Penn Honors Diversity (PHD) Symposium
September 29-October 1, 2016

The University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce the first Penn Honors Diversity (PHD) Symposium. The PHD Symposium, organized in conjunction with many of Penn's schools, will emphasize student diversity and aims to particularly attract underrepresented students, especially sophomores and juniors, at colleges and universities in the Mid-Atlantic states who are interested in learning more about graduate school.

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The PHD Symposium is a two-day plus program designed to provide a venue for the students to (a) network with faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students, (b) learn from them about cutting-edge research and PhD training opportunities here at Penn, (c) present their work to faculty and students in a poster session, and (d) attend workshops and seminars about the admissions process, funding opportunities, life as a graduate student, etc. Additional information will follow soon.

University of Pennsylvania Participating Schools:

The symposium will feature keynote addresses from Dr. Marybeth Gasman, Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions, and Dr. Larry Gladney, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Professor for Faculty Excellence and Associate Dean for Natural Sciences.

The application is now open. Applicants from the Mid-Atlantic states are encouraged to apply; preference will be given to students from surrounding undergraduate institutions within a 4 hour drive or train ride. Travel awards will be available for students attending the Symposium. The deadline to apply is June 1, 2016. For more information, please contact us at

We hope to see you Sept 29-Oct 1 in Philadelphia.

Penn Honors Diversity Symposium