Resource Library

IGEN and our partners are developing and collecting resources to support individuals and institutions that are interested in equity and inclusion in graduate education.

  • Guide

    Better Letters: Equitable Practices

    IGEN Research Hub
    Better Letters Cover Image Published in Equity in Graduate Education - University of Southern California, 2020-11

    When graduate admissions committees meet to review applicant files, letters of recommendation are one component of the holistic review process that provides information about the applicant’s previous work, personality, and potential for success as a doctoral student. In order to ensure that letters of recommendation are effective tools for enhancing equity, we must critically assess how we write, read, and solicit letters of recommendation. This is especially important because numerous studies have demonstrated the presence of implicit biases in letters of recommendation (Dutt et al, 2016; Madera et al., 2019; Trix & Psenka, 2003). The presence of these biases in letters of recommendation can influence how prospective students are evaluated by admission committees and therefore may produce and reproduce racial and gender inequality in doctoral education.


  • Presentation Materials

    Progress Overview: Disciplinary Societies

    Progress Overview: Disciplinary Societies

    This slide, taken from IGEN's Reverse Site Visit 2020 presentation, highlights individual disciplinary society's progress made in year 2 towards project goals.

    [RSV Presentation Part 2, slide 6]

  • Article

    US Geoscience programmes drop controversial admissions test

    Virginia Gewin
    Nature Article Photo Published in Nature, 2020-07

    Geoscience graduate programmes across the United States are increasingly dropping a controversial standardized test from their admissions requirements.

    The graduate record examinations (GRE), which was introduced in 1949, aims to measure verbal and quantitative reasoning, analytical writing and critical thinking. In recent years, academic researchers and others have criticized the test, claiming that it unfairly weeds out capable students and restricts the flow of women and people from minority ethnic groups into the sciences.

    Geosciences departments began to eliminate it as an admissions requirement last year. The trend, dubbed GeoGRExit, has gained impetus as programmes seek to maintain numbers of graduate applications in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. But the geosciences have trailed behind other scientific disciplines. So far, more than 300 biology and biomedical graduate programmes have dropped the test, according to a list maintained by Joshua Hall, director of graduate admissions for the biological and biomedical sciences programme at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    Some 62 US geosciences programmes no longer require applicants to submit GRE results, according to a database maintained by Sarah Ledford, an urban hydrologist at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Around half of those have dropped the requirement since 4 June, when the American Geophysical Union’s weekly news magazine, Eos, published an opinion piece calling for the test to be abandoned. It argued that eliminating the GRE could help to boost diversity in one of science’s most exclusive disciplines.


  • Presentation Materials

    Diversity in Graduate Mathematical Sciences

    Theodore Hodapp
    paraDIGMS-IMSI Conference Presented at
    paraDIGMS Fall Conference
    , 2020-11

    Theodore Hodapp, Director of the NSF INCLUDES: IGEN Project presents the hard facts which show the disparities of equity in graduate programs across STEM disciplines. Hodapp hares how IGEN and its disciplinary society parters and bridge program institutions are tackling this issue and making a difference in increasing equity in graduate STEM education through a bridge program model offered at partner institutions.


  • Report

    Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education: 2020 Supplement

    American Council on Educations
    ACH | Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education: 2020 Supplement

    This report examines over 150 indicators, looking at academic experiences and outcomes, and how these educational journeys differ, by race and ethnicity.


  • Workshop

    Getting Ready For Advanced Degrees (GRAD) Lab

    The National GEM Consortium
    GEM Grad Lab

    The National GEM Consortium’s, GRAD Lab offers underrepresented students exposure to the benefits of research and technology careers in a highly interactive one-day event.

    Speakers may range from current graduate students to senior managers to faculty and senior administrators. They are selected from diverse communities and disciplines to present on the following topics:

    • “Why Graduate School”
    • “How to Prepare for Graduate School”
    • “Understanding the GEM Fellowship”, and
    • “Voices From the Field: Real Life Research and Internship Experiences”

    GRAD Lab encourages young people of color to consider graduate engineering or science education and applying 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 program. GRAD Lab is GEM’s portable and scalable solution for developing diverse technical talent with advanced degrees.


  • Website

    Pathways To Science Resource Toolbox

    Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP)
    Pathways to Science Toolbox-Hammer

    The Pathways to Science Resource Toolbox has many resources to support students as they prepare for and apply to graduate school.  Students will find great suggestions for preparing their applications and faculty & staff will resources to help them be better support their students.


  • Website

    Planning for Graduate Work

    American Chemical Society
    ACS Planning for Graduate Work Banner

    Successfully preparing for, finding, and transitioning into a graduate program requires an investment of time and effort. Central to this process is the on-going consideration of your goals, strengths, and opportunities. The contacts in your network will also provide information, advice, and support. Remember that great resources for learning about graduate school are undergraduate advisers, graduate faculty, and graduate school events held as part of undergraduate programming at ACS meetings.

  • Guide

    Graduate School Reality Check

    American Chemical Society
    Graduate School Reality Check Guide Cover Published in Graduate School Reality Check Second Edition,

    If you’re considering graduate school, there is a lot you can do to ensure your success... and it’s never too early to start. Most important is completing a rigorous undergraduate curriculum, such as one that meets the requirements of an ACS-certified degree. Since chemistry research is becoming increasingly interdisciplinary, taking electives in other scientific areas of interest can be good preparation for interdisciplinary graduate work.