Gloster Invited to Prestigious PhD Conference

September 16, 2021 - Dorene DiNaro

Demetrius Gloster, a Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program Scholar and Anderson School of Management student who will be graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration in May of 2012, was recently invited to attend the annual PhD Project Conference in Chicago. 

Gloster has presented his McNair research, New Mexico Money in Politics, at the 2nd Annual Southern California McNair Scholars Research Conference held at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California and at the 20th Annual National McNair Research Conference at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 

The PhD Project was created in 1994 to address the severe under-representation of African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and Native Americans in management by diversifying the front of the classroom-the business school faculty. 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.

Qualified candidates are invited to this two and a half-day annual conference where they hear from deans, professors and current minority doctoral students about the benefits of pursuing a business Ph.D.  Candidates are exposed to more than 100 doctoral-granting universities that are represented during a  university exhibit fair at the conference. Networking with the university reps, deans, professors and current doctoral students provides candidates with the tools and resources they need to be better prepared for the application/admission process to doctoral programs.   

When The PhD Project was created, there were only 294 doctorally qualified African-American, Hispanic American or Native American minority business professors in all U.S. business schools.  Today there are 1,113 minority business professors, an increase of more than 250%. Further, 379 minorities are currently enrolled in doctoral programs, and will take a place at the front of the classroom over the next few years.