The Charles H. Houston Center for the Study of the Black Experience in Education’s Palmetto Ph.D. Project is designed to prepare South Carolinians to pursue a doctoral degree in the field of education and study the Black experience in education.
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, strategic goals, and research areas.
The Palmetto Ph.D. Project consists of three phases.
Phase 1. 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.
Phase 2. This phase of the program includes a GRE preparation workshop conducted by The Princeton Review which includes practice tests and classroom instruction. The GRE preparation workshop is designed to improve GRE scores and decrease test anxiety.
Phase 3. This phase of the program includes follow-up activities during the fall and spring designed to help participants submit doctoral admissions applications, successfully navigate graduate school, and study the Black experience in education.
The registration fee for 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. Please note that there is no cost to submit an application. Also, you must be a South Carolina resident to apply for the program.
If you are accepted into the program, we will ask you to complete an online practice GRE and submit your scores prior to the GRE preparation workshop so that we can assess your improvement on the GRE throughout the program.
If you have any questions about the Palmetto Ph.D. Project, contact Cindy Roper via e-mail or by telephone at 864-656-0607.