Changing Minds: Structural Components and Framework of the Meyerhoff Scholars Program & Meyerhoff Graduate Fellows Program University of Maryland, Baltimore.
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Changing Minds: Structural Components and Framework of the Meyerhoff Scholars Program & Meyerhoff Graduate Fellows Program University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) LaMont F. Toliver, Director Meyerhoff Scholars Program Justine M. Johnson, Assistant Director Meyerhoff Graduate Fellows Program
Program History Barriers of Success Structural Components Indicators of Success Conclusion Outline
UMBC Profile Midsize public university - Founded in 1966 11,650 students (9,406 U and 2,244 G) 35% minority enrollment (Black 14%, Asian 17%, Hispanic & Native American 4%) 1391 Freshmen SAT (top quartile) 41% of students in STEM fields Awarded 81 Ph.D’s in 2006 What are we known for?
Meyerhoff Scholars Program Founders and Purpose Milestones of 1989, 1991 and 1995 …now open to all high-achieving high school seniors who have an interest in pursuing doctoral study in the sciences or engineering, and who are interested in the advancement of minorities in the sciences and related fields. Growth in Numbers
07-08 Program Demographics Applicants612 Candidates225 Offers88 Yield58 Avg. HS GPA4.3 Avg. MSAT723 African American125 (56%) Asian/Pacific Islander 44 (20%) Caucasian42 (19%) Hispanic19 (10%) Native American02 (1%) Male115 (52%) Female107 (48%) Freshman Class Current Program Demographics
Fear of disapproval or rejection by Peers Perceived hostile or unsupportive environment Inadequate socialization to the attitudinal and behavioral demands of the Academy Specific gaps in knowledge and skill development Limited exposure to models of academic excellence and scholarly practice Overall low expectations Financial aid Barriers of Success
Structural Components Recruitment Financial Aid Summer Bridge Program Tutoring Summer Research Internships Faculty Involvement and Commitment Peer Study Groups Program Values Sense of Community Personal Advisement & Counseling
The Meyerhoff Graduate Fellows Program Began in 1996 with an MBRS-IMSD grant from NIH with two students - one in Chemistry and one in Psychology There are currently 47 fellows in the program and 15 students have completed the Ph.D. or MD/Ph.D. … open to all who have an interest in pursuing doctoral study in the biomedical or behavioral sciences, and who are interested in the advancement of minorities in the sciences and related fields. Retention rate of the program is 75%
Program Demographics Number enrolled11 Average GPA3.5 Average GRE Math 609 Incoming Class Fall 2007 Ph.D’s Awarded by Program ProgramPh.D’s Awarded Biological Science3 Chemistry4 Biochemistry4 Psychology3 Mechanical Eng.1
Meyerhoff Graduate Structural Components Salary Support and Health Benefits Summer Bridge Program Tutoring Monthly Research Meetings Minority Speaker Series Travel to National Conferences Supply Funding for Mentor Labs Annual Retreat Sense of Community Personal Advisement & Counseling Support through Degree Completion
Administrative Components Departmental Commitment Salary Support Recruitment Staff Involvement
Academic Component Summer Bridge Peer Research Presentations Research Presentations at National Meetings Personal Advising/ Counseling & Tutoring
Social Component Summer Bridge Monthly Meetings Sense of Community Annual Retreat
Indicators of Success Retention Academic Performance Impact on University Graduate Placement Graduate Program Completion
Administrative Support Faculty/Departmental Involvement Bridge Program Sense of Community & Identity High Expectations Conclusion
Faculty have to care more than others is wise Administrators have to risk more than others think is safe University has to dare more than others think is practical Students have to dream more than others think is possible Change Minds by...
Finally Mr. T, Please change the MD number to 98. Mike “If It takes an entire Village...” Social Administrative Academic
Acknowledgements Freeman Hrabowski, PhD Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Michael F. Summers, PhD UMBC Community Meyerhoff Program Staff Meyerhoff Scholars & Fellows Special thanks to National Human Genome Research Institute
Contact Information Meyerhoff Scholars Program LaMont F. Toliver Toliver@umbc.edu www.umbc.edu/meyerhoff 410.455.3139 office 410.455.1281 fax Meyerhoff Graduate Fellows Program Justine M. Johnson or Michael F. Summers, Ph.D. email@example.com@umbc.edu or firstname.lastname@example.org@hhmi.umbc.edu www.umbc.edu/meyerhoff/Graduate 410.455.3124 office 410.455.1174 fax