The Blue Chip Graduate Student: Making The Most Of Your Campus Visitation

You applied to your top 10 graduate schools and as you might have experienced already, waiting for admission letters can be just as nerve-racking, if not more, than the application process itself.  February is an awesome month. Not only does the U.S. take the time to learn about Black History and how Black people have impacted the world, but it is also the month universities send out campus visitation letters to their most sought-after students. When you receive an invite to visit a university’s campus, you officially become Read More +

Selecting Your Top 10 Graduate Schools: Apply And Conquer

The end of the semester is fast approaching and a break from the rigors of school is near. However, if you are applying for graduate school, the break will be short-lived due to the graduate school application process. In this blog, we provide information for creating a personalized Top 10 Graduate School list. The goals of the list is simple: to be well-rounded, versatile, and most importantly personalized. To ensure these goals are met, the list will contain institutions that fit into the following three categories: Dream Read More +

Bridge to the Doctorate: Where to Apply for 2015

With out a doubt, I attribute a critical part of my success as a doctoral student to Dr. Karen Singmaster and the San Jose State University Louis Stokes of Minority Participation (SJSU LSAMP) program.  The program exposed me and many others to essential information and resources that I use consistently in my current studies. A benefit of being an LSAMP student at any university is the ability to apply to the National Science Foundation LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate. I was afforded the opportunity to attend and Read More +

Conducting A Literature Search: Becoming Familiar With Your Research Area

A common question for many people who first enter the realm of research is, “How do I initiate the journey of becoming an expert in a particular area?” My answer to this is: By spending a lot of time reading! Since time is precious, and I wholeheartedly believe in efficiency, I want to provide you all with some tips that I have learned along the way that can assist you with streamlining the process of conducting a literature search, as this is one of the primary Read More +

March Madness: Deciphering Admission Letters & Selecting The Right Graduate School

March is here and you are anxiously awaiting notification letters about graduate school admission. Have no fear, they are surely on the way! This month’s blog will provide you with information on how to prioritize and select the graduate school that is best suited for your needs. The decision making process outlined in the current blog, in combination with the previous content covered in this blog-series, will ultimately increase the probability of you successfully earning your Ph.D. Previously, we discussed the importance of applying for funding Read More +

Publishing: Targeting The Right Conferences And Journals

Happy New Year! As we usher in the New Year, it’s customary to set new goals and craft new resolutions. This year, I’m aiming to complete at least two publications by the end of 2015. However, sorting through the mass of potential journals and conferences and deciding where to submit, proves to be a daunting task. In an attempt to lessen the decision-making burden, I’ve outlined a few tips I’ve designed to help identify the right journals and conferences for you. Click here to read the Read More +

’Tis The Season To Apply For Funding

Around this time of year, students are searching for funding sources for graduate schools. While graduate school applications usually fall between December and January, graduate fellowship application deadlines usually run between November and January. In a previous blog, Road To PhD: Selecting a Graduate School [1], we composed a list for “selecting the BEST graduate school for YOU” which ranked funding as the number one factor in deciding which school to attend. Funding is the main priority because of the countless opportunities it opens up for Read More +

How Leaks in the Black Engineering Pipeline Affect Diversity in Industry

By Corey E. Baker and Justin Dunnavant. Pipeline artwork by Hasani McIntosh (Updated on 8/12/14 to reflect diversity numbers released from Apple) It’s no secret that Blacks are underrepresented in almost every area of STEM. Universities, non-profit organizations, and the government have all developed programs to try and curb this situation. But how do we begin to address a problem when it’s apparent that the pipeline is broken? Once we recognize where the Black engineering pipeline is leaking, we can begin to repair the structural issues Read More +

Featured in ASEE Prism Magazine: Survival Course

African-American males represent a sliver of enrollment. More could succeed in engineering if schools understood what it takes to beat the odds. …Corey Baker had mentors throughout Alabama State, including math Ph.D. candidates who tried to goad him into following in their footsteps by pointing out how few blacks were in the field. “They knew how to push my buttons,” recalls Baker, now a doctoral candidate himself at the University of Florida. In turn, he became one of Alabama State’s few undergraduate tutors… Check out Read More +

Selecting a Graduate School

Watch the video above to see an unscripted discussion between my mentee Chelsea and me. During the discussion, I give Chelsea some important factors she should take into consideration when selecting a graduate school. Your applications are in, meaning you have completed the hard part! You have: taken the GRE, written your personal statements, paid expensive application fees, and most importantly, fought through senioritis and completed your last semester of your undergraduate career (or almost finished). You are now going through arguably, the two most Read More +

How to Create Google Scholar Alerts to Stay Up-to-Date

I’m finishing up my 4th year as a PhD Student in Archaeology and I can say one of my biggest challenges has been keeping up with the most cutting-edge research in my field. In archaeology, as is the case with most other disciplines, scholars are constantly publishing on the newest findings, methods of data collection and theoretical perspectives. In past years I would find myself browsing through archaeology journals in the library and doing periodic online searches for the newest articles. Luckily I recently discovered Read More +

Inspiring Our Youth – Michael Simpson Jr.

Welcome to the first of many Mentoring Our Future (MOF) blogs. A quote I came up with gives insight into the importance I place on mentoring: “Your accomplishments are meaningless unless you inspire someone younger than you to set personal goals higher than the ones you have achieved” – Corey Baker I first met Michael and his sister Karina (who I will blog about in a future #MOF) in 2009 at the NSBE Region 6 Summer Camping Conference (SCC) in Pomona, CA. At that time Read More +

Dissertation Advice

I sit, staring at my two computer screens, 32 pages into my dissertation, and think, “am I really making progress, or is this all just pretend?”. The answer to that question is, I really don’t know. My Advisor is the only person who can weigh-in on my progress and it actually be meaningful. What I do know is I have a ton of graphs and extra results to add. I also have four paper topics in the queue that all need: coding, simulations run, and Read More +

NSBE Glass

This is the vision I had for NSBE as a National Chair Candidate in the 2014. Though I did not win, this vision can still be used to assist the organization in the future. To enable NSBE to see the mission to fruition, I’ve introduced a new concept called NSBE Glass. NSBE Glass enables the organization, regions, chapters, and members the ability to see a clear path to accomplishing the mission, NSBE can then navigate the path and “increase the number” in the smartest, safest, and swiftest way Read More +

The UTeach Program is Fighting to Improve STEM Education in Our Communities

Buried in this article are statistics that should be brought to the attention of all NSBE members. In recent years, a nationwide problem with retaining effective teachers has surfaced, due to what’s known as the “revolving door” effect. Teachers often leave the profession within five years — before they’ve had the time to gain experience. Nationally, 65 percent of teachers are still in schools five years after starting, according to NMSI. But that high turnover rate is particularly harmful for students in disadvantaged schools, which Read More +

The Demographic and Economic Tides Are Changing

If demographic trends continue, minorities will make up a majority of the US population by 2040. The demographic change will usher in a change way business will be conducted.  Currently, large companies have little economic incentive to develop products that address issues that minorities uniquely face because the buying power of White Americans significantly outweighs the combined buying power of all other groups.  By 2040, the relative buying power of minorities will be so great that it will no longer be in the best interest Read More +

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Leadership Resume

EDUCATION Doctorate of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering                                                              May 2015 (Expected) Emphasis: Delay Tolerant Networking, Wireless Networks and Cyber Physical Systems GPA: 3.51/4.00 University of Florida, Gainesville, FL Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering                                               Read More +

Accomplishments as NSBE National Treasurer

Decreased inefficient budgeting by ~3% ($115,000, Completed 9/2012) Increased programmatic spending in the Academic Excellence budget by more than 300% (Completed 9/2012) Strategically earmarked funds to fully support 26 students for the 2013 Summer Bridge pilot program (Completed 9/2012) Increased chapter relief by 33% ($10,000, Completed 9/2012) Redesigned NSBE’s budget infrastructure and developed new budget practices Stabilized NSBE’s budget and developed templates to detect and correct instability (Completed in two phases: 9/2012, 3/2013)  Created models and restructured SEEK Financial Operations that moved the program from operating in pilot state into Read More +