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					Transformation of Louisiana
 State University: The Best
University in the Country for
 African Americans to earn
     PhDs in Chemistry
   Isiah M. Warner, Department of Chemistry, Louisiana State University
presented to Dept. of Chemistry, U. Wisconsin, Madison, WI, May 24, 2005
US
     African American Chemists
 Problems for Recruiting Minorities
• Building A Critical Mass
  – Active recruiting
• Shortage of Role-Models at Major
  Universities
  – Minority faculty at Top 50 Universities (Science, 292,
    1292, 2001)
• Admission Standards Culturally Biased (?)
  – GRE Scores (Are they a true reflection of Graduate
    school success?)
• Good Students Do Not Come Solely from
  Research I Universities
  – HBCUs and smaller universities (non-PhD institutions)
  LSU Graduate Program

• Historical Context

• LSU - Developments in the 90's

• Chemistry - Profile of the 90's

• Success Factors
LSU
                    Milestones
 • CAP 1991
      – Cooperative Assistantships for HBCU students
 • Huel Perkins 1994
      – Fellowships for African American Doctoral
        Students
 • External (McNair, GEM, NSF, NIH)
 • Minority Infrastructure in the 90's -
      – OMA, AACC, BFSC, many student organizations
      – Intercampus initiatives
      – Vice Chancellor for Diversity
CHEM
       LSU Selection Criteria
 • GPA

 • Letters of Reference

 • GRE (Verbal and Quantitative)

 • Personal Interview
CHEM
       LSU Success Factors
 • Mentoring and Support
 • Proximity of HBCUs
 • Critical Mass
 • Faculty Collusion
 • Self-Sustained Recruiting
 • Employability
The First 20 Years - 1965 to 1985
3 PhD Degrees:


     1.Richard Evans, PhD, 1965-1971
     2.Mildred Smalley, PhD, 1968-1972
     3.Don Prier, PhD, 1975-1981
The Next 20 Years - 1985 to 2005
33 PhD Degrees
11 MS Degrees
                  Success Rates
            African American (34) Total
70%



60%



50%



40%



30%



20%



10%



0%
      No Degree         MS           PhD
US
                    HBCU's
                    • Dillard           •   Alcorn
                    • Grambling         •   Jackson State
                    • Southern NO       •   Mississippi Valley
 • Prairie View     • Southern BR       •   Tougaloo
 • Texas Southern   • Southern Shreveport
                    • Xavier
The Transformation of LSU
   Chemistry Continues
                                 LSU Chemistry Faculty Composition (Spring 2005 compared to Spring 2003)

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