Learning about Laney Visitation

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Attendees from 2019 Learning About Laney

Program Description

LGS-EDGE (LGS-Emory Diversifying Graduate Education) will host its 3rd Annual Learning about Laney: Preview Visitation of Emory University, Laney Graduate School on Monday, October 4, 2021. LGS invites promising, highly qualified, prospective doctoral scholars from diverse backgrounds and experiences to explore 40+ PhD programs offered at Emory University.

This fully-funded visit is designed to familiarize potential LGS scholars with our graduate programs, faculty, staff, and current scholars while providing insight into the life of a PhD scholar. All participants will receive round-trip travel to Emory, lodging, and an application fee waiver for the Laney Graduate School.

Participants will arrive in Atlanta, GA on Sunday, October 3, and the visit will convene with an evening welcome activity.  Monday, October 4 will be a full-day in-person campus visit. Participants will depart on Tuesday, October 5.

Application Deadline

Apply here by August 16, 2021, 11:59 PM EDT.

Program Features

  • Meet Emory faculty and current graduate scholars.
  • Tour the campus and see the interdisciplinary resources and facilities.
  • Learn more about the graduate school admissions process.
  • Participate in Diversity, Financial Resources, and Professional Development Sessions.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Demonstrate a serious commitment to obtain a doctoral degree from a Laney Graduate School PhD program.  Interest could be in any of our PhD programs within the following broad divisions: natural sciences, biomedical sciences, quantitative sciences, public health, social sciences, humanities, business, or nursing.
  • Applicant must be a recent graduate (no more than 5 years and cannot hold a terminal degree) or in their senior/final year of their undergraduate degree.
  • All applicants must graduate no later than Summer 2022 and anticipate enrollment in graduate school in Fall 2022.
  • Applicants must be US citizens, permanent residents, or DACA recipients. Undocumented scholars are welcomed to apply.
  • Prior research experience in desired field is required.
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.4 on a 4.0 scale
  • Scholars who are African American or Black, American Indian, 1st Nation, Indigenous or Alaskan Native, Hispanic or Latinx, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, OR who participated in an NIH-RISE, NIH-IMSD, Mellon Mays, McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, OR who are first-generation college scholars who participated in Upward Bound, Talent Search, Educational Opportunities Centers or similar programs, along with scholars from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Tribal Colleges and Universities are strongly encouraged to apply.


The strongest applicants for this visitation program will have a clear sense of how and why each specific program is a good fit for their intended work. Learning about Laney is intended to help you gain a clearer picture of this, but as you prepare your application, we suggest looking carefully at our degree programs and faculty and indicating which you are most interested in. To that end, the application limits you to pick ONE PhD program of interest.

Interdisciplinary work is encouraged at Emory University, but determining which academic program offers the primary methodological and research foci that best suit your interests will strengthen your application. In addition, it will allow LGS-EDGE to match you with the appropriate faculty and current scholars during your virtual visit. If you have questions about our academic programs, we encourage you to contact us at laney.edge@emory.edu.

Application Timeline

August 17-August 27: Committee reviews applications

August 30-31: Applicants are notified of their selection/denial

September 1: Selected applicants must accept or deny offers

October 3: Participants arrive in Atlanta

October 4: 2021 Learning about Laney Preview Visitation

October 5: Participants depart Atlanta

Application Checklist

To apply, you will need these items:

  • A statement describing your current academic/professional goals as they relate to your interest in graduate study. This statement should specifically mention the programs of study at Emory in which you are interested, as well as faculty members whose work is of particular interest to you. (max 500 words)
  • A current CV/Resume
  • An unofficial copy of your most recent transcript

These items are uploaded through the application form. Please upload PDF documents only.

Submit your application no later than August 16, 2021, 11:59 PM EDT.

We anticipate a very high demand for this program. Not being admitted to Learning about Laney does not determine your admission to LGS. If the timing does not work out for you to attend, please consider applying to Laney Graduate School at Emory University.