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Prospective Students

Stanford Earth Graduate Programs

The School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences (SE3) offers a range of graduate and undergraduate degrees, which includes: Geological Sciences (GS), Geophysics (GP), Earth System Science (ESS), Energy Resources Engineering (ERE), Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER), and Computational Geoscience Program (CompGeo).  Please visit the SE3 Website to learn more about the School, its faculty and history, and also find application deadlines for each department at the SE3 Prospective Students webpage.  DEI works with department administrators to provide you with the most up-to-date information and we encourage you to contact the designated department, as well as DEI, if you have any questions about graduate programs.

Applying to Graduate School: Strategies and Tips 

At DEI not only do we aim to provide prospective students with information, but we also offer strategies and tips for applying to graduate school. Prepare the best application package for graduate school by checking out these resources below on timelines, personal statements, and fee waivers.  Also, feel free to email at if you'd like to receive more specific advice regarding your application. While gaining admission to graduate school may be competitive, you can increase your chances through the right preparation. 

Fee Waiver

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is providing a set number of fee waivers to students who would like to apply to graduate programs in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences and are in financial need.

You should only request a School-based waiver if you do not qualify for the GRE or Diversity Program Participation fee waivers. All fee waiver applications must be completed 10 business days prior to your department deadline. We will do our best to review and respond to your application within a week of receiving it. As we are paying for each request that we receive, please only sign up if you are sure you will be applying this application season. Please note that a limited number of application fee waivers are available and applications will be reviewed on a first-come basis. Acceptance or denial of your application for a fee waiver does not affect your likelihood of admission into a graduate program. If the application fee waiver is approved then the applicant will be sent a code to enter in the payment section of the online application. No refund will be given if you apply for a fee waiver and pay the application fee instead of using your application fee waiver code.  If we deny your request for a waiver, we will instruct you to pay the fee.

Waiver Application Essay Questions

The questions below are included in the application, do not send your essays directly to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

  1. Briefly describe your prior research experience.
  2. In one paragraph, please describe how your interests and background (in terms of culture, race, gender, ethnicity, (dis)ability, socioeconomic status, work/life experience etc.) would contribute to the diversity (broadly defined) of students pursuing graduate degrees in Earth, Energy, & Environmental Sciences at Stanford.

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Undergraduate Research Experience

One of the main factors determining admission into graduate school is research experience. Students need to demonstrate the ability to investigate and carry-out a research project, while exhibiting knowledge about a specific field. If you're an undergradute searching for a research experience, we recommend you consider these summer research oppotunities:

Stanford's Summer Undergraduate Research in Geoscience and Engineering Program (SURGE).  SURGE is SE3's premier summer undergraduate research program for students from diverse backgrounds.

The Leadership Alliance is a national consortium of more than 30 leading research and teaching colleges, universities, and private industry that offers research and graduate school training opportunities to undergraduate students.

Postdoctoral Research at Stanford Earth

Stanford University offers formal Postdoctoral Fellowship opportunities for minority STEM students through the AGEP CA Alliance Postdoctoral Fellowships Program.  If you are not eligible to particiapte in the AGEP CA Alliance program, we recommend you contact faculty directly to ask about opportunities in their labs and to share your CV and Cover Letter.  Because Standord does not typically post Postdoctoral research opportunities on the job website we encourage you to seek out these opportunities through networking with colleagues and professors.  DEI can help you navigate these informal pathways.