Graduate Retention Enrichment and Academic Champions (Grad REACH) is an academic retention program that is open to all full-time graduate students, but is focused on students who are traditionally underrepresented in the STEM fields. These groups include students who identify as Black/African American, Latinx, Hispanic, Indigenous/Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Alaskan Native/Pacific Islander.
Grad REACH is open to students enrolled in programs within the Colleges of Computing, Engineering, and Sciences. The program includes peer mentoring, pairing upper level graduate students with newer graduate students. Benefits of the program include monthly meetings covering professional development topics, access to corporate sponsors, faculty research talks, connection to campus resources, and academic enrichment activities. Students will be assigned to small peer mentoring groups based on major and on similar professional and academic goals. Students are eligible to apply to BOTH the Grad RISE and GRAD REACH programs (these are separate applications). Grad RISE provides funding, while Grad REACH does not. Students awarded the Grad RISE fellowship are required to participate in Grad REACH. Please read the entire application, double check it, and ensure that all of the above eligibility requirements are met before submission.
The application period for participation in Grad REACH for the remainder of the 2021-22 academic year is now closed. Grad REACH notifications and peer mentorship matching announcements are currently being completed. Grad REACH programming for Spring 2022 resumes in February 2022.
The Grad REACH application review for the 2022-23 academic year will open on March 1, 2022, and will conclude with a deadline of June 1, 2022.