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Multicultural Engineering Recruitment for Graduate Education (MERGE)

MERGE is a diversity recruitment initiative designed to give talented, underrepresented students from across the nation an opportunity to visit our campus early in the application process in order to learn about the opportunities at Illinois. Join us for an all-expenses paid, two-day visit to learn more about Illinois' top-ranked engineering graduate programs, meet with current students, learn how to prepare a strong application, and explore the University of Illinois campus and Champaign-Urbana area.

Apply for MERGE Visit

The MERGE event will be held on the Urbana-Champaign campus September 26-28, 2019, see detailed schedule. Travel dates will be September 26 and 28. Apply by August 9. For applications after this date contact

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Application Information

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must be:

  • A U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Currently enrolled or recently completed an accredited curriculum in engineering or physics
  • Preference will be given to individuals who are African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, women, or persons with disabilities
  • Preference will be given to individuals who will be graduating in the coming year, with a GPA of 3.2 or higher (on a 4.0 point scale), and individuals whose cultural background will increase the diversity of the graduate student body

Application Procedures

To receive full consideration, we advise that all application materials should be submitted as soon as possible. The following items must be provided within your application:

  • An unofficial transcript
  • A statement of no more than two pages addressing your plans for graduate study, including research interests, career goals, relevant coursework completed, and other educational experiences
  • A detailed resume that outlines research experiences, internships, publications, and leadership experiences