Stanford Diversity Outreach for Doctoral Education (STANDOUT) Centers of Influence Recruitment Retreat:


The next STANDOUT Centers of Influence Event will take place in Fall of 2014.

October 25 -26, 2012

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About STANDOUT - Centers of Influence Recruitment Retreat

Stanford University has a commitment to increasing the diversity of our graduate student body as we educate and train the next generation of global leaders. The STANDOUT-COI Recruitment Retreat is a two-day program that aims to support program directors, faculty, and administrators that work with diverse undergraduates in preparation for doctoral studies. As a participant, you will have the opportunity to hear from Stanford faculty, staff, and current graduate students about PhD studies at Stanford and take the information that you learn back to your students. You will also have the opportunity to inform Stanford of how to best partner with your program to ensure recruitment success. Sessions will include topics such as:

  • An overview of Stanford's doctoral programs and resources for diverse populations
  • How applications are reviewed at Stanford
  • What makes an application competitive
  • What makes a competitive statement of purpose
  • Ideal recommendation letters
  • Your role in the recruitment and application process


Event Information

The STANDOUT Centers of Influence Recruitment Retreat will begin at 1:00pm on Thursday, October 25th and end at 3:00pm on Friday, October 26th. Stanford will provide:

  • Accommodations on Thursday, October 25th at the Stanford Terrace Inn (double occupancy - you will be paired with another attendee). Participants will be given the option of making single room reservations (if space is available), but Stanford will cover only half of the cost.
  • Dinner on Thursday October 25th and lunch on Friday October 26th (breakfast is provided at the hotel)

A $50 registration fee and travel expenses are the responsibility of the attendee. Participation will be limited to space available. Registration will be on a first come, first served basis, so register early.

Participating Stanford organizations will include the PhD Programs in Biosciences in the School of Medicine, the School of Business, the School of Earth Sciences, the School of Humanities and Sciences (Humanities, Social Sciences, & Natural Sciences), the School of Engineering, and the School of Education.

Tentative Schedule:

Thursday, October 25th
1:00 - 6:00pm   Workshops
6:00 -  8:00pm  Dinner

Friday, October 26th
8:00am - Noon    Workshops
Noon - 1:00pm    Lunch
1:00 - 3:00pm      Workshops

Draft Schedule as of 9/18/12

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  • Expose those who help prepare diverse undergraduates for doctoral education to the opportunities and research at Stanford
  • Provide information on what makes a competitive Stanford graduate application
  • Provide information that will assist you in your role as an advisor to students interested in doctoral studies
  • Promote awareness of diversity among Stanford students, faculty, and staff
  • Promote graduate study access to students coming from diverse social and educational backgrounds
  • Increase the number of underrepresented minority graduate students at Stanford

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Who Should Attend?

  • Graduate school prep program administrators (i.e. McNair and MARC) - limit of 1 representative per school program
  • Faculty and staff that advise or support diverse undergraduates interested in graduate study
  • Participation will be limited to space available. Registration will be on a first come, first served basis.

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How to register:

Step 1: Complete the Pre-Registration Survey. Registration is on a first come, first served basis and space is limited.

Step 2: Pay your registration fee of $50 (via credit card or check). Canceled registrations will be charged $10.

Step 3: Receive official notification confirming your space for the program. This e-mail will not be sent until the registration fee has been paid and the Pre-Registration Survey has been completed. All hotel reservations for confirmed participants will be made through Stanford University.


Registration Deadline - Monday, September 17th


Check Payment: 
Make check out to "Stanford University"

c/o Ayodele Thomas
Building One, Main Quad
Stanford, CA 94305-2070

NOTE: Students cannot register for this event.

When we reach our limit for automated registration the registration link below will stop working, although there will be a few more slots available. Contact to be placed on the wait list and you will be contacted by September 17th if space is available.


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Contact Us

Ayodele Thomas, PhD
Assistant Dean and Data and Technology Manager for Graduate & Undergraduate Studies
School of Humanities & Sciences
(650) 724-3712

Participating Schools

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