Doctorates by the Dozen: Ethnic Minority Undergraduates Participate in LSU’s Summer Pre-Doctoral Scholars Institute
BATON ROUGE – In June, LSU hosted 12 ethnic minority undergraduate students for the 14th iteration of its Pre-Doctoral Scholars Institute, or PDSI, a summer institute aimed at increasing the number of students from underrepresented populations entering the doctoral program and introducing those students to the LSU Graduate School and Baton Rouge.
Students were exposed to research and gained assistance with preparing graduate school applications. These student scholars represented a variety of disciplines and institutional types, including historically black colleges and universities, women's colleges and predominantly white institutions.
At this year's PDSI, students from across the United States and abroad, including international students from St. Lucia, were represented. They participated in a series of workshops and seminars, a field trip to the Louisiana State Museum and social activities, and worked on new or ongoing research projects with faculty or research mentors.
The 2010 Pre-Doctoral Scholars Institute scholars and mentors included:
Melvin Alphonse, a native of St. Lucia from Grambling State University in Grambling, worked in finance with Latter & Blum Inc. Distinguished Professor in Business Administration V. Carlos Slawson, chair of the Department of Finance.
Victor Andrews, a native of Miami from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, worked in social work with Ra'Quel Shavers, a research associate in the LSU Office of Social Service Research and Development.
Amanda Compean, a native of Farmington, Ark., from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark., worked in chemical engineering with James Henry, an assistant professor in the Cain Department of Chemical Engineering.
Latoya Johnson, a native of Pickens, Miss., from Belhaven University in Jackson, Miss., worked in higher education with Roland Mitchell, an assistant professor in the Higher Education Administration program in the Department of Educational Theory, Policy, and Practice in the College of Education.
Ariel Laws, a native of Memphis, Tenn., from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga., worked in early childhood education with Teresa Buchanan, an associate professor in the Department of Educational Theory, Policy, and Practice in the College of Education.
Aaron McCalister, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, from Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, worked in chemical engineering with Mike Benton, an assistant professor in the Cain Department of Chemical Engineering.
Destinee McKinney, a native of Monroe from Grambling State University in Grambling, worked in accounting with KPMG Peat Marwick Developing Scholar Dana Hollie, an assistant professor in the Department of Accounting.
Imran Phillip, a native of St. Lucia from Grambling State University in Grambling, worked in construction management and industrial engineering with Emerald Roider, an assistant professor in the Department of Construction Management and Industrial Engineering.
Ayrielle Pollad, a native of Denver, Colo., from Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, worked in psychology with Jason Hicks, an associate professor in cognition and development and the director of graduate studies in the Department of Psychology.
Rashanique Quarels, a native of Baton Rouge from Southern University, worked in chemistry with George Stanley, a professor of organometallic catalysis and carbonylation in the Department of Chemistry.
Shirnelle Robinson, a native of Ellenwood, Ga., from Georgia State University in Atlanta, worked in sociology withDavid J. Kriskovich Distinguished Professor of Sociology Joachim Singlemann, a professor in the Department of Sociology and director of the Louisiana Population Data Center.
Michell Strickland, a native of New Orleans from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, worked in psychology with Mary Lou Kelley, a professor in the Department of Psychology's Clinical Psychology Training Program.
PDSI, which is housed in the Graduate School, represents a collaboration between the Graduate School and the Office of Equity, Diversity & Community Outreach.
Departments across campus, in addition to off-campus units, also participated in PDSI by providing instructors and resources. These on- and off-campus units included the Center for Academic Success, Communication Across the Curriculum, Campus Life, College of Education, Wellness Education, the Black Graduate and Professional Student Association of LSU and the Educational Testing Service.
The PDSI 2010 student scholars also had special sessions with faculty and administrators including Katrice Albert, vice provost for Equity, Diversity & Community Outreach in the Office of Academic Affairs; Jas Sullivan, assistant professor in political science; Zakiya Wilson from the Office of Strategic Initiatives, assistant director for graduate recruitment and admissions in the Department of Chemistry; Meghan Sanders, assistant professor in the Manship School of Mass Communication; Saundra McGuire, assistant vice chancellor for Learning and Teaching in the Division of Student Life; Brian Bourke, assistant professor in the Department of Educational, Theory, Policy & Practice; Jared Llorens, assistant professor in the Public Administration Institute; Vaneshette Henderson, coordinator for pre-college programs in the College of Engineering Office of Diversity Programs; and Jennifer Loftin, evaluation project manager in the Gordon A. Cain Center for Scientific, Technological, Engineering and Mathematical Literacy.
For more information regarding PDSI and other graduate diversity efforts, please contact Malcolm Richardson, associate dean for the Graduate School, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Marco Barker, assistant to the vice provost and director of educational equity for Equity, Diversity & Community Outreach, at email@example.com.