- Ernest Brothers, Ph.D.
- Enhancing Pathways to Graduate School for Students of Color
- Associate Dean, Graduate School, UTK
Dr. Ernest L. Brothers currently serves as the Associate Dean of the Graduate School
at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and the Director of the Office of Graduate
Training and Mentorship. He is also the Associate Director for Diversity Enhancement
for the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) and
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science. Dr. Brothers is an advocate of recruiting,
retaining, and graduating more underrepresented students with graduate degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). He serves as
a Co-PI for the Program for Excellence and Equity in Research (PEER), a NIH funded
training grant to recruit, retain, and graduate more underrepresented minorities with
PhDs in biomedical and behavioral science fields. He is also the President of the
Conference of Southern Graduate Schools. Dr. Brothers earned both a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and a
Master of Science in Natural Science from Delta State University. He also earned a
Master of Public Policy and Administration degree from Mississippi State University
and a Ph.D. at Jackson State University in Urban Higher Education. His research interests
are the following: retention of underrepresented minorities in STEM at majority institutions, managing diversity,
generational diversity, network and cross-culture mentoring.
Enhancing Pathways to Graduate School for Students of Color
When it comes to avenues to graduate school for students of colors, it has been expressed as creating a “pipeline.” The challenge with pipelines is what typically leaks out, it is never placed back in. The advantage of a pathway to graduate education is that one can get on and off at different points along the way, but still be on the right trajectory for academic and professional success. This session will tell my story regarding the pathway I took to complete 4 degrees, overcoming obstacles as a person of color, the added value of network and cross-cultural mentoring, and dispelling fears of the graduate school application process.