Understanding the investment of underrepresented minorities in doctoral engineering programs

Mayra S. Artiles, Holly M. Matusovich, Stephanie G. Adams, Coletta Bey

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Underrepresented minorities (URM) tend to have lower completion rates than their majority colleagues in the pursuit of the Ph.D. in engineering. This phenomenon of doctoral attrition has been related to a poor socialization process into becoming an independent scholar. Using the Graduate Student Socialization Framework, this qualitative study aims to describe the types of investments URM students in engineering experience in the pursuit of the doctoral degree. Through a qualitative analysis of semi-structured interviews, we found four types of investment in the doctoral pursuit: effort investment, time investment, financial investment, and mental investment. We conclude that while most of the types of investments found could be applicable to all doctoral students, the differing investments may present harmful implications for URM students' degree progress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - Jun 23 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event125th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - Salt Lake City, United States
Duration: Jun 23 2018Dec 27 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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