Dr. Jasmine Gaines and Dr. Dana-Marie Thomas, were among several in the nation that received Outstanding Minority Doctoral Scholar Awards at the 14th Annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring in Arlington, Virginia on October 25-28, 2007. A Post-doctoral Fellow in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, Dr. Gaines is mentored by Dr. Chandrika Piyathilake. A Post-doctoral Fellow in the Department of Nutrition Sciences’ Division of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics, Dr. Thomas is mentored by Dr. Jeanette N. Keith.
The SREB Doctoral Scholars program was developed with support from The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Ford Foundation. It is part of a nationwide initiative geared toward augmenting national doctoral academic programs, increasing the number of ethnic minority PhD faculty and scientists.
Founded in 1948, the Southern Regional Education Board is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works with leaders and policy-makers in 16 member states to improve pre-K through postsecondary education. Through many nationally recognized programs and services, SREB’s mission is helping states achieve the 12 Challenge to Lead Goals for Education.