I am interested in applying, but I don’t know if I qualify as a member of an “underrepresented ethnic or racial” group. What does this phrase mean in the context of OSSI?
We are primarily seeking applicants who describe themselves as Black/African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander. Please note, we focus on targeting students in these groups because these are the groups where the largest gaps exist for graduate school attendance. We will consider other students; however, given the mission of the program we do give preference to applicants from the backgrounds listed above.
Where should I be in the grad school application process during OSSI?
Because our Fellows develop their graduate admissions materials during the Institute, applicants must NOT have applied to, been accepted to, or started graduate school during the current academic cycle (i.e., Summer or Fall 2021).
What sorts of things will I do during the institute?
You should come to the Institute prepared for intensive learning, professional development, grad school application prep, and networking activities. During OSSI, you will also develop close professional relationships with your faculty and graduate student mentors.
What kind of technology will I need for 2020’s virtual OSSI?
- Access to a laptop or desktop computer
- Built-in or external speakers and camera
- A reliable internet connection (all Fellows will receive a small stipend from OSSI – if you do not have a reliable high-speed internet connection, you may use your stipend to cover short-term upgrades to your internet service)
What is the OSSI schedule like?
OSSI kicks off with a fun into session on Sunday night. During this session, Fellows meet the program’s Director, Graduate Coordinator, and each other.
From 8:30AM – 3:00PM EST Monday to Thursday, Fellows will participate in seminars and mentorship sessions. Breaks – including lunch – are scheduled throughout the days.
When will I find out if I’ve been selected for this year’s OSSI?
We will contact you with a decision on your application no later than April 1.
What should I do to prepare for the program?
Take time to think deeply about your ambitions, aspirations, and motivations related to graduate school.
Your mentor may send you some readings to prepare for your time together during OSSI. Be sure to read these items ahead of time to strengthen your foundational knowledge of Organizational Science and your mentor’s research area.