The Department of Statistics at the University of Washington is strongly committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. To this end, during the academic year 2022-2023 we are launching the pre-application review service (PARS) initiative to provide support and mentorship to PhD applicants from historically marginalized groups, including but not limited to racial and ethnic minorities, women, first-generation students, indigenous students, LGBTQIA+ students, students with disabilities, and students from low-income families. Current Statistics PhD students and post-docs will review and provide feedback on a prospective applicant's resume or curriculum vitae (CV), personal statement and statement of purpose. The process is open to students who are applying to any graduate program in Statistics of Biostatistics, whether at UW or at any other U.S. university.

We intend to offer feedback to as many applicants as possible. However, in the case of high demand, we will prioritize applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are a prospective PhD student and would like to participate in PARS, you can submit your complete first draft application materials through this form by November 18, 2022 (11:59 pm PST). PARS volunteers aim to respond within a couple of weeks of submission, and by November 28, 2022 (11:59 pm PST) at the latest. Submitting to PARS does not guarantee feedback, as we may close this form early if volunteer feedback capacity is reached. Applicants will be notified if the feedback capacity is reached.

Applying to PARS does not guarantee admission to the Statistics PhD program, and is entirely separate from the admission process. Participating in PARS does not obligate you to apply to graduate studies at the University of Washington. Participation in PARS or information submitted to the program will not be shared with the admissions committee or faculty. Information will be aggregated and anonymized to evaluate the impact of this program, but individual responses will not be used.