Maria Navarrete Attended The Ph.D. Project Annual Conference
By: Trevor Bell
Maria Navarrete, a member of the Rawls College STEM MBA's first cohort, recently traveled to Chicago to take part in The Ph.D. Project's annual conference. The Ph.D. Project, an award-winning program launched in 1994, aims to help African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and Native Americans attain their business Ph.D., become business professors and mentor the next generation of business leaders. After showing exemplary work in the classroom, Maria was encouraged to apply for the conference by Area of Marketing professors Dr. Kelli Frias and Dr. Dale Duhan.
During the two-day conference, Maria networked with prospective doctoral students, business faculty members from universities around the country, and past conference attendees. She also attended panels and presentations regarding tips for pursuing a Ph.D., which Ph.D. programs to consider, advice on the Ph.D. lifestyle, and post-graduate job opportunities.
"The Ph.D. Project's annual conference was beneficial because it allowed me to meet and interact with different people from around the country who are interested and passionate about higher education," Maria said. "Additionally, as a female minority, this conference opened my eyes to the impact I can make both in business and in the classroom."
The Ph.D. Project believes that a diverse faculty encourages more minorities to pursue business degrees, thereby increasing the pool of minority applicants for positions in today's multicultural corporate environment.
This supports the efforts outlined in the Rawls College of Business Strategic Plan. Learn more about the LEADER 2020 Strategic Plan and follow our progress on Twitter at #RawlsLeads.