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 on January 20 - 22. The core workshop activities will be held in 2023, 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. All travel and accommodations will be covered by ACS. Application deadline is October 14th, 2022.


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 2023 Boot Camp are now closed

Boot Camp Testimonials 

"Coming into the Boot Camp I felt unsure about graduate school, after all it is a lengthy and complicated process that can be overwhelming. However, getting to hear the different faculty members speak about their journey and getting feedback on the application process was very comforting."

- Robel Clifton, 2022 Boot Camp Participant

"I had the opportunity to have one on one sessions where I was able to ask questions regarding graduate school application processes. I was given detailed documentation that guided me in writing my graduate statements and received critical feedback on my statement along with suggestions on how to make the corrections."

- Vanessa Tucker, 2022 Boot Camp Participant

"Participating in the ACS bootcamp helped me feel more confident in my journey of applying to graduate school. By having mentors and professors read our essays to having the opportunity to present to our peers, I have been able to obtain skills that will help me in the future, especially in graduate school. Following the bootcamp, I was accepted to the Montana State University NSF-REU program where I am currently working on bioinorganic research."

- Anusha Vajrala, 2022 Boot Camp Participant

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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