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Pathways Program: Graduate School 101

Graduate School 101 is a workshop specifically designed to introduce first-generation college freshman and sophomores to the world of graduate education. The workshop includes interactive presentations, a faculty panel, and candid discussions with current graduate students. The goal of the workshop is to inspire students to begin planning for a future with graduate school in mind. The workshop is open to all first-generation undergraduate students; however, the content is customized for an audience of college freshman and sophomores. If you would like to schedule a presentation for your students, please email us at

Pathways Program: Funding Your Graduate Education 101

(Undergraduate Students)


Funding Your Graduate Education 101 is a workshop specifically designed to introduce undergraduate students to the various monetary and non-monetary expenses related to attending graduate school, ways to reduce the expenses, as well as actions students can engage in now to prepare them to be a strong candidate for an assistantship or a fellowship by the time they apply.

If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to schedule a presentation for your students, please email us at

Pathways Program: Preparing Diverse Populations

October 15, 2019


Applying to graduate school can be a challenging process. This program is designed to help facilitate the successful completion of your graduate school application. Through interactive presentations and group discussion, you will be provided with practical and timely information to help navigate this journey. This interactive session will allow participants to:

  • Explore the advantages of applying to graduate school
  • Learn how to construct a compelling personal statement
  • Obtain advice on creating a graduate school resume or CV
  • Learn insider tips on how to score competitively on the GRE
  • Speak with current students about their graduate school experience
  • Learn essential strategies to secure graduate school funding

Eligibility Criteria This event is open to undergraduate students in their junior year. Seniors who are planning to take a gap year are also encouraged to attend. Applicants must be affiliated with one of the following programs: Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, UGA Feeder Program*, The Gates Millennium Scholars Program, The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program, the National GEM Consortium, or the Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) program. *The UGA Feeder Program provides an avenue for students from participating institutions to transition into graduate studies at the University of Georgia. Students who will be graduating from one of the following institutions qualify for the Feeder program: Albany State University, Florida Agricultural, and Mechanical University, Fort Valley State University, Morehouse College, North Carolina A&T State University, and Spelman College. If you would like to attend this event, please contact the Feeder Program Coordinator on your campus for additional information and details about what it means to be a Feeder student.

Pathways Program: Transitioning from a MSI to a PWI

Transitioning from a Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) to a Predominantly White Institution (PWI)

(Current graduate students)

The transition workshop series is designed to allow current students to fellowship with each other, while welcoming incoming students and networking to establish relationships among people who have had a similar experience of attending a Minority Serving Institution (MSI). The Graduate School hopes to foster a welcoming environment that assists with the transition and encourages student empowerment.

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Pathways Program: Future Scholars Visitation Program

Future Scholars Visitation Group photo

“Thank you for the Future Scholars Visitation Program experience. I never had this experience as an undergraduate or graduate student. The University of Georgia truly made me feel seen. I even left feeling like my age was an asset rather than an obstacle.” –2018 Future Scholars Participant

“You all put together an amazing program for us Future Scholars! After this experience, I can definitely see myself pursuing my doctoral studies at UGA.” –2018 Future Scholars Participant

Sunday, October 27-Tuesday, October 29, 2019

The University of Georgia Graduate School’s Office of Recruitment & Diversity Initiatives is honored to host our 19th Annual Future Scholars Visitation Program. The Future Scholars Visitation Program serves as a recruitment tool for prospective graduate students, allowing them to visit the University of Georgia campus and their academic departments of interest. This program follows the University of Georgia’s strategic plan to create a more diverse environment on campus by recruiting students from underrepresented within the discipline and/or first-generation populations. Current undergraduate seniors, masters and/or professional students, and graduates from colleges and universities across the United States, including minority-serving institutions and graduate preparation programs, are eligible to be considered. Students who are selected must:

  • Be eligible to pursue a graduate degree in Fall 2020
  • Have a cumulative 3.3 GPA or higher (on a 4.0 scale) reflected on an official/unofficial transcript
  • Self-identify with a background underrepresented within the discipline and/or first-generation

This three-day event includes the opportunity for participants to:

  • Meet academic administrators
  • Discuss program and research interests with department faculty
  • Network with current and other prospective graduate students
  • Participate in workshops on admissions, research, and funding opportunities

Future Scholars Visitation Group photo

“Through this program, I have fallen more in love with UGA than I was before. I truly feel like I was able to get all the information I needed to not only apply but be a successful student if admitted.” –2018 Future Scholars Participant

The UGA Graduate School will cover participants’ lodging and most meals during the program. All selected participants will receive an application fee waiver for their UGA graduate school application and are also eligible to receive up to $100 for reimbursable travel expenses (including airline, shuttle and/or mileage). Documentation will be required for all reimbursement requests. Current UGA students are not eligible for reimbursement of travel expenses. Interested students should contact the Graduate Coordinator for their program of interest.


Recruitment & Diversity Initiatives (706) 542-6416 [office]

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