As employers seek to diversify their workforces, demand has never been greater for well-educated employees from underrepresented backgrounds. The university’s McNair Scholars program, a federally funded TRIO program, guides juniors and seniors from low-income, first-generation or underrepresented backgrounds to PhDs and academic careers. Going a step further, DePaul created the Arnold Mitchem Fellows program to prepare sophomores for research-based careers and the McNair program. Mitchem also serves juniors and seniors who fall outside of the McNair program’s narrow parameters, such as students pursuing a combined MD/PhD or an MFA.

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