University of Rochester

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Faculty Resources

Below is a list of efforts to support faculty in enhancing the diversity of our graduate student and faculty populations. Contact Beth Olivares for further information on any of these efforts.

GEM Membership

The University of Rochester has just become an institutional member of GEM (The National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc.).  We anticipate that we will see a substantial increase in the numbers of minority students applying to our graduate programs in science and engineering.  In addition, each fall we will have access to a list of names of college seniors applying for GEM fellowships.  See

Compact for Faculty Diversity: October 31-November 2, Arlington VA

An annual teaching and mentoring networking conference that attracts over 1,000 minority doctoral students, whose graduate work is funded through the Southern Regional Education Board.  Other attendees include undergraduate students in the Minority Access to Research Careers, the Sloan Fellows, and the McNair Programs. The University of Rochester has been invited to host a faculty and graduate student recruitment table at this conference.  The majority of doctoral candidates who attend this conference are pursuing degrees in STEM fields.  Funding is available from the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity and Development (Lynne Davidson) for faculty members who wish to represent the university for the purposes of recruitment.  See

Visits to Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Each fall, McNair Program staff travel to various HBCUs to recruit students for the summer research program.  The Deans’ Office will provide funding for faculty members who wish to travel along with McNair staff to visit an HBCU for the purposes of giving a talk, recruiting undergraduates for research or graduate study, or to develop relationships with current graduate students who might be strong faculty applicants. 

Doctoral Scholars Database

We purchase an annual subscription to the Southern Regional Education Board’s Doctoral Scholars Directory, which contains information on recent doctoral graduates who were funded through the Compact for Faculty Diversity. For the password, contact the Kearns Cente. 

Grant Proposal Assistance

For an at a glance view on data and statistics on the Kearns Center visit our fast facts page. For additional information contact Christopher Grant, Information Analyst (x3-4075)

Graduate Student Visitation Program--March 25-26, 2010 (juniors)

Low-income, first-generation college, and underrepresented minority students from other institutions are being invited to visit graduate programs to which they intend to apply.  The goal is to increase the numbers of these students who enroll in and complete our graduate programs, and to make the University of Rochester more attractive to such students.  Applications will be prescreened by Kearns Center staff and a faculty committee; departments will determine whether to invite the candidate for the visit. See program details here

National McNair Program Senior Database

A database of all McNair Program seniors is available at no cost early each fall, for the purposes of recruiting potential applicants to MS and PhD programs.  The list is searchable by major.  On campus, contact Patricia McLane (x59093). See

Advertisement in Diverse Issues in Higher Ed

To augment departmental advertising for open faculty positions, the Deans’ Office will take out an advertisement in a fall issue of Diverse Issues in Higher Education that will highlight a website which lists all  Arts, Sciences and Engineering faculty openings. (

Northeast Consortium for Faculty Diversity Visiting Dissertation Scholar

In 2008-2009, Arts, Sciences and Engineering hosted two dissertation scholars: Paula Booke in Political Science, and Krystal Frazier in History.  Both scholars have completed their dissertations and taken tenure track faculty positions.  In the fall of 2009, we will welcome Vanessa Wills, a dissertation scholar form the University of Pittsburgh, who will be joining the philosophy department for the year.  Applications for the 2010-2011 academic year will be due January 1, 2010.