Breakout session A:
Mentoring programs

Breakout session A
Mentoring programs

Friday, September 5, 2003
6:30 - 6:15 pm

Melvin R. Webb, Director of PRISM-D, Department of Biological Sciences- Clark Atlanta University
Ishrat M. Khan, Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry- Clark Atlanta University


Clark Atlanta University (CAU) established the Program for Research Integration and Support for Matriculation to the Doctorate (PRISM-D) in 1989 to enhance its capacity to identify, recruit, and retain a population of its students in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics education pipeline through the completion of doctorate degrees. The program offers an articulated five-year curriculum where participants earn the B.S. and M.S. degrees upon its completion. PRISM-D is a program whose success is based on the active and constant mentoring of students by CAU faculty and staff with guidance and support of Dr. Melvin R. Webb, Director of PRISM-D. Among Dr. Webb's honors is the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. This award was presented at the White House in December 2001. The first PRISM-D Fellows were enrolled in academic year 1990-91. PRISM-D has graduated nine student cohorts totaling 199 participants, of which 182 or 91 percent have earned BS degrees; 100 have earned BS and MS or BS and BSE degrees; 7 have earned doctorate degrees; and three have earned medical/dental degrees. The program currently enrolls 35 students.

Active mentoring and learning-by-doing are key reasons for the success of the PRISM-D program. PRISM-D may be easily modified to address 21st century challenges of the importance of interdisciplinary learning and research.


"Investing in the Next Generation: The Clark Atlanta University (PRISM-D) Story." Investing in Faculty. Project Kaleidoscope. 2001. Page 9.