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Last modified: Monday, February 8, 2010

IU to offer summer workshop for grad school-bound students

Feb. 8, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University Bloomington's College of Arts and Sciences will host a two-week workshop this summer (June 13-24) for students interested in applying to graduate programs in the humanities and social sciences.

The workshop titled Preparing for Graduate Study in the Twenty-First Century (PGS-21) is aimed in particular at current college sophomores and juniors from underrepresented groups. More information can be found at

Students in Lecture

Photo by Kevin O. Mooney

Participants will live in a residence hall on campus and work with faculty and advanced graduate student mentors from the disciplines represented by the participants.

The workshop consists of three sections:

APPLYING TO GRADUATE SCHOOL: The preparation of application materials, including letter of introduction, personal statement, curriculum vitae and writing sample, preparing for the GREs and other related matters.

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU ARE ACCEPTED: This section of the workshop will emphasize writing, research methodologies, the integration of published scholarship into the original argument, academic citation and the conventions of presentation common to participating disciplines. The workshop will end with participants presenting their research in a mini-conference.

READINGS IN A COMMON THEME: The theme for this summer has not yet been selected, but possible topics include graduate education and the contemporary university, the nature of a liberal education and interpretive theories and methodologies.

Up to 20 students will be admitted; some participants will be invited to return the following summer. The cost of the workship is $120, plus spending money. All other costs (room, board, computer use, insurance, instruction) will be covered by the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition, IU will assist participants with travel arrangements and with the cost of travel to and from campus.

Application materials must be received by 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, 2010. Applicants must submit the following:

  • A cover sheet containing: Name, mailing address, home phone number, cell phone number, date of birth, e-mail address, name of current undergraduate institution, year in school and major(s), names of two faculty recommenders.
  • An official transcript from current college or university.
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members.
  • A 500- to 750-word personal statement.
  • A 6-10 page writing sample.

Applications should be mailed to:

Stephen Watt, Associate Dean
College of Arts and Sciences
Indiana University
104 Kirkwood Hall
Bloomington, IN 46405

For more information, see