Mentorship serves as a crucial support for students as they
navigate graduate school and enter the professoriate. But
understanding how to build a strong mentor/mentee relationship
isn’t always easy. Featuring former SREB-State Doctoral Scholars
Program Faculty Mentor of the Year award winners in conversation
with their mentees, this webinar featured advice on how to
get the most out of a mentoring relationship from both
In this webinar, SREB-DSP alumni from across the higher education
spectrum discussed the importance of faculty diversity and shared
thoughts on how institutions can better retain diverse graduate
students and faculty.
In this webinar, panelists from across the higher education
spectrum discussed the importance of faculty diversity and
shared thoughts on how institutions can better recruit diverse
graduate students and faculty.
This conversation-oriented panel brought together former
SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program graduates to share their
experiences and advice on navigating graduate school and academia
as a mom of color. Panelists discussed a variety of topics
including how to advocate for resources as a new mom, how to
address childcare challenges, resources to seek out within your
institution, how to build a supportive network/community, and how
to juggle school and life.
Transitioning from doctoral student to professor can be both
exciting and challenging. In this webinar, SREB-State Doctoral
Scholars Program alumni discussed their experiences navigating
the transition into the professoriate. The panelists also
provided advice on how to adjust to your new role, continue to
grow your professional skills and balance service and academic
This year has brought huge shifts to higher education as institutions and students attempt to grapple with pursuing postsecondary degrees in the midst of an international public health crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought significant and unprecedented challenges to graduate students at every stage of their studies.
Dr. Bob Belle, associate director of the Doctoral Scholars
Program, will present during the Science and Engineering for
Social Good conference, hosted by the National Center for Science
and Civic Engagement (NCSCE) February 9-11, 2018 at the
Georgia Institute of Technology. The conference, presented in
partnership with Georgia Tech, Stony Brook University and The
SUNY Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP),
will feature content of interest to faculty, future
faculty, staff and administrators.
In summer 2016, six pairs of SREB Doctoral Scholars entered the
StoryCorps Atlanta booth to talk about their experiences as
minority Ph.D. scholars and graduates in higher education. One
pair discussed their struggles with isolationism and impostor
syndrome; another spoke of the impact their research has had on
their development not just as students, but as individuals who
care deeply about the people they are serving. Nanette, a DSP
graduate, sat down with her daughter Alyssa to share their
experiences with mentorship. Dr.
Today, a third of students entering American universities are
minorities, yet among the faculty fewer than 1 in 10 is
someone of color. Who stands at the front of the room matters.
The SREB DSP looks to address the issue of faculty diversity
on college campuses by increasing graduates, supporting
public service projects of graduates and acknowledging the
research interest of DSP scholars.
See how the SREB DSP is helping states meet this need.
Chanell Turner, Publications and Programming Assistant for the Doctoral Scholars Program, talks with former SREB President Mark Musick as he remembers former SREB Vice Chair Charlie Reed’s impact on the Doctoral Scholars Program and his passion for education.
A major component of the Ph.D. and any postdoctoral career is
research. However, some doctoral scholars and graduates find it
difficult to secure funding for research projects and
publications. Below is a list of research funding
The Ph.D. journey is full of twists and turns that are easier to
navigate with guidance from those who have already walked the
path. We asked DSP scholars and Institute attendees to submit
graduate school survival tips for those who are still on the
Set goals and balance your time
1. Begin with the end in mind. Have a sense of where you want to
be when you graduate and take steps to make sure you are
properly prepared when you reach that goal.
The American Physical Society created a detailed diversity hiring
and retention plan to assist hiring committees that are
seeking to fill faculty vacancies. Even though the organization
promotes physical science education, the plan is written so that
it can be used by any department.
Dr. Archie Taylor inspired more than 1,000 faculty, scholars,
friends and family in Tampa, Florida, at last October’s Institute
on Teaching and Mentoring: “Increase your expectation for
excellence and decrease your comfort zone.” He along with 34
other graduates from institutions across the country stepped up
to the podium to discuss their journeys to the Ph.D.
Black Women in Science and Engineering (BWISE) founder Erika
Johnson started the organization to empower black women who have
degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering,
math); she moderated a live stream with the
Doctoral Scholars Program in July. The aim of the
session: provide resources and advice to black women
who are seeking careers in academia. Also during the live stream,
Dr. Sibrina Collins, director of the Charles Wright Museum of
African American History, told her story of finding purpose after
being denied tenure.
In June 2016, Dr. Walt Jacobs retired from the Southern Regional
Education Board after 20 years of working with SREB’s High
Schools That Work and Doctoral Scholars Program. Walt’s
commitment to educational attainment and teacher effectiveness
has served countless students across ages and education levels
Dr. Bob Belle, associate director of the Doctoral Scholars
Program is speaking on June 24 at the 22nd
Annual SAEOPP McNair Scholars Research Conference. The
presentation will highlight ways for undergraduate scholars to
receive funding for graduate education.
The presentation and handouts used in the session can be