Our mission in the Graduate School Preparatory Program (GSPP) is to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion by helping students from underrepresented backgrounds successfully apply to, complete, and thrive in graduate and professional programs. In the GSPP, the term “underrepresented” is broadly defined to include first-generation students; students of color -- which includes Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, Multi-racial, and other self-identified students of color; students from low-income backgrounds; students with disabilities; students from immigrant backgrounds; LGBTQIA+ students; students in Continuing Studies; students at the intersections of these and other identities; and a broad array of other groups.

The Program uses an expanded conception of “success” that focuses on academic success as well as mental and emotional health. The Program attends to students’ needs as both scholars and human beings to help students craft and navigate personalized paths to graduate school that will allow them to build careers and lives that bring them fulfillment and joy.


This program is housed under three different offices on campus:

Program Co-Directors:

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Giancarlo Cuadra, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biology

Member of the Pre-Health Advisory Committee

Emanuela Kucik, PhD

Assistant Professor of English and Africana Studies

Director of Africana Studies Program


If you are interested in joining the GSPP, please apply using the application link below. The GSPP is for people at all stages of their graduate school application journeys, including those who feel that they don't know where to begin. We are here to help you through every stage of the process!

Before applying, please review the criteria below. If you meet all of the criteria, please submit your application by May 20th, 2022. Please make sure to read all components of the application, including the descriptions at the beginning of each section, and please don't hesitate to email Dr. Kucik or Dr. Cuadra if you have any questions about the Program or the application.

The GSPP is open to students who:

  1. Are sophomores; juniors; seniors; recent alumni; and/or Continuing Studies students;
  2. Are interested in attending graduate programs;
  3. Identify as members of underrepresented groups, as described under "Mission."

We look forward to reading your application!

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