Marine Biological Laboratory

To develop an innovative, national model for consortium based pre-doctoral programming that will in turn establish equitable pathways to master’s and doctoral degree programs in STEM fields at institutions across the country

  • Amount $74,923
  • City Woods Hole, MA
  • Investigator Linda Hyman
  • Year 2021
  • Program Higher Education
  • Sub-program Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in STEM Higher Education

This grant supports Linda Hyman, Veronica Martinez-Acosta, and Jennifer Morgan at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), who are seeking to expand MBL’s existing partnerships with Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) across the country, in service of providing sustainable pathways to graduate education in various STEM disciplines for Black, Indigenous, and Latina/o students. Specifically, the team is seeking to incorporate successful elements of Boston University’s (BU) Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)—an existing pre-doctoral program which may serve as a model for the program in development—into their own pre-doctoral program. Grant funds support various activities within this effort, allowing the team to hire an external evaluator to consult on the planning activities; conduct a site visits to participating MSI campuses; host a focus group of scholars and faculty from Boston PREP; host a virtual meeting to gain insights from other PREP programs across the country; and develop the necessary elements of the envisioned pre-doctoral program, including a name, scope, curriculum, plans for evaluation, recruitment and marketing, sustainability and dissemination, theory of change, and key metrics for outcomes.

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