About the Program

DRIVES - Diversity in Research, Innovation, and Vision towards Equity in STEM. This program aims to support incoming graduate students that have been historically excluded, underrepresented, or marginalized in STEM.

The goals of this program are:

Preparation Community Mentorship
From Path to PhD to Hidden Curriculum: Developing incoming students to be confident scholar-leaders Creating a much-needed interdisciplinary community that are often “the only” in their respective disciplines Connecting students with mentors at UConn and beyond that care about the whole human

Students who participate in the 2024 program will:

  • $1000 stipend for participation
    • $500 disbursed by August 1
    • $500 after completion
  • Participate in 2 weeks of programming on the Storrs campus
  • Have opportunities to meet with their advisors during the 3-week program to prepare for the semester and their career
  • Have continued mentoring, support, and workshops during the academic year(s)

To learn more about the types of activities we do during the program, you can look at our past schedule located on our website or feel free to directly reach out to us!

Continued Academic Year Support DRIVES Fellows:

  • Enrolled in GRAD 5300 1 credit course in first semester
  • Enrolled in GRAD 5410 1 credit course Scientific Comm Class in third semester
  • At minimum quarterly one-on-one check ins for at least 3 years
  • One-on-one guidance for national fellowship applications (i.e. GEM, NSF)
  • One-on-one guidance for graduate certificate in college instruction
  • Cohort meetings 3-6x per year
  • Peer Mentoring from Current graduate students
  • Financial Support and Community in Equity Focused Orgs (Grad SWE, Grad SHPE, Grad NSBE) to attend conferences
  • Priority for John Lof Leadership Academy after 1st year
  • Opportunity for future summer funding

Applications for the 2024-2025 open soon!

Summer program dates are August 12 - 23, 2024! 


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