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GRADUATE APPLICATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

The Graduate Application Assistance Program (GAAP) is a student-run initiative offered by doctoral students in the MIT EECS department. GAAP pairs eligible applicants with current EECS doctoral students to receive feedback on personal and research statements. This program is designed for underrepresented groups, defined as those groups for which representation in the EECS PhD program at MIT is significantly less than representation in the general US population.

The GAAP application closes November 15

Co-Sponsors

THRIVE

Tools for Honing Resilience and Inspiring Voices of Empowerment in EECS

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Supporting the diverse MIT EECS student body in partnership with Violence Prevention and Response

GSA
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Bringing students together to share experiences, strengthen communication with administration, and improve student life.

EECS Graduate Student Association

GW6
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Providing graduate women mentorship, friendship, and support in completing their degree

Graduate Women in Course 6

Comm Lab
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Staffed by the EECS Communication Fellows, the EECS Communication Lab offers writing, speaking, and visual design support for scientists by scientists

EECS Communication Lab

 

Program Structure

1

You apply to GAAP:
Applications open on a rolling basis starting 9/15/21 and ending 11/15/21

2

We match you with an experienced mentor

3

You work with your
mentor until the
application deadline

4

You congratulate 
yourself for applying to graduate school!

 

Eligibility

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Underrepresented Minority

Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander, Native American/Alaskan Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx US citizens and permanent residents.

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First-Generation

 An applicant whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor’s degree.

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Gender Minority

Women, non-binary applicants, and trans applicants of any gender.

 
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LGBTQIA

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or asexual applicants as described by the Human Rights Campaign.

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Low-Income

US citizens and permanent residents who have a family income below 150% of the US poverty line at the time of applying, and any applicants (US citizen or international) who will support dependents during graduate school. 

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Applicants with Disabilities

Applicants who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment.

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Underrepresented Universities

Applicants who have never attended a university from which the MIT EECS PhD program regularly receives applicants. For the purpose of GAAP admissions, a school is considered “underrepresented” if EECS had a small number of applicants with this affiliation in the last application cycle.

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Become a GAAP Mentor

Mentors support and assist EECS applicants through the application process, including feedback on the statement of purpose. Mentor training with the EECS Comm Lab will be held before applications open so that all volunteers know what the department is looking for and are equipped with tools to improve applications.

All current PhD students in EECS and PhD students that are members of EECS-affiliated labs are eligible to become a Mentor.

 

GAAP in the News

Two Pens

Launching
EECS GAAP

9.15.2020

Newspapers

9.29.2020

Newspaper

10.13.2020

MIT EECS
Spotlight on GAAP

MIT News
Featuring GAAP

 

GAAP

Donations

 Your donations support GAAP’s efforts to provide equitable access to graduate school admissions

 

Get in Touch

Thanks for submitting!

Incoming graduate students:
reach out if you have questions about the application process, eligibility, timeline, etc.

Current graduate students:
reach out if you would like to get involved in the EECS GAAP and/or discuss engagement with THRIVE

We would like to thank the generous support from MIT/IBM Watson AI Lab, MIT Quest for Intelligence, and the MIT Department of EECS

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