Sloan’s Plan to Boost Native American PhDs

The Sloan Foundation is one of a number of funders sending serious resources to increase the rate of minority students pursuing STEM careers. But the shortage of Native Americans and Alaska Natives in STEM is particularly striking, most recently leading the foundation to pool the efforts of four universities to tackle the issue.  

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Why Sloan Narrowed its Focus in Supporting Minority Grad Students

The Sloan Foundation has been supporting minority Ph.D. students in STEM fields since the 1990s, but last year shifted its strategy, going all in with funding at a smaller number of universities. The funder just announced two new University Centers of Exemplary Mentoring, bringing the total to five centers funded at nearly $5 million.

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