The University of Florida has launched a new effort to increase racial diversity in its doctoral degree programs. The HBCU-UF Master’s to Ph.D. Pathway Project targets high performing master’s degree students at historically black colleges and universities and encourages them to further their education by pursuing doctorates at the University of Florida. Master’s degree students are paired with a University of Florida faculty member who acts as the student’s mentor and guides him or her through the process of admission to a doctoral program.
The University of Florida is working with students at 13 HBCUs. It hopes to enroll two or three students from each school, with the first students entering doctoral studies in the fall of 2013.