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Preparing Minority Students for Graduate School: Timbuktu Academy Approach
  Location: HC 3040
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 1:30 PM -2:00 PM
  Author: Diola Bagayoko, Southern University and A&M College
225-771-2730, Diola_Bagayoko@subr.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: The Timbuktu Academy is a comprehensive, systemic mentoring program at Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, LA (SUBR) (www.phys.subr.edu/timbuktu.htm). To date, the Academy has assisted in the production of 170 minority undergraduate scholars who have earned a Bachelor of Science degree. Seventy of 83 physics graduates, 20 of 29 chemistry graduates, and 22 of 49 engineering graduates have earned graduate degrees or are successfully enrolled in graduate school, with an emphasis on the pursuit of the PhD. The aim of this presentation is to discuss key factors that explain the success of the Academy. They include the rigorous implementation of the Ten-Strand Systemic Mentoring model of the Timbuktu Academy, with extensive research participation on and off campus. They also include standard-based curriculum, teaching, and learning (i.e., SBC, SBT, and SBL). The Timbuktu Academy received several national awards for the above model and results.
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