The Mitchem Fellows program is open to high-performing students from populations underrepresented in their fields in doctoral studies and the professoriate. The program extends McNair's capacity primarily by serving two categories of students not eligible for McNair: those who do not meet TRIO's stringent income and first-generation status eligibility criteria, and those who aspire to faculty careers in medicine and other STEM fields where the PhD may not be the terminal degree.
The program has four main objectives:
- Improve students' academic skills, particularly in terms of critical thinking, writing and research.
- Improve students' awareness of graduate school.
- Prepare participants for summer research experiences either at DePaul, other universities or abroad.
- Prepare participants to submit successful graduate school applications.
An additional component of the program includes the opportunity to study abroad with faculty. For example, the International Research Experience (IRE) within the Center for Access and Attainment aims to provide a unique learning experience for participants in the Mitchem Fellows program by helping them prepare for graduate study through an intensive research and service abroad experience and cultural competency enrichment activities.
Furthermore, the program provides participants with guidance to develop a strong support network on campus (e.g., with faculty and peers involved in academic activities) and will provide funding for participants to visit graduate schools and attend academic conferences, all of which are critical in building awareness of academic careers and fostering relationships with faculty at graduate schools where students may apply.
For more information, contact:
Arnold Mitchem Fellows Program
Schmitt Academic Center, Suite 166
2320 N. Kenmore Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 325-4743 | firstname.lastname@example.org