The 2021 Workshop (Irvine online)

The 2021 Irvine iteration of Wonder Philosophy is planned to happen on September 18-19 (Saturday-Sunday) over Zoom. For more information about the application process, see here. To apply, visit here.

Tentative schedule (will be finalized ~1 week prior to date).

All time posted in PDT

Day 1 – what it takes

9:00-9:15 Opening

9:15-10:30 Choosing where to apply: rankings & what else to care about

10:45-12:00 The application package: what you need & tips

12:00-1:00 Lunch break & breakout room chat

1:00-1:30 Applying with disability

1:30-2:00 Applying as an international student

2:15-3:00 EU & Australian programs; MA programs

3:15-3:45 Drafting exercise: in breakout rooms and led by grad students, draft an email related to application: asking for letter of rec, asking for comments on writing sample, asking if someone’s taking new students, etc.

4:00-5:00 Faculty panel: what we look for in admission. With Sean Walsh (UCLA), Hannah Rubin (Notre Dame), Casey Perin (UCI) Moderator: Kevin Kadowaki

Day 2 – what it’s like

9:00-9:50 Jobs: what you can do with a philosophy PhD

10:00-11:00 Career panel: what’s it like to work as a philosopher? With Wenqing Zhao (teaching-oriented faculty position at Whitman College), Marian Gilton (research-oriented faculty position at University of Pittsburgh), Bethany Parson (Equalities Officer at Edinburgh College). Moderator: Kino Zhao

11:15-12:00 Research mini panel: how did I decide what research topic to work on? With Adam Chin, Will Stafford, Alysha Kassam, Margaret Farrell, Elliott Chen, Jingyi Wu, all at UCI, LPS. Moderator: David Freeborn

12:00-1:00 Lunch break

1:00-2:30 How to get through a PhD: time, money, mental health

2:45-3:15 Financial dive: closer look at a financial package

3:30-3:45 Closing remarks and additional resources

4:00-5:00 Grad student panel: what’s it like to be a grad student? With Itzel Garcia (UCI, Philosophy), Jessica Gonzalez (UCI, LPS), and Eugene Chua (UCSD). Moderator: Adam Chin

Event Flyer. Alt text: WonderPhilosophy call for participants. Are you thinking about philosophy grad school? Have you wondered: what’s it like? How to get in? How to get out? What can you do with it? Come to our 2-day Irvine online workshop to find out! We will discuss topics such as: deciding whether and where to apply; the hurdles of the application package; what it takes to get through: finances, time, mental health; what you can do with a philosophy PhD. The workshop will take place from Sept 18-19. To apply, visit Visit for more information

The 2021 workshop is put together by the following team (subject to change until date):