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Minority Graduate 
Volume 2
Number 1
February 2000

In this issue:

Ph.D. Enrollment in Computer Science Up for the Third StraightYear

AnInterview with Dr. Meera Chandrasekhar

Some ValuableLessons Can Be Learned from the Strategies of Winning Football Coaches 

A Profile of an MGE Institution: 
Rice University

From the editors

Managing Editor:Yolanda S.George
Virginia Van Horne
Art Director:
Ann Williams

Making Strides is a free,quarterly (April, July, October, and January) research newsletter publishedby the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Directoratefor Education and Human Resources Program. Its purpose is to share informationabout minority graduate education (MGE) in the fields of science, mathematics,and engineering. It is available in print and electronic format. Inquiries,information related to MGE, and all correspondence should be sent to theeditor. 

From the Editors:

 Each issue of Making Strides features a profile on an institutionthat received an NSF Minority Graduate Education (MGE) award. This issuewe are pleased to include an article written by Jordan Konisky, Vice Provostfor Research and Graduate Studies and the Principal Investigator for theMGE Program at Rice University.

Jay Dull, Interim Executive Director of the National Consortium forGraduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. (GEM)and Human Resource Manager for Ford Motor Company, shares some anecdotalinformation gleaned from various "rap" sessions with Ph.D. students onseveral campuses which applied for membership to the GEM Consortium. And,the Computing Research Engineering Association has graciously given uspermission to reprint an article from the March, 1999 issue of ComputingResearch News on Ph.D. enrollment trends.

We also want to remind you to mark your calendars for the MGE meetingin Atlanta Georgia on February 24-26, 2000. We are partnering with NSFand the EMERGE Alliance, chaired by Georgia Tech, on a national dialogueto increase minority participation in the fields of science, engineering,and mathematics called Workshop 2000. Our aim is to identify and disseminatethe successful strategies that lead to the increased participation andretention of African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americansin science, mathematics, and engineering doctoral programs, in particular,the professoriate. The workshop audience will include NSF minority graduateeducation grantees, as well as leaders from higher education, corporations,and foundations and government. The meeting format will feature keynotes,panels, and breakout groups, allowing all participants to interact andengage in dialogue. For further information, please visit send email to mge@aaas.org

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