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CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR DPW 2020

Application deadline: December 1, 2019


The Cornell Graduate Diversity Preview Weekend will occur from March 12–15, 2020. Please confirm you are available to travel these dates before proceeding with the application, and note that we can only cover domestic travel expenses.


IMPORTANT: Please read before continuing. This is not an application for any degree granting program at Cornell University. To apply for a graduate program at Cornell University, please visit the main website for the program you are interested in and find the graduate school application there.


U.S. citizens and residents who fulfill one or more of the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • Underrepresented minority students of color including African American/Black, Latinx or Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander, and South Asian
  • First-generation college students
  • Individuals from other underrepresented backgrounds that have posed significant challenges including those with disabilities, LGBTQIA, low-income, and individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program


For a complete application, please answer the questions in this form, including background information and the following series of short answer questions. We recommend you write your answers in a text editor and copy/paste in the form below:

  • DPW is intended to expose students from underrepresented groups to the people, facilities, and opportunities that make up our departments to clarify the path to graduate school and what lies beyond. Why would you personally benefit from participation in DPW? (suggested 150–300 words)
  • What are your interests in science/research? How have you pursued these interests through research experience, coursework, employment, etc.? (suggested 150–300 words)
  • Why do you want to pursue graduate school in your field of interest? (suggested 150–300 words)
  • Describe a challenge you’ve faced (personal, academic, etc.) and elaborate on how you have worked or are working to overcome this challenge. (suggested 150–300 words)


We also ask that you provide the following documents:

  • Resume/CV: 1-2 pages in any format (max. 2 pages). This can contain information including, but not limited to, work experience, research experience, education, special skills/certifications, presentations, additional training, awards, and volunteer service. Please upload as a PDF at the end of this form.
  • Academic transcripts (official or unofficial): Include transcripts from all institutions you have attended. Please upload as a PDF at the end of this form.
  • Letter of recommendation: One letter from a past or current professor or academic mentor (submitted separately by 1 December 2019; your referee should submit their letter personally here: CornellDPW_2020_RefereeForm).