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Student Recognized by Award-Winning PhD Project

By Amanda Morad | November 27, 2012

The PhD Project, an award-winning program designed to create diversity in corporate management, recently invited Regent University Robertson School of Government student, Theresa Judge, to participate in their annual conference. Held Nov. 14-16, the conference exposed Judge and the other candidates to more than 100 doctoral-level programs across the country.

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 business school faculty. According to The PhD Project, 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.

Judge joined other qualified candidates at the two and a half-day conference where they heard from deans, professors and current minority doctoral students about the benefits of pursuing a business Ph.D.

"I learned that the pursuit of a doctoral degree is a challenging, yet rewarding experience," Judge said. "I was able to gain insight on the lifecycle of a doctoral candidate when I attended a panel consisting of first, second and third year doctoral students. I also had the opportunity to interact with scholars and professors during small workshops focused on my desired area of study, organizational behavior. Throughout the conference, we were given advice from admissions counselors, participated in a GMAT seminar, and attended a college fair where we met representatives from AACSB accredited business schools from across the country."

Judge is a student in RSG pursuing a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Public Leadership, and a Graduate Certificate in Law and Public Policy. She currently serves as president of the Council of Graduate Students (COGS).

Judge is also taking courses in the School of Business & Leadership. "The knowledge obtained from taking courses in both schools will help me in reaching my future career goals which include pursing a [business-related] Ph.D.," Judge said. "I think that after attending this conference I am more committed to pursuing a Ph.D., and I now understand the importance of having a diverse representation of scholars in this field."

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 1,158 minority business professors, an increase of more than 250 percent. Further, 374 minorities are currently enrolled in doctoral programs and will take their place at the front of the classroom over the next few years.


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