Jami P. Joyner, White Thorn, Dr. Lisa Flores, Debora Rivera:
Increasing Undergraduate Research Experiences to abet Graduate Persistence for Underrepresented Students
In 2001, Latinos earned
3 percent of doctoral degrees (1,500), while whites earned 61 percent, blacks
earned 5 percent, Asian/Pacific Islanders earned 6 percent, and nonresident
aliens earned 24 percent of doctoral degrees (1 U.S. Department of
Education, 2002). The primary doctoral
degrees earned by Latinos were education, psychology, and biological/life
It is essential that talented underrepresented undergraduate collegians are offered a bridge to and prepared for graduate school. Undergraduates of color are in need of mentoring, financial, educational, and career development which assist them with successfully entering and completing graduate degree programs.
The panelists will base the discussion around their experiences recruiting, mentoring and participating in research internships aimed at increasing opportunities of graduate study for underrepresented groups. This panel will discuss and respond to questions pertaining to strategies to increase the diversity of graduate degree earners and tenure track faculty of color. It will also entail a dialogue in regards to successfully mentoring students of color. This panel will communicate the benefits of minority students participating in the research internship programs in which collegians of color are provided with research experience under the direction of faculty mentors and/or workshops to prepare them to obtain an advanced degree.
Additionally, the panel will discuss how it is incumbent upon university and college administrators and faculty to recognize exceptional underrepresented undergraduate collegians for opportunities to benefit from participating in research and obtaining a terminal degree.
Jami P. Joyner, Doctoral Student ELPA
Stephanie White Thorn, MU
Graduate Assistant, Gradate Student Affairs
Dr. Lisa Flores, Assistant Professor ES&CP
301 Noyes Hall
Debora Rivera, Graduate Student ES&CP
301 Noyes Hall