Graduate Preparation Institute

GPI Group Photo


The Graduate Preparation Institute is an intensive four-week summer research program for college juniors and seniors from historically underrepresented communities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Graduate Preparation Institute (GPI) students come to learn about the process of applying to graduate school, work on their graduate school applications, and conduct research. The GPI students will stay on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City, UT, from June 21 – July 18, 2015.

The University of Utah Graduate School Diversity Office, and the Office of Equity and Diversity work collaboratively to administer the Graduate Preparation Institute. Graduate Preparation Institute students will learn the process of applying to graduate school by participating in the following activities:

  • Graduate Preparation InstituteConduct research in a STEM laboratory
  • Strategically select graduate programs
  • Receive assistance in writing a statement of purpose
  • Attend a GRE preparation course
  • Create a curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Attend fellowship and scholarship seminar
  • Learn about student/mentor roles and responsibilities
  • Tour STEM laboratories
  • Presentation of research conducted


  • College junior or senior
  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • Student majoring in a STEM field
  • A cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Commit four weeks to the program
  • Demonstrate interest in attending Graduate School

Consideration is given to applicants from historically underrepresented communities that include, but are not limited to:

  • African American
  • Native American / Alaska Native
  • Pacific Islander / Native Hawaiian
  • U.S. Hispanic / Latina(o)
  • Women in the STEM Fields
  • First generation students
  • Low income background


  • Round-trip airfare
  • University summer housing
  • University meal plan
  • $2,000 research stipend
  • Salt Lake City public transportation pass

Graduate Preparation Institute 2013

Application Documents

  • Application form
  • Resume or CV
  • All official undergraduate transcripts.
  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty or staff member who can attest to your academic achievement. The letter should be in a sealed envelope if mailed or emailed directly from your recommender.

Application Deadline

Complete applications need to be received in the Graduate School Diversity Office by March 13, 2015 via email or mail. If you are emailing your application, email your transcript as a pdf to the address below. The mailing address is below.

Graduate Preparation Institute
University of Utah Graduate School
302 Park Building
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

2011 GPI students describe their summer experience.

For more information about the GPI program, please contact:


Araceli Frias, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Diversity