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JP Applicant Support & Knowledgebase (JP ASK)

The students and administration of the MIT-WHOI Joint Program are committed to increasing the diversity of future admitted classes. We are excited that you are considering our program! Applying to graduate school can be challenging no matter what your background and especially so if you do not have strong networks in your chosen field. This is a service for students underrepresented at and/or unfamiliar to MIT, WHOI or ocean sciences, to learn more about us and how they may fit in here.

JP ASK is a guidance program intended to advise and support prospective students, including but not limited to applicants who are the first in their family to apply to graduate school, members of groups underrepresented in ocean sciences and  engineering, and applicants with financial hardship, during the MIT-WHOI JP graduate school application process. Current graduate student volunteers are willing to answer questions about the MIT-WHOI curriculum and learning environment, share their perspectives of living in Cambridge and/or on the Cape, provide advice to you on the overall graduate application process, and answer other graduate school related questions.

This program is active October 15 to December 1. Mentors are not guaranteed and will be matched on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to sign up as soon as possible and be as specific as possible in your answers. Responses after the December 1 deadline are accepted but may not provide enough time for constructive feedback before the December 15 application deadline.

Please keep in mind that JP ASK is run by current graduate student volunteers and is a supplement to your undergraduate, personal, and professional networks, as well as online resources like the Pathways to Science resource toolbox. Please make sure to take advantage of those resources as well. JP ASK volunteers are not involved in any aspect of the admission process and are acting solely as a source of advice and support for those unfamiliar with MIT, WHOI, or navigating the process of applying to graduate programs in oceanography.

JP ASK is entirely separate from the MIT-WHOI JP admissions process. Participation in JP ASK is not considered by the MIT-WHOI JP Admissions Reviewers during application evaluation.

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If you have any questions or concerns, please email