Pathway to Ph.D


Are you interested in a graduate education in science and engineering? If yes, then please consider attending a hands-on, 2-day 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 on September 25th and 26th 2021.

Read on for more information!


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 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.

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


  • Juniors and seniors (as of fall 2021) interested in pursuing a Ph.D.
  • Majoring in engineering, agricultural science, or a related discipline.
  • Interest in IoT technologies in agricultural settings.

How to Apply

Complete the application below by 9/6/21. 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.

Link to application:

Accepted Students

Students will be notified by 9/10/21 regarding their acceptance into the program.


If you have any questions, please contact:

Zephi Francis at

Grace Hong at