Press Release: Aspiring Ph.D.s Present Research at Annual Conference Program Provides Pipeline to the Academy for Underserved Minorities

Two hundred aspiring scholars from undergraduate CUNY campuses will present their research at the 13th Annual CUNY Pipeline Conference on Friday, February 19. The Pipeline program is aimed at encouraging City University of New York students from underserved minorities to enter doctoral programs and, eventually, the academy as professors. The conference culminates a year-long program that provides educational and financial support for the academically gifted students. The conference will be held from 8 am to 6 pm on the Concourse Level at the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, at 34th Street.

The CUNY Pipeline Program is an honors colloquium established in 1992 to help prepare undergraduate minority students from CUNY’s campuses to become scholars. During the summer, between their junior and senior years, students selected for the program are invited to participate in one of three institutes: Math and Science, Humanities, and Social Science at the CUNY Graduate Center. For six weeks, Monday through Thursday, fellows study math, science, humanities or social science, during the morning hours, with CUNY faculty members who are also directors of the institutes. Several afternoon workshops—Graduate Record Exam (GRE) preparation, Critical Thinking, Social Science Methodology, Math, and Introduction to Graduate School—supplement the morning seminars.

Fellows learn to identify graduate programs that are best suited to their disciplines and interests, how to apply to these programs, to identify financial sources for graduate school, and how to prepare their personal statements and curriculum vitae. Additionally, fellows begin their research for the culminating conference during the six-week summer internship and continue to develop their work with their mentors over the fall and spring.  Their final thesis is presented to the Pipeline Program Coordinator at the end of May.  Fellows are rewarded for their hard work with a final stipend and a recognition ceremony after their graduation.

The CUNY Pipeline also provides funding for up to ten graduate school applications and the Graduate Record Examination for each fellow. Fellows are not allowed to engage in work activities during the six-week summer internship. Instead, they receive a stipend to offset their expenses.

This year, for the first time, students from all CUNY campuses will present their work at the annual conference. For many of the students, this is their first public presentation.

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Submitted on: FEB 1, 2010

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