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Ralph Bunche Summer Institute

Ralph Bunche Summer Institute

Yesterday’s mail brought news of an opportunity for under-represented students. See Professor Klunk if you would like more information or visit APSA by clicking on the link above.

Named in honor of the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize winner, the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI) is a five week, academically intensive summer program designed to simulate the graduate school experience, provide mentoring, and expand academic opportunities for African American, Latino/Latina, and Native American students.

For over a decade, the Institute has helped talented minority students between their junior and senior year of college excel and go on to graduate school, many with full fellowships and teaching assistantships. Several former Bunche students have earned Ph.D’s and now hold university level teaching positions in political science. Dozens of Bunche graduates are working on or have completed a master’s degree. A number of RBSI students have also won prestigious fellowships including the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, the APSA Minority Graduate Fellowship, and other awards and fellowships within individual institutions.

The RBSI is an annual opportunity for promising undergraduates to develop their analytical, writing, and quantitative skills. The academic environment is challenging, yet supportive. Students learn what is necessary to be successful in a graduate program and a successful scholar. Most students who attend the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute excel in their senior year and go on to graduate school, many with full graduate fellowships and teaching assistantships.

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