Howard was selected among 21 major U.S. and Canadian research universities to participate in a $2.6 million three-year Ph.D. Completion Project grant administered by the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) with generous support from Pfizer, Inc. and the Ford Foundation (Press Release). Each of the 21 Research Partners were awarded up to $100,000 to create intervention strategies and pilot projects to evaluate the impact of these initiatives on doctoral completion rates and attrition patterns. This project will produce the most comprehensive data on attrition from doctoral study and completion of Ph.D. programs.
The Research Partners were selected in a highly competitive grant process by an external Advisory Board nominated by CGS, and comprised of leaders from academia, industry, disciplinary societies, funding agencies, and research programs.
Howard University , the nation's largest on-campus producer of African Americans with Ph.D. degrees, is the only minority serving institution selected to participate in this project. Participating doctoral-granting departments at Howard selected from the sciences, engineering and mathematics ( SEM ) and humanities and social science disciplines are biology, chemistry, history, mathematics, physics, communication and culture, communication sciences and disorders and electrical engineering.
Orlando L. Taylor, Vice Provost for Research and Dean, Howard University Graduate School , and Chontrese Doswell, Assistant Dean for Retention, Mentoring and Support Programs, Graduate School are the co-principal investigators.