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Sarah J. Prenovitz

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August 2015An Evaluation of The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship's Effect on PhD Production at Non-UNCF Institutions
with Gary R. Cohen, Ronald G. Ehrenberg, George H. Jakubson: w21451
The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MMUF) was established in 1988 to encourage underrepresented minority (URM) students to pursue PhD study with an eye towards entering academia. Fellows have completed PhDs at high rates relative to other students, but they are selected for their interest and potential, so this reflects both the effects of the program and the abilities of the students themselves. In order to understand one impact of the program we investigate its causal effect - how many of its fellows earned PhDs who would not have done so without the MMUF’s support. In this paper we use restricted access administrative data from the Mellon Foundation and the National Science Foundation’s Survey of Earned Doctorates to investigate the effect of the MMUF on PhD completions ...

Published: Sarah J. Prenovitz & Gary R. Cohen & Ronald G. Ehrenberg & George H. Jakubson, 2016. "An evaluation of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship's effect on PhD production at non-UNCF institutions," Economics of Education Review, . citation courtesy of

 
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