The National HBCU Graduate School Clearinghouse EXCELLENCE EVERYDAY


This summer, the University of Notre Dame Graduate School is offering our 10th Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) which offers many opportunities to prepare undergraduates for graduate school success. The deadline to apply is February 15

Any U.S. citizens or permanent residents that are from an underrepresented group, are low-income or first generation students and will be juniors and rising seniors in Fall 2019, in any discipline offered by the Notre Dame Graduate School, interested in attending our program are encouraged to apply. The program will run from May 20-July 27, 2019.

To apply, you will need a statement of intent, a CV, an unofficial copy of your transcripts, and one letter of recommendation.

Apply and join our campus community for 10 weeks of guided research with world class faculty, culminating in a symposium attended by up to 200 peer researchers from other REUs on campus. In addition to working with faculty in your program of interest, you will develop grant and fellowship proposals, as well as graduate school applications, receiving feedback from experienced higher education professionals. You will also participate in a GRE preparation workshop and weekly lunch meetings with Notre Dame faculty and administrators. There are social events and workshops sponsored by the Graduate School and other REUs on campus.

Again this year, Notre Dame’s SROP will offer: Competitive stipends * Housing in air conditioned dorms *Transportation *GRE preparation support * Graduate school application support * Specialized assistance with grant and fellowship applications to NSF, NIH, Fulbright and more * Fee waiver for applying to full-time Graduate School at Notre Dame

If you have any questions please email tm@hbcugraduate.com

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National HBCU Graduate School Clearinghouse Founder, Dr. Terrance McNeil receives the first ever Excellence in Innovation and Competitiveness Award from the White House Initiative on HBCU's, September, 2018.

Pictured l to r: Dr. Arthur McMahan, Deputy Director, Jonathan Holified Executive Director, Johnny Taylor, Jr., chairman of the president’s board of advisors for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and The Honorable James E. Campos, Director, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, US Department of Energy.

Kendall Parker received admission and funding offers from the University of Notre Dame, Rice, the University of South Florida, Georgia Tech and Texas A&M University and others. Our methods help students to explore the entirety of their graduate school options.
There is a need to diversify...

While progress has been made over the past decade regarding Black student enrollment in college, Historically Black Colleges and Universities prepare thousands of students for post-baccalaureate success each year. There remains, however, a need to continually strive for educational access and equality for students.

Are you a Student In Need of Resources for Graduate School?

Are you a Partner Institution?

Purdue University Campus Visit March 2017

Many HBCU undergraduates are desirous of diversified experiences to prepare them as professionals. At the same time, graduate program opportunities are limited at many HBCUs. So there is a need to connect top tier institutions with competitive applicants who are eager to conduct research and add to the body of knowledge in their chosen fields of study. The paramount issue for many qualified HBCU students is funding for attending graduate school, which includes securing resources for tuition and living expenses.

Graduate degrees are critical to competitiveness in the ever-evolving global job market. Many HBCU’s are not equipped with degree programs and facilities that enable the attainment of the various master’s and doctoral degrees desired by their students. Additionally, socioeconomic status becomes a factor for many HBCU student’s as they struggle to obtain funding for graduate school.

The establishment of a scholars program and a national HBCU clearinghouse operation that identifies and recruits prospective graduate students is needed. A student pipeline operation has been formed, piloted and successfully implemented over a 30 -year period to the benefit of hundreds of students at one HBCU in particular. Replication of the best practices of a student pipeline is in the best interest of all students with potential and promises to produce extraordinary results.

University of Notre Dame, November 2016
The impact of such an operation are far reaching. It is estimated that in the short term, this activity could lead to the successful attainment of graduate school funding for 200 to 500 students annually.

The National HBCU Graduate School Clearinghouse will:

- Arm students with information on graduate programs through professional development, graduate school consulting and communication,
- Establish partnerships with institutions committed to funding the graduate education of HBCU students
And connect partners to qualified students who have been groomed for graduate school success.
Advocate for application fee waivers

- Secure summer research and study abroad experiences for HBCU undergraduates

Elon Yates, University of Notre Dame Summer Research Program Alum

- Secure funding packages for qualified HBCU students,

Carissa Robinson, FAMU class of 2017; Clemson class of 2018

- Track progress of Clearinghouse Fellows for three to five years after graduation.

We intend to serve students:

Alabama A&M University, Alabama State University, Alcorn State University, Benedict College, Bennett College, Bethune-Cookman University, Bowie State University, Chicago State University, Clark Atlanta University, Coppin State University, Dillard University, Fayetteville State University, Fisk University, Florida A&M University, Grambling State University, Hampton University, Howard University, Jackson State University, Johnson C. Smith University, Mississippi Valley State University, Morgan State University, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina Central University, Prairie View A&M University, Saint Augustine’s College, South Carolina State University, Southern University, Spelman College, Tennessee State University, Texas Southern University, Tuskegee University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, University of the District of Columbia, University of the Virgin Islands, Virginia State University, Virginia Union University, and Xavier University

To discuss the HBCU Clearinghouse contact:

Terrance McNeil, Ph.D. via email: tm@hbcugraduate.com or by phone: 850.778.1016



Photos; Bryan Anderson, Terrance McNeil and Florida A&M University

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