21 Colleges Win Grants to Study What Helps Minority Ph.D. Students in Sciences Succeed

It's not news that black, Hispanic, and Native American Ph.D. students complete doctoral programs at lower rates than do their Asian and white counterparts. Comprehensive efforts to measure and improve racial disparities in Ph.D. attrition and completion rates have been tried for decades.

But the Council of Graduate Schools is announcing today an effort that it hopes will attack the problem in a new way. The council is awarding grants of $30,000 to 21 institutions, which will