Ph.D. Pathways is a mentoring program that matches undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented backgrounds with faculty, professional staff, community professionals and distinguished alumni associated with Ball State University. By meeting with a mentor on a consistent basis, interacting with other protégés, and participating in a set of University-sponsored events, Ph.D. Pathways helps protégés gain knowledge and establish networks beyond the scope of Ball State University in order to build crucial relationships for establishing a successful career.
Mentoring partners and protégés meet formally on a monthly basis in order to achieve collaboratively established goals set at the beginning of the semester. Through informal interactions with mentors, protégés learn skills, gain access to resources and exchange experiences while working toward a common goal.
Professional Development through University-sponsored Programs
Through participation in a wide-range of Ball State university-sponsored programs created to assist students in applying to and succeeding in graduate programs, protégés will have the opportunity to tailor their developmental experience in order to meet their needs.
Along with formal meetings gatherings each month between mentoring partners and protégés, all pairs will gather as a group to engage in networking and community-building opportunities to discuss concerns about graduate education.