New York University

To launch a pilot program, the PH.D. Excellence Initiative, to change the face of economics departments in the United States by identifying, training, and mentoring high-achieving students of color, preparing them for rigors of Ph.D. study in the field

  • Amount $444,229
  • City New York, NY
  • Investigator Peter Henry
  • Year 2013
  • Program Higher Education
  • Sub-program Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in STEM Higher Education

The rate of underrepresented minority (URM) doctoral production in economics is dismal: an average of only 12 doctorates per year were awarded to blacks between 2001 and 2011, down from an average of 18 per year in the preceding five years. This grant supports a pilot initiative by New York University economist Peter Henry, Dean of the Stern School of Business, to increase the number of economics doctorates awarded to underrepresented minority students though providing intensive, high-quality mentorship to promising URM students in economics.Over three years, Henry will recruit six high-achieving, high-potential students of color as they graduate from college and offer them an intensive, full-time post-baccalaureate research apprenticeship where they will take selected NYU courses and develop one or more projects chosen specifically to result in co-authoring articles with Henry. Supported students will also receive peer support and mentoring from former mentees in Henry’s program. Henry will also assess student progress and compile program documentation to share with others in the economics profession in the hopes that his program, if successful, can be replicated in other settings.

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