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Program Improves Ph.D. Student Diversity

March 21, 2013
Diversity-promoting tactics would work elsewhere

Andrew Campbell developed the Initiative to Maximize Student Development: “The pool of really good students is out there and we’re getting them.”

A new paper in the peer-reviewed journal CBE—Life Sciences Education describes a Brown University program that has significantly improved recruiting and performance of underrepresented minority students in its nine life sciences doctoral programs over the last four years. Data in the paper show increases in applications, admissions, enrollments, test scores, grades and scientific publications and presentations among underrepresented minority students after implementation of the program called the Initiative to Maximize Student Development (IMSD).

Read more about student diversity in David Orenstein's article.
See also the Chronicle of Higher Education article,
"Brown U. Program Helps Minority Science Ph.D.'s to Thrive."