Graduate School Readiness & Professional Development Boot Camp

A workshop for undergraduate students seeking to pursue graduate studies in the chemical sciences

The ACS Bridge Project (ACS-BP) is partnering with the Genentech Foundation and the ACS Leadership Institute (ACS-LI) to launch the Graduate School Readiness and Professional Development (GSRPD) Boot Camp for 25 selected undergraduate students from underrepresented racial and ethnic (UR) groups who are currently enrolled in a US-based institution. Traditionally, UR groups refer to primarily African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans; however, other UR groups are welcome to participate as well.

The GSRPD Boot Camp will use the core components from the Individual Development Plan (IDP) process to assist students in articulating and framing their unique strengths, experiences, motivations, and goals towards their personal and professional development. The GSRPD Bootcamp will also outline a strategy for crafting competitive graduate school applications.

When & Where

The GSRPD Boot Camp will be held concurrently with the ACS-LI in Atlanta, Georgia. The core workshop activities will be held between January 21-23, with an additional pre-workshop event that will be held virtually mid-November. More details of the virtual event will be provided to selected applicants. Travel and accommodations will be covered by ACS.


Participants will:

  1. Identify individual values, strengths, and motivations
  2. Write guided personal statements and receive one-on-one feedback about improving their personal narrative
  3. Learn and practice constructing competitive graduate schools applications by using the NSF GRFP Fellowship as an example
  4. Gain crucial insights and experiences towards expanding and nurturing a professional network
  5. Enhance professional development through educational and career coaching

How to Apply

Applications for the Boot camp are now closed.

About the Genentech Foundation: 

Launched in 2018 with a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the ACS Bridge Project aims for increased representation of students from underrepresented ethnic and racial groups pursuing advanced degrees in the Chemical Sciences through its participation with the Inclusive Graduate Education Network (IGEN).

The Genentech Foundation supports the ACS Bridge Project to increase capacity for ACS’ broadening participation initiatives, such as ACS Bridge Fellow and ACS Bridge Departments that demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. In addition, the Genentech Foundation supports professional development workshops, like the GSRPD Boot Camp.

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