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
On March 31 our second twitter chat focused on topics
related to the Ph.D. academic job search and featured
special guess Dr. Karen Kelsky, contributor to Chronicle
Vitae and former tenured professor turned Ph.D. career
Dr. Kelsky shared over a decade of experience in higher education
and Ph.D. career coaching as she answered questions related
to the job search: CV preparation, interview preparation, the
hiring process, search committees and other topics. Transcript
of the Twitter Chat >
Abraham contributed to the conversation: “We need more fish in
the pool within Ph.D. programs,” he said. “The latest data tells
me that the changes we’re trying to make are deep-seated in our
system of higher education.”
“The challenge becomes most apparent,” Abraham said, “when
breaking down minority doctoral recipients by subfields. The data
show only one black doctoral recipient in many subfields,
including biophysics, nuclear physics, nuclear engineering,
architecture and entomology. Each of those subfields produced at
least 100 doctorates.”
“If your department needs a particle physicist,” Abraham said,
“your pool of applicants is very limited.”
Partner with StoryCorps to tell your story!
DSP is excited to announce a partnership with StoryCorps.
StoryCorps is a national, nonprofit oral history organization
that provides individuals with the opportunity to record, share
and preserve the stories of their life. DSP wants to share the
inspiring and motivational stories of scholars, graduates and
Institute attendees. DSP will be working with StoryCorps at the
Atlanta History Center to bring to life the stories of graduates
who are now teaching in the professoriate. Let us know if
you are willing to tell your story!
Doctoral Scholars Association Service Grant Winners
SREB has reinstated the Doctoral Scholars Association Service
Grant. The DSA Service Grant Committee awarded two $1,000 service
grants to two graduates who manage projects that expose the next
generation of scholars to educational opportunities. The winners
Jamie Fisher, 2013 SREB DSP program graduate and traveling
speech pathologist. Her project, “The Alumni Give Back – A
Community Service Project: ACT Scholarship Award Contest” will
allow her 2001 high school graduating class the opportunity to
discuss their careers with tomorrow’s alumni: current students
at Central High School in Louisville, Kentucky. Fisher
and her group will also award 25 scholarships for students
to take the ACT.
Shawanda Thomas, 2007 SREB DSP program graduate and
mathematics instructor at Lawson State Community College in
Alabama. Dr. Thomas’ project, Girls IMPACT (Increasing
Mathematical Potential Among College-bound Teens), will provide
minority girls ages 12 to 16 a six-week opportunity to learn
about careers in STEM from women who are working in the industry.
All DSP graduates (excluding the 2016 winners) will be eligible
to apply at the beginning of next year. Grant funds were raised
from the Pay It Forward campaign.
Don’t Forget Our Services for Scholars and Institute Attendees
SREB DSP Job Search: Search for active job
listings by universities and by disciplines. Start your search.
Professional Development Funds:
Request funding for conferences and other academic
resources. E-mail Tammy
Wright for more information.
Scholar Directory: Maintain your profile for
recruiters and use the database to find fellow scholars by field
and graduation status. Use the
Be sure to update your scholar profile
regularly. Keep your contact and employment information
current so that recruiters can contact you and we can continue to
provide helpful resources and information.
Dr. Abraham Speaks at the 2016 Conference of Southern Graduate
Schools Annual Meeting
Dr. Abraham spoke at the 2016 Conference of Southern Graduate
Schools Annual Meeting to create awareness about DSP’s progress
in helping to diversify this nation’s faculty. Friend of the
Institute, Dr. John Z. Kiss, Professor of Biology and Dean of the
Graduate School at the University of Mississippi, tweeted these
photos of Dr. Abraham presenting at the conference.
2016 DSP Regional Advisory Committee Meeting
Each year, DSP staff meets with state higher education
representatives and institutional partners to discuss program
outcomes, improvement and state information that may impact the
DSP program. The meeting’s purpose is to collaborate with these
representatives and partners to serve the scholars better.
Pictured below are regional advisory committee members and
DSP Program Graduate Seeks Participation in Research Survey
Dr. Adeya Powell is conducting research on the impact public
encounters have on minority women ages 18 to 35 years old. She is
asking those that meet the criteria to take a 25-minute survey to
give her data for further research. Take