Psychology @ UChicago: How to Survive and Thrive in the Psychology Graduate Application Process 2020 edition

When will the webinar be held and how long will it be?

The webinar will be held on Thursday, October 22 at 4pm (Chicago time zone) and it will be 1.5 hours long.

What is the goal of this webinar?

The goal of this webinar is to enhance the strength of the applications prospective PhD students can construct. It can be difficult for applicants to know how to best demonstrate their readiness and fit for a particular PhD program. This may be exacerbated for applicants who don’t have access to “insider” information about what constitutes a strong application. We believe that innovative and meaningful research requires a diverse set of ideas, and this webinar is one attempt to democratize the dispersal of information about the PhD application process.

What topics will be covered?

We aim to provide structured guidance for students who are considering applying to Psychology PhD programs in general and our Psychology PhD program in particular. We will offer insights into attributes of competitive applications, including advice on how to research and craft a successful candidate statement and communicate your valuable “hard” and “soft” skills. The webinar will also include a panel discussion with current PhD students, who can provide some first-person thoughts on transitioning to a PhD program, and the opportunity to speak with faculty from our four research areas: developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, social psychology, and integrative neuroscience. There will also be time set aside for Q&A. (See below for information about how to submit your questions before the webinar!)

Note that the UChicago Department of Psychology does not have a clinical program. If you are interested in counseling or clinical social work, see the programs at UChicago in Social Services Administration.

Who can attend?

All undergraduates and postgraduates considering applying for a PhD in Psychology are welcome to attend this webinar. We particularly encourage students from historically marginalized groups, including but not limited to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), non-cis-gendered individuals, members of the queer community, individuals who are differently-abled or who experience disability, first-generation college students, and those from low-income / low-resource backgrounds to attend.

How do I sign up?

Please click here to register. You will be asked to provide your name, e-mail address, undergraduate institution, anticipated application year, area of interest, and your primary reason for wanting to attend the webinar. You will also have the option to submit questions on the webinar form.

This is not an application and we hope that everyone who registers will be able to attend.  However, we may have to cap enrollment, so please register early.

How do I submit questions?

We will do our best to cover questions that attendees have – the goal of this webinar to is to help you! Please feel free to submit questions in advance, no later than October 19 at midnight, in your registration or via Qualtrics. We will also take questions during the webinar.

Important Dates:

October 19, midnight: 

  • Final RSVPs for Webinar (register here) and
  • Final day to submit questions (Qualtrics) prior to the webinar.

October 22, 4:00 pm:

  • Live Webinar!

If you have any additional questions about the webinar, please feel free to reach out to us at  UChicagoPsychGrad@gmail.com