All graduate applications are reviewed by at least one faculty member.
This initiative helps to reduce potential barriers in the graduate application review process.
GREs are not required to apply to our graduate program.
GREs and other standardized tests are well known to be biased towards favoring students from privileged backgrounds.
Departmental admissions fellowships.
We prioritize departmental fellowships for students that have demonstrated resiliency in the face of challenges and barriers in their life experiences. In 2020, we launched the graduate-student focused Sharon Stephens Brehm Fellowship program, providing three full year-long fellowships for meritorious graduate students from underrepresented and minoritized groups. Further, with the generous support of Professor Emeritus Kenneth Heller, we established an endowment to support students from underrepresented groups.
Our faculty are encouraged to state on their bio page whether they will be accepting students that upcoming year.
This reduces the chance of students applying to faculty who are not taking students, and therefore not having their applications reviewed.
We participate in recruitment conferences geared specifically at underrepresented minorities including ABRCMS and SACNAS.