Graduate Pathways to STEM

Saturday, October 12, 2019

What is Bay Area GPS?
The mission of Bay Area Graduate Pathways to STEM (GPS) is to inspire diverse talent to become the next generation of innovative leaders through advanced engineering degrees. Bay Area GPS is a two day conference where students attend informative workshops addressing the benefits of pursuing an advanced degree, both MS and PhD, while also preparing for graduate school and the application process. GPS promotes graduate school opportunities to underrepresented minorities (URM), first generation and low income students at Bay Area, Northern California and select Southern California universities.

Why should I attend Bay Area GPS?
Students attending the Bay Area GPS will have access to information for applying to graduate school, understand how graduate school can benefit their education and future goals, learn how to prepare a graduate school application, network with peers who will also be applying to graduate school and be paired with a peer adviser - a current graduate student - who will help with the application process.

Program highlights include:

  • Workshops
  • Networking
  • Professional panel
  • Graduate school panel
  • Lunch with Peer Advisers
  • BBQ
  • Graduate school prep
  • Graduate school application details

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How do I apply for Bay Area GPS?
Fill out the online application. Deadline to apply is Friday, September 20, 11:59 p.m. The application will be left open after the due date and any applications submitted will be evaluated on a rolling basis.

How do I know if I've been accepted to Bay Area GPS?
Acceptance emails for those that applied by the deadline will be sent by the end of day, Thursday, September 12 and on a rolling basis thereafter. Applicants will have to confirm their attendance by Friday, September 20.

How much does Bay Area GPS cost?
There is no cost to attend. Attendees must provide their own travel accommodations and provide Saturday night lodging.

For questions, please email gps.bayarea@gmail.com.

How to apply

Students attending the Bay Area GPS will have access to information for applying to graduate school, understand how graduate school can benefit their education and future goals, learn how to prepare a graduate school application, network with peers who will also be applying to graduate school and be paired with a peer adviser — a current graduate student — who will help with the application process.

How do I apply for Bay Area GPS?
Fill out the online application. Deadline to apply is Friday, September 20, 11:59 p.m. The application will be left open after the due date and any applications submitted will be evaluated on a rolling basis.

How do I know if I've been accepted to Bay Area GPS?
Acceptance emails for those that applied by the deadline will be sent by the end of day, Thursday, September 12 and on a rolling basis thereafter. Applicants will have to confirm their attendance by Friday, September 20.

Apply to be a Bay Area GPS Peer Advisor

Application to become a peer advisor for the 2019 Bay Area GPS conference is available online.

What it means to be a Bay Area GPS peer advisor:
Peer advisors must be comfortable with sharing their own personal journey to graduate school and be able to navigate their mentees through the application process. This includes assisting them in finding the personal experience that inspired them to pursue graduate school or simply being a source of encouragement. While the conference is a day-long event, we encourage the graduate students to continue communication with their mentees beyond the conference. 

Program at a glance

The Bay Area Graduate Pathways to STEM (GPS) aims to inspire diverse talent to become the next generation of innovative leaders through advanced engineering degrees.

Bay Area GPS is a one-day conference where students attend informative workshops addressing the benefits of pursuing an advanced degree, both MS and PhD, while also preparing for graduate school and the application process. GPS promotes graduate school opportunities to underrepresented minorities, first-generation and low-income students at Bay Area, Northern California and select Southern California universities.

UC Berkeley in collaboration with Stanford University

October 13, 2018 (2019 schedule will updated closer to event date)

8:00 AM                    Registration Opens

9:00-9:10 AM           Welcome

9:10-10:00 AM         Keynote Address

10:05-10:35 AM       Networking Workshop                          

10:45-11:05 AM       What advanced degree is for me?

                                    (MS, PhD, MS/PhD, MENG, 5th years master's, etc.)

11:20-12:30 PM       Strengthening Your Application

                                                -How to Apply to Graduate School

                                                -Crafting Your Personal Statement

12:40-2:00 PM         Graduate Recruiters: Graduate School & Summer Research Opportunities, Lunch

2:00-3:00 PM           How to Fund Graduate School

3:00-4:00 PM           Masters Rotating Career Panel

4:00-5:00 PM           Ph.D. Rotating Career Panel                      

5:00-5:30 PM           Closing Remarks

5:30-6:00 PM           Pairing with Peer Advisors

6:00-7:00 PM           Dinner with Peer Advisors

Frequently asked questions

General Questions:

Q.  I am a ______ (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, community college student, or someone who has already graduated) and I was wondering if GPS is for me and if I should apply?

A. Anyone is invited to apply! This year, GPS is predominantly focused on sophomores and juniors as the presentation and workshops highlight what to-do to become a strong applicant. This does not mean that if you are a freshmen or a senior that your application will not be looked at. Workshops and presentations are informative and beneficial to any level undergraduate. Please fill out the application in its entirety and give us some time to get back to you.

Q. Is GPS only for engineering students since it is hosted by UC Berkeley and Stanford engineering departments?

A. No, GPS is open to all STEM majors. You do not have to be in engineering in order to participate in this year’s GPS symposium.

Q. I am a recruiter and I would like to table during GPS. Who should I contact?

A. We are accepting recruiters from various universities to come and table for their departments. Please contact gps.bayarea@gmail.com for more information on the 2019 event.