Paths to PhDs

Helping diverse students learn about graduate opportunities in psychology, neuroscience, and related fields

Graduate school should not be just for the privileged few. If one is interested in pursuing a research career, is academically inclined, and willing to work hard, then a graduate education should be within reach. However, far too many undergraduates -- particularly those from minority backgrounds and those who are the first in the families to go to college -- are unaware of higher education opportunities, or find it hard to see themselves attaining a graduate degree. To address this issue in the San Diego area, I organized the Paths to PhDs panel workshop series at UC San Diego from 2016 to 2018 (before training new graduate members of the Psychology Department to continue the event after my graduation). At each event, 70+ undergraduates join a panel of five or six graduate students from different areas of psychology/neuroscience research to discuss topics such as:

Paths to PhDs is generously sponsored by UCSD Psychology’s Diversity Committee and UCSD’s Cross Cultural Center, which itself is supported by the university’s Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Each event, which typically takes place in Price Center, is announced in the campus Student Events Insider, in diversity organization newsletters, as at nearby universities (e.g., SDSU, USD, CSUSM).

Here are some testimonials from past attendees:

Here are some other useful resources and links for potential PhD students: