Get your STEM Graduate Degree TUITION FREE!

Event Description

Welcome to Princeton University! Princeton University is proud to host the GEM GRAD Lab! The vent is sponsored by Columbia University, New York University, and Rutgers University

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


Registered Login/Pre-Surveys

9:15 AM – 9:30 AM EST

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


Princeton University Welcome

9:30 AM – 9:05 AM EST

Andrea Goldsmith

Dr. Andrea Goldsmith

Dean of Engineering and Applied Science and the Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Princeton University.


Why Graduate School?

9:35 AM – 10:35 AM 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.

Howard G. Adams

Dr. Howard G. Adams

Keynote Speaker on the Importance of continuing Graduate Education


How to Competitively Apply to Graduate School

10:35 AM – 11:35 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.

Julie Yun

Dr. Julie Yun

Associate Dean, Diversity and Inclusion at Princeton University

David Ramirez

Dr. David Ramirez

Visiting Professor of Computer Science of Reed College at Princeton University

Evelyn Erenrich

Dr. Evelyn Erenrich

Associate Dean for Recruitment and Retention at Rutgers University


Graduate Resource Fair

11:35 AM – 12:35 PM EST



How to Fund Graduate School

12:35 PM – 1:35 PM 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!

Marcus Huggans

Dr. Marcus Huggans

Executive Director, Client Relations, The National GEM Consortium (GEM Alum)


Voices from the Field Graduate Student Panel

1:35 PM – 2:35 PM PST

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.

Kimberly Cook-Chennault

Dr. Kimberly Cook-Chennault

Associate Professor Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Rutgers University (GEM Alum)



2:35 PM – 2:50 PM PST

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.