Recruiting and Retaining Underrepresented Graduate Students

The purpose of this May 15-16, 2007, faculty interdisciplinary retreat at the Lied Lodge and Conference Center in Nebraska City was bring UNL faculty from diverse disciplines together to share expertise and develop strategies for achieving successful outcomes in increasing the enrollment of underrepresented graduate students.

To achieve our research goals, it is critical to increase the enrollment of underrepresented graduate students. This retreat focused on better understanding this need and on identifying successful planning and recruitment techniques.

Given the strong interest of this topic, we focused on the following outcomes:

  1. Why increasing the diversity of the graduate student population is important to UNL, the state, and academic community.
  2. Discussion of strategies from departments who have been especially successful in recruiting and retaining top scholars from underrepresented groups.
  3. Identify areas of greatest opportunity for new initiatives and collaborations in the energy sciences (including policy, economics, and business) at UNL.
  4. Develop department action plans for identifying, recruiting, funding and retaining underrepresented students.

The following files may be available by request:

  • Keynote Speech by Dr. Scott Bass (PowerPoint slides in PDF format)
  • Keynote Speech by Dr. David Manderscheid (PowerPoint slides in PDF format)
  • Symposium Proceedings
  • Recruitment and Retention Idea List

  • Research Advisory Board
  • Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research
  • Office of Research and Graduate Studies
  • Also sponsored by: Office of the Chancellor, Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources