BUILDING THE PIPELINE
Continuing Engagement and Collaboration of 1994, 1890, 1862, Federal and Private Sector Institutions:
Building the Pipeline from Undergraduate to Graduate Training
The Committee on Women in Agricultural Economics and the Committee on the Opportunities and Status of Blacks in Agricultural Economics are pleased to launch this mentoring program with support from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Trust. This program supplements existing COSBAE-CWAE mentoring activities through the creation of a mentoring program for undergraduate students from historically under-represented groups who are interested in graduate education and research. This program develops and strengthens relationships between 1994, 1890 and 1862 institutions, and federal government agencies as well as key private sector employers, with the aim of creating new mentoring networks for undergraduate students from historically under-represented groups. These connections will assist them with continuing on to graduate education and research. We will work with undergraduates early on in their schooling (rising juniors and seniors), in order to provide research experience as well as guidance on preparing applications for graduate school. This addresses the early stages of the pipeline, to complement existing COSBAE-CWAE mentoring activities that address the early career stage.
Mentees will attend a preconference workshop at the 2021 AAEA Annual Meeting covering the research process, graduate school admissions, and potential careers in agricultural and applied economics. Mentees will be matched with mentors to conduct guided research over the course of one year. This research may align with the student’s own research (e.g., for an honors thesis) or be drawn from the mentor’s research portfolio. Additionally, both mentors and mentees will engage in bi-monthly training in culturally responsive mentoring over the following year, conducted by a professional facilitator. At the culmination of the program, mentees will prepare a research poster to be presented in a COSBAE-CWAE track session at the 2022 AAEA Annual Meeting. Program participants – both mentees and mentors – will be better poised to create effective mentoring relationships in the future, improving retention, promotion, and future recruitment of diverse students and scholars. Mentees will receive a $1000 travel stipend to attend each of the AAEA Annual Meetings in 2021 and 2022.
Students wishing to participate in Building the Pipeline must meet all of the following criteria:
Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale)
Be from a historically under-represented minority group, including female-identifying and non-binary individuals
Be enrolled in a degree-granting program at a college or university in the United States, Puerto Rico, or other U.S. territory
Be a rising junior or senior
Have a strong interest in pursuing a Ph.D.
Applicants from 1890 and 1994 land-grant universities are especially encouraged to apply.
To apply to the program, please submit the following to firstname.lastname@example.org by APRIL 30:
One letter of reference
One page statement of purpose.
Applications will be reviewed by the program committee, which includes the current leadership teams (Chair, Chair-Elect, Past Chair) of COSBAE and CWAE as well as four at-large members, two from COSBAE and two from CWAE. Fifteen (15) participants will be randomly selected from among the eligible applicants. All applicants will be asked to complete baseline and endline surveys to facilitate impact evaluation.