Southern Regional Education Board

To support the Institute on Teaching and Mentoring as part of the national effort to increase doctoral degrees awarded to members of underrepresented minorities in STEM fields, with a special focus on preparation for careers in higher education

  • Amount $1,408,919
  • City Atlanta, GA
  • Investigator Ansley Abraham
  • Year 2019
  • Program Higher Education
  • Sub-program Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in STEM Higher Education

The Institute on Teaching and Mentoring is an annual 3.5-day professional development conference for underrepresented minority doctoral students and recent Ph.D. recipients. Organized by the Southern Regional Education Board, the Institute is the single largest gathering in the country of underrepresented scholars pursuing advanced degrees. It presents an unrivaled opportunity for building community with and among such scholars and for addressing their specific educational and professional needs. The Institute also plays a central role in the Foundation’s Minority Ph.D. program. More than 150 scholars supported through the Sloan University Centers of Exemplary Mentoring attend each year. Attendees hear plenary speakers talk on substantive issues in graduate education and may choose from a large variety of workshops addressing topics across every stage of the educational pipeline, from the challenges of adapting to graduate study as a first-year student, to dissertation guidance, to making informed choices about the job market. The Institute also offers programming designed to build community among attendees, forge professional connections, celebrate the achievements of scholars, and introduce attendees to professional mentors and recruiters.  Funds from this grant provide partial support for the Institute for a period of four years.

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