College of Science EDGES

Enhancing Diversity and Graduate Student Educational Success

The EDGES program in the College of Science seeks to increase success for graduate students in STEM fields, to enrich the academic environment for the campus community and to broaden the STEM workforce.

This program provides fellowship funds (up to $10,000 per student) to recruit, retain, and promote the success of outstanding doctoral students who have the potential to contribute to the diversity of their academic fields and departments. Awards can be spent any time for up to four years after acceptance, or until the student graduates, whichever comes first.

Fellowship Application Process

All students accepted to a department's graduate program will be invited to apply to this program, and priority for awards will be given to admitted students seeking Ph.D. training.

The application includes two parts - one from the graduate admissions committee, and an accompanying part from the student. Application packages can be sent in any time following acceptance, with a final deadline of April 26, 2020.

Graduate Admissions Committee portion of application: a single pdf containing the following two items:

• The admitted student's complete graduate school application packet

• A statement from the department's graduate admission chair confirming that the student has been admitted to the graduate program, and specifying if the applicant seeks a Ph.D. or a M.S.

Graduate Student portion of application:

Admitted students who wish to apply will submit a statement (500 words or fewer) that describes their potential to enhance diversity, broadly interpreted. Examples include: describing experiences as a member of an underrepresented group or a first-generation college student; or describing a record of sustained commitment to enhancing diversity in science.

Please send application packages (as a pdf file) to