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New Program To Help Underrepresented Students Prepare to Pursue Ph.D.s

October 25th, 2017


Seeking to address a lack of diversity among faculty at U.S. colleges and universities nationwide, Princeton is launching new strategies to encourage more women and underrepresented minority students to pursue doctoral degrees.

At the end of September, the University was reviewing applications for a director of its new Presidential Scholars Program, which will bring female students and those from underrepresented minority groups to campus to prepare them to apply for and thrive in the nation’s top Ph.D. programs. The program will consist of two tracks: 

The Pathways Program will bring 15 to 20 rising sophomores at nearby colleges to do research and coursework on Princeton’s campus each summer for four years. Students will also take part in professional-development workshops and other enrichment programs at Princeton throughout the academic year.

The Junior Society of Fellows will be open to non-Princeton students who have completed their undergraduate degrees but need additional courses or want to get research experience before beginning the graduate-school application process. These students will live on campus for two years; they will get internship experience, take GRE workshops, and do whatever else is necessary to prepare, said Dean of the College Jill Dolan. 

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