Graduate school should not be just for the privileged few. If one is interested in pursuing a research career, is academically inclined, and willing to work hard, then a graduate education should be within reach. However, far too many undergraduates -- particularly those from minority backgrounds and those who are the first in the families to go to college -- are unaware of higher education opportunities, or find it hard to see themselves attaining a graduate degree. To address this issue, I organized the Paths to PhDs panel workshop series which occurred at UCSD from 2016 through 2018 (before training new graduate members of the Psychology Department to continue the event after my graduation). At each event, 70-150+ undergraduates join a panel of five or six graduate students from different areas of psychology/neuroscience research to discuss topics such as:
Paths to PhDs is generously sponsored by the Cross Cultural Center, which itself is supported by the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Each event, which typically takes place in Price Center, is announced in the campus Student Events Insider, in student organization newsletters, as at nearby universities (e.g., SDSU, USD, CSUSM).
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