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Palmetto Ph.D. Project

The primary objective of the Charles H. Houston Center’s Palmetto Ph.D. Project is to increase the number of doctoral students who study the Black experience in education while they pursue their doctoral degree. As a result, the program is designed to encourage South Carolinians to pursue a doctoral degree in the field of education as well as conduct research to advance the study of educational issues affecting African Americans.

The Palmetto Ph.D. Project includes a doctoral admissions seminar to introduce participants to the doctoral admissions process, a GRE preparation workshop conducted by The Princeton Review, as well as follow-up sessions throughout the year to help participants submit doctoral admissions applications, successfully navigate graduate school, and study the Black experience in education.

In addition to learning about the doctoral admissions process and the GRE, participants will also learn about the experiences and demographic characteristics of African American students pursuing doctoral degrees in education. Accordingly, the Palmetto Ph.D. Project encourages participants to conduct research and engage in service activities related to issues that are aligned with the Charles H. Houston Center’s vision, mission, and strategic goals.

The following dates, times, and locations constitute this year’s Palmetto Ph.D. Project:

Palmetto Ph.D. Project Seminar. This phase of the program introduces prospective doctoral students to the process of applying to graduate school, financial aid opportunities, and the doctoral admissions process. During this phase, participants will also have an opportunity to talk with professors and doctoral students. Additionally, a representative from The Princeton Review will provide an introduction to GRE preparation, answer questions about the GRE, and show participants how to access and utilize GRE preparation information.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Clemson University
GRE Workshop I. This first phase of the GRE preparation workshop is designed to provide general strategies for taking the GRE.
Saturday, June 14, 2014 
9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Clemson University

GRE Workshop II. The second phase of the GRE preparation workshop will include instructional activities designed to improve GRE scores.

Saturday, June 21, 2014 
9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon 
Clemson University

GRE Workshop III. The third phase of the GRE preparation workshop is designed to provide additional test-taking strategies and decrease test anxiety.

Saturday, June 28, 2014 
9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Clemson University

Please note that there is no cost to submit an application. However, the registration fee to participate in this program is $50.00 per person. The registration fee will be used to support the costs associated with the doctoral admissions seminar and the GRE preparation workshop. Also, you must be a South Carolina resident to apply for the program.

Checks should be made to Clemson University and sent to the Palmetto Ph.D. Project, c/o Teresa Kelley, 328 Tillman Hall, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634.

If you have questions about the Palmetto Ph.D. Project, contact Cindy Roper via e-mail or by telephone at 864-656-0607.

Palmetto Ph.D. Project

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