The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) has awarded the Brown University Graduate School a grant to participate in a study examining the attrition and completion rates of doctoral students from underrepresented groups in the life, physical, and social sciences. In total, 20 proposals representing 21 universities will receive $30,000 each to participate. Brown's proposal was submitted jointly by the Graduate School and the Leadership Alliance. The CGS’s project — the Doctoral Initiative on Minority Attrition and Completion (DIMAC), funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) — will compare data across a diverse set of institutions. The purpose of the research is to better understand the factors that promote successful completion and the policies and practices that hold promise for increasing completion and reducing attrition.

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