Current San Jose Gateway PhD Students

The following information is intended for current students in the Gateway PhD program. Note that the program is currently closed to new applicants for the coming year. We are updating our application procedures for the following year and will post new information on the How to Apply page as soon as it is available.


All San José Gateway PhD students must attend the annual in-person residency, held in early August on campus at San José State University. Students can choose from a variety of accommodations, and the University offers dormitory-style rooms are available on campus in the summer.

The summer residency serves as an orientation and working session for incoming students. Normally, sessions are held on topics such as academic expectations, developing relationships with supervisors and other faculty and students, and advancing Stage 2 proposals and other student work. All San José Gateway PhD program faculty are in attendance for the summer residency.

Several weeks in advance of the residency, San José State University faculty contact all doctoral students to inform them of the residency schedule of events. Typically, students can expect to start the residency after lunch on the first day of the week and wrap up by lunchtime on the fifth day. The schedule will also list specific required advance preparations for students.

Monthly Zoom Virtual Meetings

Students must attend monthly virtual meetings with all members of the San José State University cohort. The sessions are held via Zoom software and run about two hours. The monthly meetings schedule is set once annually to accommodate student and faculty schedules. In addition, a short virtual residency is held via Zoom software over the course of two evenings in late winter. 

These meetings fulfill a variety of purposes. While students have regular contact with their supervisory team, the Zoom sessions allow for the development of the full research community. One of the strengths of the program is the access students have to all San José Gateway PhD program faculty. The monthly meetings are an opportunity for students to get feedback from and participate in discussions with their student and faculty colleagues. Typically, students will be required to submit a work-in-progress report in advance of each meeting that relates to their upcoming milestones.

For an overview of the major milestones in the program, see the Program Timeline.