PhD Pathway is a mentoring program that matches undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented backgrounds with faculty, professional staff, community professionals, and distinguished alumni associated with Ball State University.
Through a matching process and relationships established through this program, students will have a heightened awareness for the opportunities that lie beyond the first degree and support for the process of pursuing higher academic goals and resources. The ultimate goal of the program is to encourage students to pursue doctoral studies outside of Ball State University to potentially and ultimately return to work and teach as a faculty member.
By meeting with a mentor on a consistent basis, interacting with other protégés and participating in a set of University-sponsored events, the mentoring program will help protégés gain knowledge and establish networks beyond the scope of Ball State University in order to build crucial relationships for establishing a successful career.
The following are the basic components of the program’s structure.
The referral, application and mentor/protégé matching process is a vital part of the PhD pathway program.
The following describes the components of this process.