Pathways Program

Communities need a diverse set of skilled professionals who can address rising challenges around technological innovation, sustainability, equity, and resilience. Explore these opportunities and graduate school through the Pathways Program in Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M University. If you are interested in learning more about graduate school in these areas, our Pathways Program will showcase our Ph.D. Program in Urban and Regional Sciences to aid you in deciding your future path. Through a competitive, fully-funded workshop at Texas A&M University, students will:

  • Engage with internationally known faculty on topics related to smart and resilient communities 
  • Learn professional development skills
  • Develop a research project idea
  • Undertake mentoring activities to improve graduate school applications
  • Draft a conference poster/paper presentation to increase resume and academic exposure

We invite diverse students from across the U.S. to apply for participation. Those who complete the program will be eligible to compete for a four-year fellowship to complete their Ph.D. program in our department.  

This program is funded by Texas A&M University in partnership with the University of Texas at San Antonio, Prairie View A&M University, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Texas Southern University and Morgan State University.

  • Jennifer Blanks conducts field research in a Texas cemetary
    Ph.D. student Jennifer Blanks conducts field research for her mobile app that documents African-American cemeteries in Texas.
  • Mason Alexander speaks at the Matthew Gaines statue reveal
    Ph.D. student Mason Alexander speaks at the unveiling of the Matthew Gaines statue on Texas A&M University campus.
  • Doctoral students present LAUP posters
    Doctoral students discuss research during a poster presentation.

Benefits of Participation

  • Fully funded three-day workshop at Texas A&M University to learn more about the university and graduate school
  • Research project development
  • Professional development practice
  • Social activities with current and recent grads
  • One-on-one meetings with faculty to find a mentor match
  • Year-long mentoring meetings with faculty
  • Support in selecting and applying to graduate school
  • Become eligible for fully-funded four-year Ph.D. Fellowship at Texas A&M

Fall 2022 Workshop

Building Smart & Resilient Communities

Dates: TBD in College Station, Texas


  • Have or will receive a Bachelor or Masters degree by 2024
  • Interest in graduate education in urban and regional sciences, planning, or landscape architecture
  • Interest in one of the six topics related to community resilience: 
    • Disaster and climate change 
    • Equitable resilience 
    • Cultural resilience
    • Urban analytics and big data for resilience
    • Green infrastructure
    • Healthy communities

Application Information

Application Deadline: May 31, 2022.

Applications open February 14, 2022.

Apply to Pathways Program Program Flyer Ph.D. Handbook

Information Sessions

In Person

In-Person Information Sessions coming soon!

  • Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas
  • Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Texas A&M University — Corpus Christi, Texas
  • University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas
  • Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas  


  • January 28, 2022, 5:00 p.m. CST / 6:00 p.m. EST
  • February 8, 2022, 5:00 p.m CST / 6:00 p.m. EST
  • February 21, 2022, 5:00 p.m. CST / 6:00 p.m. EST | Join on Zoom
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  • March 1, 2022, 4:00 p.m. CST | Join on Zoom

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