Applying to Graduate School in Psychology

Date and Time




A Panel for BIPOC and 1st-Generation Students

Date: November 5th, 2020
Time: 2 pm – 5:30 pm
Location: Via Zoom
Registration required for this event. Please register at:

Thinking about applying to graduate school in psychology? Join us over Zoom on Thursday, November 5th at 2pm for a free interactive information session on how to construct a successful application and what to expect in graduate school.


Dr. Rashelle Litchmore
Assistant Professor of Human Development
Connecticut College

Rita Abdel-Baki
PhD candidate in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
University of Guelph

Nouran Sakr 
PhD Candidate, Industrial-Organizational Psychology
University of Guelph


Panel session (2 – 3:30 pm)

Our panelists, themselves belonging to underrepresented groups, will share their personal experiences in graduate school.

Breakout sessions (4 - 5:30 pm)

Led by current graduate students in psychology, attendees can choose to participate in one of two interactive workshops, followed by an area-specific networking opportunity.

The Psychology Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Task Force at the University of Guelph is hosting a recruitment event targeted toward BIPOC and 1st-generation undergraduate students who are considering applying to graduate school in psychology (for eligibility, see below). Our goal is to help prepare prospective graduate students for the application process and life as a graduate student.

Who is eligible?

The University of Guelph is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion within our organization and within Canada more broadly. We recognize that certain groups are underrepresented in advanced degree programs, including BIPOC and 1st-generation students. These individuals may have access to less information about graduate school than their colleagues from more advantaged backgrounds through family members, social circles, etc. While we encourage all students who feel they could benefit from this event to attend, we ask you to be mindful that this event is geared toward students from underrepresented groups. Enrollment priority will be given to BIPOC and 1st-generation students.

How to Register

Registration is FREE. Spaces are limited so please register through the following link You will be asked to complete a short survey to help us prepare panelists for your questions and inform which components of the graduate school application we should focus on for the workshop. Following registration, we will be able to send you the link to our Zoom event via email.


Panel session (2 pm – 3:30 pm)
•    Our panel session features three BIPOC scholars who will share their personal experiences of graduate school: the application process, the training they received, the challenges and opportunities they’ve encountered, and their current career path. Following their presentations, we will open the floor to questions from the audience.

Panel Q&A (3:30 – 3:50 pm)

Break (3:50 – 4 pm)

Breakout sessions (4pm – 5:30 pm)

•    4 – 4:45: Workshop on how to make a competitive grad school application. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in one of two workshops focusing on different components of the application (e.g. writing a statement of interest, scholarship applications, structuring your CV, etc). Workshop topics will be decided based on interest demonstrated in the registration survey.

•    4:45 – 5:30: Networking/ Q&A with current graduate students.

This section of the event is area specific. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with current graduate students in their field of interest (Applied Social Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Neuroscience & Applied Cognitive Science) and ask questions regarding their experiences and what to expect in graduate school.