Our collaborative multi-university effort aims to address the under-representation of Hispanics/Latinos, African Americans, and Native Americans in graduate programs in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBEs) at our four institutions. Our immediate goal is to increase the enrollment, retention, and successful graduation of under-represented minority students in the SBE sciences. In the long-term we hope to increase the number of faculty in these fields from under-represented minorities. The National Science Foundation is providing the funding for our joint efforts to recruit students interested in careers in academia and in government.
Graduate Diversity Fellows receive funds that represent a supplement to the basic financial packages for graduate students (e.g., teaching assistantships, research assistantships, etc.) at each institution to leverage additional training, summer experiences and professional travel.
Students accepted as Graduate Diversity Fellows will participate in an annual research conference (e.g., alternating locations each year). This opportunity allows young scholars to present ideas, obtain feedback, and network with peers and advisors in a highly supportive atmosphere.
At each university, a Diversity Director dedicated to the SBE Sciences works with key faculty and administrators on campus to implement all aspects of the program. The Diversity Director also serves as a key resource for incoming fellows. Diversity Directors will work closely with one another and provide essential links between the four campuses.
The four Universities include the Stanford, Texas A&M, University of Southern California, and UT-Austin. Click on the links to the left to learn more about each university's EDGE/SBE Fellows Program.