Wednesday Lunch Hour - "Nothing succeeds like success": The Matthew Effect and Doctoral Education

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Noon - 12:50 pm
Genrich-Rusling Room, LeChase 215

Research on doctoral education has grown over the last 25 years, with interests in socialization, time to degree, attrition, and supervisor relations. This research aims to shift the focus on how cumulative advantage (i.e. the Matthew Effect) operates in doctoral education. This qualitative study of fifteen doctoral students revealed that earning competitive scholarships in doctoral study possessed value due to their scarcity and exclusivity, and to the conventions that operate in doctoral study which imbue specific activities with value. Also, students who attained these scholarships were afforded additional opportunities which further enriched their studies. Implications focused on how inequality impacts the socialization of doctoral students.

Presented by Bryan Gopaul, Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership at the Warner School of Education.

A light Mediterranean lunch will be served. Food will be available at 11:45 am. The program will begin promptly at noon.

Tags: Bryan Gopaul, doctoral student experience, Warner Wednesday Talk