Social Science Research Council

To provide mentoring, networking and professional development services to Sloan MPHD graduates through the Sloan Scholars Mentoring Network (SSMN), and to review the impacts of the SSMN and MPHD as Sloan Scholars move through their careers

  • Amount $2,200,000
  • City New York, NY
  • Investigator Ron Kassimir
  • Year 2019
  • Program Higher Education
  • Sub-program Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in STEM Higher Education

Operated by the Social Science Research Council, the Sloan Scholars Mentoring Network (SSMN) is an alumni organization for graduates of Sloan’s Minority Ph.D. program. SSMN provides networking and continued professional development opportunities for those alumni who continue to work in academia. The network also provides a means for the Foundation to follow the careers of program graduates and thus to help in assessing its impact. SSMN offerings include a directory with up-to-date information on the 1,124 graduates of the Minority Ph.D. program, a digital newsletter featuring relevant community news as well as long-form interviews and short spotlight pieces highlighting the achievements of Sloan Scholar alumni, a boot camp for early-career academics, a skill-development webinar series, a biennial leadership program for tenured alumni, and a grants program that provides travel or research funding for selected program graduates. Additional funds will support initial work exploring whether and how the network might be expanded to provide services to the roughly 40 percent of Sloan alumni who work outside academia.

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