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Paperback Journey to the PH.D.: How to Navigate the Process as African Americans Book

ISBN: 1579220797

ISBN13: 9781579220792

Journey to the PH.D.: How to Navigate the Process as African Americans

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This book, by twenty-four Black scholars who "have been there," offers a guide to aspiring doctoral students to the formal process and to the personal, emotional and intellectual challenges they are likely to face.

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Incredibly Helpful and On-Target

I am a black woman seriously considering the pursuit of a Ph.D. As such, I have been searching for literature detailing the struggles I might face and information on the African American's experience of obtaining a doctorate. I am happy to say that I've found what I was looking for. The book consists of several chapters written by Black Ph.D. students and graduates. The contributors come from a variety of backgrounds, ranging from rural to solidly middle class. Most are young, but several detail their experience of obtaining the Ph.D. while maintaining work and familiar responsibilities. A variety of fields are represented, from education to chemistry. I was pleased that the essays did not take the tone of, "It's awful being Black in America." (Readers are already aware of this--hence the need for the book.) Instead, I found the book helpful, uplifting and inspiring, with most of the contributors citing their family background and religious faith as motivating factors when times became difficult. Journey to the Ph.D. also contains a helpful introductory section on the admissions process, and several contributors detail their admission/application experiences. Many include their viewpoints with regard to doctoral studies in PWI (Predominantly White Instutions) and how their experiences there conflicted with the notions of black heritage they learned at home. Some had never before attended PWIs and were thus quite shocked; others had attended PWIs at all levels of their education and were unphased. Whatever your viewpoint, whether you are on your way to a Ph.D. yourself or just trying to understand the process from a Black perspective, this is an excellent resource.
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