Need & Justification
- Out of the 43,000 PhD degrees awarded annually in the U.S, Only 1, 300 are awarded to African-Americans (4.6%).
- In 2006, 133 African Americans were awarded a Ph.D. in the biological sciences; only 2.0% of all doctorates awarded in that discipline.
- Each year the country is graduating at the best one African-American veterinarian with a PhD degree.
- Among the HBCUs, TU is currently almost at the bottom of list in conferring PhD degrees.
- Extremely low numbers of minority scientists to address health disparity in the nation is a serious concern
- This new faculty driven PhD program will complement the existing Integrative Biosciences (IBS) PhD program and will admit both national and international students.
- PhD program is vital for a high quality research enterprise of any institution.
- PhD students are the backbone for not only the bench-work in the laboratories but also for generating new ideas for research and developing grant applications.
- Will allow us to accept international applicants supported by their governments or other sources
- Will give additional strength to our application for reaccreditation of the school by AVMA-COE in the year 2013
Exiting Strengths to Support the IDPB PhD Program
- Our location in rural, Black Belt Counties provides an important natural study area
- The college is also unique in that we promote and operate within the framework of the One Health/One Medicine approach. The TUCVM works with the Tuskegee University School of Nursing and Allied Health to strengthen research and academic programs that interlinks animal health and human health., and ethical principles and approaches addressed by NCBRHC.
- National and international collaborations and partnerships with universities and organizations in Asia (India), Africa, the Caribbean, South America and other potential areas of the developing world Substantial research facilities ‑e.g., Research Core Facilities, modern equipment and information technologies for basic and applied research
- Ability to consistently generate resources through grants and contracts ($10+ million/ year in external grants)
- Successful Master’s degree programs already in place
- An extensive variety of existing graduate level courses provide a solid platform upon which to build the PhD program