, the process of developing from a graduate student into an independent researcher. The event also seeks to provide Vanderbilt faculty members with an additional pool of students who in the past might not have applied for admission to a Ph.D. program at Vanderbilt due to their not being aware of the graduate education opportunities at Vanderbilt.

Participants will arrive in Nashville during the afternoon or evening of Wednesday, October 30, 2013.  The official event will begin on Thursday morning, October 31, 2013 with a tour of our campus.  Following the tours and lunch, students will attend a series of workshops addressing the graduate school application process and the next day's activities.  Later that evening, participants and invited guests will be taken to dinner at a local restaurant.  On Friday, participating departments will hold an Open House event for students who have expressed an interest in one of their Ph.D. programs. Participants who have had had previous research experience will have the opportunity to do a brief presentation their research. Students will be joined by current Vanderbilt students at a dinner where they can engage in candid discussions with our graduate students about graduate student life at Vanderbilt and in Nashville.  Following dinner, participants will join current Graduate School students in a night on the town. On Saturday, all students will participate in a program to learn more about graduate school success strategies from faculty, students, and administrator perspectives.  The event will conclude following lunch, and transportation to the Nashville airport will be provided.

 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

Juniors, seniors, current master's degree students and master's degree holders who are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, are from an under-represented group (African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and Native Americans, first-generation, low-income), and are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in a discipline offered at Vanderbilt are eligible to participate in this event. The most competitive students will have earned a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA and a minimum GPA of 3.5 in their major and will have had some research experience.  However, any student with a compelling record of academic and/or research accomplishments is eligible to participate and should complete an application.   Although GRE scores are not required for completing the application and receiving an invitation to participate, students who have taken the GRE exams and have their scores available for review will receive preferential consideration. 

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

Pre-VU-App

 

 

WHAT ARE THE VANDERBILT PHD PROGRAMS?

Anthropology
Biochemistry
Biological Sciences
Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Informatics
Biostatistics
Cancer Biology
Cell and Developmental Biology
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Chemistry
Civil Engineering
Community Research and Action
Computer Science
Economics
Electrical Engineering
English
Environmental Engineering
Epidemiology
French
German
Hearing and Speech Sciences
History
Human Genetics
Interdisciplinary Graduate Program
Interdisciplinary Materials Science
Law and Economics
Leadership and Policy Studies
Learning, Teaching and Diversity
Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering
Microbiology and Immunology
Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
Neuroscience
Nursing Science
Pharmacology
Philosophy
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Psychology and Human Development
Quantitative and Chemical Biology
Religion
Sociology
Spanish
Spanish-Portuguese
Special Education

 

 

WHEN IS THE COMPLETED APPLICATION DUE?          

The deadline to have all parts of your completed application submitted is Friday, September 13, 2013 at 9 P M central  time.

 

 HOW WILL SELECTIONS BE MADE?

Applications from qualified students will be reviewed by Vanderbilt University faculty members. Decisions will be based on the applicant’s credentials, the content of the application, and the compatibility of the applicant’s research interests with those of a Vanderbilt faculty member.

 

WHEN WILL APPLICANTS BE NOTIFIED ABOUT SELECTION DECISIONS?

Students will be notified by email about selection decisions between September 27-28, 2013. Students should confirm their acceptance no later the Monday, September 30, 2013.

 

For further details, please contact the VU-EDGE program.

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