Fund's commitment to diversity has bolstered Kellogg doctoral
of color who graduate from the Kellogg School PhD
program have received hundreds of thousands of dollars
in support from the GE Foundation during the past 13 years.
The GE Fund, which is ending this year, has given 39 students
--- among them African Americans, Mexican Americans and Native
Americans --- about $400,000.
GE Fund has helped Kellogg to recruit minority students and,
once they are in the program, has supported their progress
and research efforts," says Robert
Magee, senior associate dean: faculty and research and
PhD program director. "Kellogg provides the general financial
aid package, but this additional support has also been welcome."
Nozaki, executive director of the GE Foundation, says the
fund has underscored GE's commitment to diversity. "Recruiting,
developing and retaining diverse talent is critical to the
success of every organization," he says. "The Kellogg School
has demonstrated its commitment to developing diverse future
faculty, making a concrete contribution and providing leadership
on this issue."
Lewin-Loyd, who received a $10,000 dissertation fellowship
this year and who plans to complete her degree in 2004-05,
is certainly grateful. "I am delighted to have received a
dissertation year fellowship from the GE Fund's Faculty for
the Future program," she says. "This generous grant will assist
me with my living expenses, giving me more time to focus on
completing my dissertation. Through its partnership with Kellogg,
the GE Fund has played a significant role in helping students
achieve their goals."
grants, which began in 1991, have gone toward forgivable loans,
fellowships and research awards that have paid for research
assistants, experiments and subject fees, data and software,
travel to conferences, subscriptions to scholarly journals
and membership fees in professional associations, says Susan
Jackman, assistant director of the PhD program.
sufficient research funding may not be readily available to
young faculty," she says, "those research awards supported
their initial research activities, which is critical in the
development of their research portfolio and publication record,
their standing in the field, and ultimately their pursuit
expresses gratitude to GE for its 13 years of support and
says Kellogg would love to continue such funding from another
source. "We're looking for ways to provide that kind of support."