The EDGE Foundation

Program ID: EDGE-EDGE2024 [#1534]
Program Title: EDGE 2024 Summer Program
Program Type: Other
Program Location: Knoxville, Tennessee 37996, United States [map] sort by distance
Application Deadline: 2024/02/15 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2023/11/15, updated 2023/11/08)
Program Description:    

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Note: This application is only for women and gender-nonconforming individuals who plan to enter their first or second year in a PhD program in the US in Fall 2024.

The 2024 EDGE Summer Program will be held June 2 – June 29, 2024 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (pending funding). The EDGE Foundation will cover all travel, room, and board expenses related to the Summer Program. Program participants will also receive a modest stipend.

The EDGE Summer Program is a four-week, residential session designed to prepare a cohort of women to thrive in their PhD programs in the mathematical sciences. Program participants attend daily lectures in subjects such as Linear Algebra, Real Analysis, Measure Theory, and Applied Mathematics. EDGE coursework is designed to prepare participants for graduate research and qualification exams, while also providing practical experience in a rigorous academic setting. Participants delve deeper into these subjects through collaborative daily problem sessions with guidance from EDGE mentors, who are current graduate students and often EDGE alumnae.

The EDGE Summer Program is rigorous and immersive. Participants are expected to work on their coursework 7 days a week, often outside of regular working hours. The amount and level of work is demanding. EDGE encourages participants to communicate with co-directors so they can achieve the maximum benefit from the program.

Participants must be willing to take COVID-19 PCR tests once in Knoxville.

Eligibility Applicants to the program should be women or gender-nonconforming individuals who: 1) are applying to PhD programs in the mathematical sciences with the intention of beginning in Fall 2024 or 2) just completed their first year in a PhD program in the mathematical sciences. Women from underrepresented minority groups are especially encouraged to apply. 

Final acceptance to the program is contingent upon enrollment in a PhD program in Fall 2024. 

To apply, please fill out the cover sheet, and submit the following: 
  • A short (two to three paragraphs) personal statement describing your academic goals and the expected value of the EDGE Summer Program in achieving those goals. In this statement, describe your personal and professional experiences that will enhance and contribute to the diversity and interpersonal synergy of the EDGE community.
  • A current CV or resume. 
  • An undergraduate transcript and, if applicable, a transcript of your graduate work. 
  • 2 letters of reference from people who can speak to your ability to succeed in graduate school. Your letter-writers will be emailed instructions on how to upload their letter to MathPrograms. Use the following sentences as a guide when emailing your letter-writers: 
I am asking you to provide a brief letter of reference to support my application to The EDGE Program. The mission of this program is to strengthen the ability of women to successfully complete graduate programs in the mathematical sciences. The program would appreciate your candid opinion of me as a student, including in what capacity you have worked with me, my potential for success in a graduate program in the mathematical sciences, my ability to collaborate in a working environment, how the EDGE Summer Program might benefit me, and what I will contribute to the EDGE Summer Program. For more information about the Summer Program, please see

Application Deadline: February 15, 2024. 

If you are not applying to a PhD program in the fall, or have been in a PhD program for more than one year, then you are not eligible for EDGE 2024. Please email us if you have questions.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the program description.

Further Info:
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