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Transformation of Louisiana State University: The Best University in the Country for African Americans to earn PhDs in Chemistry Isiah M. Warner, Department of Chemistry, Louisiana State University presented to Dept. of Chemistry, U. Wisconsin, Madison, WI, May 24, 2005. US.

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Transformation of Louisiana State University: The Best University in the Country for African Americans to earn PhDs in ChemistryIsiah M. Warner, Department of Chemistry, Louisiana State Universitypresented to Dept. of Chemistry, U. Wisconsin, Madison, WI, May 24, 2005


US

African American Chemists


Problems for Recruiting Minorities

  • Building A Critical Mass

    • Active recruiting

  • Shortage of Role-Models at Major Universities

    • Minority faculty at Top 50 Universities (Science, 292, 1292, 2001)

  • Admission Standards Culturally Biased (?)

    • GRE Scores (Are they a true reflection of Graduate school success?)

  • Good Students Do Not Come Solely from Research I Universities

    • HBCUs and smaller universities (non-PhD institutions)


LSU Graduate Program

  • Historical Context

  • LSU - Developments in the 90's

  • Chemistry - Profile of the 90's

  • Success Factors


LSU

Milestones

  • CAP 1991

    • Cooperative Assistantships for HBCU students

  • Huel Perkins 1994

    • Fellowships for African American Doctoral Students

  • External (McNair, GEM, NSF, NIH)

  • Minority Infrastructure in the 90's -

    • OMA, AACC, BFSC, many student organizations

    • Intercampus initiatives

    • Vice Chancellor for Diversity


CHEM

LSU Selection Criteria

  • GPA

  • Letters of Reference

  • GRE (Verbal and Quantitative)

  • Personal Interview


CHEM

LSU Success Factors

  • Mentoring and Support

  • Proximity of HBCUs

  • Critical Mass

  • Faculty Collusion

  • Self-Sustained Recruiting

  • Employability


The First 20 Years - 1965 to 1985

3 PhD Degrees:

  • Richard Evans, PhD, 1965-1971

  • Mildred Smalley, PhD, 1968-1972

  • Don Prier, PhD, 1975-1981


The Next 20 Years - 1985 to 2005

33 PhD Degrees

11 MS Degrees


Success Rates


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HBCU's

  • Alcorn

  • Jackson State

  • Mississippi Valley

  • Tougaloo

  • Dillard

  • Grambling

  • Southern NO

  • Southern BR

  • Southern Shreveport

  • Xavier

  • Prairie View

  • Texas Southern


The Transformation of LSU Chemistry Continues


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