Events and Happenings

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Dr. Torrie Cropps

Mentoring 101: Navigating Academia
SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program Webinar Series

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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 perspectives.

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Dr. Christopher Whitt

The Future of Faculty Diversity (Part 2): Faculty Retention
SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program Webinar Series

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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.

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Dr. Kent Smith

The Future of Faculty Diversity (Part 1): Graduate Student & Faculty Recruitment
SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program Webinar Series

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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.

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Dr. Loretta Neal McGregor

Moms of Color in Academia – Navigating Grad School
SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program Webinar Series

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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.

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Transitioning to a Faculty Role
SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program Webinar Series

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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 commitments.

News

Science and Engineering for Social Good

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.

For more information please contact Kyle Simmons, NCSCE’s faculty development events manager, at 202-276-2343 or kyle.ncsce@gmail.com or visit the NCSCE conference site.

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My Mother Proved It Was Possible

My Mother Proved It Was Possible
The daughter of a DSP grad shares how her mother inspired her

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.

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Fewer than 1 in 10 professors are someone of color
The SREB DSP addresses the issue of faculty diversity in new video

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. 

Fewer than 1 in 10 professors are someone of color

Blog post Chanell Turner
Charlie Reed and Dave Spence

“He Always Said What Needed to Be Said…”

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.

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Ph.D. Research Funding Opportunities

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 opportunities. 

Humanities

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20 Tips to Survive Graduate School

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 journey. 

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.

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Diversity Recruiter Resource

Diversity Recruiter Resource

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.

Take a look at the diversity plan here ->

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#ILookLikeAPhd Campaign Photo

2016 Institute on Teaching and Mentoring Recap

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. 

Dr. Archie Taylor poses with Dr. Ansley Abraham

2016 Institute Quick Stats

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DSP live streams with Black Women in Science and Engineering

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. 

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Pictured (L to R), Dr. Bob Belle, Dr. Walt Jacobs and Dr. Ansley Abraham

The DSP says Farewell to Dr. Walt Jacobs

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 well.


From Military to Education Service

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Funding Graduate Education Resources

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 downloaded below. 

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