B.C. In Efforts to Draw AHANA Students

By Sean Smith
Staff Writer

Boston College has joined two major initiatives which offer support to AHANA doctoral students interested in pursuing academic careers.

The University is among five New England institutions forming the Compact for Faculty Diversity, which provides dissertation fellowships in the humanities and social sciences. In addition, Boston College is now a member of the National Physical Science Consortium, a group of American institutions that award graduate fellowships for people of color and women in the physical sciences.

"Boston College is making a concerted effort to increase the numbers of AHANA doctoral students and future faculty members, whether at BC or at institutions across the country," said Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean Patricia DeLeeuw.

The programs will supplement GA&S's own Graduate Fellowships for American Minority Students, DeLeeuw added, which it began offering in 1987. Four students receive the fellowships annually and graduates of the program have gone on to teaching positions at institutions such as Cornell and Auburn universities, and Roxbury Community College, she said.

The Compact for Faculty Diversity provides a fellowship for a doctoral student to complete his or her dissertation at each of the five member institutions.

The inaugural Dissertation Scholar, chosen from 40 candidates, will be Ana Yolanda Ramos-Zaya, who expects to receive her doctorate in cultural anthropology from Columbia University next May. Under the fellowship, she will complete her dissertation in the Boston College Sociology Department during the 1996-97 academic year.

Candidates for the NPSC fellowships must be enrolled in a full-time doctoral program related to the physical sciences at an NPSC member institution, DeLeeuw said. The fellowships are worth from $150,000 to $180,000 and provide students with tuition, fees and a nine-month stipend for each graduate year.

"It's an important program, because it seeks to increase the presence of AHANA doctoral students in the sciences," DeLeeuw said.

DeLeeuw said the University will select its first NPSC Fellow during the next academic year.

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