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Holmes Scholars hone skills at dissertation retreat
At the fourth annual Holmes Scholars Dissertation Symposium and Retreat held recently at the University of Central Florida, graduate students, faculty mentors, and university officials gathered to engage in scholarly conversations about the dissertation process as well as other timely topics such as grant writing, faculty mentoring of diverse students, postdoctoral career choices, the tenure and promotion process, and self-advocacy. Four current Holmes Scholars attended the retreat to develop knowledge and skills and to network for their career. All four are pursuing a Ph.D. in education: Elizabeth Auguste (Curriculum Leadership), Edith Gonzalez (Counselor Education), Yi Hao (Higher Education Administration), and Victor Tuazon (Counselor Education). Read more about the Holmes Scholar Dissertation Symposium and Retreat.
The W&M Holmes Scholars mentorship program with WMSURE: Paying it forward, one generation to the next
It is within the academic mentorship model that the W&M Holmes Scholars* mentorship program was designed. The director of the W&M Holmes Scholar, Assistant Professor Dr. Jacqueline Rodriguez, notes that a tenet of the National Holmes Scholar program is to provide mentorship to doctoral students from traditionally underrepresented communities pursuing doctoral degrees in education. The mentorship is often provided through the National Association of Holmes Scholars Alumni (NAHSA). In the spirit of the national organization, the W&M Doctoral Holmes Scholars are giving back to their communities by developing a mentorship program for rising junior and senior WMSURE* students, undergraduate students of similar backgrounds. Dr. Cheryl Dickter and Dr. Natoya Haskins, co-directors of WMSURE, have been avid supporters of the mentorship program. The program, which began in the Spring of 2017, pairs a WMSURE student interested in mentorship with a Holmes Scholar. The pair meet monthly and discuss academic and non-academic topics. For example, WMSURE students may want to discuss tracks toward pursuing graduate education, future employment interests and opportunities, and navigating scholarship as an undergraduate student. Holmes Scholars share their personal academic journeys and provide WMSURE students opportunities for feedback on cover letters, applications, and manuscripts. Holmes Scholars remind WMSURE students that they, too, were once in the same shoes. The Scholars are all from diverse backgrounds, some of them are first in their families to graduate from college.