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Graduate Enrichment for Minority Students (GEMS) Program

All positions for the GEMS 10/26-27 event are FILLED. Therefore, we are no longer accepting applications for the event. Stay tuned for future events or leave your information in the enrollment.

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  • GEMS



    The School of Family and Consumer   Sciences (FCS) at Texas State University is launching a new initiative called the Graduate Enrichment for Minority Students (GEMS) program.

    GEMS Goal:
    GEMS aims to provide students who belong to groups that are underrepresented in graduate
    education within family and consumer sciences (e.g., ethnic minority, LGBTQ, first generation
    immigrant, first generation college student, and students experiencing economic hardship) with
    mentorship, training, and information on graduate education. Our goal is to reduce potential
    barriers for graduate attendance, build a cohort of student support, and inspire students from
    diverse backgrounds to begin their graduate journey to become the leaders of tomorrow.

    The GEMS program consists of a series of workshops and panel discussions specifically
    designed to prepare students for the graduate admissions process, as well as introduce students to
    the graduate family and consumer sciences programs at Texas State University (i.e., Human
    Nutrition, Family and Child Studies, and Merchandising and Consumer Studies). GEMS will
    include a variety of sessions, including:

    •  Writing a successful statement for graduate school,
    •  Strategies for gaining research experience
    • Strategies to pay for graduate school
    •  Meet and greet opportunities with graduate faculty and students.
    •  Detailed overview of and tours of each graduate program within the FCS

    The School of Family and Consumer Sciences will cover students’ travel, lodging, and meals
    related to the event, making the GEMS program absolutely FREE for interested students. Because this event is free, space is limited to 30 students.

    Dates & Itinerary:
    The program begins Friday, October 26 at 5pm and will continue until 5pm on Saturday, October
    27, 2018. Students will need to arrive in San Marcos by late afternoon on Friday, and will return
    home on Saturday evening

    A detailed itinerary is forthcoming







  • All positions for the GEMS 10/26-27 event are FILLED. Therefore, we are no longer accepting applications for the event. If you would like to receive information for future events, receive graduate school resources, or have access to recorded videos from the GEMS event, please complete the enrollment form.

    Enrollment Form


  • If you are a prospective student, faculty, or presenter who has questions regarding the GEMS program, please contact the GEMS Chair

    Dr. Olivia Johnson


    Office- FCS 126C
    Phone: 512-245-2444