Diversity in Psychology Program
Our Diversity in Psychology Program is designed for individuals who are historically underrepresented in psychology graduate programs and who are interested in learning about graduate education in Psychology at the University of Minnesota. Although the event is sponsored by the Department of Psychology, we also accept applications from individuals with interests in the Institute of Child Development and Department of Educational Psychology. This program will feature a coordinated set of formal and informal experiences designed to familiarize participants with strategies for constructing successful graduate school applications and to provide them with the opportunity to learn more about the experience of graduate education in our departments.
Here’s what our current graduate students, who were past participants of the Diversity in Psychology Program, had to say about their experience:
“The Diversity in Psychology Program was a great experience for me to learn more about the overall grad school application process, the psychology departments at UMN, what the Counseling Psych department has to offer, the lab in which I was interested, its research and its culture, and the different communities in the Twin Cities. Those couple of days made me fall in love with this PhD program and it quickly became my #1 choice! Grateful to be here!”
Qurat-ul-ain Gulamhussein, Department of Psychology, PhD Student
“I found U of M's Diversity in Psychology Program to be both an impactful and unique experience. Being able to meet with students and faculty from the department well before the actual grad school application cycle not only helped out with the application process but also motivated—in part—my eventual decision to join the department. Seeing the commitment the department is moving toward, for supporting the intellectual development and financial stability of students from all backgrounds, identities, and walks of life, really made the U of M stand out in my mind, compared to my other grad school options. I'd definitely encourage anyone interested in this program to apply and attend, regardless of where you might be considering or eventually end up for grad school!”
Scott Blain, Department of Psychology, PhD Student
“The Diversity in Psychology Program was invaluable and crucial during the application process. Not only did this program help prepare me for the logistics of the application process by providing information on the requirements for grad school, but DIP provided more support that has been helpful during grad school as I gain more cultural and social capital. This program provided an open and honest space for participants and current students to share their own experiences, which contributed to a sense of community among participants and students. As a Latina first-generation college student, it was important for me to be able to see other students with similar backgrounds be working towards the same goals and be able to learn from them and their experiences. The DIP program helped me see that I was capable of being in a PhD program and that wherever I decided to go I would be able to accomplish my goals.”
Melissa Velez, Department of Psychology, PhD Student
Individuals eligible to apply must:
- be enrolled in a college or university as a junior or senior, or who have graduated within the last two years (i.e., 2017 or thereafter). Individuals currently enrolled in a terminal master's-level graduate program in psychology are also eligible. Students currently attending the University of Minnesota are eligible to apply;
- identify as a member of groups underrepresented in graduate training in psychology, including ethnic and racial minority groups, low-income backgrounds, persons with a disability, LGBTQ+, military veterans, and first-generation college students or graduates. Please note that international students are not eligible to apply.
Individuals must also meet one of the following criteria:
- be committed to pursuing doctoral training in psychology in one of our programs of research: Clinical Science and Psychopathology Research; Cognitive and Brain Sciences; Counseling Psychology; Industrial/Organizational Psychology; Personality, Individual Differences, and Behavior Genetics; Quantitative Psychology/Psychometric Methods; or Social Psychology; OR
- be committed to pursuing doctoral training in either Child Development or Educational Psychology, which are located in different departments at the University of Minnesota.
The costs of transportation and lodging will be covered for applicants selected to participate in this program. Please note that flexible travel accommodations, including arrival and departure times, can be made within reason for those attendees that need them (for example for religious observances). Those accepted to the program should notify us as soon as possible if any such accommodation is needed.
Applicants must provide the following information and materials:
- Completed online application form
- As part of the application you will need to upload the following documents as a PDF:
- A statement describing your educational and career objectives
- Copy of undergraduate transcript (an unofficial copy will suffice)
- Personal statement of interest
- Curriculum vitae or résumé
- Once you have completed and submitted your application an email will be sent to the faculty recommender you listed on your application. They will be asked to fill out our rating form and upload a letter of recommendation.
All application materials mentioned above must be received by August 23rd, 2019 at 5pm (CST). We suggest students consider planning ahead and submitting applications earlier, as recommendation letters may be difficult to acquire over summer break. Decisions will be made at the beginning of September. Due to the short time frame, invited applicants will have one week to accept the invitation.
You are encouraged to review the Psychology Graduate Program Areas, as well as the websites for Child Development and Educational Psychology, including faculty profiles, prior to submitting your application.