Press Release: New Web Site Points Pathway to Ph.D.

The best way to begin pursuing a Ph.D. is not with an application form but a new website. Created by the Center for Advanced Study of Education (CASE) at the City University of New York Graduate Center, PhDInfoFIND.org provides prospective, and prospecting, students with everything they need to know about finding and applying to the right doctoral studies program, including site-specific material as well as portals to the wealth of information on the Internet.

The site offers its own general information about deciding to attend graduate school along with guidance through the application process itself, and provides comprehensive links to websites in 35 different disciplines, nonprofit and commercial sites about graduate study, and sites covering financial aid and fellowship programs. In addition, there are links to doctoral programs at The Graduate Center, CUNY's doctorate-granting institution.

Although aimed primarily at doctoral studies, the site is valuable for students pursuing other kinds of advanced degrees as well, and it serves students at all levels, including those who are not sure whether graduate school is right for them. Beginning with a Frequently Asked Questions page ‹ which describes what graduate study entails as well as targeting suitable programs and understanding the application process ‹ students can use the links and other information on the site to develop a custom plan for their graduate study.

The site is funded in part by Project Ascend/McNAIR, a program operated by the Center for Advanced Study in Education since 1993. Funded by the United States Department of Education, its purpose is to encourage promising CUNY undergraduates from low-income families and underrepresented groups to pursue doctoral study at the graduate school of their choice. It offers workshops on writing and research skills, opportunities to meet with doctoral faculty and students, information about financing graduate study, guidance in choosing a graduate school, GRE preparation courses, and summer research fellowships to selected students.

The Graduate Center is the doctorate-granting institution of The City University of New York. The only consortium of its kind in the nation, The Graduate Center draws its faculty of more than 1,600 members mainly from the CUNY senior colleges and cultural and scientific institutions throughout New York City.

Established in 1961, The Graduate Center has grown to an enrollment of about 3,500 students in 31 doctoral programs and six master's degree programs in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. The Graduate Center also houses 30 research centers and institutes and administers the CUNY Baccalaureate Program.

According to a recent National Research Council report, more than a third of The Graduate Center's rated programs rank among the nation's top 20 at public and private institutions, nearly a quarter are among the top ten when compared to publicly supported institutions alone, and more than half are among the top five programs at publicly supported institutions in the northeast.

Further information on The Graduate Center's programs and activities can be found on its Web site at: www.gc.cuny.edu

Submitted on: FEB 1, 2002

Category: Center for Advanced Study in Education (CASE), Press Room