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Diversity Virtual Visit 2020

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The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, in conjunction with the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Training Program, is pleased to announce our Diversity Virtual Visit on Saturday, October 10, 2020 for prospective graduate students from under-represented groups including racial and ethnic minority students and first-generation college students.  The virtual visit is particularly intended for students from such under-represented groups who are research-oriented, and junior or senior undergraduates or recent graduates. The goal is to provide a forum for prospective students to learn more about graduate studies in Psychological and Brain Sciences and Neuroscience at Iowa, and to (virtually) meet and discuss research interests with faculty members. 

At our Diversity Virtual Visit, we want to highlight the opportunities available here at Iowa for students who are considering where to apply for Ph.D. training. These sessions are also aimed to prepare interested students for the graduate admissions process in Psychological and Brain Sciences and the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Training Program.  We welcome interest from research-oriented students from under-represented groups who have a background in psychology and/or neuroscience and are interested in pursuing graduate studies.

The Virtual Visit will include:

  • Introduction and welcome from PBS Department Chair Mark Blumberg and PI of Neuroscience Training Program Dan Tranel
  • Overview of the PBS curriculum and graduate training program with Chair of Graduate Studies Jodie Plumert and the Neuroscience program curriculum with Training Director Dan Tranel
  • Discussion of opportunities to integrate behavioral and biomedical training through our NIH-funded predoctoral T32 program Behavioral-Biomedical Interface Program
  • Meetings with PBS faculty and Neuroscience faculty to discuss research interests and to learn more about their labs
  • Informational session about applying to graduate school, including advice and insight from faculty on writing personal statements, crafting CVs, and obtaining letters of recommendation
  • Introduction to department and campus resources to support under-represented students and to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Discussion with current graduate students about their research programs
  • Panel Q&A with current graduate students about living and working in Iowa City
  • Virtual tour of Iowa City campus and facilities at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

I am interested in attending!  What do I need to do?
f you are interested in attending, we ask that you complete the application form so that we can learn more about you and your interests and goals.  Our event is currently capped at 75 attendees.  Please sign up early to reserve your spot!

When do I need to submit my application?
The application deadline is Friday, September 25, 2020.  The form requests some background information about yourself and asks you (1) to describe your previous and current research experience, and (2) to describe your research interests and goals for graduate school.  You can enter your responses directly into the application form. Once we have received your information, we will build your itinerary for the virtual visit.  Attendees will receive their itinerary no later than Monday, October 5, 2020. 

What do I get from attending?
As a prospective graduate student, you will be able to learn more about the opportunities for graduate education at the University of Iowa, meet with faculty with similar interests, and learn how to navigate the graduate school application process.  Additionally, attendees who apply to the University of Iowa will receive a full reimbursement of their graduate application fee ($60 domestic students, $100 international students).

Who do I contact with questions?
You can email the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at or the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience at with questions.  Important: please include “Diversity Virtual Visit 2020” in the subject line.

You can also learn more about the application process and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

We look forward to meeting you virtually on Saturday, October 10!