SOE hosts second annual Holmes Scholars Summit

Program supports students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. with resources, professional development opportunities

Dean Andrew Daire addresses the VCU Holmes Scholars in Oliver Hall this past January, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dean Andrew Daire addresses the VCU Holmes Scholars in Oliver Hall this past January, prior to social distancing requirements brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The VCU School of Education hosted its second annual VCU Holmes Scholars Fall 2020 Research and Mentorship Virtual Summit recently via Zoom. The two-day summit featured sessions and resources to help historically underrepresented black and Latinx students develop their research and scholarship interests and skills, learn strategies for success, and network with other underrepresented minority graduate students and faculty.

Highlights from the summit included sessions on:

  • Developing innovative, impactful and fundable research agendas by Dean Andrew Daire
  • Writing for publications by Dr. Kaprea Johnson
  • Literature review and VCU library resources by Dr. Sergio Chaparro
  • How to be mentored by Dr. Carolyn Hopp
  • Navigating the proposal-to-presentation pipeline for conferences by Dr. LaRon Scott

“The VCU Holmes Scholars program helps historically underrepresented students build competencies and share knowledge that will help ensure their success. This virtual conference is a great way for these students to experience and appreciate the value of mentorship, peer support and enhance their own professional development,” said Dean Daire.

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Holmes Program supports students from historically underrepresented groups who are pursuing careers in education at AACTE member institutions. Founded in 1991, the Holmes Program provides mentorship, peer support and professional development opportunities for doctoral and master's students.

Learn more about SOE's Holmes Scholars program.