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Introduction to Graduate Education (IGEN)

The Graduate School at Northwestern University's Office of Diversity and Inclusion is pleased to announce that applications are now open for our 2024 Introduction to Graduate Education at Northwestern (IGEN), which will be held in person from Thursday, September 26 through Saturday, September 28. The application deadline is Friday, June 14.

Introduction to Graduate Education at Northwestern (IGEN) is a program for diverse rising juniors and seniors interested in doctoral study. IGEN provides an opportunity for prospective students to network with faculty, staff, and current students from doctoral programs.  

IGEN is a fully-funded two-day program that includes accommodations in downtown Chicago and visits to Northwestern's Chicago and Evanston campuses. 

All IGEN participants will receive round-trip travel to Northwestern, two-night accommodations, and an application fee waiver for doctoral programs in TGS.  

IGEN 2023 Agenda

IGEN 2024 Schedule Coming Soon

Thursday, September 28
Thursday, September 28, 2023
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM CDT Student Arrivals and Check In
2:30 – 4:00 PM CDT Chicago STEM Program Tours
FSM Clinical Psychology; Driskill Life Sciences; Neuroscience
5:00 – 7:00 PM CDT Welcome Reception
Friday, September 29
Friday, September 29, 2023
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM CDT Breakfast & Overview of Day: Taking a Northwestern Direction
9:30 – 10:30 AM CDT Travel to Evanston campus
10:30 – 11:30 AM  CDT Evanston Campus Tour with TGS Admissions
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM CDT Graduate Student Panel: Demystifying the Graduate School Experience
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CDT Luncheon
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM CDT Program/Department Tours
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM CDT Graduate Student Research Presentations
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM CDT Keynote Dinner
6:30 PM Travel back to hotel

Saturday, September 30
Saturday, September 30, 2023
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM CDT Departures              

Eligibility requirements