Recruitment and Outreach

Campus Visits and Conferences

students talkingWe invite you to connect with us to learn more about our programs, the admissions process, and how to prepare a strong application. Our travels bring us to campuses, educational events and conferences accross the country. We look forward to meeting you! Click here for our complete travel schedule https://gsas.harvard.edu/diversity/recruitment.

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Current Student Outreach

students in lecture hallThere are many opportunties for our graduates student to participate as mentors in outreach programs for high school and undergraduate students at Harvard. Many DMS students participate in the following programs and a complete list can be found here.

Faculty Outreach

Faculty Ambassador Program

In conjunction with travel to give traditional departmental seminars, interested faculty attend an additional meeting with students from underrepresented backgrounds and/or directors of programs for URM students at the institution or at a nearby minority serving institution. Faculty will talk a little bit about their research with the students and discuss tips and strategies to prepare a strong application to PhD or MD-PhD programs and share words of wisdom on how to best prepare to pursue a PhD or MD-PhD degree. Faculty also leave time for students to ask any questions or concerns they have. In some cases, our  current graduate students also participate in these visits. Members of the GSAS Office of Diversity and Inclusion along with students in the life sciences help schedule/coordinate the meetings and provide  materials and talking points to faculty interested in this. Faculty interested can reach out to knherrer@fas.harvard.edu at least a month in advance, to let us know their travel plans and potential dates/times available for a meeting  with students and we can plan and schedule the visit. 

Summer Internship Programs

There are many summer internship opportunties for high school and undergraduate students at Harvard.  We've highlighted a few below and a complete list can be found HERE.<embed>
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The GSAS Research Scholar Initiative is a non-degree granting post-baccalaureate program that provides mentored research and training for individuals interested in pursuing doctoral studies. In the GSAS Research Scholar Initiative post-baccalaureate program, research scholars work with a Harvard faculty member as a research assistant, participate in professional development seminars, and receive GRE preparation support. In addition, scholars may take undergraduate and/or graduate coursework in preparation for doctoral studies. While GSAS cannot guarantee admission to Harvard or peer doctoral programs, the goal of the initiative is to enhance scholars’ competitiveness when applying to a doctoral program.

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Graduate Application Fee Waiver

For applicants for whom the application fee would be a financial hardship, we offer need-based fee waivers. Email admiss@fas.harvard.edu to request a fee waiver request form. Please note that no application for admission can be considered before the application fee has been paid or a fee waiver request has been approved.