The Doctoral Mentoring Fellows program creates catalysts for increasing the diversity of doctoral students choosing and successfully undertaking academic careers. The fellows meet monthly during the academic year to discuss literature and experiences within their own departments. The 2015-16 Fellows had this to say about the monthly meetings:
The discussions of issues that make graduate education difficult for women and underrepresented minorities helped me to be a better advocate for graduate students. The discussions from various people with a diverse set of backgrounds certainly helped me to have a clearer perspective, and I thought that this was the most valuable part of the program.
I always get quite a bit from research, but the interactions brought home many dimensions I was just plain ignorant of!
Each fellow is expected to complete a small project to bring information and discussion back to their department. We expect that fellows will begin to provide leadership in broadening diversity in their departments or colleges.
Candidates for this fellowship should meet these criteria:
- a willingness to serve as a change agent for mentoring and diversifying the graduate population;
- active and successful advising of doctoral students;
- demonstrated interest in intellectual growth outside their own academic specialty;
- for more information about the Doctoral Mentoring Fellowship, please see the website.
To apply for the fellowship, send a CV, including a list of your doctoral students, and a statement of interest addressing the selection criteria to Marcia Gumpertz by Tuesday, August 2, 2016. Successful applicants will be invited to serve as fellows by August 9, 2016.
The Doctoral Mentoring Fellowship is supported by the Office for Institutional Equity and the Graduate School. We hope that you will apply for the program!