Purdue University Early Discovery

Event Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2023; 7:00pm - 9:00pm ET (Online)

Final schedule to be shared with selected participants


Early Discovery is free for selected participants.


The goal of the Early Discovery program is to empower promising students at the freshman and sophomore levels to pursue research-intensive graduate study. The Early Discovery program is virtual and will be interactive.

This event is not your typical campus visit. Participants come to Early Discovery to engage with Graduate Student panelists, presenters and other participants from across the country. Early Discovery aims to help participants build a professional network. Recordings will be available after to students who register, in addition to other post-event guides and videos. Join us, and encourage your friends to apply, too! Our supportive network is here to help you learn and succeed: before, during, and after the event.

Live Sessions Include:

  • Is Grad School for Me? Learn what graduate school is really like, learn about the various types of graduate degrees, and if graduate school might be in your future.
  • Tips for your summer research application. Get insider advice from administrators who run summer research programs. Learn more about summer research and put your best foot forward in crafting your application.
  • Interactive graduate student panel. This is your chance to hear what it is really like being a graduate student.
  • Breakout rooms with graduate students. Not comfortable asking a question in a large group? Join these small group discussions with only graduate students to get unfiltered answers to your questions about graduate school.
  • Next Steps. Leave this event with concrete steps on how YOU can prepare for Graduate School.

Mini-Conference Materials Include

  • Graduate School Funding. Did you know that most full time graduate students in engineering get paid to go to graduate school? Learn more!
  • Graduate Application Tips. There are a few different parts to your graduate application. Be prepared for all of them.
  • Career Panel. Wonder what you can do with a graduate degree? Come hear from this panel on a wide range of career options.
  • Research Virtual Tours Join a pre-recorded tour of select Purdue University research facilities and hear from graduate students who work and study there.

Student Eligibility

  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Targets individuals with 2+ years remaining in their bachelor's degree program
  • GPA 3.0 or greater
  • Interest in learning about graduate study in engineering

This opportunity is open to all students, regardless of race or ethnicity, whose experiences have shaped their ability to operate in a diverse environment or who demonstrate a commitment to increasing opportunities for members of underrepresented minorities, breaking down stereotypes, and enabling others to better understand and support individuals of different races and national origins. We strongly encourage women and traditionally underrepresented groups at U.S. institutions to attend.

Registration Information

  • Register for the 2024 program in winter 2023/24

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