Graduate School Diversity Office Summer Institute

Grad School Diversity Office Summer Institute

The Graduate School Diversity Office (GSDO) Summer Institute provides seven weeks of research opportunity for newly-admitted graduate students.

2022 Summer Institute will be hosted in-person: July 11 - August 26, 2022. *We may move to an online format, based on the state of the COVID pandemic.

Program Description:

The Graduate School Diversity Office (GSDO) Summer Institute (SI) provides a seven week summer bridge program, on the Twin Cities campus, for newly-admitted UMN-TC graduate students.

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Recipients of the Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellowship, Creating Inclusive Cohorts (CIC) Training Program, and select newly-admitted domestic graduate students of color who are awarded fellowships through their college or department can participate when nominated by their Director of Graduate Studies. Each participant receives a $4,000 stipend and (optional) health insurance coverage over the summer provided by their graduate program or department.

Program Components:

  • Orientation to the GSDO and UMN-TC community and services
  • Weekly seminars on acclimating to and successfully navigating graduate school
  • Social activities with SI Peer Mentors and SI Cohort community building
  • Research with a Faculty Mentor (who is identified by the student prior to the start of SI)
    • This may entail joining an existing research project, beginning the first steps of a new research project, performing a literature review for a potential future research project, etc.
    • SI students are not expected to start and complete an entire research project during the seven weeks, rather this is an opportunity to gain research experience in preparation for the work they will do in their graduate programs
  • Short research paper and presentation
  • Community engagement and GSDO activities during 2022-2023 academic year

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Maija Brown, Ph.D. |
Assistant Director, Transition and Retention

Victoria Lee |
Graduate Assistant, Transition and Success

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