Purdue University Early Discovery

The application for 2022 is now closed!

Event Dates - Online

Sunday, April 10, 2022; 3:00pm - 6:00pm EDT


Monday, April 11, 2022; 6:00pm - 8:30pm EDT

Times are tentative. 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 underrepresented students at the freshman and sophomore levels to pursue research-intensive graduate study. This year the Early Discovery program will be virtual, but we will be just as interactive.

This event is not your typical campus visit. Participants will learn from pre-watch materials and come to Early Discovery prepared to engage with presenters and other participants. Early Discovery aims to help participants build a professional network. 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.

Pre-Watch Materials 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.
  • Graduate School Funding. Did you know that most full time graduate students in engineering get paid to go to graduate school? Learn more!
  • Introduction to Poster Sessions. Learn the typical components of a research poster and why they are an important tool used by the research community.
  • Research Virtual Tours. Join a pre-recorded tour of select Purdue University research facilities and hear from graduate students who work and study there.

Live Sessions Include:

  • Poster Practice. Don't let this one scare you away! Practice presenting a poster in our low-stress practice environment. Participants will present a 5-8 minute poster introducing themselves and a key point they learned from the pre-watch materials. Details will be sent to participants before the event.
  • Traits of a Successful Graduate Student. Do you have what it takes? You can! Join us as we identify and learn how to develop the traits of a successful grad student.
  • Interactive graduate student panel. This is your chance to hear what it is really like being a graduate student.
  • Career Panel. Wonder what you can do with a graduate degree? Come hear from this panel on a wide range of career options
  • Next Steps. Leave this event with concrete steps on how YOU can prepare for Graduate School.

Student Eligibility

  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Members of an underrepresented minority group in engineering (including but not limited to Hispanic, Black or African American, Native American, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander)
  • 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

Application Information

  • Applications for 2022 are now closed.

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