GROW 2023 at Duke

We are delighted to announce that applications are open for GROW (Graduate Research Opportunities for Women) 2023, to be held at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina from Friday October 20 – Sunday October 22.  

GROW is an annual national conference aimed at increasing the rate of applications by women and non-binary students to graduate programs in the mathematical sciences. We have an outstanding line-up of speakers and panels planned, demonstrating the tremendous diversity of lives and careers that can be built upon a Ph.D. in the mathematical sciences, along with informal opportunities for conversation and mentorship. The conference is FREE for accepted participants. We will cover airfare, provide accommodations, and arrange for meals. 

What will the conference include?

  • Plenary speaker Melanie Matchett Wood, Harvard University
  • Featured lectures:
  • Panel discussions on graduate studies and research in mathematics:
    • How to apply to graduate school: nuts and bolts with grad directors
    • From Day 1 to PhD: student and mentor perspectives
    • Exploring a research landscape: what it’s like to live a research life
    • Life with a PhD: the very many ways we can use our quantitative skills
  • Celebratory dinner
  • Small group conversation and networking
  • Opportunities for mentoring by graduate students and faculty

Who can apply?

  • Are you a woman (cis-gender, transgender, or woman-identified) or nonbinary individual?
  • Are you currently an undergraduate at a U.S. college or university?
  • Are you thinking about graduate school in the mathematical sciences?
  • Do you want to know more about graduate school?
  • Do you want advice on preparing yourself for graduate school?
  • Do you want to know more about mathematical careers in academia?

To apply, complete the application and submit the following:

  • One (1) letter of recommendation
  • A copy of an unofficial undergraduate transcript

Applications are due on Friday July 28. Applications that are missing any components by that deadline unfortunately cannot be considered. Accepted applicants will be notified by August 18.

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