UP GRADe 2021

UP GRADe (2021) is an online workshop hosted by the Mathematics Department at UPenn aimed at undergraduates who are underrepresented minorities in math who are applying to math graduate programs this fall. We recognize the importance of encouraging and mentoring underrepresented groups in mathematics to pursue graduate study in mathematics and to seek mathematical careers. This workshop will provide activities meant to help you with the math graduate application process, as well as connect you with other mathematicians interested in creating an inclusive and supportive environment in mathematics.

At the end of the workshop, we will have an optional component where participants can meet with a faculty or graduate student to discuss their personal statements. This is a great opportunity to ask specific questions receive personalized feedback on your application materials, wherever you are at in the process. Due to our limited resources, we will only be able to offer this opportunity to the first 20 people who register. You wouldn’t have to send in materials when you register, but you would have to submit something a week or so before the event.

The workshop will be held online on Saturday, October 30th, 2021 through the University of Pennsylvania, starting at 2pm EST. To register for the event, please fill out the registration form by Wednesday, October 27th.

Tentative program includes:

  • Advice on how to pick a grad program and what you can do before you apply (with Angela Gibney)
  • Q&A panel with UPenn math faculty
  • Q&A panel with UPenn math graduate students
  • Networking opportunities
  •  (Optional) Personalized feedback on application materials

We expect the official program to end by 5pm.

The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment. Although UP GRADe is intended for students applying to graduate school this fall, the workshop is open to all undergraduate students in math. If you’re not graduating this year but would like to learn more about math grad programs and the application process, we’ll be hosting our next UP Grad event — hopefully in person — in the spring of 2022.

This workshop is organized by Julia Hartmann and Mona Merling, in partnership with GeMs in Math, and is made possible with generous support from the National Science Foundation. Please contact the organizers with any comments, questions, or concerns.