Graduate Schools

The Racial Gap in Doctoral Degree Awards

The Racial Gap in Doctoral Degree Awards

In 2013, African Americans earned 6.4 percent of all doctoral degrees awarded to U.S. students. Therefore, African Americans earned about one half the number of doctorates that would be the case if racial parity with the Black population prevailed.

African American Graduate Enrollments Hold Steady

African American Graduate Enrollments Hold Steady

In 2013, there were 176,208 fewer African American students enrolled in all levels higher education than was the case in 2011. But in graduate schools, African American enrollments continue to edge upward.

CUNY Initiative Seeks to Increase the Number of Blacks in Journalism

CUNY Initiative Seeks to Increase the Number of Blacks in Journalism

The new initiative will include five, full-tuition scholarships to the Graduate School of Journalism and a summer internship program in New York for 20 undergraduates from minority-serving institutions.

A Check on the Status of Black Enrollments in U.S. Graduate Schools

A Check on the Status of Black Enrollments in U.S. Graduate Schools

The Council on Graduate Schools reports that 40,584 African Americans enrolled in graduate programs for the first time in the fall of 2013. Of these, 69 percent were women.

Number of Black Applicants to U.S. Graduate Schools From Africa on the Rise

Number of Black Applicants to U.S. Graduate Schools From Africa on the Rise

A new report from the Council on Graduate Schools shows that the number of foreign applicants to U.S. graduate schools in 2014 from Africa increased by 9 percent from a year ago. Black acceptances were up 3 percent.

Blacks Are Less Than Two Percent of All Applicants to Princeton's Graduate Programs

Blacks Are Less Than Two Percent of All Applicants to Princeton’s Graduate Programs

Underrepresented minorities made up 5.2 percent of the applicant pool for graduate programs at Princeton University. There were 196 African Americans in the applicant pool, making up 1.8 percent of all applicants.

The New Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University

The New Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University

Helen Easterling Williams is the former dean of the School of Education and professor of doctoral studies at Azusa Pacific University in California. From 1997 to 2006, Dr. Williams held several leadership posts at the University of Delaware.

Louisiana State University Is a Leader in Graduating Black Students With Ph.D.s in Chemistry

Louisiana State University Is a Leader in Graduating Black Students With Ph.D.s in Chemistry

From 2005 to 2009, 19 percent of all Ph.D.s awarded in chemistry at LSU were earned by African Americans. Blacks were less than 10 percent of the chemistry Ph.D. recipients at the other 49 leading chemistry departments in the nation.

Summer Undergraduate Internships Boost Diversity in Ph.D. STEM Program

Summer Undergraduate Internships Boost Diversity in Ph.D. STEM Program

Last summer, eight Howard students spent eight weeks conducting bioengineering research on the University of California, San Diego campus. Now, two of the eight will enroll in the UCSD Ph.D. program in bioengineering.

The New Dean of the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University

The New Dean of the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University

Since 2009, Dr. Wanda J. Blanchett has been serving as dean of the School of Education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Earlier, she held associate dean posts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Colorado-Denver.

New Program Provides Significant Aid for Minority Ph.D. Students in STEM Fields

New Program Provides Significant Aid for Minority Ph.D. Students in STEM Fields

Using a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, 24 minority students at the University of Iowa will receive $40,000 scholarships over the next three years. The university will provide an additional $10,000 to the 24 students.

Howard University Awards a Record Number of Doctoral Degrees

Howard University Awards a Record Number of Doctoral Degrees

This year Howard University in Washington, D.C. is awarding 105 doctoral degrees. This is the highest number of doctorates ever awarded by Howard in its history, dating back to 1867.

The First Graduate of Indiana University's Ph.D. Program in African Diaspora Studies

The First Graduate of Indiana University’s Ph.D. Program in African Diaspora Studies

Maria Eliza Hamilton Abegunde will be first student to be awarded a Ph.D. in African Diaspora studies at Indiana University. After receiving her degree, she will serve as a summer scholar at the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Wake Forest University to Offer Graduate Opportunities in Business for Ron Brown Scholars

Wake Forest University to Offer Graduate Opportunities in Business for Ron Brown Scholars

Under the agreement, one Ron Brown Scholar will receive a full tuition scholarship and a $10,000 stipend to enroll in the 10-month master in management program at Wake Forest.

New Film Honors the First Black Woman to Earn a Ph.D. at Duke University

New Film Honors the First Black Woman to Earn a Ph.D. at Duke University

In 1967 Ida Stephens Owens received a Ph.D. in physiology from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. She went on to conduct important research on drug biotransformation at the National Institutes of Health.

Florida A&M University to Offer New Master's Degree Program

Florida A&M University to Offer New Master’s Degree Program

The College of Education at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee has received approval to offer a new master’s degree program in curriculum and instruction. The university hopes to enroll 20 students in the program’s first year.

Four Elite California Universities in Joint Effort to Boost Minority Ph.D.s in STEM Fields

Four Elite California Universities in Joint Effort to Boost Minority Ph.D.s in STEM Fields

The consortium, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, includes Stanford University, the California Institute of Technology, the University of California at Los Angeles and is led by the University of California at Berkeley.

William F. Tate Named Dean of the Graduate School at Washington University

William F. Tate Named Dean of the Graduate School at Washington University

Professor Tate will oversee 50 Ph.D. and 19 master’s degree programs with enrollments of about 1,800 students. When he takes office on July 1, Dr. Tate will also hold the title of vice provost for graduate education.

Racial Differences in Educational Funding for Doctoral Recipients

Racial Differences in Educational Funding for Doctoral Recipients

According to data on students who earned doctoral degrees in 2012, nearly 40 percent of African American doctoral recipients funded their education through their own resources compared to 21 percent of Whites.

African American Graduate School Enrollments Hold Steady

African American Graduate School Enrollments Hold Steady

Overall African American enrollments in higher education dropped by 3.4 percent from 2011 to 2012. But it appears that in graduate schools, African Americans are holding steady.

Cornell University to Offer a Ph.D. Program in Africana Studies

Cornell University to Offer a Ph.D. Program in Africana Studies

The university estimates that 20 to 30 percent of Black studies faculty nationwide will be retiring over the next decade and the new Cornell program will help fill the need to replace retiring Black studies faculty.

African American Entrepreneur Creates New Fellowships at Harvard

African American Entrepreneur Creates New Fellowships at Harvard

Sheila C. Johnson, the CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts, has pledged to donate $5 million over five years to create fellowships for students who are dedicated to improving the lives of African Americans.

Bethune-Cookman University to Launch a New School of Religion

Bethune-Cookman University to Launch a New School of Religion

The historically Black university in Daytona Beach, Florida, has named Randolph Bracy Jr. as a Distinguished Professor and director of its new School of Religion. The school is expecting to enroll its first students in 2015.

Checking Up on Black Enrollments at Louisiana State University

Checking Up on Black Enrollments at Louisiana State University

Blacks are 32.4 percent of the Louisiana population so the Black undergraduate student population of 11.1 percent at Louisiana State University is about one third the percentage of Blacks in the state’s population.

Princeton Looks to Enhance Campus Diversity

Princeton Looks to Enhance Campus Diversity

Princeton has approved a new plan to increase diversity throughout the campus community. The new plan will focus on diversity initiatives relating to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and senior administrators.

African Americans Make Up a Tiny Percentage of Applicants to Princeton's Graduate Programs

African Americans Make Up a Tiny Percentage of Applicants to Princeton’s Graduate Programs

There were 1,264 American applicants from minority groups, but more than half of these were Asian Americans. There were 214 African American applicants to Princeton’s graduate programs. They made up 1.9 percent of all applicants and 4.1 percent of all applicants from the United States.

Two African Americans Awarded Gilliam Fellowships

Two African Americans Awarded Gilliam Fellowships

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has chosen nine students for its 2013 Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study. The students receive $46,500 per year, for up to four years, for doctoral studies in the life sciences. Two of nine fellows are African Americans.

Lydie Louis Will Earn Two Doctorates This Spring in Microelectronics and Photonics

Lydie Louis Will Earn Two Doctorates This Spring in Microelectronics and Photonics

Lydie Louis will make history this spring when she become the first student in the interdisciplinary microelectronics-photonics graduate program at the University of Arkansas to earn two Ph.D.s. She will be awarded doctorates from both the University of Arkansas and the Ecole Centrale Paris.

An Accounting of Minority Faculty in Business Programs

An Accounting of Minority Faculty in Business Programs

Since the inception of the PhD Project in 1994, the number of minority professors in business disciplines has increased from 294 to 1,172. There are currently 362 minority students in business doctoral programs in the United States.

More Than 180,000 Black Students Enrolled in Graduate Programs

More Than 180,000 Black Students Enrolled in Graduate Programs

The Council of Graduate Schools reports that in the 2010-11 academic year, there were 38,498 first-time and a total of 181,905 African American/Black students in U.S. graduate schools.

The Impact of Affirmative Action Bans on the Graduate School Enrollments of Minorities

The Impact of Affirmative Action Bans on the Graduate School Enrollments of Minorities

A study published by the Civil Rights Project at UCLA, finds that in states that have banned the consideration of race in graduate school admissions, enrollments of minority students are down 12 percent overall.

Three African Americans Earn Ph.D.s in Chemistry at Ole Miss

Three African Americans Earn Ph.D.s in Chemistry at Ole Miss

On average, about 50 African Americans earn a Ph.D. in chemistry every year. This year three of them are at the University of Mississippi.

Paula McClain to Be the First African American Dean of a School at Duke University

Paula McClain to Be the First African American Dean of a School at Duke University

A professor of political science, Dr. McClain has served on the Duke University faculty since 2000.

Twins at Xavier University Heading to Prestigious UMass MD/Ph.D. Program

Twins at Xavier University Heading to Prestigious UMass MD/Ph.D. Program

Ashley and Asia Matthew are chemistry majors with 4.0 grade point averages.

The University of Wisconsin Takes the Lead in Advancing Diversity in Engineering Ph.D. Programs

The University of Wisconsin Takes the Lead in Advancing Diversity in Engineering Ph.D. Programs

Over the past decade, about 350 minority students have earned Ph.D.s in engineering nationwide. Forty-five of them have participated in the GERS program.

Only One African American in the 40-Member Class of 2012 Gates Cambridge Scholars

Only One African American in the 40-Member Class of 2012 Gates Cambridge Scholars

Marie Rose Katia Mehu is an appellate level prosecutor for the state of Arizona. This fall she will study international law at Cambridge University in England.