Black Ph.D.’s are seriously lacking throughout the country in pretty much all fields, especially in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
However, 10 years ago Clark Atlanta University committed to making a change and working hard on ensuring that black students progressed in this area.
And now it seems their hard work is paying off!
HBCU Lifestyle reported:
New data released by CAU’s Center for Functional Nanoscale Materials (CFNM) suggests the efforts are beginning to pay off. Since the CFNM was founded in 2006, CAU has produced a whopping 21 black Ph.D.’s. This number accounts for the most Black Ph.D.’s graduating from CAU in materials science than any HBCU in the nation. It’s also among the top producers of black Ph.D.’s at any institution of higher learning in the U.S.
Clark Atlanta’s Ph.D. graduates now earn at least six-figure salaries working in some of the top research labs in the country, including the United States EPA, Jacobs Engineering, L’Oreal Corporation, and the United States Department of Treasury. Yet even with these strides, CAU recognizes there is a lot more work to be done to increase the number of blacks earning Ph.D.’s in materials science. In fact, one of the goals of the CFNM is to annually graduate 10 black Ph.D. students by 2021.
CAU have another four students who will get their Ph.D. in 2017 continuing and growing the trend. They say that their students continue onto high paid jobs and they have a 100% retention rate.
This school is doing wonders!
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