Purdue Engineering GradTrack

Get on the track to graduate school with this free, online, and interactive program!

About GradTrack:

GradTrack is an online program that prepares underrepresented undergraduate students (sophomore to seniors) from any U.S. institution for Graduate School. As a GradTrack Scholar, you are expected to attend 8 online meetings (4 in Fall 2021 and 4 in Spring 2022) and participate in monthly assignments. Meetings are on Monday evenings. You will have exclusive networking with current Purdue Graduate Students and, whether you are applying to graduate school or summer research opportunities, will finish the program with completed documents for a competitive application. See additional details below.




  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Member of an underrepresented minority group in engineering (including but not limited to Hispanic, Black or African American, Native American, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander)
  • Pursuing a bachelor’s degree at a U.S. institution with an interest in pursuing a graduate degree in engineering.
  • GPA 3.0/4.0 or greater

Application Deadline:

May 14, 2021

Application Process:

Apply now with this short online application. You will need to attach a resume and write a paragraph of why you are interested in this program. Your application must be received by May 14, 2021 and selected individuals will be notified by June 30, 2021.

GradTrack Timeline:

May 14, 2021: Application deadline.

June 2021: GradTrack Scholars notified of their acceptance into the program

August 2021: GradTrack launches online. Meet the mentors, participate in an online chat, and receive your first assignment.

GradTrack Online Meeting Times: All meetings will be held online using Zoom on Monday evenings 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Check your time zone against Purdue here (West Lafayette, IN Time Zone).

  • August 30th, 2021
  • September 20th, 2021
  • October 18th, 2021
  • November 15th, 2021
  • December 2021 - no meeting
  • January 24th, 2022
  • February 21st, 2022
  • March 21st, 2022
  • April 18th, 2022

May 2022: Program wrap-up celebration.

Program Details:

Each GradTrack meeting will include a short presentation, small-group discussion with your graduate student mentors, and an assignment that will help you prepare to apply for graduate school and/or summer research programs. Topics include:

  • Writing your Statement of Purpose; Defining your Motivation for Graduate Study
  • Understanding the Application Process for Graduate School and/or Summer Research Programs
  • Understanding Funding Opportunities for Graduate School and/or Summer Research Programs
  • Talking with Faculty
  • Evaluating Funding and Acceptance Offers
  • Handling Rejection and Imposter Syndrome
  • Interviewing for Graduate Programs or Summer Research Programs
  • Choosing an Advisor- Having a Good Relationship with your Advisor
  • Transitioning to Graduate School/Summer Research
  • And More!

We hope you will take advantage of this unique opportunity to network and learn. We look forward to receiving your application soon!


Contact us at engrgrad@purdue.edu

The GradTrack Scholars program is being managed and run by the Purdue University College of Engineering Graduate Education Team.