The University of Pennsylvania’s GRASP Lab co-hosted GEM GRAD with Drexel University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Deleware, University of Pittsburgh, and the Greater Philadelphia Region Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (Philadelphia AMP), and Intel Foundation on October 16-17, 2015 at Drexel University. This year, the event included speakers ranging from current graduate students to University faculty and senior industry executives. Students were also invited to participate in campus tours, professional development workshops, and a graduate school fair, to visit research laboratories, and to interact with graduate students from both Drexel and Penn during the event.
The GRAD Lab is a fun and engaging symposium where participants, science, and engineering undergraduates receive full information on the importance of graduate school and what is needed to successfully gain admittance with financial support. The GRAD Lab encourages young people to consider graduate engineering or science education, and to apply for the GEM fellowship. Focusing on the global importance of research and innovation, life-long career benefits, and real-world role models, the symposium will help each student envision his or her future as a technology leader, successfully apply for a GEM fellowship, and gain entry to a graduate STEM program.