Penn Honors Diversity (PHD) Symposium
October 8-October 10, 2020

The University of Pennsylvania regrets to announce the Penn Honors Diversity (PHD) Symposium has been postponed due to concerns for the health and wellbeing of student attenders traveling to our campus. It is our hope that we can provide virtual programming to applicants this fall, and hold the symposium in fall 2021.

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We recognize that many colleges and universities have been disrupted due to the global outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). It is our hope that we can host the Symposium as planned on campus in October 2020. The deadline to apply to attend the PHD Symposium has been extended to April 19 to accommodate students who may need more time to gather application materials.

The PHD Symposium is a two-day plus program for students to (a) network with faculty and current graduate students, (b) learn about cutting-edge research and PhD training opportunities at Penn, (c) present their work to faculty and students in a poster session, and (d) attend workshops and seminars about the admissions process, funding opportunities, life as a graduate student, etc.

Students can apply to attend the Symposium in February 2020. Students coming from the Mid-Atlantic States who are accepted to attend will have travel, lodging and meals covered.

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Funding Questions

Will I have to pay to attend this Symposium?
There is no cost to attend the PHD Symposium. Furthermore, we will cover travel, lodging and meals for students coming from Mid-Atlantic States. We may not be able to cover the entire travel costs for students coming from farther distances.

Eligibility Questions

Who can apply?
We are seeking students of all backgrounds, particularly those from underrepresented minority groups or disadvantaged backgrounds, with disabilities, or who attend small colleges with limited research opportunities. The most important criterium is that applicants have an interest in learning more about doctoral programs.

I’m not in the Mid-Atlantic States, can I still apply?
Yes, you can still apply, although we may not be able to cover all of your travel costs.

I’m an undergraduate senior/master’s student, can I still apply?
Most PhD programs at Penn will give preference to students who will be sophomores or juniors in 2020-21. However, a few of our PhD programs – particularly Social Welfare -- prefer to admit students who have earned a master’s degree, so seniors and master’s degree students interested in Social Welfare are also encouraged to apply.

Can International students apply?
Yes, as long as you are traveling from the Mid-Atlantic States.

Application Questions

When will I find out if I’ve been accepted to attend the Symposium?
Decisions will be emailed in June 2020.

We hope to see you October 8-10, 2020 in Philadelphia!

Penn Honors Diversity Symposium