University of Maryland, Baltimore County

To develop an effective pipeline for underrepresented minority students to gain admission to and complete highly competitive doctoral programs in economics by providing student support, high-value summer research experiences, and  postbaccalaureate programs

  • Amount $1,304,560
  • City Baltimore, MD
  • Investigator David Mitch
  • Year 2017
  • Program Higher Education
  • Sub-program Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in STEM Higher Education

This grant funds a pilot project at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) that will leverage the insights and infrastructure of the university’s successful Meyerhoff Scholars program to identify talented minority undergraduates with an interest in pursuing advanced degrees in economics and provide them with high quality mentoring and training that will help prepare them for success in top flight graduate programs. Funded activities include: Hosting of several workshops per year to inform students early in their college years about career opportunities available to economics PhDs; Creation of faculty working groups in economics, math, and other STEM fields to examine how undergraduate course pathways influence the potential for doctoral work in economics; Provision of advising, mentoring, group support, and financial support for interested students; Offering of summer research experiences to 15 undergraduates over five years at either UMBC or at one of several other approved research universities or institutes; and The award of five stipends to UMBC graduates for two-year research assistantships in Sloan-approved economics-focused post-baccalaureate programs.

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