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The PhD Project

PhD Project logoThe UNC Kenan-Flagler PhD Program is a participating member of The PhD Project, which works “to increase workplace diversity by increasing the diversity of business school faculty who encourage, mentor, support and enhance the preparation of tomorrow’s leaders.”

Each fall, The PhD Project holds a conference where hundreds of African American, Hispanic and Native American professionals participate in an intensive introduction to the professoriate. It is an opportunity to network with doctoral students, business school representatives, professors and sponsor organizations.

The organization has been instrumental to the journey of Angelica Leigh (PhD ’20).  It began when she attended their annual conference in 2013 as a prospective student.

“MDSA provides me invaluable assistance in navigating different aspects of my PhD program, including guiding me on how to become a standout PhD student, preparing for and passing comprehensive exams, and managing my dissertation successfully. The conference continues to provide me valuable opportunities to connect with management faculty from underrepresented minority groups from other top universities across the U.S. who serve as role models and mentors on my PhD journey.”

Angelica Leigh PhD candidate, Organizational Behavior

Since Leigh joined UNC Kenan-Flagler’s PhD Program, she has attended The PhD Project’s annual Management Doctoral Student Association (MDSA) conference where doctoral students spend two days, before the annual Academy of Management Conference, networking and attending professional development workshops.

Leigh gives back to this organization by assisting with recruiting efforts to attract other talented minority PhD students to UNC Kenan-Flagler and serving as MDSA president in 2018-2019.

We invite you to visit with us at The PhD Project Annual Conference in November in Chicago.

Learn more about The PhD Project.