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A Step to the Doctorate

Virginia Tech’s Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED) is committed to fostering an intellectually and demographically diverse environment that supports creativity, innovation, and community. We welcome promising undergraduate engineering students from diverse backgrounds and experience to participate in a bootcamp to learn more about:

  • The graduate school experiences Virginia Tech’s Engineering graduate programs 
  • Ways to strategically position yourself to maximize future success in applying to graduate school

The boot camp helps students make significant progress on their graduate application process and personal statements. If you are struggling to find time and space to get going with the graduate school process, or just wish for a little more support as you do so, this program is for you.


  • 1:1 Meeting with Graduate Faculty
  • 1:1 Writing Coach for personal statements and fellowship applications
  • Meet with other graduate students
  • Assistance with applying to graduate school
  • Fee Waiver to Virginia Tech


  • Complete A Step to Doctorate Application
  • Apply to at least 3 GEM Partner Institutions (Graduate Fee Waivers Included)
  • Commit to all events and writing groups (1 meeting per month)
  • Ask questions!


Do you have any additional questions? Are you interested in applying? Do you want to invest in your future education?

Please contact the email listed below: