Graduate Schools

Biology Scholars Program at Cornell University Propels Black Students to Graduate School

Biology Scholars Program at Cornell University Propels Black Students to Graduate School

Since 2010 there have been 120 Biology Scholars who have graduated from the university. More than 90 percent of those who applied to medical school were accepted and enrolled. Another 19 students are enrolled in Ph.D. programs and three are enrolled in M.D./Ph.D. programs.

The New President of Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio

The New President of Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio

Since 2015, Dr. Michael Joseph Brown has been serving as academic dean and interim president at the seminary. Previously, he was an associate professor of New Testament and Christian origins at Emory University in Atlanta.

New Fellowship to Aid Black Students at the Harvard Graduate School of Design

New Fellowship to Aid Black Students at the Harvard Graduate School of Design

The Philip Freelon Fellowship Fund at the Harvard Graduate School of Design will be used to provide financial aid to African Americans and students from other underrepresented groups who are pursuing graduate degrees in design.

Survey Finds Large Percentage of Graduate Students of Color at Yale Face Bias

Survey Finds Large Percentage of Graduate Students of Color at Yale Face Bias

The Graduate and Professional Student Senate at Yale University released a new survey that found that more than 70 percent of all Black graduate or professional students reported incidents of bias, harassment or discrimination.

Howard University to Offer New Ph.D. Program in Educational Leadership

Howard University to Offer New Ph.D. Program in Educational Leadership

Students who are admitted to the new Ph.D. program will have the opportunity to be selected to work as graduate assistants for several organizations including the United Negro College Fund, The Education Trust, and the American Council of Education.

Large Racial Gaps Remain in Graduate School Enrollments in Some STEM Fields

Large Racial Gaps Remain in Graduate School Enrollments in Some STEM Fields

Blacks made up nearly 18 percent of new graduate enrollments in public administration and 12 percent in education, business, and social and behavioral sciences. But Blacks were just 3.2 percent of all new graduate enrollments in the physical sciences.

The NFL Player Pursuing a Ph.D. in Mathematics at MIT

The NFL Player Pursuing a Ph.D. in Mathematics at MIT

John Urschel, an offensive guard for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League, recently completed his first semester in the mathematics Ph.D. program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He took four courses and had a 4.0 grade point average.

University of Cincinnati Program Aims to Increase Diversity in America's Orchestras

University of Cincinnati Program Aims to Increase Diversity in America’s Orchestras

Only 4 percent of the members of America’s professional orchestra musicians are Black or Latino, according to the League of American Orchestras. A new fellows program at the University of Cincinnati, in conjunction with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, seeks to increase diversity in the field.

The New Dean of the Graduate School at Oregon State University

The New Dean of the Graduate School at Oregon State University

Before coming to Oregon State in 2015 as associate dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Jennifer Dennis served for 11 years on the faculty of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

New Opportunities for Minority Graduate Students at the University of Southern California

New Opportunities for Minority Graduate Students at the University of Southern California

The Graduate Initiative for Diversity, Inclusion and Access aims to increase the diversity of the student body in the graduate school at the university and to broaden academic support for underrepresented minority students.

Brandeis University to Offer New Diversity Scholarships to Graduate Students

Brandeis University to Offer New Diversity Scholarships to Graduate Students

Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, has announced the establishment of the Diversity, Excellence, and Inclusion Scholarships. Recipients will receive full-tuition credits and a $10,000 stipend for master’s degree programs in the humanities, social sciences, and the arts.

Study Finds Academic Coaching Helps Retain Minority Students in Ph.D. Programs

Study Finds Academic Coaching Helps Retain Minority Students in Ph.D. Programs

The Academy for Future Science Faculty consists of individual and group-based professional development activities, discussions with fellow students, and highly skilled mentors serving as coaches, many of them minorities themselves, trained in diversity issues.

Increasing the Number of African American Cancer Researchers

Increasing the Number of African American Cancer Researchers

The Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research aims to encourage Black and other minority graduate students to pursue doctoral degrees and careers in research relating to cancer.

Summer Program Aims to Increase Black Students in Graduate Programs

Summer Program Aims to Increase Black Students in Graduate Programs

The Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative seeks to encourage students from underrepresented minority groups to pursue graduate studies in the humanities, education, and social sciences.

Four Black Men Earn Doctoral Degrees From One Department at Ohio State

Four Black Men Earn Doctoral Degrees From One Department at Ohio State

Four Black men earned doctorates this spring in the College of Education and Human Ecology at Ohio State under the mentorship of Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, the youngest full professor in the university’s history.

Louisiana State University: A Leader in Black Male Doctoral Awards

Louisiana State University: A Leader in Black Male Doctoral Awards

Each year, only about 1,000 African Americans men earn doctoral degrees. Thus, it is noteworthy that this spring four African American men earned their doctoral degrees in one department at Louisiana State University.

New Study Documents Degree Completion of Minority Doctoral Students in STEM Fields

New Study Documents Degree Completion of Minority Doctoral Students in STEM Fields

One important finding in the Council of Graduate Schools report was that minority doctoral students had the most difficulty when they entered the dissertation phase of their doctoral programs.

New Degree Programs in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore

New Degree Programs in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore

The university has offered a pharmacy doctoral program since 2010. The new graduate programs will focus on pharmaceutical research with concentrations in drug design or drug delivery.

Virginia Tech Is the Twelfth University Member of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

Virginia Tech Is the Twelfth University Member of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

The society’s goal is to create a network of scholars who “serve as examples of scholarship, leadership, character, service, and advocacy for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy.”

The Sistah Network Support Group at the University of Denver

The Sistah Network Support Group at the University of Denver

The organization aimed at helping Black women graduate students, was formed in January 2013 with 15 members. Today there are more than 90 people involved with the program, including students, faculty, and alumni.

Academic Disciplines Where African Americans Earned No Doctoral Degrees in 2013

Academic Disciplines Where African Americans Earned No Doctoral Degrees in 2013

According to the National Science Foundation, there were 18 academic fields where none of the doctorates awarded in 2013 went to an African American. More than 1,800 doctorates were awarded in these fields.

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.