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A free community resource for BIPOC PhD program applicants!

  • Dear Prof. Block,

    My name is Ian Billinge. I am a PhD student in Columbia University’s Department of Environmental Engineering.

    I’m writing let you know about a panel designed to help BIPOC and otherwise underrepresented students prepare their applications to STEM PhD programs. If you have undergraduate students who are thinking about applying to graduate school, this panel is for them!

    The panel is (of course!) completely free and is meant to be a community resource. We’re going to go over pay and benefits, preparing your application, life in a PhD program, and what to look for/ask when applying.

    The panel is called “Getting a PhD in Environmental Engineering: Insights and Info from Columbia University PhD Students.” Interested folks can register at

    If you know students who would like to attend, please feel free to share widely! We are particularly interested in establishing links with CUNYs to cultivate admissions pipelines and research collaborations. If you have thoughts, you can feel free to email me here.


    Many thanks in advance, and please feel free to share with anyone who you think would be interested!

    Ian Billinge

    Ian Billinge
    Ph.D Student, Yip Lab
    Dept. of Earth & Environmental Engineering
    Fu Foundation School of Engineering
    Columbia University in the City of New York


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