Brown PREP (Promoting Representation and Equity in Physics)

Program Information

Join us on Sunday, November 19th, 2023 from 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT for a virtual program intended to help students from traditionally underrepresented groups prepare their applications for advanced study in physics.  We will have sessions introducing the physics research programs at Brown and sessions devoted to the process of applying, the graduate student experience, and the ins and outs of the Ph.D. admissions process. 
You will also have the opportunity to sign up at a later date for continuing mentoring via drop-in sessions to help hone your application materials. 

The Department of Physics would like to acknowledge that Ph.D. student Farrah Simpson currently leads this effort.

The PREP Program is an initiative conceived of and operationalized in its first year by the late Prof. Meenakshi Narain, whose legacy of the PREP Program is now championed by physics Ph.D. student Farrah Simpson. We feel deeply grateful to Farrah​ who, together with Prof​essor Ian Dell’Antonio and Alexis Ortega​, ​continues this important, selfless work with the support of Department Chair Vesna Mitrivić in service of all those for whom the journey to higher physics learning may have presented obstacles to overcome. Farrah and the PREP Program will ensure you get the support you need to begin to reach the next level of your physics academic journey.


Attendees who apply to the Brown physics Ph.D. program who are US citizens and permanent residents can obtain a waiver of the application fee; international students should contact us, as we may be able to help.
This program is directly trying to address the lack of diversity in STEM and, in particular, physics Ph.D. programs due to racial, ethnic, or gender identity. As such, when we mention under-represented minority groups, there is a special focus on Black, Hispanic, and indigenous peoples communities,  female and female-identifying students, and other gender minorities, but members of other marginalized communities are also included.

Deadline for Applications: 11:59 PM EST on Thursday, November 16, 2023
A Zoom link will be provided only to registered applicants.

Program Agenda

1:00-1:35 Welcome and introduction to physics at Brown (Faculty panel)

1:40-2:25 Workshop 1: The parts of a graduate school application and how to organize them?

2:25-2:40 Q+A with faculty

2:40-3:25 How I organized my application and how I decided where to apply - Roundtable of current graduate  students

3:30-4:15 Workshop 2: Maximizing your impact (personal statements and letters)

4:15-4:30 Questions & Answers, and Instructions for signing up for drop-in mentoring sessions