Diversity in Psychology Program

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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 will also accept several students 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.

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., 2016 or thereafter). Individuals currently enrolled in a terminal masters-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 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; Counseling Psychology; Cognitive and Brain Sciences; 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/School 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. 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. 

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/School Psychology including faculty profiles, prior to submitting your application.