The DEEPenn STEM 2023 application cycle is now closed.

Diversity Equity Engagement at Penn in STEM (DEEPenn STEM) is an in-person opportunity for undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds and experiences to visit the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) to learn about STEM-related graduate programs, the graduate school admissions process, career options in STEM, and identify prospective mentors.  This two-day open house will consist of informative workshops, research talks from Penn faculty members, and opportunities to network 1-on-1 with Penn professors, staff, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.  Participants will receive comprehensive information about STEM graduate programs and be connected to vital resources.

DEEPenn STEM is a thoughtfully curated event for undergraduate students who are pursuing a degree in a STEM field (ex: chemistry, engineering, computer science, etc.).  It is specifically tailored to individuals who may have limited access to information about graduate school opportunities and the application process. We hope this initiative will encourage students from these communities to pursue graduate training in STEM and/or research by providing them with: 1) a comprehensive overview of the application process for graduate school, 2) providing participants with an opportunity to explore different and/or interdisciplinary STEM fields based on their interest, and 3) facilitated conversations with current Penn faculty, staff, and students.  We aim to empower participants through equipping them with valuable insights into the doctoral program journey, guidance, tools and resources to become strong candidates for these programs.

US citizens and permanent residents currently enrolled at educational institutions in the US or US territories interested in pursuing a MS, MA, and/or PhD degree are welcome to apply.

The application submission is free, and if you are selected to participate, your travel and lodging expenses will be covered by the University of Pennsylvania, subject to approval of funds.

This year, the program will focus on PhD programs of the following schools:

  • Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM)
  • School of Arts & Sciences (SAS)
  • School of Engineering & Applied Science (SEAS)
  • School of Nursing (Penn Nursing)
  • School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet)

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • Identify as an individual coming from a disadvantaged background, characterized by limited access to information and resources related to graduate school opportunities and the application process
  • Current undergraduate status of freshman, sophomore, junior (note, post-baccalaureate and/or graduate students are not eligible to apply)
  • Enrolled in an undergraduate program & pursuing a degree in a STEM-related area (i.e. science, technology, engineering, mathematics) at institutions in the US or US territories
  • Desire to continue building upon what you’ve learned in undergrad
  • Curious to learn about opportunities to continue to grow after graduation through advanced degree programs