Undergraduate Mentoring Program for Under-Represented Students

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Summer Program
June 26, 2016 to July 1, 2016
Pennsylvania, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, African History / Studies, American History / Studies, Slavery, Women's & Gender History / Studies

The Richards Center Undergraduate Mentoring Program exposes students to doctoral study in the discipline of history. During a one-week summer residential program (June 26-July 1, 2016), Penn State faculty and staff demystify the graduate school admissions process and educate participants about the academic profession. Students will participate in a simulated doctoral seminar and attend workshops on a variety of topics, including writing, digital research, and graduate student life. Travel, housing, and course materials are covered. Penn State’s Richards Center and the Department of History sponsor the program in a collaborative effort to attract and enroll students from underrepresented populations.

Program Benefits:

  • Pre-graduate school advising about graduate admissions, research methods, and more
  • Professional development workshops
  • Simulated doctoral seminar with outstanding faculty
  • A behind-the-scenes look at Penn State's Graduate History Program
  • Exposure to a community of scholars committed to diversifying the academy​

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant must be a rising junior or senior in a degree-granting program at a U.S. college or university during the summer of 2016
  • Applicant must be from a racial or ethnic group that is under-represented in the discipline of history or in the history graduate program at Penn State
  • Applicant must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Applicant must have a strong interest in pursuing a PhD in history

How to Apply:

Submit a letter of application stating your academic/career goals and research interests, an unofficial transcript, and two letters of recommendation to richardscenter@psu.edu or by mail to: Richards Center, Department of History, Penn State University, 108 Weaver Building, University Park, PA 16802.

Review of materials will begin December 18, 2015 and continue until the positions have been filled.

Contact Info: 

George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center, The Pennsylvania State University, 108 Weaver Building, University Park, PA 16802

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