Are you thinking of applying to graduate school?
Applying for graduate school is challenging -- there are many elements of the application that may be new to you. Sometimes, it can feel like everyone else already knows what to do. The Pre-Application Mentorship Service (PAMS) is a graduate student-led initiative to support students from historically marginalized groups who are interested in applying for grad school but have questions about where to start.
PAMS 2021 will proceed in two phases for prospective applicants to the Ph.D. program at the University of Washington’s Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering (UW CSE).
In Phase 1, you will have the opportunity to meet with a current graduate student at UW CSE in a 30-60 minute virtual meeting to ask questions about how to get started on your application. Here are some potential questions that you could ask a mentor in Phase 1:
- What is grad school like?
- What is it like being a grad student at the Allen School?
- What experiences or topics should I highlight for my statement of purpose?
- Who should my letters of recommendation come from?
In Phase 2, you will receive one round of feedback on your application materials, i.e., your statement of purpose and CV. We don't expect them to be polished, as long as there's enough for us to read and provide meaningful feedback!
You may apply for both Phases 1 + 2, or only Phase 2. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis until our volunteer capacity is reached.
Target Audience: The goal of PAMS is to support prospective PhD applicants from historically marginalized groups. The definition of who is historically marginalized is specific to a region and context. This can include students with disabilities, students marginalized along axes of gender/race/ethnicity/sexuality, students from low socioeconomic status, intersections of these groups, and others.
- September 30: Phases 1 + 2 application closes
- October 1: Phase 2 application opens
- October 31: Phase 2 application closes
Participation in PAMS is completely separate from the official Ph.D. application process and therefore does not guarantee admission to the Allen School. Your mentor will not review your official application, and participation will not be disclosed to the admissions committee or faculty. Information will be aggregated and anonymized to evaluate the impact of this program, but individual responses will be deleted at the end of this application cycle.
If you have any questions about PAMS, please email email@example.com with “PAMS” in the subject heading.