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Pathway to Ph.D


Are you interested in a graduate education in science and engineering? If yes, then please consider attending a hands-on workshop to walk you through applying to Ph.D. programs and funding opportunities. The “Pathway to Ph.D.” (PPP) program is sponsored by The Internet of Things for Precision Agriculture (IoT4Ag) Engineering Research Center, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).      

The program will take place virtually in September 2024. The exact date will be added soon.

Read on for more information

Program at-a-Glance

IoT4Ag seeks motivated undergraduate students who wish to (1) learn about the graduate school admission process and factors that contribute to a strong graduate school application, (2) gain an understanding of the components of fellowship opportunities like the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program application, and (3) write a personal statement and a research plan for select program funding opportunities. Due to the intensive, hands-on nature of the workshop, interested students must apply. Selected students will participate in a virtual workshop where they will be mentored by NSF-ERC-affiliated faculty members and graduate students, many of whom are former and/or current NSF Fellows.


  • Juniors and seniors (as of Fall 2024) interested in pursuing a Ph.D.
  • Majoring in engineering, agricultural science, or a related discipline.
  • Interest in IoT technologies in agricultural settings.

Pathway to Ph.D. Program (PPP) Workshop Details

How to Apply

Application procedures will be posted in the near future. We strongly encourage applications from American Indian or Alaskan Natives, Asians, Black or African Americans, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, Hispanics, Veterans, Women, and people with disabilities. Our organization does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability or veteran status.

Priority applications will be due in August 2024. All applications will be due in September 2024.  Exact dates and a link to the application will be added soon.

Accepted Students

Students will be notified via email regarding their acceptance into the program.

If you have any questions, please contact: