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GEM GRAD Lab hosted by the University of Massachusetts – Amherst

Amherst, MA Interactive Learning Center; University of Massachusetts – Amherst
Oct 20-21, 2023
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About the Event

Get your STEM Graduate Degree TUITION FREE!

The University of Massachusetts – Amherst is proud to host the GEM GRAD Lab! The event is being co-hosted by Brown University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tufts University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, University of Connecticut, in Amherst, Massachusetts! The event is being sponsored by the Northeast Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation. 

Join the premiere organization supporting qualified students from underrepresented communities pursuing graduate degrees in applied science and engineering funded by leading corporations, government laboratories, top universities, and top research institutions. Getting Ready for Advanced Degrees (GRAD) Lab offers underrepresented students exposure to the benefits of research and technology careers in a highly interactive one-day event.

Event Schedule

Friday, October 20, 2023

UMass - Amherst Welcome Reception/ Poster Session 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST

Saturday, October 21, 2023 | Eastern Time

Registered Login/Pre-Surveys 08:45AM - 09:00AM EST

Students will utilize this time-frame to fill out survey response sheet that was shared prior to the start of the event.

Welcome Overview 09:00AM - 09:05AM EST
Why Graduate School? 09:05AM - 10:00AM EST

If you thought PhDs were simply for those wanting to become professors or that you couldn’t afford graduate school, think again.  This session is designed to break some of the common myths about pursuing an advanced degree and set you on course to achieving your fullest potential.

Dr. Howard G. Adams

Keynote Speaker on the Importance of continuing Graduate Education

How to Competitively Apply to Graduate School 10:00AM - 11:00 AM EST

Learn the tips and tricks associated with preparing for a graduate degree from the experts.  Learn how to make your application stand out above others as well as how to position yourself to be seriously considered by many of the prestigious academic institutions in the country.

Graduate Resource Fair 11:00AM - 12:00PM EST
How to Fund Graduate School 12:00PM - 01:00PM EST

Hear about all the different fellowship programs, including GEM that you can apply for and ensure that you can pursue your graduate degree for FREE!

Joann Ransom

Programs Coordinator, The National GEM Consortium

Voices from the Field Graduate Student Panel 01:00PM - 02:00PM EST

As the saying goes, you can’t be what you can’t see. Hear stories from GEM alums who have successfully attained advanced degrees and gone on to very successful careers.

Closing/Raffles 02:00PM - 02:30PM EST

Only students who stay throughout the completion of the GRAD Lab will be entered into the raffle. We invite you to fully participate in the event so you can be entered into raffle.


Dr. Howard G. Adams

Keynote Speaker on the Importance of continuing Graduate Education

Joann Ransom

Programs Coordinator, The National GEM Consortium

GRAD Lab Sponsors