Harvard University

To increase both the number of minority students entering top Ph.D. programs in economics and economics?related fields and the diversity of the economics faculties and work force

  • Amount $1,594,609
  • City Cambridge, MA
  • Investigator Sheila Thomas
  • Year 2015
  • Program Higher Education
  • Sub-program Education and Professional Advancement for Underrepresented Groups

This grant supports a project by Harvard University’s Department of Economics, in partnership with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) and economists in other Harvard schools (e.g., the Kennedy School of Government and the School of Public Health), to support 24 “student-years-worth” of post-baccalaureate training in mathematics and economics for very promising underrepresented minority (URM) students. Resources available to students through the program will include a paid research assistant position with a participating Harvard faculty member, up to four courses per year of undergraduate or graduate coursework, access to one of the math boot camps taken by entering graduate students in Harvard’s economics Ph.D. program, support for GRE preparation, travel funds to attend conferences; and peer and faculty mentoring. The project aims to increase the number of Ph.D. graduates in economics and related fields by 8 to 10 percent, and to serve as a model for other universities and institutions interested in increasing the representation of minorities within economics or other scientific fields.

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